Like most people, I spend a lot of time connected to technology. While it’s a wonderful thing to have, I do find myself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds, and watching too many TV shows that aren’t very mind stimulating more often than I’d like to admit. So it’s important for me to find ways to keep my mind sharp and constantly be learning new things. Anyone else? Here are three simple ways to keep your mind sharp.
Eat (the Right) Foods
Did you know that food can impact your brain? High-fiber diets with protein are much better for you than super sugary items (despite being good on the taste buds)! Eating the right foods allows you to have a better digestive flow, and ultimately, a more reliable flow of energy to your body (including your brain)!
Collaborate with Others
“Two heads are better than one.” Collaboration is key in life. Everyone brings a unique perspective to the mix, and by working with others, you’re able to hear ideas and observations from a view different than your own. And more often than not, working with others results in some pretty brilliant ideas and/or much faster problem-solving!
Challenge Your Mind
No one ever said keeping your mind sharp would be easy! It’s important to constantly challenge your mind with new things. Whether it’s a class, crossword puzzle or other brain teaser, keeping yourself challenged with unknowns is the best way to stay sharp. Sure you’ll be great at putting the same puzzle together over and over again, but it’s when you try something you haven’t before that really gets your brain’s gears turning.
What do all of these things have in common? Escape Room: The Game! I’ve been wanting to make it to a physical location to play the fast-growing game but haven’t had a chance to, so I’m pretty excited that I was able to bring the game home to me! And if you’re wondering how eating right fits in – healthy snacking while playing games, my friends!
As part of the Thanksgiving festivities last week, my family and I decided to give the game a try, and had a lot of fun with it, despite it being pretty challenging. The game is recommended for ages 16+, but my younger sisters were dying to try it as well, and they really kept up with it! I also can’t stress enough how important teamwork is in this game. There are so many tiny details to be aware of, and everyone was able to contribute something different.
Escape Room: The Game comes with four rooms (or games) in one. Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec. In the instructions, you’ll find the games listed by level of difficulty and it’s suggested that you play from the easiest to hardest level. I can’t imagine starting out with the hardest room – yikes!
So how does each game work? Each room has a folder with a story so you have some background on the situation and the end goal of the room. Once you read it, you push the red button on the chronodecoder to get the timer going – you only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles to escape the room! At certain points in the hour, the machine will buzz to indicate that you can read a clue to help you. If you find the clue useless that means you’re on the right track already!
Some helpful tips while playing?
- Take LOTS of notes – something that looks small could be a huge clue
- Use helpful devices like your phone to take advantage of the flashlight and calculator – YES they will come in handy
- Download the free Escape Room app to enhance your experience with thematic background music
- Use your brain, teamwork, logic, and pay attention to detail to successfully escape the room
If you’re up for a new challenge or looking for a fun gift idea for Christmas, be sure to check out Escape Room: The Game!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.