Stress Relief – Nintendo DS Brain Age
At this point in my life, I spend 17 hours a week exercising. I do weight lifting, speed walking, swimming, Wii Fitness & Sports and Body Flow (which is a class that includes Thai Chi, Stretching, Pilates, and yoga). I spend at least 15 minutes every day exercising my thinking skills and my favorite way to do that other than reading is to play the Brain Age training games on my Nintendo DS. My children introduced me to this system and have all played a round or two on my devise, and that makes it work better, but currently I am playing solo. I can literally feel my mind getting more active and when I take the brain age tests I can see my score moving to the age 20 desired results. It is more fun to play when I am waiting for an appointment or oil change on the car and I do not have to go back and re-read the book chapter from when I was interrupted or haul around my knitting and those tools. The DS fits nicely into my purse or pocket. I am working on my goal of being the healthiest I have even been for my decade birthday 352 days from now.
The Brain Age program #1 assisted me in learning how to play Sudoku, which is a game I thought I could never have skill at and I find it rather relaxing just to keep going and figuring it out. I stopped doing crossword puzzles and switched to word search puzzles when I became competitively stressed at working out the answers on the crossword. I found myself feeling exhausted not renewed many times, and this enabled me to understand my point of becoming competitive rather than unwinding. I have played several games in between on the DS and have now moved to Brain Age #2. This unit has a relaxation game for your brain on it also and that has made quite a difference even though I get so relaxed I have lost every round I have played!
So one could assume that I am losing weight like crazy and just boosting my thinking skills to the max and writing up a storm of success here; well, one would be wrong to make that assumption. I am at age 80 for stress relief for my body. I am just learning how to roll over and taking baby steps in my recovery from all the stress I have heaped on my body particularly the past 30 years. I have nearly worn out several of my internal organs and aged myself dramatically. I need to take a deep breath in order to say that I am destroying myself attempting to teach others how to be responsible and learn; I am killing myself with all my volunteer work, support work and community organizing.
I needed the Brain Age system to get real with myself and become grounded in the next work that I need to undertake to achieve my goal.
How do you fool yourself? What are your clues when you are not being as honest as ground level?
What games do you play to relax? Detox your stress level? I could sure use some help here…Let’s talk!