7 Apps To Boost Your Brain Power and Improve Fibro Fog
The mind – like any organ – can become overworked and exhausted. For those with fibromyalgia, the constant stress and pain of the illness can take a high toll on the health of the brain – resulting in cognitive impairments such as memory loss, inability to focus, difficulty speaking and more. These symptoms – often referred to as fibro fog – can be extremely frustrating to cope with.
For those dealing with fibro fog – there are options for regaining your mental sharpness. In addition to herbal options like Rhodiola Rosea and Bacopa Monnieri – both of which can help improve mood and cognition – there are other alternative options available to restore the health of the mind. Among the many options available is an emerging market of apps designed to strengthen the mind, improve mental focus, boost memory and reduce stress. We’ve pulled together a list of 7 of our favorite apps for improving the health of the mind. Lets take a look:
Lumosity helps train your brain through various games and puzzles. You choose the areas you want to improve on – memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed or flexibility of thinking – and it will provide you with games tailored to your needs. Though you will be required to think – the games are highly entertaining and somewhat addictive! Best of all – the app will track your results so you can see how you progress over time.
Fit Brains (by Rosetta Stone)
Like Lumosity, Fit Brains challenges the user with different games custom tailored to their skill level and needs. The Fit Brains games help stimulate your brain – which creates new neural pathways and connections in the mind. Studies have shown that brains that are consistently stimulated and challenged operate at a higher level of sharpness.
Headspace touts itself as a gym membership for the mind. Through the free version you can access ten different 10-minute guided meditation sessions – which you can do from the convenience of your own home. By helping sort out the various anxieties occupying your mind, headspace can help you better cope with stress and improve your mental clarity and sense of well-being.
Personal Zen was built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers to help reduce stress. This simple app actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety – something we could all use a little less of! Use it when you’re feeling stressed to help eliminate negative emotions or make a habit of doing it a few times a week to help build a lasting ability to cope with stress and anxiety.
Happify was developed by leading scientists as a way to help disrupt the pattern of negative thinking, manage stress and develop skills to cope with the challenges of life. It was featured in the New York Times and was named one of the 10 best apps to train your brain by CNN.com. The engaging games will keep you coming back and before long you’ll notice a difference!
Believe it or not, breathing can have a significant impact on the health of the mind. Belly Bio makes deep breathing a little easier by guiding you through it and providing feedback. Through these deep-breathing techniques you can increase the oxygen supply to the mind and help reduce tension and stress.
For those suffering from fibro fog, memory loss can be extremely frustrating. Eidetic uses a technique known as spaced repetition to help you memorize anything from phone numbers to important events. Whatever it is you need help remembering, this app can help.
Whether you want to challenge the mind through brain games or reduce its load through mindfulness and breathing – these apps can do the job. As with anything, patience and practice are both key to your success – so be sure to allow yourself time to see results.
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