How to support your brain activity during holidays
Winter holidays are the time when we step away from our daily routines to spend time with our families and on ourselves, taking a break from work and everyday responsibilities. Although we are all waiting them with anticipation the whole year, some people who are workaholics may feel a little bit out of place when there is nothing left to do but relax. If your work requires everyday high brain activity you may find that you’ll need some time for adaptation to the quiet festive days when you don’t need to rack your brains that hard. Similar to that it would be a little bit frustrating when you’ll come back to your daily tasks and find out that you became estranged to them, experiencing sort of a “brain-jetlag” after a long break period. In this article we will provide you with some simple and fun ways on how to keep your brain sharp during the holidays without having to sacrifice time with your family.
Play games that involve thinking
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family, so why don’t you combine something pleasant with something beneficial for your brain activity? There are all sorts of brain games that you can play in a company and keep your brain sharp underway. You don’t have to leave your home or have special equipment to enjoy playing group games in a big company, although the most fun of them are the board games. There are hundreds of board games on the market, but some of the eternal classics that remain unchanged are Monopoly, Dixit, Scrabble, and of course good old chess. Of course, this is not a rocket science, but it’s still enough to ensure your gears are spinning and don’t cover with rust during the festive season. Plus it’s a lot of fun, and sometimes can even train your brain to think out of the box.
Don’t clutter up your brain with too much information
Holidays – especially winter ones – is the time when everyone is hyped, when so much is going on not only around you, but in the whole world as well. People love to share information and it spreads from everywhere – your family, your friends, news broadcasting, radio – you name it. Your aunt that came to visit you on holidays, wants to tell everything that happened during this year, TV overwhelm you with an avalanche of information – too many Christmas movies, too many stories, too many things to process. No wonder all this abundance of facts cause you a headache. And the worst part is that with all this data-cluster you may forget the things that really matter. We are not telling that you should turn off TV for good and cut communication with your relatives – but if you can avoid useless information, you should do it as often as possible. A good movie or a book is harmless, but the social media post about the dog that ate the whole festive turkey is not essential information. Always remember Sherlock Holmes, who compared human mind with an empty attic – it doesn’t have rubber walls, so you should chose carefully what you should take into it, or risk crowding up really useful information.
Drink less alcohol
This actually should be our first and most important tip on this list. It’s clear that alcohol affects brain activity – just a few drinks can make your vision blurry, speech becomes slurry, your reactions are slowed down and sometimes you can’t even remember some episodes. But there is much more to that than just these obvious symptoms. A person who drinks heavily over a long period of time experience cognitive deficits when he sobers up – and winter holidays are long enough for you to feel these effects, because even moderate drinking leads to short-term impairment. People who drink a huge amount of alcohol suffer brain shrinkage and cognitive dysfunction as a result – nothing deadly (unless it was caused by liver failure or thiamine deficiency), but still if you want to feel at your best – better to skip a few drinks.