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How to keep your mind active

28 April 2020

Do you feel that?

You can, can’t you.

We feel it, too.

The pull of your sofa.

The cry of your slippers.

The comfy siren-call.

Luring you in again with yet another Friends back-to-back weekender.

Ahh, safe, reliable Joey.

Now don’t get us wrong, we believe that it’s super important that you do have time to hit pause – after all, we are proud purveyors of self-care – but let’s not forget that our brains occasionally need a workout, too. Keeping your mind active may seem like a headache – Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, we’re looking at you, sir – but that doesn’t mean that it’s not every bit as important as keeping physically active.

So, we have racked our brains and scoured the internet for a few ways to keep your mind alert with some simple – but don’t worry, fun – activities to keep you going.

After all, be honest. You’ve seen The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break too many times now.

First off, did someone say word search?!

Spoiler alert: yes they did, and it was us.

Here at Soap & Glory, we love words. We think they bring a little bit of joy into the world – especially if they are jam-packed into a foam-filled word search. Warm your brains up with our ‘Soap & Search’ and see how many words you can find. HINT – There are Soap & Glory themed words included, because of course!

Soap and glory soap and search word search

 

​​Going in for the skill!

Maybe there is a new skill, trick, talent or technique you’ve always wanted to master but never had time? Well, lucky you. Because now we have bags of it. We live in the glorious time of technology – don’t let Black Mirror fool you, it’s not all bad – and it’s filled to the brim with websites dedicated to teaching photography, illustration, craft-making and even learning a new instrument. Even old faithful’s like YouTube have all the videos you need to impress everyone post-quarantine.  After all, the internet is your oyster!

Life is what you bake it!

Instagram has gone mad for it.

We’ve gone mad for it.

The whole world has gone mad for it.

Everyone, from 5-year olds to 105-year olds are cooking breads, cakes and cookies. We’ve seen more of banana bread than our own family in the past month and now it’s your turn. It’s time for you, yes you, to step into Mary Berry’s (no doubt floral-patterned) shoes.

The kitchen can be a big, scary place – especially if, like us, you can just about master some jam on toast. But we like to think of self-isolation as a chance at self-improvement, so why not try something new whilst we’re in it. You never know, it might become your new favourite hobby!

To learn from the baking yoda herself visit: http://www.maryberry.co.uk/recipes/baking

Think inside the lines!

Remember the colouring book phase of years gone by? Feels like a distant memory now, doesn’t it? But colouring in, or painting by numbers, is a sure-fire way to keep your mind from focusing on something other than…well, snacking (we feel you)! Activities don’t need to be strenuous, and something like colouring can help your mind relaaaaaax and keep it pumping. You can thank us later.

Get Book Shook!

Finally, how about reading something longer (and quite frankly more interesting) than an Instagram caption? Reading takes a lot of concentration, dedication and all-round imagination. Not to mention a book can transport you out straight of self-isolation into a whole other world.

You could even start a virtual book club with your friends and family!

If you don’t have a physical book, there are plenty you can download for free online so there’s really no excuse not to give it a try!

Let us know what is keeping your mind active at the moment? Leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to check them out!

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