Michael Jordan once said – “The game has its ups and downs, but you can’t lose focus of your goals.”
The success of any type of focus lies in being able to train your brain to memorize quickly and remember these items for long periods of time. But to do that we need to train our brains. We need to be able to focus on work, do better at school or stay sharp. Whatever the reason it’s important to boost brainpower all the time. The following are 8 apps that directly target mental health and increased cognitive functioning. Engaging in apps like these can minimize brain and cognitive diseases or disorders such as Alzheimer’s and depression. Studies now show the keeping your mind active is just as important as physical exercise and these apps can help you stay mentally fit.
This is a game app tailored towards improving memory, attention spans, problem-solving and processing speed. Users play against the clock and the game changes every time it’s played which keeps a user’s interest. Psychologists believe that just one session per day can improve your mental skills.
- CogniFit Brain Fitness
Need to remember things more easily? This is an app that improves your cognitive abilities such as concentration and memory. It offers addictive games that are designed by neuroscientists. The user can track progress and access information about his overall brain health. Additionally users can compete against each other or against the app, as it adapts the difficulty level you are accustomed to using.
- Personal Zen
A game that offers fun interaction with two animated characters; one who is friendly, and the other who is angry. Developed at Hunter College, this app helps reduce anxiety by training your brain to focus on the positive aspects of life and not on the negative. Developers suggest you use the app just before or during a stressful event for about 10 minutes a day.
- Brain Trainer Special
This is an app that contains games that help you memorize information and solve math problems.
- Brain Fitness Pro
This app offers memory training exercises that help you focus. It includes memory games and problem-solving skills that can keep you entertained for hours. Developers say that using this app increases attention and general cognitive skills.
Research shows that there are some activities that help train the brain to be happier. Thus it can better cope with stress and negative thoughts. This app is built upon the research and uses the fundamentals of positive psychology. It focuses on the strengths and virtues that make a fulfilling life.
- Positive Activity Jackpot
Originally this app was developed for the military, specifically for members returning from combat and who suffered from posttraumatic stress. The app uses augmented reality and the smartphone’s GPS to find activities that interest someone coping with depression.
An app that uses a special technique called space repetition to help memorize anything from important phone numbers to interesting words or facts.