Do you remember growing up and people told you electronics would melt your brain? Now it seems like we rely on them for absolutely everything, and even though our parents said our brains would be melted, there are actually apps designed to help keep your mind sharp. Who woulda thunk?
With over 40 games to test your memory, reflexes, focus, problem solving, mental agility, and more, Peak is one of the best brain training apps available. There’s a free version, or you can pay to have quicker access to the games. The free version does just fine, though. With a few minutes a day, you’ll start to notice an improvement.
Mental sharpness can also include your mental health! Happify comes with quizzes, polls, and gratitude journals to help you keep things in perspective. All of the features work off the fundamentals of positive psychology, helping you control your stress and emotions. Who doesn’t need that?
Missing the game Simon Says of your childhood? You can get it on your phone! Well, sorta. iMimic literally mimics the classic game from the ‘80s, challenging you with sequences requiring quick reflexes and quick thinking.
4. Any Crossword App
Did you know crossword puzzles can help keep a variety of memory-related neurological diseases at bay? Challenge yourself with daily puzzles thanks to hundreds of crossword apps available for the iPhone.
5. Clockwork Brain Training
Millions of people are loving Clockwork Brain Training, which features games created to test your memory, attention, reasoning, dexterity, and language. Collect tokens as you move along your journey, and see how long you can survive in the more challenging rounds for a higher score! Clockwork Brain Training was named of the 500 Best Apps in the world, as chosen by The Sunday Times.
6. Not The Hole Story
Any riddle lovers out there? Not The Hole Story takes you through a book where you’ll get hints to solve riddles along the way. The app challenges you to broaden your thinking and look at things from every possible angle. For example, do you know how the cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, then left on Friday? You’ll find out in Not The Hole Story.
It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but make your phone more than a photo-taking, call-making, Instagram-scrolling device! Your phone can be used for just about anything, including keeping your mind sharp.