The new dates for The Madison Comic Con, QuadCon, Toy Con, and Sci-Fi family fun day have been added to the events page!
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Upcoming Event Reminders:
We plan on participating at The Milwaukee Comic Con ~ This MightyCon event takes place at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Products Pavillion located at 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214 on Saturday, June 26th 2021. To learn more visit: mightyconshows.com
Concealed Realms will be at Toy Con on July 10th at the Bridgeview Community Center in Bridgeview, IL. To learn more about Toy Con events vist: Toy Con
Concealed Realms is scheduled to participate in Quad con on July 31st and August 1st in Davenport , IL. This event will take place in at the Northpark Mall.
Concealed Realms is now schedule to participate in Quad Con on August 7 in Springfield, IL The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center. To learn more visit: quadcity.com
We are scheduled to participate at Raptor Con! The new dates for the event are August 21st and 22nd. This event takes place in Evansville, Indiana. To learn more visit: www.RaptorCon.com
*For 10% off your RaptorCon ticket purchase use code CONREAL at checkout*
The Madison Comic Con will take place Sunday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall, 1 John Nolan Drive, Madison WI 53703
Concealed Realms is planning to participate in the Peoria Quad Con on September 25th and 26th. This event takes place at Northwoods Mall.
Concealed Realms will be returning to Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World! This event takes place on Saturday, Oct 2nd at 500 N Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI.
“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” – Bruce Garrabrandt
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” – Edward de Bono
“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury
“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois
*“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”
– George Bernard Shaw
Definition of Innovative:
Creativeness and The Fog
In these creativity posts, I often mention writers block and offer ways to combat it, and while the occasional rut is normal, lately I find myself walking into rooms and staring as I attempt to remember why I went there. Was I going to write a note on the calendar, make coffee, or was there something I needed to say? As time went on I noticed that I was having more trouble concentrating and that I began to struggle when answering simple trivia or recalling basic facts. I felt like I had constant brain fog, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I should be concerned.
As I delved into the subject, I found that there has been a lot of talk about brain fog lately and according to recent studies, I am not alone. Researchers claim continued stress, anxiety, and isolation do to the ongoing long term interruptions of our normal routines has left a lot of people feeling like they are in a haze. According to one article from cnbc.com ,Dr. Marra Ackerman – (a psychiatrist at NYU Langone Health) “this type of burnout is not unique to the current situation, it’s just becoming more of a problem now than it’s ever really been.” In that article she attributes this too the fact that many of us have been cut off from the people and activities that gave our life meaning and that it is compounded by the general stress and anxiety of living through this time of constant upheaval.
There are many different reasons for suffering from this fog. For me, even though I have been working from home for years, as I read on, article after article, it became clearer that personally, in my house, like many others, the normal barrier separating work and home time had dissolved to a point that it became almost nonexistent and I hardly noticed that it was happening until my creative productivity was at an all time low, so in this post I wanted to touch base on ways to combat this phenomena referred to as brain fog by offering a few techniques that experts advise could work to help lift the fog , and hopefully get your ideas flowing again.
Important Note: *Brain fog can also be related to certain health conditions and the information in this post should not be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.*
Brain fog is neither a scientific or medical term, but it is often used as a description when people try to explain that their thought process is sluggish, memories seem fuzzy, they encounter bouts of poor task attention, fatigue, and over all their mind is not as sharp as usual.
It is something that we have all experienced from time to time, perhaps you couldn’t think clearly when you were sick, took medication that effected your cognitive abilities until it wore off, or maybe you just returned from a trip and were jet-lagged. In each of these instances, the fog probably lifted after a few hours or days, so why does this fog seem to linger?
According to an article from Pennmedicine.org, “research suggests that the part of the brain called the limbic system is hyperactive during times of negative emotions and stress… when emotions become overblown, parts of the brain in charge of executive function tend to not communicate as well with the emotional parts of the brain— the limbic system is overriding the executive functioning circuit.“
In another article from The Atlantic.com , two quote’s from neurologist ‘s stood out to me,“Our brains are very good at learning different things and forgetting the things that are not a priority.” – Tina Franklin, and the other, “We’re all walking around with some mild cognitive impairment,” – Mike Yassa. In that article it is suggested that recalling simple tasks that we have been doing for ages is harder due to the fact that, with the ongoing changes in our daily lives, our priorities have had to shift tremendously and even if you have managed to remain in relative comfort over the past year and a half, the continued micro doses of stress is wearing on you, and this can cause changes to the regions of the brain that control executive function, learning, and memory. In order to combat this haze, it is suggested that we should participate in everyday activities which reduce stress and cultivate creative thinking. I have included five examples in the pargraphs below.
1.) Get Exercise – While there is no established amount of exercise to improve health, it’s generally recommended that you work out for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Doing so, can be beneficial for both your body and your brain. Besides improving memory, cognition, and motor coordination, it is also suggested that regular exercise can heighten your mood. You don’t even need to follow a boring repetitive routine to reap the benefits. Activities such as dancing, engaging in sports, and practicing martial arts are great options that can be both physically and mentally demanding.
2) Play Games! All Kinds! – Playing card games and board games can not only be a fun way to pass the time, but these activities may also be beneficial for the brain. Card games, like solitaire, poker, gin or even simple memory match games can test a person’s ability to recognize patterns and exercise short-term memory recall, and playing chess,or checkers may lead to improvements in executive functioning. It is even suggested that paying video games, whether they are action based, or strategy heavy, can lead to enhancements in attention, problem solving, and cognitive flexibility.
3.) Solving Puzzles – Puzzle solving can activate many cognitive functions, including mental rotation, working memory, and reasoning. When completing a jigsaw puzzle you have to look at different pieces and figure out where they fit within the larger picture. This can be a great way to challenge your brain. Number puzzles such as sudoku, are also thought to improve cognitive ability in some people and studies have suggested that practicing crossword puzzles on a regular basis could delay memory decline.
4.) Learn or teach a new skill – Is there something that you have always wanted to try? Learning a new skill is not only fun and interesting, but the challenge may also help strengthen the connections in your brain and improve your overall memory. Another great way to expand your thinking ability is to then teach what you learned to someone else. In order to master a new skill, you need to practice it. Teaching it to someone else requires you to explain the concept and reinforce’s your newly aquired knowledge.
5.) Too much focus can be draining. Don’t push yourself to hard. Remember to take time to relax and daydream. Pursue cognitively stimulating activities such as reading a novel or listening to music. Apart from boosting your mood in general, it is suggested that both activities stimulate your brain in beneficial ways.
Need more inspiration for motivation to get back on track? Try visiting some of my older creativity posts and flex those creative muscle’s by writing short stories, using writing prompts, dream journaling, or exploring other ways to ShiftCreative Outlets!
While feeling stuck in an idea rut is never fun, we should remind ourselves that we are not alone and that these ruts, even when prolonged, are only temporary. If you are currently experiencing “brain fog” I hope that this information helps rekindle your imagination, or encourages you to consider new passions and possibilities that push you to risk stepping outside your comfort zone for the sake of experimenting with something new.
In the end, I decided to take some dedicated time away and enjoy a temporary change of scenery. I didn’t plan anything fancy, just a brief family camping trip, and I am glad I did. Althought there was plenty of rain involved, we had a good time and the break seems to have helped inspire me to move on with my projects.
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