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Welcome to Relaxed Brainpower!

This site is for people who want to use their minds to their full potential, without being obsessive about it.

Here you will find:

  • Memory techniques
  • Productivity strategies
  • Relaxation methods
  • Musings about the art of living
  • Fun brain games
  • Relevant book reviews
  • …and more!

Who am I?

me at deskMy name is Peter Gimbel. I am a 33-year-old man who works for a nonprofit and lives near New York City. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic condition that took away my ability to walk by the time I was twelve, and later made it necessary for me to use a ventilator to breathe. I realized at an early age that I could not rely on the strength of my body. Instead, I strengthened my mind.

I learned everything I could in school, and in my free time practiced memory techniques, expanded my vocabulary, and explored lucid dreaming. After college, however, I took a break from my brain training for several years while working full time and starting a family.

In 2015, my daughter started school, and I reduced my working hours for health reasons. These two changes gave me enough free time to start to get bored. So I decided to go back to learning how to use my mind to its full potential.

But I don’t want to become an eccentric recluse. I want to be a happy, healthy person with good relationships. To do that, I have to stay relaxed, take care of my sometimes fragile health and continue to fulfill my responsibilities as a parent and employee.

Given all the challenges I face, it might seem strange that I would decide to take on a project like this site. Here a few of my reasons for doing this:

  • To remind myself to continue strengthening my mind.
  • To keep track of research and resources.
  • To improve my ability to write and explain.
  • To share my discoveries with like-minded people.
  • To help create a smarter and more positive world.

The techniques, tips and resources I post here are based on my own personal experiences. What works for me might not work for you, and what’s useless for me may be useful to you. I am trained as a social worker, but I am not a clinical therapist. The relaxation, positive thinking and other techniques and information on this site are not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any kind of mental illness. If you suspect you may have a serious problem, please seek professional help.

Please explore the site and maybe comment on a post. I hope you like what you find here.

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