Memory For Mommies

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Memory Help for Mommies

Essential Oils Can Help You and Your Children's Coping Skills and Memory

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Life is joyful, amazing, and full of wonderful moments. It is also full of stressors and challenging times. Wouldn’t it be nice to open a box and be able to locate a simple tool or strategy that could help us feel more calm and regulated? Essential oils can offer this kind of transformation to positively affect our coping skills and our memory. 
Throughout history, essential oils have been used as a holistic treatment to improve physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Essential oils are organic, aromatic compounds that come from different parts of plants (such as the bark, stem, peel, leaf, and flowers) and each drop contains chemical compounds that carry tremendous healing properties. Plants and essential oils have been used for over 5,000 years by many cultures to treat a variety of conditions. It is expected that up to 70 percent of modern pharmaceutical drugs will have originated from research conducted on plant-based medicine. According to the Essential Oils Academy, one of the most studied areas of aroma research is the effect of smell on emotions and mood. For example, there is convincing evidence demonstrating that simply inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings. The smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, an area that governs the body’s emotional responses.
There are many practical and effective ways that essential oils can assist parents, caregivers, and children. 


What You Focus on Can Improve You and Your Family's Inner Strength & Stability

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decisions by impact hub global network
The end of the year is a time for self reflection and a focus on the future.  It can also be a time for celebrations, gratitude, regret, changes, beginnings, and endings. New goals are often made for ourselves and our families. We often overlook a simple goal, which is to change the way that we respond to situations, people, and the world. A “response” rather than a “reaction” keeps the ownership, or power, with the responder rather than with the circumstance. This power provides incredible mental strength and stability for you and your family! 
We juggle with and adjust to so many evolving tasks, situations, joys, challenges, and people every day. It is a never-ending process of re-prioritization, ultimately guided by our inner sense of what matters most to us and our families in any given moment. While we know intuitively that we can’t control everything, we often forget that that we can control how we respond to any given situation. That moment of pause and reflection before responding, however brief, is a key element to having a powerful grounded prosperity outlook (glass is half full) vs. a powerless, unstable, lack or victim mentality (glass is half empty). It’s a choice, a decision… in each moment. 
Focusing on the things that we can control, such as our response, helps in three areas:

Adopt an "Attitude of Gratitude" to Reduce Stress and Improve Focus

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 gratitude by sheila craan
As we role into the upcoming joyous and hectic holiday season, it’s a great opportunity to adopt an “attitude of gratitude”. The power of gratitude, positive attitude, and positive thinking has long been espoused to help us live a happy and fulfilled life. UC Davis Psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass), defines gratitude as a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life”. Throughout recorded history physicians and writers have talked about the benefits of having a “mindset of gratitude”. Yet many of us struggle to appreciate what we do have, and hyper focus on what we are lacking on a daily basis. 
As moms, we have so much on our plates.  We can’t seem to get everything done to feel “caught up." The question is, do we pat ourselves on the back for any of the little things we actually do accomplish or do we just beat ourselves up for the seemingly never-ending list of things that still have yet to be completed? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we find ourselves feeling stressed out, exhausted, and defeated as our unmet expectations contribute to a plummeting self-esteem. And to add even more sting to this self-fulfilling cycle of defeat, it’s been found that stressed out mindsets and low self-esteem can contribute to poor brain health, lack of focus, and memory loss (just what us moms need)


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