Memory For Mommies

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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)


Winter Squash Boosts Your Brain

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winter squashes by gary stevens

With autumn upon us, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the season. Winter squash is one of those foods that provide significant benefits to our brain and general health. Winter squash can help keep your brain functioning well and also lower stress-related anxiety at the same time.

Even the seeds from winter squash have brain benefits. In addition, squash seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. They also contain concentrated amounts of protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% ofRDA), zinc (71%), etc., but zero cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of brain health promoting the amino acid tryptophan. 

What is it in winter squash that helps our memory and brain health? 

Tips for Enhancing Your Child's Brain Development

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girl playing violin - igor spasic 
As parents, we’re always on the quest to help our children grow towards their highest potential. One area that we can't overlook is their brain development. There are many simple and fun ways you can help your child's brain develop. Read on for some helpful exercises, music, language and games that you can use to help nurture your children's mental abilities. 

Eight Essential Apps to Ease the Back-to-School Crunch

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apps by scis schools 

Rolling back into the school routine is one of the more stressful times in a family’s year. For moms, keeping it all together and maintaining sanity while getting the kids adjusted to their new routines sometimes feels impossible. 
Most memory researchers will tell you that disorganization and stress are major contributors to forgetfulness.  As a matter of fact, the two are interrelated--when we get disorganized, we tend to forget things more easily. And as we forget things, we tend to get more disorganized. And then the stress seems to soar, sometimes affecting the whole family. 
There are, however, some tools out there that can help you de-clutter your brain, regain some time, sanity, and memory during this intense time and beyond. Here are some mom-tested apps that can make your life easier.


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