Memory For Mommies

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Make Family Time More Memorable: Prioritize

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mommy and child
The number of tasks a mother must accomplish on any given day is mind-boggling. With a monumental number of things to do, often every task seems just as important as the next. Not only do moms get stressed out and overwhelmed, but as days and years go by, the moments become a blur. An interview of empty-nest moms revealed many regretted that in their haste of getting things done, they missed some of the richness of key moments with their children. 

So, what do we do to get things done and also free us up to be present for those moments with our children? The key is time and task prioritization.

If you Google time and task prioritization, you will get many different ideas on the topic. One of the simplest and most practical is the Time Prioritization Matrix, designed by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and made popular by famed author, Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People). The matrix is divided into four areas:  I) Important/Urgent; II) Important/Not Urgent; III) Not Important/Urgent; and IV) Not Important/Not Urgent.


Treat Yourself and Your Family to Autumn’s Best Brain Food

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autumn whole foods by elvert barnes

As the days get shorter and mornings have that unmistakeable nip of autumn, we say goodbye to the fresh fruits and veggies of the summer months. While most of us think of summer as the best time for harvesting and consuming healthy fruits and vegetables, fall has its own set of fresh produce. And many of them, especially the deep greens and reds, are great for memory and brain health.

Here are a few to consider, plus links to recipes for some of the more picky eaters in your family.


Meditation Reduces Stress, Increases Focus, and Improves Memory

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 meditation by sonia belviso
Today’s mom lives in an environment that is full of chaos and stress. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep things together and maintain a level of sanity. Meditation is a proven tool that can help reinstall that calm, focus, and memory that today’s mom needs to feel and be productive.
Over the last few years, there has been plenty of research on meditation and how it positively impacts the brain. Data shows that meditation reduces subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improves attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being.  A UCLA study revealed that people who meditated on a daily basis maintained better preserved brains with more grey matter as they aged. Yale University found that mindfulness meditation also calmed down mindless wandering which is a tendency to ruminate on the past and future, thus creating anxiety and stress. John Hopkins University found that mindfulness meditation helped reduced anxiety, depression, and pain.

Reduce Negative Self Talk to Minimize Stress and Improve Your Memory

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positive self thoughts by mkismkismk

Research has shown that people under continuous stress suffer with memory problems. Negative self talk is a driver of stress and low self esteem.  Moms, in particular, who are bombarded with so many activities, choices, frictions, and other variables, tend to suffer with stress and low self esteem.


What is self talk? Self talk is that internal voice in our head that perceives every situation. Some people call it our inner critic. It can go to the positive, but many times it goes to the “dark” or negative side. On the positive side, it can flow to … I’m enjoying this situation; I’ll prepare and do well. On the negative side it can flow to … you’re going to fail; You won’t be good at it; you’re such an idiot. Self talk tends to include our conscious thoughts (or beliefs) as well as our unconscious assumptions.


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