Want to improve your memory? One of the keys to remembering is to reduce your level of stress. So often you are so busy doing what has to be done that you forget about you and things get out of balance. Taking a few moments here and there can be helpful in reducing those stress hormones.
Since imbalance in our lives can not only contribute to health issues but can increase fatigue and moodiness, it would do us all good to be more attentive to our patterns as we go on automatic pilot. Try exercising, finding something humorous to enjoy or a meditative activity which can help to quiet your mind.
When I had some serious health issues in the 1980’s that limited my activity options, I discovered counted cross stitch as a way to relax. I did Christmas ornaments, dozens of framed pictures included beach and Christmas scenes and tributes to my parents. Recently I discovered Zentangle art and that is my new relaxation activity when I need to quiet the senseless chatter in my mind at the end of a stressful day.
Self-care tends to diminish when you get too busy or preoccupied with worry. You may notice that your eating habits get off track, that you stop exercising or have trouble sleeping. Those are just a few of the red flags to help you notice that you need to bring things into a better balance even if only for a short time, preferably every day.
I recently spent a week at a place that nurtures me on so many levels. Entering the grounds of Chautauqua Institution has this effect on me because of the many years of mini breaks I have taken there, especially during their 9 week summer season. I now have a scene I adore on my laptop and one on my IPhone complete with the sounds of water lapping against the shore. What a treat to see those images throughout the day. I smile, remember and relax even just for a moment.
Sunday is the day to unplug from your routine in the 7 day memory fitness program. Every Sunday for at least the next month or two, do something that brings you into better balance. Here are a few ideas to pick from. Write a different one on your calendar for each Sunday or modify these ideas to fit your routine. Try and do it periodically throughout the entire day. Create your own ideas for future weeks.
1. Do something special for yourself.
2. Spend some time doing absolutely nothing and concentrate on your breathing.
3. Avoid situations that deplete your energy.
4. Treat yourself to a movie, a special snack or time reading something you enjoy.
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” Jean Shinoda Bolen