Memory For Mommies

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Memory Help for Mommies

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)


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? 

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