Memory For Mommies

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Memory Help for Mommies

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

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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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Make Family Time More Memorable: Prioritize

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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.

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Meditation Reduces Stress, Increases Focus, and Improves Memory

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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.
 
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