Play Games to Improve Memory ... While Making New Ones

Posted by Katie C.

Nov 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Play_gamesThe third week in November is National Game and Puzzle Week. This is perfect timing – as families begin to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, they are looking for fun things to do while spending time together. Games and puzzles are the perfect solution to help bring family and friends closer together and to give your brain a boost as well!

Read on for a refresher of some perfect family games to try this season!

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Topics: Making Memories

4 Smart Ways to Dial Down Holiday Stress

Posted by Matt J.

Nov 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

christmas-woman-running-with-giftsAre you looking forward to the holidays this year? Many people want to enjoy the festivities at this special time of year, but they are too bogged down with worry and stress to get in the spirit of the season.

If that sounds like you, you may have way too much to do. You’re thinking about cooking, staying within a budget, shopping and preparing for holiday guests. Any of these things may keep you from getting a good night’s rest.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Never Give Up On a Goal Again With This 2-Step Approach

Posted by Katie C.

Nov 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

How_to_reach_your_goalsMost people do not know that November is National Novel Writing Month. The idea behind “NaNoWriMo” is to begin working on a novel November 1, and have a complete 50,000-word novel by November 30. You might wonder about the quality of these novels, but the idea behind completing a short novel in just one month is more about focus and completing your goal.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

How to Avoid the Winter Blues

Posted by Christine F.

Nov 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000012054325_SmallEnjoying winter is not just about lightening your life and having more fun. You may want to add more light in your daily life to battle those midwinter “blahs.”

If you’re like a lot of people you may have lower energy levels when the days of winter grow longer and darker. You probably wish you had more energy and you might blame the weather, but there’s more to ‘weathering the blues’ than dealing with snow and cold.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Guide to Setting Goals

Posted by Katie C.

Nov 6, 2014 10:00:00 AM

How_to_Set_GoalsWouldn’t it be great to have a better memory? If you’re a regular reader of the Memory Improvement Blog, you probably have at least a few ideas on what you can do to help improve your memory and brain health. But if you’re like many Americans, getting started towards self-improvement, or even keeping a good trend going, can be difficult. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, you don’t have to wait until the New Year to make (and keep) a resolution.

Today we’ll look at a few goal setting strategies that will help you get started – whether you’re looking to improve your memory, or just improve your life in general, following these steps will help you focus and stick to your plan.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

4 Major Health Benefits of Reading

Posted by Matt J.

Nov 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

iStock_000050766686_SmallThere’s nothing like reading to ramp up your cognitive health. When you were young you probably were told that good reading skills are fundamental to navigating the world around you.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Do You Have a Favorite Halloween Memory?

Posted by Katie C.

Oct 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Halloween_memoriesDo you have any favorite Halloween memories? Was there a year when you dressed up in a special costume for trick or treating? Maybe carving Jack-O-Lanterns was a memorable tradition growing up? It seems everyone has special memories surrounding Halloween – and other holidays. Let’s take a look at why holidays make such a strong impression on our memories.

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Topics: Memory

5 Secrets to a Stress-Free Moving Day

Posted by Christine F.

Oct 29, 2014 8:27:49 AM

movingGive yourself a pat on the back if after a long decision-making process, you finally have decided to move to a smaller home or apartment that has updated amenities you’ve long been dreaming about.

Now that you’ve decided to move, thinking about what you need to do before moving day can be nerve-racking. If the thought of deciding what to keep, what to give away or toss, is keeping you up at night anyone who has been through the process, can easily empathize.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

How to Make a Difference Today and Every Day

Posted by Katie C.

Oct 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

make_a_difference_dayHave you heard of Make a Difference Day? It takes place the fourth Saturday of October and is a day for people to focus on making a difference within their community. Helping a cause you believe in or giving back to the community is a great way to help charitable organizations, and there are benefits to you too!

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Topics: Mindful Tips

8 Ways to Combat Stress

Posted by Matt J.

Oct 21, 2014 10:10:13 AM

iStock_000035696454_SmallStress affects people in many different ways. It often creeps up when we feel overwhelmed or feel pressured to accomplish something in a short amount of time.

Stress triggers an alarm in the brain, telling our bodies that something is wrong. The ‘fight or flight’ response calls in the nervous system to respond and hormones to be released, jolting the body into action. Muscles become tense, breathing increases, and pulse quickens.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

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