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Memory Spring Monthly

Journaling: A Powerful Tool to Help with Memory and Mental Health

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A very powerful tool to help with your memory and mental health is journaling.  Writing down thoughts into a journal or diary is a skill that ties together both mental (thinking) and physical (writing) activities. That unique relationship between the hands and brain, sparked by the composition of thoughts and ideas, creates increased focus, stronger memory pods, and better cognitive recall.  

 
The process of Journaling is almost as old as time itself. It dates back to 10th century Japan.  Successful leaders and others have kept diaries or journals for a number of reasons including personal improvement and even for posterity sake.
 
In addition to improving your memory, Journaling helps in a number of other ways. According to Maude Purcell of Psych Central, additional Journaling benefits include: 
 

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Increase Mindfulness to Improve Your Memory

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Staying focused in today’s high tech social media environment sometimes feels impossible. There are so many pressures to get things done, and with every email, instant message, text, social media notifications, and every other beep and buzz our smart phones make, so many distractions. Add that to the regular interactions with the people in our lives, and it’s a wonder that we can focus on anything. In essence, instead of ADD ( Attention Deficit Disorder) most of us have BSOS (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome). 
 
The constant lack of focus makes it a struggle to remember anything. Recent studies have revealed that mindful attention can beneficially impact motivation and episodic memory, including helping with educational and occupational performance.  
 

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What Brain Improvement Goals Will You Establish in the Coming Year?

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The end of the year is a great time for appreciation and excitement. It is a time to recall and appreciate the year's wonderful moments. Yes, those special moments from this year will be locked in our head and our heart. 

 
This is also a time to look towards the future and get excited about our goals for the coming year. Most of us establish goals at the beginning of every year, but how many of us set goals to help our memory and brain health? Well, this is the year that you can start!
 
At Memory Spring, we promote an integrated approach to improving your memory by emphasizing four key areas: Physical, Organizational, Technical, and Mental/Emotional. Here are some potential goals to consider in each area.
 

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Want to Maintain Your Memory? Brush Your Teeth!

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Most of us know that it’s important to keep your brain challenged and eat right to stave off memory decline. But did you know that it is just as important to maintain good oral health?  Yes, there’s an increasing amount of data that supports a connection between oral health and memory. The data suggests that taking care of your teeth and gums can protect your brain and memory.

In one study, researchers followed 1,053 randomly selected individuals aged 70 to 79 from the Health ABC Study. The researchers performed cognition tests at baseline (year one) and again at years three and five. Comprehensive oral examinations were conducted at year two.
 

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