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Memory Spring Monthly

Take Care of Your Heart to Take Care of Your Memory

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Over the past few years it’s become common knowledge that even though the brain makes up a small percentage of your body weight, it requires twenty percent of your blood supply to operate correctly.  As a result, the performance of your heart, the organ that pumps oxygen rich blood throughout the body, is vital to optimizing your brain health and memory.

Good heart performance and blood flow results in better memory performance and brain responsiveness.  Restricted blood flow results in increased memory struggles, increased risk of Alzheimer’s (and other forms of dementia), stroke, and even heart attack.
 
According to Web MD, the top risk factors for poor heart performance or heart disease include: Smoking, High LDL (“bad” cholesterol and low HDL ("good" cholesterol), Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), Physical inactivity, Obesity, Uncontrolled diabetes, Uncontrolled stress and anger.
 
Here are some steps to implement to improve your heart performance, memory and brain health.
 

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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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Want a Great Technique to Improve Your Memory and Recall? Start Mind Mapping!

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Mind Mapping is a powerful technique that is used to improve memory and recall.  In addition to boosting their memory, people of all ages are using mind mapping to help in a number of ways, including: 1) Generating ideas; 2) Organizing thoughts or ideas;  3) Understanding course material; 4) Assisting as a revision aid; 5) Structuring coursework; 6) Engaging creativity; 7) Enhancing presentations; and 8) Having fun. Mind mapping is truly a powerful and simple tool that everyone can learn to use.
 
What is mind mapping? According to mind map creator, Tony Buzan, “A mind map is a visual thinking tool that can be applied to all cognitive functions, especially memory, learning, creativity and analysis. Mind mapping is a process that involves a distinct combination of imagery, color and visual-spatial arrangement. The technique maps out your thoughts using keywords that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas”.
 

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

Goal by Giulia Forsyth

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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