When you picture things you may help your mind recall points and improve your memory’s capacity. For example, seeing information instead of hearing it may help you remember it at a later date. Of course, for people who are auditory learners, the exact opposite is true – they remember sounds and the spoken word better than pictures. For visual learners, images and charts can help them remember information and study is greatly improved by using mind maps and other mapping and graphic techniques.
Use this knowledge to improve your memory. If you are studying, take a short break, no more than 15 minutes each hour and rest your mind to improve your learning.
Keep learning even as you get older. Also keep exercising. Both these help to produce new cells and new pathways in your brain to keep it active and keep dementia at bay. People who do puzzles and play memory games or even video games appear to be less likely to suffer from dementia. Mental workouts resemble muscular workouts. You can enhance your memory skills and focus by exercising your brain. Great memory games are crossword puzzles, mind teasers or puzzles, and also word searches.
One of the best ways to improve your memory is to get enough sleep. Rest is important for both short and long-term memory and if your mind is not operating at 100 %, your memory will certainly suffer. Boost your brain power and memory by getting your eight hours of rest every night.
One tip for remembering something, is to link it with something amusing, such as a funny song, expression, or psychological image. Amusing phrases, tracks, and so on have a means of remaining in your mind even when you are trying to forget them! Make use of that.
Realising that your memory is failing can be very worrying. There is medication available but getting plenty of exercise, eating healthily and keeping your mind active can all put off that moment when you (or your carer) find you need to take medication.
Your physical condition is the state of health you get from the workouts you do and the food with which you fuel your body. Everybody wants to be as healthy as they can, so here are some great health and fitness pointers to use next time you work out at the gym or at home. Following these will also help motivate you to exercise.
When working out, make certain to take your time to workout correctly as well as concentrating properly (no texting!). It is better to do an exercise fewer times but do it correctly, rather than wind up hurting yourself. As you develop better form, you will be able to do more of that type of exercise or do it faster.
Set Your Goals
A goal is a great motivator to have when trying to get fit. And you can change your goals as you get fitter. After reaching one goal, set another, higher goal, so you can keep moving towards life-long fitness.
When working out, listen to your body. A little muscular tissue pain is to be expected, especially if you have started a new sort of exercise. But constant discomfort is a different matter altogether and if you experience chest pain or breathlessness, STOP and consult your doctor immediately.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that you have done too much and that you may end up hurting yourself, possibly seriously. Listen to your body. This is not to say you should give up exercise, just to take it easy at first when starting out or returning to exercise after a break. Your motivation here is gradually to build up a good habit, NOT to kill yourself by being a weekend warrior (that is someone who does NO exercise during the week, then overdoes it at the weekend).
To stay motivated with your physical fitness strategy, try working out with a friend. This can go a long way towards keeping you fully committed to your health. Joining a walking group or a gym with a friend is a great way to keep yourself going.
To keep yourself moving towards a new goal, especially one that involves repetitions, or keeping moving for a particular length of time, try counting backwards. This will help you achieve more repetitions or keep going for those extra few seconds because you will know that you only have a few more reps or seconds to go. And that will help you squeeze out those last few reps or last bit of effort.
Goals and Motivation
A goal is a good motivator. Fitness is a life-time objective not just a short term one.
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Motivation is being able to set and achieve goals in some area of your life. Some goals can be their own rewards, for instance, getting an Olympic gold medal, however, the amount of work that is needed to achieve that kind of goal is often more than many of us are prepared to put into one area of our lives.
While most of us will never achieve an Olympic gold medal, we CAN use the same techniques to build our own motivation to achieve the goals WE want to reach. These goals may be in study, housework, exercise, diet, healthy eating or anything else but the same techniques can be used to help YOU achieve YOUR goals.
Write it Down
Whatever your goal, write it down,
and your reasons for doing it. Having this information written down will remind you of what you really want when you start to lose motivation. It is a great form of inspiration. Research has shown that those who write down their goal(s) and keep them near (in your wallet, posted on the wall, in a book you look at often) are more likely to achieve them. You can even create a VISION BOOK or a VISION CHART for yourself, to help you reach your goal.
Keep it Simple
If you are trying to improve some of your weaknesses, try setting some simple attainable goals first. You may start out feeling negative toward your goal and it will help you a great deal to get the motivation to keep going if you meet the goals. So get some baby steps you can focus on, instead of the big goal.
Break down large goals into manageable steps. Many times our goals are lofty, which is a good thing. However large goals can seem unattainable, causing you to become daunted and lose motivation. Before you start any large project or goal, break it down into smaller steps. Get as detailed as you can. Soon you will be well on your way to success.
A great tip that can help you with motivation is to not put all your eggs in one basket. If all you do is obsess about your progress, you’ll become impatient and you might lose motivation. Try focusing on many different things and not just your goal.
Help Yourself Stay Happy
Keeping a healthy diet will greatly influence the quality of your life. A diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, seeds and nuts will elevate serotonin levels which aids in reducing depression and increasing motivation. Conversely, diets low in complex carbohydrates can lower your serotonin levels.
It can be difficult to succeed on your own and other people can sometimes give you motivation and advice that you can’t give yourself. So, in order to achieve your life goals, make sure you enlist the support of others but make sure they are TRUSTED others.
Remember that we are often unmotivated when we are doing things we feel are not worth our time. Take stock of what you spend your time on, and determine if this is truly necessary for the other parts of your life. We have a limited amount of time on this planet, so be sure to spend it wisely.
When you are trying to improve a new skill, start a new diet, or even a new course, it is important to try and make it something you enjoy. If you are constantly dreading the new part of your life, you will quickly lose motivation and find ways to give yourself excuses. There is no point is trying to achieve something in an area you dislike. If you enjoy it, motivation will come much more easily.
Read on for more tips and links to gaining motivation in an area YOU are interested in.
You can create a motivation chart to help you keep track of what YOU want to accomplish. By placing it somewhere that you will see it every day and by rewarding yourself for doing your tasks, you can take those important small steps to achieving YOUR goals. You can download a FREE Motivation Chart for helping you keep track of your steps to achievement
A motivation chart for helping you to start and continue those small steps to making the changes you want.
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As it’s most likely you are the granny, helping your offspring out I will use PD to stand for Precious Daughter / Daughter-in-law and PG to stand for Precious Grandchild. But if you are not the granny, don’t let that stand in the way of being able to help a new mother!
There are times when it is very useful for someone else to nurse the baby, instead of the mother (or other parent). If you want to read more about when Grannies SHOULD nurse the baby, then click here.
can be hard. “I don’t know how”, “I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”. None of these excuses is true. That’s all they are – excuses! We all know we need to get a certain amount of exercise. That’s a no-brainer. It screams at us from web sites, posters and magazine articles. And we know we “ought” to do it. After all, our families need us and they need us to be healthy. Think how much more pleasant life is when you’re fit and can do things for yourself, instead of being dependent on others unnecessarily.Let’s attack the “I don’t know how” first. Read More…
Are you ashamed of a mucky, messy, filthy kitchen, maybe even looking like a hazardous area? It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend money and time on ripping it all out and starting again. After all, if you keep to the same habits, it won’t be long before your new kitchen will look just like the old one. Add a few small new habits on a regular basis to your day and you might find your old kitchen looks like new. Get some tips on refreshing your kitchen here….
Well, just like the airline safety videos say in the oxygen mask video, Help yourself first.
The reason they say that is because you can’t help anyone else (child, spouse, parent, friend, etc) if you collapse from lack of oxygen. Exercise is exactly the same, you need to set yourself first for a while to get the time for exercise. And if you find it difficult to get the time for exercise because of all the other things you have to do, then think about how those others will manage, or not manage if you become ill from lack of exercise! You NEED to put your exercise needs into your regular routine. If you ….. read more here
These tips will help you to help the new parent(s) and you can also use them if you are helping out a neighbour or a friend or are even doing voluntary work helping new single parents. It’s most likely that you are a Granny helping your precious daughter or daughter in law with your new grandchild, so I am going to refer to the new parent as PD (precious daughter / daughter in law) and the new baby as PG (precious grandchild). You can read the top 10 tips on when NOT to nurse the baby here
These tips will help you to help the new parent(s) and you can also use them if you are helping out a neighbour or a friend or are even doing voluntary work helping new single parents. It’s most likely that you are a Granny helping your precious daughter or daughter in law with your new grandchild, so I am going to refer to the new parent as PD (precious daughter / daughter in law) and the new baby as PG (precious grandchild).
No matter the state of the house, do not criticise anything. You are there to help, not point out mistakes or shortcomings. Keep your lips buttoned, unless you are praising something.
You are there to support PD. You are NOT there to look after PG. Unless your health or your disability totally prevents you from physically helping with the housework or PD is ill – let PD look after the baby. They need to bond and right now is the best time. Nursing PG in order to let PD “get on with the housework” is SELFISH. PD needs rest, to feed and change the baby and to bond with PG. You will have plenty of time in the future to get to know your new grandchild and you may be needed to nurse the baby for a short while anyway, while PD uses the loo or gets dressed.
When you first go into the house, check whether PD needs water or a cup of tea or coffee and something to eat. The first priority is to make sure PD is healthy and nourished.
The next most important task is to check whether something is available for the day’s main meal. It may need to come out of the freezer or it may need to be made. It may even need a phone call or a trip to the shop to get food in.
The next most important task is the laundry. There is always laundry! Get a wash started in the machine. If you are there long enough, you may be able to get it into the dryer or out on the line or hung on airers before you leave. If you hang it out on the line, you will need to bring it in BEFORE you leave that day, because PD will either forget or not have time. If there is dry laundry hanging around, fold it and put it away. It is best not to take laundry to your own house, unless it is an emergency.
Now you can get any dishes done, either in the sink or load the dishwasher. You may need to put dishes away or empty the dishwasher before you can wash more.
Check whether the bed has been made and if not, make it.
Check whether the bathroom needs cleaned. The main things are the sink and toilet and checking that there is enough loo roll / toilet paper.
Empty any waste bins / trash cans.
If you have any time and energy left, vacuum the stairs and landing and living room, or for the kitchen or hard floors, sweep and mop. You don’t have to do all of this every time you go. If this type of work is exhausting for you, or you have limited time, choose one area for each visit and do that. Choose a different area the next visit.