Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tips For Improve Your Child's Memory

The common belief is that memories are simply snippets of our lives that are stored in our brains, almost as if our brains act as a hard drive. Contrary to popular belief, our memory is actually a lot more complex than that. For a start, we have to understand that childhood amnesia actually exists. Childhood amnesia is the tendency of children ages 3 and under experience significantly short-term memories. This is because their brains are still not fully developed and their memories are very specific, but very short. So, do have some patience with your child if it's still of a tender age!

Fortunately, our children's memories improve as they grow older. As parents, it is our duty to give them the best reinforcement possible for them to develop excellent memories. In fact, I'm sure most of you are familiar with the common reinforcement techniques such as being repetitive, playing games, and associating things with colours. The brain requires specific nutrition as well for further development, this is especially necessary during a child's tender years. Allowing him or her to have sufficient rest and getting a good amount of exercise are the bare fundamentals. Be sure to give them an appropriate amount of water (typically at least 6 glasses), and feed them foods that are rich in Omega 3. Examples of these foods include extra virgin olive oil, various kinds of nuts, avocado, eggs and salmon.

On top of Omega 3 foods, give your child foods that contain Vitamin B. This can easily be solved with a good brand of supplements, but if you're not comfortable with that, you can substitute it with glasses of orange juice, spinach, strawberries and whole grains. As long as your child's diet consists of a healthy diet, most of these nutritions will be incorporated into their bodies naturally. Our brains need sleep and rest for development as well. However, the minimum sleep requirement varies depending on the age of the child. For children under 4 years old, the recommended sleeping time is at least 12 hours. So allowing your child to take frequent naps will be beneficial for his or her memory enhancement over a period of time.

You don't need to spend a lot of time to give your child the right nutritional value, you just have to be aware of what vitamins are more important than others when it comes to memory development. In addition to this, you can also play memory games and ask your child questions constantly, keeping him or her challenged. Limericks, rhymes, or even songs will all help your child in associating different words and different tunes with various memories.

Monday, April 13, 2015

How To Improving Your Memory

Focus on the task at hand. While we often say we are multitasking, the reality is that doing one thing well is better than doing several things poorly. You do need to be in the moment and pay attention. Recently flying home from a cross country trip, we couldn't find the car upon returning which was frustrating. How many times have we parked the car in a crowded parking lot, only to come back out and have to think where we parked? Look at your surroundings instead of your cell phone to mentally take note of the location of the car notable landmarks. Be in the moment.

Take notes. If we had written down the parking lot section at the airport, we wouldn't have wasted a half hour after an exhausting day of travel. Someone once said, "A short pencil is better than a long memory." With the fast pace of the world, give yourself an edge and write it down. That also includes using a calendar for appointments.

Repeat it. Someone tells you their birthday is next week and you want to acknowledge it with a phone call on the actual birthday. Repeat it aloud and think about what you would say. Do that a few times and you will remember.

Have a place for everything. Many people complain about misplacing car keys. Get a basket or key rack and use it. Putting your car keys in the same place will save you time in the morning. If your son can't find his shoes all the time, then get a shoe rack for the closet.

Good habits save time. We are creatures of habit and this can work to our advantage. Have a mental checklist before leaving to make sure you have that dry cleaning you want to dropping off after work or your lunch you packed. Don't remember if you turned off the iron or not? Make it a point to disconnect any electrical appliance as soon as you are done with it and better yet, only buy appliances with automatic shut off.

Plan ahead. Check your pantry items for the upcoming week, make a menu and use a grocery list help save needless extra trips to the store because you forgot things. A little time getting organized will help you remember better as you can see how prepared you are already and will feel more confident.

Chunk the information. This is a strategy with to remember something like a phone number or address. Take the smaller parts, repeat them a few times and memorize them separately. The idea of memorizing smaller sections and then putting it together is easier than remembering large amounts of information. This is a great study technique for students who need to memorize things.

Don't let electronics rule you. Many people get so wrapped up in their TV, computer or phone that they feel like they do not need to remember anything as modern technology will do it for them. As an exercise for your memory, take time to remember your important numbers in case you misplace your phone.

Memory joggers. Return to the location where you had the thought you can't remember. Sometimes there is a visual clue that hit you when you had that thought. Life is so fast paced that taking a moment to think about what you were going to do or say helps bring the thought back.

Visualize. Think through the idea of what you are trying to remember by picturing it. When you paid your bill, did you do it online or write a check? How much was the bill for? And what type of stamp did you use? Which collection box did you use? Making a mental movie of what you did can help sharpen your memory.

Play games. Use mnemonics to help you remember your errands. Make a rhyme of your list you want to remember or sing out the list. Exercise the brain with brain teasers, puzzles and cross word puzzles.

Your memory is a use it or lose it process. With television, the Internet and our cell phones, we have let our minds become lazy and complacent and don't always employ strenuous thinking. For example, driving down the street, we may know the route to take, but can we easily name the roads and route numbers, enough to give good directions to others? Make the connections and make a conscious effort to exercise your brain. If you try these tips and they are not helping, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.

Friday, March 20, 2015

All about Ghosts

I receive many messages from people seeking advice on what to do about demonic voices, dark spirits, negative shadows, even pacts with the devil on one occasion. Up until now I have not posted an article on these subjects for a number of reasons. The main one being that I am not personally experienced in these subjects (basically I have NEVER come across a demon or someone who was possessed), secondly I know it could be an emotive subject provoking a bit of a debate, but mostly because, well... OK, I'm gonna lay it on the line for you... I really don't believe in demons.

Now, it does depend entirely on your definition of what a demon is, and I have come across negative and damaging energy, but in my experience this has been caused by living people and not spirit.

Yes spirit can get noisy, mischievous and annoying, but only when they're earthbound, once they go over to the light, they have a much more spiritual way about them and aren't really bothered with the human side of our lives.

And no, I don't believe in hell or the devil either!

This subject is not only quite huge, very emotive and massively open for discussion, it is also venturing into some quite in-depth philosophical debate which is way to too long to go into here.

Where To Go For Help

If you are reading this and are looking for help with something you consider demonic, a dark spirit, voices telling you to do things or 'tempting' you in a certain direction, please find the right person to help you.

Personally, I am neither qualified or experienced in the subject. And some things which one could consider 'paranormal' or 'psychic experiences' can also be symptoms of mental health conditions for which professional medical help should be sought.

Seek help at a spiritualist church, (they will run or know of a good rescue circle) or from an experienced and reputable medium. And also consult your G.P.

If you are focusing on such things you will draw negative energy and people in to your life. If you find yourself thinking about it all the time try changing your habits, read different books, talk about other things, stay away from negative influences. It's no different to someone who surrounds themselves with petty criminals and worries about ending up in jail, Change it up! You have control over your life, you just have to exercise that control. I'm a firm believer in a Native American Proverb:

"Keep Your Face To The Sunlight, and You Will Not See The Shadows"
But I Heard About A Girl Who Was Possessed By A Ghost Once...

Yes, there are stories of injuries being allegedly caused by spirits, there are stories of 'possession', and in less extreme cases, places that just don't feel nice. But as I haven't got access to all the information, and more importantly, facts about such cases, I am unable to form an opinion on what has caused these.

I think you must realise from writing, my experiences, my articles and books that I am pretty open minded, but I am also very pragmatic as well as having a strong spiritual philosophy. 'Demons' in the sense of an evil spirit, just don't sit within my belief structure, today. That may change, and as I said there is a complex debate about what a demon may be so I reserve the right to change my mind.

I consider myself a lightworker. I believe we are all beings of light, all connected by 'source' energy. While we may wonder about some people's choices and decisions, that is their path to experience. If you focus on the light and work to understand your energy, your connection with others, how to develop your spiritual philosophy, and live a positive fulfilling life there is no room for negative energy.