Stimulating Brain Cells

Classroom at the Random Passage filming site, Newfoundland
Classroom at the Random Passage filming site, Newfoundland

Many years ago my grandma said, “Learn something new every day!” That was very good advice back then and remains good advice even today. Learning new things stimulates brain cells keeping them healthy. You know, the use it or lose it concept.

Christine M. Gall, PhD and professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, states that tasks that require learning create actual growth in the ever-developing mind.

What learning opportunities do you take advantage of — reading, workshops/seminars/classes, traveling, technology, crossword puzzles, hobbies, learning a foreign language?  All sorts of activities contribute to a healthy mind and body. Learning requires you to pay attention. As Gall stated, “Recalling where you parked the car or who you talked to in the morning requires learning and remembering information.”

Could it be that learning how to simplify your life and organize your environment is actually good for your brain? There are plenty of books, organizing blogs and professional organizers ready to stimulate those brain cells.

Stay active and be open to new challenges.

What is your modus operandi to keep brain cells healthy, active and stimulated? Leave a comment below.



Avoid Morning Rush

The kids are back in school and the morning rush can be overwhelming. Even without kids in the household, mornings get hectic if you haven’t taken the time to plan ahead.

Morning Rush? Can you relate?
Morning Rush? Can you relate?

Try a few of the following tips and see which ones work for your busy life.

  • Start preparing on Sunday evening. Select a week’s worth of clothing including underwear and accessories for yourself and your children. Assemble a complete outfit for each day on hangers or in cubbies marked with the days of the week. This preparation eliminates the what-will-I-wear-today syndrome.
  • Organize a breakfast center so everyone’s favorite breakfast items are easily accessible. Set the table the night before to speed up the breakfast time. If you are a coffee drinker, use a programmable pot.
  • Delegate one area in the pantry for emergency grab-as-you-go breakfast items (bars, fruit cups, applesauce, crackers, almonds, juice boxes) for those mornings when time is more rushed than normal or if things just don’t go as planned.
  • If dinners are rushed events, establish the menu for a week or two. Keep it simple. Most families have their favorites, so stick with easy-to-prepare meals. Maybe one night a week can feature a special recipe. Knowing what you will prepare for dinner, eases the morning thought process.
  • Designate a specific spot for backpacks, diaper bags, lunch boxes and briefcases. This can be hooks, shelves or baskets by the entryway.
  • Use self-laminated luggage tags to attach a child’s name and daily checklist to a backpack. This tag is a reminder of what each person needs to grab before walking out the door. Involve all family members in gathering together personal items needed for the next day.
  • Develop good habits and establish practical morning routines to eliminate the mad dash. Planning and preparation make life bearable.

How are you doing with your morning routines? Leave your comments below.



September is for Self-Improvement

September is Self-Improvement Month

Footbridge to small island
Take a stroll to broaden your horizon

Ideas for long-lasting changes

S ~ Simplify! Let go of the excess.

E ~ Education. Maintain the attitude of a student. There is always more to learn.

P ~ Persistence. A step-by-step movement forward.

T ~ Talk kindly. Positive self talk produces results.

E ~ Easy does it. Too many quick changes confuse the psyche.

M ~ Monitor and measure. Small consistent steps wins the gold. 

B ~ Be flexible, be kind, be willing to risk.

E ~ Exercise and eat healthy meals.

R ~ Remember. Nothing adds more meaning to life than discovering that you do make a difference.