6 Thumbs of Cognitive Wellness πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Yes! It’s here and plans to stay…

So… Like I said in the last post, it’s time we stop ignoring our cognitive health, we should take that extra effort to also keep our minds working sharp and alert from now till old age.

Let me quickly talk about them as I have been asked what they are, very brief though, check out the website for more lengthy info from global researchers as we don’t have access to that here. The 6 Thumbs “Up” are:

  1. Mental Stimulation: we tend to relax on learning after we leave school and only focus on things related to our work or careers. We focus on Carrera related knowledge until it becomes a routine and no more challenging… A one way show, boring… . It’s time to change that,  let’s do something totally different, learn a new language, write with the other hand, walk around the house with the eyes closed, etc…. Anything that’s novel and will excite those neurons of yours. 
  2. Nutrition: we have an issue with this here in Nigeria. Mainly due to low income and poverty but the good news is we don’t need to eat exported foods to get the mental push we need. Our foods are budget friendly and very nutritious. From the common ewedu, okro, ugwu, and other veggies to the superfood baobab that’s sold at expensive rates on the international market. Yes, we will bring in some but it’s not compulsory…. We have healthy foods here….. As long as they haven’t been poisoned by Monsanto and the government. Monsanto has been allowed to infiltrate our pure indigent farmers with GMO solutions and chemical products. 
  3. Spirituality: this is key to our happiness and mental satisfaction on attitudes towards life and daily living. We need to connect strongly with our Maker because He is the Maker and knows us more than we know ourselves. This life isn’t difficult when we follow His rules…. We can really and actually be happy, no matter the situation.
  4. Sleep: even I am still working on this one. With the way jobs are nowadays, people don’t get the 8hrs required for optimal body rest. And it’s during sleep that the brain cleans itself out so why deprive it? Let’s keep working on our sleep time and make the effort to keep to going to bed early and waking early enough – even our moods will improve.
  5. Physical fitness: everybody needs exercise. We can’t not get our bodies to fix the joints and muscles. Whether it is jogging, walking, aerobics or carrying a bucket of water from one place to the other, we must not keep our bodies idle. This is especially true of white collar job workers who sit all day on the same chair and still end up sleeping late and waking up early to do the same office job.
  6. Socialization: humans are social beings, we can’t live in isolation for long periods. Yes, we need that time out once in a while to meditate and move far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. But…. A big but is that sense of helping someone, giving comfort, just talking, laughing, sharing time with others, all these improves both our psychological and physical well-being.

Now that you know our 6 Thumbs “Ups”, I hope you will put in more effort to improve on each one as I am trying to do. It’s really not easy, especially if you already have a crazy routine but it’s doable. Stick to it…and you will get the desired results. 

And by the way, keep checking us out on the blog. We have lots of things planned.  #naijacognitivehealthblogger. 

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Essential Oils & ReadingΒ 

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This is the trending topic on our Instagram handle. 
Yes, reading is mostly about books! But…. 

One of our main aims @thereadinggymng is to make your reading experience a seamless one. That’s why we have created our Reading Accessories Collection. It’s not only bookmarks that serves as an accessory to books. πŸ˜‰ We have many accessory ideas to share with you. 

I love EOs. I utterly, utterly love them. And my two main brands are Plant Therapy and Edens Garden. You really need to be careful where you source your EOs, there are many processes to getting pure grade authentic essential oils and there are things to look out for when choosing a brand. That’s for another day. 

Today? Let’s talk EOs for mental clarity and focus. πŸ™‡πŸ™‡πŸ™‡. I will start with 5 oils to aid focus and clarity. 

5 Favorite Essential Oils for Mental Clarity:

  1. Rosemary 
  2. Basil
  3. Juniper Berry 
  4. Peppermint 
  5. Sage or Clary Sage

Though Sage should be used with caution. With rosemary, even a whiff of the smell from the herb🌱 gives the same result. 🌹🌹🌹 

Any of the above essential oils can be used singularly to help enhance your brain power and boost your mental clarity; however, if you want to get fancy and up the effectiveness, blend three of them together in a mix that’s pleasing to your olfactory system – or add one or two to another of your favorite essential oil (lemon or lemongrass, too, help with your energy levels – so don’t forget those)!πŸ’†πŸ’†πŸ’† 

You can also buy a synergy blend, a synergy blend is just a mix of different single oils, be sure to read the combo on the label though. πŸ›€πŸ›€πŸ›€ 

You can apply EOs by diffusing (my favorite), topical (massage) and usually mixed in a carrier oil, or just add a few drops into your cream. 

Please, if you are just starting with EOs, you need to do enough research because some are too strong and could actually harm your skin when used wrongly. 🚫🚫🚫 

So which ones do you use? What are your favourite brands? 

Ramadan 2017 Read-A-Thon Family ChallengeΒ 

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So we wanted to get mums busy and kids reading this Ramadan, and birthed our Ramadan Read-A-Thon 2017. We hope to get Muslims reading and learning more about Islam by borrowing books from us. Free delivery included too. 

There are 16 families and over 70 participants in this first season of the Ramadan Read-A-Thon. They are all based in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Everyone gets a package of books, mini journal, log sheets, Learning Roots Ramadan Activity Bumper pack, and other documents. And the books were efficiently sent via EMS, Nigeria (They have really revamped our postal services). 

Mums seem eager and are really being diligent with their tasks. 

But I think the most exciting part of it is our “Tree of Good Deeds” 😁

We have to put up leaves on our branches for every good deed we do each day. The deeds are written and picked at random. No good act, no leaf for the day. Let’s hope these tree trunks will be colourful at the end of Ramadan bi ithniLlaah 😁😁😁

And the ultimate prize??? πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

An increased knowledge of the Deen and improved relationship with our Lord. Then let’s not forget the improved bond between parent and child. It is a very good opportunity to get closer to our loved ones, to seal and stamp the affection we have for one another . 

Then….. We have tickets for a family of four to Hi-Impact Planet Theme Park. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTYwVCegr9f/

 May the best family winπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists | Education | The Guardian

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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

I also preach learning styles so this is something to think about. Nice arguments here. Please feel free to tell me what you think in the comments section below. 

Helping to Unleash.

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POTENTIAL! POTENTIAL! POTENTIAL!

Potential

That’s what I see whenever I look at my 12yr old daughter.

Now, it’s not that she is not a moody and grumpy child (just like her mum), nor am I saying she can’t be lazy or even naughty; what I am saying is that she is a child like every other child out there, fighting the hormones, learning subjects she is probably not going to use in her future career (maybe except the basic – Maths, English & Science), making and loosing friends, learning how to behave in public, etc. I could go on and on and bore you to death.

And like every other child, she has something else deep within her soul begging to come out, burst, explode – it’s what I call a POTENTIAL.

First, let’s understand what the term means, I have chosen three definitions from the world wide web:

1. Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. (when used as an adjective)

This is when we say – “Aliyah is a potential chef” (i.e. we mean Aliyah loves cooking and cooks extraordinarily well for her age.)

2. Latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. (as a noun)

This is when we say – “Aliyah is a young interior designer with great potential.” (i.e. we mean Aliyah has actually done something related to interior design, either as a course studied or a hobby, and she produced wonderful works of design.)

3. The quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field. (when used as a noun in physics)

In this case, I will draw similitudes –

a) Quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field =

Quantity (excellence of finished product)

determining the energy of mass/charge (talent)

in a gravitational field/an electric field (field of work/study/hobby).

All three definition have two things in common – having an abilityΒ and driving that ability!

The beautiful thing about potentials is that every child was born with it, you don’t learn it but you learn to develop it. No matter the physical or learning challenge an individual has, it doesn’t stop a potential from developing if the right environment is created for development.

Switching back to me:

Back in the days, the rule of thumb was that you had to be either of four main careers when you grew up: Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer or Architect (A typical Nigerian home), or else why are your parents wasting money to send you to school?

Now it’s different because the products of that generation (maybe due to global economics or just plain frustration) have decided to think differently.

My daughter has a very creative streak, I know because she got it from me. She loves to sit in her spare time and make things, from necklaces, to bracelets, to purses, to cases, baskets, e.t.c. from different materials. She converted an old biscuit tin into a craft case. She takes her time to combine shapes and colours such that you are amazed at the results. The other day, she asked me for an orange and I told her to go take one. I noticed it took her quite a while to finish that particular orange but I didn’t press her as to why. Later, I was looking through my phone and I saw a picture of my daughter’s orange (below) – she called it her flower.
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As a teacher, I had to go into reflection modeΒ and I know that the best thing to do will be to help her bring out her creativity and take it to another level. Yes, she must finish her secondary and tertiary education in a certain field but if she decides she wants to let her creativity determine her career, I would probably encourage her to sign up for a Design, Business Administrative, Management, or even Marketing. She is currently a science student but that doesn’t mean she can’t use that in whatever designs she wants to create in the future.

Here is another work from her younger days:
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As a child (and till now), I loved to draw and drew better pictures than my mates. I also loved to make things from paper but I just never had the right environment or encouragement to develop it so I sort of just pushed it aside and use it once in a while when I am doing the mother-children craft activity with my children.

If parents can just take 5-10mins a day to actually observe their child, take cues from their teachers and try to pinpoint what actually takes up the concentration of their child in a constructive manner, they will indeed be doing a great service to that child. Try to discover the talent in your child and channel your energy into helping him or her to use that talent positively and constructively. It doesn’t have to be a physical activity, it could be that your child is a potential orator or writer. And at the end of it all, your child will truly love you for being a true parent.

Here are some quotes I love that you can show your child:

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Having said that, though I am planning on taking my 12yr old to a 4 day craft course this holiday, I still haven’t gotten round to pinpointing the talents in her three younger siblings -10, 7, and 4yrs old. I hope I can find their own hidden talent as easily as it was for their elder sister.