The Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

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I so love this article by BrainFit.

Beautiful article on multi-tasking. People just never seem to understand why I tell them not to do it, seems it is a big thing in the business world.

Multitasking is not essential for productivity and it takes a toll on brain health and performance. Learn how to stop multitasking and be more productive.

Source: The Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

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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. 

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.