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Like More Brain Memory Today?

If you have a baby-easy strategy to deeply relax that requires 1-2 minutes
maximum, you can improve your long-term memory up to 40%. That’s a lot
and we know three ways. So what? Relaxation releases chronic stress and even adds
to your mental health and longevity.

Three Facts

1. Fact: deep relaxation helps you receive new information and improves your
personal learning and memory skills. Improvement will aid your career and
finances.

2. Fact: learning is based on long-term memory. Get this: learning is directly


related to your attention-span. The more impulsive and anxiety-prone, the worse
your attention and memory. Relaxation reduces impulsivity and stress and improves
learning and memory.

3. Fact: we live our waking hours in Beta brain cycles per second – we are
electrochemical beings and either awake and alert, sleeping or relaxed and
daydreaming.

Inquiring Minds

For Inquiring Minds: Beta is 13-40 cycles per second, Alpha: 8-13 cps (Hz), Theta:
4-7 cycles, and Delta: ½ to 4 cycles per second.

EEG scientific research was discovered by Austrian scientist Hans Berger; he


created the first working EEG (electroencephalograph) to measure human
brainwave rhythms in 1908.

Who cares? What if more knowledge improves your career opportunities? It does.

The EEG measures the electricity (brainwave rhythms) operating in our brain
during waking hours, sleep and light (Alpha) and deep (Theta) relaxation.

Google: Neuro-feedback for learning and memory.

In Sync (Synchronization – Simultaneously) - < L together at the same-time.

When our brain’s memory neurons are relaxed – in harmony, agreement and
accord – with our Theta brainwaves – you create and maintain stronger, lasting
memories. You become smarter in learning and remembering.

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Theta cycles per second (brainwave rhythms) occur when you are DayDreaming,
drowsiness and enjoying deep relaxation.

When you close your eyes for just 20 seconds your brain shifts from Beta cycles of
alert attention, to Alpha cps of not so alert concentration. Hippies used to call it an
“altered state of consciousness.”

Who Says So

Google: Ueli Rutishauser, California Institute of Technology, published in the


journal Nature, March 2010 produced this new research.

This is a direct link between our neural networks (brain circuits) and results
in human behavior. How we think and how we feel affects our behavior, our
final results. Remember: Theta produces creativity, imagination and dreams.

For the first time, scientific research offers evidence that when we link memory-
related neurons to Theta brainwaves (for relaxation) during learning, encoding new
information (memories) is stronger and long-term. Aw, just relax and learn better.

Define Memory: specific patterns of activity across a network of neurons.


Synapses are connections (links) between neurons (nerve cells). They become
more active during learning.

Donald O. Hebb, Canadian neuroscientist (1905-1985) is famous for the principle


that synapses are the mechanism for long-term memory. Dr. Hebb showed,
“The cells that fire together, wire together.” The more your use it (repetition)
the better your memory becomes.

Strategy

You can sit at your desk and within two-minutes add up to 40% to your memory
and learning skills for the next ninety-minutes. That is a good CBA (Cost-Benefit-
Analysis) particularly before a presentation, interview or exam.

Important: attention is the fuel of memory. Add more oxygen and glucose to your
mind and body and you just fill up an empty or low tank. Attention Span controls
brain power in learning and memory.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Close your eyes – the whole thing requires two-minutes – and slowly deeply inhale
from your diaphragm. You got it right when your stomach slowly expands.
Count one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand. Now hold the
breath for a three-count, and exhale (eyes closed) slowly for another three-count.

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Repeat this breathing pattern twice more. Now drop your shoulders and feel
lightness in your toes. Use your imagination to see and feel your feet, legs and lower
half of your body. Change your mental imagery to release all the existing stress.

Consciously S-M-I-L-E.

Create a smile on your face by raising the sides of your mouth, and crinkle (crow’s
feet) the sides of each eye. It is critical you maintain this forced smile for 20 seconds
because it triggers a relaxed state of mind.

Inquiring Minds: Google – Zygomatic Major (draws the angle of the mouth),
Risorius muscle – raises the corner of mouth for smiling, and Orbicularis Oculi –
creates Crow’s Feet at the sides of the eyes.

Eyes still closed, create a mental movie of the upper half of your body. See a
relaxation of the six muscles (extraocular muscles) in each eye. Feel your neck
muscles, tendons and ligament release their stress as you exercise your will power.

Mopping Up

Slowly breathe and consciously feel the oxygen entering your lungs. Mentally
visualize yourself at the beach on a summer weekend, stretched out in the sun.
Smile and feel the warmth of the sun on your body as your mind releases all stress
and tension.

The two-minutes are up and your mind and body are rejuvenated. See ya.
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