Memory is faculty of mind by which information is encoded, stored and retrieved. Though we all associate memory with retrieval, the process of encoding and storage is just as important.
April's theme is Keep Calm and Carry On. Peace and quiet is a precious commodity these days, especially with the frenzy of activities going on in our day to day life. But it is essential to take a moment to pause and reflect and to calm our minds.
In the busy world we live in, Focus is certainly not the easiest to master. But what is focus anyway? Focus happens when we only concentrate on one thing, and say no to the rest. There is a great quote by Tim Ferriss where we states that "what you don't do determines what you can do." If you think about it, focus stems from being mindful about the tasks you'll do, and being present while you're doing them. Often times, lack of focus comes from indecision and too many distractions. The solution is simple, decide on your tasks, minimize distractions, and indulge in this month's box. Focus doesn't just happen. It is a result of proactive action.
Oxytocin is known as the as the "cuddle hormone" or "love hormone." It is a feel good hormone that is released when we bond socially. Oxytocin is released when snuggling with your pup, hanging out with a friend, or hugging your significant other. Recent studies have shown that doing random acts of kindness also cause us to release oxytocin. That is why we have included Boom Boom cards in this month's box! As cards carrying members of the Boom Boom Revolution! you will perform 26 revolutionary acts of guerilla goodness in your every day life, spreading kindness in your workplace and home, as well as your greater community. Each time you complete a card, you post your experience on the website and then give the card away for someone else to play. The card's unique ID number enables you to follow your card's journey on the website's map and witness all the goodness they've inspired!
Maintaining energy throughout the day is not as simple as drinking energy drinks and eating sugary foods. Sure, those are easy ways to get a quick energy burst, but we all know with that comes the inevitable crash where you feel even more tired than you did before. Too many of us fall into this same cycle day-in and day-out. That's why the January NeuroBox is focused on giving you everything you need to gain energy, but more importantly maintain that energy so that you can remain at a consistent level of focus and productivity to reach your goals. We create the energy we need with what we do for our bodies and minds: The food we eat, the books we read, the people we talk to, the way we react to the world all play a critical role in deciding our energy levels.
As they say, "it's the most wonderful time of the year!" The holiday season is a joyous one, but for many it usually comes with a great deal of stress. Shopping for gifts, parties, unhealthy junk food around every corner, Q4 stress at work, budgeting - it can be overwhelming! The December NeuroBox is designed to help ensure you have a low-stress enjoyable holiday season. This box is curated with all of the best products to help you relax. The puzzle, however, is still quite the challenge, but you'll have the tools now to keep calm and conquer the Infuriator!
Gratitude has been proven to actually change your brain (for the better). Various peer-reviewed studies have shown the tremendous effects of a gratitude practice on the brain, specifically increasing determination, lessening depression, increasing levels of energy, and a longer attention span. It has also been shown that people with a gratitude practice tend to be happier and less depressed. Try it out for yourself! Practice gratitude daily this month and watch your world shift.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature helps our brain to relax, be more creative, heighten our senses, improve mood, decrease brooding, reduce anxiety, increase our attention span, and even improve memory. Just spending at least 20 minutes in nature or looking out a window can help you start reaping some of these benefits. But, the more the better. We recommend taking a 60-90 minute nature walk (with phone off) once a week.