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Crone Zone: Navigating Memory and Wellness with Humour and Wisdom




As I embrace my 'cronehood', which includes many moments of forgetting words and 'why did I come in this room?' I've come to realise that this phase isn't about losing my memory; it's about living fully in the present moment. Entering the 'Crone Zone' has ushered in a new chapter of life—one that's liberating and free from the anxieties of earlier decades. I find that with age comes a newfound clarity, a fresher perspective and a delightful feeling of what some people may call 'selfishness', but I call 'self-care'!


But amidst the joys of the Crone Zone is the irritating habit of 'selective' memory. But, let me set the record straight—it's not forgetfulness; it's discernment. The brain becomes very particular in what it recalls!


Who cares if we occasionally forget why we walked into a room? It's an opportunity to laugh at ourselves and revel in the shared experience of midlife goddesses everywhere.


I've used for years one of Donna Eden's techniques to promote brain health. With just a minute a day, this practice stimulates the flow of oxygen and cerebrospinal fluid, nurturing our memory and overall well-being of the brain, it can even help relieve a headache. It's easy, quick, can be done anywhere.


If you do it for the first time, you might be a little lightheaded, so start of sitting down.


·       Place the left hand over the heart and right hand on the right hand side of the head, palm in front/slightly above the ear along the suture lines, fingers extended upward and wrap over the head.


·       Holding this position take four deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth, raising the body with the in-breath and relaxing it with the out breath.

Smile and either close eyes or look at something 'beautiful'.


·       Move right hand to the back of the head and repeat the breathing


·      Place right hand over the right side of the chest and left hand by the left ear and repeat the breathing


·       Finally, place the palm of the left hand on the forehead, with fingers going up onto the top of the head and again use the same breathing pattern.


TO SUMMARISE:

Right hand to right side of head then back

Left hand to left side of head then front


Donna Eden's (who devised this exercise) daughter, Titanya, is here explaining how to do it.




Exercise the brain daily  with something you enjoy: sudoku, crosswords, puzzles, learn a language, learn a poem or a quote, in fact try and learn something new every day.

It really is a case of use it or lose it. 


When it comes to supporting brain function, there are several herbs, supplements, and crystals that are believed to offer beneficial effects. Here are some popular options:

Herbs:

  1. Ginkgo Biloba: Known for its antioxidant properties, ginkgo biloba is commonly used to enhance memory and cognitive function by improving blood flow to the brain.

  2. Ginseng: This adaptogenic herb is believed to support mental clarity, focus, and memory, while also providing a natural energy boost.

  3. Rosemary: Beyond its culinary uses, rosemary contains compounds that may improve memory and concentration. It's often used in aromatherapy or consumed as a tea.

  4. Sage (Salvia): Sage has been traditionally used to enhance memory and cognitive function. It's rich in antioxidants and may help protect the brain from oxidative stress.

Supplements:

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil supplements, omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain health. They support cognitive function, memory, and overall brain development.

  2. Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins, particularly B6, B9 (folate), and B12, play crucial roles in brain health. They help produce neurotransmitters and support cognitive function.

  3. Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR): ALCAR is an amino acid that may enhance memory, focus, and mental clarity. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting brain cells from damage.

Crystals:

  1. Amethyst: Known as a calming stone, amethyst can help alleviate stress and promote mental clarity. It's often used during meditation to enhance focus and concentration.

  2. Clear Quartz: Clear quartz is believed to amplify energy and enhance mental clarity. It's often used to stimulate the mind and improve memory.

  3. Fluorite: This crystal is associated with mental clarity, focus, and decision-making. It's believed to absorb negative energies and promote mental balance.

  4. Sodalite: Sodalite is thought to stimulate the mind and enhance rational thinking. It's often used to improve communication skills and mental clarity


So, let's embrace our selective memory as a badge of honour, a testament to a life well-lived.

Let's celebrate our quirks and eccentricities, knowing that they're just another facet of our cronehood. With a dash of humour, a sprinkle of wisdom, and a commitment to self-care, we can navigate the Crone Zone with grace and vitality. They can be the best years ever.


Does it really matter if you can’t remember why you went upstairs? instead of worrying and thinking you have premature dementia, laugh at yourself and know that you are not alone, there are hundreds of women standing in doorways wondering why on earth they are there.


Here's to being sharp, vibrant, and unapologetically ourselves—midlife goddesses.

Love, Madison x


Many years ago I studied with Patrick Holford .... a professional I respect so much - here he is talking about the importance that Omega 3 has on our brain and the studies conducted to prove this. SMASH: Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines, Herrings




*do not use this herb if you are pregnant or using anticoagulants.

** my grateful thanks to Donna Eden [The Eden Method] for sharing this information




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