New year resolution like a fleeting fashion statement (2/7)

Our January 1st to-do list is sometimes only an ideal – like a fad or a fashion statement. The perfect model catwalks but later becomes off-balanced and loses her track even before the month ends.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 2 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl's new pair of red sneakers matching her white-over-red polka-dot skirt
Young Mnimi girl’s new pair of red sneakers matching her white-over-red polka-dot skirt

National Spouse’s Day

January 26th is National Spouse’s Day. On this day, make it extra special for your partner and you!

January 26th is National Spouse’s Day. Go ahead and give your partner some very special treatment on this day. 🤗

Love is not just looking at each other. It’s looking in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars

Happy Bench Monday

The 2nd Monday of January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.

Go ahead; clean your desks. Declutter for a better focus. What a good way to start your work week!

Happy Bench Monday Clean Off Your Desk Day!

Mnimi, showing her cleaned off desk in her bedroom
Mnimi, standing on her chair for Bench Monday

National Hot Tea Day: brain benefits of tea

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day. Let’s toast our teacups and celebrate by understanding the brain benefits of tea, like peppermint, chamomile, green and black.

January 12th is National Hot Tea Day (with January as the National Hot Tea Month) as declared by the Tea Council of the USA in 2016. Let’s toast our tea cups and celebrate by exploring some types of tea – chamomile, peppermint, black and green – and their cognitive benefits.

Tea and memory

A regular cup of tea is found to be beneficial to your cognitive health.

In a study of 1,003 Japanese participants aged 70 and above, it was concluded that the more green tea 🍵 they consumed, the lesser the cognitive impairment was. In another study of 2,501 Chinese adults aged 55 and above, regular consumption of black (fermented) and oolong (semi-fermented) tea ☕️ “was associated with lower risks of cognitive impairment and decline independent of other risk factors.” (1)

Both black and green tea inhibited an enzyme activity in relation to a brain 🧠 neurotransmitter imbalance that causes Alzheimer’s disease. According to Dr. Ed Okello, lead investigator: “Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development.” (2)

Dr. Okello, a green tea 🍵 drinker, also said, “The ageing politician, Tony Benn, is a prime example of somebody who drinks tea and has a fantastic memory. He is said to drink 18 pints a day and has a very sharp mind for a man of his age.” (2)

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development.

Dr. Ed Okello

Brain tea for two: peppermint vs. chamomile

In an experiment conducted by the Psychology Department of Northumbria University, peppermint and chamomile tea had been proven to have contrasting effects… While peppermint tea makes you alert; thereby, improving memory, chamomile tea impairs cognition as it calms you down. (3)

Doris Day – Tea for Two (1950) uploaded by Kudret Laurentius, on YouTube

Picture me upon your knee –
With tea for two and two for tea;
Just me for you
And you for me alone.

Doris Day song, Tea For Two

Peppermint tea

Peppermint contains theanine, an amino acid (a building block of protein), found in green tea. Its combination with caffeine is found to promote better memory and learning; thus, became popular as a nootropic supplement typically found in the form of a pill, drink or gum. (4)

While theanine is good for treating anxiety and high blood pressure, it is also used to make cancer treatment more effective. Similar to glutamate, theanine also transmits nerve impulses in the brain and helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. (5)

Chamomile tea

Like peppermint, chamomile can alleviate anxiety and possibly prevent cancer cells from developing. But in addition, it also ease menstrual cramps and reduce inflammation, as well as “help” prevent blood sugar increase, slow down osteoporosis and relieve cold symptoms (although more research is needed on those last three claims). (6)

Because chamomile calms you down and lowers mental alertness, it will naturally and temporarily impair your memory.

Please note:
Peppermint and chamomile should be taken as supplements; and should not, in any way, replace medicine, especially when prescribed. Please consult your doctor.

References:
(1) Okello, Ed. (2016, September 14). A memorable cup of tea. Retrieved from https://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacuk/instituteofneuroscience/files/A%20memorable%20cup%20of%20tea%20and%20other%20natural%20products%20%20-%20ARUK%202016-Ed%20Okello.pdf.
(2) University Of Newcastle Upon Tyne. (2004, November 1). Tea Could Improve Memory, Study Shows. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/10/041030144110.htm.
(3) Herbs that can boost your mood and memory. (2016, April 29). Retrieved from https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/04/herbs-that-can-boost-your-mood-and-memory/.
(4) Theanine. (2018, December 30). Retrieved January 4, 2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine.
(5) Theanine. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2019 from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1053/theanine.
(6) Villines, Zawn. (2017, November 15). What are the benefits of chamomile tea? Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320031.php.

International thank you day

January 11th is world thank you day… Thank you, a beautiful two-word phrase that we should always remember to say. If you are one of those who find it difficult to utter these simple words, at least now is the perfect time to say it.

January 11th is International Thank You Day.

Happy World Thank You Day!  I Call Her Mnimi - AboutMnimi.com

Happy World Thank You Day! I Call Her Mnimi – AboutMnimi.com

Memory recall: a good reminder

Someone once reminded me the importance of saying thank you. He told me that his mother taught him that. I just now realize that this beautiful two-word phrase – Thank You – is associated to this person. (I happen to have a word-name association list and so he’s now officially there. #ohwell 😒

Of course, I know how to say thank you since childhood. But getting a reminder once in a while is good, too, as we unmindfully forget to say it sometimes. So, this is also your reminder. #yourewelcome 😆

If you are one of those who find it difficult to utter these two simple words, at least now is the perfect time to say it. It’s official – the 11th of January – World #ThankYou Day. 🙏

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Meister Eckhart quote

Thank you, next, next… Thank you. 🎶😆

Take the stairs day quotes

January 10th is Take The Stairs Day.

There is no elevator to success.  You have to take the stairs. Zig Ziglar quote | I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com
There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.
Zig Ziglar quote
I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com

In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!

Mehmet Murat ildan quote | I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself and believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.

Sarah Ban Breathnach quote| I Call Her Mnimi | AboutMnimi.com

Feeling good on New Year

Feeling Good by Nina Simone is a perfect feel-good song for the new year… Birds flying high, you know how I feel… It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life. And I’m feeling good! | Nina Simone song
I Call Her Mnimi | http://www.AboutMnimi.com

Feeling Good – Birds flying high, you know how I feel… It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life. And I’m feeling good!

Nina Simone, Feeling Good by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Feeling Good - Birds flying high, you know how I feel...  It's a new dawn.  It's a new day.  It's a new life.  And I'm feeling good! | Nina Simone song
Birds flying high under a pink and purple sky, signifying a good feeling that looks forward to a new life

National Trivia Day: your January trivia

January 4th is National Trivia Day in the US. Here is your trivia: Did you know that January is named after…

January 4th is National Trivia Day in the US.

Did you know?

January is named after Janus, the Roman god of time and transitions, as well as passages and endings. He is depicted with two faces – one facing backward (past) and the other looking forward (future).

January 4th: Happy National Trivia Day - I Call Her Mnimi - www.AboutMnimi.com
January 4th: Happy National Trivia Day
I Call Her Mnimi | http://www.AboutMnimi.com

Reference:
Janus. (2018, December 10). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus.

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