We explore how we learn and transfer new information from the Short Term Memory to the Long Term Memory. Repetition and practising an activity can help the brain to store new information. The learning cycle adapted from Kolb’s learning cycle
Using visual or verbal imagery to help the brain remember important information such as people’s names. Making information “attractive” or “catchy” helps in recalling information that is important to us.
Remembering people’s names
In a group you can introduce yourself with another word that rhymes with it e.g Polly and Holly. Or say your name and a sweet that beins with the same letter: Penny Polo. You can also work with pictures: imagine Polly holding a sprig of holly.
We also explore how to keep ourselves physically and mentally well. Exploring relaxation techniques and healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some of the things we discuss:
Good health and how to achieve a healthy lifestyle:
– Eat regularly and have a balanced meal
– Exercise regularly
– Avoid or reduce risk-related habits such as smoking or
– Set time aside to relax or take up a hobby
– Think positively
– Learn to recognise your own stress signals
Hopefully, by following these steps you will feel better in yourself. However, sometimes we can still feel stressed, and this is when relaxation and deep breathing can help:
Deep breathing steps
Regardless of whether you are sitting or standing, your shoulders should be relaxed and your back comfortably upright.
You should breathe through the nose instead of your mouth.
Concentrate on your breathing and take in a slow deep breath to a slow count of four seconds, then breathe out slowly to a count of eight
Repeat this action three times, then three normal breaths, then repeat the slow deep breaths again.
When repeating the slow deep breaths, tell yourself ‘all is well, I feel calm’.
When you have learnt this, you might be able to do this with your eyes closed.