It never occurred to me to get more sleep. Sleep was for wimps. Sure, I was tired, I'd joke, but there was no way I was going to take a nap. I didn't have time for a nap.
What woman has time for a nap?
There are a great many ways to work at maintaining and even improving your memory functions as you get older, and there's no question that both mental and physical stimulation keep your brain sharp. But the simple truth is that our memories may not be fading as quickly as we think.
"I'm too tired. I. Need. To. Sleep." I collapse (delicately) over my daughter. I feign magnificent snoring and thrashing, and she laughs with her whole body. It's perfect and yet some nights, the ugly secret I try to keep secret rears its nasty head.
I argue that delegation is best because it allows the servicemen to do what they are good at so one can focus on what they themselves are good at. But are we really doing what we are good at, or are we just spending more time distracting ourselves with less-important tasks?
One of the most powerful ways to engage your body and brain is so simple: Focus on one task at a time. Your brain can deeply engage, and your body's senses can fully experience your environment, other people and the situation at hand.
It is amongst the daily chores, to-do lists, dentist visits and parent-teacher meetings that I breathe, listen, remember and use the skills yoga has given me to find that peace and balance I'm looking for.