5 Hands-on Ways to Preserve Your Precious Memories
Imagine yourself sharing your most precious memories with your children, grandchildren, or dear friends. Sharing your memories is a unique way to connect with others and offer comfort and joy.
Preserving your precious memories is easy with these five hands-on ways:
- Take Photos and Videos
- Create a Scrapbook
- Create Memories
- Share with Others
Getting involved in preserving your memories helps you build a record for a lifetime of precious moments.
1. Take Photos and Videos
Have you ever heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words?’ Taking photos and videos helps preserve your memories in a unique way. Visual records of important events help mark milestones in your life. Recording simple, daily experiences can remind you later of how you lived and what brought you joy.
To be effective, you need to be both in front of the camera and behind it. Make sure a trusted friend or family member includes you in pictures, so your reactions, style, and personality are recorded. Take your own pictures of things that excite, interest, or bring you joy and happiness. Recording your best moments and the best moments around you will help you share your memories later.
2. Create a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking is a common hobby. It allows you to choose your most precious memories and preserve them in multiple ways. A scrapbook may contain pictures and mementos like ticket stubs, programs, and even newspaper articles. Designing and decorating each page marks your memories as precious.
You can create a scrapbook for an event or by recording the same day each year, like a birthday or the first day of each school year for your children. Some people create scrapbooks for their pets or of the different homes and cities where they lived. You can even create a scrapbook on a computer by downloading your pictures and having a book printed.
Journaling is a very personal way to preserve your thoughts, feelings, and memories. Many people find that journaling brings them comfort when they look back on their lives. You can also use a journal to record your personal progress in life, including personal growth, physical fitness, and when you reach your goals.
4. Create Memories
To preserve memories, you first have to create them. Look for ways to celebrate your life and situations that highlight what is precious to you. Gather your friends together regularly and use pictures and videos to make a scrapbook to share with them. Catch your family at odd times or record simple things like how your child danced when they were young or how your spouse fixed a leaky faucet. All these memories make up your identity.
You may need to be creative to create memories. Some of the best times include silly things like a party for all the dogs in the neighborhood or an impromptu cookout. Provide opportunities at your events for people to share their thoughts and feelings. As an example, set up a poster board at a birthday party or wedding for everyone to write good wishes to the guests of honor.
5. Share with Others
Sharing your memories with others helps preserve them for yourself and the future. Scientists believe that the more you revisit a memory, the stronger it becomes. Sharing your memories reminds you of what you thought and felt at particular times. And sharing your memories with others, especially those younger than you, leave a legacy of your most precious moments.
You are the keeper of your most precious memories, so make preserving them a hands-on activity. You can use these five ways to preserve your memories for yourself, to share, and for future generations.
Madelaine is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Universidad de Santa Isabel with a Master Certification in Health Coaching at Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She is also a National Board Certified-Health and Wellness Coach with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, a Certified Quiet the Noise Group Coach with Elias Institute of Professional Coaching, a PACES facilitator, a Seizure First Aid Trainer, and a certified HOBSCOTCH Memory Coach. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, dancing and reading oracle or tarot cards.