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4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

4 Decisions to Never Make on a Whim

We’ve all heard of–and possibly described ourselves as–either Type A or Type B personalities.

Type A individuals, among other characteristics, generally plan their days, weeks, months, and even years to a T. They know exactly what they’re going to be doing at any given moment of the day, and rarely deviate from their plans.

Type B people, on the other hand, don’t stress out about making plans. They are more likely to make decisions “on the fly,” and not worry about whether or not a decision was the right one to make.

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While there are certainly times in which Type B personalities are at an advantage when it comes to making quick decisions, there are other times in which an impulsive decision can end up haunting you forever. The following decisions should never be taken lightly by anyone until the consequences of doing so are truly and completely understood.

Body art

Let me begin by saying that I’m in no way against tattoos or piercings, or any other form of body art. But there is a difference between treating your body like a work of art and treating it like a scrapbook.

If you’re going to make a change to your body that can’t easily be undone, you should be completely confident that you’ll appreciate the decision five, 10, or 20 years down the line. A tasteful tattoo or piercing won’t look out of place, and can definitely add to your overall beauty. On the other hand, the hastily-drawn tattoo you decided to get one night on spring break in Mexico probably isn’t going to look so great when you wake up in the morning.

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Love, sex, and breakups

As if you didn’t know, relationships are complicated. When you meet the person of your dreams, you want all the good things that come with a relationship to happen instantly.

But the quicker you rush things, the less you have to look forward to. Building a relationship is supposed to take time. Instead of diving into a relationship and experiencing everything all at once, wade in slowly. You will still experience all the good you’ve looked forward to, and will be able to truly appreciate each step of the way.

On the other side of the coin, spontaneous breakups due to an argument may also be premature, and leave both parties missing out on potential happiness. If you’ve been with someone long enough to consider them your significant other, you should never break things off with them without completely thinking it through.

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College

Going away to college is one of the first major decisions a young adult can make. For many people, the school they attend and the program they enroll in will be the foundation on which they’ll build the rest of their lives.

Deciding which school to go to isn’t something to take lightly. It requires hours of diligent research regarding cost, coursework offered, extracurricular activities, distance from home, and more. The worst thing a high school graduate can do is assume all colleges are the same, or to make their choice of university based on something superficial like “my girlfriend got accepted there” or “my friend had a lot of fun his first year there.”

Choosing a college is the first of many adult decisions you’ll be making in your life. Start your adult life off right and take it seriously.

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Jobs and careers

It’s no secret that finding a job that pays well and is enjoyable is no easy feat. In troubled economic times, it can be tempting to take what you can get, and immediately accept the job that’s offered to you on the spot.

Like choosing a college, a lot should go into your decision to accept a job offer. You should never take a job for only one reason. It might pay well, but you might end up hating it. Or you might love it, but it doesn’t pay well. Or it might pay well and be enjoyable, but it takes up all of your time. Obviously, there’s a lot to think about when choosing a career.

Whether you’re a young adult looking for a part-time job or a college graduate starting off on a new career path, take all the time you need to decide if the job you’ve been offered is the right one for you.

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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