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5 Positive Behavior Changes That Result From Traveling

5 Positive Behavior Changes That Result From Traveling

Have you ever traveled to a place where you have never been and came back a different person?  Let’s put this way, that traveling is a movement to a certain location without big expectations and a behavior change is a shift from one state to another. Think about it, how many times your state shifts (emotions, feelings, thoughts, actions) during the travel. I guess, numerous, but few of those shifts remain with you after coming back.

One study found that after traveling people became happier about their work. Traveling inspired them to work harder and earn more money for their next vacation trip. That is an obviously positive impact to the labor market. Nonetheless, something extraordinary happens to you personally, so you benefit. The next time, observe yourself on these states.

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1. You Become More Passionate

Passion for exploring, to try and sponge experiences during and after the trip. This happens at those moments when we are double happy, excited  and thrilled because we are in the moment. Those moments are created during the travel and stay for a period we allow them to stay. Travel passion can easily be incorporated into our daily routine. Yes, a routine can be made passionate by doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Imagine if you do accounting or a sales pitch that brings tension, but adding passion to the process is like doubling happiness, so the outcome and the progress will increase. It’s a matter to catch the motion.

2. Curiosity Leads to New Beginnings

Curiosity is about to try and change status quo, innovate on the move. Curiosity is the outcome of passion. Well, we are naturally curious about trends, tastes and smells, and we immediately we want to try things out. Exploring the new possibilities may bring us to new passions, hobbies, relationships. A brand new look to ordinary things in life is applicable and transforming when new experiences appear. With that curiosity, we tend to create a new beginning to our life.

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    3. You Become More Confident

    Openness is the great virtue of never being the same. It demolishes any walls and bricks even if you are visiting the Great Wall of China. It gives a positive impact to connecting with yourself and others. Think for a moment of your best experience that led you to satisfaction. Allowing yourself to step in into the zone of vulnerability or unknown helps us when we are back to real life. The comfort zone is the territory where we are comfortable. Overcoming it builds confidence and creativity.

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    4. You Become More Creativity

    Creativity is a skill that we develop during any travel we take. Most of us absorb the environment via eyes, emotions and relationship. Creativity may be defined as quality and it is an attitude. We clearly know the unspoken that this “thing” will be awesome, because we have that secret feeling that guides us to the next step. In reality, each trip has its own emotions and bits of charm that we want to keep and implement after coming back. Creativity blinks  in our eyes, stimulated by a passion from the heart and when it connects the dots, an everlasting effect emerges.

    5. You Develop Continuity

    Continuity to explore new places increases the appetite for traveling. Continuity is not the goal by itself to keep the travel longer, it is more a process to keep the treasures of the journey more alive. It pays as a magic, it brings momentum, it taps into the real you. Continuity is a quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes. However being a real time one, it does, it passes or changes depending the meaning we give. But travel may finish, the destination may be reached, however, the experience and memories remain, and even more, it boosts to repeat over and over again, so it lasts, it continues.  As once started, never to be same.

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      Considering all that is mentioned above, it works with one simple strategy: that we allow ourselves to experience the moment fully, to accept and spread it. Continue to travel and be extraordinary, because behavior change is a shift from one state to another, like travel: from point A to B.

      Featured photo credit: theblogabroad.com via theblogabroad.com

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      What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

      What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

      Brain fog is more of a symptom than a medical condition itself, but this doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Brain fog is a cognitive dysfunction, which can lead to memory problems, lack of mental clarity and an inability to focus.

      Many often excuse brain fog for a bad day, or get so used to it that they ignore it. Unfortunately, when brain fog is ignored it ends up interfering with work and school. The reason many ignore it is because they aren’t fully aware of what causes it and how to deal with it.

      It’s important to remember that if your brain doesn’t function fully — nothing else in your life will. Most people have days where they can’t seem to concentrate or forget where they put their keys.

      It’s very normal to have days where you can’t think clearly, but if you’re experiencing these things on a daily basis, then you’re probably dealing with brain fog for a specific reason.

      So what causes brain fog? It can be caused by a string of things, so we’ve made a list things that causes brain fog and how to prevent it and how to stop it.

      1. Stress

      It’s no surprise that we’ll find stress at the top of the list. Most people are aware of the dangers of stress. It can increase blood pressure, trigger depression and make us sick as it weakens our immune system.

      Another symptom is mental fatigue. When you’re stressed your brain can’t function at its best. It gets harder to think and focus, which makes you stress even more.

      Stress can be prevented by following some simple steps. If you’re feeling stressed you should avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine — even though it may feel like it helps in the moment. Two other important steps are to indulge in more physical activities and to talk to someone about it.

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      Besides that, you can consider keeping a stress diary, try relaxation techniques like mediation, getting more sleep and maybe a new approach to time management.

      2. Diet

      Most people know that the right or wrong diet can make them gain or loss weight, but not enough people think about the big impact a specific diet can have on one’s health even if it might be healthy.

      One of the most common vitamin deficiencies is vitamin B12 deficiency and especially vegans can be get hid by brain fog, because their diet often lacks the vitamin B-12. The vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to mental and neurological disorders.

      The scary thing is that almost 40 % of adults are estimated to lack B12 in their diet. B12 is found in animal products, which is why many vegans are in B12 deficiency, but this doesn’t mean that people need animal products to prevent the B12 deficiency. B12 can be taken as a supplement, which will make the problem go away.

      Another vital vitamin that can cause brain fog is vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide don’t have enough vitamin D in their diet. Alongside B12 and vitamin D is omega-3, which because of its fatty acids helps the brain function and concentrate. Luckily, both vitamin D and omega-3 can be taken as supplements.

      Then there’s of course also the obvious unhealthy foods like sugar. Refined carbohydrates like sugar will send your blood sugar levels up, and then send you right back down. This will lead to brain fog, because your brain uses glucose as its main source of fuel and once you start playing around with your brain — it gets confused.

      Besides being hit by brain fog, you’ll also experience tiredness, mood swings and mental confusion. So, if you want to have clear mind, then stay away from sugar.

      Sometimes the same type of diet can be right for some and wrong for others. If you’re experiencing brain fog it’s a good idea to seek out your doctor or a nutritionist. They can take some tests and help you figure out which type of diet works best for your health, or find out if you’re lacking something specific in your diet.

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      3. Allergies

      If you have food allergies, or are simply a bit sensitive to specific foods, then eating those foods can lead to brain fog. Look out for dairy, peanuts and aspartame that are known to have a bad effect on the brain.

      Most people get their calories from corn, soy and wheat — and big surprise — these foods are some of the most common foods people are allergic to. If you’re in doubt, then you can look up food allergies[1] and find some of the most common symptoms.

      If you’re unsure about being allergic or sensitive, then you can start out by cutting out a specific food from your diet for a week or two. If the brain fog disappears, then you’re most likely allergic or sensitive to this food. The symptoms will usually go away after a week or two once you remove the trigger food from the diet.

      If you still unsure, then you should seek out the help of your doctor.

      4. Lack of sleep

      All of us know we need sleep to function, but it’s different for everybody how much sleep they need. A few people can actually function on as little as 3-4 hours of sleep every night, but these people are very, very rare.

      Most people need 8 to 9 hours of sleep. If you don’t get the sleep you need, then this will interfere with your brain and you may experience brain fog.

      Instead of skipping a few hours of sleep to get ahead of things you need to do, you’ll end up taking away productive hours from your day, because you won’t be able to concentrate and your thoughts will be cloudy.

      Many people have trouble sleeping but you can help improve your sleep by a following a few simple steps.

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      There is the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, which is a technique that regulates your breath and helps you fall asleep faster. Another well-known technique is to avoid bright lights before you go to sleep.

      A lot of us are guilty of falling asleep with the TV on or with our phone right by us, but the blue lights from these screens suppresses the production of melatonin in our bodies, which actually makes us stay awake longer instead. If you’re having trouble going to sleep without doing something before you close your eyes, then try taking up reading instead.

      If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, start doing this.

      5. Hormonal changes

      Brain fog can be triggered by hormonal changes. Whenever your levels of progesterone and estrogen increases, you may experience short-term cognitive impairment and your memory can get bad.

      If you’re pregnant or going through menopause, then you shouldn’t worry too much if your mind suddenly starts to get a bit cloudy. Focus on keeping a good diet, getting enough of sleep and the brain fog should pass once you’re back to normal.

      6. Medication

      If you’re on some medication, then it’s very normal to start experiencing some brain fog.

      You may start to forget things that you used to be able to remember, or you get easily confused. Maybe you can’t concentrate the same way that you used to. All of these things can be very scary, but you shouldn’t worry too much about it.

      Brain fog is a very normal side effect of drugs, but by lowering your dosage or switching over to another drug; the side effect can’t often be improved and maybe even completely removed.

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      7. Medical condition

      Brain fog can often be a symptom of a medical condition. Medical conditions that include inflammation, fatigue, changes in blood glucose level are known to cause brain fog.

      Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anemia, depression, diabetes, migraines, hypothyroidism, Sjögren syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus and dehydration can all cause brain fog.[2]

      The bottom line

      If you haven’t been diagnosed, then never start browsing around Google for the conditions and the symptoms. Once you start looking for it; it’s very easy to (wrongfully) self-diagnose.

      Take a step back, put away the laptop and relax. If you’re worried about being sick, then always check in with your doctor and take it from there.

      Remember, the list of things that can cause brain fog is long and it can be something as simple as the wrong diet or not enough sleep.

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      Reference

      [1]Food Allergy: Common Allergens
      [2]HealthLine: 6 Possible Causes of Brain Fog

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