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5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween Sober

5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween Sober

Just like New Years, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween oftentimes creates an avenue of celebration that’s heavily centered around binge-drinking.

Sure, these types of holiday festivities are enjoyable at times but what happens when the fun stops being so fun and becomes potentially damaging to your health?

At times, the pressures of partying around Halloween can be hard to combat. But abstaining from over-consumption of alcohol is not only a healthy choice, it’s an example of preventative care: your mind and body will thank you for staying sober!

These five ideas will assist you in staying sober this October 31st, in some enjoyable, unique ways.

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1. Host Your Own Halloween Party

Having a Halloween party of your own may require some extra legwork, but can allow you to have a little more control in terms of deciding what drinks will be served during festivities. It will also allow you to pick who you spend your time with, alleviating peer pressure that some friends may project.

If you don’t want to drink and don’t want to experience the sometimes intimidating feeling of being pushed to do so, simply host your own party!

2. Create Some Spooky Baked Goods

Nothing adds more charm to your party than uniquely creative Halloween themed snacks. Whether you’re making chocolate eyeball cookies, or a spider web cake, taking the time to bake hand-made treats will always resonate with friends and family. In addition to this, baking will keep your mind busy and away from the bottle!

If you’re searching for inspiration for some ghoulish creations, Christine McConnell is arguably the best there is when it comes to mesmerizing festive treats. One look through her Flickr photostream and you’ll know exactly what I mean!

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Additionally, McConnell’s fascinating cookbook titled Deceptive Desserts is filled with a multitude of incredible photos and recipes to inspire you and jump-start creative sparks.

3. Stay In And Have a Movie Marathon

This is a simple, yet effective way to stay sober. One of my favorite activities, when I’m feeling a bit more introverted, is to binge watch horror films with a like-minded friend or two. Rather than partying my night away, sometimes I prefer to just order a pizza and watch some classic creepy cinema.

An article by Slant Magazine and a write-up by Cinema Blend will give you over a hundred ideas for films to watch this year.

4. Volunteer Your Time: Help Keep Kids Safe

Halloween celebrations are enjoyable for all ages, that’s for certain! If you’re trying to stay sober on the 31st, one of the most helpful things to do is to volunteer your time to help kids enjoy a safe holiday.

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But what can you do to help little ones out there stay safe while trick-or-treating?

A great starting point is understanding what the true dangers of Halloween are. An important resource by Portland State University Online explains these circumstances, separating myths from facts:

Myth: “Halloween sadism” which refers to strangers putting razor blades or other harmful things into candy for trick-or-treaters is extremely uncommon. These unfortunate happenings are usually projected by evil family members attempting to get insurance money from harming or even killing their own children.

Truth: Pedestrian fatalities spike on Halloween. This is due to increased levels of drunk driving, with around 23% of pedestrian fatalities attributed to drunk drivers. It’s also due to a lack of visibility. Children are hard to see at night, so the use of reflective clothing, glow sticks, and flashlights is crucially important.

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Perhaps the best way to volunteer your time is to help direct traffic around busy crosswalks and intersections on Halloween night. Make yourself as visible as possible, and find a way to use a simple stop sign to help keep kids safe. And if you have the means to do so, hand out glow sticks or reflective tape to children wearing dark clothing or costumes.

5. Be the Designated Driver: Help Keep Your Friends Safe

If you want the social stimulation without the intoxication, you can try attending the same parties, but simply without drinking. This may be easier said than done. But there are some preventative measures that can be taken to make this more feasible.

  • Just consume non-alcoholic drinks all night. Whether that’s a colorful holiday drink or simply water: just keep drinking! This can help hinder the urge to get drunk just by physically consuming any liquid.
  • Create an elaborate costume, that either makes walking slightly more difficult (stilts or tall shoes), or makes drinking nearly impossible (face paint, intricate masks, or face coverings).
  • Volunteer to be the designated driver for your friends. There’s no shame in doing so, and this will give your means to shutting up those who may question why you’re sober.

If you want to avoid drinking this Halloween for any reason, you absolutely should! Don’t let peer pressure make you cave, because you alone are in charge of how you celebrate. A sober celebration can literally be even more memorable in many cases!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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