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6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

Most ladies have the following in their purses: a cellphone, credit cards, IDs, some cash (or none at all), lipstick, and maybe a mirror. True, these things are all necessities that get used on a daily basis and are good to have in your purse in case of any emergency. But what if this happens:

You dropped your car key while you were out grocery shopping and you didn’t realize it until you got to your car. You went back to the grocery to check with customer service if anyone else has seen your keys and unfortunately, they said no. You feel your heart beat faster. Your car spare key is kept hidden in a drawer in your bedroom. Everyone is at work and there is nobody that you could call to pick you up.

1. Spare Car Keys

Your car is your personal shuttle that takes you places so you get to accomplish tasks, create new experiences, and see new things.

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If you don’t have the key to it, what good can it do for you? Also, there won’t always be someone to call for help if we lose our key. Everyone is busy. Make sure you have a spare key in your purse all the time.

2. A Pen

Have you ever been at the airport to fly to another country, and was only an hour away from the flight when you have checked in? Then you find out that you have to fall in line and fill out some immigration paperwork before you are let out to the gates? Only to realize that you did not have a pen to fill out the form and everyone else was too busy filling out theirs.

Yes, it has happened to me. And it was no fun. So, bring your own writing tool all the time.

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3. Dental Floss

Please don’t say gross. It is for hygiene. And what would you do if you were out on a date and noticed a piece of arugula stuck in between your teeth? It’s such a small a tool, it will not take up much space in your purse. So, have it in your purse.

4. A Small Pack Of Tissue

Spills always happen. No matter how careful you are. Also, what about that sudden runny nose that you can’t ever figure out where it came from? Or walking along the street and a car splashes mud on your feet?

Oh, and let’s not forget those unforeseen sentimental moments when you have to look up at the ceiling to prevent tears from falling. Have the tissues ready.

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5. Sunglasses

Have you ever experienced driving and you just can’t look past 10 feet ahead because the glaring sun is turning everything into blackness? For driving safety, always have a pair of sunglasses in your purse. Better to have it in there than to regret it later.

What about when you suddenly feel the need for privacy and just have that feeling that you don’t want anyone to see you, or recognize you? Have those sunglasses ready.

6. A Few Coins

Have you ever headed into the grocery and realized that you would need to get a shopping cart instead of a basket? And then realize that you do not even have a single coin to use for it? So, have that coin ready in your purse.

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And what about after waiting in line at the checkout, you find out that your purchases were on sale and you really actually only have to pay $2.25 instead of $12.00. But the cashier doesn’t have change for your $20 bill. And too bad you didn’t have those coins in your purse. Also, you may find yourself buying scratch-off lottery tickets, but your nails are just too short to do the job. Again, keep the coins ready for such occasions.

It takes only a few small things to make your purse trouble-ready. There will be situations when you will not have anyone to call on, but yourself. The best you can do is to have those little things in your purse ready to help save your day.

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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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