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[TIMELY TOPIC] Helpful Halloween Safety Tips for Everyone

[TIMELY TOPIC] Helpful Halloween Safety Tips for Everyone

Regardless of whether you are planning on hanging with your kids and trick-or-treating, partying all night with your best friends, or staying sober this Halloween, safety needs to remain a priority for everyone during the holiday.

Excitement and partying can often get in the way of safety, but the following insightful tips will keep you and your little ghouls out of harm’s way this year.

Visibility is a Must For Kids and Adults

Instead of wearing masks as a part of costumes, consider using face paint or makeup. Be sure to choose non-toxic face wear, as this is a much better option. When choosing costumes, always remember: masks can be a hindrance to vision and breathing for both children and adults.

And if you’re costume just isn’t complete with a mask, try to cut extra large eye and mouth holes for increased visibility and comfort. Also, remind trick-or-treaters to remove their masks when crossing streets at night.

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Do your best to choose costumes that are light in color so that those driving on Halloween night can see children effortlessly. If the costume needs to be dark include something creative to improve their visibility.

For example if a Darth Vader costume is chosen, it definitely has to be all black. Compromise by giving your little Sith Lord a glowing light saber!

Additionally, consider adding reflective tape to costumes to make kids standout to cars. A strip or two of reflective tape on costumes and candy bags really does wonders!

Many people don’t realize that pedestrian fatalities are much higher than normal on Halloween. This is due to congested streets, drunk driving, and poor visibility due to costumes. If your kids are riding bikes or skateboards around on Halloween night, make sure they are equipped with bright headlamps and lights.

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Drunk-Proof Your Costume

Consider any potential ‘drunk hazards’ to your costume if you plan on binge-drinking this Halloween.

Ask yourself: “Are 12” heels or stilts a smart thing to include in a costume if drinking is inevitable?”

Analyze your costume and put yourself in your ‘drunk shoes.’ What potential wardrobe malfunctions could occur? What may trip you up, either literally or figuratively? These are all important questions to ask yourself before heading out to festive parties or bar-hopping for the night.

And as always, make sure to plan ahead and designate a sober driver for safe travels home!

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If the Hat Fits, Wear It

Hats and other accessories that are worn on the top of heads are very common elements to costumes. It’s crucially important to know your hat size to use especially when ordering head wear off the internet.

You want to make sure that hats aren’t an irritating addition to your costume, and that they aren’t something to fumble with all evening long.

Don’t Leave the Jack-O-Lantern Lit

House fires are more common on Halloween than on other nights of the year. Jack-O-Lanterns are fun to make, and radiate a festive glow on porches and sidewalks, but they require attention when lit. Instead of using actual candles and flames, consider flashlights or LED’s instead!

Supervise or Send Trick-Or-Treaters Out in Groups

The term ‘safety in numbers’ is most relevant on Halloween night.

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Instruct trick-or-treaters to always go out in groups of three or more. There is always much more safety when kids celebrate in numbers.Make sure that at least one kid in the group has a cell phone and knows to call immediately if they get lost or of their path.

Create a familiar route with your kiddos, in a logical way that keeps away from busy roads and intersections as much as possible.

If all else fails enjoy trick or treating with your kids, you’ll probably have just as much fun as they do in all reality!

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for numerous reasons. No matter what you’re doing to celebrate keep these safety tips at the forefront of your mind!

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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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