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Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home

Simple Ways To Pamper Yourself At Home

When you work five days a week, and sometimes even spend longer than 8-hour work days in the office, it is hard to find ways to pamper yourself. Lots of times, you find yourself getting home from work too tired to do anything else but doze off in bed. But something is wrong with that scenario because the least best thing that we can do to our bodies is to take them for granted. Getting stressed because of work and bringing work home is not a good idea; your body needs to relax and recuperate from cooperating with you to meet all of your demands during work hours.

The good news is, you do not need to go outside of your home to pamper yourself. Here are some simple and easy things that you can do within the comforts of your home to show your body that you are not taking it for granted. Do pamper yourself after a long day at work. Think of it this way: your body is your most important asset at work (and in general). Without it, there will be no work delivered at all.

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Use the bathtub or hot tub

The warm water will definitely soothe tired and aching muscles. Other benefits for using a bathtub or hot tub are improved sleep, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, reduces anxiety, and decreased migraines and tension headaches.

Add epsom salt in your bathtub for a more relaxing and therapeutic effect.

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Exfoliate

Get rid of all those dead skin cells by exfoliating when having a hot shower. You only need a loofah or body brush and a body exfoliant gel. Getting rid of dead skin cells will leave you glowing and feeling better about yourself.

Medidate with candles

Turn off those bright, artificial lights and light up some candles and meditate. This relaxes your mind and gives you a peaceful feeling. A good thing to add to meditating are natural sounds such as birds chirping or ocean waves hitting the shore. You can get these from portable sound machines.

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Scented oils

Use aroma therapy to soothe your senses and relax your brain. Resting on a couch or in bed will be a more powerful stress reliever, especially if you have a good, relaxing scent in the room.

Eat a good meal

There is definitely something relaxing about eating a good meal inside the comforts of your own home. First off, you are not rushed to finish your meal or interrupted by other people in the room. If you do not have the time to cook a good meal on your own, you can still do take-out and eat it while relaxing at home.

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Play with your pets

You’ll find that when you play with your pets you’ll feel happier and calmer. This gives two-way benefits as this makes your pet(s) happy too.

Use soft, comfortable pillows and blankets

What a good and relaxing feeling to pop down on the couch or on the bed with a soft, fluffy pillow and blanket that feels like velvet on your skin. While lying down, put cucumber slices on top of your eyes and let the coolness help relax you and rid the dark circles under your eyes.

Disconnect from work

Do not check work emails at home or do work-related things unless they are absolutely necessary. You were already at work for 8 hours, and anything beyond that can be toxic to your well being.

Exercise

Use your gym equipment at home. And if you don’t have it, watch exercise videos and do these in your home. This promotes good health and relieves stress. And the best thing of all is you do not even have to leave your house.

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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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