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How To Make The Most of Your 20s

How To Make The Most of Your 20s

Shut Off Facebook

Disconnect from social media at least once a week. Take a walk, do some writing, or spend time with loved ones. Technology has become such a necessity that we often lose touch with the natural beauties of life.

Don’t Stress About Love

In your 20s, there’s a good chance you are still figuring out who you are. Don’t worry so much about falling in love. Instead, make it a priority to develop as a person in order to figure out what you need in a companion.

Reconnect With Your Parents

I’ve learned the most about my parents in my two years out of college than I have in all of my previous years. When you are older you can connect with your parents in a way you weren’t able to when you were a child. You can really get to know them as individuals and not just as the people who raised you.

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Learn How To Manage Money

Read books, take courses, and develop self-discipline. This is a skill that nobody will teach you and is essential for all adults to have.

Be Ambitious

Chase a dream or invest in your passions. Now is the only time in your life where people will encourage you to be selfish with your needs. You can take a lot more risks at age 20 than when you are older, married, and have kids.

Travel

Meet new people and gain new experiences! This world is huge and diverse and you only get one opportunity to experience it. Immersing yourself in different cultures expands your worldview and intelligence of the world.

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Establish Healthy Habits

Your body is like a vehicle. When you eat well and exercise regularly, you are allowing your body to run on the most efficient fuel it can possibly have. Establishing healthy habits not only makes you a healthier person but it establishes a level of self-respect. It also reflects to those around you that you have a strong self of self and see extreme value in yourself.

Learn A New Skill

Learn to play an instrument, sing, or even a new language.

Read Books

Everything you need to know is in a book. Education can be fun! Find a topic that interests you and immerse yourself in it. There’s no excuse to being an uneducated person. If you are a person with a busy schedule, invest in audiobooks. Audiobooks make it incredibly easy to digest information on the go.

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Do One Thing That Scares You Every Week

This is one of my favorite practices that I have implemented in my life. Go out and challenge yourself! Talk to that attractive person you see at the grocery store. Confront negative feelings you have toward someone. Go skydiving! Avoiding your comfort zone will lead you toward personal growth.

Build A Network

Recognize that you can’t achieve success in life on your own. A strong network is the most powerful asset you can have. Meet people, be friendly, and develop relationships. Offer value to others and you will receive value in return. Knowing the right people can open a lot of doors for you that will aide in your success.

Start A Marketable Project

It can be anything from starting a YouTube channel to starting your own business. Starting young gives you the freedom to fail so don’t be afraid to pursue new challenges.

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Commit To Personal Growth

Think of yourself as a business. If you want to be a successful business you can’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Spend money on personal development classes, videos, or books and commit to becoming the best you you can possibly be.

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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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