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5 Useful Tips for Young People Moving Out

5 Useful Tips for Young People Moving Out

The fact of moving out of home when you are a “first timer” can be stressful and a little concerning. Whether we are feeling excited, motivated or enthusiastic we also feel kind of nervous for the new big change in our lives.

So, if you finally feel like moving out from your parents’ house and have already taken the decision, here are some useful tips you should consider while moving out:

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First of all, set a budget

If you want to be independent and live alone, you need to prepare your wallet, set a budget and save some money before all your upcoming plans. Many young people spend all their time staying at their parents’ house worry less and without having the idea of how much money it represents. They’re careless about the needs or essentials to keep or maintain a home and maybe that’s because they don’t know anything about payments, bills, and expenses.

You need to start by realizing what life essentials do you (and your home) need, and then record all your future expenses to set a budget. Here’s a good example of “a list of monthly household –basic-expenses”:

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  • For Home: Rent or mortgage, maintenance or repairs.
  • Your Car: Payments, fuel, insurance, maintenance (if you don’t have a car then, consider the transportation expenses.)
  • Home utilities: Electric, water, gas, the internet, phone (or cell phone) bills.
  • Food: Groceries, home snacks, dining out.
  • Personal Care: Clothing, medical expenses, etc.
  • Extra activities: Trips, gym, entertainment, gifts, etc.

Start & build up your emergency savings fund

Do you know what an emergency fund is? Well, these are savings or funds that are destined or designed to cover a financial shortfall when an unexpected expense crops up. The reality is that everybody should have this! Because all of us need to be prepared for some life situations that constitute true emergencies like losing your job, paying for a health emergency, having an unexpected car repair or the need to travel, pretty common situations that can happen at any time.

It is important that you know how to handle emergency situations, regardless of how serious they are; the most common are the roadside emergencies like fixing a flat tire, having a key extraction trouble or driving with an overheated vehicle.

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Having proper medical supplies at home

It is really important for you to have some essential supplies on hand to treat minor illnesses and avoid late-night drugstore visits.

You must have:

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  • Pain relievers like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol
  • Cough medicine
  • Medicine for allergies and itching such as Benadryl and eyedrops
  • Miscellaneous like vitamin D supplements, sunscreen, a thermometer
  • Medicine for digestive issues
  • Bandages, antiseptic or antibiotic ointments

Make your life and household chores easier

As you can see, running a household is not easy, especially for those “first timers” who are also studying, working or starting their own lives independently. You will need to get organized and a good idea to start is having a daily planner. Sometimes we think we don’t need those apps and personal assistants (like Siri) to help us through our days, but the reality is that writing down all your appointments, things to do, notes and plans will improve your life and habits.

Another essential is having a well-stocked housecleaning kit. A very common issue that first homeowners or first timers have is that they don’t really know the importance of having a clean house. A clean house is important for your health and well-being, and it is recommended to have a proper cleaning kit with at least a scrub brush, toilet brush, gloves, a broom and mop, a proper carpet cleaner and some disinfecting wipes. All these are easy supplies that will help you to maintain a beautiful home you can be proud of (even if you are young, a student or a recently graduated person).

Please always remember that your safety is first, so if you are planning to move out and start your own life be aware of all the advice and tips you can get from others (experienced people) or even online.

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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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