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10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

At the end of the day, life boils down to your experiences. You’ll have good experiences and bad experiences but you are a culmination of the things you’ve done and learned. That means it’s important to keep those memories around so you can enjoy them. What are the best ways to keep memories? Let’s take a look.

1. Get creative!

People have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas to keep memories alive. Some have painted their favorite quotes on their walls, while others have important memories written on dinner plates (literally). You can get your kids’ crayon drawings stamped in silver and turned into jewelry or commission an artist to draw funny caricature drawings. Any one of these ideas is kind of lame if done badly, but when done well and you combine a few of them, you’ll have a small stash of fun memories that can also double as art or jewelry.

2. Create your own website to hold your memories for you

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    The ultimate way to keep your memories alive is to create a website dedicated to them. You can create the website, write down stories, upload photos and videos, share easily with everyone, and do pretty much whatever you want. That’s the freedom that comes with a website. You may want to try Squarespace to build your own site because it’s easy to use and there are many awesome templates to choose from! Memories are important. They remind of us of who we are, who we were, and all the amazing things we have done. Immortalizing them is something everyone should be looking into doing.

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    3. Tell stories!

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      Telling stories as a way to remember things is a tradition that is as old as history itself. For generations, the village elders told stories to keep the history of a tribe alive and that’s the only way they could until they invented writing. This is still something that happens today. The television series How I Met Your Mother was a dad telling his life story to his kids. We’re not saying you should drone on in Bob Saget’s voice for nine years, but spinning a tale every now and then is a good way to keep memories alive.

      4. Create some vacation jars

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        This is a fun idea that can also double as a decoration. Let’s say you go camping. Grab some pine needles, a pine cone, a good picture, and some other small forest or camping things and then stuff them in a jar. With a little effort and some glue, you can create a lasting piece of art that not only helps keep memories alive, but also looks really nice on a shelf.

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        5. Get an external hard drive

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          This is probably the least creative way to keep your memories forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. External hard drives are cheap, and if you buy a good brand they’ll last for a long, long time. They’re easy to store, they’ll be there if your computer crashes or if the internet were to go down forever tomorrow. Don’t make it the only place to store your photos, but everyone who wants their memories kept safe would be wise to invest in an external hard drive. They’re even easy to use!

          6. Write them down in a book or a journal

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            If telling stories isn’t your thing, you could always write them down. I couldn’t tell you how many things in history we only know because some random person decided to write down what was going on. Writing it down and putting it in a book or a journal lets you relive those memories as you write them and then a second time if you ever read them. Plus you can pass the book on down to your kids or grandkids and show them all the fun things you did.

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            7. Use Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+

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              Social media is one of the de facto ways to store photos. You can upload them into albums to keep them organized, share with friends, and have them there whenever you need them. Sites like Tumblr and Google+ will let you upload pretty much any image size. Do beware, though, because Instagram and Facebook will scale down your photos a bit if they’re too large. With most of the world’s online population on social media, that’s where everyone is. That means it’s a good place for your memories to be because you can enjoy them with friends.

              8. Go find those things you had as a kid

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                When we were young, there were things that we loved. It could be old video games, a certain blanket or stuffed animal, or some other toy that you loved. Thanks to auction sites like eBay, it’s easier than ever to uncover those old things and own them a second time. Then you have your childhood memories right there with you whenever you want them.

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                9. Cloud storage

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                  It’s 2014 and that means more and more people are keeping their information in the cloud. Services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and more exist for the express purpose of storing your stuff. All services give you at least a little free storage to play around with to see if you like it. You can upload photos and videos into folders and rename them to make them photo albums. That way they’re safely stored in the cloud and they’re organized! You can also share them with friends and attach them to emails at your leisure.

                  10. Make your own home videos

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                    We’re not talking about using a camcorder and getting footage of your family, but rather creating a video of things you already have. Using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, or Final Cut Pro, you can put photos, video clips, and other special moments on a video you make yourself. You can even complete the video with music. You can save the video on your computer (or using #1, #7, or #3 on this list) or you can burn them to DVD and give them to your family. YouTube is also a great option for storing homemade videos. If you’re not into stuff like that, there are services that’ll do it for you.

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                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                    Sight – Visual Stimulation

                    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                    3. Take note of your environment.

                    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                    4. Engage in conversation.

                    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                    Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                    5. Listen to upbeat music.

                    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                    6. Work your nose.

                    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                    7. Have a good breakfast.

                    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                    Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

                    20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                    8. Drink lots of water.

                    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                    Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                    3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                    Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                    10. Splash cold water on your face.

                    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                    5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                    11. Use acupressure.

                    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                    12. Get moving.

                    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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