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Boost Your Brain Power: A Simple Exercise

Boost Your Brain Power: A Simple Exercise
Sure, exercise is good for your health. We all know that. But exercise is also a scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. According to Gretchen Reynolds, author of the soon to be released The First 20 Minutes, a book about the science of exercise, recent research shows that exercise can help your brain resist physical shrinkage and improve cognitive flexibility. "Exercise," she writes in this New York Times article, "...does more to bolster thinking than thinking does." Here's why. But what is surprising is that, just like with your muscles, exercise can slow or even reverse the physical decay of your brain. While you may have been told (most likely by parents referencing the "This is your brain... and this is your brain on drugs" public service announcements) that once you lose brain cells you can never get them back, new brain cells can be created—and exercise helps trigger that process. Exercise also makes those new brain cells more effective. Related:  Mind & BodyMental

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour. I know this from my own experience. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Chill Out - 100 Ways To Reduce Stress 1. Get quiet every once in a while. Switch off the TV, your cell phone, the computer; information overload can cause stress. Appreciating silence can help you to feel more relaxed and peaceful. 2. Learn meditation. Meditation is an excellent way to calm your mind, and it has many positive health benefits too. 3. Relaxing in a warm bath in the evenings is a great way to relax and prepare your body for sleep. 4. Books containing positive affirmations, daily meditations or uplifting stories will help you to feel better and restore your belief that life can be good. 5. Many aromatherapy oils are known for their relaxing properties. 6. Follow your bliss; devote your time and energy to something you care about. 7. Especially at night before you go to bed. 8. Laughing is good for the soul and can boost your mood. 9. Decorate your home in a way that gives you pleasure. 10. Massage is good for your body and soul. 11. Have a good cry; it can make you feel better. 12. 13. Got a pet? 14. 15. 16. 17.

37 Secrets To More Energy - Feel Your Best All Day 1. Start Laughing Laughing reduces stress while releasing feel-good hormones and improves your immune system so watch a funny movie like The Hangover , Date Night or Friday to instantly get more energy. 2. Read this quote… "People are not lazy. What that quote is saying is… You aren't tired - you just lack energy due to you not being strongly motivated about something so Go here to get motivated & get more energy instantly 3. Not drinking enough water reduces your circulation giving your muscles less oxygen making you feel tired so … Make sure you're drinking at least a liter of water each day and also drink plenty of water while working out to stay energized. 4. If you notice that you get sluggish or very tired after eating certain foods then you probably have a food intolerance to that certain food and… You need to take note of those foods that cause your energy levels to drop and you need to stop eating those foods and replace them with healthier alternatives. 5. 6. 7. You can add Chia Seeds

Top 10 surprising sex stats What’s your number? According to a Durex survey, men across the globe have had an average of 13 sexual partners throughout their lifetime, while women have had seven. Guys and girls often shy away from honesty when it comes to discussing their number; too low and they fear embarrassment, too high and they face being judged. But there’s never going to be a happy medium, as a Cosmopolitan survey found. Pop your cherry The average male loses his virginity at age 16.9, while apparently females hold off, on average, until the ripe age of 17.4. Happy ending Expectations of sex are often unrealistic due to farfetched portrayals of the act on the big screen and TV. In the mood for love A Onepoll study showed that for 56 per cent of women, men’s facial hair is a strong trigger for sexual arousal. Weekly quota Busy lifestyles, manic workload, hectic social life; who has time for sex every day? Fake it to make it Sex secrets How long and how often? Better with age

24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Mind mapping is the process of using visual diagrams to show the relationships between ideas or information. Its popular uses include project planning, collecting and organizing thoughts, brainstorming and presentations — all in order to help solve problems, map out resources and uncover new ideas. It can be more useful than trying to keep track of our ideas by scribbling them on paper, and can aid in manipulating and generating concepts. We've compiled a list of 24 mind mapping tools to help you organize, summarize and visualize information, with both free and paid versions available to suit any budget or requirement. Is there a particular mind mapping tool you would recommend? 1. MindMeister was built to facilitate collaboration for mind mapping and brainstorming, with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. You can access projects via mobile devices as well as online and offline, safe in the knowledge that your data is stored securely with data encryption and daily monitoring. 3. 4. 5.

Complete Guide to Natural Height Increase After Puberty Height Increase Exercises This website attempts to document all the special grow taller exercises that have been developed and used by height increase seekers from all the different online forums, articles, newsletters and etc. To learn how to grow taller, you must first learn about the anatomy of the body. Specifically, which parts of your body is capable to be trained to achieve height gain. Each grow taller exercise can be categorized by the target body area it intends to lengthen in height. Height increase exercises for different target area: Maximize Height Increase Result In order to maximize the result from these height increase exercises, you should pay attention to the natural human growth hormone(HGH) production in the body during your training. The only safe way to boost HGH is through natural mean, any external injection or pill that claims to boost HGH is considered dangerous even under administration of professionals.

about taking exam, being naked -- what they mean The symbols and events in dreams can mean many different things to different peopleThe less you sleep, the fewer dreams you rememberImportant discoveries have emerged as a consequence of dreamsDreaming can help find an unconventional solution to a problem (CNN) -- You're in a classroom and the teacher puts an exam face down on your desk. You pick it up and can't really make out what's on it; it's blurry, or it's in another language, or it's in a subject you didn't study. You feel like you're going to fail, even though it's been years since you've actually been in school. People commonly relive this scenario in their dreams, even decades after their last graduation. Dreams are "an extremely rich source of practical advice, and other alternatives about what we're doing in our lives," said Deirdre Barrett, Harvard psychologist and author of "The Committee of Sleep" and "Trauma and Dreams." The dreaming brain Dreaming happens during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep.

How Long To Nap For The Biggest Brain Benefits Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. Everyone likes to get a quick nap in every now and then, but napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when. The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal. For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. “If you take it longer than 30 minutes, you end up in deep sleep. Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. In fact, a study published in PubMed in 2002 found that napping even for 5-10 minutes creates a heightened sense of alertness and increased cognitive ability in comparison to no nap. Sources:

One 'Artist's Way' to calm your flying fears With Julia Cameron's prayers, you may be able to conquer your fear of flying and have an enjoyable trip. Knowing flying is safer than driving has never calmed Julia Cameron's fear of flyingInstead of running away from her fears, Cameron wrote prayers to address them"The Artist's Way" author also packs early and buys certain magazines to help fight fear Editor's note: Known for "The Artist's Way" and her book-inspired creativity workshops, Julia Cameron shares how she conquers her fear of flying in a new book, "Safe Journey: Prayers and Comfort for Frightened Flyers and Other Anxious Souls." (CNN) -- I'm about to fly from Santa Fe to New York, and I'm terrified. Once in New York, I will teach a class on creativity based on my book "The Artist's Way." While I am eager to share my toolkit with a new audience, I am not eager to fly. When I tell them I have a fear of flying, they respond, "But flying's safe. Their rational reassurance does nothing to curb my fear. Not flying isn't an option

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition untitled When you can't sleep, you know it. But what about when you can, yet you wake up feeling tired and achy or you're groggy again a few hours later? What's that about? All too often, it turns out, the problem is one that doesn't keep you awake but does sabotage your sleep in more subtle ways, so the hours you spend in bed don't refresh and revitalize you the way they should. What it's a symptom of: "Morning mouth" can be a signal of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or asymptomatic heartburn. How it interrupts sleep: Acid reflux causes the body to partially awaken from sleep, even when there are no symptoms of heartburn. What to do: Follow treatment suggestions for heartburn, even though you aren't experiencing classic heartburn symptoms: Don't eat for at least two hours before hitting the sack, and avoid acid-causing foods in your evening meals. Losing weight can do wonders to banish heartburn and acid reflux.

Cognitive Reappraisal Can Backfire When Stressors Are Within Our Control: Study Cognitive reappraisal -- an emotional regulation technique -- can be a useful strategy for the super-stressed. It involves reshaping how you think about certain situations so that they take less of a toll on your emotions. But according to a new study, it might actually backfire when applied to the wrong situations. Researchers from Franklin & Marshall College found that this technique can increase negative emotions when it's used for situations that are within our control. "For someone facing a stressful situation in which they have little control, such as a loved one's illness, the ability to use reappraisal should be extremely helpful -- changing emotions may be one of the only things that he or she can exert some control over to try to cope," study researcher Allison Troy explained in a statement. Using cognitive reappraisal did seem to decrease depressive symptoms from watching the sad film clips -- but not for all the study participants.

Fear of Flying? Top 5 Tips to Ease Travel What else could the airlines do to make passengers more comfortable? Bunn says there's a simple upgrade. An anxious passenger could feel more in control by meeting the pilot before the flight, or talking to a flight attendant. "The airlines could advise anxious passengers to make that known when (booking) so that the flight attendants can respond to them if they become anxious," Bunn says. "Though that might seem to the airlines to open a door to the person being a burden, it doesn't. Building a relationship with the crew helps alleviate fear, it's inexpensive -- and it requires little training for airline staff. "The flight attendant should simply engage the person in conversation," Bunn says, preventing the "imagination of disaster."