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6 Easy & Effective Ways to Fight Forgetfulness

6 Easy & Effective Ways to Fight Forgetfulness

Do you often find yourself losing keys, forgetting names, and wondering if you took your medicine this morning? Forgetfulness can be frustrating, indeed. But here is a handful of at-home ideas to help you keep your memory razor-sharp.

Smell some rosemary.

The essential oils of rosemary and basil have been shown to increase the brain’s production of beta waves. This increases awareness of your surroundings and clears confusion. Just sprinkle a few drops of the oil on a clean handkerchief and take a deep breath. (Leesa recommends organic rosemary and organic basil!)

Drink more coffee.

Coffee really can be the cup that cheers your memory cells. Research shows that coffee may have a positive effect on long-term memory. (Leesa recommends organic coffee!)

 

 

Exercise.

A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine study, quoted by Harvard Health Publications, found that physically fit people have less brain shrinkage than less active people. The cells particularly helped by exercise are those that control memory, communication, and learning.

Keep your blood sugar in check.

Keep your blood sugar under control, and you will find your memory improving. This may sound surprising, but a study published in the journal Neurology says that those with high blood sugar are seen to suffer from cognitive impairment. Scientists say this happens because high blood sugar causes structural changes in the areas of the brain that govern learning. Find helpful blood-sugar regulating tips here.

 

 

Get your B & C.

The B vitamin group makes and repairs brain tissue. Foods that endow you with the B vitamins are nuts and seeds, wheatgerm, bananas and chickpeas. Vitamin C has been correlated with mental sharpness, so include more strawberries, citrus fruits, kiwi and leafy greens in your diet. (Leesa recommends Chews4Health!) 

Go musical.

Learning to play a musical instrument develops motor skills and enhances your brain’s ability to focus and analyze.

By Shubhra Krishan

Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman’s book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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The Surprising Secret to Work-Life Balance

The Surprising Secret to Work-Life Balance

 

Between your job, taking care of the kids, hanging out with your friends and significant other, and making time for hobbies and some quality Netflix marathoning, who has the time or energy to add one more thing to their to-do lists?

It turns out adding one more thing will actually help you feel more in control of your work-life balance, according to researchers—and that one thing is exercise.

Trying to make time to hit the treadmill seems like it would add more stress to an already-packed schedule, but scientists found that exercisers actually experience less stress at work and have more confidence when it comes to handling conflicts between work and family. “We think exercise is a way to psychologically detach from work — you’re not there physically and you’re not thinking about it either,” study researcher Russell Clayton says. “And, furthermore, it can help us feel good about ourselves.”

It’s an exciting finding, especially considering research last year that found that people say work-life balance is the top indicator of career success—even more so than money or recognition.

By Diana Vilibert 

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5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back)

5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back)

 

As wonderful and fascinating as the brain is, it is not always our friend when it comes to achieving goals, according to Gregory Ciotti, the founder of Sparring Mind, who writes about understanding the science behind how our brain works, and how to use it to our advantage.

I got interested in this subject because of the research I did for another article entitled, “Top 5 Regrets People Have on Their Deathbed.” I wondered why it was that so many people “go to their graves with their music still in them,” as Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw said. What is it that happens to us that we sabotage our own dreams?

If we can understand how our brain works, we have a better chance at doing the things that we really want to do, suggests Ciotti. Accomplishing our goals will not only make us happier, but also more fulfilled as we approach the end of our life.

Here are five ways our brain can hinder our goals, and some well-researched ways to overcome the saboteurs.

1. Over-Fantasizing

Visualizing our goals is very important. We must envision and feel ourselves achieving what it is we desire, but we can overdo it with too much fantasizing. Grandiose dreams that focus on the ultimate ending are so much more pleasurable than dealing with the here and now, but big dreaming can actually keep us from doing the real work necessary to bring our goals into reality.

Dream big, then set goals and get down to work. Too much dreaming will trick the mind into thinking you have already achieved the goal, and getting down to work and doing the hard stuff is never as satisfying as the grandiose dream with the “Hollywood” ending.

2. Procrastinating by Envisioning the Worst Parts

The brain has a tendency to envision the worst part of something, making the entire project feel too overwhelming, so we procrastinate.  Here is how you trick your brain: start somewhere — anywhere! Just as cliffhangers keep us coming back to TV shows, our brain wants to see the conclusion. Once we start, the brain becomes enticed to finish and keeps working with the subject. It is wired to solve puzzles. All we really have to do is get it going, and it will take over and move the project on to completion.

If you have projects you keep starting and stopping, just tell yourself you are going to do one little piece of it so that the overwhelm doesn’t kick in. Your brain will become engaged in completing it, and in no time you will find yourself enjoying the challenge rather than dreading it.

3. Abandoning Ship at the First Sign of Distress

Unfortunately, once we fall short of a goal, the brain has a tendency to throw in the towel. Many of us have been there with dieting. We blow one meal, give up, and then eat the entire pie. We might as well….all is lost... you know the scenario.

You can combat the tendency to give up on a goal by coaxing your brain in the following ways:

1. Review your many successes so far and be kind to yourself.

2. Tell yourself it is only a minor slip; all is not lost.

3. Have a back-up plan for when you slip up. For example: If I accidentally eat a whole pie, I get up and walk 30 minutes in the morning, have my scheduled breakfast and get back on track. The brain likes a plan and will be much more likely to climb on board again if a structured strategy is in place.

4. Engaging in Mindless Busy Work

The mind loves mindless busy work disguised as progress. I find I will even engage in something I dislike, such as housework, rather than tackling a tough project. Don’t be fooled by doing those semi-related or barely-related menial tasks to make yourself feel productive.

At this juncture, go back to number two, and just start somewhere, anywhere. Remember, the mind is wired to completion. Once the brain starts a task, it becomes engaged to solve the creative puzzle, and the task no longer feels daunting.

5. Winging It

The mind needs a plan to stay on track. We need to set goals and be consistent — winging it won’t get us there. Research has shown that not only do well-laid plans get accomplished more often, but planning for failure (see #3) along the way (in case of emergency) helps us stay on track when under stress.

The brain is a fascinating machine. If you understand how it is wired, you can trick it into working with — not against — you. Can you relate to any of these thought patterns? What are your strategies for success?

By Erica Sofrina , a nationally recognized  speaker, teacher and author and the founder of the Academy of Feng Shui. She lives in Half Moon Bay, California

Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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How to Avoid Toxic Nail Polish and Find Some Eco-Friendly Alternatives

How to Avoid Toxic Nail Polish and Find Some Eco-Friendly Alternatives

 

It’s no surprise nail polish doesn’t fall into the category of all-natural products. In fact, reading nail polish ingredients is probably an afterthought to most consumers, even if bottles by mainstream brands sport labels. While the discussion on the toxicity of nail polish has withered as of late, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop and examine the issue from time to time.

In 2006, public health advocates raised questions about the so-called “toxic trio” of chemicals found in many popular nail polish brands. The “trio” consisted of the carcinogen formaldehyde, a hardening agent, toulene, which helps distribute color evenly, and dibutyl phthalate, a plasticizer that prevents polish from chipping. While these toxins helped people achieve the finished look they wanted from a manicure, inhaling these chemicals could lead to developmental defects and cause damage to your nervous system and the environment over time.

Exposure to toxins poses considerable health threats to salon professionals and children. Following the initial uproar, many brands removed these materials from their products. Manufacturers that state they are free of toxic trio materials are dubbed “three-free products.” This effort makes products safer to use for people and the environment, and increases transparency for consumers.

Notably, the European Union has banned the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics for years now, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet taken any regulatory action. As such, a 2012 report by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control revealed that a number of products used in nail salons claimed to be “three-free” when in fact they were not. Of 25 products tested, including nail thinner and top coat polishes, only five out of three-free seven claims could be substantiated. Of course, the report noted that the department only tested a small number of products on the market today, the message was clear: not all manufacturers list ingredients truthfully on labels.

Rest assured, there are clean, toxic-free polishes already available. While there is no regulatory system in place yet, don’t go throwing out your polish collection. Here’s a rundown of popular brands and eco-friendly suggestions to help you shop smarter:

Mainstream Brands

Three-Free

  • Butter London – This self-declared “three-free” company was founded in London in 2005. They boast a wide variety of lacquers and top coats all made without the toxic trio and other harmful stances.
  • OPI –  This brand is one of the more popular “premium” polishes on the market. OPI is another safe bet when planning for your next manicure: their products have been three-free since 2006.
  • Essie – Essie Cosmetics founder Essie Weingarten began her company by selling small batches of unconventional colors to local salons. Today, she continues to sell special edition and seasonal colors. Her company made the switch to three-free soon after the toxic trio became a public health concern.
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild – Here’s a budget-friendly three-free option for you. Most bottles cost only $2, which makes experimenting with colors and designs even easier.

Bonus: Five-Free

A number of manufacturers go the extra step and specifically exclude formaldehyde resin and camphor from their polishes, in addition to the toxic trio. Both are non-toxic, but give consumers added safety in knowing potentially harmful ingredients are out of the picture. Here are a few brands that are proudly five-free: Chanel, Dior, L’Oreal, Revlon.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

There are also a number of worthy, more natural polishes on the market. They might be a little harder to find in stores, but are worth the search. Why not give these environmentally friendly brands a try?

  • Scotch Naturals – These water-based polishes are made without a number of other toxins three and five-free brands already exclude.
  • Honeybee Gardens – This is another water-based brand that lacks the unpleasant smell you’d expect from solvent-based polish. You wouldn’t even need to buy a polish remover for these polishes: you can use rubbing alcohol or vodka to get the job done.
  • SpaRitual – If you’re looking for a cruelty and toxic-free option, try SpaRitual’s vegan polishes. They offer a range of other vegan products to complete your at-home pampering experience.
  • Piggy Paint – Piggy Polishes were created by a concerned mother doing research on the harsh chemicals found in the polishes her daughters wanted to wear. This brand is toxic-free, water-based, hypoallergenic, and of course, kid-friendly.
By Edwina Duenas
 Photo Credit: Helmetti

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