New year resolutions that work Comments Off on New year resolutions that work 202,066

For most people, new year resolutions are like second chances: A second chance at being a better you; a second chance at getting another year right; a second chance at your goals and dreams. The feeling you get from making brand new decisions in the new year is almost a high, making you feel empowered. But with a success rate of less than 20%, most new year resolutions don’t make it to February, which can leave us feeling insufficient and undisciplined. However, there are ways to make and achieve new year resolutions and that’s what this post is all about.

Most new year resolutions are made half-heartedly. We cross our fingers, close our eyes, and say the resolution in our minds with wishful optimism as we blow out birthday candles. As a result, the resolution disappears into thin air like candle smoke, listless and without energy. Resolutions never happen that way. But to be fair, the intention and energy that follows a new year resolution is dependent on why the resolution is being made in the first place. People make new year resolutions for more reasons than are immediately obvious. Sometimes we make resolutions because we actually want to make a change. But other times, it is not so simple. Other times, we make resolutions because it is simple. Sometimes, we make resolutions because it would be weird if we didn’t. And sometimes, our resolutions are simply an avenue for us to get out of doing things that we know we ought to do. And because resolutions rarely work, we can simply blame our failure on the resolution’s inconsistency.

Making and acting on new year resolutions involves more than just wishing they were true. It requires a certain stick-to-it-tiveness that most people are not prepared for when they make the resolutions. Fortunately, there are simple steps that can bring us that much closer to achieving our new year resolutions.

  1. Set resolutions that you actually want to achieve: The most  important thing when setting a new year resolution is to only set resolutions that you want to achieve. The chances of achieving new year resolutions that you do not really want are slim to none. And, as we know, things don’t just happen because we wish them to. Hitting your new year goals begins with wanting it.
  2. Set realistic and achievable resolutions: The very nature of resolutions are that they are things that see yourself doing. A resolution of a big-boned individual to be as ripped as Dwayne Johnson is simply unachievable. It is more realistic to set a particular amount of weight you want to lose.
  3. Dream BIG: Just because your resolutions should be realistic does not mean they cannot be ambitious. Set resolutions that challenge you and push you out of your comfort zone. If the idea is to grow and improve as an individual, why not become the most improved individual you can be. For our big-boned friend whose resolution might be to lose 50 lbs for instance, he could make it an ambitious 100 lbs.
  4. Make your resolutions into goals: Research shows that you are 40% more likely to achieve the goals that you write down, and until you make it into a clear written objective, a new year resolution is just wishful thinking. When you write down your new year resolution, you are committing yourself to following through, which increases your chances of achieving it. A goal-oriented resolution might be to lose 10 lbs every month.
  5. Break them down into small actionable steps: It can be daunting to look at the ambitious goals you have set for yourself in the new year. It can often be overwhelming because sometimes, you don’t even know where to begin. At this stage, it helps to break the resolutions into simple, easy-to-do daily action points. With the steps broken down into pieces, you can make daily progress without the strain of feeling like you have to do it all at once. An example may be to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times weekly.
  6. Celebrate your progress: Sometimes, we fall short of our goals and that’s alright. Remember to take a minute to review your progress and how far you’ve come and grown!

We all want to be better versions of ourselves and new year resolutions can help us do that and even though they can be quite difficult to follow through and execute, they are a huge part of the growth process. Making resolutions and sticking to them will help us grow as individuals and we all know that growth is arguably the most important part of being human. As you continue the year, make, tweak, and stick to your resolutions and watch yourself evolve into a happier, more fulfilled individual.

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3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over Comments Off on 3 Podcasts We Can’t Get Over 201,286

Podcasts are the way of the future. Think radio shows but being able to listen whenever and wherever you want. The best part about podcasts is that there’s a niche for everyone. Whether you’re into finance or the Bachelor, we’ve got you covered on the 3 podcasts we can’t get over. 

Finance is Fun!: The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet is the perfect mix of learning more about finances, different career paths and having fun. Each week Chelsea Fagan interviews a guest with an interesting job position. From Youtubers to publicists, you’re sure to feel like an insider after the episode. Chelsea pressures guests to reveal big financial numbers in their life. For some, it’s how much student debt their in while others discuss how much money they made off one Youtube video. If you’re interested in learning the finances behind different professions, check out this podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! 

True Crime Crazed: Crime Junkie

If your ideal documentary is on serial killers, then Crime Junkie is the podcast for you. Crime Junkie features two true crime enthusiasts telling stories about the missing, captured, and murdered. Each episode captivates its listeners with a thrilling narration of true-crime from around the world. There are over one hundred episodes to binge, so start listening today! Another true-crime themed podcast that you have to hear is Serial. Serial started the genre of the crime podcasts and is still a true-crime favorite. The hit podcast has three seasons. Each season the hosts investigate a murder case in real-time. With new evidence pilling up each episode, it’ll be hard to pull away from this intense series. 

The Bachelor Nation’s Favorites: The Viall Files

The Bachelor is the show that keeps on giving. Between The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise, ABC produces a season full of love and drama – but mostly drama. Nick Viall, the bachelor in season 21, recaps each episode on his podcast The Viall Files. Bachelor Happy Hour is another amazing podcast where co-hosts and past Bachelor contestants Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrindives dive into each juicy episode. 

Podcasts are great for long car rides, getting ready in the morning, or winding down at night. There are thousands of podcasts to choose from, so you’re sure to find one you like. We hope you’ll love these podcasts just as much as us! 

How a simple detox can boost brainpower Comments Off on How a simple detox can boost brainpower 193,498

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You know that one person who’s always talking about the latest cleanse or trendy detox and how “life-changing” it is. It’s almost guaranteed that within a few days, they’ll be on to the next one. Who doesn’t want to lose weight, improve endurance, and purge toxins? It’s not surprising to see short term physical benefits from detox, but often not mentioned are the mental health and cognitive performance benefits also gained from a proper detox. Mental health and brainpower benefits are significant.

Anxiety. Insomnia. Depression. Dementia. Eating disorders. Even Alzheimer’s is on the rise. While going on a short term cleanse or detox to help treat any disorder might seem counterintuitive, restoring your body to health both mentally and physically can drastically boost your mood and overall disposition. The glow of positivity from improved self-image helps interpersonal relationships as well.

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Is a detox right for me?

Grow new brain cells

  • Most detox diets are significantly low in calories which may help boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). This chemical signal in the brain promotes new cellular growth.
  • As a result, it may lead to a number of mental health benefits including improved brain health and functioning, as well as to help stave off mental illnesses. There are some great BDNF studies available online.

Enhance focus and concentration

  • Another benefit one can attain from slightly restricting calories during a detox is the increase in focus. This is thought to come from a mechanism known as “food-seeking behavior.”
  • The mechanism involved has to do with a rise in hormone production. Dopamine, adrenaline, and cortisol boost focus and reduce distractions. Along with helping to block out distractions, a detox can also help keep your mind focused on tasks. This can help boost productivity in an academic setting or in the workplace, as well as helping to accomplish tasks at home that require efficiency and critical thinking. Additionally, it also may help improve focus and intensity during sports and other physical activities.
  • Certain supplements called nootropics help boost brain function even further by promoting increased blood circulation, stimulation of the central nervous system, and stimulating new brain pathways.

Increase blood flow to the brain

  • Detox diets can boost brainpower through PGC-1-Alpha. This multi-faceted signal assists in a wide range of bodily functions including increased blood flow to the brain improved blood circulation and supplied nutrients and oxygen.
  • This effect is quite beneficial to cognitive health.

Boost mood and good vibes

  • High levels of vitamins and minerals consumed in certain detox treatments boost mood and good vibes by producing serotonin and dopamine.
  • Processed foods, refined sugar, and other food-like products may cause mood swings, feelings of lethargy, energy crashes, and other unpleasant symptoms that may lead to malnutrition.
  • Nutrient deficiencies should be addressed in order to promote overall healthy body function.
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No more brain fog!

Improve brainpower, cognitive function, and problem-solving skills

  • This should come as no surprise. High-nutrient, low-calorie foods can greatly improve cognitive functioning.
  • Eliminating nutrient-deficient foods will lift “brain fog” caused by poor diets.
  • Clearer thought processes and faster decision-making skills may be felt almost immediately after commencing a detox.

Improve brain-signaling

  • Hydration is always important. And increasing water intake is usually an aspect of many detox plans. Proper hydration enhances overall health, and greater hydration levels can lead to improved brain-signaling.
  • It goes without saying that water is important for all living things, and it’s especially true for living organisms that are made up of mostly water. In the human body, 73% of the heart and brain is water. This is why dehydration has a direct effect on cognitive performance.

Prevent mental illness

  • Aside from boosting mood and good vibes, assisting in the growth of new brain cells, and improving cognitive performance, a detox can also help prevent mental illness.
  • Brain matter growth can help prevent illnesses like depression or bipolar disorder from developing.
  • An increase in nutrients can help reduce anger and may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. With the rise of mental illnesses, it’s worth trying different methods every now and then to see what works best for you.

Prevent cellular breakdown

  • A detox diet can help reduce inflammation in the body. This helps prevent cellular breakdown and promote healthy cells (which, obviously, helps overall health). This is true for all the body’s cells, including those in the brain.
  • Implementing a regular detox may not only help promote the growth of new brain cells but also help protect the cells you have, which can preserve and further boost brain function.

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