Can You Really Become Smarter?

In today’s modern world, we are so often caught up in a whirlwind of activity that now dominates our daily lives. Whether it is checking our phones every two minutes to check  emails or to look up the score of a recent baseball game. Our brains are now processing information more rapidly and in larger quantities than ever before. Although this new fast-paced society has its benefits, e.g. Google can tell us almost anything we want to know at anytime, our brains never benefited from the chance to adapt to the new demands we place on it today.

The Problem

Unfortunately, these new demands can really harm the health of our bodies and brains. Increasingly, people in today’s society are more stressed and more pressed for time than ever before. It is delusional and unhealthy to think that our brains do not suffer from all of the added pressure and strain that has been placed unexpectedly on our brains.

The Solutionsbecome smarter

Meditation

Fortunately, there are practices and strategies that we can employ that will help ease the burden of fast-paced information processing and rapid decision-making that our brains are tasked with daily. One practice that can help us maintain a healthy brain is the practice of meditation. Studies now show that the brain is capable of neuroplasticity; that is, the brain is pliable and adaptable. In other words, it can change. The practice of meditation allows individuals to “rewire” the neural networks in the brain.

Why is this a good thing? All of the bad habits we have, all of the fixed views that cause us suffering, and all of the negative thoughts that can induce pain, can be reversed with the practice of meditation. Through meditation, an individual can begin to incorporate more understanding, equanimity, and openness into their lives and through sustained effort the old neural networks can be replaced by new ones that allow people to respond more skillfully to stressful situations.

The less stress and strain the brain experiences, the easier it is for the brain to make logical connections and solve complex problems. Meditation is a very easy practice that significantly improves the overall health of the brain and it gives the brain a sense of relief from the incredible demands placed upon it.

Supplements

One of the more exciting and cutting edge developments is brain pills. We’ve all seen Limitless I’m sure, where a brain pill makes you in a temporary genius. Wouldn’t it be nice if this actually existed. Unfortunately it doesn’t. But there are a growing number of studies that show that certain ingredients in so called brain supplements can actually boost concentration and memory. If you’d interested in finding out more about nootropics (another word for brain boosters) then this ciltep nootropic review is a must-read.

Food And Exercise

In addition to meditation and supplements, eating specific foods (and not eating others) and exercising regularly can strongly influence the health of our brains. The consumption of large amounts of processed foods leads to lack of clarity, mental fogginess, and general fatigue. This in turn, slows our brain’s processing ability way down. In order to maintain a brain that can handle large quantities of information, it is important to eat mostly vegetables, raw foods, and fruits. Foods that do not have a long ingredient list and foods that have low sugar (or none at all) are good options. The healthier we eat, the healthier are brain is.

These are just a few practical tips any individual can incorporate into their live in order to maintain a healthy brain. Maintaining a healthy brain is well worth the sacrifice of putting down your phone for a few moments, choosing to eat a kale salad for dinner instead of a huge burger and fries, and getting outside for just ten or fifteen minutes a day. Try it out and see for yourself.

Let us know in the comments what you do to boost your own brain power.

 

Pros And Cons Of Private Healthcare?

private healthcare

Studies have shown that approximately 62% of people over the age of 65 have cover for health insurance in the US. Most receive this as a benefit from their employer.

Politically this is a difficult area and some are working on providing an adequate care program to all US citizens.

So let’s consider what the pros and cons of private healthcare actually are:

Pros:

  • The most obvious benefit to private healthcare is that if there is a problem and you need admitting to hospital or need to see a doctor, no waiting will need to be had. The treatment will be provided as quick as possible.
  • You can choose your physician.
  • You obtain a private room in a single sex ward in a hospital. You may also have your own en suite.
  • Visiting hours are unrestricted for many private healthcare patients.
  • Care is provided by experienced doctors, rather than new qualified or medical students.
  • Specialists can be requested without a referral from a doctor.
  • No matter what medical condition occurs, the insurance will cover most medical problems.
  • Physicians with the best and most advanced equipment can be selected by patients.

Cons:

  • Private healthcare can be costly. If you don’t get it provided through an employer, you are likely to spend a significant amount on purchasing a policy as an individual.
  • With so many options, the costs can be significant as mentioned. The more the patient wants, the more they have to pay.
  • Some policies only pay up to 80% of the costs.
  • Some policies only allow patients to choose physicians or hospitals within a network. (Sometimes additional costs can be incurred if you choose outside of this network)
  • Some provides allow patients to save money for any medical conditions. However, the catch can often be that you need to use or lose the money. As you never know when you’ll need the cover, it can be wasted money.
  • Insurance is paid every month whether you need the services or not.
  • If you have a pre-existing condition you may find some policies will not cover you for any care required for that condition.

So clearly some very strong arguments for either case. Hopefully this article is helpful and provides some more clarity when you’re making a decision on whether you should get private health cover or not.

 

Is your work life in order?

work life balanceHealthcare starts at home. So it’s important to ensure your employees are working in the ‘right’ way.

What do we mean by this? In an organized fashion. Everyone knows the saying ‘a tidy desk is a tidy mind’. Well, are your employees organized enough to ensure they are not missing deadlines, are proactively helping your clients/customers and most of all, not stressed.

Stress in the workplace is common, more common than most people would like to believe. So in order to make sure you get the most from your team and yourself, consider using the following tips.

Work out where you need support

This is crucial. It shouldn’t be seen to be a failing if you ask for help. We believe it’s a sign of strength.

We recommend you analyze your time spent throughout the day and for a ‘normal’ week. Where do you spend your time. In meetings? At your desk answering emails? With the team?

Whatever it may be, some of it may be unnecessary and some may be able to be delegated. Consider your options.

The dreaded inbox

Some people can stress at the sight of an email list of more than the size of your computer screen. Some people won’t find this is feasible to remove.

So again, choose tips and tricks that help. If you have support staff, utilise a separate inbox or tagging system whereby you let your teams respond and deal with queries. (Obviously being cautious to make it relevant and possible) Consider setting up folders for ‘urgent’ tasks, ‘important’ tasks, ‘general reading’ etc., It will help put the emails into manageable chunks.

Get support from others

Make sure your diary is completely up to date. Ensure it links to your smartphones where possible. If you have a support team, make sure they help by providing information ahead of meetings for you, like prospective client information etc.,

Create a ‘to do’ list

This should be a minimum of weekly, but sometimes daily as well. Don’t let it stress you out further though. Set yourself realistic targets. What can you feasibly get done in a day? Can you delegate some of the work to someone else to ensure you leverage your time?

Find a way that works for you

Everyone likes different methods. Don’t assume because Mr Bloggs uses one system that it will automatically work for you. Consider your own style and listen to what is helping your body.