Queen Bee QT: 7 Things to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Queen Bee QT: 7 Things to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Mind Sharp

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” ~Terry Pratchett

mobile-social-heroRegardless of your age, you probably want to preserve your mental acuity for the rest of your life.

Thanks to research, scientists are getting an increasingly clear picture of the things people can do to ensure their brains keep working in top form.

Consider these strategies to ensure your mind is working as efficiently as possible. Incorporate as many of these methods as you can into your everyday life to keep your thinking razor-sharp.

Don’t Sit Around All the Time: Move Your Body Often

Engage in consistent exercise. Scientists continue to assert that performing regular aerobic activity, at least 30 minutes a day, is one of the best ways to keep your mind in good shape. You’re never too young or too old to get started on this one and keep up with it. When you exercise, you propagate healthy cells throughout your body.

And don’t forget – sitting is the new smoking. The more you move, the better. 

(Here are some ideas for getting moving! Personally, I’m currently addicted to my FitBit! Add me if you’re also a FitBit person – I’m under angyatkinson at gmail dot com.)

Don’t Take Shortcuts on Getting Your Nutrients: Eat REAL Healthy Food!

Eat right. When you eat small amounts spread out over the day, your system can better handle the food, resulting in healthier organs, including your brain. Recommended foods are those that are moderate in protein and fat and high in fiber. Build your day around practical eating habits that will ensure you’ll have a mind that’s sharp as a tack.

Don’t Take Supplements: Eat Real Food Instead

Researchers are discovering every day that the use of supplements does not provide everything your body needs. Get your vitamins the old-fashioned way by eating healthy foods.

Choose whole foods. Obtain as many of your vitamins and minerals from food products, rather than supplements and vitamins, as you can. The mind and body respond better to the real thing.

Don’t Get Sick: At Least Avoid It When You Can!

Avoid preventable diseases. If you can steer clear of diabetes, hypertension, and weight gain, your mind will thank you later. Researchers now believe that these illnesses that attack your body are also detrimental to your mental acuity.

Don’t Stay Up All Night: At Least Not Very Often!

Get good sleep. Did you know that chronic sleep issues are related somehow (scientists aren’t sure how) to cognitive decline? Therefore, if you want to stay sharp, get a consistent 7 to 8 hours per night.

Because you can’t really catch up on lost sleep in ways that matter to your brain, make it a goal each evening to get in bed, turn out the light, and go to sleep in plenty of time to get those golden hours of snooze.

Don’t Let Stress Beat You Down: Never Give Into Negative Emotions

Successfully manage your stress. Feeling more relaxed and stress-free is believed to help your memory and keep your brain functioning better. Take whatever steps necessary to banish your stress.

Practicing regular exercise, engaging in fulfilling activities during your time off, and enjoying love in your life keep your stress level down.

Don’t Think You Know It All: Never Stop Learning

Keep learning new things. Although the jury is still out on whether working crosswords, word games, and math challenges keep your mind fit, one clear fact is that education ensures a strong, healthy mind. Learn something new each day.

This year, take that small business class. Next year, join the local birding group to learn all about the local birds. If you want to have a quick mind, never stop learning.

All of these ideas are pragmatic things you can do to keep your brain in great shape. And most of them can be implemented today! Follow these suggestions and you’ll be rewarded with a razor-sharp mind.

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Can you silence a sexist through moral narcissism?

Can you silence a sexist through moral narcissism?

Narcissism is in the news again. The latest word comes from the Evening Standard, which takes quite an interesting perspective on the topic. 

“The self-described pick-up artist Julien Blanc is, by now, an international poster-boy for being a complete and utter prick. Heres a man who boasts of walking around in Japan grabbing the heads of passing women and pulling them towards his crotch: in Tokyo, if youre a white male, you can do what you want. He tweeted a graphic describing the power dynamics of domestic abuse and joked that it was a checklist for #howtomakeherstay. He takes money from credulous boys for boot-camp seminars on how to manipulate women into bed.”

Read the full article at the link below.

Are you in a narcissistic relationship? Read It’s Not Supposed to Hurt: Overcoming Toxic Love and Narcissism in Relationships. 

 

Read the story at the Evening Standard click here

April Birthday? Another Excuse to Wear Diamonds!

April Birthday? Another Excuse to Wear Diamonds!

“I never hated a man enough to give him diamonds back.” ~Zsa Zsa GaborZsa_Zsa_Gabor_-_1959

If you are still young enough to admit you have birthdays and your birthday falls in April then you already know the diamond is April’s birthstones.  Celebrities who already have a love affair with diamonds are even more apt to be seen wearing diamonds if their birthday is in April.

There are many April celebrities that share the diamond birthstone with you.

But did you know that the diamond is also deep in mystical powers from ancient times?  It is said to enhance ones competence, trust and love relationships.

Diamonds also have a long history in their medicinal qualities.  During ancient times diamonds were believed to heal illness.  Diamonds were first placed into the bed to warm the diamond to enhance their healing qualities.

It is even said that over the centuries Cupid’s arrows were tipped in diamonds and thus it earned its reputation as the perfect gift of love.

The white and brilliant hues diamonds signify life, joy and innocence.  But really diamonds come in a wide range of colors other than white which includes shades of gray, brown, yellow, blue, red, and green.

Pre 1400’s diamonds were only available to those of royal blood who were the only people able to wear the symbol of courage and invincibility.  During the mid 1400s The Archduke Maximillian gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy beginning the long tradition of diamond engagement rings which is still carried on today.

The practice of wearing a diamond engagement ring on the third finger often referred to as the ring finger began in Egyptian times because it was believed the vein of love ran through this finger directly to the heart.
Besides being the birthstone for April there is no gift that is more symbolic of love than a diamond and no more convincing promise of eternal and everlasting love.

Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars that had fallen from the sky making a visit to earth.  Others revered to diamonds as Gods Tears or dew drops.  The origin of the first diamond has never been solved and remains a mystery to geologists and sciences even today.

Initially geologists thought that India was the first river-bed source for mining diamonds.  The ancient Hindus called the diamond Vajra which means lightening.  It earned this name because of its incredible strength and the light rays it emitted.  Besides being the most beautiful gem they are also the hardest substance found on earth.  Diamonds have been mined Botswana, Australia, Russia and South Africa, and recently Canada has been added to that list.

April does have an alternative birthstone which is the opal.  Unlike diamonds which are simply crystallized carbon, opals are found deep within the earth where the intense heat develops this beautiful stone.
So even though there are many April celebrities that share the diamond birthstone with you the diamond is a celebrity and star all on its own.  Recognized back to ancient times for its symbol of love and its beautiful brilliance.

Bonus: Celebrities Born in April

April 1 Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953).
Susan Boyle
Jon Gosselin
Bijou Phillips

April 2
Marvin Gaye
Rodney King
Yung Joc

April 3
Leona Lewis
Eddie Murphy
Alec Baldwin
Jennie Garth
Amanda Bynes
Wayne Newton

April 4
Robert Downey Jr.
David Blaine
Clive Davis

April 5
Bette Davis
Pharrell
Krista Allen
Hayley Atwell

April 6
Zach Braff
Paul Rudd
Irina Shayk

April 7
Russell Crowe
Jackie Chan

April 8
Patricia Arquette
Betty Ford

April 9
Kristen Stewart
Jesse McCartney
Leighton Meester
Elle Fanning
Cynthia Nixon
Dennis Quaid
Hugh Hefner

April 10
Mandy Moore
Alex Pettyfer
Haley Joel Osmont
Ryan Merriman

April 11
Joss Stone
Alessandra Ambrosio
Jennifer Esposito
Stephanie Pratt

April 12
Claire Danes
Shannon Doherty
Vince Gill
David Letterman

April 13
Jonathan Brandis
Rick Schroder
Al Green

April 14
Abigail Breslin
Adrien Brody
Sarah Michelle Gellar

April 15
Emma Watson
Seth Rogen

April 16
Martin Lawrence
Ellen Barkin
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

April 17
Victoria Beckham
Jennifer Garner

April 18
America Ferrera
Melissa Joan Hart
Kourtney Kardashian
Conan O’Brien
Eric Roberts

April 19
Maria Sharapova
Hayden Christensen
James Franco
Kate Hudson
Ashley Judd

April 20
Joey Lawrence
Carmen Electra
Ryan O’Neal

April 21
Andie Macdowell
Tony Danza

April 22
Jack Nicholson
Amber Heard
Jeffrey Dean Morgan

April 23
John Cena
Kal Penn
Valerie Bertinelli
George Lopez

April 24
Kelly Clarkson
Barbra Streisand
Djimon Hounsou

April 25
Jason Lee
Renee Zellweger
Hank Azaria
Al Pacino

April 26
Channing Tatum
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins
Jordana Brewster
Melania Trump

April 28
Jessica Alba
Penelope Cruz
Jay Leno

April 29
Andre Agassi
Uma Thurman
Michelle Pfeiffer
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jerry Seinfeld

April 30
Dianna Agron
Kirsten Dunst
Isiah Thomas
Willie Nelson
Cloris Leachman

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