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Whether you like it or not, it is very probable that during your life you’ll have to speak in front of a crowd. This thought is kinda creepy and I’ll give you some pieces of advice to improve your performance and overcome the natural but useless fear of speaking in public..

A common belief is that imagining your auditorium naked helps. I’ll speak here about an alternative to this – gaining some self trust. The fear of speaking in public has two major causes – you do this for the first time, the fear of unknown and you depend on public’s reactions; you’re exposed. You should overcome this fear by knowing that you’re very well prepared and you’ll be successful. Continue reading

8 important motivation tips

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We all have to do things we would rather not do; some would say that’s just how life is. We use inner motivation to give us the momentum we need in order to solve whatever it is we are doing and achieve your target. You need it, otherwise it will practically going to be impossible to fulfill your goal. In order to obtain it, you need to understand that nobody is going to make a change in your life; you have to help yourself!You need to create and develop your own self motivation to give you the energy needed; this could be a very difficult task itself because there is nobody who could help you directly and you could think that you have absolutely no idea about this kind of thing. You would be surprised to find out just how easy it is; just read the following and try to apply them as much as possible.

1. Keep going even after you’ve made a mistake. We all make mistakes; some bigger than others. What makes the difference is that some learn from them, don’t make the same mistake again, and start from there. You have more to learn from your own mistakes than from any other thing.
2. Get out of your comfort zone and take risks. You need to get out there and explore possibilities and then start achieving your goals. Unfamiliar surroundings can inspire you as well as enhance your ability to achieve your goals and your self confidence. It will probably lead to making some mistakes too; if so, go to point 1.
3. Solve your problems instead of running away from them. Unless you are extremely good and lucky your road will not be smooth all the time. You’re going to have to solve problems and deal with frustrations and setbacks. Face them! and ASAP. It’s going to bring you great benefits in the long term and without solving your problems you’re not going to get anywhere.
4. Be happy and appreciate every moment. The journey can be just as good as the destination and even better. Think about life and what really it means to you, think about the past, take a moment to daydream. It will make you feel much better about your struggle. Besides happiness generates more positive energy within you; the energy will keep you optimistic and enthusiastic. Happy people are always more productive.
5. Care less about what people say. Bill Cosby said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” and he was right on. Don’t ignore everybody, take their oppinions into consideration but keep in mind that your goal is not to please everybody.
6. Read the oppinions of an authority. Almost certainly you are going to feel stuck at a moment or another; even if not, it still is a good idea to try and improve yourself. Sometimes just reading or listening to inspirational materials can do the trick.
7. Reach for the sky, but be prepared. You should not limit yourself, instead you should try and live your dream. There are going to be problems, expect them, but keep in mind that you have the power to surpass them.
8. Finish what you start. Don’t leave things halfway done; you want to finish things, that’s why you start them in the first place.

Now whether you are trying to just learn for your next exam or starting a career, you need motivation. The list doesn’t stop here; there are so many other things you can do. In fact, please share some of your motivation tips and tricks with us! But by applying these 8 steps, you will most definetly see the results.

20 Things you wanted to know about sleep but were too afraid to ask

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Sleeping is in fact somewhat of a mistery to us because we don’t quite fully understand the complex mechanisms which happen to us when we are sleeping. Sure we know most of them or at least we think we know most of them yet some still are a mistery to us. Here is a list of things which you may find more or less useful but the facts are pretty interesting.

  • The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
  • – Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.
  • A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year.
  • The continuous brain recordings that led to the discovery of REM (rapid eye-movement) sleep were not done until 1953, partly because the scientists involved were concerned about wasting paper.
  • REM dreams are characterised by bizarre plots, but non-REM dreams are repetitive and thought-like, with little imagery – obsessively returning to a suspicion you left your mobile phone somewhere, for example.
  • No-one knows for sure if other species dream but some do have sleep cycles similar to humans.
  • Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.
  • Some scientists believe we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, that is, we dream about things worth remembering. Others reckon we dream about things worth forgetting – to eliminate overlapping memories that would otherwise clog up our brains.
  • Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.
  • REM sleep may help developing brains mature. Premature babies have 75 per cent REM sleep, 10 per cent more than full-term bubs. Similarly, a newborn kitten puppy rat or hampster experiences only REM sleep, while a newborn guinea pig (which is much more developed at birth) has almost no REM sleep at all.
  • Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.
  • Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
  • The NRMA estimates fatigue is involved in one in 6 fatal road accidents.
  • The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.
  • Some sleeping tablets, such as barbiturates suppress REM sleep, which can be harmful over a long period.
  • A night on the grog will help you get to sleep but it will be a light slumber and you won’t dream much.
  • Ten per cent of snorers have sleep apnoea, a disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing up to 300 times a night and significantly increases the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
  • Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep
  • Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hrs) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal
  • Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
  • Well hopefully we’ve been of some use to you. Read the last thing. Twice 🙂

    Damn, I forgot it!

    Less than a week ago I was packing my bags when it occurred to me that I hear really often “Oh, I forgot to put it in my bag”, where it can be toothbrush, favorite sweater, documents, head. So here are some steps you can follow to reduce the risk to let something behind:

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    First of all, think at the purpose you’re packing – pleasure or businessJ. It’s better to put first the things you need most, the object of the trip. This would be the first step.

    Then the money and the papers you need –IDs and others, if you need. It’s good to have 2-3 pens and some unwritten paper too.

    The third step is to put the technology – battery and phone chargers, notebook, mp3-player, i-pod or what you think you’ll need.

    Very important are the hygiene products – toothbrush, toothpaste, towel(s), shampoo, shower gel, cosmetics, deodorant. If you think you’d need it, now’s the moment to add some drugs(medicines).

    Then you just have to put your clothes too and it’s all ready. Put some comfortable old shoes, the new ones are usually uncomfortable. I recommend to have 2 bags, one with important and valorous things that you’ll probably use until you’ll get to the destination and another with … everything else.

    Bon voyage!

    Clean up!

       clean-up.jpeg  ,, Go  clean your room,  young man /young lady!”-that is something most of us hear everyday. Another spoiled day…or maybe not.  Cleaning your room does not really have to be a punishment. There are ways to make it easier for you and to do it in a short time. This activity is well-known to have positive effects on people’s state of mind because it’s useful to take one’s mind of problems and to help fighting stress.

          First of all it is better to take the decision to clean the room yourself. This would mean starting in the right way and it would help you psychologically. Of course, you don’t have to take this decision when your room can no longer be called a room in which a human being can live.

          Second of all, make a plan, Open the windows, analyse the situation and decide what you need and what you should start with. It is better to have a certain order in what you do so that you won’t find yourself in front of a total chaos

          Third of all, get the products you need. There are a lot of brands to choose from, most of them efficient and easy to use, They really make work easier and help you finish faster. Of course, don’t forget to read the instructions attentively so that you won’t spoil the furniture and that you will use them correctly and safely.

          After these preparations you can start. It is better not to interrupt your activity for things that could distract you such as a TV show or a little chat on the internet. Once you have finished, you can do whatever you want to.

           Use whatever you need to make your activity more pleasant: listen to your favorite music or even call a friend to help or …just to watch.

           When cleaning, be attentive to details because everything is important. After cleaning the furniture, put everything in order, so that you could find and reach everything easily .It will be easier for you later. Throw away everything you don’t need and continue to do that in the future so that it will be easier for you to clean your room the next time.

            You can also use this opportunity to redecorate and to make your room more pleasant .You don’t  have to use magazines, although they sometimes offer good tips, just use your own taste and  what you like. You can use decorative plants, art objects or anything that comes to your mind.

             In the end you will be happy to see that you have succeeded and  that your room looks great! So, good luck and go clean that room!

     

    And now here are some tips to help you :

     

    -put all your small things in baskets or plastic boxes, they are practical and decorative too

    -it’s useful to have a dustbin in your room 

    -you can use things such as photographs, decorative plates, funny menus or even a diploma in a frame to personalize your room

    -even a puzzle with a spectacular landscape can become a point of interest

    -use the nature too: seashells, feathers, leaf arrangements etc.

    How to start reading

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    Since we are going to give you all sort of tips and lifehacks and how to’s here it would seem sensible that we start with telling you how to read something. Sure so you’re not a first grader or something and you can’ read. Sure you can read; the question here is can you make the most of your reading? Most people can’t and quite frankly it’s a big loss.The big thing here is speed. We life in very fast times and seems everything is in a rush; everybody hurries up and doesn’t want to waste any valuable time (and we all know how valuable time could be) with reading meaningless words and scans every sentence for it’s core and reads just that; more words and less time. Huge mistake here; sure sometimes it is very effective as you are moving information fast from whatever you read to your brain. Yet sometimes gathering 90% of the information is useless because you lack 10%.

    Take a short moment (very short; wouldn’t want to waste any more time) and think about why you read. Is it to learn something? to entertain yourself and get away from the mundande day to day living? or just to make the time go faster? either way make the most out of your reading time and do it right. You shall benefit the most from that. Let’s put it this way; could you read very fast a story by James Joyce and make the most of it? Unless you are some sort of genious you can’t.

    Here’s a good advice; slow down. It is going to make reading more useful and enjoyable as well. Mark a passage in notepad or something; think about more than just a single meaning to the sentence. Take something with you from reading whether you are just reading a blog article or a masterpiece of literature.