Activities That Stimulate Your Brain Power

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While the brain is one of the parts of the body that is most often used, it is also an area that is often neglected. However, there are a few easy activities that you can try out to stimulate your brain power and give this vital organ a healthy boost.

Make Use of All of Your Senses
It is likely that, as you go about your daily life, you do not make a special effort to engage all of your senses. However, studies have shown that engaging usually unused senses can really help to stimulate the mind while boosting memory. So whether this means you choose your outfit in the morning by touch and texture rather than sight, or close your eyes while you are eating a meal, to really taste the food, try to make the most of each of your senses.

Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
People tend to either be right or left handed, and they use their dominant hand for the majority of their daily activities. However, pick one day a week where you try using your non-dominant hand instead, as this will not only require more focus, and strengthen your hand-eye coordination, but it will also help to build new associations within the brain’s neural connections. From brushing your teeth to writing to cooking your dinner, it may be difficult at first to use your non-dominant hand, but this will become much easier as the day goes on.

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Meditation
Meditation brings with it so many different benefits, one of which is a huge boost to the brain. Not only does meditation make a huge difference when it comes to memory and focus, but one study even claims that meditation can significantly help to prevent mental illness. There are many forms of meditation that you can try, but, if this is completely new to you, begin with a couple of simple breathing exercises and then take it from there.

Language and Word Games
Word games and puzzles have long since been believed to be beneficial to the brain, and this is still the case. These types of games challenge the way in which you recognize, understand and remember words, all of which provides your brain with a fantastic workout.

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Listen to Music
The “Mozart effect” is a theory that states that listening to classical music can make a person smarter, and there certainly is some truth to this. Studies have shown that listening to music, especially when exercising, can increase cognitive levels, while improving verbal fluency skills, as well as give a boost to mental focus. Any type of music can do this, not just the classical genre, so compile a few go-to playlists that you can listen to throughout the day.

Some studies have shown that the brain can often begin to lose some of its sharpness at the early age of 45, making it vital that you spend time stimulating it as much as possible. From playing word games to mindful meditation, these are just a few of the ways in which you can give your brain a healthy boost.

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Beating an Afternoon Energy Slump

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Afternoon energy slumps are extremely common, and can be attributed to the body’s circadian rhythm, which sends out sleep signals during the afternoon, usually at around 2pm. Rather than spending the afternoon wishing that you could curl up in bed, here are a few tips to help you to beat the energy slump and ensure that the rest of your day remains productive.

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A Light, Protein-Filled Lunch
If your lunches are usually packed with carbohydrates, this will be having quite the impact on the way in which your body functions in the afternoon, as carbohydrates tend to zap the body of energy. Instead, opt for foods that are high in protein, such as a tuna salad rather than a tuna sandwich, or a green salad with hard-boiled eggs and sliced turkey instead of a bowl of pasta. You should also try to avoid having a heavy lunch, as the digestion process diverts blood away from the brain, meaning that the more food that needs to be digested, the longer you will feel lethargic for.

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A Midday Workout
Physical activity during the day will not only boost your productivity, but will also help you to beat that midday slump. If you have a gym near you, some light aerobic exercise is all that you need. Alternatively, if you do not have time for a quick gym session, head out for a brisk walk on your lunch break, or pay a visit to the very top floor of your building, using the stairs of course. Even a few simple stretches can help to provide your body with a boost of energy, and these do not require much space or time at all.

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Green Tea
If you tend to reach for a cup of coffee each time you feel your energy levels dropping, you may want to try swapping this out for a cup of green tea instead. While green tea still contains caffeine, it does not have quite as much as coffee does, meaning that it is much better for your health, and will also bring you a range of nutritional benefits.

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Listen to Some Music
Studies have shown that listening to music has the potential to boost the way in which a person focuses, while making them feel more energized at the same time. This is a great quick fix to the afternoon energy slump problem, and if you compile a few energizing playlists on your phone in advance, you will have a pick-me-up to hand whenever you may need it.

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Don’t Skip Breakfast
Considered to be the most important meal of the day, a healthy breakfast provides the body with enough energy to sustain it throughout the day. However, if you skip breakfast, you are likely to experience quite the energy crash at around 2pm, which is why this is a meal well worth making some time for. If you tend to be strapped for time in the mornings, there are many on-the-go breakfast options that may work for you, from berry and yogurt smoothies to a portable bowl of porridge.

Nobody wants to experience an afternoon energy slump, especially if you have a long list of tasks that you still need to complete before the end of the day. From nutrition to exercise, these tips will help you to beat that slump, filling you with energy for the rest of the day.

Madonna in London

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The world-famous singer and songwriter that is Madonna needs no introduction, having made quite the name for herself over the years by continuously pushing the boundaries in the mainstream pop music industry. While Madonna may be American, and have strong ties to New York City, London has long since held a special place in her heart, so much so that the artist recently decided to relocate to the city.

The West End
The theaters that line London’s West End have become a significant part of British culture, and it was in 2002 that Madonna took her first foray into the world of theater. The play, titled Up for Grabs, was written by Australian playwright David Williamson and is about a female art dealer who is trying to establish herself in the city and in the industry. Madonna performed the lead role in the play, and while her performance may not have been met with much appreciation from the critics, it was an experience that this multi-talented actress does not regret.

Homes in London
Madonna owns six different properties in Central London, with her current permanent residence being located in Marylebone. While many celebrities would automatically opt for the sophisticated district of Mayfair, Madonna recognizes the potential that Marylebone has, which is why she owns three properties here. In addition to her £7 million family townhouse, Madonna has also recently purchased the adjacent property for £6 million, and also owns two cottages nearby. Outside of Marylebone, Madonna also owns a Georgian townhouse near Regent’s Park, a sprawling estate in Wiltshire, and two West End buildings, which are currently being used by the Kaballah religious sect, something that is of a huge personal importance to the star.

Favorite London Spots
Madonna is constantly being spotted all over the streets of London, but there are certain spots that she tends to favor. The Ivy, in London’s West End, has long since been one of her favorite restaurants to dine at, although the artist also regularly frequents Kensington Place, a modern seafood restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill. When it comes to an evening of drinks, Madonna truly enjoys the relaxed atmosphere of a classic British pub, with the Scarsdale Tavern in Kensington being one of her favorites. When it comes to Madonna’s favorite London clubs, the list is extensive, but China White, Rock and Kabaret are among her top five. Of course, Madonna is also renowned for her style, and she appreciates the diversity that comes with British fashion. From Koh Samui in Covent Garden to Voyage on Fulham Road, London has always been one of Madonna’s favorite cities for a shopping trip.

Madonna is considered to be the best-selling female artist of all time, and her music has touched the lives of millions of people all over the world. With all of the investments that the artist has made into the London property market, it would seem as though Madonna is in the city to stay, which is something that London locals are most definitely excited about.

Top 2015 Music Festivals – OROGOLD Reviews

Mere mentions of music festivals are enough to help you visualize endless excitement, a colorful narrative of unique perspectives, a party-like atmosphere and an outstanding experience. OROGOLD Cosmetics examines some of the top 2015 music festivals in this article. With most of these festivals being held in different parts of the world, you don’t need to venture too far in search of some of the greatest musical acts. Each of the music festivals on this OROGOLD list is an ideal way to experience a whole world of fun and excitement.

Coachella music festivalCoachella, California, USA
Coachella is one of the best music festivals for people who love music and art. Considered to be a protector of the hippie and independent music culture, Coachella has celebrations that take place over two weeks for 3 full days. The stage showcases talents of emerging and established artists who provide the huge crowds with some of the most mesmerizing live acts. Coachella is also famous for its camping as visitors are allowed to camp on the festival grounds on all 3 festival days. Some of the top performers that have performed at the Coachella Music Festival include The Killers, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.

South by Southwest, Texas, USA
The 2014 line-up boasted of heavyweights such as Lady Gaga, Perfect Pussy, Big Freedia, Ryan Hemsworth and Allen Stone. The South by Southeast festival is equally famous for uncovering raw talent. The festival involves hopping around different Austin bars, mingling with fans and celebrities associated with the music industry and watching the future stars make a name for themselves.

Tomorrowland music festival Tomorrowland, Belgium
Considered to be one of the most anticipated and popular music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland promises an electronic dance music experience unlike any other. The festival started off with just 9000 people in the year 2005, but it has emerged as one of the hottest events in the annual music calendar. Some of the main charms of Tomorrowland include 10 unique stages that host about 400 DJs from all over the world, non-stop music, fantasy-like setups and phenomenal EDM music. The top Tomorrowland performers include Armin van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, Moby and Push.

Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida, USA
The Ultra Music Festival is held in the exotic city of Miami and is known to attract world famous stars like David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Zedd. The 2015 lineup features names such as Avicci, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Kiesza and Skrillex. Ultra is another EDM music festival to look forward to. It is considered to be the most popular one in North America and is known to attract music lovers from all over the world.

Exit music festival in SerbiaExit, Serbia
Exit started off as a student movement that fought for the rights of the people of Serbia, but it transformed into one of the most popular music festivals in the world in no time at all. The festival revolves around socio-political themes and attracts close to 2 million music fans each year. Some of the top acts to grace the stage of Exit include Duran Duran, Sun Focus, Guns N’ Roses, MIA and Thieves like Us.

Sziget, Budapest, Hungary
Sziget ranks among the top 5 music festivals in Europe. It features all sorts of genres such as hip-hop, alternative rock, reggae, indie and rock and has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the year 1993. The festival is actually known to be one of the hottest attractions of Hungary in the month of August. Some of the top Sziget performers include Fat Boy Slim, Sex Pistols, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs and Chemical Brothers.

Governors Ball, New York, USA
Governors Ball showed the world that the show must simply go on in the year 2013 when it weathered a flash flood warning and a tropical storm and still managed to entertain the hundreds of thousands who flocked to enjoy the festival. Its enormous success ensured that it managed to attract names like Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Interpol and OutKast in the year 2014. The year 2015 promises to go one up with a lineup that features stars like Ryan Adams, Lana Del Ray, Black Keys, Deadmau5, Drake and Bjork.

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
Glastonbury is considered to be one of the most reputed and one of the longest running music festivals in the world. This 5-day extravaganza is literally a dream come true for anyone who lives and breathes music. After starting off things on a small scale, Glastonbury rose to international fame and today, the passes get sold out within hours. Apart from exciting music, circus acts, comedy shows, cabaret acts and art fairs are also a part of the Glastonbury experience. Some of the top stars to showcase their talents at the Glastonbury Music Festival include Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Oasis, Beyonce, The Cure, Metallica and Radiohead.

Sunburn, Goa, India
Although most people wouldn’t associate India with international music festivals, Sunburn has really managed to make quite a name for itself in the international EDM scene. Despite being launched only in the year 2007, Sunburn has already become popular all over the world. It is held across 3 days and is known to attract some of the best talent from the world of electronic dance music. The festival is mainly characterized by its beautiful fusion of space and sound, and its top notch lighting. Some of the top Sunburn performers include Danny Avila, Oliver Dollar, Baauer, Michael Koma and Head Hunter.