~ 5 Ways to Learn Fast and Retain More ~

Adult LearningThe sooner you realize that learning never ends, the more willing you’ll be to expand, elevate in your profession, thrive in your life and even generate more income. Learning and studying can be difficult once we are long past our college years.  For all the old dogs who might be reluctant to learning new tricks, we tapped the expertise of Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York based Neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty at Columbia University to share 5 ways to learn fast and retain more so we can quickly grasp new concepts, technologies, business strategies and up-level our willingness to learn. 

Independent learning is the hot new brain trend. Thanks to digital media, we see a new renaissance when it comes to learning. On the professional side, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to advance their careers, according to a March 2016 study by Pew Research Center.  On the personal development side, a simple Google search can lead anyone to a plethora of courses on everything from mastering personal finances, parenting, our relationships, nutrition, cooking, designing clothes, home organization and design.

“The key to longevity is the learning and application of new things. When we stop learning, we stop growing and that is a slow death to our brains and bodies. Luckily today there are online seminars and other ways to learn that speak to our interests. It’s also incredibly convenient to learn,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

What are the best ways to learn new things quickly? Dr. Sanam Hafeez offers the following 5 ways to learn fast and retain more.

  1. Learn in quick sprints.There’s a sweet spot for learning in the 30-50 minute timeframe. Dedicate that amount of time to learning and then take a 10 to 15-minute break to end a learning segment before starting a new task. “You’re more likely to retain more when you focus for a shorter amount of time at once,” explains Dr. Hafeez who helps people with ADHD to enhance their ability to focus and learn. “Using tools like notecards with quick points helps the brain absorb concepts even more,” she adds. Which leads to…
  1. Take written notes and use color!Ditch the laptop and go old school with a pen and paper. Outline important points with a different color pen or highlighter and if you can draw a concept out in the margin, go for it. Writing fuels comprehension and enhances listening skills. Studies out of UCLA and Princeton found students who took notes on laptops didn’t perform as well as students who wrote by hand. “When we handwrite notes we listen then process the information before writing. When we type on a laptop, we transcribe what we hear without any self-interpretation which is where the actual learning comes into play,” offers Dr. Hafeez.
  1. Give your brain time to rest and recharge with sleep.People brag that they work so much and sleep so little. Arianna Huffington’s book, “The Sleep Revolution,” and choice to add nap rooms at her Huffington Post offices turned the light onto sleep as a performance enhancer. “People who get a full 8 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep retain what they learn and have bandwidth to grasp more information quicker. We often feel tired after a course or following instructions. This is because focusing requires energy. Naturally, when we rest we get to reboot the brain,” says Dr. Hafeez.
  1. Read out loud, record, replay.Research has shown that reading out loud engages both senses of sight and sound which heightens retention.“Recording yourself reading and elaborating with your own idea of how the concept resonates then replaying the recording a day or two later, is a great technique that fires up the part of the brain that processes concepts like a computer filing information for later use,” explains Dr. Hafeez.
  1. Break things down and relate it to what you already know.We all heard of the math teacher who used the example of rock concert ticket sales to get kids to grasp algebra. According to Dr. Hafeez, “when we take a concept and link it to something we already know about or have genuine interest in, we retain that concept. Anytime we can internalize a concept is has resonance. It sticks.”

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com 

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~ Do You Have the Jitters? Surprising Things That Could Be Causing Anxiety ~

Anxiety is a mental illness that disrupts daily life causing feelings of impending doom along with unwanted thoughts and unpleasant physical symptoms.  Some people are more predisposed to anxiety than others. Did you know that there are “external” factors/habits in our daily lives that can increase anxiety?  Dr. Sanam Hafeez  a NYC based neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty Member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College shares surprising things that could be causing anxiety. You may see several on this list that are causing jitters in your own life.

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  1. Cigarettes 

Often, people who smoke tend to rely on cigarettes to ease their anxiety. However, nicotine found in cigarettes affects your brain, including your mood. But nicotine also ramps up blood pressure and heart rate, two physical symptoms that can mirror anxiety. In addition, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke also may cause breathing problems that the body responds to as if it’s suffocating, increasing the likelihood of panic attacks. The relief a smoker feels is temporary and will likely return and cause an even greater risk of anxiety symptoms Studies have found that those who quit smoking for more than two weeks had lower anxiety levels than when they were smoking regularly.

  1. Caffeine

The jitters, shakes, and irregular heart rhythm one might get after a dose of caffeine can feel an awful lot like a panic attack, especially if you are already susceptible. That’s because caffeine stimulates your “fight or flight” response, tricking the body into feeling like it’s being chased by a lion even when there is no danger present.  If caffeine makes you anxious switch to decaf coffee, and do not drink energy drinks such as Redbull which are loaded with caffeine. Be wary of PMS medications like Midol which contain a hefty dose of caffeine as an active ingredient.

  1. Medications

Medicines that contain caffeine, such as Anacin, Empirin, Excedrin, No-Doz, and cough medicines. Decongestants, such as phenylephrine, including Sudafed PE can bring on symptoms of anxiety or panic.  Some ADHD medications also list anxiety or nervousness as a possible side effect. These medications include Adderall, Ritalin, and Straterra to name a few. Some birth control pills can contribute to feelings of emotional disturbance including depression and anxiety. Asthma medications can cause symptoms of anxiety for some patients. The National Institute of Health reports that the use of bronchodilators can lead to feelings of anxiety and nervousness. If you are prone to anxiety, make your doctor aware of this to be sure that both OTC meds and prescriptions will not exacerbate your symptoms.

  1. Alcohol

Anxiety and alcohol use are often connected. People often drink to relax and reduce anxiety, and in some instances, chronic alcohol abuse can lead to anxiety. With both alcohol use and anxiety being so prevalent in the US, it’s no surprise that the two are often linked. Drinking alcohol can influence the brain chemistry and change the levels of serotonin. Alcohol can affect your mood and decrease the “feel good” chemical in your brain increasing feelings of anxiety and depression. Long-term heavy drinkers may be exposed to a higher risk of anxiety.

  1. Hormonal Activity

Hormones are the messengers to the brain and when your body is under stress due to internal factors such as the menstrual cycle, this can lead to mood changes and irritability. Adrenal issues — imbalances in the body’s stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and the precursor hormone DHEA — can cause a variety of symptoms that seem to be mental health-related, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Cortisol aka “the stress hormone” can have a powerful effect on your brain, and anything that increases cortisol production or decreases cortisol reduction (such as a lack of exercise) can cause anxiety. Other hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and thyroid can all affect anxiety. If you feel hormones may be the culprit of your anxiety, consult your internist who can do a full blood workup.

  1. Skipping Meals

Skipping meals can affect your brain, which can lead to a drop in serotonin levels creating symptoms of anxiety. This can cause, mood swings, stress, fatigue and unsteady blood sugar levels.  As a result, one might experience shakiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty speaking.  Prevent these blood sugar swings by eating frequent small meals and keeping snacks on hand.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

~ Matte is out and gloss is back ~

Matte is out and gloss is back! Introducing the first of its kind: WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS Gloss Lip Liners. These NEW ultra-moisturizing gloss liners pair perfectly with the WUNDERKISS Tinted Lip Glosses (or any of your favorite lip glosses) and are available in three beautiful shades. Comprised of a unique glossy formulation, the liners can be applied on the outside contours of the lips to help keep your pout in place all day, or can be worn alone for a natural tinted finish.

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~ CooLifting – the 5-minute cryo facial that is sweeping the red carpets of North America ~

With the awareness for healthy living and wellness at an all-time high taking preventative care of your skin in the summer months is routine for the savvy skincare user. Skincare pioneer Lisa Stewart is always on the lookout for the latest technology that produces revolutionary results for her exclusive clientele. This summer she is ecstatic to introduce CooLifting – the 5-minute cryo facial that is sweeping the red carpets of North America.
The CooLifting facial is an all-natural and painless way to reduce wrinkles and provide instant hydration. The system combines “carboxy therapy” or carbon dioxide and a line of proprietary serums developed to tackle a variety of skin issues.
CooLifting is a non-invasive facial rejuvenation technique, which creates a strong CO2 gas flow and a proprietary hyaluronate facial solution—made up of a high concentration of atomized actives—to be applied all over the face. Application is made at a low temperature with very high pressure. Specific areas treated are the forehead, cheeks, brows, lips area and eyes outline. The immediate lifting creates a lasting effect in which winkles are reduced and skin is smoothed and brightened.
During the treatment the carboxy spray and serum is directed at the treatment zone for 4 minutes. The combination of gas and serum is dispensed with continuous movement, concentrating on specific areas of the face based on each client’s needs. The client will experience a spray of gas/serum along with a cooling sensation. The intensity and sound will diminish as the treatment progresses.
“The beauty is there are no side effects or down time says Lisa Stewart.” An ordinary routine may be resumed following a CooLifting treatment.
Clients should see an increase in hydration and luminosity and a smoothing of fine lines for 24-72 hours after one treatment. Longer lasting improvements are related to the number of sessions. Over time, fine lines will diminish, and the skin will become firmer.
The CooLifting facial has also become a favorite after derma planning, chemical peels, micro needling or laser treatments to help calm irritated skin. This translates into increased oxygenation and deeper delivery of a range of serums to improve the overall appearance of the skin.
CooLifting delivers superior skin hydration, increased luminosity, and improvement in fine lines, skin tone, and firmness. The combination of carbon dioxide and specially formulated serums enhances microcirculation and lifting and tightening of the skin. Lisa is thrilled and excited to share this noninvasive fountain of youth!
Learn more about CooLifting at our website www.soliaspa.com.

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Renowned beauty industry expert, Lisa Stewart is a trusted skin care visionary whose passion and tireless efforts have earned her a place in the market as one of the most beloved and most sought after skin care professionals in the country.

After graduating from Kent State University, she entered the sales field beginning an illustrious career in retail sales for the beauty industry before transitioning into pharmaceuticals. Lisa always had a dream of one day owning and operating a spa. This drove her to earn her dual esthetician and managing esthetician license’s and then she set forth to learn the spa industry and operations from the inside out.

Since 2003 she has lead training seminars for professional skin care lines, including a prior partnership with the global skincare giant THALGO as their National Trainer and Educator for Nordstrom and many other prestigious properties and spas spanning the globe. Lisa recently received momentous recognition in the national industry publication – Skin Inc. Magazine in their “A Good Influence” section as a leader and a pioneer in her field. In addition, she has been included on their advisory board.Not to mention her countless local accomplishments, which include numerous appearances on Fox 8’s ‘New Day Cleveland’ as “Beauty & Lifestyles Expert,” Channel 3 (NBC) highlighting innovative skincare technology, Brecksville Magazine, the radio show ‘Speak Up and Stay Alive,’ Mimi’s Vanderhaven (Cover), West Shore Magazine, Fox 8 Best Of, Patch Reader’s Choice Best Spa 2012, MIMI’s ‘Ask The Expert,’ and The Sun Courier for her excellence in skin care.

Lisa believes in taking extraordinary care and time to analyze each client’s unique needs, and to formulate targeted, realistic solutions that benefit not only the appearance but their overall well-being. 

She currently sees clients in her luxurious Solia Spa in Brecksville, OH.

For more info, visit https://periskincare.com

~ seven favorite healthy foods to help fight dehydration. ~

Summer is finally here and the days of laying by the pool, beautiful hikes and beach fun are upon us. Unfortunately, the combination of the Summer heat and outdoor activities can lead to excess sweating. This helps keep the body cool down, but it can also lead to dehydration so instead of endless glasses of water opt for some healthy fruits and veggies. Incorporating these into your diet can add to your water intake and keep you hydrated all through the summer.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy has created a tip sheet of his seven favorite healthy foods to help fight dehydration.

  1. Watermelon
  • Watermelons contain around 92% water and one of the most hydrating foods out there. They can be a great alternative to snacks like pretzels, chips and peanuts. These popular snacks have large amounts of sodium and can make you more dehydrated.

 

  1. Cucumber
  • Cucumbers are about 96% water and they contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. They are high in Vitamin B6 helping to produce serotonin, which is the brain chemical that controls mood. I suggest making small cucumber-watermelon bites, which are both incredibly hydrating and delicious.
  1. Strawberry
  • Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92% to be exact. This berry is a great source of vitamins C and K. You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.

 

  1. Cantaloupe
  • This popular melon is 90% water and packed with rich flavor. One cup of cantaloupe provides 100% of the daily recommended values of Vitamins A and C.

 

  1. Tomato
  • Tomatoes are made up of about 95% water. Along with their sweetness they are perfect to take the place of higher calorie condiments. One medium size tomato contains only 22 calories.

 

  1. Zucchini
  • Zucchinis are 95% water and help to give you more energy. They also contain a good amount of potassium helping to reduce blood pressure. The veggie also promotes skin health giving a glow and restoring moisture.

 

  1. Lemon
  • While I don’t think a lot of people enjoy eating lemons, adding them to water is a great way to change up a plain glass of water. Besides enhancing the flavor, lemons are a great source of vitamin C and aids in digestion.

~ LAWLESS launches its first product in the complexion category with Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation ~

Expanding its range of high-performance clean beauty products, LAWLESS launches its first product in the complexion category with Woke Up Like This Flawless Finish Foundation. The 20-shade range spans from fair to deep with several categories of undertones. The noncomedogenic formula is SPF- and silicone-free, and includes lightweight skin-balancing oils and shea butter to create a radiant satin finish for full-coverage, long wear results.

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Our skin is the body’s largest organ and we absorb up to 60% of product ingredients we place on it. With this in mind, LAWLESS founder, Annie Lawless, created a non-toxic formula that gives full-coverage results and includes skin benefitting ingredients to enhance your skin every time it’s worn.

Completely silicone-free, this formula won’t clog pores and still provides a beautiful skin-smoothing effect due to a blend of nourishing ingredients. Skin-enhancing oils, including abyssinica, camellia, kukui, grape seed, and jojoba oils, help plump and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier for a supple, youthful appearance. Soothing, anti-inflammatory shea butter helps soften and repair skin, while promoting collagen production and protecting against free radicals.

“When it comes to ‘natural’ foundations, most currently on the market deliver sheer coverage or use pore-clogging oils like coconut oil. I created a toxin-free formula that delivers a radiant, full-coverage finish that is noncomodegenic, silicone- and SPF-free. Now you can not only feel good about the ingredients going on your skin, but feel confident and beautiful with the level of coverage and staying power,” said LAWLESS Founder, Annie Lawless.

Each Woke Up Like This foundation shade retails for $46 at LawlessBeauty.com and on Sephora.com on June 5th.

About LAWLESS
LAWLESS doesn’t take the term “natural” lightly. We really are Clean AF. Clean AF means ALWAYS FREE of carcinogenic, toxic, hormone, and endocrine disrupting ingredients, as well as ingredients that have been linked to the formation of certain cancers. These include, but are not limited to: Parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, comedogenic ingredients, polyethylene/PEGs, talc, BHA, BHT, fragrance/parfum, benzene, lead, oxybenzone, aminophenol, mineral oil, butylene glycol, methyls, octinoxate, carbon black, chromium, siloxanes, arsenic, aluminum, petroleums. We are 100% cruelty free. Learn more at www.lawlessbeauty.com and @lawless.

~ Wouldn’t it be great if you can get the energy you need naturally without having to drink so much of that morning coffee or down an energy drink? ~

Wouldn’t it be great if you can get the energy you need naturally without having to drink so much of that morning coffee or down an energy drink?

And would be great if you could get a soap that not only delivered that energy naturally, but included other natural ingredients good for your skin and helping you with whatever needs you have in your daily shower?

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DirtyBird Energy soaps can do just that! Whether you want ENERGY, need to RELAX after a long hard day, REPLENISH your skin with key moisturizers,  or need to RECOVER from a hard workout, a long hike or day at the beach playing volleyball or with your kids…DirtyBird has you covered!

DirtyBird Energy is dedicated to creating products to help productivity for active, busy lifestyles.  Whether it is getting up and out of the house, at school, at the office, during a workout, or raising children, they want to help everyone be at their best and most productive!

Each DirtyBird Energy Bar is infused with ingredients to help achieve this goal.

The ENERGY Soap bars are infused with caffeine and peppermint oil to energize the body and mind.  Scientific studies show caffeine absorbs through pores and hair follicles, which will energize the body even before your first cup of coffee in the morning.  Caffeine has also been used for years in spas on the skin as an anti-oxidant to reduce the look of aging and cellulite.

Not a fan of the caffeine…don’t worry…they also have the all-natural RELAX Soap as well…

The RELAX Soap bars are infused with lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oils.  Each of these oils absorbs to relax the body and mind as well as soothe the skin.  An evening shower with Relax helps to promote a restful sleep allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

The  RECOVER Soap is specially formulated bar helps to take on some of the recovery for you, gently exfoliating away dirt, grime and dry skin to allow optimal absorption of its ingredients. Infused with Arnica, Eucalyptus and Rosemary extracts, this trifecta of body treatments aims to encourage faster healing of bumps, bruises and inflammation so that you can rest up and ready yourself for your next day at school, big game or whatever life has to throw at you (or vice versa). This one does contain caffeine as well.

The NEW REPLENISH Bar is a great way to moisturize your skin with 30% natural moisturizers made with natural cocoa and shea butters and creams, (and NO petroleum!). That is more moisturizer per bar than any of the leading moisturizing bars out there! And just like the rest of the DirtyBird Energy soaps, REPLENISH is made with all-natural ingredients.

The REPLENISH bar is designed to drench your skin in softness and with no fragrance, no caffeine and no scrubbing beads, it is perfect for a daily facial soap…but we think it’s great for your whole body!

And the soap isn’t the only thing that’s special! DirtyBird Energy soap comes packaged in their patented reusable container, that snaps shut and allows you to take your soap anywhere; the gym, camping, vacation, anywhere…or use it to keep other goodies in.

And DirtyBird Energy is proudly made in the U.S.A….another plus!

DirtyBird Energy Soaps are available in singles, a 2-pack variety, 6 packs or in a customizable monthly membership, delivered right to your door ever month!

For more information, please visit: https://dirtybirdenergy.com/