The Ways of Life

There are so many situations that we experience on a daily basis. The regular life issues that keep it interesting–and challenging. For all of the random stuff that a teen goes through, we have it covered. Maybe this will help make life just a little bit easier…

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda - You Shall, You Will and You Can


How are you meant to make big life choices when you’re still so young? It’s like everybody except yourself has your life mapped out for you. It’s a shoulda-woulda-coulda lesson on repeat, with those who are older, wiser and more experienced trying to lay upon you everything that they had wished to achieve when they were your age; the possibilities that they turned down only to feel repercussions in later life. If you don’t have a clear path to go on, it’s hard to know where to start. We use parents as role models, but in this day and age we also use other people, too – friends, celebrities and anybody else we view through social media. So it all gets a bit muddled up, really. We don’t know who to look up to, who to follow the footsteps of and who we can use for guidance.

Want to know a secret? Nobody really knows what they’re doing. We’ve all had to carve our own path out along the way. No two lives are the same, and definitely no two journeys are. It’s hard to say what you can learn from this as everybody is different, but a little guidance goes a long way. Whether you’re still in school or just out of it, it’s a hard time to come to terms with. What you could do now affects the rest of your life, right? Well, to a degree, yes, but it won’t cover all of it. There’s so much more to explore. And with that…

 

Explore The World

There is so much of the world to see, and right now we are the most privileged we have ever been in terms of getting to explore it all; the chance to do it is lying right at your fingertips. Getting online and booking flights can be done in little to no time, but it shouldn’t be done on a whim unless you’re an experienced traveller. There are tours, programs and volunteering deals available to those who haven’t really experienced traveling on their own before, but it’s always recommended that you take a buddy with you – it’s always nice to be safe and have company! Whether it’s for a week or you’re taking a gap year, any and all travel is brilliant experience. Even if you are going with parents and are nudging them to indulge in their own wanderlust, near or far, it’s something that you will always remember.

 

Go For A Scholarship

There are so many companies out there which are offering scholarships to the top students who have applied for college – you just need to know where to find them. For example, if you have applied for a law degree, look at the Medler Law Firm scholarship. Always look to professions that are related to your degree to find the funding that is applicable. Things like this are an amazing way to get help towards your tuition, it’s just not many people are aware that they’re there. The more you realize that you could get financial help towards what is arguably going to be one of the most expensive things that you ever do, the more willing you may be towards being able to do it. One of the main reasons that people aren’t going on to further education at the moment is the sheer cost of it all. There is help out there, so take it.

 

Help Out In The Community

Not only is this a great one for your resumé, but it’s amazing for feel-good-feels. You’ll be doing fantastic things for a brilliant cause, and the best bit is that you get to see it all unfold on your doorstep. It can open the door for bigger and better things in a lot of cases – getting to know members of your community well will put you in good stead and give you the ability to make an impression on those who are able to give out opportunities. There are so many things that you can get involved in, but if you live in quite a sleepy little town with not much going on then it’s down to you to make it happen. This has happened all over the world; if something isn’t going on, people like to make something of it so that there is.  It could be an arts festival, a community litter pick or even just going round to help somebody fix up their home. It all counts, and is conveniently super fun to do.



Your Options When Life Is Getting To You


We all sometimes feel as though things are becoming too difficult or like we don’t know how to deal with whatever problems we might have. On thing that can be said for certain is that everyone experiences problems in life. Learning to cope with them is an essential part of maturing into adulthood, and if we never struggled with anything we wouldn’t learn much. But that is not always very helpful when you are actually in the grip of a problem yourself. Usually when that happens, you just want to escape it altogether. But as it turns out, there are probably some better ways to cope. Let’s look at some of the things that you can do to get through the tough times.

Being Mindful

Throughout the day – and most of the night – your mind is spinning out stories upon stories. These stories are what we use to interact with the world. You have stories about who you are, stories about what you deserve, stories about how people should behave. You might even have stories about the stories – and this can be a recipe for unhappiness. Something that we can do to help with these ever-spinning stories is to try and be mindful of them. By this, we just mean that you take a step back and try to look at them for what they are – just stories. Once you get good at doing this, you will gradually be able to make more and more sense of them, to the point where they will cause much less suffering. By being mindful, we can create the space for new, more helpful stories to emerge – and that is often the seat of happiness.

Talking About Your Problems

But it’s not just stories, you might say. Life throws up real problems and sometimes it can seem overwhelming, especially when tragedies occur to us as individuals. When something has happened which is hard to take on board, then it can often be helpful to talk to people. At this time, talking to someone might seem like the last thing that you want to do. But as it turns out, it is also one of the most helpful. Talking through whatever problems you might have, big or small, is essentially the nature of therapy, and it can be extremely useful if you don’t know what to do with yourself and you need a release.

Staying Active

‘Active’ here means two things. On one hand, it refers to the fact that it is healthy and useful to keep active physically. In other words, carrying out regular exercise can be a dramatically good way to keep you feeling good, even when your life situation could be vastly improved. Exercise has a way of reminding you that you are able to feel good, and that you deserve to. By its other meaning, active can mean being active within one’s everyday life. If you have any hobbies or interests, then you should consider investing more time in those as a way of helping yourself get through those difficult times. You might be surprised at how effective this really can be.



Wow! Playing An Instrument Can Make You Smarter & Help You Study Harder


Studying can be very hard, particularly if you just don’t understand the topic you’re studying. You sit there at your desk and close your eyes wishing that you could be just that little bit smarter. Well, did you know that playing an instrument can actually make you a better student? That’s right, playing an instrument is proven to make you smarter, which will help you study harder.

Sounds pretty cool, right? But, how does it happen?

 

How Instruments Make You Smarter

To start explaining things, we need to take a look at the human brain. A brain is made up of many different sections, all of which contribute to different things. When you play an instrument, you get loads of different parts of your brain all working together at the same time. What this means is that your brain starts to work a lot harder, which helps you develop certain skills, and become smarter.

The biggest link between musical instruments and studying has to be the effect they have on your memory and processing skills. When you play an instrument, you have to memorize things and study lots of musical notes to make sense of chords, etc. This helps you develop your memory and processing skills, which is essential if you want to be smarter. It translates to your student life and helps you remember things better when studying for tests.

Playing an instrument can also help you with your visual and motor skills, as well as your problem-solving skills. If you play from a young age, it will benefit you throughout your life and help you improve key skills that assist with your studies.

The Best Instruments To Play

While playing any instrument is a great idea, there are a few that will help you get the best results. So, pay attention and see if any of these instruments interests you:

Guitars are said to be one of the best things you can play if you want to give your brain a big boost. Picking up something like a Yamaha FG700s will stimulate your brain, as guitars require you to do two things at once with both hands. You have to strum the strings while also working your other fingers into position to create chords.

Playing the piano is another thing that’s highly recommended. Again, this is because you use both your hands at once, which increases the brainpower you use. The piano also requires you to learn sheet music, which further develops your brain. If you can’t fit a piano in your house or student accommodation, then a small keyboard will do the trick too!

Finally, there’s the violin. Another two-handed instrument that’s tough to play, but will bring great results. Once more, you have to train your brain to focus on multiple things at once when playing this instrument. But, there’s the added benefit of the bow, which puts an emphasis on manual dexterity skills.

So, if you’re stressing about your studies and wish you could be a little bit smarter, why don’t you try playing an instrument? You’ll be surprised at how effective it might be!



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