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…

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!



Worried About A Friend: How You Can Help


Whether at school or in college, sometimes we can notice changes in our friends which over time can cause us to worry.

Maybe they are a little quieter than usual in class.  Or you have noticed them looking distracted.  Whilst often it can be nothing more than a simple phase or maybe they are just a little tired after a few late nights, it could be there is something more serious that they need to talk about or, with their health.

The most important thing is to respect their privacy.  If they have trouble at home they may not want to talk about it, and that is their choice.  However the first thing you should do is quietly mention to them that you have noticed there is something wrong.  Wait to see how they react.  If they stay quiet then put your hand on their arm and reassure them that you are always available.  Let them know that you aren’t going to keep going on about it, but you will always listen.

If your friend feels ready to share then you need to be prepared just to listen.  Often talking a problem through can lift a lot of the pressure.  They may ask you for advice and on smaller issues like school stress or boyfriend troubles, you can give some best friend pep talks.  However on larger, more complicated problems at home or within themselves, the best advice is to always speak to an adult.  Either someone in school or at a local youth or support centre.  Offer to go with your friend and be there every step of the way.  It may be most appropriate for her to tell her parents how she feels.  If that is the case, offer her guidance and if she is really worried, maybe suggest she talks to your parents and gets their advice.  Do not give any advice fuelled by your own emotion, you could influence a decision that may not be taking into consideration the varying subtleties of the situation.

Occasionally it is health worries that cause our concern for friends.  If your pal is reluctant to talk you could get some advice from a doctor app.  Your friend may be showing symptoms of something serious such as diabetes or an eating disorder.  If this is the case, talk to her and let her know you are really worried.  Offer to go with her to the doctor and help her talk to an adult.  

We go through a lot of emotional and physical changes as we grow into young adults and it can be hard to admit these or share experiences with other people.  Whilst you cannot force anyone to take care of themselves or unload their worries, you can ensure you are always available and ready to listen and although privacy is vital, you may be able to get advice from your parents on how to help.

Girls need to stick together and then stay together when they are women.  Never judge and always support.  Those are the basic rules of friendship.



2 Vital Rules Of The Girl Code You Must Never Break


Whatever stage of education you are at you will be discovering new parts of who you are and feeling a rainbow of emotions about friendships, boys and family.  When you were young your parents probably taught you how important it was to play nicely with other children and to include everyone in your games or conversations, but did they tell you the importance of the girl code.

This article isn’t just for the young women out there, share it with the boys and spread the word because the girl code is going to affect them too.

You may have seen the urban dictionary version of girl code, or watched the film, but advice like ‘never hit on your best friends ex’ isn’t exactly going to break any walls in a strong women uprising.  We are focussing on the big stuff here.  The things which really matter.

First of all let’s discuss the inevitability of a fall out in your circle of friends.  One thing that women shouldn’t do is beat each other down.  Yes, we all have off days.  Mornings when we wake up crazy and we aren’t going to shake that off all day.  You know you are going to bite a head of in class or take a text the wrong way.  Whilst you always need to be aware of yourself, part of the code is awareness for your sisters.  Learn to realize that a difference of opinion is not as important as a friendship.  Accept there may be reasons behind an attitude that you don’t understand.  Empathize don’t argue.  When your girls get crazy, you need to pull together even more.  Never take it online.  Change the subject by discussing interesting topics.  Divert the attention from your friend.  Offer a shoulder and support.  Without question.

Judgement day.  Women get judged all day every day.  We are objectified throughout our childhood and even more so in our adult life.  Most of this comes from men and whilst that is bad enough it is vital that YOU do not ever let this kind of judgement come from our team.  Looking at another girl and rolling your eyes because she doesn’t wear the right clothes or she acts a little different to you, calling out the geeky looking sister who spends her lunchtimes in the library is just as bad as a guy laughing at you when you say you want to play soccer.  There is a real fashion on social media for girls to break down other girls and this is worse than friendly fire.  We are stronger together, fighting for the right to not be judged simply due to our gender.  How can we fight for that if we are throwing little bombs into our own camp?

There are loads of rules in the girl code, but the most important ones are those which focus on supporting the sisterhood and ensuring we step out together to an equal future with the boys.  So, stand strong ladies and get ready to go into battle!



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