Mind Matters?

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This week I thought I would mention a subject which I feel relates to these blogs Grey Matters Part One and Grey Matters Part Two, which were written a year ago.

In the series, I wrote about the human brain not the biological Grey matter, but why it is important to keep your mind active by reading and listening to quality material. Hint –  Reading really interesting blogs help.

What do you think?  Does it matter what you feed your mind, as long as it doesn’t starve?

Okay, so, first of all, let me start with the benefits of reading. A Mail Online article asks Can a good book help beat depression? in which Eleanor Harding quotes Debbie Hicks, the director of research at the Reading Agency, who says:

‘Reading is a really good stress-buster. It can help you escape to another world and get you out of your everyday life.’

Another article which quotes the Reading Agency is from the Independent which states that Reading improves relationships and reduces depression symptoms.

Now, let’s move on to music. In another Independent article How music could help you concentrate while studying. The studies are not really very conclusive so, Max Baker sums  up the piece with:

‘…what a student can take from research is that using music to create an environment yourself is conducive towards the task that you wish to complete.’

Any other benefits? Kendall Deflin of Live fo Live Music think so and gives  10 Positive benefits of listening to music according to science.

I still think that quality matters in reading material when you are trying to improve your grammar and general English language skills. However, as the articles highlight, the music you choose determines the outcome you would like. So as always, don’t take my word for it, do your own research. You are the best person to decide what works best for you.

Take care,

Patricia

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Work, life where is the balance? Part Three

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Hi there.

If you find yourself thinking about work-life balance, then chances are you don’t have work-life balance. So what is the solution? Well, how long is a piece of string? There is not one solution because we are all different.

This week I thought I would re-visit this important area as last year I wrote about work-life balance in two  articles:

https://wordpress.com/post/pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/142  Part One

and

https://wordpress.com/post/pmnoblewrites.wordpress.com/149 Part Two.

I tried to make simple suggestions to redress the balance, yet twelve months on, we as a nation still struggle with this issue.

If you don’t believe me, have a look at this article  Work Life Balance  by businessculture.org which seems to be aimed at those who wish to live and work in the UK. It still makes interesting reading. See, – http://businessculture.org/northern-europe/uk-business-culture/ukwork-life-balance/. 

You may not have time to read this or any other articles on this subject for that matter. However, I hope that you spare a few moments to stop and reassess where you are and make some changes.

The Mental Health Foundation lays out some helpful ways to recognise and combat stress-related concerns.  See, https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/w/work-life-balance.

If you want some further reading ,the Government has published  its findings in the fourth of its research projects into work-life balance. See, https://goo.gl/pKnR62.

This has been a brief look at a subject matter which deserves more time, so will be re-visited in the future.

Thanks for reading.

Take care

Tricia