So, You Think You Can’t Do Mental Arithmetic

How many times have you heard someone say ‘I can’t do mental arithmetic’?

Perhaps it is something that you have said yourself many times . . . I know I have!

The problem, I have found, is not ‘I can’t do mental arithmetic’ but ‘I don’t know how to do mental arithmetic’.

This certainly was the case for me.

Let me show you what i mean.

If I were to ask you to multiply 43 x 11. Would you be able to do it? How long would it take you to do it?

If you asked me that 1 year ago, I would have said ‘I can do it but it will take me a while’. You see, like many people, I believed that I couldn’t do mental arithmetic.

Now, let me show you how to do 43 x 11 in your head in less than 1 second (it will take you less than 1 second once you know how to do it).

1. separate the 4 and the 3 thus: 4 __ 3 (because we are going to put a number in between the 4 and the 3),

2. add 4 + 3 to get: 4 + 3 = 7,

3. place the 7 between the 4 and the 3 to get: 4 7 3,

That is your answer: 43 x 11 = 473

How easy is that?

Practice on the following and see how quickly you can do them in your mind:

– 23 x 11 = (23 x 11 = 253)

– 18 x 11 = (18 x 11 = 198)

– 71 x 11 = (71 x 11 = 781)

If I were to ask you now, what is 27 x 11? You would be able to work it out in your head in less than 1 second and tell me: 297.

Congratulations! You have gone from ‘I can’t do mental arithmetic’ to ‘Gee, that was easy!’.

The thing about mental arithmetic is: the problem is not ‘I can’t do mental arithmetic’ but ‘I don’t know how to do mental arithmetic’.

There are many such tricks to doing mental arithmetic and once you know them, you will be amazed at the type of mental arithmetic calculations you will be able to do in you head in less than 1 second:

– divide by 5 eg. 42 / 5 = ?

– multiply by 5 eg. 68 x 5 = ?

– square a number that ends in 5 eg. 45 x 45 = ?

– and so on . . .

So, take heart! You are not as ‘dumb’ as you think. You can’t do mental arithmetic simply because you were never shown how to do it . . . and not because you can’t!

Serge M Botans

Role of Mental Imagery in Sports Injury Recovery

When sports injuries occur, there is a lot of emphasis on physical rehabilitation. While physical rehabilitation is an important step to recovery from injury, the importance of mental imagery in expediting the recovery cannot be underestimated. Many athletes across the globe rely on imagery to expedite their return to their trade. Experts note a marked difference between the recovery times of athletes who use imagery and those who do not. Imagery enables an athlete to visualize scenarios that depict healthiness and peak performance, among many other positive scenarios.

What is mental imagery?

Mental imagery, also known as self-hypnosis and guided imagery is the technique of mentally visualizing the desired outcome of an action, such as recovery from sports injuries. You typically use all your senses to visualize the outcome as though the outcome has already occurred or is happening. Mental imagery, though now widely treated as part of exercise program to overcome injuries, can be applied to multiple areas such as sports or academic performance and other disease recovery programs.

Benefits of mental imagery

According to Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, “What patients believe, think and feel has profound effects on the body. Thoughts and emotions are 50 to 90 percent effective in most conditions.”

Among many mental imagery benefits, an athlete can feel:

More motivation. More personal responsibility towards the injury. An improved quality of life. Less depression, if any. Less time spent at rehabilitation process. Reduced pain. Improved mood.

A lot of real-life examples are to be found on the use of self-hypnosis. For example, gymnast Janine Rankin used guided imagery to find relief from severe back pain. According to Rankin, -I didn’t know much about the biology of my injury, but I knew that I needed oxygenated blood circulating through troubled areas, so I imagined it going through the heart and through the inflammation of my back and the troubled areas, I pictured the inflammation breaking up and getting carried away.-

Self hypnosis applications

Mental imagery can be, among other things, used for pain reduction and healing. Positive visualization can relax muscles which can hold a lot of tension. Relaxed muscles release tension and that can result in pain relief. Imagining sitting by a tranquil and steady stream or getting a hot bath are all examples of imagery. Of course, different examples may work better for different individuals.

Experts believe that imagery and physical rehabilitation can complement each other. Many are of opinion that focusing on physical aspects of a sports injury alone may not be a comprehensive treatment solution. An injured athlete goes through varied emotions after injury and many of those emotions are negative such as fear, anger and depression. Guided imagery can enable an athlete to manage such emotions well. An athlete, with imagery, can perform rehabilitation exercises or actions with a positive mindset and that will hasten the results. It, however, makes sense to perform self hypnosis under the guidance of an expert.

About Author:

The author Brian Anderson has been a medical journalist for the last 5 years and has written several medical journals and articles about sports injury recovery. His articles for are quite informative and can be found in several submission websites.

Safeguarding Body And Mental Health Despite Alcohol Use

A human cell is approximately 65 percent h2o not alcohol. Neither alcohol nor drugs are not normal elements of a healthy cell. This only signifies that it must pass out of the human systems after intoxication through blood filtration in the livers and kidneys, but not without influencing many organs first such as brain. Especially, without therapy, alcoholics and drug users face a life having a body riddled with many alcohol- and drug-related diseases.

Disabling The Organs

A regular exposure of the body to the barrage of addictive drugs is obviously not healthy. Sooner or later, the organs will each succumb to the abuse – the liver, kidneys, pancreas, stomach and the brain among others. Besides the addiction that is treated in a drug and alcohol rehab program, these addiction-related problems are identified and treated as well.

With continued use of alcohol, the likelihood of medical complications impacting the liver and the pancreas is there such as liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and liver cancer. The gastrointestinal tract is more likely to succumb to alcoholic pancreatitis, esophageal neoplasm, and oral cavity cancer. Too much intoxication can also lead to hypertension, strokes, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibtillation and other cardiovascular diseases. Consistent bingeing and chronic drinking of alcohol are more likely to induce neurological damages as well such as acute intoxication with loss of consciousness, withdrawal symptoms, peripheral neuropathy, seizures, subdural haemorrhage, alcoholic encephalopathy, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, and cerebellar degeneration.

Alcohol may also cause severe effects on the reproductive health that often leads to loss of sexual urge, reduced in libido and even sterility. Pregnancies may be so affected leading to low birth weights and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Impairing The Power Of The Mind And Disposition

Unnecessary drinking does not only damage the physical aspects of a human body. It also alters the neuronal functions to the point of generating more serious psychological and behavioral problems. Some dreaded but most definitive psychiatric problems that unabated alcoholism can bring are nervousness and despair to the point of suicidal ideation and alcohol dependence syndrome. Passing out or becoming so perplexed happen when one becomes consumed. Crimes are committed by very drunk people. With such disrupted normal brain functions, it is hard to tell what else an alcoholic is efficient at. The sufferer may become a danger to oneself as well as to others.

Only by looking for a prompt treatment from a rehab facility specializing in alcoholism or prescription medication abuse can an alcoholic or a drug dependent have the possibility to live a normal life. If a beloved is in the verge of such physical and mental debilitation, commitment to treatment is important before it gets far too late.

How To Increase Concentration And Mental Alertness Naturally

The ability to increase concentration and mental alertness really depends on how your brain functions. The brain requires lot of oxygen, its main source of fuel, to function at its peak; it uses approximately 20 percent of the oxygen in the body. Improving the health of the brain reduces the chances of developing conditions such as dementia and also increases the memory and sharpens the ability to concentrate.

Depleted concentration had been one of the common symptoms showing insufficient oxygen level.

The best solution is to drink oxygenated water every day; the water comes from the ancient natural springs of the Ouachita National Forest and includes a patented formula called Archaea Active. The nutraceutical beverage mainly contains natural ingredients: Alfalfa, Bromelain, Milk Whey Protein, Papain, Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Lactase and Cellulase.

Alfalfa had been shown to help increase brain energy level and restore mental alertness, because extracts of Alfalfa is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K and also rich in minerals. Those vitamins are powerful antioxidants and important for the brain to play a vital role in producing brain energy.

Amylase had been shown to help digest carbohydrates. Digestion causes the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose which is the brains source of energy. If your glucose levels fluctuate too much, you might experience mental confusion.

Milk Whey Protein is an excellent of protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein provides the building blocks for most of the body’s issues, nerves, heart and brain. Proteins are used to make neurotransmitters and are essential to improve mental performance.

Each time you drink it, it tastes like natural spring water, the only difference is it helps oxygenates and nourish your cells, also increases blood flow and thus oxygen levels to your brain. That is how it increases your concentration and improves your mental alertness naturally.

The important thing is it helps you to stay healthy and live longer at a cellular level.

Learn more about how oxygenated water increases concentration and improve mental alertness naturally.

How To Stop The Runaway Train Of Mental Illness By Betty Byrd

One in six adults and nearly one in ten children in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Yet, there remains a stigma associated with being bipolar and being related to someone who is. Never mind that Edgar Allen Poe was bipolar or that President Theodore Roosevelt was too. Or that people with bipolar disorder can lead extraordinary and meaningful lives. Look at Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolf, and Rosemary Clooney. No matter how talented or famous someone is, if they’re in a situation dictated by mental illness, it can at times feel like a runaway train. Jim Carey and Robert Downey, Jr. know what it’s like, so do Robin Williams, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Ben Stiller.
Dealing with a mentally ill family member is anything but a cakewalk. I should know. My mother, a Christian Science fanatic, refused to take medication to manage her sickness. During my formative years, I lived through extremes; from minute to minute I didn’t know what she might do. My childhood was spent being tossed around like a ping-pong ball. At sixteen, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist reluctantly told me to leave home and never look back because I was living in an incurable situation. Sadly, I hit the road, riddled with pot holes, lacking any parental advice. During those formative years I didn’t have a choice, but now, in 2011, things are beginning to change.

I went on to become an actress and later a novelist. I took it to heart when I read that Ernest Hemingway said, “A writer’s style should be direct and personal” For me, it’s therapeutic to write about the disease that robbed me of my mother and stole any chance I may have had to enjoy a normal childhood. I use larger-than-life characters on a backdrop of big oil and big tracts of land to show life on high octane, which, in my experience, is what it’s like to live with the ups and downs of mental illness.

One of my main characters, Olivia Harrison has a history of undisclosed schizophrenia. My novel, Utopia, Texas, shows the terrifying ramifications on a family whose young daughter’s problem goes untreated. Some call the book, which is a stand-alone sequel to my first novel, Trinity’s Daughter, a riveting tale. The character of Maggie Harrison is fashioned after me. Olivia is my mother. Olivia’s mother, Brya, is actually the novel’s protagonist. I use my books as a tool to educate others about what it’s like to live with mental illness, and if not treated it can be devastating to all involved.

As a member of the International Bipolar Foundation, I’m on a mission to try to help erase the stigma associated with this dreaded disease which often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. What’s missing in the equation is proper education, but through advancement of research, medication and support services life can begin to stay on track. Having been one of those children affected, I’m committed to encouraging family members to openly discuss mental illness so that healing can begin.

Currently, I’m working with organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States. Through public education, I hope the shame associated with mental illness will be erased. For many, the stigma can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. For people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, their life is like trying to navigate an unstoppable train-one that’s prone to skipping tracks and changing depots on a quick whim. There is no stopping this locomotive, but it can be slowed down in hopes of reaching a more positive destination.