The idea of a superior race that either birthed or nurtured humanity in its early years is a recurring theme in sci-fi games, movies, and books. In gaming we have races such as the Forerunners, the Protheans, and the First Civilization (which we just mentioned in our Desmond Miles coverage). While we may not have the gift of their DNA or advanced technology, there is quite a bit that the average person can do to surpass those around them. Here’s some ideas to start with!
1. Sleep More (and better)
The fact is, most adults don’t get enough sleep. Seriously, sleep is something that’s so INCREDIBLY important, and yet frequently marginalized by modern culture. The generally accepted numbers are 7-8 hours a night for adults, and at least 10 for children. Getting less sleep than the recommended amount can result in loss of concentration, increased healing/recovery time, inhibited muscular growth, increased chance of disease and obesity, and a shorter expected lifespan. Yikes! Conversely, however, getting a full night of sleep every night can result in increased testosterone production, increased muscular recovery time, better concentration and productivity, a calmer, more regulated emotional state, and a longer than average lifespan.
To help your sleep out, try this:
- Sleep in a completely dark, quiet room. Hang blackout curtains, turn off all electronic devices, wear earplugs, do WHATEVER you gotta do.
- Limit screens before bed by at least an hour. The light can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime!
- Have a tablespoon of peanut butter before bed. The fats can help you feel sated (giving you that nice “full” feeling) and peanuts can also help boost melatonin production.
- Go out when it’s light out. Getting a good dosage of sun during the day can actually help regulate your internal clock.
- Go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day. This, too, helps regulate your internal clock
2. Work Out Regularly
For those not aware, we’re a fans of working out around here… In all seriousness though, if you’re NOT working out 3-5 times a week, you are SERIOUSLY limiting yourself. Working out helps increase your body’s “happy” chemicals, boosts your productivity, helps maintain a healthy weight, makes you more capable in physical tasks, increases your confidence, builds self discipline, regulates your internal clock, boosts testosterone production, and generally improves your life in almost every way. Seriously.
Working doesn’t even have to be a huge thing when you first start out. Walking for twenty minutes, three days a week, is a FANTASTIC start. Seriously! You don’t have to jump right in to working out like Kratos! Make sure to stop by the forums if you need any advice or encouragement, we’re always there for you!
3. Eat More Fat
People fear fat. It’s an unfortunate relic from low-fat health movements of the 80s and 90s. The fact is, fat is really good for us. Basically every single cell in our body requires fat in some way, shape, or form, PARTICULARLY our muscles, and our BRAIN. Fat is essential for hormone production, energy consumption.
The tradeoff is, fatty foods very often are not good for us. Fast food, chips, and junk food are all really bad sources of fat. Also, fat is very high in calories, so if you’re looking to lose weight, you DO need to pay attention to how MUCH fat you eat. That all said, here’s some good sources of fat:
- Fish (just watch out for mercury content if you’re eating saltwater fish)
- Eggs (whole! Don’t skip the yolk!)
- Meat, particularly grass fed (why grass fed?)
- Olive oils
- Insects (seriously, we gotta get over this whole fear of eating bugs thing)
Just try to steer clear of junk food and fast food. That stuff is never good for you, regardless of how much fat is does, or does not have.
4. Play With Toys
Frequently after we grow up, we tend to push toys to the side. This is unfortunate, because the benefits of playing with toys don’t magically stop, just because we grew up. Playing with toys can be excellent exercise for the brain, encouraging spatial relationship growth, creativity, and emotional health. Toys that are fueled by creativity and puzzle solving are particularly good for this! Here’s a few recommendations:
- Building blocks
- Tinker toys
- Play-doh/modelling clay
- Rubiks cubes, and other 3D puzzles
- Crayons and a coloring book (seriously, just try it!)
I realize this may all sound a little juvenile (har har), but it’s only after having my own kid that I’ve relearned how great tactile play can be for your brain. Give it a shot!
Meditation reduces stress, helps focus, and trains your brain. Meditating for just fifteen minutes every day can provide a significant boost in productivity, reduce your overall stress levels, and help improve your ability to focus on tasks. For a good place to start, check out the guide I wrote up on beginning meditation.
6. Eat Green Stuff
So, the idea of eating vegetables to be more healthy is not new. However, frequently not enough emphasis is put on the right kind of vegetables, specifically dark green ones. I’m talking spinach, peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts, okra, kayle, romain lettuce…you get the idea. Dark green veggies are PACKED with micro- and phyto-nutrients, as well as lots of key vitamins and minerals. Seriously, if you spent every day eating salads loaded with this stuff, and topped with chunks of meat, you’d live a pretty damn good life. In fact, that’s generally the diet I shoot for myself.
Just remember, green=good.
7. Have Sex
I realize that this may not be possible for everyone reading, and that there are some SERIOUS caveats to be made here, but for those that this applies to, sex tends to be really, really good for your body. Seriously. It helps lower stress, strengthens your relationship with your significant other, increases pleasure, and, again, can help boost testosterone.
Now, some guidelines to stick to:
- Be safe. SDIs are nothing to joke about, so ALWAYS use protection, and get tested!
- Be positive. Sex should be a positive experience for all people involved. If you or your partner aren’t enjoying something, you should communicate about it and work it out, without pressure or shame on the unhappy party.
- Communicate. I touched on it above, but sex is not a substitute for communication in relationships.
- Have fun! Don’t get hung up on insecurities or misgivings in the bedroom. If your partner is the kind of person who would make you feel bad about them, then you should not be with that person. Period.
8. Stop Multitasking
Multitasking is the great productivity killer. There have been many, many studies that trying to get more than one thing done at once is less productive, more stressful, and less efficient than just focusing on one task at a time. Get things done more quickly, more effectively, and at a higher level of quality by focusing on ONE thing at a time, and getting it done before moving on to the next.
9. Utilize Modern Technology (well)
Most of us have a more powerful computer in our pockets than the astronauts that landed on the moon did in their entire machine. In addition to this, it’s hooked up, wirelessly, to a database that theoretically contains almost everything the human race, collectively, has learned. It’s a smart phone. We use it to look at pictures of cats, watch porn, and argue with strangers on the internet.
All the races we mentioned at the start of this article have incredible technological advancements. The fact is, we humans have those too! The smartphone is just an example, we have desktop computers, tablets, the internet, cars, Arduino and Raspberry Pi…TONS OF COOL STUFF. The fact is, we just typically underutilize these technologies.
Become a hunter of knowledge. Every time you want to know how to do something, why something is the way it is, or what you should do in a given situation, then use all the tools at your disposal to get an answer! There’s no excuse not to!
10. Be Clean
They say cleanliness is next to godliness, and honestly, it’s true. Maintaining a clean living space, and good personal hygiene, can work WONDERS on your confidence and psyche. It also increases your general overall state of physical health, AND makes you more attractive to other people. Make an effort to stay on top of your living space and personal self every day, as it’s way easier than letting everything pile up around you. When cleaning day DOES come (because sometimes you need a bit more than just maintenance), remember what I said about multitasking a few points ago!
WHEW. Okay, that was a big post. Hope you enjoyed it! Some of these points you may not have known, some you may have known but not paid that much attention to, and some you may already be putting into practice. The bottom line is, if you follow all ten, you will be living a life far beyond your “average” person. Make these your prime modality, and watch your quality of life and personal capabilities increase exponentially because of it. Become more than you were.
Wednesday’s a new character post! Until then, remember to live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome!
Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace