Your brainâ€”have I mentioned this already?â€”is part of your body.
You canâ€™t expect your brain to do its best unless you take care of it. Junk food, irregular meals, inadequate sleep, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, â€œrecreationalâ€ drugsâ€”all of these diminish your brainâ€™s ability to work. All of them, too, are entirely avoidableâ€”bad habits people slip into because they take the easy way, the lazy way. Be smarter than that.
And if youâ€™ve already developed, or begun to develop, a bad habit in this area, break it now!
Skipping breakfast is a common error in todayâ€™s society. Iâ€™ve made this the topic of my sample goal. If you arenâ€™t sure what a â€œproper breakfastâ€ is, now is a great time to learn a bit about nutrition. Your parents and teachers may be able to help you with this (see Chapter 4: Getting Help from Parents and Teachers).
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This article from The Guardian (April 2006) describes new scientific evidence linking adequate sleep with the ability to store new learning in our long-term memory. Bottom line: if you are sleep-deprived, you cannot learn properly.