Coffee is among the most popular beverages that sharpen your focus and increase productivity. Millions of people across the world rely on it to help them through demanding tasks at work and assignments at school. The reason why coffee has proven to be effective over the years is due to the two components in it that largely enhance the brain. These components are antioxidants and caffeine. Antioxidants help with protecting the brain from common mental health conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Caffeine, on the other hand, is responsible for influencing the brain in various positive ways including blocking out a brain chemical called Adenosine that makes you want to sleep and increasing the levels of serotonin neurotransmitters which in turn boosts your mood, increase your level of alertness and concentration. However, it is important to note that taking coffee with moderation is the way to make the most of it. If you take more than 4 cups a day, you might be setting yourself up for the nasty side effects that come with it which are restlessness and inability to sleep. Striking a good balance between coffee and other beverages will help you avoid the chances of experiencing the side effects. You can try drinking coffee only on those days you want to tackle tedious tasks, and only when you are working on them to maximize its effects in your life.
“I’d recommend reading ‘Unbeaten Tracks in Japan’ by Isabella Bird, about her travels in Northern Japan in 1878.”Rosemary Bailey, Travel Writer and fellow BGTW member. I’d’ like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this post. There’s a lot I need to remember. Let the adventure begin! https://travelwithkat.com/gujo-hachiman/ https://travelwithkat.com/walking-the-nakasendo-way/
“In some Japanese taxis, the doors automatically open when the taxi stops, and shut after you are inside. It can be a bit disconcerting the first time it happens! Watch your fingers and bags so they don’t get caught.”Jessica, Independent Travel Cats Image credit: Jeremy Hoare, Travel Photographer and fellow BGTW member.
“Visiting Japan for the first time can be a daunting experience. Everything is so different that hiring a guide is a great way to ‘acclimatise’ and quickly learn how things work.”Paul, A Luxury Travel Blog
“You don’t need a JR pass while you’re in the cities. The cost of using JR trains within any city is quite low, just a few hundred yen, and sometimes it’s quicker to walk or use the subway system. If you’re travelling with a group of 3-4 people or as a family, taxis can actually work out cheaper than trains and subways over short distances too.”Bethany, Flashpacker Family
“When drinking sake, the custom is to never pour your own glass, including refills. Sake is intended to be poured for each other.”Helen, Not Without my Passport
“If you see a line outside a restaurant, get in it – chances are you’re in for a delicious meal. Don’t worry, they’re efficient and the lines move quickly.”Adelina, Pack Me To UPDATE from Jessica, Notes of Nomads: It’s a bit of a running joke in Japan that Japanese people will just join any queue they see because they assume what they are selling must be good. Sometimes it is true, but it’s not always the case. And the lines don’t necessarily move quickly. Japanese people can be very patient with these things and will queue for hours if necessary to go to a place they think is trendy/they saw on TV etc. You’ll often see staff in big cities like Tokyo whose sole job is to stand with a sign at the back of the queue that says “This is the back of the queue for X restaurant” because if it is popular the end of the line might be quite a distance from the entrance.
“You wouldn’t think that tasty sushi could come from a box that’s gift-wrapped at a subway station, but you’ll be blown away – all utensils included.”Taiss, Together to Wherever
“When visiting a shrine, learn the purification ritual. Use the ladle to wash each of your hands with fresh water, then put some water in your cupped hand and rinse your mouth and spit out the water beside the fountain.”Dawn, 5 Lost Together
“Slurping when eating soups and noodles is not only okay, but is considered polite! It’s a sign you’re enjoying the food, so don’t be put off or grossed out if you encounter it.”Allison, Eternal Arrival