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Turning 30 and just feel like I’m getting dumber. I am a smart person (at least relatively) and work at MBB but lately I just feel as though I have not been as sharp as I normally am. I spent the last week drinking and going out till 3am every night (NYC) so that doesn’t help but are there any tips to regain my form and just become smarter?

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According to the surgeon general, drinking may impair your decision making. I’ll let you make the conclusion here.

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You’re at MBB. You can’t be THAT dumb. Nothing wrong with a quick holiday bender every now and then. Imposter syndrome, you’re good.

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You can’t raise your IQ and mental math type IQ slowly deteriorates as we age. The thing is, you don’t need it in most cases. As you get older you build knowledge on how to handle clients, how to get work done, and topic expertise. This usually adds more value than the mental math type IQ. A non-direct comparison would be to look at Tom Brady. He is likely slower and has less strength as he ages but has made up the delta with knowledge and experience. But, he also treats his body even more carefully by eating healthy, getting good sleep, etc. So, you need to not stay out until 3am, eat healthier, and exercise more while continuing to lean more on knowledge and experience. Your Mental Math IQ will slowly decline into old age, although it shouldn’t be that extreme.

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Drinking every night till 3am for a week will do that to you

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I had the same issue I had general check up, my vitals were off. The doc recommended some vitamins and general exercise tips. It made a huge difference in my energy and mood. It starts when you hit the 30s I wonder what will happen when I m 40🤔

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Do you exercise? Your brain uses a tremendous amount of energy. You can support your brain by having a healthy body.

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Remember it’s been a year and a half of COVID times. Don’t be too hard on yourself, believe most of us have been a bit foggy as our lives have been upended.

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You're just coming off a week-long bender buddy. Don't drink for a week and get some good sleep each night, go work out, drink some water, and you'll feel like normal again

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SF1 - yes I do. I guess I am looking for tips/frameworks on how to accelerate my thinking. My decision making is deff impaired when I drink but my concern is lack of focus even during the work day when I’m not drinking.

At times I feel I can’t remember basic memories e.g. what was the name of the restaurant I ate at 1 month ago, what is the name of someone I met whilst out, etc.

Exercise, stay hydrated, healthy diet, and try to get a bit more sleep.

Kudos to you. I couldnt survive with that weekend schedule lol. I need 8 hours of sleep/night, 0 alcohol, yoga/weights/cardio 6 days/week to keep my 20s form.

I think we are just burned out from this pandemic. I’ve felt off my game too. All I’ve wanted to do is go out out and socialize and drink as well (NYC too). Multiple 3 to 5am nights. 🤷

Sounds like you already figured out what the problem is!

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