5 Little Life Skills to Master to Bring You Success

15 Apr

Oftentimes, we focus learning only the skills that are relevant to our everyday jobs. Successful individuals, on the other hand, do not stop reaching better heights, even if their mentor, boss or teacher is not telling them to. They know pretty well that there are many other skills outside of their job that can immensely improve their lives.

The following are some of the life skills that are rarely taught in school. However, if you learn and master them yourself, you will not only end up successful, but also live a much happier in life.

1. Optimism
Optimistic people always believe that positivity will prevail, but that doesn’t mean they are unrealistic. It simply means that they always see the good side in everything. This skill, when combined with other life skills in this list will create huge positive impact on your ability to take care of yourself and your life in general. Even if you do not always see the brighter side, it’s attainable for anyone to develop a sense of positivity.

2. Control
Our willpower and attention are limited. So, if you have the tendency to micromanage every aspect of your life, you will end up with limited attention on the more important stuff. However, this doesn’t give you the excuse to do a sloppy job. And although it’s true that you can’t control everything, you can certainly control yourself and our actions.

3. Conscientiousness
Conscientious, by definition, means that a person is concern of doing things the right way. These individuals are usually very organized, has close attention to details and are responsible. These are also the people who like to stick to the rules and achieve their goals. You can improve this life skill by surrounding yourself with conscientious people and by making a schedule and sticking to it every day. If you need to set a reminder on your phone, do it to help you stick to your plan.

4. Emotional Stability
To be successful, start nurturing your mental health. Your ability to keep your mental health ‘in check’ is one of the best life skills to learn. Emotional stability serves as a regulator on your skill set. It helps you not to be overly optimistic, too determined or too controlling. It lets you decide and experience life smartly.

5. Determination
It is easy for anyone to say that they are determined to attain their goals, but they only get tested once faced with difficult circumstances. Determination is your will and courage to push forward despite the failures and setbacks. How do you move on and be determined once again when you’re at your lowest? Acceptance. You need to accept that in life, there will always be highs and certainly, there will be lows.

Learning these skills may require sacrifice today, but mastering all these will reward you with amazing benefits in the future.

6 Tips to Stay Safe in Any Flight

15 Apr

Safe flying is more than just making sure your passport and visa is still viable, booking the cheapest flight deals and packing the right essentials. You still have to go through security, pass through the embassy and check in early. And on the flight itself, you need to stay safe and reach your destination without a hassle.

Despite the scary news of passengers getting dragged out of the plane and accidents during flight landing, air travel is still generally safe. But it doesn’t hurt to do what you can to ensure you’re injury-free when you get to your destination. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay safe in any flight.

1. Avoid Alcohol
At the very least, drink very little when onboard a plane. If you cannot handle little sips, then avoid alcohol entirely. Keep this in mind even if you know your dosage, as it is easier to get drunk when you are at a higher altitude. When on a flight, alcohol can easily bloat, dehydrate, and even incapacitate you, which is probably the last situation you want to be in in case of an emergency.

2. Keep Calm
Panic can mentally impair you. So, take a deep breath, get yourself busy or simply relax with a face mask on to calm yourself. The more you feed your anxiety with fear, the more you are prone to making mistakes that could jeopardize your safety.

3. Stow Away Electronics When Asked
Everybody knows that you need to turn off your cellular phones to avoid interference with the pilot’s radio signals. But you have also probably wondered if the same applies to your other electronics, such as your laptop or tablet, as well. If your flight attendant asks you to turn off all electronics, there is likely potential projectiles that they can cause serious damage.

4. Stretch Out Once in a While
while keeping your seatbelts buckled while the seatbelts light is on is highly advisable, so is stretching out when you’re already allowed. Sitting down for long hours can get uncomfortable, painful and even dangerous, as it decreases blood flow, leading to swelling or blood clots. Avoid this by walking up and down the aisles every once in a while to stretch your legs and arms.

5. Wear Compression Socks
Another tip to ensure you won’t get blood clots is wearing compression socks. even if you’re not at risk of blood clotting, compression socks help calm prevent swelling of legs that many long-haul flyers experience.

6. Wear Something Comfortable
Long hours of flights are already uncomfortable; give yourself as much comfort as possible by wearing clothes you’re comfortable to lounge in. Most importantly, wear clothing pieces that you can easily move in, footwear that’s easy to slip on and off and a bottom that you do not need a belt for.

Enjoy the entirety of your vacation by ensuring first your safety. You want to remember the wonderful moments of your vacation, and not the accident you encountered during your flights.

4 Fun Activities and Hobbies that Don’t Involve Staring at a Screen

15 Mar

A lot of things are now done with the help of computers and mobile devices, and while they make your work easier, convenient, and even appear more professional and high-quality.

But as much as they computers and mobile devices are great, they also have a catch. They come with the cost of a considerable amount of eye strain that can affect your vision later on, especially when the screen is really bright compared to your surroundings.

Computers, smartphones, and tablets can also affect your sleep if you keep them running and if you use them immediately before going to bed.

If you need to find something to do in your spare time but can’t seem to stand having to face your computer doing it, here are a few hobbies that you can start getting into (no computer screen required):

1. Reading/Writing
Reading and writing go hand in hand as two of the instant go-to hobbies that don’t require you to use a screen. If you don’t have any books at hand that you haven’t already read, you can simply head over to your local library.

2. Drawing/Painting
Trying out your hand in the visual arts can take as little as a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, and you can choose between watercolor, acrylic, or oil painting.

They can also be some of the most time-intensive hobbies out there – so if you have to do something online but your internet connection is down, there’s always something to occupy you until it comes back up.

3. Indoor Gardening
It’s easy to see why it’s become popular pastime in Singapore: it’s cheap, it’s eco-friendly, and you get to plant your own vegetables and spices so you have a constant supply of (basically free) fresh produce for your next meal.
There is also a growing community of indoor gardeners in the country, and there’s a good chance that you and your neighbors have something in common to talk about when you start getting into it.

4. Working Out
There’s no need to hit the gym when you can do all kinds of bodyweight exercises or yoga poses. Not only can you do this to get in shape, but you can also do this as a way to clear your mind and de-stress after a long, hard day at work.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to stay indoors for a hobby and that these aren’t the only things that you can do in your free time. In fact, there are all kinds of things to do if you feel the need to take a break from the computer screen.

5 Simple but Highly Effective Tips and to Improve Your Memory

15 Mar

Having a good memory is a great asset for everyone, whether you’re a student studying for an exam, a working professional trying to stay sharp in the office, or even in your old age when you want to preserve your grey matter as the years go by.

While there are a lot of supplements that claim to boost your memory, there are also simpler and safer ways you can do just that:

1. Teach yourself something new.
Whether it’s a new hobby or simply a new topic that you haven’t gotten the chance to get to, it’s important that you find something that’s out of your comfort zone and constantly challenge yourself.

When you’re constantly adapting and constantly trying new things, your brain also keeps up and helps you look for new ways to solve new problems, and then store this information.

2. Exercise, exercise, exercise
Mental exercise isn’t the only way to improve your mental health – physical exercise can also do the trick.
Aerobic exercises should be something to get into since they get raise your heart rate in a healthy way and get your blood pumping faster. This means more oxygen gets to your brain, which can help you get over mental fatigue quickly.

Complex motor skills and exercises that require hand-eye coordination are also a plus to brain health.

3. Keep stress in check
This is perhaps any brain’s worst enemy, since the gradual build-up of the stress cortisol can be really bad for your brain cells.

In fact, stress damages your brain in many ways, the biggest of which is through your ability to process, store, and recall memories. Many studies have shown that stress is directly linked to memory loss, and cognitive functions for those who placed under long periods of stress decrease drastically.

Aside from making sure to unwind after a stressful day, this also means that you should get enough sleep.

4. Stay social
Humans are meant to be social animals, which naturally means that being alone or isolated for longer periods can be really bad for your brain over time (you can probably feel this if you’ve ever felt really lonely and needed someone to talk to).

For a lot of people, being with friends and interacting with people can be the best kind of exercise, especially when you get together to have a good laugh.

Hanging out after hours or during weekends isn’t just the only way you can keep your brain sharp. For instance, you can volunteer for a drive, adopt a pet, or even simply reach out to your loved ones with a call or a text message to ask how they’re doing.

Best Workouts to Sweat the Stress Away

20 Feb

With hours of commute to and fro the office and work emails continuously popping the entire day, there’s no surprise people walk around in a state of chronic stress. Fortunately, there are many waus to fight stress, but exercise is the proven to be the most beneficial of all.

And while there are so many types of exercises out there, we’ve narrowed down the best workouts to produce not just sweat but also more endorphins to help your mind and body relax.

1. Yoga
Yoga is well-loved for all the good reasons. Bringing the mind and body together disciplines you mentally and physically to bring you into relaxed state, while also increasing your flexibility and strength. Every pose takes strength and mental balance controlled by deep breathing and mindfulness. This exercise reduces stress while lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

2. Dancing
Unlike gym exercises, you do not need gym membership to do this. Simply play your favorite upbeat music at home or in your room and let loose! Nothing perks you up better than hearing your favorite music and dancing to it. Dancing is a great way to get creative and lets you stretch your body in different ways you please and in many ways than you would on a daily basis. If your looking for a fun dancing class, try Zumba.

3. Pilates
Pilates meant to strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility and body posture. But surprise—it also heightens your mental awareness. This workout is known to relieve anxiety and stress. It releases muscle tension, while the deep breathing regulates healthy circulation of oxygen in the brain, giving you a feeling of calmness all over.

4. Running
Fresh air is always good for the health. Especially with the beautiful Singapore weather, running is a viable fitness option for everyone trying to reduce stress and maintain an active lifestyle. Before going to work in the morning or after returning home from work late in the afternoon, a 30-minute run around the neighborhood is enough to keep stress at bay.

5. Heading Outdoors
Again, fresh outdoor air is vital for your well-being. Plus, the beauty of Mother Nature helps melt the stress away. Take a bike ride around the city, hike a new trail or go on a beach getaway once in a while. There are so many ways to explore the outdoors, and Singapore has a lot to offer. Take advantage of it!

The key to effective stress management is finding a way to reduce it. Luckily, you have these exercises to make it easier. Try any of these and see which one works for you. Incorporating any of these workouts into your everyday routine will significantly help reduce stress and anxiety, and help you feel happier and more optimistic in life.

3 Tips on Preparing Your Puppy for an Adventure

20 Feb

Preparing for an escapade—whether just a weekend holiday or a week-long vacation—requires common sense. Since you are your dog’s guardian, you should be prepared for all situations that can possibly happen, especially situations like emergencies and accidents. Let’s see what preparations should be done to keep your pooch prepared and safe during an adventure away from home.

Get Your Puppy Physically Ready
Make sure that your beloved pooch is ready physically to explore by getting the vet’s approval for the activity. Your trip to the vet may include vaccine boosters to protect your little Fido from common dog diseases, as well as tests for internal parasites such as roundworms and heartworms. If you are going somewhere out of Singapore, additional vaccines may be ordered. If you’re going hiking in the wild, a Lyme vaccine will likely be suggested.

Your doggy doctor may also limit some physical activities, depending on your dog’s health status and age. If your pup is a basset, a dachshund or any other long-back breed, activities that calls for frequent jumping may be discourages. Likewise, older dogs may be advised to refrain from doing high-impact or strenuous activities. As with any new physical activities, give your dog some time to acclimate, so he gets the best possible experience during the vacation.

Put a Tag on Your Dog
Once your pup gets loose, there’s potential for him to get lost. A collar tag is the easiest way for yoru pooch’s finder to return him to you.

Modern accessories, like smart tags, can even help you find your pet on your own. Try asking your vet for microchip implant if it’s possible for your pooch to have one. This micro identification chip wil be implanted into a soft tissue between your dog’s shoulders through a syringe and can be read by special scanners available at animal shelters and veterinary clinics.

Bring the Right Tools
While you’re out and about, most local laws require that your pet should always be attached to the owner in some ways. This is not only to ensure the public’s safety, but for the safety of your pup as well. Imagine going on a stroll, when suddenly a wild squirrel appears in front of your pooch, and he chases it towards a busy street! No matter how trained a dog is, it can falter when the prey-drive kicks in. A four or six-feet leash and buckle collar are the best tools to bring for outdoor activities with your pooch.

Take advantage of the summer season and go on an adventure with Fido. Whether you’ll go camping or just take him out for a walk at a nearby park from your hotel, remember to keep your pup’s safety at the top of your priorities.

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Tchoukball

23 Jan

Singapore is currently ranked World No. 2 in Tchoukball, a sport only few have heard of. Despite the lack of attention, Singapore has consistently ranked in the top for both the men’s and women’s teams. However, aside from developing the competitive spirit, there are still numerous reasons why people should try Tchoukball. But before all that, a very brief history!

“Tchouk” comes from the sound that the ball makes when it hits the net. The sport itself was invented by Swiss biologist, Dr. Hermann Brandt in the 1970s to introduce a non-aggressive game that maintains fair play and reduces the risk of accidents between players. It was introduced in Singapore in the year 2003.

1. Enhances strategic thinking.
In tchoukball, there are two square frames with trampoline-like nets in two opposite sides of the court. A team scores if a shooter throws the ball to the net and the defending team fails to catch the ball from the rebound. But this is not all there is to it. The sport encourages strategic skills because a team can score from both ends, unlike in other sports. How teams utilize this mechanic in their strategies can translate to gaining points.

2. Ethics
Because Tchoukball is a non-contact sport, it prohibits players from touching their opponents. This lessens the chances of calling for fake fouls and clashes between players, which are all usually found in most team sports. Because of this tension in the court is usually easily avoided. “The objective of all physical activities is not to make champions but to make a contribution to building a harmonious society,” was Dr. Brandt’s motto.

3. Great for cardio.
You’re always on the move, running, throwing, jumping, and catching. In addition to that, games of tchoukball can be very fast-paced. A player can only hold the ball for a maximum of 3 seconds, which means that the ball is always moving. All in all, a team can only have possession of the ball for 12 seconds. Beside all that, players also cannot take strategic timeouts.

4. “A sport for all”
Tchoukball can be played by anyone who can throw and catch a ball. You don’t have to be tall, short, thin, fat, young, or old to play the game. As long as you can run, jump, throw, catch, you’re good to go. Never mind purely running and jumping though, there is even wheelchair tchoukball to cater for the handicapped. Again, unlike many other sports, you focus mainly on your own body and you don’t need to hold any other equipment.

5. Improves athletic ability
Having strength to throw the ball for a powerful bounce can gain you a point. Jumping high can open up more angles to bounce the ball on can also mean a point. Or having reflexes fast enough to catch the ball. All of these are not necessarily needed right away, but rather enhanced while playing and learning the game.

The Impact of Cleanliness To Our Well-Being

23 Jan

Singapore, being known for its strict laws against littering, vandalism, and spitting in public, has been celebrated as having some of the cleanest streets in the world. Not only in the streets, but even the schools are involved in campaigns to promote cleanliness in the country. But more than being in a tidy place, keeping a clean environment also has a lot of important benefits for us as individuals.

1. Cleanliness promotes productivity
A clean desk can easily boost our productivity. Seeing that our things are organized also has a subconscious effect on our minds. Because we see our desk straightened out, our thoughts also become more organized and therefore flow smoothly. Seeing messy things around us makes it more difficult for the brain to deal with information and focus on one task. On the other hand, having less things to look at can help our mind process information clearly and focus on the job at hand.

2. It helps to relieves stress
When you’re already stressed out, the last thing you really want to deal with is more chores. A clean home can provide an avenue for relaxation and creates an atmosphere to release stress. Even so, there are some people consider the act of cleaning as a stress reliever. Just make sure you pick a time in the day when there is least work, possibly early in the morning, to tidy the place up. You’ll thank yourself later if you see that “Clean the house” marked check in your To-Do list before anything else.

3. Can help us sleep better
Again, because cleanliness reduces stress and worry, it naturally translates to better sleep. Imagine going home from a tired day in work and you find that your room is a mess. And even when you’re already supposed to be asleep, you’re still cleaning the place. But, if you make your bed and clean your room after waking up in the morning, you won’t have to do anything too tedious when you get home and you can just instantly go to sleep. Additionally, having fresh bed and pillow sheets can actually help us to sleep better.

4. Keeps us safe from diseases
Handwashing is a small, simple and very quick to do, but it saves us from getting sick in many instances and we don’t even notice its impact. There are many things around us that are filled bacteria and germs that, if we are exposed to, can be harmful to our health. Simply keeping clean and having good hygiene is a factor in keeping ourselves healthy. Obviously, having a clean environment protects us from all sorts of illnesses. Simply having good hygiene and keeping our place clean can do us wonders.

How to Get the Recommended Daily Amount of Vitamins and Minerals in 4 Easy Steps

28 Dec

Micronutrients are essential to your overall health. Choosing food that is rich in both vitamins and minerals not only keeps your body free from potential problems in the future, but it also helps you to stay in optimal shape.  

While hectic schedules tend to make it so that you don’t get enough time to pick the healthiest food, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Here are a few ways you can

1. Make the switch to healthier options.

While hawker stalls are the cornerstone of a worker’s meals in Singapore, they are criminally high in oils, cholesterol, and sodium. Even a simple soup dish can eventually contribute to conditions such as hypertension over time, especially when taken every day.

Ideally, you should be the one preparing your own food, as you will never find any high-fiber, low-sodium dish in any hawker center at all. If you have to resort to eating out at the nearby hawker stalls, do so sparingly.

2. Add vitamins and supplements to your diet.

While you can’t solely rely on them to get the recommended daily amount of nutrients, they could help to give you a boost every now and then especially if you find yourself under a lot of stress.

You can start investing in your physical well-being with healthy snacks such as kale chips or yogurt that you can bring to work when you feel like munching on something, but they fruits, nuts, or even a protein bar.

3. Skip the coffee and energy drinks – drink tea and water instead.

While a cup of precious caffeine can make for an excellent pick-me-up in the morning, relying on it too much can have its own negative consequences, e.g. the “coffee jitters” after more than three cups. Tea may act much slower than coffee, but the effects stay longer.

When it comes to how many glasses of water you should drink a day, there is actually very little scientific evidence to back up that you need seven to eight. The good news is that your body has a built-in system of knowing when to drink water: thirst.

4. Establish a proper waking up routine.

Getting the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals doesn’t just end with eating habits – it goes all the way to your lifestyle choices. This is because not all the nutrients that you ingest are used up right away, and the excess nutrients are either stored in your fat cells or are disposed of by natural means.

Even a morning walk or getting a few minutes of sunshine will work wonders not just to your body but also your mind. While the first few days of waking up early to do this may be difficult at first, it get easier once you have made it a daily habit.

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