May 29, 2019

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Brain Boosters: Prevent Memory Loss with These Activities

Many young adults are concerned about eventually being more prone to memory loss later in their lives. Although there’s no guaranteed way that one can totally avoid it, health professionals suggest certain activities you can do to keep your mental health sharp and healthy even the old age.

  1. Eat for Your Brain

Brain food is not just fruits and veggies. While these are healthy, you need satisfying and nutritionally balanced meals to keep your brain functioning at its full potential. Start your day with a power breakfast to fuel your mind. A good breakfast: an omelet with sidings of mixed berried and a whole wheat toast. Don’t skip meals as well. Make sure to eat three balanced meals a day.

  • Do Mental Exercises

The old adage that says “use it or lose it” holds true to your brain health. Working, reading, solving puzzles and honing new skills and talents are great ways to keep your brain challenged. Table games like chess, scrabble and Sudoku are just a few of the many activities you can do to exercise your cognitive functions.

  • Stay Socially Engaged

Mingling with people is good for your brain. The more connections you have, the better you are at preserving your mental functions and memory. Social interaction helps your memory as it helps lighten your mood. Being social not only helps avoid depression, but also in preserving a healthy memory. 

  • Stop Smoking

Smoking can speed up memory loss as you become older. If you do not smoke, then good for you. But if you do, now is the best time to quit. Smoking’s effect on the memory is likely due to the minor strokes it does to the brain. Over time, the effect of this can be detrimental to your brain’s health. Find professional help if you’re having trouble kicking the habit. 

  • Get Enough Sleep

If you do not sleep at least six hours each night, you’re encouraging your brain to be forgetful. One of the major negative effects of poor sleep habit is memory loss. Without ample amount of rest, the brain cannot store new information because it is overloaded. Get enough sleep so you feel refreshed and ready for the next day.

  • Get Moving

We just can’t stress enough the importance of exercise at every aspect of our lives, especially to our mental health. If you haven’t been to the gym ever since, start getting active by walking. Aim for at least half an hour of walking five days a week, and then slowly work yourself up. Exercising helps brain health by improving your focus, memory and thinking skills.

Nobody wants to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Therefore, it is important to keep our brain healthy in order to maintain a youthful and healthy mental health.

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May 29, 2019

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

When embarking on a new business adventure, you need to be physically and mentally prepared. Maximize your chances of turning your scrappy start-up into a successful business enterprise by securing these five elements before your launch.

  1. Set your goals and know your audience

Every aspiring entrepreneur should ask themselves, “What do I want to do?” and “How do I want to do it?” Once you’ve answered these questions, you now have a purpose for your project. Clearly defining your goals will make it easier for you to create a step-by-step plan. Also, identify your audience. This will be your target market and you should focus on pleasing them and them only, and be aware that you cannot please anyone.

  • Learn to say ‘no’

Practice declining offers that you think doesn’t align with your values. Drawing the line when it comes to your business’ beliefs, vision and core values is critical to avoid compromising on things that matters a lot to you. Saying yes to everything and seeing money as your ultimate goal can be detrimental to your business’ integrity. Always go back to your advocacy every time an opportunity comes knocking in. It will always get you into the right track and the right opportunities will naturally open its doors for you.

  • Invest in the right people

It’s tempting to hire beginners, which usually comes with a cheaper cost. That being said, hiring more workers will get more jobs done, but that’s not always the case and is not the best solution. Actually, it can be counter-productive. Quality is more important than quantity, especially for start-ups who are still building their reputation.

  • Have enough stamina

You will need to work harder than you have ever worked to make sure your business succeeds. Working seven days a week and more than 12 hours a day will have to be your habit. Do not try to launch if you have existing chronic disease, is facing a major family problem or is not 100 percent dedicated into it. Make sure you are into this game for long-term and that you have the energy to get the job done before you even begin.

  • Create a support system

Whether it is your family, colleagues or close friends, do not forget to have a support team throughout this endeavor. These people will help you keep going and who can call you out whenever you’re doing things wrong. Build your own network and encourage collaboration instead of competition. Being around with the right people will make everything possible. 

The birthing stage of a business is always the most challenging. But as long as you have the passion and you are willing to adapt and learn, you have a bright future ahead of you in the world of business.

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May 9, 2019

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How Can I Resolve Workplace Conflicts Smoothly?

Whether you’re a Singaporean actor, office worker, surgeon, or etc., there will always be a time when you’ll encounter problems at your workplace. Of course, all of us would want to keep everything positive at work. If you often ask the question above (or even if you don’t), read on!

Listen

On one part of it, learning to listen well helps you avoid conflict in the first place. When it so happens that a problem arises and one person starts throwing heated words, listening attentively is the primary thing you should do. Making sure that you listen first keeps you from immediately retaliating and helps you catch any exaggerated statements or flaws in what the other person is saying. More importantly, listening is about better understanding the other person and what made him/her mad in the first place.

Resolve the issue only after calming down

Our emotions can easily cloud our judgement, especially in high-tension situations. That’s why it is important to wait and only discuss the issues after both sides have cooled down. Initially, it will be hard to calm a person down if he/she has already blown a fuse. If you’re directly involved in the argument, step out for a moment without making it look like you’re storming off by speaking calmly. This can allow time for the other person to calm down. 

Stick to what actually happened

Oftentimes, when conflict arises in the workplace, we tend to give in to overthinking. This can be better explained through an example. Your officemate, Ryan, passes by and steps on your toes. Thinking about it for a second, you suddenly remember that you bested him in last week’s business tasks and think he’s just stepped on you for revenge. Being the impulsive person that you are, you suddenly lash out and spark a fight. Without even thinking if it was an accident, you give in to your negative thoughts so easily that it started a conflict. That is why it is important to focus only on what happened.

Refrain from using personal attacks

When you’re already in an argument, you must try your absolute best not to use personal attacks. You’re only drawing more negativity from the other person and it will make the resolving of the conflict significantly harder. Obviously, you cannot expect the other person to take it lightly if you include his/her personal life in a matter of business. Although you may be tempted to use ad hominem attacks especially in very heated scenarios, hold it off at all costs!

Never leave a conflict unresolved

Leaving a conflict unresolved is one of the unhealthiest things you can do. Even if you say, “it’s a thing of the past,” it will still leave an air of tension in your workplace. Just imagine being assigned to a task with a person you’re in a cold war with. This could affect your productivity and limit your ability to work freely and effectively.

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May 9, 2019

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What Can We Learn from the Danish Concept of Hygge?

In recent years, Denmark has consistently topped as the happiest country in the world. Although the title is now given to Finland this year, Denmark is still in the top 3. Singapore, on the other hand, ranks only 34th, even as such a successful nation. Now, Denmark (and many Scandinavian countries) credits one thing in particular when it comes to happiness, hygge. So what is it exactly? And can Singaporeans adopt it to be happier? Here’s what you need to know.

What is hygge?

Pronounced “hue-ge” or “hoo-ga”, hygge is one of those words that cannot be directly translated to one single word. It is basically the Danish term for coziness, the feeling of contentment, and/or well-being by relishing the simple things in life. To the Danish, it is more than just a term or concept. For them it is a part of their culture, lifestyle, some even say it’s part of their DNA.

Today, more and more people around the world practice hygge as a lifestyle and Singaporeans should not miss out on it too!

What counts as hygge?

Typically, hygge in Denmark is significantly present during winter. Sipping hot chocolate and hearing the soft crackle of the burning fireplace, that’s a common hygge scenario there. But obviously, you can’t do that in Singapore. So what counts as hygge here?

If hygge ever started in Singapore, food would be the most common. Going to hawker centres and eating chicken rice or any of your favorite local food can be counted as hygge. But, instead of gobbling it all down, take your time to enjoy the moment and savor the taste of the dish in front of you. And remember, hygge is about keeping things simple so avoid buying food that’s too expensive.

Aside from having a clean house, the primary mark of hygge in your home is candles. Although lighting candles is not recommended when the weather is hot, it can be especially great to have during the rainy season. Scented or not, lit candles can provide a calming hygge aesthetic. Just remember to keep it safe from children!

Benefits of hygge

Increased optimism

Given the state of happiness the Danish are already in, this is one of the more obvious benefits of hygge. You can be more confident and hopeful about more things in life simply because you are able to enjoy the simple little things in life.

Better attention to the self

Following hygge also promotes a sense of comfort and safety. It helps us ease up and let our mind and body relax, basically encouraging more practices of self-care. It empowers us to be more comfortable in our own skin which then can improve our self-compassion.

Better relationships

Given all the things said above, you may assume that hygge is about doing things by yourself, not at all! Hygge is also about playing board games or having deep conversations with your family, friends, or loved ones.

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Apr 16, 2019

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How to Pick the Right Multivitamins for You?

Multivitamins and dietary supplements are part of many people’s diet here in Singapore. Health experts have observed that many turn to these supplements without doing enough research or taking experts’ advice.

Every person is different. Therefore, each of us has different nutritional needs and requirements. This is why what works for your friend, may not work on you. But don’t worry if that’s the case. We’ll help you find the right supplement for you with these tips.

  1. Keep Track of Your Food Intake

It doesn’t mean you have to keep exact record of the food you eat every day, but at least try to get your usual food consumption. Do you often start your day with scrambled eggs and a glass of milk? How much of your daily vitamins and minerals requirement you get from your daily food intake? Is the proportion equal? Can your food supply your daily nutritional requirement? If not, supplement it with multivitamins.

  • Diagnose What You’re Lacking

Since you you’re able to keep track of your usual diet, it should be easier to determine how much of what vitamins and minerals you’re taking on a daily basis.  Try to identify what and how much you’re lacking. To make this easier, we suggest working with a nutritionist to help you analyze your diet. This is likely the most important tip to help you choose the right vitamin supplement to take.

  • Choose the Right Vitamins for Your Age

There’s a wide variety of multivitamins supplements to choose from, and each are created to serve different purposes. As you age, your vitamin requirements change as well. This is for your body to be able to support your every day functions. For instance, there are certain vitamins for mature adults that helps strengthen weakening bones. At the same time, there are also vitamins for kids that encourage faster and healthier growth. Age is a major factor when it comes to picking the right multivitamins to take.

  • Pick the Right One for Your Gender

Just like how different supplements are formulated for different age groups, there are also suitable supplements for different gender. For example, there are multivitamins especially formulated for women. These supplements often contain more iron to help women cope with how much of this nutrient they lose every time they menstruate. This, on the other hand, isn’t useful for men.

  • Balance It With Your Diet

This last tip goes hand-in-hand with the first one: your supplement must be in harmony with your diet. As much as possible, try your best to balance it out—divide your nutrition between the food you take and your dietary supplements. Again, while it isn’t necessary to stick to a strict diet plan, it extremely helps optimize daily nutrition to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Congratulations! Now you’re a step closer on the journey towards better health. As always, talk to a health professional to ensure best health results.

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