How to Create the Best Study Environment for You

Singapore is a very competitive place when it comes to education. Because of this, you would see hordes of students like you with their books in various places to study in Singapore. You can find peers just about everywhere, from coffee shops to parks, public libraries, and study spaces. Though lessons are uniform throughout schools in the country, study habits are not. And that is why you need to find the right environment for you to study.

Finding the right environment for you to study is important in your development both as a student and as an individual person. Knowing how you learn will help you excel in your studies, as well as train for tasks that come with your future occupations. That is why we created this guide on how to create the best study environment for you.

The right place

First, gauge yourself. What kind of learner are you? Do your studying senses flourish when you are alone, or when you’re with peers? Do you like studying in silence, or do sounds not pose any distractions to you? Also, are you easily distracted by external factors, such as hot weather, cute dogs passing by, or the smell of the person beside you in the coffee shop? Answers to these questions determine what kind of study environment is perfect for you.

Test yourself by going to different study environments. Do this at the start of the school year, and not in the middle, when your schedule is already very hectic. For example, you can study alone in a public library this weekend, then in a coffee shop with peers on the next. Then you can try studying in a pay-per-hour study room in Singapore. You can mix and match until you get the right combination.

If you already know where to study in Singapore, then you can start building on other factors.

The right sounds

There are students who like studying in complete silence and there are students who prefer having background music. If you are a person who likes studying with music on, then it’s important for you to use the right kind of music. Listening to light, familiar sounds or music can help you focus. You can even create your own study playlist.

The right lighting

You need to have adequate lighting in the study space that you choose. Schoolwork involves a lot of reading and writing, so it’s important to find a well-lighted environment so you won’t strain your eyes. If you like studying in coffee shops or at home, find a spot where you can get as much natural sunlight. Then, transfer to an equally well-lighted area once the sun sets. If you like studying in public libraries and paid study spaces, then make sure that it has good fluorescent lighting.

Finally, put away your mobile phone and log off social media. Only have your books, laptop, and study supplies on your desk. Maintain a good posture. Finally, don’t forget to take breaks and relax.

A Guide to the Modern Gentleman’s Hair Grooming Kit

The gentlemanly style is back. And with modern barbershops, men’s grooming salons and styling products popping up everywhere in Singapore, it looks like that it’s here to stay.

If you want to look like a modern gentleman, start with your hair. Hair grooming is a key element in their lifestyle. Begin by getting a haircut and having your hair groomed in of the many barbershops and grooming salons around the metro. Then get a grooming kit filled with essentials that will help you maintain your modern and gentlemanly look.

Here are some essentials you need to include in your grooming kit:

Pomade

Pomade is a hairstyling product made of greasy or waxy material that helps you achieve a certain look. It was very popular from the 1920s to the 1950s, and is popular again now.

There are two kinds available: oil-based pomades and water-based ones. Oil-based pomades contain less chemicals and are more affordable. They never dry, and have consistency that allows you to restyle your hair. The downside with oil-based types is that they don’t wash off easily. That could be a disadvantage if you don’t want any product residue on your hair.

Water-based pomades consist of more chemical formulations and are hence more expensive. Use this if you’d like to maintain the same hairstyle throughout the day since it dries easily. It washes off easily so you won’t have to worry about product residues on your hair. The downside with water-based ones is that you have to use more of it daily to be effective.

Beard Oil

Beard oil is a moisturizing hair product that also helps you style your facial hair. It eliminates dirt and moisturizes the skin beneath. Beard oil makes your facial hair smell fresh and fragrant as well. You can apply beard oil using your hands, a brush, or the built-in dropper that some brands provide.

Hair Comb

A comb is a tool that helps manage and style wet or tangled hair. Wide-toothed combs are used on thick hair, while medium and fine-toothed combs are for finer hair types. Combs made out of wood, stainless steel, horn or carbon are safer and more durable than plastic ones.

Hair and Beard Brush

A brush is a tool used after combing that removes any dirt or residue from your hair. It also helps keep your hair look neat and tidy. It’s better to have separate brushes since facial hair is thicker and coarser than the hair on your head.

Shaving Kit

A shaving kit helps you manage your hair and remove unwanted and stray strands. A complete kit includes a razor, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, shaving brush and aftershave balm. You may also want to include trimming scissors.

Looking like a modern gentleman takes a lot of time and effort to maintain. However, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages because it helps you feel better. It’s an aesthetic investment that helps you develop discipline, makes you feel better and more confident and powerful.

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Your Meditation Routine Might Not Work

Meditative practices are spreading like fire, even among those people who are far away from Eastern practices and spirituality. And at the same time, there are more and more people shouting that meditations don’t work for them. If you take a closer look, you will see interesting patterns and understand why your practices are not taking your anywhere.

Reasons Why Your Meditation Fails (And How to Change This)

  1. You’re not doing it consequently.
    It’s crucial not just to do it day by day, but to actually set a specific time frame for your meditations. This will allow you focus easier and faster.
  2. You don’t have a proper guide.
    It’s really important to have something (or someone) to guide you, especially when you’re just starting. Otherwise, you’re risking to simply sit straight for 20 minutes, doing nothing. You can sign up for a course or download an app with guidance.
  3. You want it here and now.
    Your results won’t come immediately after your first try. If you want to achieve enlightenment and turn into a Buddha, you will need years or practice. Inner peace doesn’t come at once and it’s okay.
  4. You are doing it wrong.
    Many people start with 20 minutes of meditation. Right, sitting straight in a not-so-comfortable position, trying to maintain inner peace for 20 minutes sharp would indeed seem like a stressful task. Try to build up to it, start with 5 minutes a day.
  5. You’re switching all the time.
    Yes, there are many different techniques you might want to try, but if you’re jumping back and forth, you’re getting nothing from it. Try to choose one routine and stick to it. If you see that you’re not good, try a different one, but give it time.

It’s much easier to give up than to admit that you’re doing something wrong. But if you work on your mistakes, you might find a way to enrich your life and revitalize your nervous system without the expensive stuff. Meditation is indeed an affordable practice that only takes intention.

Exercising in Positive Psychology: Easy Tricks from Coaching

Positive psychology goes along with a belief that people need (or even crave) rational, meaningful lives that would fulfill them. Living up to your standards and being the best you could be automatically equals a rich and fulfilling life. But reaching that lifestyle is a long journey for many people. Luckily, there are ways to help them.

Emotional coaching or life coaching is a popular service people use to change their old ways and incorporate positive thinking into their daily routine. There are some really popular exercises coaches use that work like magic for the most people. Those you could easily practice yourself no matter where you are.

Simple Positive Psychology Exercises to Incorporate into Your Life

  • Write to yourself.
    This trick is as old as the world, yet it’s 100% working. People always have something they don’t like about themselves. Think of that thing (or those things, if you’re willing) and then try to look at this situation from a different perspective. For that, you have to imagine your friend has the same issue. What would you say to them? Try to find warm and encouraging words for them. The key here is that we tend to be harsher to ourselves than we are to others. Sometimes we tell ourselves those things we would never tell another person. Be kind to who you are.
  • Choose positive.
    While this sounds so simple, it’s probably the hardest task in the world for us. The key in this exercise is to detect negative thoughts, see them before they really mess up your systems and stop them. The reason why it’s so hard is that people are not used to watching their thoughts and reflecting on their feelings. If you start actually thinking about how you feel and why you will see that many of your worries have no ground underneath and it will become easier to choose a positive side.
  • Keep a diary of rights and wrongs.
    In this diary, you will write a positive and a negative thing daily. Actually, it will be a whole another exercise to find something positive in some days, but you have to try. When writing about a positive experience note why it’s positive and how it made you feel. When writing about a negative one, try to understand why it’s so negative for you and how you can change it.
  • Visualize your best self.
    You have to do it daily to reach the strongest effect. This exercise positively affects how people see themselves and helps them move forward to their goals and dreams. It also helps to boost optimism and overall happiness. You have to strongly imagine who you would want to be in 5, 10, 15 years from now and explain why or how you reached those heights.
  • Break the cycle.
    People get stuck in the negative emotional cycles all the time. They simply get caught up in the track of thoughts and can’t break that negative cycle. Try to focus on your breath the next time it’s happening and just listen to yourself breathing in and out. Slowly, at least after a minute of that, you should return to your first thought and reevaluate it. In most cases, you will see that there is nothing dreadful happening.
  • Let your self-compassion grow.
    We say bad things about ourselves all the time, bashing who we are. Yet, this is not an effective technique. It would be much better if you learn self-compassion and start accepting who you are. Treat yourself gently, thinking about your flaws as of something current, something that you’re working on and battling. Being your own friend and supporting yourself will give you some courage to fight against your flaws.
  • Practice mindfulness.
    The easiest way to do this is by actually sitting down and meditating. It’s also a great way to recharge your batteries. You will incorporate a few extra positive elements into your meditation routine if you learn to clean your mind and focus on some good things that you are grateful for. It would be good to concentrate on a thought and then slowly let your mind wander off. When you start your meditation with a positive thought, it changes and brings you enjoyment.

It would be really life-changing to incorporate at least one of these exercises into your life. You have to try different things though, so you will know what really works for you and what you don’t really like. You might even find that moderating those exercising and adding your own component to those would work for you. The only guide here is to stay positive and learn to control your negative side, letting more positivity into your life.