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  • How To Have a Great Start To The New Year

    From Unsplash by Murat Deniz Has there ever been a moment when the year has come to a conclusion and you couldn't help but feel a little self-imposed pressure? It's said to be one of the most powerful motivators to change, yet you can't help but feel demotivated to do so, why is that? Many people suffer from holiday depression, which peaks on New Year's Eve. It doesn't have to be a stressful, unhappy, or lonely start to the new year. With a few tweaks and new customs, the holiday may be transformed into a happy experience and an evening that promotes mental wellness. New years is meant to be one of the year's greatest parties, as well as a time for self-reflection and setting the tone for the year ahead. Allow yourself to let go of expectations, enjoy this day as you wish, and for once focus on yourself instead of others, and you'll be able to navigate through the new year with ease. Have a well-defined objective You will wander aimlessly if you don't have a clear aim in mind, and you may lose interest and abandon what you've already started. A vague and generic purpose is insufficient, regardless of how big or little it is. It should be adequately specified in both circumstances. Numbers are required for goal achievements. For example, when writing down your goals, you can include the number of days you want to exercise, the amount of money you want to save, the amount of weight you want to lose, the amount of goal achievement money you want to earn each week, the number of contacts you want to make each day, or the number of resumes you want to send out each week. Instead of "I shall lose weight," you could write, "I want to lose 25 pounds." Giving your objectives measurement can help serve as an indicator that you’re on the right track. Experience new things Experiment with new cuisine. Go to the museum. Visit a wildlife century. Read books that aren't related to your field. Try rock climbing to strengthen yourself. Go out on a hike to get that fresh air once in a while. Acquire a new skill, there’s no harm to try something new. Learn a foreign language. And don't be afraid of taking significant risks, like moving to another country. Life experiences are what enlarges your horizons. Learning something new is one of the numerous strategies to boost your health mentally, according to research. 'Mental perspiration' aids in the formation of new brain cells and the strengthening of cell connections. When you learn something new, you're exercising your brain, which may help you enhance cognitive abilities like focus, attention to detail, memory power and problem-solving, as well as lower your risk of getting dementia. From Unsplash by ronstik Do not be afraid to experience failure When people are afraid of failure they may lack motivation, which makes it harder to get started on initiatives and achieve goals. When something appears to be too difficult or requires the acquisition of new abilities, people may just give up or refuse to do it. Failure serves as a warning on what not to repeat next time. "Those with a development mentality, on the other hand, believe that failure is a guidebook for what not to repeat next time," Every one of us will stumble at some point in our lives, from little blunders to epic failures; to be successful, you must have a certain measure of risk aversion." Changing your mindset about failure may also help you feel less fearful. Failure is an inevitable part of life, and it is a valuable chance to learn and grow. Although it might be discouraging, it is critical to retain a positive attitude toward the possible rewards of failure from time to time. Perseverance When we first start something new, we are normally excited and motivated, but after encountering problems and roadblocks, we lose interest and question if it is worth it. We must muster our determination and persevere in our efforts up till this moment. At jobs or in other activities, try out new methods to improve a product or service. Examine how successful people or teams have met comparable objectives. Keep your ultimate objective in mind at all times. Aspects of your aim may be seen, smelled, touched, and heard. Review your aim each morning as you get up. At night, repeat the process. Perseverance may be improved by training and adequate exercise to increase your willpower and self-discipline. From Unsplash by LuckyBusiness Converse with strangers By being a people person, you can open yourself up to new prospects. Assume the other individual is shy and welcome them with a kind greeting. For starters, try to initiate a conversation, look for something in common. If anything piques your attention, don't be shy about asking for the person's contact information and following up. Be bold and simply do it, even if it's uncomfortable. It's likely that the individual will like you more than you expect, and you'll both click way better than you anticipated. Ask questions. Is the person dressed in a distinctive piece of clothing? Why did they show up at whatever event you're both attending? People who ask more questions are loved by their discussion partners more than people who ask fewer questions. Allowing your doubts to get the best of you is a bad idea Doubts may arise in your mind, and family or friends may discourage you. It's often preferable to keep your intentions and resolutions to yourself. People are frightened of change, and they may try to discourage you. Comparisons may bring more harm than actually help you. It may be debilitating to sense self-doubt because you're afraid you won't be able to do anything on the same level as someone else. Everyone's route to success is different, as are their notions of success. We can only control and concentrate on our own path and where we want to go, regardless of where others are or what they have achieved. If you are going to keep your resolutions, it is up to you, your inner strength, and your capacity to persevere in the face of hardships and hurdles. From unsplash by evgenyatamanenko Do not worry about the big picture, celebrate the little things It's natural to look forward to major occasions, but focusing all of your attention on these highlights might cause you to overlook important aspects of your daily routine. By focusing your attention on these moments and allowing yourself to appreciate them, you may add a little more joy to your daily routine. By: Chin Guan Yu

  • Ambivert Meets Omnivert

    Photo by Raha Made Ambiverts and Omniverts: Determining the Difference Have you ever wished you could distinguish your personality type from those of others? It is a challenging task, but it is one that must be undertaken. The coexistence of ambiverts and omniverts, as well as their strengths, will be the emphasis of this article. Prepare yourselves to be enlightened! What is an Ambivert and Omnivert? Human attitude to interaction can be separated into two groups, extroverted and introverted. Many people may be unsure whether they are actually one or the other, with the general understanding that introverts tend to spend most of their time alone while extroverts enjoy being around others. The most accurate description of these personality types is through the way they recharge their body batteries. While extroverts are energized by being around others, introverts usually need a lot of downtime to recharge from social interactions. An ambivert is somebody who exhibits signs of being both a self-observer and an outgoing individual. Contingent on their temperaments, settings, circumstances, objectives, and the individuals around them, ambiverts can become extroverts or introverts. Omniverts are individuals who show equal signs of being an introvert and extrovert. This would mean that they not only find it easy to connect with others but feel confident in their ability to do so without overthinking or worrying about what others might think. People who enjoy being around others tend to fall into the extrovert or introvert category. They are the happiest when they are interacting with people or being stimulated in some way. If left alone, they become exhausted and need alone time away from others to recharge their batteries. On the other hand, introverts must always be around people in order to avoid overwhelming social situations. Their energy is naturally drained after a group gathering, and it takes time and effort for them to recover their strength because they require solitude most of the time. Intelligence Quotient (IQ) One way in which we can tell personality types apart is with an intelligence quotient or IQ - this value indicates the cognitive ability of an individual, whether they are more or less clever than other people. An IQ score has been standardized so that all individuals test with a score of 100. The average of the IQ scores for ambiverts and omniverts is both 98 - 100, making them outliers. This means that ambiverts score higher in intelligence than most people, while omniverts score lower than most. Why is this? Ambiverts, as a group, tend to be over-confident and self-assured, usually to the point of arrogance. They are very intelligent and live in a world populated only by other smart individuals. In such an environment they are considered to be highly intelligent. The same can be said of omniverts - they tend to be unconfident and lack self-esteem. They live in a world populated by intelligent people, which makes them feel even more like an outsider. The ambivert's overconfidence tends to be more pronounced than the omniverts under-confidence, which may be why the average IQ for ambiverts is higher. Conflict Avoidance Another way in which we can tell personality types apart is by finding out whether they tend to avoid conflicts or not. Conflicts have been known to make many people uncomfortable, but no one likes it as much as an ambivert or an omnivert. Both personality types tend to be entirely conflict-averse - this includes engaging in any confrontations with other individuals and avoiding any sort of debate that could possibly escalate into an argument. With competent people around, ambiverts have no need to engage in conflict, which is likely one of the main reasons why they refuse to do so. Meanwhile, with incompetent people surrounding an omnivert, they may be afraid that the inferiority that they feel will be noticed. This may be why ambiverts and omniverts like having a good deal of competent people around - it helps them forget about their own weaknesses. Extraversion and Introversion Another way in which we can tell personality types apart is by looking at how extroverted or introverted they are. Ambiverts have a tendency to be 50% extroverted and 50% introverted, while omniverts tend to skew more toward either extreme. An ambivert is a person who displays qualities of both extremes (extrovert and introvert) of the personality spectrum. Just like omniverts, they have no preference for their environment and are comfortable in any social setting whether they're surrounded by people or spending time alone. Now that you know this, you're well on your way to becoming the master of your own character! Photo by BRAINY DOSE According to Livebold&bloom, if you're an ambivert or an omnivert that finds it difficult to decide between having a close friend or a few good friends; you are not alone. Being one of the most mindless, unpredictable personalities can be a lot of fun at first. However, while you may have a hard time saying no to any opportunity for socialization, you may also struggle with being around people on a regular basis. Some people will say that omnivert personalities are the most successful in terms of intimacy and career success but they will also have less time for anything else aside from their work, especially if they're introverted. They can even be a little more successful than introverts if they know how to manage their social lives and get things done. When it comes to being able to reduce your anxiety levels and being happy with who you are, here are some signs that you're an Ambivert or an Omnivert in disguise: 1. You like hanging out at parties with your close circle of friends but would also like to mingle at the same time. Your circle of friends influences how you spend your time, and whether you enjoy your experience with a big group of people or not. 2. You like to have fun yet end up with even more 'fun' things on your to-do list than usual. You don't know how to say no or cut things short, and this goes the same for both socializing and socializing on the job. 3. You are always busy, yet can't seem to make any progress in anything you're trying to do. This is because you have a hard time letting go, so any kind of task can seem bigger than it actually is at first glance until you give it more time and see its potential. 4. You always seem to think you're doing things all wrong even though most people will think you're doing it right. 5. You are an expert at handling two or more situations which makes it difficult for you to act from your gut in any given situation. This can work out great for others, but if you don't want to offend anyone, you'll have a hard time speaking your mind and making decisions. Photo by Joella Arul Benefits of being an ambivert or omnivert include: 1. Being able to connect with others, but also having time to yourself Ambiverts and omniverts are able to connect with others in a variety of situations, but they can also take the time out when they need it. They understand those around them and like to get involved from time to time, especially when it will help others, but they won't rush into things. They know their limitations and can recognize opportunities when they arise. 2. A greater understanding of others Ambiverts and omniverts understand when someone is unsure about something and they will do their best to give them a sense of direction. They are able to make other people feel comfortable and talk about anything. 3. They can connect with others without feeling intimidated Onmiverts are confident in their ability to connect with others, whilst still being able to have the time out for themselves if they need it. They don't feel the need to make a judgment about the people they are talking to. They will ask questions and enjoy getting to know them. 4. They can easily understand those who are introverts and extroverts Given that ambiverts and omniverts have the ability to connect with both types of people, they will be able to understand their strengths and weaknesses. This enables them to better offer help or support when it is required. In conclusion, you might be wondering what is the difference between a total extrovert and an introvert? An ambivert or an omnivert? A little of both? An ambivert is a person that has qualities from both extroverts and introverts. They enjoy being social but they also need alone time to recharge. They go with the flow of whatever situation they are in, which can make them seem like an extrovert at times and an introvert at other times. Some people believe you can be one or the other but others think you can be born as one or become either one depending on their circumstances. Through this article, I hope that you were able to explore both personality types and understand them better. Hopefully, you have a better understanding now of these personality types and embrace them as they are cause they are definitely unique in their own ways. By: Shaun Fong Yugendran

  • The Importance of Mind-Body Wellness and How to Improve it

    Photo created by Heather using Canva On January 3rd, it’s International Mind-Body Wellness Day and it’s a chance to recognize how happy thoughts and emotions lead to a healthy body! The mind-body-soul connection is crucial to our general health and well-being. Our entire health and bodily harmony are influenced by our emotions, purpose, spirituality, experiences, objectives, beliefs, habits and actions. That is why we commemorate International Mind-Body Wellness Day at the start of each year since nothing is more important than being the best version of yourself. What better way to begin the new year than with International Mind-Body Wellness Day? What is the mind-body connection? The mind-body connection can be seen through the way your body reacts to stress. Tensed muscles, discomfort, headaches, and stomachaches can be caused by constant stress and anxiety about studies, finances, or other concerns. It can also lead to elevated blood pressure and other potentially harmful side effects. Both your mind and body collaborate to help you reach your objectives as your emotions are influenced by your thoughts and it works vice versa as well. Photo from Google Chronic discomfort or medical issues such as heart disease can impact one emotionally. The capacity to treat, manage, or cope with the disease may be harmed if one becomes sad, worried, or irritated. Basically, having a positive mindset can benefit one’s health greatly. Compared to a pessimistic person, being optimistic will help you manage your anxiety and stress more efficiently and improve your health. How will your thoughts and feelings affect your health? Your brain produces chemicals that create positive feelings. Among these chemicals are endorphins which are natural painkillers and gamma globulin which boosts your immune system. Eventually, your brain's output is impacted by your thoughts, feelings, and expectations according to study. Your brain is more likely to produce chemicals that support the healing process when you're ill but you still have an optimistic attitude and believe that you'll get better. Optimism is defined as the ability to perceive, feel, and think cheerfully. Moreover, there are other advantages to optimism that you may not be aware of. Optimism may also allow you to maintain your physical health. You don't have to be born as an optimist to benefit from optimism's advantages. It can be as easy as picking a positive outlook in everyday situations during a crisis to make the most of what life throws at you. Similarly, negative emotions and thoughts may stop your brain from producing particular body chemicals that help with healing. This does not mean that you should blame yourself if you are sick or have a health problem. There are certain illnesses that can not be prevented. On the other hand, your thoughts and state of mind are assets you can use to enhance the overall quality of your health. How does stress affect you? Stress is normally referred to as a state of emotional or physical tension. Any incident or idea that makes you annoyed, furious, or anxious might trigger it. Photo from Google There might be plenty of causes that lead to stress. For example, stress can be caused by family issues, studies, friends and others. Being a college student myself, I know dealing with assignments and expectations can be stressful. But do you know that your health is influenced by how you deal with stress? When you're concerned or anxious, your body reacts as if it's being attacked. Hormones are chemicals produced by the body that increase heart rate and breathing, elevate blood pressure, and tighten muscles. This biological phenomenon is known as the fight-or-flight stress response. This reaction is important if you need to avoid an accident or other risk. Meanwhile, if you're constantly disturbed, your body's natural fight-or-flight response may last too long, leading to high blood pressure. This is bad for your heart and cardiovascular system. Stress can also have an impact on emotions. As a result, you may get irritable, worried, depressed, or unhappy easily. On the other hand, when you are able to relax both your mind and body, then your body stops producing a sympathetic nervous system. As your stress levels reduce, you return to a state of peace, both physically and mentally. Ways to improve your mind-body wellness Photo from Google Many of us forget that our bodies aren’t machines and that they require rest and care. When both our mind and body are in good shape, we feel considerably better which allows us to achieve greater results and be more productive at school or work. Food, as we all know is the source of energy for our bodies. We can live a healthier lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet and paying attention to our meals. Aim to consume little amounts of food and healthier meals throughout the day such as fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious snacks in addition to the main meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. A better diet boosts our body’s ability to produce blood, mend damaged tissues and perform other vital activities. Last but not least, make sure you receive enough sleep. Many experts agree that getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night will help people feel happier and more energized while also lowering cholesterol, combating stress and managing blood pressure. After a good night’s sleep, we’ll have more energy the next day as well as greater mental awareness, more creativity, increased productivity and so much more. Now that you understand the importance of mind-body wellbeing, I hope that you will implement these mentioned strategies in your daily routines. I recommend that you start with the simplest option, which is to eat clean. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you find a suitable way for yourself to maintain your body, mind and soul in good health always. By: Heather Tan

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