5 Health Benefits of Camping You Might Not Know

Camping is one of the favourite past times here in Singapore. People go camping out because they want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking or fishing, camping provides an opportunity to totally focus on yourself and your surroundings for a couple of days.

What you probably don’t know is that camping out helps you live a healthier life. If you are a regular camper, or even a first-timer trying a new activity, you will enjoy so many great health benefits, including:

1. Improved Moods
After the trip, you may notice that you feel more energized and generally happier. This is not without merit; doing outdoor activities can reduce the melatonin levels in the brain. Melatonin is the brain chemical that induces the feeling of exhaustion, so by going camping, you’ll feel better during and after the trip.

2. Reduced Stress
Camping, or simply going outdoors, gives you the chance to remove yourself from the stresses of work. Sitting by a lake or in front of a campfire are just a few ways to reduce stress during a camping. Although many of today’s parks and campsites provide WiFi connection, it would be helpful to give yourself some time to be away from technology. When camping, try to avoid checking emails or your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You will feel much more relaxed when you’re disconnected to the social media.

3. More Oxygen
Oxygen is essential. The extra oxygen from the outdoor environment encourages your body to produce more serotonin (also known as the happy hormone), which improves your brain functions and motor skills almost instantly.

4. Exercise
Perhaps, this is the most evident health benefit of camping. Camping gives you body an opportunity to move more, therefore burning more calories. Especially when yours involves hiking and biking, it burns you even more calories and helps get rid of toxic elements in your system. Activity levels vary, but an hour of hiking can burn between 150 and 300 calories per hour, biking burns 300 to 500, and fishing can burn around 200 calories in an hour.

5. Meditation
As mentioned, when going camping, try to keep off your phone and other technological devices. If possible, leave your tablet and laptop at home. Take advantage of this opportunity to totally take a break and meditate. This is a chance for you to reflect and think things through especially if you have important decisions to make.

Camping is a fun and healthy outdoor activity. The next time you plan for a quick getaway for a weekend, try camping out and experience its health benefits, at the same time enjoying the beauty of nature.

Posted by Editor in Health and Wellness

Taking Up These 6 Hobbies Will Make You Smarter

Hobbies are not just a fun way to kill the time. According to science, creative pastimes like photography, knitting and cooking can also boost your performance at work. By choosing the right hobby, you will also be boosting your brainpower as you while away your weekends. Here are some activities worth trying to bump your mental prowess up a notch.

1. Reading
Escapism is a vital part of reading. And the feeling of leaving your own worries and entering a dream-like horizon to mind someone else’s is a way to relax while at the same time allowing your brain to work. From biographies and anthologies to fictions and graphic novels, reading helps diminish stress and allows you to experience different emotions and ways to deal with them. Plus, knowledge is power; the more you read the more wisdom you’ll discover.

2. Travelling
Travelling is expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. Whether you go across the world or just to the next city, you will always learn something new. While it can be stressful sometimes, travelling gets rid of strain and forces it to focus on things that you wouldn’t typically do. It helps your brain’s functionalities and problem-solving abilities that go far beyond your everyday activities.

3. Playing an Instrument
Playing the guitar isn’t just a pastime; it is also a brain workout that exercises your cognitive control and supervisory system. Moreover, listening to music improves your memory capacity, as well as helps you appreciate cultural diversity. While it can be challenging to learn how to play an instrument, it’s a fun and fulfilling exercise that can lead to better productivity.

4. Meditation
One of the simplest indoor hobbies to practice is the art of meditation. It doesn’t only keep you healthy, but also helps boost concentration. Also, meditation helps eliminate depression, stress and anxiety. All these benefits, in turn, help improve overall productivity.

5. Embroidery
Embroidery is meditative in nature, too. There are many people who find pleasure in embroidering anything possible, be it a quote or their favourite cartoon character. This hobby boosts the creativity in you, as you try to give old clothes a new look.

6. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a full-body workout. This hobby doesn’t only let you maintain physical fitness and cognitive skills, but also provides many psychological and emotional benefits. Rock climbing promotes goal-setting and improves perseverance and confidence in you.

Leave the comfort of your sofa, and push yourself to the limit by finding meaningful hobbies that add value to your life. Find fun and creative hobbies that improve your body and mind, so that you’ll live happier and more productive life. Take any of the six hobbies mentioned above, and then see how much healthier and more productive you can be.

Posted by Editor in Healthy Habits

How to Pack Light With Your Beauty Essentials

Pack light. That’s the real struggle every time we travel. As girls, barely making the weight limit of our luggage is the norm when going on a two-day trip to Bali. And going on a vacation outside Singapore is even a more valid reason to go out and buy more things to bring.

Travelling is never easy for a beauty junkee, and leaving that other shade of red lipstick is not even an acceptable option to pack light. To make your vacations a bit easier, here are the top tips to help you choose the best beauty essentials to bring and how to pack them (so there’ll be more room for your cute OOTDs and bikinis).

1. Consider the Season/Weather
Before packing, make sure to bring the right products. The weather in your destination will play a big part in determining what beauty products you’ll need. Creamy moisturizers are great for the skin in colder climates, but you’ll need lighter skincare for the tropics.

2. Be Smart About the Tools
If you use hot tools on your hair on a daily, it would be smarter to invest on travel-sized ones. However, remember that most hotels provide blow dryers that you can use without worrying about the plugs in different countries. As for the make-up tools, dual-ended brushes and beauty sponges are your best space-saving options.

3. Go for Sachets and Travel Sizes
Save those samples and travel sizes every time you hit a minimum spend at Sephora. Some department stores even give away samples for free, so grab the opportunity when you know you’ll be travelling soon. For your shampoo and conditioner, get some in sachet packs. These are more ideal than full-sized bottles, since you won’t have to bring them back when you return home—which means more space for new things!

4. Choose Palettes Over Singles
Bring a versatile eye shadow palette. A neutral-coloured palette is always a good pick as it can create various looks and can be used as contour, bronzer or even a blush. Aside from its versatility, palettes often come in compact cases, so they’re easy to slip inside your luggage.

5. Pack Your Favourite Multitaskers
When travelling, tinted moisturizers and BB creams are the way to go for a flawless base. Aside from the fact that they are quick to apply, they offer almost everything you need, from sunscreen to skin hydrating properties.

6. Get Treatments Done Before Setting Off
Get your legs shaved, your brows shaped and your nails done before heading off. This means you don’t need to lug around extra items like razors, shaving cream, nail polishes and tweezers. Plus, it saves you a lot of time prepping up in the morning, too.

So there, hope this helps. Packing light may be a real struggle for girls, but it doesn’t have to mean leaving the essentials and forgetting about looking your prettiest when miles away from home.

Posted by Editor in Beauty and Style

6 Things You Need to Know About Psoriasis

Psoriasis is one of the most persistent skin disorders and one of the incurable ones. Fortunately, it can be managed. With the help of a professional, you can minimize the effects of this skin condition. Symptoms to look out for include red and scaly skin patches with defined edges, lesions on both elbows and splitting, loosening or thickening of fingernails and toenails.

1. It is a chronic condition
Currently, there’s no cure for psoriasis. Once you are diagnosed with it, the condition remains for life and it only varies in severity when triggered. The best you can do is to have it checked by a professional and understand the triggers of it to come up with an effective treatment plan.

2. It is not contagious
Psoriasis is believed to be contagious, but this is just a myth. There is no need to distance yourself from people with Psoriasis, since it can’t be passed on through any means. However, it is thought t be a genetic condition. You are more likely to develop psoriasis if a family member already has it.

3. It is an autoimmune disease
Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. This means that the body thinks that healthy skin cells are foreign bodies, so it attacks them and increases production of skin cells to replace the old ones. Normally, it takes three to four weeks for the body to produce new skin cells. In people with psoriasis, the process only takes four to seven days.

4. It can contribute to developing arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis affects around 10 percent of psoriasis patients. This occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the joints, resulting in swelling, aching and stiffness of joints particularly early in the morning. If left unattended, psoriatic arthritis can cause deterioration of the joints. So, if you have psoriasis and are experiencing pain in any of your joints, make an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

5. It can affect your psychological and emotional health
Psoriasis is not just a skin problem; it makes day-to-day activities a constant challenge. If you’re diagnosed with psoriasis, it affect every aspect of your life—socializing, dating, swimming, changing clothes in gym rooms, attending parties, and so on.

6. It can be triggered
There are so many factors that can trigger Psoriasis. This includes anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalance, injury to the skin, sunburn, smoking or certain medications and infections. Moreover, psoriasis commonly becomes more inflamed during colder weather, because of the dry environment.

It is totally understandable why psoriasis can cause people to feel embarrassed, but it doesn’t have to be this way for life. Embracing—rather than fighting—this skin condition and having a good support of understanding people will make it a lot easier for you to proactively deal with this skin condition.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet requires a much bigger responsibility than you think. However, many people make impulsive buys and decisions, and adopt a pet only to leave them on the streets when the interest fades away. The pet that’s left behind might refuse to eat street foods or fail to adapt to its new environment, and eventually die. This is why we find it essential to ask yourself these five questions if you’re planning to adopt a new companion at home.

1. Do I have sustainable income?
Adopting a pet means more expense, since you will have to provide for its food and other needs. Pets require constant care and attention. If you can’t afford its needs, perhaps it would best not to even think about adopting one at all.

2. Is everyone in the house okay with having a pet?
If you’re living alone, good for you; you have no one to consider if you’re planning to get a dog. However, if you’re living with your family or a housemate, you may want to consider them before getting a new pet. Check for allergy possibilities and personal preferences. If there’s someone in the house with allergy or just don’t want animals around, your pet may end up feeling unwanted and miserable.

3. How often do I stay at home?
Most younger animals don’t do well being always alone by themselves. Most of them try to escape, keep barking o become destructive. Older animals, on the other hand, are more settled and happy to sleep the entire day until you’re back from work.

4. Am I patient enough?
Are you prepared to clean up lots of accidents and okay with the possibility of broken and damaged furniture due to hyperactive pets? The common age dogs are surrendered to public pet facilities is between six and 18 months, when they are at their adolescent and hyperactive stage. Adopting an older dog would be much lesser hassle than adopting younger ones.

5. What changes do I expect in the future?
Regardless of the type of pet you will get, you will be on a multi-year commitment. It is important that your lifestyle in the next 5, 10 or 15 years will be just as pet-friendly as today.

Getting a new furry companion to have at home requires some serious thought. Objectively consider your situation, and whether your lifestyle would better suit a younger or an older pet.

Posted by Editor in Pets