Category Archives: Training & Development

Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Top 3 things to do instead of going out

We all enjoy going out with our friends and have fun, usually accompanied by alcohol.

Unfortunately however, our bodies and minds need to take a break from these lucrative activities time to time.

 

Thus I am providing you, my precious readers, with a list of top 3 things to do instead of going out.

  1. A Venture To Nature

Our minds need a break from our daily lives, the best way to do it is to disconnect from all electrical devices and simply enjoy a long walk to a nice nature rich place.

It will allow you to release your mind from the shackles of technology and release your imagination and allow you to think deeply about anything you like, there will be no constraints on you.

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

We all have always wanted to do this. We have seen it movies, where someone climbs and is afraid to jump down.

 ‘Rock Up’, located in St Stephan’s shopping centre, allows us to actually see and have a feel for it, alone or with friends.

It is great fun and decent exercise!

  1. Escape Rooms

Fight your way through riddles and puzzles in order to free yourselves within a time limit at ‘Escape Hull’.

This activity is basically trying to solve riddles in order to find clues which will eventually allow you to open the doors, behind which freedom awaits.

 ‘Escape Hull’ offers a wide range of types of room you can escape from.

Tell me how you spend your free time below 🙂

It really works! A Mobile App for Alzheimer’s Patients

Have you ever experienced to talk with alzheimer’s patients?

If not, you should try once and will intuitively know the difficulties these patients face in their daily lifebecause of the memory loss.

As the disease progresses, these patients start to forget things and can hardly recognize people around them, even their child.

It is not the worst, this illness will gradually cause them to lose track of time and control their bodies and even the daily activities. Family members can only set up visial aids to reminder them something important, such as phone number, date, medication information and so on.

Emma Yang, a 14 years old little girl, faced the same problem happened in her gradma and kept finding ways to help her, but there were no useful tools in society will improve this kind of patients’ daily life.

Thus, she took the challenge into consideration.  Then she started learning how to code in Swift, and Timeless appeared at that time.

Timeless is a first of its kind, simple, caregiver assisted, easy-to-use mobile app for Alzheimer’s and dementia that helps them remember events, stay connected and engaged with friends and family, and recognize loved ones using artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology (Aims from Timeless Facebook).

Patients can use touch ID or face ID to log in the apps rather than the passwards.

What’s more!

Timeless is seeking the fundarising support, the funding needs and development plan are put below.

Your every support will improve patients’ daily life! Thank You!

 

References

https://www.facebook.com/app.Timeless/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timeless-a-mobile-app-for-alzheimer-s-patients#/

Life Without Memory

The First App for Alzheimer’s Patients — Made by a 12-Year-Old

 

 

 

 

 

The top 3 challenges students face in the University

  • Change of Environment.

It is always hard when it comes to adjusting  into a new environment, especially as an international or first year student. You should expect to experience a different language, culture, weather, food etc. However, it is essential not to get into craze over getting everything right. Give yourself some time, and expect to get a little frustrated, but always stay positive and focused, eventually you will come to love the University life.

 

  • Social Life

Though University is all about the academic experience, it also about the social as well. Making and investing time with colleagues and flat mates is essential for building community and sometimes positively helpful towards academics, especially when you have a friend helping you do better. However, spending too much time with friends doing social activities can be distracting, and conflicts can arise. Learn to take some time out for yourself, remember why you are here, set your goals and priorities.

 

  • Money Management

This is an issue most of us students, especially first year students face. For many young people, University is the first time we learn to manage money. Students often try to live outside their means, spending more than is required, often due to peer pressure. Students need to understand it is okay to say “no”. If your friends want you to go on an activity with them and the only money you have left is for groceries, focus on your needs vs. wants and learn to say no.

Tips on how to manage university stress!

Need a break from university stress?!

University life can be stressful for even the most relaxed students.

There are numerous potential reasons for understudy stress, for example:

  • Nostalgia or relationship challenges, loneliness, hurtful utilization of, or withdrawal from, liquor or medications
  • Juggling your studies with low maintenance work
  • Preparing for exams
  • Writing essays and dissertations
  • Attempting to manage obligation

‘Stress occurs when the demands upon us are greater than our ability to cope with them,’ explains Dr Paul Blenkiron, an NHS consultant psychiatrist.

There are various normal responses to distressing conditions, for example:

  1. Behavioral responses – these could include dodging or getting away from the circumstance and swinging to liquor or medications.
  2. Physical responses – you may encounter an expanded heart rate, sweating, shaking, headaches, butterflies and over-breathing.
  3. Mental responses – stress can prompt fear, panic and the inclination that something awful will happen.

 

 

 

 

 

However, if stress is beginning to affect your mental well being, try exploring the following five coping mechanisms:

  • Exercise

‘General exercise discharges endorphins – feel-good hormones that can decrease strain and enable the mind to center around an option that is other than stresses and concerns.’

  • Conversing with somebody

Studies propose that associating with a companion just once consistently can lessen your feelings of anxiety and enhance your mood as much as therapy or counselling.

  • Time Management

Have a go at making a composed work routine, separating your tasks into sensible lumps and arranging as needs be. Gap your work into dire and non-pressing tasks, and vital and non-critical assignments.

 

 

The benefit of learning piano from a child.

Because my mother was a teacher of music, she began to ask me to study the piano when I was three years old. I musted to practice for 2 hours everyday, she was so strict to me that made me hate the piano a battle, in my impression, I have almost no childhood.

However, with the increase of age, the piano brings me more and more benefits from day to day. Because of the long time practice, I have exercised my brain and cerebellum coordination.
It seems to be an energy that makes me very sensitive and resourceful in many things.

Actually,in the process of learning the piano, children can learn music, playing skills, and many music knowledge.
In addition, you can learn three abilities: attention, coordination and self-reliance.

Mr Baldwin, America’s music teacher, has made a clear and lucid analysis:

1. When you see a single sheet of music, – training the child’s general attention.
2. When you see a single sheet of music, play two or three notes with your right hand – train your child’s attention.
3. Watch the two lines of music, and use left and right hands to play their different parts – training children to be highly focused and coordinated.
4. Both see two lines of music, the brain to the ears, arms, fingers, legs and feet, to play the music – highly accurate training children’s attention, coordination, and self-efficacy.

So, be grateful to that person who let you learn piano when you were a child!

Love you, my dearest Mom!

Struggling With That New Concept ?

Sometimes our knowledge can be little rusty around the edges and need some polishing from time to time.

Luckily for you there is Khans Academy.

The online based platform offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalised dashboard to helps individuals study at their own pace outside of class. This empowering platform offers practice exercises from statistics and probability to arts and history.

Endorsed by everyone from Bill Gates to Tate.

                “The best teacher is very interactive”- Bill Gates.


Don’t worry it’s not just a bunch of information being throw at you and you are left with scratching your head.

The state of the art learning programme guides you and even offers insights into  your strengths and areas you can improve on. They have gone as far as partnering with NASA, MIT and The California Academy of Sciences to offer specialized content.

Stanford often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities conducted a survey and it stated that 65% of their students found Khans Academy meaningful to their education.


So, you must be thinking this must come at a price nothing is free?

Well you’re in luck again.

The none profit organisation with its humble beginnings from one man tutoring his cousin to a huge organisation with over 150 individuals. Composed of developers, strategists and scientists are committed on providing free classes to the world for absolutely free.

So, what are you waiting for?

 Go absorb all the information like a sponge

 

How to become Wattpad’s most wanted? Part 2

So, how to boost your reads on Wattpad like a pro?

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1.REGULAR UPDATES:

Don’t upload everything at once! Update once a week, 3 times a week is the best case scenario so you go up in the algorithm. Friday update is a MUST. Avoid Mondays.

2.COMPETITIONS:

Taking part in competitions (clickable images), makes your book more accessible and likely to go up in the algorithm thanks to judge’s votes and comments.  Thirdly, if you win, you will get a sticker on your cover indicating high quality.

3.VOTE AND COMMENT SINCERELY:

Choose a book similar to yours (similar target audience) that you will enjoy, read and leave comments that are funny, spot grammatical mistakes or provide constructive plot criticism. Books with 1K-50K are optimum as they have the influence but the author is not too busy.

I know it means EFFORT but by giving constant support, you will get noticed through snowball effect. How?

BUT this will not work unless your profile and book cover is spot on.

4.ATTRACTIVE PROFILE:

Ensure that your profile and background pictures are distinct and of high quality, reflecting your personality. Write a story about you that will make people want to connect with you. Here is an example:

5.ATTRACTIVE COVER:

Remember, on Wattpad book is judged by its cover! Ensure that your title is catchy, and the image reflects the story. If you can, make a book trailer video!

Now, you only need PATIENCE and the reads will come to you <3 Any questions? Comment below ^^

 

How to become Wattpad’s most wanted? Part 1

So, you published your book on Wattpad, you waited and waited yet you still only have 30 reads…

How is that possible with 60 million Wattpad readers? O.o

If you want to know how to boost your reads, keep on reading.     Let’s begin with how NOT to advertise your book, shall we?

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1.DON’T BEG FOR READS                                                                           

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Begging through private message or publicly to read your book, will make more bad than good. Why? If you harass readers, writers and their followers, they will be discouraged to read your book.

2.DON’T DO READ4READ

That’s the time when two “beggars” (unpopular authors) meet and beg each other for reads. You will be exhausted before you reach 100 reads just to see “beggars” clicking on your book and clapping your back saying “good work” without actually reading it. 🙁

3.DON’T BE A FAKE READER

Don’t scan, leave few votes at the same time and “haha”s in first few chapters and disappear forever 🙁 Those writers will not vote back. Why? Because you have not shown them a distinguishable reason to click on your profile. Could you really read 3 chapters in 2 minutes?

4.DON’T SHARE YOUR STORY IN CLUBS

Why would you advertise your book somewhere where there is lots of desperate writers and no readers at all?

 

Okay, so how should you advertise your book on Wattpad?

Well, that’s in part 2! Get ready!

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