It’s been about two months since the start of the quarantines in Singapore. By now, we can say that it is somehow affecting our mental and emotional well-being one way or another. This is what some would call quarantine fatigue. But then again, staying at home is necessary to fight the pandemic and help our frontliners the best that we can. So, here are some ways for you to cope with quarantine fatigue!

The cause of quarantine fatigue

Before everything else, let’s talk about why we get quarantine fatigue in the first place. For one, the easy answer is that we’ve had a sudden change of lifestyle. Towards the start of the spread of the pandemic, most people went to panic mode in an instant. Then, when safety measures started rolling in, our fear also receded. It’s these sudden changes in lifestyle that’s causing us to feel more mentally and emotionally drained. Another reason is that we simply miss human interactions which is another thing that suddenly changed because of the quarantines.  

Establish a routine

One of the best ways to cope with quarantine fatigue is to maintain a routine. Because of the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, you may feel all over the place and that your life is spiraling down in chaos. By having a set routine, you can eliminate these thoughts because you are establishing control over your life. Schedule time for work, exercise, bonding with family, and the like. This is a healthy way to fight quarantine fatigue.

Set goals

Another thing you can do is to set goals for yourself. More often than not, you will have more time in your hands because of the quarantines. So, set goals for yourself whether it’s for work, self-improvement, for your family, etc. Overall, this will help you continue to have a positive mindset all throughout. You may even come out of the quarantine with new set of skills!

Try self-care practices

One important thing to have during this time is a way to practice self-care and relieve stress. For some it may be yoga, for others it can be meditation. It can even be something as simple as taking a warm bath or reading a book while drinking coffee in a quiet early morning. Find out what your go-to stress reliever is and practice it whenever you can or whenever you need to.

Acknowledge your negative feelings

Lastly, acknowledge your negative feelings. These are trying times and it’s really inevitable to feel negative from time to time. But, don’t bottle up those negative thoughts! Acknowledging them and naturally letting them flow will help you get over them faster. This doesn’t only provides relief, but also reduces the influence of negative feelings over you in general.

We have all had dreams of being famous or rich or successful, but when you maintain that belief even if the reality is different, it is different from just daydreaming. A serious condition called delusional disorder causes some people to have bizarre behavior and manners that it interferes with their daily function and relationships.

Types of Delusional Disorders

Delusion means belief in something that is not based on reality, although they are not almost always unreal. This means that their beliefs involve real life things and situations but are exaggerated or mistakenly perceived. Doctors classify delusional disorder as a type of psychotic disorder. A person with this condition can still function and socialize normally.

There are different types of delusional disorders based on the theme of their delusion such as grandiose, persecutory, somatic, erotomanic, jealous, or a combination of those types. Grandiose means that a person has a over-inflated sense of his/her identity. Persecutory is the belief that they are being spied on, mistreated, or in danger.

Somatic means that they believe they have a medical problem or defect. Erotomanic delusion is the belief that someone is in love with them. Jealous on the other hand is the belief that their partner is being unfaithful to them. There are some delusions which do not fall under any of those categories and are labeled as unspecified.

Symptoms and Causes

Most delusions, regardless of the type, involve non-bizarre delusions. This means that although the person might have weird beliefs, it is still based or grounded on reality. It is weird, but not definitely out there. The person will also exhibit an irritable or angry mood and sometimes hallucinations that are related to their delusion.

They are different from people with, say other psychotic disorders, because they can still function. The only problem is that their delusion disrupts their normal lives. If you know a loved one who has been showing those symptoms for at least a month, you need to seek help.

Delusional disorder is quite rare. Delusion in most cases, might be a symptom of another disorder, and not a disorder itself, but it can happen. For it to be classified as such, it must not also be caused by substances or medication. So, what causes it? There are many factors researchers are investigating, but the strongest evidence points to history of trauma, extreme stress, and genetics.

Treatment of Delusional Disorder

Because the person does not see the problems with their delusions, they will not be able to seek help by themselves. If there are other coexisting conditions, those should also be identified. Only then can treatment be created. It usually involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication. There is not standard treatment for everyone because it will be based on the needs of the individual. Hospitalization is not required in most cases unless the person is causing harm to him/herself or others.

In our time today, it’s become relatively easier to start a business. This is simply because of the ease provided by technology and the internet. Different industries in Singapore are already starting to have more and more companies and most of them are start-ups! Even so, what’s still difficult is making sure your start-up survives and grows. Here, then, are some valuable things you need to know.

Have a clear picture of what you want your business to be

Before you even start a business, you have to already know what you really want your business to be. Make sure you have practical and concrete plans both for the short and long-term. The easiest way to start with this, really, is to stick to something that you’re passionate about.

You’ll have difficulty envisioning the future of your business if you don’t even like what you’re doing. You’ll also have an easier time planning for products, services, and gimmicks this way.

Know that you don’t always have to take risks

No matter if it’s for business or life in general, people are always going to face risks. Though that is the case, you don’t necessarily have to take risks, especially as a start-up. Even when you have to take one, you have to make sure you have back-ups or at least have something left. Because risks come naturally, you don’t need to seek them thinking that taking risks will help you grow.

Listen to the customers

To any business, big or small, who are the most important people? That’s right, the customers? How will a company profit if others don’t buy their products? That being said, it would be very beneficial to your start-up if you could listen to your customers’ feedback. Listening to your buyers is one of the easiest ways to know what you have to improve one. So, take both praise and criticism well!

Take advantage of the internet

It’s become very easy for start-ups to promote themselves because of social media. So, there’s no reason for you not to do it too. Using social media not only helps you get a wider audience; it also helps you network and create relationships with other businesses as well.

If it is fitting, you could even have a website created for your brand as well. Your customers can browse your page for products and services and becomes easier for them to contact you as well.

Be flexible and learn to adapt

No matter what the industry, there will always be many ups and downs in the market. Mostly, they can all be affected by unforeseen circumstances. For example, if a certain product or service becomes in-demand, of course, it will be advantageous to those who already sell them.

However, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t have those, you can just let it go. Find ways to incorporate your brand’s identity to those trendy products and services and use it to your advantage!

Though Singaporeans are considered hard workers at the office, not many notice how much stress they’re already in. Though you could say stress is normal, there are still times when it already becomes a huge burden to many. That’s why it’s important to explore the different factors that cause workplace stress and how to deal with them effectively.

Clutter

Remember that one time you couldn’t find a very important document because your workspace was so messy? Think about the fear and stress that caused you. It seems like a subtle thing but having too much clutter can definitely add to more stress.

You’ll have difficulty finding and arranging things. You’ll also be distracted because there are too many things around you. Clutter can also mean other aspects as well, like your schedule. If you intentionally leave tasks unfinished, they’ll pile up and you’ll have to do everything all together. Clearly, this will put you under a lot more stress.

Misunderstandings

Having fights and misunderstandings are already common in the work setting. The problem is, misunderstandings cause stress not only to one person but possibly to an entire group. Fortunately, it’s also quite easy to avoid being misunderstood.

One is to be a better and humbler communicator. By using appropriate communication tools, you can make others understand what you expect from them and the other way around. For example, one thing you can do when giving instructions is simply to have the other person repeat what you said.

Lack of recognition

The simple fact is, humans crave praise and recognition. If a person’s work is always downplayed, the stress will take its toll on his/her patience and motivation. If this is happening to you, don’t give up too early!

You could always communicate with others about how much you’ve done or you could emphasize the significance of your work as well. It’s also important to see that maybe you really are underperforming. Try to take a step back and reevaluate yourself if this is the case. Then, you can slowly fix your mistakes and do your work better overall.

Sudden changes

In Singapore, and surely in all other countries, there can sometimes be huge age gaps in the workplace. When sudden changes happen in a system, for example, the older generations might have difficulty adjusting.

They’ll have to learn how to work on the new system again and doing so will delay their work. Or if they insist on using the old system, there’ll be conflicts on output. The younger workers might expect tasks from the older ones but they’ll have to wait longer. This can create an air of tension around the office.

Buying a motorcycle is very different from buying a car because there are various factors you need to consider that you would not need when selecting a car. You need to research not just the pricing and models but the practicability, safety, and comfort of its use.

If this is your first time selecting a motorcycle, here are some tips that can help you.

Attend a rider training course. If you have never ridden a motorcycle other than for practice, then it is essential that you know the ins and outs of the traffic laws, so you don’t get in trouble. It is also important that you remember all the safety precautions because motorcycles are prone to accidents. Driving lessons cover theories and practical applications.

Know where and how to get a license. The best option in Singapore is to hire driving instructors at specific driving schools only. The first license you will get is the Class 2B which will allow you to use motorcycles up to 200 cc. You will only be able to get your Class 2A license after a year, which allows you to use motorcycles up to 400 cc. After another year, you can get sign up for Class 2 course that will let you use any type of motorcycle.

Consider your skill level. Since the license will limit you to certain types of motorcycles, you have no freedom of choice yet during the first two years. That works perfectly because you need to be comfortable with the bike and an expert on it to avoid mishaps. You will have enough time to build you skill and confidence.

Be informed about maintenance costs. Some expensive bikes will of course be more difficult to maintain than the common cheaper models. If your bike will be used for daily commuting, then you should get a trusted model that is built for durability and longevity. There is no need to get a fancy model that you can’t afford to pay for much less maintain in good condition. Depending on the manufacturer, you should pick a brand that has a convenient service center in Singapore.

Know what CC means. CC stands for cubic centimeters which refers to the size of the motorcycle engine. It also measures the engine displacement which will determine how fast it will consume the fuel and how powerful the engine is. As a beginner and as stipulated in the rules about getting a license, you should start with 200 cc.

Consider the number of cylinders. You also have to take into account how many cylinders you would need in a bike. One or two cylinders should be enough for regular trips to the office, because the cylinders will only affect the torque when accelerating. Having more than two cylinders can be difficult for a beginner to handle.

Know how to fix small problems. Even with proper maintenance, your motorcycle is going to break down from frequent use, so you must at least possess the necessary skills to address small repairs. For this you will need to read beginner manuals and keep the necessary tools to do it.

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for most couples, but it’s not without its challenges especially for women. Some have pre-existing problems before the pregnancy that could make their nine-month journey less pleasant, while others develop health problems during pregnancy.

If you and your husband are planning to have a baby soon, you need to be aware of possible complications in pregnancy to help you prepare more effectively.

Before Pregnancy

  • Infections, specifically sexually-transmitted infections that have not been treated will affect pregnancy and can cause a lot of problems for the baby. There is also a possibility of passing on the infection to the baby if you and your partner were not screened for infections. Early screening in Singapore can help you get the right treatment for a worry-free pregnancy.
  • High Blood Pressure can put you at risk for placental abruption and preeclampsia. If you are hypertensive, you should continue your treatment throughout your pregnancy to avoid these life-threatening complications.
  • Obesity and other eating disorders can make pregnancy an unpleasant experience for you, because they will increase the risk of developing a host of complications such as, premature birth, depression, and preeclampsia.
  • Uterine Fibroids sometimes do not produce any symptom, that is why it’s important for women to get checked annually, especially during childbearing years. If left untreated, it could possibly lead to miscarriage and a difficult labor and childbirth.

During Pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia or toxemia is a life-threatening complication that is a result of other health problems, such as, hypertension, obesity, kidney disease, high glucose levels, and systemic lupus. First pregnancies and late pregnancies also increase the likelihood of having preeclampsia. Symptoms include high blood pressure, dizziness and headaches, swollen face and hands, and stomach pain.
  • Gestational Diabetes usually develops during the second trimester if the mother’s body does not develop enough insulin to break down glucose. If left untreated, it could lead to preeclampsia, hypertension, or an overweight infant.
  • Low Amniotic Fluid, also called oligohydramnios, is a condition characterized by not having enough amniotic fluid to protect the fetus. Some women with the condition need induced labor at the end of their pregnancy.
  • Placenta Previa means that the woman’s uterus is positioned low above or next to the cervix. It can cause bleeding during the late stages of pregnancy, that is why regular checkups and bed rest are recommended to avoid further bleeding.
  • Miscarriage can’t be prevented in some cases and will usually start with spotting or bleeding, abdominal cramps, and the passing of fluid or tissue from the vagina. Some women even miscarry and are not aware that they are pregnant, while others might require treatment to remove the pregnancy tissue in their uterus after the miscarriage.
  • Premature Labor and Birth means that the mother goes into labor before the 37th week of pregnancy. She will experience pelvic cramps and back pain, vaginal discharge, and contractions.