Now that you’re in your mid-20s, you have probably pondered about certain things in your life. Twenty five might be still young but you are slowly transitioning to full-gown mature adult. So, how should you adjust your life according to your maturity? Start with this guideline that outlines the things you should quit doing by now.

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  1. Dating Unsuitable People

It’s naturally hard to find someone to be life-long partner, but by the time you reach 25, you should already have a good idea of what you need in a partner. This is no longer the time to experiment on people who are obviously not right for you. Keep a healthy balance between being realistic and being willing to give people a chance to be part of your life.

  1. Being Carefree of Your Finances

Unless you don’t have a single financial responsibility, you have to learn to live within your means. Know that you have bills to pay and everyday expenses to consider. It’s also time to get responsible and start your own savings account, together with a retirement plan if you have not got one yet.

  1. Wasting Time on the Internet

This one can be challenging. Nowadays, people seem to be too dependent to the internet. We use it to communicate with friends, find information, as well as just browse through social media and unconsciously waste plenty of precious time. Learn to set your limits. If you can, try going internet-free in a day every week.

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  1. Being Too Nice

It’s human nature to want people to like us. However, being overly concerned of how to please everyone may push you to do things that could be contrary to what you believe is right for you. By this age, you should know what you are capable of and where your limits end. Learning to say ‘no’ is an important step to becoming mature.

  1. Taking Your Fitness and Health For Granted

Many of us subject our bodies to too much alcohol, excessive junk food and late night parties in college without feeling the negative effects. Unfortunately, as you age, your body’s tolerance to these tasks gradually decreases. Now is the time to eat healthily, start hitting the gym and limit those wild night parties.

Twenty five may be still young, but you are at the age where you should be responsible of yourself. It’s no longer reasonable to be reckless and immature; time to do something to change your life for the better.

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Most of us have experienced them, but only a few talks about them. Can we really control pre-menstrual breakouts? How do you know if yours is just a runoff-the-mill breakout or one that’s reated to your cycle? Questions like these are very common, and for any lady who wants to keep her skin as clear and beautiful as possible, it helps to know the answer for all these questions. Here’s to help you get to know your skin cycle so you can keep your skin flawless during that time of the month.

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A Week Before Your Period

Your skin is in full PMS mode, thanks to your hyper levels of progesterone (the hormone that amps up the skin’s oil production).

How to deal with it: De-grease your face and de-gunk pores using a facial wash and toner with salicylic acid in them. If you feel a pimple is about to emerge, slather the area with clay mask—it sucks out oil and grime from beneath the skin, therefore preventing the breakout.

The Week of Your Period

Zits developing on your face? They are because of last week’s progesterone surge and pore-clogging.

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How to deal with it: Be more attentive with your skin’s cleansing needs. Remove make-up with make-up remover wipes and then wash your face with a benzoyl peroxide facial wash. Afterwards, slather some oil-free moisturizer to prevent the skin from over-drying.

The Week After the Period

After two weeks of bumpy ride, your progesterone levels have normalized—and so will your skin. However, some zits can be stubborn and may last for a few more days—they still need more of your attention.

How to deal with it: For stubborn zits, spot treat it with cortisone cream. Dab on the spot only once or twice total—too much can dry out the area and cause the skin to flake. And PS, this isn’t the time for you to slack. Sticking to a skin care regimen, even when acne-free, will prevent future breakouts.

Taking care of your skin will not only ensure clear skin, but will also change your life—it will lead to a better mood, better confidence, and less discomfort.

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Health Promotion Board is urging all Singaporeans to observe good hygiene. Good hygiene is imperative to maintain your health and overall well-being. Preventing disease is easier if all Singaporeans practice good hygiene.

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The most basic thing that you can do is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. So, how often should you wash your hands? Your hands should be washed before handling food, after blowing your nose, after using the toilet, before meals, after meals and after touching public spaces like handrails, doorknobs and the like.

Now that you know the frequency of hand washing, the next thing that you have to be familiar about is the correct steps to wash your hands. Here are the steps to wash hands effectively:

  1. Use soap
  2. Wash palm to palm
  3. Wash between the fingers
  4. Wash the back of the hands
  5. Wash the base of the thumbs
  6. Wash the back of the fingers
  7. Swab the fingernails
  8. Wash the wrists of both hands
  9. Rinse with water and wipe it dry with a clean towel.

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Hand washing is simple but its importance cannot be ignored. You should be responsible of your health and this is the effective way to keep illness at bay. If you do not want to harm the people around you, you have to be thorough and share the right steps to your friends and loved ones.

Health Promotion Board launched an initiative that reminds us to be healthy and avoid being unwell. The Board calls it F.I.G.H.T (frequent hand washing, immunization, go to the doctor, home rest and tissues).

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4 Foods to Remove from Your Diet to Promote Healthy Eating

 

Eating healthy is not an easy deed to accomplish. There are hard days when we just want to give in to temptation and indulge in our favorite treat.

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Some of our guilty pleasures are worth the binge. For example, enjoying several pieces of dark chocolate give healthy dose of antioxidants to the body and may improve blood circulation.  Unfortunately, there are several food choices we have that are slowly causing harm to our body in many different ways.

Try to avoid these foods when eating to promote good health.

Soda

Time and time again, we are warned by nutritionists of the bad effects of sodas to our health. However, these drinks packed in sugar are hard to resist.

Be warned that people who regularly consume soft drinks have a 26 percent increased risk of developing diabetes. For women who drink an average of a can of soda a day, there is a 75 percent risk of them developing gout. This is greater compared to those women who hardly drink these sugary drinks.

No matter what form the soda is in, diet or regular, it’s still not ideal for the body. Diet sodas may be a lot better compared to regular sodas but these drinks are often much sweeter than the average soda, raising a person’s sweetness tolerance and making it hard for them to enjoy the natural sweetness of other foods.

Regular soft drink consumption is also linked to health disorders like kidney damage, obesity, and the development of certain types of cancers.

 

Processed meat

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Fats have been highly misunderstood in the past. For example, margarine was once hailed to be healthier than butter because it does not contain animal fat which is associated with harmful cholesterol. Now, however, margarine is considered as one of the unhealthiest forms of fat.

A lot of margarine products contain trans fat, the worst kind of fat. Trans fat can increase blood cholesterol levels in the body and increase risk of heart disease. Trans fat lowers the levels of good cholesterols in the body, making the risks of heart-related illnesses greater.

 

White bread

White bread, made from refined grains has been stripped off of most of its nutritional contents. Added to this is the fact that it’s high in sugar, white bread brings nothing good to the body but increase the level of sugar. It’s low in zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and lacks essential minerals.

A white bread-rich diet can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. As a healthier alternative, opt for the wheat bread alternative which is rich in bran and fiber, ingredients that help steady the blood sugar level in the body.

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Ever have that experience of feeling lethargic after having your lunch? According to a Business Insider article, this is very normal. It manifests that the body clock is working properly and the body is reaction well to the food we just ate.

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However, do not think that you’ll not feel sluggish if you skip lunch. A slump in your mood during the afternoon is pretty normal. Experts report that the body will want to take a rest seven hours after being woken up.

The circadian rhythm, or also known as the body’s 24-hour cycle is at its resting phase during the afternoon. Another body cycle that converges with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic, the cycle that measures the amount of time a person spends conscious. This cycle also pushes the body to take a rest.

When we are in school or at work however, we cannot afford to rest whenever we feel like it. We give you simple tips to fight off sluggishness

 

  • Eat at the right time.

Not eating during regular times can wreck a havoc to one’s circadian rhythm. Eating on the right time consistently prevent the loss of energy that can worsen sleepiness. Follow a regular eating pattern to keep alert daily.

  • Avoid sugary foods.

Stocking up on sweet snacks to have that rush of energy and alertness? This move is more counterproductive. Sugar consumption is known to give us a burst of energy for the day. Unfortunately, the effects are only temporary. After that sudden burst of energy, you will immediately crash and be sleepier than before. Instead of indulging in sweets, have regular healthy snacks prepared at home.

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  • Coffee break timing is also important.

Coffee breaks are a workplace staple situation. The caffeine helps us feel alert when we encounter drowsiness. The body naturally produces cortisol in order for us to be awake and alert at specific times of the day. Observe when these periods are and avoid taking caffeine during these times. Instead, focus on these time sequence: 9:30 am – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

  • Stay fit and work out.

If your office has an indoor gym, then you are lucky. Take advantage of this added perk and work out routinely. Do aerobic exercises to fight off sleepiness and boost your work capacity. Every time you feel lethargic, hit the gym. If you simply have no time to go to the gym, do some good stretches at your desk or simply take a walk.

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