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Jan 20, 2017: Are you unable to sit for more than half an hour at a stretch while studying? Is it impossible to do more than 2-3 pages before your mind wanders off into another world far away from your JEE studies? Well then, welcome to the digital age of today with plenty of distractions to offer. Either it is the constant pinging of Whatsapp messages, Facebook updates, MySpace, Instant Messenger, email updates or the surrounding noise – no matter what there is some distraction everywhere you go.
The internet earlier a pool of knowledge has taken over our lives in a different way all together today. Hence Generation ‘Y’ while enjoying the benefits of technology; also needs to tackle it prudently if they really want to get on the right career path. Research shows that studying without full concentration may not be enough to memorize the information correctly. But competitive exams for engineering like JEE are tough and require your complete focus. Also it has been observed that over indulging in games might stress the mind as it requires significant brain exercise. So while you might be tempted to play another candy crush game on your phone, it may be wiser to ignore the urge.
So here are few tips on how you can prepare for your engineering exams without getting distracted.
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Get some peace and quiet
It’s hard to study productively if your little brother is watching his favorite sitcom or listening to music on a blaringly high volume in the same room! If you feel family members are likely to bother you with constant chatter or involve you in household chores, then it is best to go to a place like a library or a study where there is some peace or quiet. Or just lock yourself away with the door shut, and a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Let your family know you are studying for those many hours a day to get the best out of your study time. Also while you are at it, avoid peeping into your WhatApp or Facebook updates by trying to train your mind not to wander but study with full concentration for that much time.
You have gotten the peace and quiet, but it is highly possible your mind is still wandering, and you are unable to ignore your phone messages and chats. Research shows that your mind can grasp and study something much faster in the morning as compared to night. So try studying the most difficult or tiresome subjects in the morning. Also if you feel that concentrating on the same topic for too long is not for you, then consider changing the subjects for being able to get more from your allotted 2-3 hours of study. To absorb more information modify the subject or topic every 1-2 hours. Also take short breaks by doing stretches or getting up and walking around. It will pump blood around the body sending oxygen to the brain hence helping you concentrate more.
Get motivated and set goals
Engineering exams are tough, and you might lose interest midway struggling through the studies; get motivated by talking to friends and family who have taken the exam earlier and did well. Consider joining an online coaching class so that you will be able to pace and manage your studies better with the help of the classes as they set pre-planned time limits for completion. Before joining the class, you can always check reviews such as Aakash Coaching review if you are planning to enroll in Aakash classes. Moreover, if you are watching, for instance, Aakash Coaching review, then on YouTube you will also find several motivational videos of students who have done well in their exams. Watching them could also help egg you on to study for longer hours and be more inspired to study.
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Get into a routine
Research states that our brain will do the same thing each day automatically if you condition it that way. Hence set a time most favorable for you when you feel your productivity is the highest. Then once you start studying at that time each day, it will become a habit, and you will easily get into the mood to study at that time each day. This way your concentration too will increase, making it easier for you to get into the right frame of mind to study- whether you like the subject or not.
If you are studying hard, then don’t forget to give yourself an incentive! It will help keep you self-motivated to study each day and look forward to the reward time. So for instance, if you love sweets, then promise yourself a delicious treat at your favorite dessert parlor if you finish that painful chapter. Or maybe plan a movie outing with your friends at the end of the week if you manage to complete the allocated portion. By knowing you have something to look forward to when you finish your studies; you will be more likely to get stuck in. Additionally, an outing with the friends will help your mind relax and be more alert the next day to study harder.
Finally remember to always be optimistic by telling yourself that whatever you do the outcome will be good. The power of a positive attitude and being interested in your revision makes studying and getting good results for your engineering exams much easier.
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Since the first tea leaf was consumed in China thousands of years ago, people have been aware of the health benefits of drinking tea and how different types of tea can help treat different illnesses. Certain teas are good for fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol, while others aid in weight loss and improving metabolism, treating mental health disorders, preventing migraines, and improving sleep patterns. Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea, shares the benefits to our physical and mental health of specific types of tea leaves:
Black Leaf Teas
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day by giving you the necessary amount of energy. Black Tea is produced as a labour of love, with days of intense plucking, sieving, and withering in order to preserve complex flavonoids and powerful antioxidants like catechins. These leaves contain more tannins than any other type of tea which soothes stomach aches and other bowel-related problems.
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day. | Photo by Oleg Guijinsky on Unsplash
Green Leaf Teas
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. The biggest benefit of opting for Green Tea over other tea leaves is that it's an extreme immunity-booster due to its high flavonoid components and minimal processing which preserves all the nutrients.
As a byproduct of its immunity-boosting trait, Green Tea is a great booster for the metabolism which is why it serves as a necessary addition to your diet. Combined with an exercise regimen, Green Tea can be an excellent weight-loss tool. Though it works best before exercise, it can be consumed anytime. In addition to its focus-enhancing features, it also provides excellent oral hygiene benefits due to its catechin content. As an adaptable beverage, green tea blends well with many different flavours such as lavender, citrus, chamomile, rose, and many others.
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. | Photo by Rashid on Unsplash
White Leaf Tea
Minimally processed and low on caffeine, White Leaf Tea contains a lot of rich antioxidants which means it is great for boosting immunity. White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. Because it is the least processed tea out of all, it can preserve almost all its nutrients and catechins, which prevent many chronic health issues, reduce inflammation and regulate your digestive system. Dieticians and fitness experts recommend White Tea a lot as it helps curb sweet cravings and has a low-calorie count making it perfect for a healthy weight loss.
White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. | Photo by Jen P. on Unsplash
Unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are not made using the Camellia Sinensis plant but actually use other leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, spices, fruits, and berries. Most common herbal tea varieties include mint, chamomile, cranberry and ginger. This also means that, unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. The components used in Herbal Tea like dried roots, leaves and flowers are packed with antioxidants and offer excellent medicinal benefits like regulating digestive systems, managing stress levels and alleviating flu or cold symptoms. They can also be great for skin health and relieving chronic pain as they are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying in nature.
Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. | Photo by Lisa Hobbs on Unsplash
Matcha Green Tea
Made with finely ground young Green Tea leaves, Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. Experts believe that drinking a single cup of Matcha Green Tea is equivalent to the health benefits of drinking ten cups of regular Green Tea. It is great for boosting immunity and metabolism, weight loss and detoxification of the body and mind.
Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. |Photo by Lex Sirikiat on Unsplash
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. It is extremely rich in antioxidants due to the combination of the nutrients of Black and Green Teas. This rare tea also contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which have great health benefits, including boosting metabolism and increasing immunity to illnesses.
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. | Pixabay
One should stay away from supplements or preservatives in "diet" teas, as none of their claims are backed by research. There are many different types of natural tea leaves, so it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type and choose the one that serves you best. There are many options and benefits to choosing from when it comes to tea leaves, whether you desire a cure for chronic disease, weight loss, or a good-tasting beverage. However, you can never really go wrong with natural tea leaves no matter what variety you choose!
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: antioxidants, antioxidants, herbal, herbal, benefits, health, leaves, leaves
One of Indi's leading luxurious Ayurveda skincare brands, Forest Essentials, announces its international foray with the London based Lookfantastic.com, Euroe's premium online beauty retailer. The partnership enables the brand to take significant strides towards its expansion globally starting with the launch in the United Kingdom. "Our focus and USP at Forest Essentials has always been at delivering high quality Ayurvedic products in a sustainable way, with a global appeal.
We firmly believe that the time is right for Forest Essentials to expand to the UK, as our first international footprint with Lookfantastic,' Europe's premium online beauty retailer. "The UK audience is well aware of Ayurveda and we are certain that the demand for our Made in India luxurious Ayurveda products, is going to continue to grow multifold, as consumers are today looking for moments of self-care, to feel better in this stressful period and we are well positioned to support this type of feel-good indulgence that consumers are seeking today," says Samrath Bedi, Executive Director, Forest Essentials. The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold.
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. | Wikimedia Commons
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. Additional collections offered include the Men's Collection, Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Green Tea and Oudh, and Nargis, Indian Rose Ab'olute. The brand's vast gifting options are also available via the e-retailer. A portfolio of over 660 premium brands onsite and revenue share grown 40 percent year on year in the last 4 year makes,
Lookfantastic is one of the most successful beauty websites globally. Unrivalled technology, a team of world-class experts, over 30 localized sites in as many languages enables the website to attract millions of visits per month with nearly 71 percent of them being international making it a natural choice as a retail overseas partner for Forest Essentials. Commenting on the announcement, Bedi added, "Ayurveda has gained acceptance globally and there is an increased need to explore authentic products that are not only luxurious but also high on efficacy. Forest Essentials has been a pioneer in every sense and we're confident that our foray into the UK will enable us to represent India and products Made in India successfully in the international market." (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Ayurveda, Skincare, Forest, Herbal, Body care, Hair care, Beauty Products
Khadi is no longer a dull, drab fabric meant only for politicians' wardrobes. A fashion show organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Board as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75th year of India's Independence showcased the use of Khadi in traditional, as well as, contemporary and festive wear. From lehengas in resplendent Khadi silk to western clothes and casual wear, the models on Thursday night displayed new facts of the fabric.
Several well-known Indian designers including Ritu Beri, Farah Ansari, Rina Dhaka, Asma Husain, Aditi Rastogi and Himmat Singh showcased their designs. Gaurav Gaur directed the fashion show with clothes like lehengas, kurtis, kurta pajamas and partywear.
Lucknow's chikankari and silk artisans also participated in the event. A wedding collection in Khadi was the highlight of the show. "The show was based on the concept 'Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion' and the fabric for all costumes was provided by Khadi Gramodyog Board," said a spokesman. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: lucknow, clothes, lehengas, fashion, fabric
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