Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Your cluttered home could be stressing you out, researchers learn

Do you have a clutter problem?


If you have to move things around in order to accomplish a task in your home or at your office, or you feel overwhelmed by all your “things,” it’s a strong signal that clutter has prevailed. And it might be stressing you out more than you realise.

“Clutter is an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces,” said Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago who studies the causes of clutter and its impact on emotional well-being. And a cluttered home, researchers are learning, can be a stressful home.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

Read more @ https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/the-unbearable-heaviness-of-clutter-messy-home-house-11085990

A burning sensation when urinating may not be due to infection

For years, Mr Rajesh Pahwa, 55, lived with a persistent pain in his groin — specifically in the left scrotum and tip of the penis.

Despite spending more than S$5,000 on multiple doctor visits here and overseas, tests and imaging scans in the last three years, there were no clear answers to his mysterious symptoms, which included pain in his thigh and a burning sensation when urinating. The pain was sometimes severe, causing him to limit his fluid intake to avoid visiting the toilet.

He was eventually diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain syndrome at the National University Hospital (NUH).

The condition is often seen in men in their 40s and 50s and can also affect women, said Dr Joe Lee, a consultant at NUH’s department of urology and its director of Andrology and Male Reproductive Medicine.

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/burning-sensation-when-urinating-may-not-be-due-infection

Simple stretching exercises to treat your pelvis.

modified pigeon pose - you may rest you body on the bed

modified pigeon pose when sitting

Notes
1) You may refer to this site for more stretching exercises
2) Cyclists are more prone to tight pelvis. Here are some warm-up exercises for cyclists.

Are you picking the right grain?


Source: TheNewPaper, 7 Jan, 2019

Plenty of post-Christmas pines and firs for beaver and friends

Source: ST

The lucky animals at Singapore Zoo cannot see the wood for the trees these days, thanks to the hundreds of post-Christmas pines and firs that have been donated on Saturday.

The leafy deluge will give River Safari star Justin Beaver and his furry buddies plenty to bark about and it's all thanks to the many Singaporeans who heard the call of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).

They had left 300 or so used trees at the Zoo's car park on Saturday from 9am until 2pm as part of an initiative by WRS to boost the animals' well-being.

Several WRS employees shared the appeal for Christmas trees informally in the past week.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/plenty-post-christmas-pines-and-firs-beaver-and-friends

O-Level results to be released on Jan 14


The results of the 2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be released next Monday (Jan 14).

Students can collect their results from their schools from 2pm on that day, the Ministry of Education and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board said in a joint media release.

Private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. The result slips will be mailed on Jan 14 to the address provided by the candidates during the registration period.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/o-level-results-released-jan-14-11093712