How to Get Rid of a Bad Habit

Bad habits are indeed like a comfortable bed; easy to get into, but hard to get out of. If left untreated, bad habits can escalate into an addiction. It is therefore important to get rid of these bad habits before they go out of control. In this article, let us see how we can effectively eradicate these habits. Before you continue reading, remember to follow me and subscribe to the newsletter.

Tip #1: Make it Hard

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The first step to breaking a bad habit is making it difficult to accomplish. To do so, you must identify and destroy your cues. For example, if you are looking to quit smoking, throw away all your cigarettes and never go near a shop selling them. Most people relapse from their bad habits as they think that it wouldn’t hurt to just see it. But that isn’t true. It’s the same thing as a gambling addict watching people gamble. By putting yourself in temptation, it makes it very easy for you to relapse. At the same time, write down the negative consequences of the bad habit you are trying to get out of. For example, you could write “Smoking can cause lung cancer and kill me.” or “Gambling will cause me to waste my hard-earned money and destroy my family.” Every time you feel yourself slipping back into it, remember what you wrote and that should deter you from doing it again.

Tip #2: Replace it With a Good Habit

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Introducing another habit such as reading will distract your mind and keep you occupied. The previous bad habit suddenly becomes less pleasurable and addictive as your body focuses on the new habit. Try to engage in something you love. Your mind does not have time to think about the old habit anymore and naturally quitting it becomes much easier. If you want to build a good habit effectively, check out my article at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/30/how-to-build-a-habit-effectively/ to learn more.

Tip #3: Reward Yourself

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By rewarding yourself for quitting a habit, you make it much more enticing to do so. These rewards inspire and push you forward even when your motivation and willpower is low. Give yourself something you like to eat. Give yourself a movie.

Tip #4: If You Relapse, Get Back on Track Fast

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You might be tempted to give up when you relapse. You start to doubt whether your efforts are working and giving results. The truth is, all of us slip and fall sometimes. It’s okay to make mistakes, but what’s most important is to pick yourself up and push on further and don’t give up. By doing so, you avoid derailing your hard work and become one step closer to success.

The Consequences of Deforestation

As technology advances, our need for resources increases as well. Likewise, as the population on Earth increases, our energy and material needs increases as well. This is seen in the rise in urbanisation and agriculture which has resulted in increased forest clearing. One example of this is the increase in widespread deforestation. Our need for paper and furniture has led to the destruction of many acres of forests, causing enhanced global warming. This article will show you how deforestation harms our environment and our planet. Before you continue reading, remember to follow me and subscribe to the newsletter!

#1: Enhanced Global Warming

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Forests are famously known as the lungs of the Earth. As many of you have learnt in school, trees give out oxygen when they photosynthesise during the day while taking in carbon dioxide. This helps to regulate the concentration of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the atmosphere. Forests are therefore also known as carbon sinks. However, rampant deforestation has resulted in an increase in concentration greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The result is enhanced global warming, whereby global temperatures are predicted to rise as a result of infrared radiation being trapped in the atmosphere. Consequently, an increase in global temperatures will cause a rapid increase in the rate of ice melting in both poles of the Earth.

#2: Many Animal Species Will Be Endangered

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The image above shows a picture of the endangered Purplish-mantled Tanager. Its species are endangered as a result of widespread deforestation and habitat loss. As can be seen, deforestation might result in the extinction of numerous species which rely on forests for food and shelter. The extinction of such species will disrupt the ecosystem and destroy numerous food chains. Let’s imagine that the Purplish-mantled Tanager went extinct. The animals that used to feed on the Purplish-mantled Tanager might go extinct due to the loss of a food source. Likewise, the insects that the Purplish-mantled Tanager fed on during its existence would suddenly thrive and increase in population. The result is imbalance in our ecosystem.

#3: Soil Erosion and Flooding

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Trees help to hold the soil together by anchoring the soil with their roots. Without these trees, soil erosion can occur easily. Rains and floods are now able to wash away the top layer of soil with little or no resistance, thereby also washing away the nutrients needed to regenerate plant life in the future.

#4: Desertification

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Trees play an important role in the water cycle. Tree roots take in water from the ground and return water vapour into the air through transpiration. In the absence of trees, the previously forested area becomes much drier. As a result, levels of precipitation in the area will decrease due to a decrease in water vapour in the atmosphere and reduced cloud formation. As the area becomes warmer and drier, the previously forested area can become a desert, as the occurrence of drought increases.

Why You Should Own An Exercise Bike

Most of us are stuck at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, with gyms closed and public areas restricted. Most of us have started to exercise at home. Many have also began to purchase fitness equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers and exercise bikes to adapt to this lifestyle. In this article, I will show you why an exercise bike is something you should own for yourself. Before you continue reading, remember to follow me and subscribe to the newsletter!

Reason #1: You Can Use it Anytime

Like most other fitness equipment, an exercise bike can be used at home regardless of rain or shine. There is no need to go to the gym, which has limited operating hours. Also, unlike a gym, there is no need to share the exercise bike with anybody. It’s all yours to use, anytime you want.

Reason #2: It’s An Easy Way to Burn Calories and Lose Weight

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An hour on the exercise bike can burn you a lot of calories. For those of you looking to lose weight, owning an exercise bike is an excellent choice. An hour on the exercise bike can help you to burn an average of 600 calories. It also helps to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This, in addition to a healthy diet, will help you to burn your fat away and achieve an athletic body.

Reason #3: It’s a Low-Impact Workout Equipment

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Unlike other forms of workouts, cycling on an exercise bike uses only the smooth movements of your legs. Since your feet do not lift off the pedals doing the workout, your joints, knees, ankles and hips are protected from unnecessary pressure. This reduces the risk of injury you might face from cycling on an exercise bike, while still providing you with an effective workout.

Reason #4: It Helps to Develop Muscular Strength

Cycling on an exercise bike utilises numerous muscle groups, such as those of your back, legs and thigh. Regular cycling helps to tone these muscles and build muscular strength. In fact, you are able to adjust the resistance level of the exercise bike, thereby adjusting the intensity of your workout. If you feel like giving yourself a challenging workout, you could give yourself a higher resistance level to cycle with. Likewise, if you are tired and don’t feel as energised, you could give yourself a lower resistance level to work with. Furthermore, the ability to determine and control the resistance level of your bike makes it suitable for adults and children of any age.

Reason #5: It Improves the Strength of Your Heart

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Cycling on an exercise bike is a great cardiovascular workout. It is a high intensity workout and get your heart pumping. Cycling regularly has been shown to increase the efficiency of your heart at pumping blood. Likewise, it also lowers blood pressure, especially if you have high blood pressure, and helps to regulate your blood sugar levels. Last but not least, as I mentioned earlier, cycling on an exercise bike helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels, thereby resulting in less plague build-up in your arteries and reducing the risk of heart attack. Research has also shown that cycling on a stationary bike for 30 minutes a day and 5 days per week can extend your lifespan.

Thanks for reading! If you are curious as to how you can build up habits such as riding your exercise bike regularly, you can read my article at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/30/how-to-build-a-habit-effectively/ to learn more.

Why You Should Save

At some point in our lives, many of us have heard about the importance of saving. However, it’s surprising to see that many people fail to practice this. In fact, many people slide into poverty and debt due to the aforementioned reason. Worst still, many people make up excuses like “I don’t earn enough to save!” to explain their inability to do so. This mentality will only cause you to be financially trapped. So let us see why saving is so important. Before you continue reading, make sure you follow my page and subscribe to my newsletter.

Reason #1: Emergencies

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As humans, we can never predict what will happen in the future. We might lose our jobs, lose a loved one or lose money in the stock market. We might even be hit by a pandemic such as the current COVID-19. Saving ensures that you will always have a back-up in times like these, especially when you do not have enough money to repay your bills. The good news is that you have the ability to plan now and strategise.

Reason #2: It Will Grant You a Better Retirement

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As we grow older, our ability to work declines. Our health might begin to fail and you will naturally lose the ability to sustain your previous lifestyle. Saving early helps to reduce the financial burden you might face when you grow older and allows you to do the things you enjoy.

Reason #3: Financial Independence and Freedom

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As we grow older, we learn that we have to rely on ourselves to survive in this world. Nobody is going to fork out the money you need when you are in debt. You have to plan, strategise and manage your money yourself. To achieve financial security and independence, saving is a must as it allows you to prepare against unexpected events and emergencies. Fun fact, even chipmunks know that they have to store nuts to get through the winter. Let us not rely on others, especially our parents and friends, to take the fall for us when we end up in debt or end up bankrupt, since nobody owes us a living. Saving also allows you to make life decisions without overly worrying about your finances as you are prepared. You control your finances, not the other way around. This is what financial freedom means.

Reason #5: Take Advantage of Interest Rates and Compounding

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Albert Einstein once declared that compounding is the 8th wonder of the world. Saving over the years allows you to multiply your finances, albeit slowly at first. Let us take for an example that you deposited at total of $300,000 worth of savings in a bank with a 2% annual interest rate. In 30 years, you would have $543,408.48! That is almost double your principle! This is the beauty of saving early. Take for another example. You deposited a total of $1 million in a bank with a 2% annual interest rate. In 30 years, you would have $1,811,361.58 in your bank account! See what I mean now?

Conclusion

Also, did you notice that I started with the letter A for every paragraph? If you did, comment down below. Anyways, this is my 5th post on this blog and I look forward to blogging throughout this month of December and further on. If you are looking for a guide as to how you should develop the habit of saving, check out my article at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/30/how-to-build-a-habit-effectively/. Happy reading and remember to like and subscribe before you go.

Why You Should Read

Reason #1: It Improves Your Mind

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The brain works like a muscle. Use it often and it grows. Don’t use it and it rots away. Reading stimulates your mind and improves memory, concentration and focus. When you read, your mind does more than just reading the words on the page. As you read, different parts of your mind work together. For example, you may be required to recall past events of the book, decipher hidden meanings in texts and also at times imagine what is currently happening in the book. In the long run, reading can help improve your vocabulary, memory, overall intelligence and prevent mental diseases like dementia. In fact, research has shown that reading helps to reduce the rate of mental deterioration as we age and the decline of other faculties of the mind.

Reason #2: It Alleviates Stress

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In this hectic world of the present, we are constantly bombarded by distractions, stress and worrying thoughts. Under such conditions, a book would be a great remedy to your stress! Reading a book you enjoy or losing yourself in a novel is a great way to relax. A novel can transport you to different worlds and keep you entertained, letting tensions drain away. In fact, research has shown the reading can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and reducing the tension in your muscles. So, when you feel stressed, feel free to get a book for yourself! It could be any book and it could be about anything. Try reading for 5 minutes and you’ll see what I mean!

Reason #3: It Allows You to View the World in Different Perspectives

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It is easy to just stick to one way of viewing the world. It may be because of our upbringing, the environment we live in and our experiences. Reading allows you to be open to the perspectives of people from different walks of life. Indeed, reading lets us find wonder in the world and imparts useful knowledge to us. When you experience life through the eyes of another person, you encounter different angles on life’s most common problems. The reason why I want to point this out is that most of us are holed up in our own worlds. Due to our busy lifestyles, our busy work schedules and stressful deadlines, we forget the world around us. We end up locked in the boredom and drab of the modern world, where we follow pre-prepared routines. Reading regularly helps us to see more of the world, albeit through a book. An eloquent way to put it would be that reading frees us from our current state of thinking and encourages us to see the world differently.

Reason #4: It Improves Your Knowledge

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If knowledge is power, then reading is your superpower. Learning never stops and reading helps you to do just that. Indeed, reading is one of the primary ways to gain knowledge. There are many books of different genres you can read and learn from. Let’s say you are interested in Astrophysics. You could choose a wide array of books, such as those of Stephen Hawking and Neil Degrasse Tyson. Also, there is a huge selection of ebooks available on platforms like Amazon to cater to your learn needs. (Check out my review of the Kindle Oasis at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/28/kindle-oasis-a-review/) Therefore, there is absolutely no excuse not to read! In fact, reading is one of the very things that separates successful people from the majority of people. It could even be the reason why you are still not successful today! In this volatile world of the present, reading can help keep you up to date about what’s happening in this world and ensure that you keep a step ahead of others. If you are looking to develop the habit of reading, check out my my article on how to develop habits effectively at https://bestofwrite.com/2020/11/30/how-to-build-a-habit-effectively/. Thank you for reading!

Why You Should Play Chess

The Benefits of Chess

Chess, as many of you know, is an age-old game where two players go head to head which each other, with the aim of checkmating the other party. Both players may employ certain tactics, such as forks, pins and double-checks, to achieve victory. While the game can be challenging and frustrating, it also has many positive benefits for those who play it. Below is a list of some of these benefits and I hope that you will understand why Chess is respected and played frequently around the world.

Benefit #1: Cognitive Development

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As stated above, players of either side have to employ certain tactics, such as forks, pins, double checks and decoys to gain an advantage over the other player. As such, players are required to think of all the possible combinations and moves possible to achieve this. In finding the best move, players learn to utilise and exercise their problem solving skills. Furthermore, players may be required to recall past games and similar positions so as to better decide the best move. This helps to improve memory and concentration. It has also been proven to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. On a side note, the beauty of chess is that the board is an open canvas. You are able to develop your pieces to positions of your choosing and shape the game via your actions. While textbooks and doctrine may dictate that Chess be played in a certain manner, it is completely up to you as to how you want to play the game. You may be a cautious person at heart, or a person who likes to strike hard and fast. There is room on the board for everyone’s style and personalities.

Benefit #2: It Brings People Together

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I’m sure that most of you have played a game of Chess with your relatives or friends. It’s a great recreational game where both players can learn more about each other and perhaps laugh at each other’s mistakes. Obviously, Chess is not a game meant to be played alone. So drag along a friend, a relative, your parents or someone to play a game of Chess sometime. You’ll be surprised at how much you will be able to learn about them through your games with them and perhaps forge a friendship with them. You can also play Chess with people online, on sites like Chess.com and Lichess.com. As shown, Chess is able to bring people of different cultures and walks of life together over a shared passion for the game.

Benefit #3: It Helps to Develop Resilience

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There are times when you have a bad game in Chess. You feel like giving up, you feel stressed and most of all you feel distressed. However, Chess teaches you to continue pushing on, no matter how bad your current position is. Perhaps, with a twist of fate, you will be able to turn a completely losing position into a draw or even a completely winning position. Chess is a game which therefore teaches you to persevere and push on even when your position seems unplayable. It also teaches you to learn from defeat, about what went wrong and what can be improved upon. Indeed, success in life is not attained just in one try but after a succession of failures and disappointments. It is only when you learn from your mistakes and continue to persevere that success will be yours.

Benefit #4: Chess Teaches You to Control Your Emotions

We may have felt like this during one of our games. You may have felt like flipping the table and giving up. Many times we may feel besieged from all corners, unable to manoeuvre and think. It’s a common feeling in Chess. But then, Chess teaches its players not to give up easily, to push through even when you don’t feel like it. It teaches you to quiet your mind and silence the thoughts in your mind so as to focus on the game. Therefore, the game teaches you to see things for what it is and plan accordingly. This skill is most important in life as we may face situations where we feel fearful, overwhelmed and helpless. At times like these, you will be able to place your feelings and feelings aside and see the situation for what it truly is.