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The science behind procrastination and how to conquer it.

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Procrastination is a very common problem many individuals face, today. While many have made it a personality trait, there is a fair chance that this habit may be a real issue. This act of delaying tasks at hand is usually towards uninteresting or unpleasant tasks.


But why does one procrastinate? SMBT believes in giving their students the tools to optimum productivity. Thus, after conducting some research, we came up with a guide on helping you figure out why one procrastinates and how to overcome this problem.

Dr. Joseph Ferrari categorizes procrastinators into three types.

Thrill-seeker: Last-minute procrastinator Individuals under this category purposely delay their tasks to the last minute as they seek the adrenaline rush of working close to a deadline.


Avoider: Fear procrastinator
Individuals under this category have an innate fear of failure. They dislike being judged and therefore, delay the completion of their work, to avoid being evaluated.

Indecisive: Decisional procrastinator
These individuals are simply unable to make up their mind. This may be due to the fact that they are perfectionists and waste time on minor details and overthinking as opposed to getting their work done in time.

At a glance, these problems may not look like a big deal, but individuals that face the problem of procrastination, in real time, do face difficulties with simple day-to-day activities. Soon, this act can turn into a habit, which then could become chronic procrastination disorder. A chronic procrastinator makes delaying the simplest of tasks a core habit. Due to this, one can face obstacles in career advancement, financial issues and a decreased quality of life.

An average college student that suffers from chronic procrastination greatly alters their health with common cold, gastrointestinal problems and insomnia as they often have to reverse their body clocks to meet their deadlines.

SMBT students are required to give their undivided attention to a vast syllabus and intricate details of the medical world. It is easy to get quickly overwhelmed by extensive reading material and tight deadlines. So, how does one conquer this issue and get back on track? You can start with these 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Assess the bigger picture.
It is easy to get overwhelmed by a lot of work and underwhelmed by a lack of tasks at the same time. Question your motive behind why you are supposed to complete the tasks at hand. Remind yourself of what is important. Once you get your priorities in check, motivation to meet the right deadlines will follow.

Step 2: Break down your tasks, according to priority.
Once you have figured out what is important, make a priority list. Breakdown your workload and tackle tasks on priority, bit by bit. Any accomplishment, small or large, motivates individuals to keep going.

Step 3: Practice self-discipline. But don’t be afraid to ask for help.
You know yourself best. Set strict rules to promote productivity. Choose a time a place that you feel you can best concentrate in. Keep all your distractions in a separate room and distracting thoughts in the back of your mind. If you think you are not good at self-policing ask a friend or parent to help make sure that you follow the rules you set for yourself.

Secret tips:
If you have a song stuck in your head that you cannot get out, recite the lyrics to ‘I’m a little teapot’ in a monotonous voice and the song will automatically stop bothering you.
Chew flavored gum while studying and the same flavor while writing the exam. Your brain may get triggered by the similar flavor, associate and recollect information from the recent past.

This short guide to procrastination will better help you understand the phenomenon better and efficiently move past it. Try these out for yourself and work your way to a more productive ‘you’.

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HOW TECHNOLOGY IS AFFECTING OUR PHYSICAL HEALTH

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Technology has slowly made space for itself in everybody's lives. With eighty-seven percent of millennials stating that their smartphone never leaves their side, 80% of them checking their smartphone first thing in the morning and 88% using the camera on their smartphone weekly, we can determine the extent to which we have become dependent on technology.


While this technology can very conveniently help us learn about new things, it can also affect our physical and mental health. And since we are always in the contact of technology in some form or the other, it is imperative to check on how it is affecting us physically in various ways.

Sedentary lifestyle
While technology is meant to add to our efficiency, it also encourages a sedentary lifestyle. A study proves that there is a direct connection between prolonged sitting and life longevity. Hence, if you are a person who works the whole day in front of your computer or laptop and then goes back home to watching TV or using mobile phones for entertainment, SMBT Group of Institutes suggests you some kind of movement to ensure that you live a healthy and long life.

Sleep disorders
Prolonged exposure to screens and the subsequent emission of blue light reduces the levels of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep and allows for increased alertness the following morning. As a result, the number of cases of people having troubled sleep is increasing. A research conducted in 2015 states that 93% of Indians are sleep deprived for various reasons. The anxiety behind not receiving a call or a text, or using phones till late at night is adding to this percentile. SMBT Group of Institutes suggests proper sleep hygiene, including limiting the use of light-emitting devices or smartphones close to bedtime.

Vision issues
70% of adults have experienced some symptoms of eyestrain from digital device usage, including using small cell phone screens to watch videos and movies. Prolonged exposure to screens can cause dry eyes, light sensitivity, double vision, fatigue, and headaches. SMBT Group of Institutes advices the 20-20-20 rule to counter this problem. When working with screens, take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. Using screens at appropriate distances and using cool gray color as the backdrop can also help.


Muscle strain
Using phones, computers or laptops for longer periods of time can create a strain in our neck and back. Constant scrolling or playing games using thumbs can cause a condition called ‘text thumb’. The arms, elbows and fingers too get strained when too much time is spent holding a cellphone to the ear, resting elbows on a desk, or keeping arms bent in an acute angle. SMBT Group of Institutes recommends using both the hands to reduce appendage and change in the position of arms.

While not much can be done about the nature of the jobs we do or the ever increasing link between the real and virtual world, a lot can be done on creating a balance between the two. See to that you limit your time on the screens and make sure that you provide your body with some kind of movement everyday. We hope that these facts and tips help you in some way. Here’s wishing you a healthy screen time!

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EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS FOR COLLEGE

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From making new friends to settling into a completely different environment, higher education and college can be demanding in so many ways! While every student takes their time to adjust to this new routine, it is important to not let it affect studies. Since it is extremely important to maintain a good grade point from the very first year of college, having a good study routine is necessary and here are some tips to do the same.



Take notes!
While attending a lecture, make sure that you jot down some notes. This way, you will have something written with your understanding with you during exams. Also, this way you will be able to absorb the main concepts and keywords easily.

No phone rule
Make sure that your mobile phone is on silent or off when you are studying. Phones are a major distraction and you don’t want them. And even if you are to use your phone for some academic purpose, make sure that the internet connection is off.

Schedule your timings
You don’t have to study every day for long hours. Just make a smart schedule and stick to it! Make sure that you study every day for a few hours and you will be good. 

Study time
It is advised to study for 40 minutes to 90 minutes and then take a break of 10 to 15 minutes. This way, your concentration will not get affected. Also, exercising in these small breaks is a great way to relieve stress.

Eating and sleeping habits
While you may have a lot to study and practice for, do not let that affect your eating or sleeping habits. Remember, you can only study well if you are healthy. So make sure that you eat nutritious food and take a good seven to eight-hour sleep every night.

Don’t hesitate to ask for help
In case you missed a few classes or are finding difficulty in understanding some concepts, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Talk to your friends, classmates or professors and get your confusions cleared.

Don’t stress
College life is equally about wanting to have fun and making memories. Take some time out every once in a while to hang out with your friends.

These small but effective tips will help you create a balance between studies and fun! We hope that you find them useful! For more such blogs, keep following us.  





AN INSIGHT INTO THE SMBT WORLD

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SMBT’s campus in Dhamangaon, Nashik is a world full of amenities and world-class facilities. Since we believe in providing our students with the best, we have a campus that has it all. Adding to a thousand reasons why you should be joining SMBT Group of Institutions, is the campus life and facilities that we provide to our students-

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The campus consists of SMBT’s Medical College, Dental College, Ayurveda College, Nursing College, Institute of D.Pharmacy, SMBT Hospital and Ayurveda Hospital. The campus also has a Dental Boys hostel, Dental Girls Hostel, MBBS Boys Hostel, MBBS Girls Hostel, Ayurveda Boys Hostel, Ayurveda Girls Hostel and Staff Quarters.

More than 1000 students stay at our Nashik campus and we are always working towards providing them with a safe environment to live in. Which is why our campus has security stations and personnel at every corner of the campus.

Our campus also has a marketplace from where the students can buy the items that they need. A special place is also allocated to Laundry. Facilities like ATM are also provided inside the campus itself. Students can also have their bits fun at the huge SMBT Stadium, gardens and Indoor Game Club. 

We want to make sure that the students at SMBT are always healthy and hence, have provided them with various canteen options that serve them with taste and health. We have also designed a Health Club for the students where various health benefiting activities are conducted.

Also, many other amenities like washrooms, service stations and parking zones are present throughout the campus. Parents who visit their children can enjoy the benefits of the dormitory and have a pleasant stay at the campus. The campus also has a temple and an auditorium.

All these facilities make SMBT’s Nashik campus a very pleasant and home-like stay. The students living here never feel short of anything and are always seen smiling with content.


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SMBT HOSPITAL- NORTH MAHARASHTRA’S LARGEST CHARITABLE HOSPITAL

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SMBT Group of Institutes is one of the top medical colleges in northern Maharashtra, providing a range of degree courses such as Medical and Research, Dental, Pharmacy and Ayurveda. From the very beginning, SMBT aimed at providing quality medical education and healthcare for the underprivileged sections of the society.


Which is why, in 2012, SMBT opened its very own charitable hospital and clinic, which is now the largest in North Maharashtra. SMBT Hospital, SMBT Heart Institute, Ayurved Hospital, Dental Hospitals and Amrutvahini Hospitals are all a part of this unmatched healthcare services that SMBT provides.

SMBT Group of Hospitals provide healthcare services at remote areas of North Maharashtra where most of the population is unaware of the advancement in medical sector. All the treatments are available at affordable rates keeping in mind the socio-economic condition of the patients in the region. 

We provide -

  • 24x7 services that are free of cost
  • Quality treatments with a dedicated and experienced team of doctors
  • 100 bedded ICU
  • 13 Modular Operation Theatres
  • Free blood bank
  • Cath lab
  • Dialysis unit
  • Emergency trauma care
  • Central pharmacy
  • Cardiac ambulances
  • Cafeteria
  • Dormitory for relatives
With all these world-class facilities and a team of doctors that is continuously working hard to provide good healthcare for the people who had been completely overlooked for years, SMBT is constantly improving and growing. We are glad to be contributing to the society in our little ways and aim to work hard towards adding more to it. 

RELEVANCE OF AYURVEDA IN TODAY’S WORLD

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The word Ayurveda is composed of ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning science. When putting together, Ayurveda literally means the science of life. For a long time, the importance of Ayurveda was neglected, with modern science taking the front foot. But now, the world is slowly trying to explore the field of Ayurveda as modern science fails to solve some of our problems.



Why Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, as discussed earlier, is the science of life. It concentrates on the prevention of problems rather than finding ways to cure them later. In simple words. Ayurveda provides guidelines and lays out a set of instructions, that, when followed regularly, will lead to optimum utilization of one’s energy and balanced living. The basics of Ayurveda lies in seeing an individual as a part of the environment interacting with nature.

For example, according to Ayurveda, one must wake up before 10 am in the morning and have a bath, meditate, exercise, and have breakfast within two hours of waking up as Kapha, a quality associated with lethargy, dominates the human body in between 6 am to 10 am. Hence, an early rise will guarantee a fresh and energetic day. Similarly, all the heavy meals should be consumed between 10 am to 2 pm as the quality that is associated with fire and digestive aids, Pitta, is at its highest during this time. In the time period 2 pm to 6 pm, Vata energy is at its highest and aids in mental work and creativity. In the evening, Kapha energy again comes into play and the cycle completes.

This cycle, if noticed, goes in sync with the cycle of the sun (i.e, nature). Ayurveda is all about the observations made between the similarities of nature and humans and using those observations to live a life full of zeal and happiness. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old philosophy based on a deep understanding of the human body as a whole, encompassing the mind, spirit and emotions. It embraces medical science, philosophy, psychology as well as environmental factors.

Like the world accepted the benefits of Yoga and meditation that has its roots from India and its time that it will soon start acknowledging the importance of this Indian science as well. The holistic approach of Ayurveda insists on finding natural cures to our problems. It is a sustainable system of healing that is available to all and works in harmony with the natural world. Ayurvedic healing tools are easily available and the central message of Ayurveda is, “let food be your medicine and kitchen be your first pharmacy”.

At S.M.B.T Ayurved College and Hospital, we train our students and treat our patients with the mission of reminding them of the power of Indian roots and the vision to surpass the conventional approach to medical science. At S.M.B.T Ayurved College and Hospital, students learn the ways of improving lifestyle by amalgamating traditional Ayurveda with modern medicine.

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