Feeling more stressed than blessed? Unlock the key to a happy and healthy life with tips on how to take better care of yourself from four women who are at the top of their game.
In Singapore, we often measure success by how busy we are. More often than not, many of us will live by the mantra, ‘the busier, the better’ because we think it means we’re being productive. Throw in being stressed out and always on the go, and you can see why this life we’re setting up for ourselves is unfulfilling and unsustainable. If your days are starting to feel crammed with activity and there’s no space to reflect and take stock, then maybe it’s time to try becoming “unbusy”. What is this? It’s learning to take care of yourself and giving yourself time to prioritise practices like eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. It’s a difficult concept to wrap our heads around because there’s a sense of underlying privilege associated with taking time for yourself these days. But being “unbusy” doesn’t mean doing nothing. It simply means taking the time to just be you so you can live a happier and calmer life. Don’t know where to begin? Gain some insight on exactly how to step away from being busy all the time with advice from four women who are living their best life.
Dr Pei Ying Sim
Be Mindful Of Indulgence
“We are what we eat,” affirms Dr Pei Ying Sim, a nutritionist who co-founded her own wholesome snack brand, Myola Foods, so that she could help people make better food choices. A big advocate of cooking for herself instead of eating out, Dr Pei Ying stresses that being mindful of what you put into your body is the first step to leading a cleaner, leaner life. “A balanced diet can best be achieved when I cook at home. My background in nutrition has helped me to always be conscious of what I consume. I pick foods that are natural; without added sugar and unnecessary preservatives,” she explains. “My diet is comprised of nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and high protein grains. As for drinks, I mostly hydrate with water, herbal teas, and fresh coconut juice.” Getting enough sleep, which she says most people take for granted, also takes a place of great importance for the good doctor who tries to get at least eight hours of shut eye so she can give her body the rest it craves. Meditation, too, plays a big part in helping her to keep life simple, happy and healthy. “Just like brushing my teeth, meditation is my daily practice of being grateful and expressing gratitude. Every day I list three things that I am grateful for. Some days I feel grateful for the simplest thing such as being alive and breathing. Most days, I thank the sun for always giving and that brings a smile to my face,” says the 33-year-old wellness advocate. “At the end of the day, we are all here for a purpose and life is a journey of discovery. Every moment becomes a memory and we have every minute to be grateful for, every hour to choose what’s best for us and every day to transform our life.”
Dr Felicia Tan
Nurture Yourself and Others
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