The physical and emotional stress at the workplace calls for a time of relaxation and rejuvenation. By Dewey Sim
Modern working life can be a black hole of physical, mental and emotional stress. Most of us follow a tedious routine that forces us out of our beds before the sun rises, only to get back to the comfort of our homes just in time for bed. We devote most of our time to work, leaving only little pockets in the day for rest and play. Perhaps, this is why Singapore can evolve from a humble fishing village to what it is today, one of the richest citystates in the world. But this success comes with the price that we all have been silently paying since our induction into the workforce.
Despite the cluttered calendars and piles of uncompleted work, one should always find time to strike a balance between work and play. It’s about time you leave your screens and papers in the office, and treat yourself to a short break to regain the vitality and zest that you need to get through the everyday grind. Here are some ways to rejuvenate your body, soul, and mind.
When it comes to work, the fight- or-flight decision isn’t that hard to make. There’s really no point in fighting the monotony of your work routine, so why not put aside your woes and lift the heavy weight off your shoulders by taking a short flight to a completely different environment altogether?
Our neighbour, Indonesia, caught our attention with its scenic landscapes and offthe- beaten-track gems. We reckon that a short stroll in paddy fields or a slow ascend up a scenic volcano might be pleasing not only for the eyes but also for the soul, as you embark on a journey of self- discovery.
Among its magnificent peaks and valleys, Ijen, a stratovolcano in East Java, replete with crystal blue waters makes for an ideal, reinvigorating destination. Situated about 2,300m above sea level, the Ijen crater will reward you with a fulfilling ethereal view of the electric blue sulphur lake. Tip: start your hike up the crater early, so you also can get to view the sunrise in its full glory.