Let­ting Go

The phys­i­cal and emo­tional stress at the work­place calls for a time of re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion. By Dewey Sim

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Features -

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.

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