TAKE A POWER BREAK

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - WELLBEING -

To func­tion at your best, you need to set aside time for your­self ev­ery 90 min­utes, says psy­chophys­i­ol­o­gist Dr Ne­rina Ram­lakhan. And it doesn’t have to be costly! TRY: THE ONE-MINUTE SHAKE OUT Stand up, get set, and shake ev­ery sin­gle part of your body as vig­or­ously as you can. “Phys­i­cally shake off all the ten­sion and wor­ries that have ac­cu­mu­lated in your body. In­ten­sity is the key to this ex­er­cise,” says life coach Fu Shi­hua. TRY: 5555 BREATH­ING “5555 means you take five breaths of five counts in, five counts out, five times a day upon wak­ing, be­fore meals and be­fore bed,” says Dr Mark Hy­man, au­thor of The Ul­traMind So­lu­tion ($30.29, from Books Ki­noku­niya). “This calms and re-en­er­gises you nat­u­rally.” TRY: DRAW­ING “Start doo­dling about the things that’s caus­ing the stress. Draw the most stress­ful thing on the big­gest pa­per, and the least stress­ful on the small­est. Then han­dle each one start­ing from the big­gest. This gives you back all the en­ergy you need for the rest,” says Shi­hua. TRY: GET­TING ON YOUR BIKE … es­pe­cially if you have try­ing guests com­ing. Just 20 min­utes of cy­cling – whether sta­tion­ary or out­side – or a brisk walk can lead to a mood im­prove­ment that can last 12 hours! It seems ex­er­cise re­ally is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.

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