1. CATCH YOUR KIND OF MOVIE
See if your other half can meet you at the cinema. If he’s not ready to leave, go anyway! Catch the movie on your own. You’ll be surprised at how empowered you’ll feel. If you don’t think you’ll get good seats, grab a DVD and watch it in the comfort of home. Watch flicks about human triumph like The Pursuit of Happiness or ones that take you back to a happy childhood like The Sound Of Music or The Wizard of Oz!
2. FINISH A BOOK IN TWO DAYS
Too many books but too little time? No need for long holidays or waiting periods. Try the weekend to catch up on reading. Speed reading expert, Richard Feldman of Columbia University, suggests reading early in the day when one’s concentration is at its peak. Skim through and skip the unimportant details. You’ll feel a sense of achievement once you’re done.
3. WALK DOWN THE DIGITAL MEMORY LANE
Most of us have smart phones or tablets that do everything: take pictures, record videos, download songs and do a trillion other tasks. Sometimes we forget all the data that we’ve stored. Go through old and new videos, songs, pictures and text messages and have a good chuckle, or sigh with nostalgia. The best part: you can do this any time of day, anywhere!
4. PAMPER YOURSELF!
Treat yourself to a top-to-toe beauty routine. Start with a bubble bath then indulge your hair with an elixir, shampoo, mask and treatment. Afterwards, while the skin is warm and damp, slather on your favourite body lotion or body oil to seal in the moisture. Then, time for a DIY facial! Cleanse and scrub away those dead skin cells. Pamper your face with a mask then prep it further with a lotion or toner, followed by a serum then moisturiser. Sleep for eight hours and wake up looking great!
5. GIVE GIFTS (FOR NO REASON)
The act of giving always makes us feel good. You don’t need a whole bouquet; see faces light up with just a stalk of flower.
6. SING OUT LOUD
Karaoke isn’t the only outlet for this! For the best acoustics in the comfort of your home, we’re suggesting bathrooms and stairwells. Why not record a love song and send the file to the man in your life? Or bring friends to watch a live band and sing out loud to the music.
7. CREATE A MOOD PLAYLIST
It’s true that sights and sounds can take you back to a special someone or occasion. Music streaming sites like Spotify helps you to establish your mood and suggest a playlist. Some of the suggestions are made by other Internet users who are going through similar emotions! See? You’re not one to ever walk alone.
8. FIND YOUR INNER CHILD
Blow some bubbles or run carefree around the park. Being an adult is tough enough without us being serious all the time. The University of California in Los Angeles found that on average, at age five, we engage in creative tasks 98 times a day, laugh 113 times and ask 65 questions. By age 44, the numbers drop to two creative tasks a day, 11 laughs and six questions. The moral of the story is to let loose, sometimes. Keeping things together for everyone can be stressful. When it’s just you, it’s okay to exhale.
9. MEET OLD FRIENDS
Look up your phone book or your Facebook list and meet up with friends from school or former work place. Bring mementos such as your school year book.
10. INDULGE IN DESSERTS
Get your indulgences fulfilled at places that have received rave reviews. Get your sweet tooth on your favourite ice-cream, macaron or cakes at one of these deliciously delightful dessert places. Another great thing about indulging in your favourite desserts? It actually helps you to de-stress. Foods like chocolates contain a chemical called phenylethylamine which releases ‘pleasure’ endorphins in the brain and make people feel good all over. So the next time you’re feeling all stressed out at work, get a cupcake or a bar of chocolate. You’ll feel much better after eating them.
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