7 August, 2017

Health: Mindful Living in Indonesia

HEALTH

Big cities have the tendency to fuel your energy levels and ignite imaginations, but it can also wear you down when the bright lights and billboards get overwhelming. Consider these tips to live better and mindfully.

What people say about YOLO (You Only Live Once)? You know it’s rubbish. Master your mind.
You probably have seen quotes like, “Life is short — eat that cake, drink that wine, make that trip.” Here’s the reality: eat that cake and you’ll likely feel a greater sense of self-loathing afterwards; drink that wine and you know a hangover awaits; make that trip and you may end up racking up a debt. The truth is simple, there’s something about disciplining your life that adds value to it. It develops the strength of your mind and heightens its ability to last the distance. Don’t be a fool to live for the day. That said, always go for the cake if it’s as good as those from Union Bakery.

Clear the clutter in your house and in the office.

Take a leaf from Marie Kondo’s best-selling self-help book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: declutter your life to find greater joy in it. There is a method to the tidiness madness. An uncluttered life — i.e clean, tidy, and possessing only things that you need and not anything more — has the power to liberate your life and mind of unwanted things, and it gives you a new sense of respect towards your belongings. Sounds like a fluke? Try it for yourself, as hundreds of thousands have since done. Go ‘KonMari’ your house and your office right now.

Learn a new language.
We can yadder on about the medical and scientific benefits for our brains when we learn a new language. As much as we maintain our physical health through strenuous exercises, our brains require the same level of workout to stay fit. The skills needed to pick up a new language include memorising new words and negotiating new meaning. These skills work out your brain muscles and improves your mental health over time. Go ahead and take your pick among the world’s most complex languages, such as Mandarin, French, Japanese or German. Your 60-year-old self will thank you.

Enjoy your food and respect it.
No, we’re not vegans or staunch gluten-free hipsters. Food makes up an important part of our day, and our lifestyles revolve around it. For centuries, communities have been built around food and the hunt for it. There is a respect due for our daily sustenance. Instead of wolfing down your dinner, take some time to appreciate its taste and how it’s been cooked. Savour it. You do not have to be a connoisseur or a Michelin Guide inspector to truly enjoy your meal. Do that, and you’ll realise every plate is a mini adventure. How fun is that?

Be trigger-friendly.
We are all visually-driven people. Images have the ability to move us, make us laugh or cry, and tug at our heartstrings. While you should always live in the moment rather than whip out your camera whenever, photos preserve memories and at times, remind you just how far you’ve come. It can be the backview of your significant other, or the delicious coffee you just had in town. Capture the moment (at an appropriate time) and return to those moments often.