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Here’s What I Found when I Unplugged

Here’s What I Found when I Unplugged

Equipped with a fitness watch, yoga mat and new running shoes, I downloaded a running app as Step One into the physical fitness world. I also began each morning with at least three sun salutations and a chapter of Deepak Chopra’s ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’.

As a cognitive boot camp, I signed up for a course with a business school, began writing in the evenings and took up Jim Kwik’s advice to read a book a week.

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My Three Favourite Take-Aways from an Inspiring TED Talk

My Three Favourite Take-Aways from an Inspiring TED Talk

I first heard Scott Dinsmore’s TED talk a few years ago, and it remains one of my favourite and most inspiring talks. Titled: ‘How to find work you love’ introduced to me life changing perspectives. Not only applicable to the workplace, as the heading might suggest, but beneficial to my life and how I approach it. Other than being relieved to learn I wasn’t alone, he offered an easy to understand framework, as well as three take-aways that brought about positive change to my life.

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Running in my 40s: Why I Run, though Don’t Enjoy It

Running in my 40s: Why I Run, though Don’t Enjoy It

Exercise with achievable goals is a great place to start for those of us, especially that feel a little behind on the achievement platform. Knowing I can comfortably run 5 km has had a far greater effect on my emotional health than I ever imagined. I feel a winner!

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Do Cold Showers Really Have a Health Benefit?

Do Cold Showers Really Have a Health Benefit?

I felt the icy water bled into every inch of my scalp, excruciatingly covering the entire circumference of my head. It followed with an agonizing trickle down the back of my neck, along my spine, jarring my body into a frozen spasm. Time stood still. I wondered how I had found myself at the hands of such a torturous act, a deliberate infliction of intense suffering.

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Aging Well? This Magic Test Might Let You Know

Aging Well? This Magic Test Might Let You Know

A few years ago, a video showing the sitting-rising test went viral. The test, devised by Brazilian physician Dr Claudio Gil Araújo, predicts mortality in middle-aged to older people.
We all watched the video and got chatting. ‘What the heck, let’s give it a try!’

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Warm Water or Cold in the Morning, Which is Best?

Warm Water or Cold in the Morning, Which is Best?

‘My tongue?’ I queried, ‘I was just hoping to get a knot taken out of my shoulder.’ She nodded as if expecting my hesitation and then reiterated the request. I gently pointed my tongue out with every bit of my body language saying, ‘You did say tongue, right?’ She asked for it to be pointed right out and bent down. I swallowed, thought about any remanence of coffee, and showed them my tongue. The old lady shook her head in disappointment, also denoting a lack of surprise.

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How to Take Back your Life from Bad Sleep

How to Take Back your Life from Bad Sleep

My sleep troubles began in my early thirties. In my 40s, I realised the severity of my sleep disorder. I found myself crying at unexpected times, until finally, I hit rock bottom and had to make a change. Here is what I learnt.

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