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So you have a healthy lifestyle — you exercise on a regular basis, you eat healthy when you can, and you take care of your mental health — but someone you really care about doesn’t. If only they would take care of their health too!

Perhaps you have tried to change their perspectives on health and even got them to come on a run with you just once. But that failed. How can we convince others to adopt healthy habits too?

Of course, health behavior scientists have been pondering on this question for ages. Luckily, we have a few good…

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We’re deep into the pandemic now — many have gotten used to the “new normal” and are now living a stay-at-home version of the #HUSTLE life. Take a look around and you’ll probably see people working their butts off just to stay busy, with social media posts to prove it.

When we keep swimming without looking, we can expect burnout to be right around the corner. Here, I write about how I avoid burnout and keep it all together even in the toughest of times.

1. Stop

First and foremost, stop dead in your tracks. Echoed over and over are motivational mantras…

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Ditch the “go big or go home” mentality.

We’ve all been there. We tell ourselves we’re going to “start being healthy” and go completely cold turkey. We go from not exercising at all to hitting the gym thrice a week, from eating what we want to salads and low-whatever diets. It went alright for the first week or two, and then we had one day where we missed a session and fell completely off our plan.

The problem with this is our “go big or go home” mindset. Too often when it comes to our health, we want to get to our desired goal as quickly as possible…

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We hear the phrase “I don’t know” (IDK) being uttered all the time, but what’s going on when we say IDK too much, or when we refuse to say it at all? How can we really own saying IDK without feeling weak, ignorant, or uncultured?

In this post, I examine the usage of IDK and the thinking behind it. Skip to the end if you wish to learn how to say IDK without losing dignity and respect.

First, let us establish that “I don’t know” is used as a response to a question, and this is often an interaction between…

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When COVID-19 struck, many of us found ourselves without a job and having to make do with a potentially long and idle period at home. As such, swathes of people turned to online courses and certifications to work on skills and do something productive even in this downtime.

I’m no different. In 13 weeks of summer break, I implemented a self-development system to keep myself accountable and ensure I made the most out of this time to reach my goals. These are some of the things I achieved:

  1. Getting my hands dirty doing public health research (an incredible experience in…

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Yes, I was one of the many who turned to the kitchen when the pandemic hit and we were told to stay home. I’ve attempted baking endeavors on and off in the past when a random wave of “I’m going to bake cookies today!” thoughts hit. But apart from those short bursts of inspiration and the occasional baking with friends, I’ve never really been engaged in the process for an extended period of time. My baked goods have also been pretty mediocre, the photographs on recipe websites looking much better than the end result.

In the past three months, I’ve…

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We are in the age of self-care. With our packed schedules and economies that make us put others first, it is no doubt that caring for yourself is of utmost importance.

But even with the benefits of nourishing your soul with self-care practices, self-care is not self-work.

In this post, I write about how self-work is the under-rated, yet imperative self-practice that one should adopt in addition to self-care.

But first, Self-Love.

I would never really consider myself a runner. But in the past year, I’ve gotten into the habit of running — thanks to the Nike Running Club app.

The NRC app allows users to track their runs like any other activity tracker, but the app’s winning feature for me is their guided runs. These runs are where a Nike Coach speaks to the runner throughout, coaching them virtually.

Through the guided runs, I’ve learned more about running and life. Here are some of those lessons.

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Screenshots of Guided Runs on the Nike Running Club app. Credits to NRC.

If you hate running, you’re probably running the wrong way

The first huge lesson was how to run the right way. For many of us…

My life changed when I went on the NUS Overseas Colleges program. NOC is branded to be “all about providing you with the entrepreneurial experience that you need to start-up your own journey”. The program is geared towards people who want to become entrepreneurs and focuses on entrepreneurial skills.

However, the biggest takeaway from the program for me was not founding a start-up, but the mindset of an entrepreneur.

That mindset is an entrepreneurial spirit. And I believe that everyone should have it — no matter whether you are an entrepreneur or not.

What is entrepreneurial spirit?

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In my research for this blog post…

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I try to eat well and exercise daily. When people discover about these habits, however, they are in shock. “Why? Are you trying to lose weight?” Apparently, one only engages in healthy habits to lose weight. Really?

Why is it that we fall into this association loop where we conflate healthy habits like eating well and getting active with trying to achieve a weight status? In this post, I write about our perceptions of body image and how that has contorted our view of healthy habits.

Obesity as a health problem

The story might begin with the war on obesity. In the 1970s, the prevalence…

Tan Kit Yung

I write about the psychology behind everyday phenomena once a week. An avid reader, exerciser, eater, and maybe a thinker.

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