Empty Mind, Happy Life

IT’S OH-SO QUIET

Room for peace of mind

Need a quiet retreat from the world? Designers in Antwerp, Belgium, have designed a room that’s meant to be a shelter for the mind. Named the Still Room, its minimalist decor makes it the ultimate space for rest and relaxation.

Time for a mental declutter

When we think of minimalism, we usually picture almost-empty rooms or clean-cut objects, but it can also mean leading a lifestyle centred on simplicity. In that sense, it can be applied to the way you think and your mental wellbeing.

Does it spark joy?

Obsessive thoughts and negative chatter can really bring you down — not to mention our tendency to hang on to bad memories long after they’ve happened. When that happens, practices like meditation and mindfulness can do a world of good for our mental health. Minimalism in the physical world might also be a great place to start before you begin decluttering your mental space.

Still struggling with depression or other mental illnesses? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Seeing a Psychiatrist in Singapore!

SNIPPETS

5 Singaporean stories to catch up on

1️⃣  Oops! 90 breast cancer patients at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital may have received unnecessary treatment.

2️⃣  Caring for our children: Five schools in Singapore have received the Silver Ribbon Mental Health Awards for Schools.

3️⃣  First in line: A Singaporean doctor based in the UK was one of the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

4️⃣ Looking for a job? Almost 6,700 job openings are now available in the healthcare sector.

5️⃣ Cruising by: The Royal Carribean passenger who initially tested positive for COVID-19 has officially been declared COVID-free.

And 5 facts to spice up your life:

1️⃣  Commemorating their fallen: London will build a garden to honor coronavirus victims in the UK.

2️⃣  Helping the homeless: A formerly homeless man in Canada has been found to have WWI trench fever.

3️⃣ Scared of needles? A pill has been designed which could make conventional injections obsolete.

4️⃣ Persuasion over coercion: The World Health Organisation has stated that it is against the idea of mandatory vaccines.

5️⃣ A no-brainer: Research shows that some people prefer undergoing pain to having to use their brains.

A MEDICAL WHODUNIT

500 infected, but we still don’t know why

Since 5 December 2020, a mysterious illness has affected more than 500 people in Andhra Pradesh in southern India, leaving them hospitalised. Symptoms of this disease include nausea, dizziness, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

The primary suspect

Since the illness first surfaced, doctors have ruled out viral infection, as well as air and water contamination. However, traces of lead and nickel were found in the blood of some patients, making heavy metal poisoning a likely suspect in this medical mystery. Where the metals came from has yet to be uncovered.

A false alarm?

There was a little bit of a panic when the mystery illness seemingly began to spread, what with the pandemic the world is already trying its best to deal with. But the good news is that the disease seems to have tapered off, with the number of cases dropping suddenly after the initial round of hospitalisations. Additionally, most of the people affected have already been discharged from hospital. 

Until officials can find the source of the illness, Andhra Pradesh’s troubles aren’t over just yet, but we’re glad things seem to be picking up over there.

SHOWER THOUGHTS

Weird & Wonderful

  1. When a morgue worker dies he still has to go to work the next day.
  2. Advanced civilization is comprised of apes who tear down trees to make dwellings and then fill them with miniature tigers and domesticated wolves.
  3. It’s dumb that our bodies let us sleep in ways that hurt us.
  4. All the losers in marathons are sore losers.
  5. When you eat an egg, you’re eating what the egg was supposed to eat.
HEALTH HACKS

Wandering eyes and impulse buys

Blinkers on, readers! Research shows that when it comes to shopping, wandering eyes are the cause of most of your unplanned purchases. 

The study involved tracking the eye movements of participants while they shopped and also how many steps they took while inside stores. Basically, the more items we look at, the more purchases we tend to make.

Retailers often take advantage of how easily distracted we humans can be — that’s why they make you walk all the way to the back of the supermarket just to get a loaf of bread or some eggs. 

The easiest way to counter our short visual attention span is to have a shopping list (and a little discipline!) Shopping lists help us stay focused on what we actually need and can work wonders when it comes to impulse buys. They can even help you eat healthier, so make sure you actually remember to bring your shopping list with you on your next trip to the supermarket.

Vena

Vena is an emotional eater. Spicy food is what keeps her living. She always makes sure that the pill is spicy enough for the readers. P.S HMU for any spicy food challenge