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Get to Know The Real Person #NoLabels

We are often judged by our appearances and labelled ‘fat’, ‘skinny’, or ‘short’. This certainly causes us to lose confidence with ourselves and our body images, which isn’t the real person behind each one of us. In our body positivity campaign, we interview a few men and women to show that we are often more than just a label.

As you can tell, many a times, some of the labels can be hurtful and down right ridiculous. Take the time to get to know the real person behind your label.

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The Importance of Self-Defence

Especially in Singapore, it does not seem like learning self-defence is a necessary skill to possess. However, the statistics are glaring in our faces. In 2015, the rate of women being raped in Singapore alone was 4 rapes every 9 days as reported by The New Paper. And this has been on the rise since 2013. Moreover, there are more cases reported in the news about murder victims being killed by their spouses or even their parent.

Therefore, it is increasingly important to learn how to defend yourself in a life-death situation. Which is why Zackiee of U-Elite is so passionate about teaching women the basics of self-defence.

Through his experience as a police officer and even as a self-defence coach, he has seen many cases where the victim could’ve survived had he or she learnt the proper way to defend themselves.

That is why Zackiee will be conducting a special workshop during our inaugural Wellness Day Out to teach women some basic techniques on self-defence! Check out the video above where you can see some of the basic moves you’ll learn during the workshop on the 24th June and the best part about it all is that you get a bit of a cardio workout while developing a useful life skill!

Basic Self-Defence for Women

Date:  Sat, 24 June 2017
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Price: S$40 per person for a Festival Pass which allows you access to all workshops for the day (except the Batik workshop)
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The Shocking Truth of How Foetal Cells Affect Mothers

As we celebrate Mothers’ Day today, we’d like to take this chance to truly show how truly wonderful motherhood is. It is often said that mothers have a certain “maternal instinct” and how magical the bond is that mother and child(ren) share. While we all agree that this mother-child born happens naturally, there is an actual scientific explanation for why maternal instincts exists and it boils down to cells.

Of course, it’s not quite as simple and what happens is that during pregnancy, some of the foetus’ cells cross over from the placenta into the mother’s body. This process is called microchimerism and normally, the foetus’ cells which crosses over are  ‘cleaned’ up by the mother’s body once the baby is born but they often remain in the mother’s body, eventually becoming part of the mother’s body.

This phenomenon isn’t so weird among mammals; in fact, it’s been around since the first placental mammals roamed the earth. It was first discovered in humans several decades ago when a DNA report showed male cells inside of a woman’s bloodstream. The discovery caused an uproar, but they were unable to make further research due to a lack of technology at the time.

All of that has changed now. Thanks to deep-sequencing, researchers can go through a person’s DNA by exploring their genomes individually, allowing them to take a closer look at each gene that makes them.

Genes associated with immunity stand out in particular as they are unique to every person, thus making it easier to figure out who they belongs to.

However, this hasn’t stopped scientists’, such as Dr Amy Boddy and her team, curiosity in wanting to know why microchrimerism happens and how it can affect women who give birth.

Boddy explains that the reason for microchimerism comes when foetal cells from the baby can cross the placenta and enter the mother’s bloodstream. These foetal cells act like stem cells and are thus able to take on shelter among other tissues and can even take up that fabric’s form with the help of chemical cues. However, it’s still hard to tell why these processes happen in the first place.

There have been many effects listed when it comes to microchimerism. For example, a study on mice showed how foetal cells lodged in mammary glands can help improve the flow and quality of breast milk or how they can assist the mother’s healing mechanism.

There are still many aspects of it that biologists want to investigate, however, chief among them how a mother who has undergone multiple pregnancies can be affected and how it affects the babies as well.

David Haig, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University talks of the possibility that foetal cells from past pregnancies could influence the rate in which a mother can get pregnant again, they could even hinder other babies’ growth or delay their birth.

That’s not all, while some good things come out of microchimerism, scientists have also noted the adverse effects that can come from it. Chief among them is the fact that foetal cells can act in a similar way to cancer cells, meaning that they can increase the likelihood of developing some form of cancer.

Scientists are also trying to figure out exactly where foetal cells allocate once they enter the body. Scientists believe that aside from the breasts, these foetal cells can also enter the thyroid, which will then affect metabolism and thus, transfer more heat to the baby and the brain, which could potentially influence the attachment that a mother has to her children.

That is probably why a lot of mothers say that they often feel like their children are still part of them even after having given birth!

While all this is still in the midst of medical research, what does not change is how amazing pregnancy and motherhood are. We are grateful and thankful to all mothers and would once more like to wish them a Happy Mothers’ Day!


Photo Credits: Babble, Safety Kart, Forbes

Reference: Smithsonian

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Finding Your Life Purpose

What is your life purpose? Many of us still struggle to answer that question and guess what? You’re not alone. If you would like to discover more about yourself and how to live the life you truly want, join Anna of SoulFit Studios during one of the workshops on Tue, 9th May (10am to 12.30pm) or Sat, 20th May (2 to 4.30pm).

By attending the workshop, you will discover:

  1. Your Life Purpose
  2. Your Life Path Alignment
  3. Overcoming Hurdles

Tickets are complimentary. To register or to find out more information, please click here.

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Real Men Play With (Barbie) Dolls

Who said that real men don’t play with dolls? Gone are the days where gender stereotypes were reinforced, especially by the patriarch of the family. In fact, studies have shown that fathers who take the time to play with their daughters helped their girls develop a higher sense of self-worth and confidence. The brand that is really trying to break its own stereotypes is Mattel, specifically for Barbie. Besides its new and updated look, Mattel saw fit to recognise and celebrate all the dads who take the time to play Barbie with their little girls with their new #DadsWhoPlaywithBarbie campaign.

The campaign focuses on showcasing actual fathers and daughters playing together, with the father, in particular, playing with a Barbie of his own. They released the first advertisement during the NFL’s AFC Championship game on 22nd January  (because what better time to grab the attention of fathers everywhere). The ad consisted of a 30-second video called “Doctor” which showcased a father playing Barbie with his daughter, with the father saying lines such as, “I’m a typical man’s man” and “Sundays are always football, and now that gets interrupted with a little Barbie time.”

This is the next step in a series of marketing campaigns that are trying to modernise people’s perception of Barbies and to give girls a new way to imagine themselves and their futures, while also increasing the public’s positive opinion of the doll.

This is fitting too, as Barbie had been gaining a lot of ire over the last few decades due to her lack of diversity and unrealistic body proportions which have been attributed to teaching young girls about negative body image.

Though it does make you wonder, why focus on fathers playing Barbies with their girls? And the answer is quite simple. Mattel has a partnership with Wake Forest University to do research on how girls’ development can be affected for the purpose of new narrative ideas. This study found that girls with fathers who contributed in their childhood (playing with them being amongst that) developed higher levels of self-worth and self-confidence, which affects how they see and conduct themselves during adulthood.

That’s not the only reason, however. Mattel is also trying to change its focus so that it doesn’t just feature toys for girls. They want to make sure to shatter gender norms with their new campaign, amongst that being the famous “men don’t play with dolls” phrase that gets turned around and taught to boys from a very young age. This way both boys and girls can grow up believing that they can be anything they put their mind to.

The campaign has been a success so far. Ever since it’s airing in January, it has become very popular and has increased expectations of the brand by 20 percent; something that only increased even more with the release of subsequent ads.

This is a nice way to move forward in giving children (and even adults) a chance to see that the world is diverse and that fathers too, play a very important part in shaping their children’s lives. Hopefully with this push, more fathers will try to play more with their daughters and be a bigger part of their lives as important role models.


Photo Credits: Mattel

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The Art of Conscious Communication

There is a saying that “All is fair in love and war”. What this expression means is that nothing is out of bounds when it comes to love and war. Anything goes!

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Are you guilty of saying deceitful, hurtful things, or even lying just so you win an argument over your beloved? Have you ever experienced that even when you won a fight, it wasn’t worth it – as the damage to the relationship was irreparable? Have you wished you were better at knowing what to say and how to handle difficult conversations?

This workshop will teach you five different practices of how to effectively handle things when either one of you gets triggered.

It’s possible to communicate about difficult subjects or uncomfortable feelings in a manner that draws both of you closer together rather than doing damage to the relationship. Quit hurting each other’s feelings, breeding resentment, or creating withdrawal. Clinical Sexologist and Relationship Coach Dr. Martha Tara Lee will share powerful communication tools that will allow you to fight without fear, and emerge unharmed – in fact, feeling more connected and intimate with your partner. These skills will also be relevant in your social interactions with friends and colleagues.

When you have the ability to work with yours and your partner’s emotions, relating can become an exciting journey of self-discovery and healing. Singles wishing to learn these relating skills are welcomed to attend.

Date: Fri 24 March 2017
Time: 7:15 – 9:30p.m. (We will start at 7:30p.m. sharp)
Venue: The Blue Lotus, 39 Tembeling Road Singapore 423582
Directions: Bus 33. If coming by cab (advisable), you may wish to tell the cab driver that it is a shophouse, diagionally opposite Kuam Im Tng Temple, and at the cross-junction of Joo Chiat Place.
Energy Exchange:  S$38 per person

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Please note that no refunds is possible once you have paid and cannot make it for the workshop. Replacement allowed. Do check out our media policy as well.

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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 29: Shining Your Inner Worth

In the last episode, Transformational and Mindfulness Coach, Elies Hadi taught us how we are our own worst enemies as we create our personal emotional prisons. Understanding that you’re trapping yourself is a step forward in growing your self-confidence but more importantly, how do we break out of this prison? This week, she dishes out advice on how to break out of this prison and make our way out of this vicious circle by discovering and letting your inner worth shine through.

To find out more about Elies Hadi, do visit her website at www.elieshadi.com.

Details of her workshop on 13 April will be released once confirmed.

Melissa’s Table Top Talk happens every Tue at 8.30pm (Singapore Time) at Wellness Insider’s Facebook page. To be updated on the latest episodes, you can also subscribe via our YouTube channel.

 

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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 28: The Emotional Prisons We Create

Have you ever heard of the phrase “We are our own worst enemy”? We learn how true this is from Elies Hadi who is a Transformational and Mindfulness Coach as she tells us from experience through her clients. Find out how we create our own emotional prisons and trap ourselves, thus not enabling our inner worth to shine through.

 

Similar to Episode 27 where Anna talked about the mindset for happiness, Elies pointed out how strong the mind is in creating our own reality and therefore, our emotional prisons if we choose to believe all the negative things that both our external and internal voices tell us.

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As mentioned in the video, knowing that you’re trapped in an emotional prison isn’t enough. You need to know how to break the vicious circle and that is the topic that we’ll be covering in next week’s Table Top Talk so do join us every Tue, 8.30pm (Singapore Time) at Wellness Insider’s Facebook page. To be updated on the latest episodes, you can also subscribe via our YouTube channel.

 

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