Coming out Stronger – An Open Interview with Lishan

The Wellness Insider has talked extensively and openly about the topic of body image, covering issues of body shaming, emotional eating and eating disorders. So far we have given you facts and figures peppered with opinions and arguments. But how does it actually feel like living with some of these problems day-in, day-out? How does
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The Dangers of Skinny Shaming

Take a moment to consider these statements. “You’re going to finish that cheeseburger? Aren’t you on a diet?” “Go eat something and get some real curves, you bag of bones!” In essence, they both involve the act of body shaming, in which a person is humiliated with mocking or disparaging remarks about their body. But which
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Fitness with a Heart – An Interview with Lionel Choong

Many of us barely have time to include fitness into our hectic lives, let alone develop an entire social enterprise around it. Yet Lionel Choong has managed to achieve just that, and at a young age too. Founder of Innervate Fitness, this entrepreneur believes that fitness is for everyone, young and old. His gym focuses
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How to Create New Year Resolutions That You’ll stick to

New Year Resolutions are made every year, but do this resolution stick? It might be ambitious to have New Year Resolutions, but it is not impossible to keep them. Some resolutions last until the end of January while others last until a few months. There are many ways you can stick to a New Year
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Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory

Ever find yourself forgetting your password when you really need it? Or have you spent loads of time hunting for your car all over the carpark because you forgot where you parked? These instants of absentmindedness are quite normal when life gets stressful or busy or as we get older. But it can be a
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What Is Chronic Inflammation And How To Alleviate It?

Chronic inflammation is a problem affecting your body, which causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissues. It is an autoimmune disorder that has been around for a while, especially after you have suffered from an injury or an infection. On the site of the inflammation, the cells go through a progressive change, where
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The Fine Line Between Self-Care And Self-Sabotage

Growing up, we are taught how to care for others and not be selfish. While doing that, sometimes, we find ourselves in a miserable state and feel alone. It’s why it is important to remember to care for yourself before you are able to share your kindness and love with others. Be kind to yourself
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How Eating Disorders Can Swallow You Whole

The Wellness Insider has explored the issues of emotional eating, binge eating and body image intimately over the last few months. If you’ve been reading our articles, you might have noticed the term “eating disorder (ED)” used quite frequently. But what does it mean to have an eating disorder? How does it impact your life?
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How Hoarding Affect Families

Hoarding is the difficulty to discard or part with a possession, regardless of its actual value. This behaviour has a dangerous effect on the emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal, aspects for a hoarder and their family. For those who hoard, the quantity of their collected items sets them apart from other people. Commonly
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17 Facts About Body Image and Eating Disorders

There are many assumptions about body image as well as eating disorders, but what are facts and what are just stereotypes? Here are 17 facts about both that we hope will allow our readers to see that this is a pressing issue that has been continually growing, and hopefully, we are able to take some
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How to Prepare Physically and Mentally for a Long Distance Hike

Hiking is one of those activities that with the right training and discipline, people of a variety of ages and skill level can enjoy. It provides you with an opportunity to get outdoors, take in beautiful sights and sounds, become one with nature, and really leave all that hustle and bustle, as well as the
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The Food Binge Battle

Following on from our articles on emotional eating and body acceptance and love, we explore the link between dieting and emotional eating a little more. We now know that emotional eating is eating to feed your emotional needs rather than your physical ones. But how does this emotional relationship with food start in the first
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The Ups and Downs of Emotional Eating

In the simplest terms, emotional eating is eating to feed your emotional needs rather than your physical ones. It was initially defined as eating in response to negative emotions, but a number of current studies have shown that a positive mood can also prompt increased food consumption. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused
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Houseplants That Can Help Improve Your Sleep

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors to having a good and energised day. If you don’t sleep well at night, you wake up feeling like you want to go back to bed again. You don’t feel like going through the day as you still feel tired and almost lifeless. A
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Are You Addicted to Exercise?

Exercising is good for the body and for your health. Medical professionals advise that exercise is one of the best ways to keep you fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. Normally, people find it difficult to get some exercise. They think that doing housework or chores is just like exercising, which is not the
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The Guilt Trip – Things women should stop feeling guilty about

Ever find yourself saying sorry when someone else steps on your feet? Or wanting to apologise for everything that goes wrong, even your existence? Women are especially guilty of feeling guilty all the time. There is nothing wrong with guilt, but it starts becoming a problem when it’s excessive and inappropriate. Perhaps we cannot help
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10 Steps to Treat Yourself Better

The world is moving at such a fast pace these days that it’s hard to keep up. There seems to be no time for things that we regard as trivial, such as focusing on ourselves and our needs – in other words, self-improvement. We are too busy keeping up with everyone else, staying busy and
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How To Prevent Suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and with the recent news of celebrity suicides, it is important that we address this topic and learn how to read the signs of someone who is suicidal as well as how to respond. A person who is suicidal, might not ask for help before deciding to commit suicide. There
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6 Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.” Many of us have grown up being told to use this phrase to fend off insults but how far is it true? Bruises fade, broken bones can heal, but wounds left by words can remain with us because they stay in our
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Decluttering Your Wardrobe

Cleaning out a closet or wardrobe might be hard for some people. Some items hold sentimental value and it might be hard for them to part with these items. The thought of giving away or throwing away things that are close to them might just be unbearable. However, that doesn’t change the fact that a
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Transform Yourself With Innerdance

Innerdance is a self enquiry and healing process towards authentic self and meaningful existence. Following this session you’ll know how to flow through your days without stress, and you’ll have a much greater understanding of your body! Innerdance is also grounded in the science of vibration, senses, sound, and frequency, as it creates shifts through
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5 Ways To Practise Gratitude and Why It’s Important

As human beings, we live in a busy world where there is not enough time to stop and be grateful for what life has given us. It has been scientifically proven that showing gratitude has the ability to make one’s life better professionally and personally but we don’t do it often enough as we are
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How To Get Over a Bad Break Up (Especially If He Cheated On You!)

You walk in to find him in bed with his secretary. Your world is shattered, you’re devastated and you wonder how you can be so naïve as to think he would change after you found those Tinder notifications on his phone. The break up is inevitable. You are crushed under the waves of hurt. It
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Simple Ways To Manage Stress

Life is full of a variety of events than can be stressful. These events are typically considered as STRESSORS. Stress is unavoidable in modern life but you do not have to allow it to weigh you down. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand and is the body’s
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Is Modern Life Making You Ill?

We live so differently from the way people lived less than a hundred years ago – everything is so much more accessible. We use technology daily, and it is simplifying tasks, saving us time, and expanding our horizons. Scientific findings are progressing faster than ever before.  Everything points to us thriving as a society. But
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Transform Yourself With Innerdance

Innerdance is a self enquiry and healing process towards authentic self and meaningful existence. Following this session you’ll know how to flow through your days without stress, and you’ll have a much greater understanding of your body! Innerdance is also grounded in the science of vibration, senses, sound, and frequency, as it creates shifts through
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Rising Above the Ashes and Transcending the Dark Night of the Soul

With recent celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, people are becoming more aware of severe depression and mental illnesses. Those who are currently struggling with mental illnesses or are suicidal can be described as going through a period of the “Dark Night of the Soul” (DNOTS) and we do feel strongly in addressing
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Top 5 Wellness Tips from a Reiki Specialist

As a Deep Tissue Massage and Reiki specialist, Ria Cantle has refined her practice alongside industry experts at renowned Ananda in the Himalayas before travelling the world. Hailing from Bath, Ria began her career as an Auxiliary Nurse before taking the leap to utilise her innate caring nature within the wellness industry. Ria Cantle, Reiki
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Floral Art Meditation

Combining Art Therapy and Yoga, join Kathy in this unique Meditation workshop focused on awakening creativity, breath and presence. Kathy will guide you through a nourishing meditative practice that integrates the healing power of flowers and colour; how flowers relate to our own ephemerality and the deeper meaning of colour in relation to your seven
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How to Slow Down Without Affecting Your Efficiency

Momentum is the one thing I feel I must never lose in order to keep growing as a person and keep breaking my own inner boundaries. However, we live in a time whose tempo is sometimes unbearably fast, and I believe I’m not alone in feeling crushed by the race. This is by no means
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Sundown with Love and Capeless Heroes

Sundown with Love is OSIM Sundown Marathon’s charity campaign and this year’s lead-up run was held on 31 March where 10 Ambassadors ran to raise funds for six beneficiaries for the first time in the Sundown community. These ambassadors also ran with representatives of their chosen charities in a 3km run, exemplifying how we can
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Why Prince Charming Must Die

Ladies, get rid of the prince and be your own hero! Every woman I know loves the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  How could we not? A modern Cinderella tale, Pretty Woman plays into every fantasy we have as women, yearning for a rich, handsome and dashing hero to save us
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Top Wellness Staycations in Singapore

With the upcoming Easter holidays, it is the perfect time to unwind for this quarter before tackling the rest of the year. If you’re unable to travel due to commitments, then perhaps a staycation is just what you need to restore and balance yourself. Here’s our top picks for staycation ideas in Singapore! Mandarin Oriental
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Discovering the Essence of Yoga with Jal Yoga’s Founder

Jal Yoga officially opened its doors in Singapore in late January to bring practitioners of yoga, Pilates and barre to new levels of authenticity and realisation. Nestled in the lush greenery at Alexandra, the brand new studio mixes state-of-the-art facilities with thoughtfully designed space to give their clients a beautiful space to contemplate, relax and
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How to Feel More Energised

It seems like more and more people are complaining about fatigue or wanting to feel more energetic. This is mostly because of our busy lifestyles which lead to poor sleep quality, insufficient rest, bad eating habits or lack of physical exercise. It doesn’t help that with aging, one’s metabolism dips and this also affects how
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5 Things to Do Before Your Teenager Goes to College

Sending your child off to university is a major transitional period for both your teenager and you as a parent. For most families, this is the first real separation that can cause parents to feel the empty nest syndrome. However, while this is a major change in your lives, it’s also an opportunity for both
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The Art of Conscious Connecting

Open to All Genders Clinical Sexologist Dr. Martha Tara Lee takes pride in being sex-positive, educational and light-hearted in her approach and has received only raving reviews in all her workshops! Release your inhibitions and ask your questions! Learns lots and have fun while learning. The Art of Conscious Connecting Do you have difficulty asking
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Spreading Body Confidence Through Pageantry

There is a lot of flak against beauty pageants, with most detractors stating that it promotes superficial standards of beauty…but what if the pageant was for plus sized women? That is something that the delegates of Miss & Mrs Top of the World Plus Size answered in heartfelt speeches in last night’s personal profile interview
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Rocking Plus Size Swim Wear

Swim wear has often been that piece of clothing which women often have body confidence issues with because it doesn’t allow you to cover up much of your flaws (although nobody is perfect) and one often feels judged. However, the ladies from this year’s Miss Top of the World Plus Size shows us that you
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Where Did My Cookie Go? 5 Steps to Mindful Eating

“I’m really looking forward to that home made cookie at lunch time!” you think to yourself as you get to work. At last,  it’s break time after a busy morning. Woop! You grab your treat and take a bite. It tastes soooo good. Savouring the moment you take another. Also delicious. Then another. You then glance
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Healthy Minds Makes an Effort to Improve Mental Health Treatment in the UK

We’re in the year for Depression Awareness and with so many events that make us question the way we look at mental health, just how should we change the way we deal with it? An up and coming organization in Britain may have the answer for that.

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7 Health Issues Women Face in Their 40s

Women in their 40s leave big shoes for 20 year olds to fill with their strong confidence and lush beauty. However, the 40s are a transitional period for women from adulthood to middle-age that often brings the first signs of certain health problems. Fortunately, this is a period when numerous health issues can be caught
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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
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