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10 useful tips to stay safe, sane and healthy in Singapore

These tips will help you be your healthiest self this season

Dewi Nurjuwita
Cheryl Sekkappan
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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It goes without saying, but the past year hasn't been the kindest to us. For some of us, working from home is a dream come true – but for others, it can take a toll on mental and physical health to be cooped up inside too much. Our team at Time Out Singapore are strong advocates of taking good care of yourself. There's no better love than self-love – so to help keep you sane, healthy, and your best self in these times, here's a reminder of what you can do to practise self-love. 

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Mask up
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Mask up

While you're out, remember to put a mask on – or be prepared to face a $300 fine. This helps to prevent a larger community transmission, especially as we don't know who may be asymptomatic. New word from the G: wear a high filtration mask, such as surgical masks or masks with a filtration insert to fully protect yourself (and others) against COVID-19. Here's everything you need to know about face masks in Singapore, including the different types of masks available and where to buy them. 

Wash your hands
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Wash your hands

While we're at it, might as well cover another pandemic basic: wash and sanitise your hands regularly. This was hammered into most Singaporeans at the start of the pandemic, but we've all (understandably) laxed as the situation improve. Now that we're back on high alert, let's get back into the habit of toting around hand sanitisers and singing 'Happy Birthday' once through while we soap up. 

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Sweat it out

Sweat it out

We know, we know – it's probably been said to death. But regular exercise can give your immune system the boost it needs to get through this season. And while most gyms are closed during heightened restrictions, there are plenty of local gyms offering free online classes on a variety of digital platforms. Stay zen at home with these digital yoga classes or the best online workouts from local gyms, whether it's Haus Athletics or CruCycle. All you need is 20 minutes a day. Just be sure to stay hydrated and stretch after your workout. 

Go outdoors

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Go outdoors


If you're getting cabin fever from cooping yourself up at home, head to the nearest park for a jog or hike at a nature reserve – if you're staying nearby, that is. After all, getting some fresh air and immersing yourself in greenery is a good way to keep sickness at bay. Spend a portion of your weekend checking out lush hiking trails around town or go for a spin at these cycling routes in Singapore. We've also got a list of secret parks and hidden green spaces in Singapore. Just remember to follow the proper social distancing guidelines. 

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Eat your greens
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Eat your greens

The age-old tip to staying healthy is eating healthy. Try to stick to a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Luckily for us, there are tons of healthy restaurants in Singapore that are doing delivery. For those flirting with the idea of a plant-based diet, check out this list best vegetarian and vegan restaurants around town. Craving for something sweet? Acai bowls have numerous benefits, too. 

Catch some z's

Catch some z's

Achieving the right amount of sleep each night – about seven to nine hours – helps the body repair itself. So hit pause on your You binge and snuggle up in the sheets instead. Need to invest in comfier duvets or bedsheets? You might just find them at these best home decor and furniture stores.

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Stay in touch
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Stay in touch

Strong social networks keep us happy and healthy, so don't forget to stay in touch with family and friends even as we self-isolate and socially distance. Dining out may not be an option for now, but you can still invite up to two unique visitors a day – safely and responsibly, that is. 

Prefer to self-isolate until things get better? There are tons of digital platforms to help you stay in touch, such as Skype, Zoom, or even Houseparty to keep things fun and fresh. 

Apps to get you through
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Apps to get you through

Now that we're all basically in a relationship with technology, there are a variety of health and mindfulness apps to get you through the 'circuit breaker' period. If you're a beginner at meditation, Headspace and Calm will guide you to the path of zen.  Have mild symptoms and want to get it checked first before heading to the doctor? Download one of the telemedicine apps on the market such as Sata CommHealth and Doctor World

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If you need someone to talk to
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If you need someone to talk to

It's been a rough two years, and many are tired and anxious. Just because we're transitioning into a "new normal" doesn't mean you're expected to get used to uncertainty. If you don't have anyone to talk to, don't keep it in. Consider seeking professional help from places like Talk Your Heart Out or Singapore Counselling Centre

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