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Shape Singapore April 2019

Shape Singapore is the country's leading active lifestyle guide for women. Packed with useful health, fitness, nutrition and beauty tips, Shape Singapore addresses every concern of the busy modern woman. Every feature is based on extensive research and expert opinions to give our readers information and advice they can trust.

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in this issue

1 min.
self-care is not selfish

Inspired by a quote we put up on Instagram (@shapesingapore), this issue is all about loving and caring for yourself. With stress hitting sky-high levels, and mental illnesses on the rise, it’s time to delve deep into your needs and start feeding your soul. Having been on maternity leave recently, my self-care score is at an all-time high. Those four months of being away from work allowed me to slow down, reflect on what makes me happy, remove toxic thoughts, and recalibrate my priorities. I steered clear of checking emails, did a social media detox, connected with people who mattered, and spent pockets of free time doing yoga and mat exercises that made me feel energised, strong and ready to take on the world. Through these conscious efforts to take care of…

1 min.
shape buzz

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1 min.
flower power

With our busy lives, it may seem counterintuitive to spend your precious free time dabbling in hobbies like floral arrangement, but doing so could make you better at your job. A study by San Francisco State University professor Dr Kevin Eschleman found that employees who engaged in creative hobbies outside of work performed 15 to 30 per cent better when they were working. Just being around flowers is good for you too. Research shows they boost your mood and calm your mind. Plus, your creations will make great gifts too! DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! Check out other research-backed pastimes that are worth picking up. The digital edition of Shape is available for download at the App store and Google Play.…

3 min.
the new girls’ trip

Women are hitting the road, skis, and seas more than ever, but we’re also increasingly looking to vacation with other females. “The number of women travelling with us increased about 65 per cent from 2010 to 2016, and bookings for women-only trips are up 160 per cent in 2019,” says Megan Behrbaum, manager of Experiences Strategic Communications at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). At the heart of the appeal is the bonding experience the getaways provide. “There’s a unique vibe,” Megan says. “The environment becomes more about community; there’s no sense of competition or conflict.” The result? A more restorative, rejuvenating trip – and a chance to walk away with some new friends. Many outfitters are offering trips to cater to the growing demand. These five girl getaways run the gamut from thrilling…

5 min.
amber takes off

What’s the point of looking good if you don’t feel good?” Amber Heard says. The actor, 32, is talking about food, including her favourites, Tex-Mex, chocolate, and red wine, and how much she loves to cook. (Her speciality? “Fried chicken sandwiches, baby!”) “If you’re not going to enjoy life, there’s no point in eating a certain way, working out, and doing all the things actors do to manipulate how we look – and how the world looks at us,” she says. Amber, who starred in Aquaman, has never looked better or felt stronger. And that’s not just because of the rigorous physical training she did for the role of Mera, an underwater warrior. After an acrimonious divorce from actor Johnny Depp almost two years ago, Amber has found true purpose and passion…

1 min.
this plant has healing powers

Succulents are enjoying their day in the sun. And they offer a range of solid wellness perks. For one, they help remove toxic substances like formaldehyde from the air, studies show. Indoor greenery also improves well-being and productivity. One of the healthiest is aloe, says Meredith Greimel, the founder of Beaucycled succulent workshops in the US. Snip off a leaf, and use the anti-inflammatory gel to soothe sunburns and skin irritation – or pamper yourself with an aloe face mask. —Molly Longman…