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Shape Singapore October 2016

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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2 min.
keep calm and carry on

I’m driven. I’m passionate about my job. And I have a serious phobia about wasting time. Yes, I’m a Type A (and proud of it). On the flip side, this personality type worries a lot, gets impatient easily, and is prone to developing conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. Yikes! But whether you’re a Type A or not, too much stress can take its toll on your health. Singapore is one of the world’s most fast-paced societies, and research has shown that city living has been linked to depression and anxiety. Managing stress is so important for your well-being, and this issue’s Feel Good, Fast! section focuses on just that. With World Mental Health Day falling on Oct 10, there couldn’t be a better time to run this special section. A…

1 min.
shape buzz

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2 min.
7 best snacks for the office

1 Dark Green Veggies Several studies have linked low levels of folate with depression. Ensure you’re getting enough of the B vitamin by eating dark green veggies like asparagus, broccoli, spinach and mustard greens, which are delicious steamed or in a salad. 2 Walnuts A study by Tufts University discovered that having these keeps your memory sharp, and could even reverse symptoms of brain ageing. 3 Cheese The next time you’re about to have a panic attack, take a break and treat yourself to few bites of cheese or a glass of milk. These are often fortified with vitamin D, which has been said to alleviate feelings of anxiety. 4 Turkey Ham Trytophan is needed to produce the feel-good chemical serotonin, and the most well-known source is turkey. Other good sources include shrimp, pumpkin and sunflower seeds,…

1 min.
pop right in

Love online shopping but hate the uncertainty of delivery? Rent a Popstation locker, which lets you collect, return or post a parcel anytime you like. A free service by Singpost, Popstation has lockers in over 100 locations islandwide, including various shopping malls, petrol stations, and community centres and clubs. Tip: The next time you check out from sites like Zalora, Uniqlo, Qoo10 and Taobao, simply choose Popstation as your preferred collection method. Visit www.mypopstation.com to find out more. Never miss a parcel again!…

1 min.
real, or not real?

Don’t believe everything you see on the telly. In a recent study by the Medical University of Vienna’s Center for Public Health, researchers asked 322 participants about their TV viewing habits, and found that the more the volunteers watched, the higher their probability of believing fiction as fact. “For example, people who watch a lot of television often overestimate the number of people in those professions that are frequently portrayed on television, such as doctors, lawyers or policemen. They also overestimate the probability of being the victim of crime,” says lead author Benedikt Till. Grooving in sync Crank up the radio in your workplace for a mood lift. New research published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that playing happy, upbeat music in the background increases how likely team members are…

2 min.
see clearly now

Don’t let poor vision stop you from pursuing your dreams. Live life to the fullest, knowing you’ll be able to fully see all the world has to offer. Climb your first mountain without worrying that you’ll be fumbling with your glasses, or go diving without relying on powered goggles. All this – and more – is possible even for those who don’t have perfect eyesight, thanks to breakthrough vision-correcting procedure transPRK epiLASIK. Previously, LASIK was commonly believed to be the best solution for short-sightedness, but it came with a host of risks. Dr Tony Ho, founder and senior ophthalmologist of Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre, explains: “During LASIK, the doctor has to use either a blade or laser to cut a flap in the patient’s cornea. This can lead to…