Written by Cynthia Sim
Whether you stay in or head out this weekend, we need these two precious days to regenerate and recharge ourselves. Here are some ways you could improve your plans to chill and get you ready for another great week.
1. Venture into New Coffee Flavours
During the busy week, you rarely have time to yourself to appreciate a good cup of coffee. For many, Coffee has become more of a necessity than a simple pleasure. Think of the last time you sat down with a good book and really took in the aroma and flavour of a good cup of coffee. If you took it a step further, you can take the time to learn the different profiles of coffee because they are more than a bitter taste in your mouth. Even if you are not a coffee lover, we recommend giving this one a try.
Our newest premium coffee, Bintang, originates from Tigapanah, Karo in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The single-origin, 100% Arabica coffee beans are processed naturally - the coffee cherries are laid out to fully dry in the sun before they are hulled. This processing method highlights the fruity flavours of the coffee, resulting in tasting notes of grape, pineapple and a winey aftertaste. The beans are carefully roasted to achieve a full-bodied cup of coffee. We will recommend Bintang to adventurous coffee lovers who are interested in tasting the fruity flavours in coffee.
2. Keep your Heart Rate up
It is not July and you promised yourself in January that this was the year you were going to get back in shape. It can be difficult to stay motivated once the week has got you drained. Getting back in shape is more than just looking your best. It is about getting your mind and body back on track. The lack of motivation could stem from the lack of understanding what happens to your body. Tracking your achievements and your progress could be a great way to start.
Forerunner 235 with Elevate™ heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7, giving you the option to run without a strap. Its colorful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time. No two runners are the same, and neither are their goals. Set yourself up to reach yours by downloading advanced workouts and training plans to your watch from Garmin Connect. You can even customize your data fields, and download watch faces, widgets and applications all for free at Connect IQ. A built-in accelerometer captures distance and pace data when you’re running on an indoor track or treadmill, with no need for a separate foot pod accessory. Once you’re done running, it doubles as an activity tracker², counting your steps and calories throughout the day.
It also reminds you to move after sitting for more than an hour. Forerunner 235 is compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites to locate your position quickly and precisely whether you’re running deep in the woods or near tall buildings.
3. Take a Nap at the Park
If you travel from work to home everyday, chances are that you are not getting in enough fresh air. We recommend taking a stroll through the park. Spending time outside your 4 walls is good for your mental health and can help with seasonal depression. Just 15 minutes outside per day can easily increase your vitamin D intake as well as boost your creativity. The natural light helps elevate your mood while improving concentration and alertness throughout the day.
The park is the perfect place to practice involuntary attention because your surroundings do not demand your attention. It is the perfect place to hang up a hammock and take a nap. Other activities include meditating, having a picnic, and maybe if you are a workaholic like most of us are, catch up on some outstanding matter. The change in scenery is always a good idea.
4. Karaoke at Home
Believe it or not, according to research conducted at the University of Frankfurt, singing boosts the immune system. As if we need another reason to karaoke, singing comes with many physical, psychological and social perks. But the cost of going to the KTV is be steep, especially during the weekend. Well, time to gather your friends and family cause now you can karaoke anywhere!
Karaoke just got portable with the Tuxun Stereo Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker. This baby has a 1000mAh battery capacity for up to 5 hours of singing. Enjoy KTV Karaoke effects with the Smartphone APP. You can even lay down your own lyrics and record them by using the included audio recording cable letting you compare and share your vocal mastery with others. At less than 200 grams and measuring just 21CM in length it's even portable enough to be taken on your weekend break or big night out for some ultimate rememberable entertainment.
5. Organise your Home
How about this, take the afternoon to organise some of your mess at home. Studies have shows many benefits to keeping your home clean and organise. The Readers Digest reported on a Swedish study that found people who did the most yard work, housecleaning, and DIY projects had about a 30 percent lower risk of a first-time cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke versus those who were the most sedentary. According to WebMD, taking this time to get yourself organised can help you to work more energetically for the rest of the day. Another study conducted from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found people with cluttered homes, or homes filled with unfinished projects, were more depressed, fatigued and had higher cortisol levels then their counterparts who described their homes as restful and restorative.
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6. Bake Some Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baking can be therapeutic and what could be a better way to treat yourself and the people around with you some freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. Shears Chocolate selects from world renowned Chocolatiers who use premium cocoa beans and ingredients. With its rich and creamy taste, our chocolates can be enjoyed simply on their own or be added to your baking creations!
Imagine the smell of freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies filling your home. When you have them home baked, you can have it any way you enjoy! throw in some oats in there, some dried cranberries for a little kick, my secret ingredient is adding some Nestum. It adds another level of flavour that you may not have expected.
7. Take a Dip in a Pool
One of the best ways to melt your stress away is by taking a trip to the pool! There is always something about the water and the smell of chlorine that makes you feel like you're in a completely different place. While you are there, why not take the advantage of the aesthetics and take one for the Gram. Theres floaties are sure to do the trick.
Taking some laps for a bit would also do you good. Swimming is a low-impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. It provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used when you swim. Common swimming styles in recreational swimming are breaststroke, backstroke, side stroke and freestyle. Plus, it is a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day.
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Got a different idea of how you like to spend your free afternoon? Let us know in the comments below.