As I sat down to write this article, I already made my first mistake – I had my phone in plain sight. Instead of diving right into work, it was like a reflex to reach for my phone and get sucked into social media. I began mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and Instagram, TikTok for good measure, and the latest digital distraction – Clubhouse. It was only after getting a glimpse of the time (which we don’t seem to see even though it doesn’t leave our screens), and realising that I was officially off-schedule, when I quickly ran to my room and put away my phone. Now here I am writing with no digital distractions.

Like many other Malaysians, having to spend most of my time at home has made me more dependent on my phone. It did not come as a surprise to me that compared to other South East Asian countries, Malaysia had the highest upsurge in Internet usage due to our strict social distancing measures. Our phones placed the entertainment and connections that were separated from us, right at our finger tips. It doesn’t help that some of us have had to work unsupervised from home – turning off auto-relax mode was already hard to begin with.

Here are 6 tips that have helped me tune into what I’m doing without any digital distractions:

  1. Put your phone away!

No, not next to you with the screen faced down (unless you’re that disciplined then #goals), but in another room. Hopefully when it’s out of your sight, the urge to check it will leave your mind too. If your excuse is, “What if I get an important message?” – use a desktop version of the messenger-app, but keep it running in the background.

2. Schedule time to use your devices

It’s time to take back control and let your devices know when they can have your attention. Start with short, frequent breaks, like 5 to 10 minutes after every hour, and work your way up from there. You’ll soon be able to break the habit.

3. Replace your screen time with other tasks

Before reaching for your devices, ask yourself, “Why?”. It could be to do research, reply a message, or simply just take a break. But if you want to use it just for the sake of using it, ask yourself, “What else can I do during this time?”. Turn to your to-do list – you’ll find that you actually do have the time to wash the dishes, fold your laundry, workout and read.

4. Turn off notifications

If it’s something you don’t need to know right now (like who liked your picture), you don’t need to see it right now. We’re constantly distracted by pings and pop-ups, but most of these are unimportant information and interactions.

5. Delete apps you don’t use

Sometimes, when we’re bored, or basically just looking for a distraction, we start opening apps that we don’t use (there’s no need to check in on Snapchat, that ghost is doing fine). Delete, declutter, go Marie Kondo and let go of all the apps that no longer spark joy.

6. Journal when you wake up

Here’s a bonus tip that’ll help with your mental health too! When you wake up, grab your journal instead of your phone. Start scribbling down the first things that come to mind, or if you need prompts – “How do you feel about today?”, “Set an intention for the day”, “What are you grateful for?”. This sets us up for a more positive and productive day rather than losing ourselves, and a lot of time, scrolling through our devices in bed.

Digital distractions will never go away (they may even get worse), but by following these tips – we hope you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more focused on important and meaningful tasks!

Don’t worry, a healthy relationship with food isn’t another diet. It’s actually going against diet culture by developing a positive attitude towards eating. As Malaysians, how can we not love food? We have a variety of mouth-watering cuisines to indulge in, but does it still count as enjoyment if we feel bad afterwards?

Unfortunately, we all have beaten ourselves up for eating in a way that society says is ‘too much’ or unhealthy. As drool-worthy as our dishes may be, most of us look at our food with fear (even when we’re snapping a pic of it). It’s this fear of judgement, and the guilt that follows after, that’s unhealthy. 

A healthy relationship with food allows you to listen to your own feelings, cravings and needs, instead of external (and totally unfair) ‘rules’. Developing this relationship does take conscious effort. We’ve asked Nutrivin, a platform run by soon-to-be dietitian, Jane Chong, for some advice on how to feel at peace with food:

 

What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food?

“It’s not about the types of food you eat or the quality of your diet, but rather why you choose the foods you eat. Besides getting nourishment from food, you’re also connecting to different cultures and people, exploring new food and finding joy in them.”

 

Why is it important?

“It’s so common for us to comment on the food we or others eat, that it’s considered ‘normal’ or socially acceptable. This is actually a vicious cycle that can be damaging to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. When we have a healthy relationship with food, it relieves this stress and anxiety around eating.”

 

What is considered a bad relationship with food?

“Not giving yourself permission to eat. For example, you follow strict diets or feel the need to ‘make up’ for eating unhealthy food. When you restrict yourself from eating, you end up ignoring your body’s hunger cues. You may do this because you’re afraid of being judged.”

 

How can we improve our eating habits?

“By improving your eating experience. Find out what would satisfy your body and mind. Practice mindful eating to truly enjoy your food – you can do this by engaging all your senses and eating without any distractions. This will help you appreciate food better and develop a more positive attitude towards eating.”

 

Please do not blame yourself for your eating behaviors – diet culture has dictated how we should eat for far too long. Start by being kinder to yourself and paying attention to your body’s wants and needs. You’ll soon begin to feel what it really means to enjoy food and eating!

Follow Nutrivin on Instagram for more advice on nutrition, health, body image and wellbeing.

Has your skincare routine become more lenient now that you’re working from home? Staying indoors doesn’t mean your skin is safe from environmental aggressors – in fact, your skin is exposed to new types of pollution, such as fine dust and smoke from cooking. If you haven’t been protecting your skin whilst indoors, The Body Shop has made it easier to with their new Bouncy Jelly Mist.

Here to help block your skin from the effects of environmental aggressors, including indoor pollution and blue light, the Drops Of Youth Bouncy Jelly Mist also aids in restoring your skin’s moisture, and preserving its healthy-looking glow and freshness throughout the day. It contains 96% ingredients of natural origin, including edelweiss stem cells and Community Fair Trade moringa seed oil, and can be spritzed on all skin types to protect, refresh and hydrate for up to 24 hours.*

 

Edelweiss? Yes, like the song from The Sound Of Music, it’s a mountain flower found in the Italian Alps. This plant is marvelled for its resilience, and power to protect and repair itself, which is why you’ll find its stem cells inside every bottle of The Body Shop’s Drops Of Youth range. A hero ingredient, it helps give your skin that fresh, hydrated feeling all day long!

 

*The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Jelly Mist does not protect from UVA/UVB rays.

There’s a difference between working hard and working smart? Of course!

Working hard is what work is said to look like – long hours, barely any breaks, burnouts. As millennials, we’re also faced with the pressure of hustle culture, but grinding isn’t the secret to success: alignment is. When you work smart, you’ll be able to efficiently manage your time and increase productivity. Isn’t that what we all want? It’s so much easier to thrive when you’re not trying to survive the stress of clocking in the hours, and instead are focused on how much work you can get done.

Even when it comes to working at home, where structure is hard to maintain and distractions are everywhere (my bed has never looked this comfortable) – working smart can help you fix your focus and finish your tasks for the day without tiring yourself. Here are 3 ways you can get your work done and still have enough time for self-care:

  1. Organise your tasks by energy level
    If the underlying reason for your procrastination is actually anxiety, Dr. Courtney Tracy, better known as ‘The Truth Doctor’ on social media, shared a TikTok tip on how you can organise your tasks by how long it’ll take and how much energy it requires. This allows you to pick which task to do based on the time available, as well as your energy level.
  2. Follow the 4 Ds of time management
    A well-known method for efficiently managing your time, your tasks are divided into four categories: do it now, delay it, delegate it and drop it. You’ll be able to focus on what’s urgent and important, and if you’re running a team – you can also offload tasks to your members to maximise productivity and optimise your work schedule.
  3. Try the Pomodoro Technique
    The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo, and breaks down your tasks into 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break. These short bursts will keep you fresh and focused knowing there’s a break coming up. Once you’ve done this four times, reward yourself with a longer 15 to 30 minute break.

Time management is the true key to productivity – by ensuring you have enough time to work and rest, you’ll have the energy to power through the day. Try these methods and let us know which works best for you!

There are two nights in KL that has everyone out to celebrate – Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Clubs, bars and even the streets are packed with people in high spirits and celebratory gear. You finally get to see the friends who usually pass on a night out, as well as find yourself bumping into others you haven’t seen in a while.

Sadly, that isn’t the case this year with everybody confined to their homes (for the better!). But that doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated! Dig up your eccentric makeup palettes and get inspired by these mind-blowing looks from some of the most talented makeup artists in town:

1. @vvnloll

 

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#myinglothalloween2020 #inglotmalaysia INKTOBER / rip / DAY 23 Beautiful lacy lingerie top from @questchic.co 🖤 3hr – Recreated @gabxxrielle’s look which was inspired by @yashinss’s artwork! I made the inside gold because well, I AM GOLD. ✨ that’s it, thank you 💛 Inglot products used: • Black Gel Liner • AMC Blusher #inktober2020 #inktober #makeup #beauty #art #muamalaysia #mua #artistsoninstagram #makeupinspo #makeupideas #makeuplooks #svslearn #halloweenmakeup

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2. @sickly.friday

 

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⚠️READ CAPTION⚠️ 🥀🐇”The little girl just could not sleep because her thoughts were way too deep.Her mind had gone out for a stroll and fallen down a rabbit hole.The End”🐇🥀 This is my entry for @yoruworldshop @psyforetell Halloween contest.Cosplay Gategory.I did a look inspired by @charlotteroberts . How to vote: 1)Like this post and the one on @yoruworldshop 2)Share (Optional) 3)That’s it! #yoru_spooktobercontest #halloween #aliceinwonderland

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3. @fyi.khoo

 

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#Halloweenmakeup Look 17 – Like a moth to a flame, but this one won’t burn up ⁣ ⁣ Serving some ashen looks with another creepy bug but I swear, I really really hate bugs 😰⁣ ⁣ This one was inspired by @jharnabhagwani ‘s blue butterfly look but mine’s a moth. ⁣ ⁣ MAKEUP CREDITS:⁣ ⁣ MOTH:⁣ ⁣ 1. #toofaced Better Than Sex easy Glide ⁣waterproof liquid eyeliner 2. #nyxcosmetics Epic Wear liquid liner ‘white’⁣ 3. @topface_official @chinies.official InStyle Metallic Liner ‘Silver’⁣ 4. Dash of blue from @lagirlcosmetics Neon Shockwave Pencil Eyeliner ‘Electric’⁣ ⁣ EYES⁣ 4. @arganiahq Eyebrow Pencil ‘Dark Brown’⁣ 5. #stilacosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner ’Alloy’: grey eyeliner ⁣ 6. #dionbeautemalaysia Duochrome ‘Florida Kilos’ on the lids⁣ 7. #vesperlex Rozov’s Diamanté using orange, holographic shimmer on eyes ⁣ ⁣ FACE⁣ 8. #benefitcosmetics Hello Happy 3 Velvet Powder foundation ⁣ 9. #vesperlex Stardust highlighter palette: using pink shade ’Juniper’⁣ ⁣ #inktober2020 #undiscovered_muas #31daysofhalloween #makeupfordays #beautywellnesstribe #wakeupandmakeup #fantasymakeupworld #sephora #sephoramy #butterflymakeup #mothmakeup #facepainter #spooky #greyhair #noretouching

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4. @muhd.aniqqq

 

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-LATHI- . LETS’ NOT FORGET THIS MOMENT😌😆 . . . . . . . . . . #undiscovered_muas #undiscovered #underratedmuas #underratedmua #underratedartist #explore #abh #abhprsearch #abhprlist #makeuptransformation#makeup #makeupideas #makeuplook #makeupjunkie #makeupartist #makeupaddict #christmas #holiday #loreal #abh #abhprsearch #tarte #farsali #benefit #lauramericer #toofaced #hudabeautygiveaway #hudabeauty @hudabeauty @wakeupandmakeup @100daysofmakeup @blendingrules @menthatblend @jamescharles @lanceaguas @nikkietutorials @nikkietutorials @bretmanrock @abhinsider @norvinanavy @lanceaguas

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5. @hammadart

 

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👼🏼💀I’m no angel either, baby💀👼🏼 I rarely do skulls but when I do, I wonder why I don’t. It’s such a fun process seeing it slowly come to life with every brushstroke. I used one of @the_wigs_and_makeup_manager many skulls as a reference to make sure I get my placements right, especially the nose! Products: @hauslabs liquid Eye-liner @hankandhenrybeauty The Kings Queen lustre lights @nyxcosmetics ultimate shadow palette in warm neutrals @graftobianmakeup white creme foundation @anastasiabeverlyhills x @alyssaedwards_1 palette in beast & h.o.e. @craftiviti ultra light air dry clay ( for the skeleton headpiece) NAILS BY @MONSTERMANICURES #hammadart #malemua #muamalaysia #halloweenmakeup #sfxmakeup #angel #skull #dragartist #boysdoittoo #queerartist #thedragqueendom #mehronhalloween

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6. @afierhm

 

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it’s just me and my ghoulfriends! 👻 . This is a make-up collab I did with 8 other amazing and talented people and we were inspired to do characters from Monster High and as you can see, your girl is Ghoulia, the zombie! I honestly have so much fun with this look since I was such a big fan of MH (kinda wish they come out earlier when I was younger lol) also get to experiment with more new things 👻💙 . product deets @ucanbemakeup anthena face painting palette @l.a.s.h.e.s.s the lashessmuse collection 2 @morphebrushes 35D palette @cheekdourlofficial enchanted velvet matte shade velvet ruby . #makeup #makeuplooks #editorialmakeup #makeupart #makeupartist #makeupideas #makeuplife #undertheradar_makeup #uncensored_mua #makeupmalaysia #makeuptutorial #motd #makeuponpoint #modelmalay #editorialmakeup #theartistedit #artistrymakeuep #editorial #fentybeauty #artmakeup #art #wakeupandmakeup #avantgardemakeup #strangeeditorial #faceart

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7. @_syaart

 

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#2 : THE INFECTION☠️🧪 POV: you one of the person incharge to handle the most dangerous virus 🦠 in the world but you accidentally inject yourself💀❗️⚠️AND YOU GONNA BE NEXT⚠️❗️💉 . . -Hello guys🥰 this look inspired by @karolinagriciute but I modified it alittle bit🧪🦠 so how it turn out?? Yeay or nay!!😅 . . . . . . . #infection #infectionmakeup #sfxmakeup #sfxmua #sfx #sfxartist #sfxmakeupartist #sfxmakeuptutorial #sfxgore #sfxtutorials #sfxmalaysia #sfxmalaysian #makeupsfx #crazymakeup #crazymakeups #crazymakeuplook #makeup #makeuplooks #halloween #halloweenmakeup #halloweencostume #halloween2020 #halloweenlook #horrorhags #jhnettles_muas_supporter

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8. @sabrinalexandr

 

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This is how my inside looks like ☠️🥰 finally had the time to do a makeup look 😪 Look inspired by @bygeorgiam – Lens : @qaylaa_lens Lashes : @l.a.s.h.e.s.s – #october #halloween #halloweenmakeup #skullmakeup #spooky #spookyseason #makeup #makeupmalaysia #sfxmakeup #makeupartistmalaysia #underratedmuas #wakeupandmakeup #muamalaysia #muakl #muagombak #dinnermakeup

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Make sure to support these local creatives by giving them a follow. Happy Halloween!

When we lose someone we love, it is natural for us to grieve. The grieving process is how we deal with loss – the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief may be.

In many ways, grief can manifest and have an effect on your overall wellbeing, from mental to physical health. You may also experience a number of emotions, such as anger and guilt – not just sadness.

There are usually five stages of grief that end with acceptance. The Mind Faculty explains these below:

  1. Denial

This is actually a coping mechanism – it helps us process news that is too difficult to handle, and can make us feel like someone else is going through the tragedy.

  1. Anger

“What did my loved one do to deserve this?” “Why is this happening to me?” During this time, when feelings of loss feel the most painful, these thoughts are normal.
Anger is a natural reaction to injustice, and when we feel scared, it is also a way to protect ourselves.

  1. Bargaining

You could find yourself thinking, “If only I had done this” or “Is this part of a master plan?”
when trying to make sense of what has happened. Confusion, longing and desperation can accompany this.

  1. Depression

When the news starts to settle in, and you finally start to accept your new reality, you may find that grief arrives in waves of distress or sadness.

  1. Acceptance

The last stage – when you’re to start rebuilding your life without your loved one in it.

It is important to know that grief is not linear – you may find yourself moving two steps forward, only to have something set you back five steps. Not everyone will go through these stage, some may even merge with each other: anger mixed with bargaining, sadness mixed with acceptance. Remember – everybody grieves differently and at their own pace.

If you need professional help when grieving, you can find out more about The Mind Faculty’s services here.

 

The COVID-19 crisis has caused an economic downturn with businesses being forced to either shut down or implement cost cutting measures that include pay cuts and layoffs. This has many employees living with the fear and anxiety of losing their jobs.

By creating an emergency fund, you’ll be able to financially prepare for any emergencies, such as unemployment, with a safety net to fall back on. Emergency funds can keep you covered during a time of need without having to depend on credit cards or high-interest loans. If you already have debt, this can help prevent you from accumulating more.

Ideally, an emergency fund should cover 6 months of your expenses, but during pressings times like these – here’s how you can start saving right away:

1. Calculate your expenses

It’s important to know where your money is going rather than wondering where every time you check your bank balance. Go through your recent account statements and create a spreadsheet that shows your daily, weekly and monthly expenses. This will help you understand your financial situation better.

2. See what you can cut out

As we’re not encouraged to eat out and saving travel costs by working from home – put aside what you would usually spend instead of using it to shop online (we know how tempting it is!). Find and cancel any unused paid subscriptions, as well as review your current plans, such as cellphone and insurance, to see if there’s a more cost-effective alternative.

3. Create a savings account

It’s easier to see, and not touch, your savings when it’s kept separately from what you spend. Open a savings account at the same bank or one that has a higher interest rate – it needs to be accessible in case of an emergency.

4. Set a savings goal

Moving forward, set a target for you to save daily, weekly and monthly to get into the habit of saving regularly. You’ll be able to see that even saving RM5 a day can amount to almost RM2,000 at the end of the year! This makes it more encouraging and easier to do.

It’s become more essential to start an emergency fund for both your financial stability and peace of mind. All you need are the right goals and a realistic plan to match!

You can’t escape the sun’s ultraviolet rays, even with social distancing in place (ugh!). So whether you’re working from your bedroom, the kitchen, or the living room, you still need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from those sneaky UV rays that still manage to enter through the glass of your windows. But what exactly do they do?

Types Of UV Rays

There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB.

UVA Rays

UVA rays cause skin cells to age.

This results in premature ageing and the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots.

UVB RAYS

We’re sorry to say, but it gets worse with UVB rays – they can cause skin cancer by damaging the DNA in skin cells. Yikes…time to make SPF your new BFF!

Sunscreen vs Sunblock

Most of us remember sunblock as a messy chore before beachside fun – it was thick, sticky and left us looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. This is because sunblock physically protects you from UVA rays by forming a visible barrier on top of your skin.

Sunscreen, on the other hand, is a protectant that penetrates the skin and absorbs the sun’s rays. This allows it to be light, smooth and usually unnoticeable – making it the perfect ending to your morning skincare routine!

Facial Sunscreens

Here are a few facial sunscreens you can try out:

  1. Biore – UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50

Easy to find, and affordable, this non-greasy option leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated with its fast absorption.

  1. La Roche-Posay – Anthelios Invisible SPF 50+

A brand that focuses on sensitive skin, this lightweight product has a high SPF without looking or feeling like you’re wearing anything at all.

  1. Neogen – Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF50

Protect your skin from the sun without having to worry about it clogging your pores. This sunscreen will have your skin feeling moist and supple throughout the day.

  1. Neutrogena – Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF50

This shine-free formula uses the latest technology to ensure that sun protection doesn’t break down, effectively blocking you from the damaging UVA and UVB rays.

  1. Supergoop – Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

One of Sephora’s best-sellers, this clear sunscreen is a favourite for those who wear makeup as it manages to prevent it from smudging throughout the day.

Protection

Make sure you look out for products that are labelled broad spectrum sunscreen or PA++ (the more pluses, the better) to ensure that you’ll be protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Aim for an SPF that is higher than 30 and don’t forget to reapply it every 2 hours, especially if you’ve been sweating in this hot, hot heat!

 

Don’t knock TikTok until you’ve tried one of their quick and easy recipes – the app, better known for bringing out the dancer in everyone, is actually a treasure trove of tips and tutorials covering a wide range of topics from taking care of your mental health to decorating your bedroom.

With users given only 60 seconds to share their recipes, the steps are explained in a straightforward manner – following the fast, no-frills style of Tasty’s famous cooking videos. You’ll find that preparing a healthy, delicious meal doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.

Here are a few dishes from TikTok you can whip up at home:

@aridaylopezzOvernight oats recipe, especially for those that don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning☀️ ##recipe ##healthy ##foryou♬ original sound – aridaylopezz


Let’s start with breakfast – if you’re one to hit the snooze button (a couple of times), overnight oats are a great way to have a quick nutritious bite to eat before you’re out the door. You can also grab it and go by putting it together in a reusable jar. Try this recipe with Granos – they make customizable granola for you to enjoy your favorite flavors.

@alwaysmelissFave breakfast! Protein pancakes. ##WhatsYourStuf ##fyp ##foryou ##food♬ original sound – alwaysmeliss

Instead of having a protein shake after your morning workout, sprinkle protein powder into your pancakes for a more fulfilling meal. Pancakes always hit the spot and make for a sweet reward after an intense sweat sesh! If you’re interested in plant-based protein, Heal Nutrition offers both dairy and vegan protein powders with real ingredients to give it a great taste.

@monavandThis is salad is so dank and great for the summer!! ##healthyrecipes ##skincare ##learnontiktok ##tiktokpartner♬ I Wanna Know You – BLVKSHP

Salads are the easiest to prepare for lunch – you’ve just got to toss in the ingredients and do the infamous Kardashian salad shake to evenly distribute. These refreshing fruits and vegetables can help keep your skin hydrated while working in an air-conditioned office.

@lizmoodyBet you have everything you need in your pantry right now ##mealprep ##healthyrecipe ##strengthtraining ##vegan ##healthyfood ##MoodBoost ##happyathome♬ original sound – lizmoody


If you’re still stuck on having a plate of mee goreng for lunch, we’ve found this healthier version that only takes five minutes!

@iamtabithabrownSpinach tortilla Gluten free quesadilla! ##tabithabrown ##vegan♬ original sound – iamtabithabrown


Vegans can still enjoy the goodness of a quesadillas with this gluten-free recipe. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll be able to satisfy your cravings with this fast meal.

@hanahanayangFollow me on Instagram 🙁 love you guys♬ original sound – hanahanayang


Unwind after a long day with a hearty bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. It’ll have you feeling all warm and cozy – ready to curl up in bed and sleep without a worry.

@kylienhhere’s a small recipe for my fav dessert! ##foryoupage ##foryou ##fyp ##recipe ##aestheticfood ##healthy ##diet ##weightloss ##quickrecipes ##healthyfood♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) – BENEE


No, we didn’t forget the snacks – how could we? These banana bites are a guilt-free alternative to ice cream. Yum!

Whether you’re tight for time or just think cooking’s a chore, these TikToks can provide you with a shortcut to eat healthy and save on delivery. We hope you enjoy your meal!

Follow us on TikTok for self-care ideas.