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June 5, 2020

Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.

It is true that we may not always have a good day, but we can choose to make it better. Stay positive and healthy! #mentalhealth #quotes
May 30, 2020

SMILE!

“Smile though your heart is aching. Smile even though it’s breaking.” This phrase was from a very popular song from the 50’s by Croner Nat King […]
May 22, 2020

Ep. 11: “The Woodcutter”

In Episode 11 of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”, we have Zen, one of our intern counsellor, reading a short story titled: “The Woodcutter”. #therapistsreadingshortstories Source: https://academictips.org/blogs/the-story-of-a-woodcutter/ Music […]
May 20, 2020

Ep. 10: “Little Johnny Encounters Death”

In Episode 10 of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”, we have Sudha Kudva, one of our Directors and professional counsellor, reading a short story titled: “Little Johnny […]
May 18, 2020

Ep. 9: “The Struggles of Our Life”

In Episode 9 of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”, we have Li Ann, our new intern reading a short story titled: “The Struggles of Our Life” #therapistsreadingshortstories […]
May 16, 2020

Ep. 8: “Min and the Chameleon”

In Episode 8 of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”, we have Ning, our client coordinator, reading a short story that she has written herself, titled: “Min and […]
May 15, 2020

A little booster

Day what of Movement Control Order (MCO)? Is it day 40th, or 50th? I have lost count.” We are all currently experiencing a life event we […]
May 14, 2020

Ep. 7: “The Weight of the Glass”

In Episode 7 of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”, we have Shereen, who recently joined the ABRI team as our new client coordinator, reading a short story […]
May 11, 2020

Ep. 6: “Under the Armour”

It’s time for another episode of “Therapists Reading Short Stories”! In this episode, we have Jing Rong, our former intern counsellor, reading a short story titled: […]

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“Smile though your heart is aching. Smile even though it’s breaking.”This phrase was from a very popular song from the 50’s by Croner Nat King Cole. In that very song he also advises “light up your face with gladness…hide every trace of sadness”. Did you know that the very act of smiling will elevate your mood and replace sadness with joy? It’s that simple to make yourself a little bit happier in the moment. When your smiling muscles are activated, it releases neurotransmitters that is responsible for the emotion of joy.People smile when they are happy, and, as it turns out, people are also happy when they smile. It’s a simple act accessible to each and every single one of us. Pause for a moment and take a guess at how many times you have smiled today. According to behavioural observations, a happy adult typically only manages forty to fifty grins. Some adults only get in twenty or so a day.Are smile contagious? YES!, but why? Our ability to mimic a smile greatly influences our ability to determine if others’ smiles are genuine. Without the ability to mimic, it is difficult to connect through smiling. Our minds evaluate whether the situation calls for a smile, and we subconsciously mimic the person’s smile, testing it out.When we smile, what is going on in the brain? Neuronal signals travel from the cortex to the brain stem and on down into the smiling muscles in the face. When these muscles engage, they send feedback to the brain, saying, “Hey, we’re happy!” Find ways to incorporate reasons to smile more in your life. Find out what it takes to make you smile and increase the amount of love you give the world!“Real happiness lies within you.” -Sathya Sai Baba
*A little booster*“Day what of Movement Control Order (MCO)? Is it day 40th, or 50th? I have lost count.” We are all currently experiencing a life event we never thought we would have to experience. Due to the current pandemic, we were required to stay at home and practice social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading. Now that we have more free time, people think that we should use this time to be productive and to self-improve. All over social medias, I have seen people trying out new recipes, doing exercises, cleaning their room, picking up a new hobby or even registering in online skill classes. Personally, I think that it is good that people are exploring new things and are starting to notice and appreciate the little things around them. After seeing all my friends trying to be productive, I have the urge to plan my daily schedule with back to back activities. It felt satisfying to accomplish and try out many new things. As time goes by, I find it draining. Some days I did not manage to be productive and all I wanted to do was just binge-watch drama series. Ah, another day wasted, I thought. I realized there were days I did not manage to tick of all the task on my to-do-list, and that made me feel guilty. I felt guilty for not being as productive and for curling in my bed and watching movies all day. Mainly, I felt guilty for not living up to expectations. I recalled comparing myself to my friends and saying “Oh, my friends are doing these now, and I did not complete what I had to do today.” It made me blame myself for not trying hard enough.When I reflected on this issue, I came to realization that it is okay. There is nothing wrong with trying to be productive, in fact, it is beneficial. Seeing others being productive might motivate us to be adventurous and might give us plenty of ideas about what we would like to explore, however, we should not be pressured by it. In my opinion, people tend to show their good side on social media, it sometimes makes people feel as if they are not good enough compared to their peers. This thought could be viewed as a motivation, or it could bring people down. Therefore, we should be aware of the contents we view and how it influences our thoughts. Being productive is subjective and people have different interpretations on productive, whether it is completing one task a day or completing multiple task a day. So, do not compare, do not use your friends as your guideline to be productive. If you feel like reading a book, do it. If you feel motivated to film a video, do it. If staying in bed and listening to some music is all you wanted to do today, it is okay. We should do things following our heart and desire. Be productive on your own pace. Most importantly, enjoy the things that we do, and that we are doing it for ourselves, not for joining the hype or lifestyle of other people. Remember, do things that makes ourselves happy. It is very much needed during a time like this.Li Ann, InternCheck this link for more information : https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/how-to-deal-with-productivity-related-anxiety-during-covid-19.html

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