Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
Want to take part in this month's Community Survey? Click here.
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Whether you like it or not, it’s been scientifically proven time and again that exercise is a vital part of our physical and mental health. It helps with sleep, concentration, mood, and raises self-esteem.
The best workout is the one that you stick to - just choose something you enjoy! It could be swimming, yoga, or even just dancing along to your favourite music videos.
Here are some recommendations from tried-and-true favourites:
High Junk Peak - Challenging yet rewarding hike, with a view overlooking Clearwater Bay.
Jardine’s Lookout - A short, convenient hike in the city that doesn’t skimp on views
Silvermine Waterfall - A day trip to Mui Wo that includes a short, easy walk with waterfalls and rock pools
Verm City - One of the first climbing gyms in the city, conveniently located in Quarry Bay
Tung Lung Chau - One of the most popular outdoor climbing spots in Hong Kong, with a mix of beginner-friendly and expert walls. Accessible by ferry from Sai Wan Ho or Lei Yue Mun
F45 Sai Ying Pun - 5-min walk from Garage Sai Ying Pun. High energy circuit training for a full-body workout. Garage Perk: 15% of the three and six-month unlimited class memberships
Take time out to do something for yourself. This could mean learning new skills, discovering a new podcast , or just taking a few minutes to practice mindfulness each day.
If it makes you happy, there is a chance good chance it can help you create a sense of purpose and improve your mental wellbeing. Here are our favourite ways to learn about ourselves and the world around us:
Stoic - Create a routine to check in with yourself each day, aided with their straightforward prompts. Free and premium version available on iOS
Tide - A minimalist app with soothing sounds that’ll help you sleep, focus, or meditate. Available free on iOS and Android
Ten Percent Happier - Easy to follow guided meditation courses with an accompanying podcast! Available free on iOS and Android, with a paid membership option
Khan Academy - Free courses on just about anything, not just for school students. Dive into Entrepreneurship, Programming, and even a Pixar course.
The Happiness Lab - A mix of scientific research and inspiring stories about happiness, hosted by Yale Professor Dr Laurie Santos
99% Invisible - Narrative driven journalism on the designs that shape the world. A simple premise that leads to very interesting deep dives
Revisionist History - Hosted by author Malcolm Gladwell, this is his journey in re-examining events, ideas, and people from the past. It often doesn’t end where you think!
Eating well is not just about choosing the lowest-calories foods. Eating well means a balanced diet that works for you, provides enough nutrients, plus tastes delicious. It's important to enjoy plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables, but also important enjoy a healthy relationship with eating.
EATER beginner's guide - If you never cook, this is a great place to start
DayDayCook - A treasure trove of local home cooking recipes, with simple instructional videos that are super easy to follow along
Healthyish - Recipes and culture pieces that are all about being, well, healthy-ish!
Sometimes, self-care can’t fully meet our needs. Lockdown has taught us that we all crave social connection to some extent - even introverts!
Nurture your relationships and give back to others to build a sense of belonging, purpose, and share positive experiences. Create a support network of friends, family, and mental health professionals.
Crossroads foundation - Crossroads has been a Garage member for years. Their non-profit work focuses on redistributing goods to those in need, and they welcome volunteers of all ages and skillsets!
Kids4Kids - Programs that empower and inspire children to change the world. Volunteer in their ‘Powered by Service’ program, or ‘Buddy Reading’ program when it resumes.
Time Auction - Time Auction connect professionals who wish to volunteer their time and talents with non-profits that need those skills. Log your volunteer hours to turn them into “experience” rewards!
HKFP Mental Health Services Guide - a succinct and comprehensive guide for seeking public or private mental health services
Shall We Talk Online Services Guide - A mental health advocacy initiative from the Department of Health, with a list of HK-based online services.
Garage Society helps businesses across Asia work better through WorkStyle solutions tailored for them. From entrepreneurs to large corporates, we understand the diverse ways in which people work.
We focus on getting to know you and your business so we can tailor a better and smarter way for you to get work done. Since 2014, we’ve taken on a community-centric approach to empower our community through people, place and programming.
We all work differently, which is why each Garage workspace is unique in location, design, and community, offering spaces and experiences that fit around you.
Whether it’s hot desks, private offices, or custom spaces for enterprises and MNCs, we’ve got a WorkStyle solution for you.
Interested in a flexible workspace at Garage? Get in touch with us.
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how work has evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week we chat with Zev, an artist and lighting consultant. She uses The 33PRESS moniker for her artistic endeavors, and prefers to remain anonymous!
We chat about finding fulfillment, creating balance, and embracing discomfort in a cut-throat city like Hong Kong.
Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
Welcome back to Mandy's In-House Notes, a twice-monthly column touching on all things brand-building, entrepreneurship and female-empowerment related, from the mind of Mandy Pao.
This week, we're talking about the power of using the right data to inform your design process.
Author: Mandy Pao, Founder and Creative Director, Eloquence International
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True career fulfillment can be puzzling—yet not impossible to find. What many people don’t realize is that it’s a process that takes work and patience.
Most importantly, we need to search for it. If you’re lucky, you’ll find not just a job or career but a mission.
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Author: Pin Cher, Career & Clarity Coach