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.
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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
Keep Climbing Gym - Small and tucked away - only a 5-min walk from Garage Sheung Wan!
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
Be Earth Yoga - Right downstairs in our Garage Central building! One of the most beautiful boutique yoga studios in the city.
Defin8 Fitness - 5-min walk from Garage Central. A huge variety of classes including circuit training, barre, pilates, weights, TRX and Zumba!
Moon Yoga - 5-min walk from Garage Society Wan Chai Jaffe, 9 min from Lockhart. Aerial and hoop yoga are their specialities
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.
Learn a new instrument - Try your hand at Interactive music theory, Guitar lessons & Drum lessons. Ready to play with other people? Join the city’s biggest jam night
Garage Academy - Join our events designed to spark curiosity and inspire change! See our upcoming events here!
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.
Knead - Pop over to Knead for fresh salads and sandwiches made to order! 5-min walk from Garage Sheung Wan, and Garage members get 10% off!
Pololi - Build your own poke bowls with the option of a salad or brown rice base. 4-min walk from Garage Central, and Garage members get 15% off!
Green Veggie - Local-style vegetarian food for your meatless Mondays...or any other day of the week! 1-min walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe
Goli Gummies - Apple cider vinegar gummies for your daily antioxidant boost. Garage Perk: get 10% off your order!
Barebells & NOCCO - Protein bars and BCAA drinks from our Garage members! Garage Perk: Fellow members can order here at a special rate!
Found - Enjoy CBD’s stress-relieving properties by dropping by their cafe, or simply order online. Garage Perk: get 10% off your purchase!
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!
Mind HK - A local mental health charity with great online resources. Their Community Directory and Getting Help guide is a great place to start
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.
Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
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