Snap out of post Raya Blues

After a week of festive fun, feasting with friends and family, the thought of getting back to the grind can be depressing to some. Perhaps for some of you, the pain already started the moment you packed and started your 6 hour long journey back home.

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We totally get it. But to put it colloquially, “What to do….Its like that every year ma”.

True…but cheer up, we have a few tips / tricks that’ll help you beat post Raya blues.

Start working out again

Like any festive celebration, feasting makes up a big part of your days’ itinerary. Visit family…MAKAN! Visit friends…MAKAN! And come on, who could say no to Nenek’s Signature Rendang or your favourite satay and to make matters worse…it’s Durian season too! Then you come back home realising that you are sporting a little pouch in the middle. MmHmmm!

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Then you come back home realising that you are sporting a little pouch in the middle.


So yes, as cliche as it sounds.. Start working out. Make a commitment. Get a Gym Buddy or a running buddy. Anything to make it work. Working out releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel good and more positive.

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Working releases endorphins! They make you feel good and more positive to help you get through the week! It also helps if you have a great bag that easily converts from office too gym! Check out THULE VEA 25L Backpack:


Get Organized

If your home is or was an epicentre for festive open houses, then you’ll know and understand what it takes to be host! It’s not just the entertaining. It’s the days or even weeks of meticulous strategising, rehearsal cooks, cleaning, reupholstering, decorating and etcetera. Nope, I’m totally not exaggerating because this literally happens at my parent’s home.

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Get organised with a MOLESKINE journal. Pen down your memories of Raya and make your To-Do List! Check out Moleskine here:

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to get organised. Schedule a day to clear up the house. When you schedule, you make a commitment. Trust me, I’ve had decorations hanging in my house for almost a year! So get that To-Do List out!

Set New Goals

It’s never too late to set new goals. How many times have you caught up with friends during Raya, made casual promises to meet up more often or on birthdays only to meet them again at the next Raya promising the same thing? Sound familiar? How about that healthy meal prep plan you’ve always wanted to start? Or spending more time with family and your kids?

Set New Goals. It’s refreshing and it keeps you motivated.

Spend more time with family and kids.

Realign Your Discipline

Realigning your discipline is like a sequel to “Set New Goals”…Though it’s refreshing to have brand new goals after Raya but you’ll need discipline and commitment to see them through.

If you’re like me, and need a whole lot of practice to form a consistent dsicipline, then I bet you can understand what a week of festivities can do to your discipline. The key is to form a routine and try your best to stick with it. Just like training toddlers, its all about Routine! Routine! Routine!

Make Plans

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. But I also believe that all good things comes to those who…plan! Just because Raya is over doesn’t mean we have can’t have anything else to look forward to, right? Plan something. That’s what weekends are for! Even if you don’t have the time or the money to for a staycation, there are plenty of fantastic local experiences.

Take a walk around the city to discover hidden gems. Make sure you have a good daypack that makes commuting easy and safe. Check out Pacsafe:

Sign up for a workshop, head out for a foodie experience, go for a hike just to experience an amazing sunrise, go star gazing…etc.

So follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll be out of the blues in no time!

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