Sometimes when life throws us lemons, we do feel like throwing bombs in retaliation. Pent up anger, frustration or stress need outlets for defusing, and we usually are not able to process negative feelings as well as a food blender.
There are activities in Singapore that we can do to help us let off steam or relax. No excuses for those who miss relaxing at a Banyan Tree resort; you don’t have to look far for alternatives on our island to wind down. We’ve got three Rs for you right here to deal with your negative emotions – Release, Relax, Rejuvenate.
Is your blood boiling? Are you looking for a safe and healthy way to channel that steam or indignation? Here are some activities to have a go at.
Give a Hack
Don’t give a heck, but give it a hack. You can hack away your pent up fury by throwing axes. Not at people of course, but at a perfectly safe facility that allows you to put your arm strength and aiming skills to the test. The Axe Factor provides fenced up aisles where you can ‘axe’ away your frustrations.
Tel: (+65) 8923 8945
Address: 200 turf club road #01-32A/B & 34A/B Singapore, Singapore 287994
Opening hours: 12:00-22:00
Aiming axes may require some finesse, and you might prefer to just throw and smash anything in your way. Head to The Fragment Room where you can act as Hulk and destroy items from glasses, plates to TV sets. You will be dressed in protective gear so you won’t have to worry about getting smashed yourself.
The Fragment Room
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00 – 22:00
Address: 490 Macpherson road Singapore 368198
Contact: [email protected]; (+65) 6970 0343
Why not create art with mess? Here you can also throw, not anything else but paint. You will also be protected from getting yourself messed up in colours while you splatter away at Splat Paint House. Who knows, you might be creating the next piece of art that you can auction off for thousands. Feeling inspired for another spin? Spin Paint House allows you to create your next masterpiece by splashing paint on a spinning canvas, propelled with your own energy.
Spin Paint House
Contact: [email protected]; (+65) 8163 0999
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 15:00-21:00, Sat: 10:00-21:00, Sun: 10:00-20:00, Closed on Mon & Tue
If wielding a weapon could be cathartic for you, try holding a gun or a bow and arrow. There are ranges that allow you to shoot clay targets with guns, or feel like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. The gun option is pricier and requires a license but it is a great sport for those who want to realise their shooting fantasies outside of Grand Theft Auto. Archery can also be a long term sport, but there are options for fun-shoots that lasts just an hour.
Singapore Gun Club
Contact: [email protected]; (+65) 6466 1575
Address: 990 Old Choa Chu Kang Road Singapore, Singapore 699814
Just got your stress levels on the overdrive? It could be time to pamper yourself with some of these options below.
Onsen is on-point
While it might be far-fetched to imagine ourselves in Japan’s relaxing onsens for now, you might be delighted to know that there is one such place in Singapore that is the bona fide deal. Yunomori Onsen & Spa, which has outlets in Thailand and Singapore, offers baths for a relaxing and therapeutic experience. They also provide massages and spa treatments for those who want to indulge further.
Yunomori Onsen & Spa
Address: 1 Stadium Place #02-17/18 Kallang Wave Mall Singapore 397628
Contact: [email protected]: (+65) 6386 4126 / 6385 7985
Opening Hours : 10.00h – 22.00h
Uncommon to many, flotation tanks have been a source of relaxation and healing. We have one place offering flotation therapy experience here in Singapore. Palm Ave Float Club has enclosed fiberglass pods that allow people to float effortlessly in salty warm water. Lying there for an hour may serve to relieve you of your worries and even your aches and pains.
Palm Ave Float Club
Contact: (+65) 9151 6004
Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, #05-01 Singapore, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: Mon 10:00-21:00, Tue-Wed 11:00-21:00, Thurs 16:00-21:00, Fri-Sun 09:00-21:00
Sure, you can take a walk into Botanic Gardens and soak in the flora and fauna, but if you crave for a more intimate interaction, try forest bathing. This Japanese practise has made its way to Singapore and Xiu Nature Connections guides you through purposeful instructions while you immerse yourself in nature.
Bring the life back into your soulless, drained self. These activities will help you find energy and shed some positivity into your radar.
Eat well, feel well
We could pig out but all that junk food and unwanted calories won’t make us feel any better. Try eating clean at Genius Central. Their plant-based menu is largely made up of organic fare and caters for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-, gluten- and nut-free options. A nutritious and scrumptious meal will score high with your dietician and your stomach.
Contact: (+65) 8940 1200
Address: #01-01 Far East Square 7-13 Amoy Street Singapore 049949
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 08:00-21:30, Sun 08:00-16:00
Do yoga to keep the stress away, while allowing positive energy to flow through your veins, and you know yo-ga’d it. Yoga has been proven to help reduce stress and the best part is that you don’t need prior experience to benefit from the practice. Yoga studios in Singapore are aplenty, but there are renowned ones like Yoga Movement and Pure Yoga that can be found at multiple locations. Most yoga studios have a variety of yoga classes for different aims and for varied skill levels.
Contact: (+65) 8139 9296
Try one of the abovementioned methods to release, relax or rejuvenate. We can never avoid stress in our fast-paced environment, but we definitely have ways to deal with it.
Known as Nate, I am someone who cannot quit wielding the pen or punching the QWERTY, no matter where life brings me. Writing has always been the most effective conduit for channeling my wanted or unwanted opinions since I was an undergraduate at NUS. Naturally, I used this skill as a means of sustenance after working as a writer and editor for many years until I decided to start a business in music. That did not put a halt to my marriage with the vernacular.
In October 2016, I graduated with my Masters in Visual and Media Anthropology, which is the study of cultures through films and photography, at Freie Universität Berlin. This transitory period of residing in two cities has pushed the boundaries of my creativity and my battles with word count have not ceased.
Now a new mode of writing, the academic one, has been added to my existing smorgasbord of corporate and lifestyle collaterals, articles, advertisements, annual reports and books. At the moment, my learning curve is an uphill journey as I attempt to grasp the camera for stills and motion clips, while I juggle that with developing my love affair with my other mode of expression – electronic music.