Expert Column: Why giving yourself and others space is key?

Caught up in the demands of daily life, it is easy to forget to take the time to give ourselves space. It remains an idea, fluid and necessary as water but mostly ignored, till the thirst gets

Caught up in the demands of daily life, it is easy to forget to take the time to give ourselves space. It remains an idea, fluid and necessary as water but mostly ignored, till the thirst gets overwhelming.

“Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.” – Buddha


Space is a major component of wellbeing, not so much in its physical manifestation but within the mind. To quiet the mind, relax the body, space must be created so that new energy can flow in, bringing with it inspiration and power of intention.

We are so used to being on the move all the time, running from one place to another, busy completing the checklist of life. So when you first start to give yourself space to settle, the initial silence can be disquieting, the stillness of breath and movement of body uncomfortable, but only till the control frees up the energy centre.

Space is a conscious decision, one needs to allocate the time for it and fill it with the catalysts that will slow the breath, the mind, expanding time itself. Nourishing yourself into balance, so you can nourish others around you.


“Breathe into your discomfort” is something your yoga instructor might say often, as you ease into a particularly twisty asana. The opening of various pressure points in the body allows for release of held up negative tension and allows positive energy to flow in, with the ability to revitalise and heal. Which makes yoga an excellent tool in your path to creating space within yourself.

As they say, we can’t pour from an empty cup and that’s why self-care is vital. The more we have for ourselves, better then we can give to others around us. Isn’t it always the case?

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Try to give equal time and love to both the negative emotions (fear, worry, sorrow) as you do the positive ones, so that they drain off and heal, allowing all the goodness to come in. With those little steps, and a little space and time, you will feel like the superhuman you have always been.


Wellbeing often gets associated with a quest for happiness. Personally, I see wellbeing as being in balance and in harmony, with yourself and your environment. Treat the mind and body with respect and consequently, with nature.

Eat with care, choosing produce that is fresh, of a high quality and grown by people who care (when you can!), reduce processed and synthetic products both in and on your body and carefully curate your consumption to reduce waste. When we take care of nature, nature takes care of us.

May this online space of The Wellness Report brings you that space to explore and learn. But if you’d like to take it offline, we support Nithiya’s BrunchBandits social dining club and the community initiative, Free yoga in Little India. Don’t miss an upcoming Superhuman Day Retreat on 27th August 2016, is a full day of conscious consumption and mindful movement, in a little slice of paradise within the city (Singapore).

Nithiya is an anthropologist who has been immersed in the green lifestyle from her late teens. She runs the BrunchBandits social dining club and the community initiative, Free yoga in Little India, Singapore.

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