Monday, 30 December 2013

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety, is something that most people today are aware about.  It is very common, particularly during stressful periods of our lives, i.e. examinations, before an interview or simply planning on how to propose to your lover!

For good functioning in our daily lives, it is healthy to have some anxiety, the feeling of nervousness, as it pushes one to perform and achieve targets and goals.  That is how people manage to surpass limits beyond humans' understanding.

Although anxiety may serve as a great tool to push us to improve in many different areas of our lives, but when it is overwhelming for one and consistently bothers one, one may develop some form of anxiety disorders.

In general, anxiety is when one worries in an either irrational, unrealistic and/or excessive manner.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), there are types of anxiety disorders

1) Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
2) Panic Disorder
3) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
4) Phobias
5) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Well, I am not here to describe diagnostic labels of the DSM, rather would like to explain to those who are less aware, feelings or rather symptoms that one experiences when having anxiety.

Have you ever experience the feeling that you're out of breath, panting heavily before going onto the stage for a solo performance?  It is an anxious feeling.  It is a worrying worry.  And by nature, if we are conscious of the anxious feeling, some may tend to dwell on it, spinning his / her minds over and over and around the problem -- the anxious feeling.  It feels like a "thing" to get rid of from our minds and hearts, or simply butterflies in the stomach.

If you understood the part I wrote & describe above, you'd understand what Fear is.  Fear is interrelated with anxiety.  They are like close cousins of some sort.  When someone has anxiety for examinations let's say.  Most of the time it becomes a cycle.

1) The person fears examinations due to lack of preparation, hence creating intense worries a.k.a. anxiety
2) The person gets so afraid and panicked when thinking about the probability of him/her failing during the exams, triggering more fear and apprehension / dread.
3) Discomfort, pounding heart, sweating, trembling, feeling of choking, shortness of breath or even fear of losing control.. all these symptoms of a Panic disorder sets in.
4) Fear of fear / anxiety / losing control generates more of it.  Hence, the person will find much difficulty trying to calm down.

As it is often the perceived danger that causes people to fear and worry unnecessarily, one can do this absolutely simple thing to seriously calm down... and Chill

Breathe, do deep breathing using the abdomen.  Repeat about 30 times focusing on every breath.  As you breathe, just be aware where is the anxious feeling going to?  Is it moving from one part of your body, i.e. chest, to another, i.e. stomach?  Is it slowly disappearing?  With every intake of air, say to yourself, "Calm", and with every exhalation, say to yourself, "Relax".  Soon, trust me, the anxious & scary feeling will go away.

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.  Do not make unrealistic expectations that the overwhelming anxiety will forever be gone for good after one try of the breathing technique.  Practise, get accustomed to it.  So, you will be closer to anxiety-free (mostly) life!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Subway: Is it really made fresh as it claimed to be?

Subway.  This is a fast food that I prefer most of the time compared to Mc Donald's, another of my favourites.

The picture above depicts customers lining up for Subway sandwich..  I love Subway sandwiches.   
Chicken Teriyaki, Roasted chicken, Turkey breast, Seafood and Crab, these were my usual orders.

Ironically, Subway was the reason I learned and started eating veggies.  
I would ask for tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce and I'd order lots of them as these are 
the only ones I eat.  Furthurmore, Subway restaurant is available near my college at SS15.  

Recently, I stumbled upon an article by +Clark Kent entitled "The Subway Deception" dated March 
2013, describing how Subway, always having the phrase "eat fresh", but uses banned preservative
 in Singapore named azodicarbonamide.  If caught using this chemical additive in Singapore, 
one could be jailed up to 15 years or fined as much as $450,000.  Because of this 
phrase, Subway draws me to buy their sandwiches and cookies every other week.

Well, the accuracy of this article I cannot ascertain.  However, do give this article the benefit of the doubt.  
As a result of reading this article, I will now be more careful when I decide to order Subway.  
Maybe, just maybe, they are no different than Mc Donald's, being saturated with preservatives.  

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Renovation for this blog

After much thought, I have decided to delete some posts of a certain category from this blog (Living life 1 Step at a time) and Renovate, Refurbish the whole blog into one that has only a sole aim -- to share happiness and precious moments of my life.

Hence, this blog from this "Renovation" onwards will consists of:

  • My Toastmasters meetings
  • Restaurant, Movie and Book Reviews
  • My travelling at the end of the year
  • Fun moments in my life, uni or work etc
  • How-to Guides
  • Anything positive basically
The list above is not my pages / categories, but it gives you a rough idea of how my blog is going to be in the future.

There will be much changes made, probably not known or noticeable for many, but it is for me.

I will also change the blog name.  Other changes, I have yet to plan it out.  

Stay tuned to see a new blog!

Food Review #2: Muah Chee @ Asia Cafe, SS15, Subang Jaya

Day 2 of Ultra super boring moral studies...

A small breakiee at 9.30am brought me to a stall at Asia Cafe, SS15 to buy Muah Chee, a glutinous rice ball delicacy as breakfast / snack.

Muah Chee, a snack / delicacy 
Muah chee are glutinous rice balls coated with peanuts... and sugar.  It's sort of a finger food in Malaysia.  I have no idea where are the origins of this food, but I can assure you it's super tasty.  I get addicted to it.

At this stall, there are two prices for this Muah Chee.  A small portion would be RM 3 while a big portion would be RM 4.   It's considered cheap in SS15 area.  The picture above is a small size one @ RM 3.  The seller will give you several toothpicks so that you can share with friends!

Fellow tourists visiting Malaysia, please try this when you come to SS15 by any chance.  It's not a tourist spot but you can experience more of Malaysian life at these places.

That's all for Muah Chee review! Will post more of delicacies and snacks in Malaysia, stay tuned!

Find Asia Cafe at:

57-79 Jalan SS 15/8a,
SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia