Five places to go in Singapore to de-stress

Recharge from your tiring schedules at these scenic and therapeutic locations.

Ardini Insyirah

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Published: 9 November 2020, 5:03 PM

It is no surprise that stress can affect your mental and physical well-being. If not handled properly, it can cause health issues like high blood pressure and anxiety. 

It is thus important to take some time relieving these stresses as a form of self-care. Doing so can help us feel recharged and more prepared to tackle our to-do lists again.

Here are five things you can do to take your mind off your everyday worries:

1. Explore an uncharted forest in Clementi


Clementi Forest is mostly untouched by construction. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ARDINI INSYIRAH


What’s a better escape from the bustling city life than to take a hike in nature?

Clementi Forest can be found along the Rail Corridor after the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It gained attention when nature enthusiast, Brice Li, shared drone footage of the 85ha forest.


The Old Bukit Timah Railway is a nearby walk from the Clementi Forest. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ARDINI INSYIRAH


The big space makes it an enjoyable, traffic-free hike. You’d also be able to hear the sounds of nature, making it a relaxing walk. 

It’s best to visit in the morning when the forest seems a little misty, which will make you feel as if you were transported to an entirely different place.

Remember to bring plenty of water and dress comfortably!

2. Catch the sunset at Marina at Keppel Bay


Sunset along the trail at Marina at Keppel Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ARDINI INSYIRAH


Calling all sunset chasers! The sunset at the Marina at Keppel Bay is one that you wouldn’t want to miss. 

The views of the sun as it dips into the horizon and reflects against the sea water are very Instagram worthy. 


There will be plenty of photo opportunities for your Instagram so get your phones ready. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ARDINI INSYIRAH


You’ll find a trail along the marina where you can expect to see a lot of people on walks or cycling with their families.

This route will bring you along scenic views of the housing and yacht docking area. The clean and clear water adds to the beauty of the place. 

Besides catching the sunset, this would also be a nice place for a picnic or a stroll on the weekends. A perfect recharge before the week ahead.

3. Go island hopping to Lazarus, St John’s, Kusu Island


Lazarus Island is a relaxing place to chill and dip your toes in the water. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE ISLAND CRUISE AND FERRY SERVICES


We may not be able to leave the country, but we can still travel to the islands around us.

Marina South Pier is the start to your island hopping adventure. Get on a ferry and spend the day at Singapore’s islands – Lazarus, St John and Kusu. 

There, you can choose whether to go fishing, camping, have a picnic or even engage in water activities like kayaking and snorkelling. You can look through guides online on what you can do at these places!

Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks if you need any because there wouldn’t be any stores in these islands.

You can get your tickets here.

4. Have a meal in an American fast-food restaurant - Fatburger


Fatburger’s newly opened outlet in Cineleisure. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@fatburgersg


Founded in 1950’s America, this fast-food chain restaurant brings you fresh burgers and sandwiches, milkshakes, onion rings as well as a build-your-own-burger experience.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, you can take on the Quad burger challenge, where you need to complete a four patty XXXXL burger. All their burgers come with lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, relish, onions and pickles. You can opt to add on other ingredients for $1.

There’s also the buffalo-style chicken that you can have with a variety of nine sauces, ranging from “plain” to “death valley”, depending on your spice tolerance.

Apart from the classic American meals, the retro ambience creates a nice hangout for you and your friends. 


Fatburger’s milkshakes are definitely the ones to try when you make a visit. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@fatburger


They currently have 4 outlets in Novena Square, Kinex, NEWest and Cineleisure. There will be another outlet opening soon in Star Vista.

5. Have an R&R day at Natureland


Natureland has eight outlets across Singapore, including this one at Holland Village. PHOTO CREDIT: NATURELAND


Nothing like a wellness retreat to relax any tension in your body.

Spend your day at Natureland’s massage and wellness spa, with their wide range of services that includes full body massages, sports massages, slimming massages and even guasha.

The services are offered at pretty affordable prices. They have a full body massage therapy promotion for $64.20 until Dec 31. There’s also a foot reflexology promotion for $51.36.

Natureland has eight outlets in Singapore, located in places like Orchard Point, Chijmes and Marina Bay Sands. 

What are you waiting for? Take your pick of these activities and you are sure to have a great  recharge afterwards.

If you are looking for more mental well-being resources, check out Youthopia’s resource page with everything from mental health self-assessments to tips for coping with challenging seasons in life.

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