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Wellness Tips to Improve Your Morning Routine

Mornings can be pretty hectic. Wouldn’t it be nice to start your day doing something that makes you feel great? We’ve got some top wellness tips to help bring a bit more calm to your morning routine. Let’s slow down for a minute…

1 – Fuel Up 

Start off with a delicious, healthy breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day, after all. The ‘breakfast club’ tag features some mouth-watering inspiration.

Hungry for more? Why not ask the ASKWHO foodie group for some ideas? 

2 – Get Moving

The summer heat might make you a little reluctant to stay active, but even light exercise is super beneficial for your wellbeing. Beat the heat by heading out early in the morning. You could take a stroll along an ASKWHO-recommended route (take a look in the hiking interest tag). A sunrise surf session is another great way to cool off. Ride the waves at Sunset Beach before things get busier later in the day. See if anyone on the ASKWHO outdoors or fitness group is up for joining you

To ease into your day, try out some yoga. Exploring the Events page in the ASKWHO app means you can find upcoming classes near you from the community. You might even find people to go to your next session with.  

3 – Do something for you

When was the last time you actually took a bit of time for yourself? There are plenty of small ways to do this every day. You could find a quiet spot outside to read for an hour – it’s always nice to start the day without staring at a screen.

Practicing gratitude is also a simple way to become more mindful of the good things in your life. It can be easy to focus on the negatives, especially if you’re stressed. Taking five minutes in the morning to fill out a gratitude journal can help you refocus.

Meditation is another useful mindfulness habit to get into. Spending even 10 minutes each day reconnecting with your body adds up. In the long term, you’ll gain a better awareness of how you’re doing both mentally and physically, which makes it much easier to spot when you might need some TLC.

4 – Plan your day 

Setting out a plan for your day allows you to be more intentional about what you’re doing, and stops you from getting overwhelmed with to-dos. Choose just a few of your main priorities while enjoying your morning coffee. Your day will seem far more manageable once it’s broken down into smaller, clearer tasks.

The ASKWHO community are always sharing ways to take care of yourself in Dubai. The meet-up group even planned a group yoga session recently – head over to the Event page to see what else is going on.

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How Many Friends Should You Have? The Different Types of Friendship

In the world of social media, the line between ‘friend’ and ‘acquaintance’ has become fairly blurred. It’s easier than ever to connect with new people, and with ASKWHO you can turn them into friends, not just followers. But, when it comes to friends, how many is the ideal number? 

The big three

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘friends for different seasons, friends for different reasons’. It’s true, there are distinct, different types of friendship. Three, in fact, at least according to Aristotle. 

1 – Friendships of utility

Your neighbor who always cat-sits when you’re away? Likely a friendship of utility. This usually exists between people who have some use to each other. It’s a more transactional friendship, limited to the services you provide one another. There might be more of a sense of turn-taking, keeping track of who owes who the next favor. Maybe some of the very first people you met when you arrived in Dubai would fall into this category. 

These necessary bonds might sound a bit lacking, but they often act as the starting point for developing one of the other two kinds. They also make your daily life much easier, particularly when you’re starting out in a new place. The pets tag on ASKWHO is the perfect way to find that cat-sitter for the next time you’re away. 

2 – Friendships of pleasure

Put simply, these are the kinds of friendships between you and the people you like being around. Unlike friendships of utility, you thoroughly enjoy some part of these friends’ personalities, and usually share some similar interests. 

This might translate to them being your go-to activity pals. Finding this type of friend can seem tricky, though. What if you want to try something new but don’t want to go alone? ASKWHO can solve that catch-22. Whether you’re into gaming, brunching, theater or fitness, there’s a group for you just waiting to make new connections. 

3 – Friendships of the good

The longest to build, but the hardest to break. Friendships of the good arise with those you share a mutual respect with. You have the same goals, value the same things, and truly understand each other. A lot of people think these are unattainable unless you’ve been friends for life, but that’s actually not true. Meeting others who share your outlook at any stage in your life could result in this relationship. It’s especially easy when you can join groups who value what you do – that’s why ASKWHO is a great place to find this type of connection. 

There you have it

You’re going to form plenty of different types of friendships throughout your life. There really is no golden number, it’s about what works for you. Some will fit cleanly into each of these three categories, others will be more of a mix. But making friends is never a negative – every new person you meet brings you a step closer to finding those long-lasting bonds. Introduce yourself on ASKWHO today and see which types of friendships you could make.