When you hear the name Alpana Singh, you may very well still think of when she was the host of Check, Please!, an era that also included the master sommelier hosting numerous tastings that showcased her oenophile chops. Now, Singh spends her days (wo)manning two successful restaurants in the heart of downtown Chicago.
How she unwinds:
"Seven Lions is located directly across from the Art Institute and during moments where I find an extra 30 minutes or so of free time, I like to wander through the museum and enjoy the magnificent works of art. I find that as soon as I enter the space, my blood pressure drops and I'm generally in a much better mood. Art work really does inspire you!
"For reading, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho has always been a fantastic go-to reminder that we are all here for a purpose and there is a purpose for why we are here. Nurture and follow your inner intuition and pay mind to those omens. Nothing is by accident. And, I really enjoy watching CBS Sunday Morning News. The inspirational and informative stories are exactly what I need to slow my pace and take a moment to relax. It's a ritual that if skipped throws off my entire week."
"Balance is about acknowledging and accepting the selfish parts of yourself and trusting that doing the right thing for yourself first is best for everyone around you. We tend to put ourselves last, but resentment eventually builds, and you can't give your best when you're drained, exhausted, and tired. It's important to schedule breaks and moments of solitude and quietness. My morning ritual of coffee and reading is extremely important to me and I make it a priority, which means not scheduling meetings or agreeing to things that take away from my routine.
"I also meditate at least once a day for about 15 to 30 minutes. I have an app called Headspace on my phone that guides you through short meditations. Meditation helps me recenter, refocus, and recalibrate. Once you try it, it's very difficult to go back. And probably the best gift I give to myself to keep me balanced is weekly meetings with my therapist. Having a person who you can confide in and talk to without judgement is enormous, and I am a strong advocate for therapy, especially for overburdened schedules."
Photographed by Anthony Thalier.