Self-care in the Time of COVID-19
- Contributed by SuperNature's in-house nutritionist Tiffany Wee
It’s been just over a year since COVID-19 first reared its ugly head and while the world is still grappling with the new reality, many reports indicate that women are feeling the brunt of the pandemic much more than men.
Being the usual “go-to” person at home, women often find themselves juggling with staying productive on the professional front, while tackling daily responsibilities like household chores and caring for their children or aging parents.
If you’re feeling stressed or burnt out, know that you’re not alone. And that whatever you are experiencing is valid.
This International Women’s Day, take a step back, and take care of yourself and the women around you. We recognise that change can be difficult. Instead of being frustrated over what you can’t control, step away from the noise and focus on what matters – your well-being. Self-care is not selfish. It’s necessary so that you can be the best version of yourself and continue to be a pillar of support for those around you.
As a start, here are some ways to nourish your body for optimal health:
- Eat Well
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to boost your immunity and support your physical well-being with adequate nutrition. Head down to SuperNature to get fresh organic whole foods and high quality supplements to ensure optimal health.
- Prioritise Sleep
A regular sleep schedule is a critical part of self-care. Research shows most adults need between seven or eight hours of sleep each night to maintain a healthy mind and body.
- Detox Digitally
Find time each day to put aside devices and be present with your loved ones, whether it’s reconnecting with an old friend, catching up with your parents over the phone or simply playing with your kids.
- Enjoy Aromatherapy
When inhaled, scent molecules in essential oils travel almost instantly to impact the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre. Try citrus oils like grapefruit, orange and bergamot, which can soothe anxiety and uplift the spirit.
- Move Your Body
As tempting as it may be to skip a workout when you’re busy, exercise is essential because it helps to reduce stress, prevent weight gain, boost the immune system and improve sleep.
While your physical health is crucial, don’t neglect the importance of mental well-being Here are some ways to help you achieve calm and balance:
- Acknowledge Your Feelings
Whatever emotions you feel —positive, negative or neutral—are all valid and need to be expressed. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge them. Remember that it’s okay to not be okay. Let your emotions run its course and give yourself the time to heal.
- Practise Self-Compassion
So you lost your temper at the kids. Remind yourself that you’re not superhuman, and making mistakes is okay. Cut yourself some slack and learn to forgive yourself.
- Practise Pausing
When you start to feel overwhelmed, make a conscious effort to pause and centre your mind. If this does not come naturally to you, consider mindfulness apps like MindFi or Headspace to help you release tension and bring yourself back to the moment.
- Connect with Nature
Research shows that being in nature or viewing scenes of nature reduces anger, fear and stress and increases pleasant feelings. In fact, it has been found that even a simple plant on your desk can help to lower stress and anxiety.
Whether big or small, do something your future self will thank you for today. The pandemic shall pass, and when you look back on it, let it be with gratitude - and not regret - for having emerged stronger and better. Always remember, you’re one amazing person who’s doing the best you can.