For many of us, the day-to-day life we used to know has come to a halt—from the way we live and the way we work to how we socialize. As we move into the second year of the pandemic, this reality continues to pose a unique set of challenges for us all. It’s only natural to feel anxious and at loss after all this time.
Amidst the influx of excess anxiety, stress and uncertainty, it is important for us to remain positive by prioritizing self-care. Self-care routines can be practices that you find enjoyable and also promote your emotional, spiritual, mental, or physical health.
Let’s face it, in this new normal where we’re trying to productively work from home all day long, taking care of our family, having to spend longer time at home, or even being physically separated from loved ones—the situation can be quite tough and overwhelming.
Here’s some self-care ideas and wellness tips for you during these tough times.
- Set up a routine to get ready for the day
It is important to set up routines and boundaries as working from home has made it harder to separate from our personal lives. Routines help get your mind ready for work and make you feel more in control. Start with the simple things—pouring yourself a cup of coffee, cleaning up your work space, or catching up on news. As our day continues to be filled with work and taking care of our family, these routines can really help us reconnect with ourselves.
- Take frequent short breaks
Gone are the days of popping by your colleague’s desk for a quick chat or catching up with your colleagues in the pantry during coffee break. Now that most of us are working from home, we may be taking fewer breaks. Working without a break can actually impact your productivity and mental health. Plan for a short rest—five to fifteen minutes every hour—by walking around your house, refilling your water bottle, or going through a series of simple stretches.
- Sweat it out
Not only does staying active keep our body physically healthy, exercising also releases endorphins, which improves our mood, sharpens our focus and aids sleep. There are plenty of exercises that we can do at home. For cardio, instead of running, we can opt for jump rope. Yoga helps improve strength, balance, and flexibility. For something more challenging, opt for high-intensity interval training or bodyweight training. It also feels extra satisfying to sweat it out after a long day of work!
- Quiet me-time
Schedule some time for yourself. It gets overwhelming when we are thinking about work or worrying about loved ones the whole day. Meditation can help reduce stress, ease anxiety, and regulate negative thinking. Or you could treat yourself to things you enjoy—a home-manicure session, reading a book, listening to music, or just simply enjoying a cup of tea.
- Call a friend or family member
Even though we are physically separated from our loved ones, we should still continue to maintain our social interactions with them. Maintaining high-quality, close relationships are essential for our mental and physical well-being. Make it a priority to check-up on your parents, siblings or friends regularly.
- Taking care of your diet
It is time-consuming to cook every day, and some of us may even find it stressful. It’s okay to order take-out food as long as we supplement it with proper nutrients. A convenient way of ensuring we have the nutrients needed for a healthy immune system is by drinking a glass of Asodi every day.
Asodi contains patented ingredients like cantaloupe extract, rose petal extract, and fermented soybean extract as well as green tea extract, green coffee extract, and barley leaf. With these ingredients, Asodi helps enhance body functions and improve our immunity by supplementing superoxide dismutase (SOD), fighting oxidative stress, combating metabolic syndrome, and reducing advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in our bodies.
With the increasing confirmed COVID cases in Malaysia, taking care of ourselves and boosting our immunity is more essential now than ever. From now till June 30 2021, tune into Ecomins Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday as we are giving away free sets of Asodi! Contact us to find out more!