Covid-19 is turning our lives upside down. Our daily life does not look the same anymore. In Singapore, we have had to make constant and necessary adjustments to day-to-day living, like working from home, practising safe distancing and being more vigilant about personal hygiene. We are advised not to go out unnecessarily and not to have physical interaction with others except for your immediate family members.

In times like this, we need to be extra careful of our physical and emotional health. Let us discuss in-dept on these two aspects. The lack of health awareness can cause us many problems that we would not want it.

Physical Health:

Are you feeling more tired recently? Here are some things that you can do to improve your physical health.

1) Wash your hand frequently

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands.

2) Eat healthier food

According to a Cheryl Teo (a Sport Dietitian), it is important to keep a well-balanced and colourful diet, rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, as this will ensure a wide range of phytonutrients and antioxidants that are essential for protecting and boosting our immunity. We should maintain a diet rich in fibre, resistant starch and probiotics. This includes taking wholegrains and legumes, fruits and vegetables, and fermented products like kimchi, yoghurt and miso.

3) Exercise regularly (At home!)

If you have not been exercising during this circuit breaker, it is time to start exercising at home! Get your family members to join you and get active together at home. There are plenty of online workout videos that you can follow. One of our favourite workout trainers will be Chloe Ting. She has a 2-weeks abs challenge video which was highly recommended by many people. Get fit during this period!

Emotional Health:  

Some of us are feeling stressed, concerned and worried during this unprecedented time. Here are some things that you can do to improve your emotional health.

1) Mindfulness practices

You can add in mindfulness practices into your daily life. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Mindfulness improves well-being and mental health.

Here is the playback of our Mindfulness Practice webinar:

2) Talk to people (on online!)

Sharing your problems with others can help you. But of course, remember to do it online if you are talking to your friends or colleagues. You should not keep problems to yourself. This will worsen your emotional health and you will feel worse.

3) Attending webinars to improve your skills

In Aventis, we have free webinars curated for you as part of our #AventisCares program. We have a list of topics that you can attend online. There are topics that can help you in your personal effectiveness, soft skills, and many more. They are FREE so why not take this time to gain new knowledge and learn new skills? 😊

If you have missed out on some of our free webinars, you can playback on our YouTube channel.

Lastly, remember that you are not alone, and we are in this together! Let us fight this battle together.

Sources:

Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands?

Maintaining Good Nutrition During Circuit Breaker