Take Good Care of Ourselves by Lim Kok Eng

Wellness and wellbeing are hardly new topics. But it has definitely come to the forefront since the beginning of 2020. The pandemic has been very challenging and disruptive to countries and individuals. It has disrupted our lives and our routines. Many of us have to work from home and students have online classroom or home-based learning for the longest time ever. There are those who feel confined at not being able to travel or even gather with families or friends.

The impact has been psychological, emotional and social. Many faced loneliness, decreased job and financial security, fear for lives of loved ones, etc. Some feel loss of control, frustration, alone, isolated and disconnected.

This pandemic has put the spotlight on mental wellness. In one recent survey, close to 72% of respondents ranked mental health as the most important influence on their personal health and wellbeing, just ahead of physical health at 70%. There is a growing awareness that mental health has an impact on overall health.

Self-care is not a selfish act but rather a conscious or deliberate act we take to promote our own physical, mental and emotional health. During this time, some of us take care of ourselves by keeping physically active while other learn new skills. Some take short me-time to rejuvenate.

How about you? What do you do to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing?

Any wellness website to share?