Women are naturally excellent at multi-tasking, often sacrificing ‘me-time’ for her family, work and community. But all that comes at a price later: burnout. To avoid getting crushed under the heavy pile of expectations and obligations that come with being a wife, mother, daughter, friend and all-around Superwoman at work, we have to give ourselves the care we need before we can continue caring for others. How? These 5 proven tips offer a great start (Healthy Heart, Mind and Body).
Tip #1: Adopt an active lifestyle
We know that exercise is good for us, but it is often the last in our to-do list. One way to make exercise a natural part of our daily life is not to view it as a separate activity, but rather as an essential part of our whole day like eating and sleep. So if your work ties you to a desk, pursue hobbies that naturally take you outdoors and get you moving. A minimum of 2 and a half hours of exercise a week is ideal; more if you are trying to lose weight.
Once you’ve reached your goal weight and you want to shed for good the last remaining pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, consider getting a non invasive fat reduction treatment called Cool Sculpting that uses controlled cooling to kill and eliminate fat cells naturally and permanently. Coolsculpting Singapore clinics reduce body fat by using FDA-approved applicators for each area of concern: CoolMini for small areas like double chins, armpit fat and ‘banana rolls’ underneath the buttocks, and the latest Coolsculpting CoolAdvantage for the usual areas of fat accumulation in the back, abdomen, thighs and flank wherein the treatment can now be done within 35 mins per area instead of 60 mins.
Tip #2: Keep stress at bay
Stress is an inevitable part of modern life. Even if you consciously choose a less stressful work, there will be times when you feel like you have taken on more than you can manage. Meditation, deep breathing, massage, aromatherapy, even facials and other types of pampering, lunch with friends, frequent breaks and long vacations, are all ways that let you off stream and recharge your batteries so you remain calm and productive even in the midst of demanding situations.
Sex is a well-known stress management technique because of the release of endorphins (feel-good hormones) during orgasm. But don’t let vaginal laxity, dryness or pain kill your sex drive. Performed by women’s clinic Singapore specialists using energy-based device, Geneveve by Viveve is a non surgical vaginal tightening treatment that safely and gently heats the deeper layer of vaginal tissues to stimulate the body’s natural collagen-making process while it simultaneously cools and protects the surface. The result is increased sexual sensation and a happier, more active sex life.
Tip #3: Switch to whole foods and lean meats
Fast food may fill you up quickly but it’s also going to make you mentally foggy, chronically low in energy, and malnourished yet likely to put on weight. Whole foods – foods that are as close to their natural form as possible – not only provide the micronutrients you need, but also regulate your blood sugar levels (because the fiber in them takes a long time to digest), cleanse your liver and control your weight, consequently cutting your risk of developing diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain cancers.
The importance of nutrition cannot be overemphasized: Food is fuel for your body, heart and mind, so if you fill your ‘gas tank’ with unclean fuel, corrosion and gunk will eventually damage your engine parts. This is why anti aging programs, like Optimagenics Age Management, puts nutrition front and center in their treatment plans. The right kind of food not only supplies the body with its needed macro- and micro-nutrients, but also helps control blood sugar levels that are often blamed for today’s many ills like diabetes and obesity.
Tip #4: Foster healthy habits
Keep the gains of exercise and healthy diet by adopting habits that promote overall health. You won’t be as energized – or lose weight – if you are chronically sleep deprived (which makes you crave for carbs and sweets). Your heart-healthy food choices could be sabotaged by one too many alcoholic drinks and smoke. The anti-aging benefits you get from eating whole foods can be cancelled out by unprotected exposure to UV rays. So slather on sunscreen with broad spectrum (protection from UVA and UVB) such as Oil Free Sun Protection SPF 30. Also, try to wake up when you feel too rested, limit your drinks to one a day, floss and brush your teeth twice a day, don’t smoke, and take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
Tip #5: Go for regular checkups
You don’t have to get past a certain age to schedule regular visits to your doctor. The earlier you start this habit, the earlier your doctor can spot symptoms that you may otherwise brush off as normal. Getting moody, sleepless and sweaty, or experiencing low libido? Your doctor may diagnose this as early signs of hormonal imbalance that is the hallmark of menopause. You can get hormone replacement therapy alone to make the symptoms more manageable, or you can get onboard a holistic age management plan such as Optimagenics to help you live your best life well into old age.