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Some time in May, we took the leap to curb our social media activity. As taboo as it may have sounded for an industry like fashion meant to keep up appearances, we decided to focus energy on other areas of the business rather than to be caught up in the whirlwind of social media. The break has paid off and so with topics like mental health being top of mind during these times, we are here to encourage you to take time out when you need.
Taking time out for self-care sounds only natural, yet we tend to be worried about what others might think. Our advice? Have real determination to keep at it or risk burning out. Knowing your worth is one of the building blocks of confidence and it starts from here. What others say is secondary.
Here are some self-care goals that we took the time for, that are more than possible for anyone to achieve.
Step out for some sunshine
With the restrictions going on around the world, the one thing we are still able to do is to bask in the sun as we step out for groceries or takeaways. In places like Singapore where we are based, we are thankful to still be able to head to the parks for some fresh air. Just don’t forget the sunscreen while you are at it.
Do a 20-minute workout each day
With tons of exercise apps or YouTube videos out there, now is the time to get fit. Even if you cannot head very far out, some movement will lift your mood and introduce oxygen to your blood cells – one of the keys to reducing cancer risk.
Less clutter, more breathing space
Clear your surrounding space. As homes get tinier, we need to adapt to living with less. Most of the time we only wear 20% of our wardrobe, yet we continue to be drawn in by the latest trends such as buying new outfits we may not need. Clutter increases stress levels (Read: Can your wardrobe be the cause of your stress?) so clearing out that wardrobe could be one of the first priorities to put down on your list.
Every October, attention is drawn to one of the leading causes of death around the world for women – Breast Cancer. But the topic, or just the topic of health in general, should be given more attention than we allow. Within our team itself, we have experienced the loss of loved ones to not just breast cancer but other types of health diseases and on top of that have had personal experiences with such health issues. Early detection can save your life so don’t take it lightly. Arrange that health screening today.
Find your dream skincare brand
With ever increasing awareness of potentially harmful ingredients in skincare products, a plethora of natural skincare brands have popped up in recent times. These include brands like the amazingly affordable The Ordinary which uses only the simplest ingredients to target specific skin problems or Singapore based, personalised skincare Yours that is Swiss made.
Practise a day and night beauty routine
Don’t just slap on moisturiser and be done with it. Your skin needs more tender-loving care from a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type to toner to prep the skin to moisturiser topped off with sunscreen.
Be aware of food triggers
That delicious chocolate bar or yummy mala hotpot may do your skin in just as you think you have your routine downpat. Diet has been proven to affect your skin so be sure to include plenty of vegetables and anti-oxidant foods in your daily meals.
Find the right diet plan
Vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free…we lost count. Choose your diet plan based on your body type or your daily routine. A blood test on allergens and triggers can help identify foods you might be sensitive to.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The three standard meals of the day are the most important but in the right order. Have a full breakfast before you kick off the day followed by a balanced lunch and a light dinner. You wouldn’t want to go to bed with too much undigested food in the belly.
Always remember – you are what you eat.
Self-care is not selfish
Often times, we get caught up in caring for others that we burnout quickly and continue trudging on for fear of judgement. The good news is you are allowed to take time out. The bad news? If you don’t, get ready for a mental breakdown.
Draw boundaries between work and personal spaces
Even as we work from home at Girlsourced, we dress in slightly more formal (but comfortable) attire during the day (Read: 6 Must Have Items For Your #WFH Days) and then switch into our home gear when the day ends. If you jump straight into work with your PJs on, chances are, you will lose track of time. Dressing up in work attire during office hours will help you get into work mode and of course looks more presentable if you ever have to turn on the camera.
Have someone to talk to
Don’t go it alone. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can be a listening ear and who are willing to provide some advice without judgement. No one you can trust? That’s okay. Since the advent of the pandemic many mental wellness businesses have launched to support the community with services like counselling, peer support and more. One of our favourites is Safe Space, a Singapore-based mental well-being platform offering both online and off-line counselling sessions with certified therapists.
Relationship with your Self
Before we discuss others, do you have a healthy relationship with your self? Often times we let go of our self identity, looking at identity as daughter, girlfriend, wife or mother take over our passions and dreams. While we certainly can adapt to the situation that calls for it, never lose sight of who you are. Girlsourced partners like Peace by Peace’s Anna Chan and Empowerment coach Joyan Chan offer personal coaching services that can help you revisit those aspirations and bring you to a healthier relationship with your self.
Friends and family
We all have that one friend or family member who fell off the radar and who hides away from society. Send a message or make that call. Just as you need someone to support you, someone else needs your support.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, said Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer who lost her sight and hearing at the age of two. We have the power to connect positively in this time. Let’s use our resources for the betterment of mankind. At Girlsourced, we value our relationships with our stylist, customers, partners and most of all the Earth we live in. We try our best in little ways to give back, from supporting the Dress for Success® Singapore programme managed by registered charity Image Mission with our crowdfunding campaign in 2020, as well as providing masks for essential workers at the onset of COVID-19.
When you take care of yourself and are not stressed, you are better able to meet the needs of others.
Loving yourself isn’t the same as being selfish. Rather by giving yourself a chance to take a break, people around you can benefit from happy vibes from a self-aware and conscious individual.
As we return slowly to society with vaccinations for COVID-19 ramping up, it will take time for us to adapt to this new normal. So go on an adopt a self-care routine. Whether you’re ready to declutter, or to treat yourself, a Girlsourced Stylist can help.
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