Get your mental, emotional and physical well-being back on track with smarter habits and Kordel’s range of health supplements
In partnership with Kordel’s
Malaysia’s currently in its third movement control order, also dubbed MCO3.0. While mandatory stay-home orders are necessary to curb the persistent Covid-19, there’s no denying that they’ve had an effect on our mental and physical well-being. However, you don’t have to struggle through MCO 3.0 – adopting a few simple habits can help you reshape your lifestyle and even thrive through today’s challenges. Not sure where to start? Consider these healthy habits – and a little help from Kordel’s – to get you going.
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Move your body each day
Swapping work clothes for comfy shorts and making full use of your Netflix subscription were a few silver linings of the first MCO. But too much of a good thing can wear you down, and you may be feeling agitated, annoyed or overwhelmed, especially if you’re still cooped up in a confined space for MCO3.0. Beat cabin fever with daily exercise indoors, on your balcony or even outdoors. Remember, this isn’t a command to get a beach body, just a way to stay sane! Lift your spirits in 30 minutes with a walk in one of Kuala Lumpur’s many public green spaces or an online yoga/stretching routine.
[Kordel’s recommendation: R-Alpha Lipoic Acid helps you fight sluggishness and beat all-day snacking urges by converting excess sugar into energy, which makes it suitable for home workouts]
Keep to a daily routine
COVID-19 is uncharted territory for many of us. We went from dining out and working in close quarters to staying home and living through our devices. Keeping to a routine can set the tone for your day, bring a little normality to life and even help stabilise your mood and blood sugar levels. Set and maintain regular sleep and mealtimes, schedule time to relax or bond with your family and finish your work at the time you would if you were in the office. Daily routines become especially critical for those with blood sugar conditions such as diabetes, where predictable meals, mealtimes and even exercise must all be balanced for optimum health.
Get all the nutrients you need
It’s easy to deviate from healthy eating habits since the MCO has disrupted daily routines for many. You might be tempted to order in every night, open a can of something full of preservatives or just reach out for crisps and chocolate, it can have an effect on your gut health – particularly in children. Stick to regular, healthy meals filled with the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and complement it with nutrient-filled supplements. The best way to eat healthily? Look online for new recipe ideas and try a new one as often as possible.
[Kordel’s recommendation: Try Protect Probiotic Powder to give your children’s immunity and well-being a boost]
Declutter your home & have more space to relax
Spending all your time indoors can weigh on your mind, especially if you’ve turned to online shopping as a coping mechanism and your home is filling with stuff. That’s why MCO 3.0 is the perfect time to reimagine your living space and make room for your new normal. Make a checklist of what you’ll need and what you can donate or throw away; this allows you to build comfy work and play areas, disinfect your living space easily and minimise distracting visual stimuli so you can focus better. As organising guru Marie Kondo would say, if it doesn’t spark joy, throw it out.
[Kordel’s recommendation: Boost your mood and ease stress levels with SAM-e 400 health supplement]
Set healthy digital boundaries
Smartphones connect us to regional and global news, but the tendency to “doomscroll” –spending too much time surfing through websites for bad news – is easy to slip into when you’re stuck at home. Prevent news-induced anxiety, especially if you suffer from hypertension, by setting proper digital boundaries and limiting your news consumption to specific times and a certain number of hours each day. Alternatively, consider a weekly digital detox by turning off your devices.
[Kordel’s recommendation: Magnesium, to help relaxation of muscles and mood]
Connect (virtually) with your loved ones
Social distancing and travel limitations means that we’ve been unable to visit family or celebrate festivals together. Limited and increasingly impersonal interactions can result in a sense of isolation and even loneliness. Technology has helped bridge that gap, but if the distance is still weighing you down, consider increasing the frequency of your digital catch-ups. Block out time at least once a day for a group call with your friends or family members, or stick to a specific time and day each week to catch up. Rather than on-the-go chit-chat, try making the time special and undistracted by sharing a meal or a morning coffee together.
Make time for new hobbies
Many dismissed Dalgona coffee and sourdough starters as a passing trend in previous MCOs, but pandemic-era hobbies are more than just a temporary fad. In fact, trying a new activity is an act of self-care, as it exercises different parts of your brain and can help ease the tension that comes with staying home. The more active among you can try yoga and resistance band training to combat postural pain from all that sitting. If your activity of choice doesn’t induce joy, you can always go back to the drawing board and try something new until you find one that fits.