Being a woman

While driving to the nearest supermarket for my groceries, I overheard on the radio, the voice of Malaysian international actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh’s community message.  It was in Cantonese and it sounds like this after my translation.

“A woman does not only dominate her home, but is capable of leading a country”.

I nodded my head with agreement. Married women nowadays are certainly not just merely your home-bound housewives who spend most of their time at home. With the rising cost of living and the rising inflation rate, a majority of women choose to work and have a career of their own, while juggling their different roles in life. Be it being a working single lady, a wife, a working mother, stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, driver, cook, you name it.

Women have so many roles to play in today’s fast-paced lifestyle that often we tend to compromise on our own health and well-being, not to mention beauty rituals too!

It is time to start taking care of ourselves with the basic tips below that are often forgotten:

1.  Get enough sleep and rest
Sleeping allows the body to repair and regenerate itself. It also helps the brains to process and file new information collected during the day. To get a restful sleep, reduce the need to use the lap top, Internet, mobile and avoid late-night shows. Going to sleep earlier before midnight is beneficial as every minute of sleep you get before midnight is equivalent to about four minutes after that.

Taking a day off at least once a week from our daily tasks or responsibilities for a complete ‘me’ time also allows us to take a break from the daily stresses, enabling us to recharge our energy to continue our task cycle, which often seem never ending. This prevents exhaustion and build-up of stress that may only deter us from doing more!

2.  Healthy eating
Avoid highly processed, refined, pre-packaged and fast food. These are food bought off-the-shelves that are usually laden with sugar, hydrogenated fats, preservatives, colourings and other additives. As a rule of thumb, the longer the food can be placed on the shelf, the longer the substances will remain in the body and harm our overall body function and performance resulting in a sluggish body. Aim for fresh and natural vegetables and fruits.

3.  Take supplements
As much as we would like to stay nourished by eating healthy wholesome food, our diet would still lack of some essential nutrients due to our often inconsistent daily diet and depletion of nutrients from the soil where most of our food source come from. There are four types of supplements that are necessary for optimal health and performance.
  • Multi-vitamins preferably wholefood multivitamins
  • Balance Trance mineral (eg: zinc, slenium, Magnesium, ETC)
  • Antioxidant : Vit C, CoQ10
  • Omega -3 oils

 More will be discussed about the benefits of the above supplements in the next post.

4.  Exercise
Exercising at least 30 minutes a day helps to relieve our everyday pressure and stress. Try doing some light physical activities that you enjoy such as jogging, swimming, yoga or simply brisk walking or stretching exercises. Exercise also allow better mind and body coordination.

5.  Hydration
Our body consists of more than 70% water. Every individual’s hydration need is different. For example if you weigh 50 kg, you should drink minimum 50 ounces or 1500 ml of pure water a day. That is about 7 to 8 glasses of water.
Let’s practise these diligently as a first step to giving yourself a healthier body and mind, to be able to live better and do more!

By CL,
CL is a new mom, who is still exploring the joy of motherhood. She has chosen to commit to her family and baby while working at home. She believes in giving them the best of love and health by first loving herself.