IOL Health Mag – Issue 4 October 2020


There are only two months till 2020 ends. It’s truly been a rollercoaster ride having to manage your work and home life in the midst of a pandemic, it wasn’t easy.This time taught us a few things and helped to prioritise things that are important to us. One of them being self-care. In the past, self-care seemed like a luxury or something far-fetched but now it has been proven to show a pivotal role in our health, especially our mental health.

But what is self-care? Experts say it is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept, in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to an improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also crucial to a good relationship with yourself and others

The new issue looks at the importance of self-care during these stressful times and tips on how to be happy, mindful, and be happy.

For those who have experienced trauma recently or in the past, we share our knowledge on mindful healing: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

For most parts of the year, many people could not see any family or friends and they had to turn to their four-legged friends to help them through this time. We look at how pets can help improve your mental health.

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