This weekly session of the Work Different series on 20th August 2021 featured Mr. Lawrence Chan, BAC Education’s Chief Collaboration Officer, who spoke about “Keeping the blues at bay during lockdown.”
First, Mr. Lawrence briefly shared about the pandemic and mental health in Malaysia – touching on how alarming suicide rates have been in recent times, rising to a scary 78%, and people who have suicidal thoughts are the ones who usually suffer from emotional scarring – depression, loneliness, loss of jobs and income. It was also brought to attention that since the beginning of lockdown, unhealthy eating habits crept into the lives of many. With food easily accessible with one click, through Food Panda and Grab Food, society have been feeding themselves with all types of cuisine available on these platforms, disregarding health.
With mental state and the wellbeing of many taking a toll, people were also on the brink of hopelessness. Many living away from family members found it difficult to cope, with travel bans and restrictions in place. With no social interaction and communication, it was a struggle.
Having stated the above, Mr. Lawrence then delved into how we can follow a few steps below to help us cope during the lockdown:
Exercise releases endorphins, making us feel good. It increases cardiovascular fitness and energy, and it can be of any form (walking, running, cycling). When and how long one should exercise and where to exercise especially now that many gyms and open spaces are closed to public, was shared.
Many of us take this for granted, but having a proper diet during lockdown promotes wellbeing, and the ‘quarter-quarter-half’ rule is what we should follow. Quarter-carbs, Quarter-protein, Half-vegetables, and fruits. And one should consume 1-1.5 litres of water a day, excluding coffee, tea, etc. Regular meal times are necessary and we should exercise common sense when eating.
When working from home, having a daily routine sometimes tend to be loss. Not having a proper routine can lead to anxiety and stress. Thus, a routine gives us structure and purpose, and will increase performance.
Among the other points to note:
Tidiness – how decluttering can help us focus
Connection & mindfulness – how mastering knowledge of one’s self, and gaining a better perspective on situations will lead to better state of mind
Meditation – can help relieve stress and increase patience and tolerance
As this insightful sharing by Mr. Lawrence ended, he answered questions posed by attendees, who found this session to be a fruitful one.