On top of having full-time jobs, many women are the primary caregivers for children and the elderly at home. This is a huge task as it is, what more amid the COVID-19 global health crisis!
As much as we’d like to believe we have it all under control, having to work from home is a big lifestyle adjustment, especially when we have to take care of the kids and/or elderly and manage the household at the same time.
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At such a time, know you are not superwoman, and you don’t have to be. It is okay to take a break to rest and recharge.
The ‘new normal’ takes an inevitable toll on your mental health, so it’s essential to take care of your body and mind before you fall prey to depression. To manage your stress levels, ensure you get adequate sleep every night, have healthy, balanced meals and make time for self-care, whether it’s through regular exercise or pursuing a hobby.
It’s also important to remember that you’re not alone. If needed, lean on your loved ones for support, and if you can, offer the same kindness in return. Don’t neglect your social ties — spending time chatting with your close friends and family can provide relief and fight feelings of loneliness.
If you are already consistently struggling with five or more symptoms of depression (check ‘SAD CAGES’ list of depression symptoms), you should seek medical advice. You can call HealthLine (by the Health Promotion Board) at 1800 223 1313 or visit your doctor, any polyclinic or hospital, or the Institute of Mental Health.
Nectar has hosted a past webinar "Nectar Circle with APSY: High-functioning Depression in Working Women" in partnership with Annabelle Psychology. You can watch a recording of the webinar for greater insights into how you can cope with High Functioning Depression and download a copy of the key takeaway slides here.