Saturday 19 September, 2020

Taking care of mind, body & spirit while coping, with JMMB

A group of patrons in conversation at the most recent staging of the JMMB Goal Getter.

A group of patrons in conversation at the most recent staging of the JMMB Goal Getter.

As a result of the months-long government-mandated orders that restrict movement, coupled with the far-reaching economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, some persons have experienced feelings of anxiety and related stress.

For this reason, JMMB’s Goal Getter producers opted to go live and sought to share coping mechanisms with viewers on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

The intent was to promote a holistic well-being approach – taking care of mind, body and spirit.

JMMB's Group Chief Marketing Officer Kerry-Ann Stimpson, who mediates these discussions, spoke on the purpose of the initiative.

“This online series underscores JMMB Group’s commitment to being in our clients’ world, with their best interest at heart; and we are happy that we have received some positive feedback from our clients and online JMMB family, many of whom look forward to the weekly webinars and the ‘keeping it real’ approach of our presenters.”

Take Care of the Mind

Clinical psychologist Sonia Wynter led the charge on the mind discussion.

She gave insight into the tell-tale signs of emotional and mental distress and warned that individuals should be alert of these signs within themselves and their loved ones.

Wynter also shared some practical strategies to coping such as paying keen attention to negative thought patterns, feelings of hopelessness and change in behaviour.

She also encouraged goal getters to protect their mental space by controlling how much information they take in and to ensure that it is as credible as it is factual.

One of her takeaways were “…be conscious that you are not feeding your mind on only negative information and filtering out positive information”, as this oftentimes leads to increased stress and feelings of hopelessness.

Wynter shares the belief that feelings of anxiety and stress may persist, even after this crisis has passed, but, she outlined the following pointers to help to preserve one’s mental and emotional well-being:

1 Exercise regularly;

2 Eat right – more good carbs, less bad ones;

3 Ensure you have a good sleep routine;

4 Connect with others, using technology, and keeping with social distancing protocols;

5 Practice health-related protocols, such as sanitisation, mask-wearing, hand-washing and all other preventative measures suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Wellness;

6 Get/Set a routine, even though you may have experienced some shift in your working environment or seeking to balance home-schooling so that your life has some structure and normalcy.

Take Care of the Body

Integrative health coach Natalie Murray underscored Dr Wynter’s tips, but added that the body is an interconnected system that requires all aspects of health to be fully functional. 

This is so to remain healthy and balanced, especially during this crisis.

She outlined a few practical steps to create balanced meals to bolster the body. These include:

1 Get a meal plan. “This helps you to create a shopping list so that you can reduce the frequency and time spent in the supermarket and the stress of figuring out what to prepare.”

She encouraged parents to get the family involved in the meal planning and preparation, thereby encouraging bonding.

Murray also encouraged repurposing ingredients as a creative way to make new meals and reduce expense.

2 Eat Healthily. Typically, people are eating more, especially children, to reduce contact with others, they may also be tempted to snack more.

She, therefore, recommended healthy snack options, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, advising persons to avoid purchasing high sugar and salty snacks.

Then, she outlined one key component of staying healthy is choosing healthy, balanced food options that boost the immune system, reduces inflammation and promotes gut health.

Some of the top food recommendations are whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dried herbs, foods rich in fibre, probiotics and water.

3 Exercise. As gyms re-open and persons seek alternative work-out options – observing social distancing protocols – Murray encouraged persons to get creative with technology.

“There are online classes that persons can join, while some gyms offer one-on-one online programmes to help you with your accountability…you can also use YouTube for free resources,” Murray advised.

Murray insists that persons should be gentle with themselves, as they ease back into their work-out routines, “Do the exercise that works for you, at a time that works best for you...working out doesn’t have to be an hour or an hour and a half; even a few minutes a day can help…the important thing is to keep moving.”

Take Care of Your Spirit

Therapeutic yoga instructor Trishan Haughton took the session to a close. She demonstrated a few stress-busting yoga poses, to relieve the added stress that persons now face.

Her routine also included breathing exercises that can “help individuals relax and get rid of tension in the body, especially when you sit a lot.”

The health experts also outlined that similar coping strategies could be used by children, to ensure their health and well-being was being maintained, as they too are impacted by the crisis.

The JMMB Goal Getter webinars are designed to give hope, lend expertise and share solutions that should assist clients and the wider public to navigate the crisis, and serves as an avenue to address a cross-section of topical issues.

Thus far, the series has explored a range of topics, including Managing Your Cashflow as an SME During COVID-19; Keeping Your Investments on Track During COVID-19; The Future You - After COVID-19; Personal Money Perspectives; Budgeting Essentials & Money Management, and more.

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