Mental Health | Tips on getting through lockdown

You are not alone.

After trying everything possible to get a LIVE call together with Laken Folster, Counselling Psychologist, we have admitted tech-defeat as it just seems her phone does not want her to go LIVE! Laken and I were able to have a ZOOM chat together whereby I could ask her the questions sent through by my IG followers, and she has kindly put everything together in writing for me to share with you all. In essence this post covers: Why the lockdown has us feeling anxious, unsettled and unstable & what we can do about it.

Shan xoxo

SUMMARY:

  1. What happens to your body and brain when you are quarantined and how to cope:
  2. Mental health tips
  3. Staying or being motivated
  4. Adventure therapy- growth- positivity
  5. Dealing with anxiety
  6. Relationship tips
  7. How to balance it all
  8. Pregnancy and isolation
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Collagen | FAQ

I’ve received loads of questions about collagen since sharing the discount code (SHAN10) with you all, and even more since the competition launched and so I’ve decided to collate all info here, and if there is anything you would still like to know that is not covered here please feel free to ask me.

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Covid19 | Education & videos

I’ll keep adding helpful videos that I come across so you can download and share on Whatsapp with loved ones and hopefully people in our townships and communities to better educate and guide them to help get us through this 🙏🏼

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10 Steps to ensure Mental Health Wellness during ‘lockdown’

The thought of enduring a country-wide lockdown for 21days (or more) naturally brings with it a large dose of anxiety. Some of us will be in lockdown with our families which is wonderful in many ways… but children who are home-bound for any period of time will become more irritable their siblings, frustrated with their surroundings and test us in many ways. Moms will have shorter fuses, naturally taking on the strain of what is happening in our nation, also feeling stifled by the lack of external input, as well as exhausted by having our kids on top of and around us allllllll day long. Not to mention the unusual dynamic of having Dad/hubby around 24/7! In most cases Dads are just not used to being home for this amount of time, and it’s not likely to be smooth sailing for the duration of this isolation period, for anyone. All round we are unified in facing something we’ve never faced before. Many of us are going to be heavily impacted financially by this lockdown, and that brings with it its own stress. Others of us are preparing to isolate alone, with no one to share this time with, and days will be very long. Each of us is going to cope with this in our own ways, and it’s really important that we do our very best to keep mentally strong & positive.

Laken Folster is a counselling psychologist who has very kindly shared some helpful advice on how to maintain a healthy mental state during this lockdown, how to cope and get through this with a positive mindset:

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Covid19 update | SA in National State of Disaster

This is what I took from President Ramaphosa’s address 15 March 2020

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Bowel Balance | Review

When I was first approached and asked if I wanted to be part of a community chosen to trial Bowel Balance and feedback on my experience my first instinct was to shy away from the opportunity. Speaking about toilet habits is something we just don’t do… not publicly anyway!

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Fitchef | Review

In July I was asked to review the FitChef meals and I have been inundated by questions from you all asking how we found it and if I would recommend it! Justin and I were very kindly sent the 21 day couples challenge to try, and here are our thoughts:

Arrival:
It is safe to say that the order process and delivery as well as packaging of the FitChef meals impressed me from the minute the delivery man arrived with 4 (rather large) boxes, chilled and sealed.
Opening the boxes was one of the most exciting unboxes I have done this year, and I couldn’t stop grinning from ear-to-ear at the thought of not having to meal-plan, prep or cook for Justin and I for at least 21 days! Bliss!

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What’s breast for you {& your babe}? | Repost

It’s #WorldBreastfeedingWeek, and over this past week my inbox has been flooded with emails entitled or including the #breastisbest slogan. Instagram has been filled with {beautiful} breastfeeding pictures and controversial discussions around the topic.

While I personally have never been one to share any {revealing} images of me breastfeeding, prior to today of course ;), every #breastisbest hashtag has pushed me a little more to share my feelings on the topic. But before I share my feelings on the matter, here is some background on my three b/feeding experiences:

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5 steps to lifting my spirits when I’m low

If I’m honest I am blessed with a generally happy disposition, so most days I am in a happy place and space and feel love all around me #rosetintedglasses . I won’t say that I wake up happy… because that would be an absolute lie. I am NOT a morning person and it takes me some time to “rise and shine”. My loving hubby is so understanding of this and helps me start my engines with my much needed caffeine next to my bed… everyyyyy morning!!! I know, I’m a spoilt brat!! It works for us 🙂 Plus… he makes WAY better instant coffee than I do! 🙂 *See end of article for my fave instant coffee!

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Chickenpox | Our experience with the virus

Picture the scene:

01 September 2017 | Friday morning | 06:35am
I am woken with these dreaded words:
“Mom, look at all these spots on me!”

There could not have been a worse time for my Jackson to get Chickenpox. The morning before his (and his brother’s joint) much anticipated soccer party -which had been a countdown in our house for what felt like the last 364 days 😜

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