The Balanced Life

A guide to health & wellness

by Alisha Moopen

About The Author

Alisha Moopen is the Deputy Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Alisha's philosophy in life is 'Healthiness is Happiness' and she regularly pens down her thoughts, tips and guidance on everyday mental health and wellness topics which are common to all of us. She is driven to enable quality healthcare across the globe through treating people with care, precision and excellence and strongly believes in preventative care while maintaining health and wellbeing through smart lifestyle choices.

She has recently been awarded the ‘Most Promising Woman Leader of 2021’ by Economic Times and listed among the ‘50 Most Influential Women in MENA Retail’ list published by Retail ME magazine. She was also elected to the prestigious ‘Women of Influence in the Arab World 2021’ list by CEO Middle East magazine.

She is a Chartered Accountant from ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and has previously worked with Ernst & Young. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a distinction in Finance & Accounting. She also holds a degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy Change from Harvard University.

These little nuggets of useful tips are sure to help everyone lead a balanced life!

Signs you have a Wounded Inner Child

Being aware and listening to your Inner Child is the first step to healing. Offering yourself love and compassion, and working to heal any wounds that remain open, is the best way to find a better sense of self and boost your confidence and motivation in life!
What are some key signs of a wounded Inner Child?
• There are parts of yourself that you feel shame in expressing
• You look to other people to understand what the "right thing to do" is
• You feel guilty for saying "no" or for needing space

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Healing your inner child

Healing your inner child can take time, but here are some helpful tips to provide a starting point:
1. To begin healing, acknowledge your inner child - recognise and accept the things that caused you pain in your childhood.
2. Listen to the feelings of your Inner child and work through it - this may trigger strong emotions such as anger, vulnerability, guilt, or anxiety
3. Write a letter or journal - this can offer insight into distressing circumstances you didn't understand as a child
4. Try meditation - this can boost your self-awareness and greater mindfulness around your emotions and triggers

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Codependent Relationships

Growing up in a collectivistic Indian culture, inter-dependency has always been highly valued, but did you know there are differences between healthy dependency and co-dependency?
Healthy dependency is where you both count on each other but are also free to be your authentic selves! You are able to express your feelings and prioritise your own interests, values and goals.
Co-dependency describes a relationship where one person is giving MUCH MORE than the other. One person often negates their values, goals, interests and even their feelings in service of the other, often for a long time.

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7 ways to detoxify your body

Eliminating toxins can give your body a break, allowing it to heal and better function in the future, leaving you feeling healthier and more energised!
Here are some easy, quick ways we can detoxify and refresh ourselves:
1. Hot water - helps to cleanse the channels in the body. Add mint, cucumber or lemon for some extra refreshment and nutrients.
2. Eating habits - Try eating your largest meal earlier in the afternoon, and a lighter meal in the evening. Our bodies are in tune with nature which means digestion is strongest during the day!
3. Eat regular meals - train your digestive system to work more efficiently!

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WORKING FROM HOME AND DISCONNECTING FROM IT

Working from home has become the new normal for office jobs. While the vast majority of healthcare workers are on the front lines and continue to fight the pandemic at the forefront, a part of the workforce working from home has almost shifted to a feeling of ‘living at work’.

When does work begin, and when does work stop has been a blurry line for many.
I, for one, miss seeing my colleagues and connecting more informally than the endless array of Teams calls.

We need to make more active efforts to connect and meet people in person, as this new mode of working continues to build, and maintain relationships and connections with people beyond a virtual setting.

LET’S TALK NEURO TRANSMITTERS - OXYTOCIN

Oxytocin is also known as the ‘cuddle’ hormone or the ‘love’ hormone. Happiness is a combination of neuro-transmitters when they are released in your body. We are all social beings and the close feeling of love and connection with family and friends is key to this

! Here is my warmest and sweetest oxytocin fix.

LET’S TALK NEUROTRANSMITTERS - ENDORPHINS

Endorphins are released when you are exercising and or performing other physical activities.
Take a walk and keep moving; get some fresh air.

Walking is one of the most recommended forms of movement. Walk 8-10k steps per day for optimal health.
We were never meant to stay in one chair & roll our eyes over a screen.

MY GOALS FOR 2021

Have you set your goals for 2021? Are you unsure of where to start?

Not only should your goals be important to you and motivate you, they should also be specific, attainable, relevant and time bound. Writing down your goals can also help you to truly visualise what you want to achieve.

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DEVICE ADDITION

Many of us have now become settled into our work-from-home routines. However, we should be careful of the dangers lurking within our own four walls which can negatively impact our health. Those in lockdown, or isolation, who work or study from home need to address device addition, before this problem escalates into lifelong challenges.

Since the pandemic hit, our morning commutes are a thing of the past and the time we spend online has increased to new heights.

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WHY IS SLEEPING SOUNDLY SO IMPORTANT? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Sleep is essential for our bodies to repair cells, clear toxins, consolidate our memories and process information. Sleep deprivation can have major impacts on our health, negatively affecting our psychological wellbeing, concentration and even our emotional intelligence.

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