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!

CONNECTING WITH YOUR YOUNG ONE

Play at a young age is so important to help your little ones to engage and interact with the world around them. It can spark their imagination and allow children to use their creativity, whilst also improving their cognitive ability, and even building emotional strength.

I can’t wait to go on our next little adventure with my little ones.

EFFECTIVE WEIGHT LOSS IDEAS

Yoga is something I used to do frequently, and I absolutely loved it but after having a baby, I found that it wasn’t as effective with my weight loss goals, so I turned to strength training, weight training, and going back to the gym instead.

However, I am really missing my yoga sessions now, and I would love to explore it again.

COVID – 19 VACCINATED

An update for you all! I finally got my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
At this stage it is common for many people to experience some dizziness, nausea or fever, but I'm glad to be feeling fine so far.

I'm incredibly grateful to now have received both doses, which will hopefully help build my immunity as well as provide safety and protection from the virus.

A quick update on my ankle injury – I am so glad to say that the boot is finally off, inside the house only for the time being. I'll still have to wear the boot outside for the next 3 weeks, but I'm glad to be getting there slowly but surely.

A huge smile and wave to you all from myself and my daughter Iman, hope you're all keeping safe and enjoying your day!

HAVING THAT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

My working from home reality is a balance between work and cuteness overload.
Working from home can often be a delicate balancing act with the little ones.

I find that it helps to set realistic expectations in terms of productivity, understand your priorities and try to keep an organised schedule.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself. We’re all facing new challenges as we navigate through this difficult time and there’s no right or wrong way to face them.

HOW TO AVOID MENTAL HEALTH DETERIORATION

The past year has brought forward challenges for all ages and groups, as worries and fear for the future have crept into our everyday reality. The World Health Organization predicts that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. So, it is paramount that self-care strategies become a part of our daily routine to protect mental and physical health.

The Solution: Maintain a daily rhythm, limit exposure to negative news media, focus on positive thoughts, set priorities and stay busy, while also staying connected with family members.

GET YOUR DOSE OF VITAMIN ‘SEA’

I love spending time near the ocean, it is my happy place and the one thing I never get tired of.

I find that the water does wonders for my mental health and helps to invoke a calm and positive mental state. The sound of waves crashing can also be soothing for the mind, helping you feel relaxed and engaged with your surroundings.

LET’S TALK MENTAL HEALTH & MEDITATION

In today’s world, our monkey mind is in overdrive, constantly worrying and thinking the worst. One thing that many people suggest as a solution to this is meditation.

With my recent ankle accident, I try to take out 5-15 minutes every day for mediation using apps like CALM or HEADSPACE.

Another easy way to meditate is through music. My friend shared a brilliant Spotify meditation playlist with me recently which I love to use.

We are constantly running and moving, so meditation can really help us to centre ourselves and find balance, but it does often take patience to get there.

YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE IN UAE

1. Is the vaccine safe?
Yes! Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective health interventions for infectious disease.

2. Does it work?
Trials show that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are more than 90% effective, while the Sinopharm vaccine is 86% effective. There is still a high COVID-19 infection rate in most parts of the world and only a vaccine will help to arrest further spikes in transmission.

3. Who should get vaccinated?
The vaccine is recommended for most people aged 18 years and above.

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RECOVERING FROM A BONE FRACTURE

As you all may know, I recently fractured the calcaneus cuboid in my ankle and will unfortunately have to be in a boot for the next few weeks while I recover.

So far my recovery process is going well. I’ve now started my physiotherapy, as well as slowing returning to swimming, which is really helpful for strengthening the ankle, and is also great as you don’t feel the pain as much in the water.

Apart from that it has been a lot of self-care, rest and recovery time, as well as finally catching up on all the books I’ve collected over the last few years.

GRATITUDE IS THE BEST ATTITUDE

Here’s a reminder to take a moment to feel truly grateful for all that we have.

Practicing gratitude is not only a great way to feed positive energy back into the world, but did you know that it also has plenty of health benefits?

It can rewire your brain, eliminate stress, improve sleep, boost self-esteem and even improve communication between you and your loved ones. When we acknowledge all the good in our lives, we can create a true sense of happiness and contentment.