In The Moment Heals the Aftermath of Covid 19 on Women's Mental Health
In the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, overcoming isolation is more important than ever. Recent research notes that social support is a key protective factor for women’s mental health during Covid-19. This is especially true for women who are pregnant, postpartum, parenting as single mothers, those experiencing marital difficulties, and women who have recently miscarried. Moreover, women with children, particularly those who work from home, receive minimal respite from the daily grind, although recent lifts in some Covid-19 restrictions may provide a reprieve. The added duties of laundry, meal preparation, upkeep, and having to “turn it on” as a parent, are exhausting when factoring in the current state of the world.
Note: Cited from Andrea O’Reilly’s ‘Trying to Function in the Unfunctionable: Mothers and COVID-19’
Minimal emotional and domestic support have severe implications for women during the pandemic, particularly as it relates to depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Additional risk factors for suboptimal mental health among women during the pandemic include a history of anxiety or depression, minimal physical activity, and taking pharmacological medication. Physical activity may prove difficult for women given long workdays, time spent home with children who are unable to attend school due to illness, and the presence of mental health symptoms. Importantly, a study conducted by Grey et al. (2020) found that the risk for elevated levels of depressive symptoms was 63% less for individuals who experienced more social support relative to individuals with minimal social support. Individuals in this study with more social support also had a 52% lower risk of sleep difficulties relative to those with minimal social support.
For so long, social distancing and isolation have kept us all disconnected from our friends and families. Outlets that would normally replenish an empty tank have also been off the table. Until recently, attending the gym, going to dinner, and travelling were hardly things to consider. Thankfully, things are starting to shift, enabling us to get back to putting ourselves first. In this day and age, it isn’t uncommon to attach selfishness with putting ourselves first. But the truth is that when we do, we are better for everyone around us.
Visitors of In the Moment say it is a space where they could unwind, getting in touch with the parts of themselves that have been neglected and forgotten over the last few years. For many it has been a place to ‘restart’, returning to nourishing the body, mind, and spirit, and unblocking channels that have been preventing them from taking in the good. Our package for her is specifically designed with females in mind. The mere act of sharing this beachfront space with friends is good for the soul. Yet, the added nutritional benefits provided by a smoothie bar and professional chef, as well as sunset meditation, yoga practice, pendulum and mindfulness workshops, and relaxing spaces to facilitate restorative sleep, may enable your soul to awaken once again.
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