May has been a challenging month for me. My dad, who lives in the UK, was admitted to hospital with suspected heart issues, and my husband was taken to hospital unexpectedly at the same time here in Hong Kong. They are both ok now but the stress and uncertainty brought back memories of the first decade of my marriage – a trying time when my husband, who was seriously ill with a debilitating condition, endured endless rounds of operations. And now, I feel additional stress and a sense of helplessness that comes with living thousands of miles apart from my aging parents.
I know many of us have elderly parents, family or friends who have been or are seriously unwell. I wanted to share with you some things that you can do to help you through such difficult times.
Here are the top 5 techniques that helped me.
Typically, women are better at seeking health-related advice compared to men who are less likely to take care of themselves or open up to others. Seeing as though June is Men’s Health Awareness month and Father’s Day why not treat your dad or the man in your life to a health consultation. We are lucky to have Joe, our very own male Health Coach here, who can advise on all areas of personal wellbeing from food and weight to exercise, gut and heart health.
Recipe of The Month
Quick and Easy Tomato and Courgette Stir Fry with Quinoa
A delicious, healthy and nourishing lunch or dinner meal that all the family will love. The quinoa is a great source of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids our bodies need. It also contains double the fibre of other grains, which means it keeps constipation (a common concern for many during stressful times). Meanwhile, tomatoes and courgettes both have an abundance of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that prevents cancer-causing free radicals from damaging and ageing the body.
Alison and the Health Nation HK team!