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Empowered Women, Inspiring Women

by Coco Veda Team November 24, 2021

Society has gone a long way in allowing women the freedom to express their strengths and abilities in the education and working industry. However, we are just halfway through the journey. There are still quite a few countries that have not advanced with its view on gender equality. According to the World Bank, only six countries – Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Sweden, give men and women equal rights in the working force. Since women make up half of the world’s population, $12 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025 if there are no gender discriminating laws that hold back women from pursuing their aspired careers in the workforce. (Global Citizen, 2019)

Coco Veda emphasizes great value in women empowerment. We have an all-women operations team that we empower through upskill and training. The support and opportunity that we have offered these women have allowed them to be the breadwinners of their families. All of these women have their stories to tell about women empowerment throughout their growth and journey in Coco Veda. We have gathered all their thoughts and personal experiences through the following interview:

Q1) What does women empowerment mean to you?

“Women empowerment is about encouraging individual women to take action towards their career goals.”

All of us have dreams that we aspire to achieve. However, what sets an empowered woman apart from the crowd is her fighting spirit to stay on track no matter the hurdles that come along the journey. It is simple to say you have a dream, but sometimes we need to ask ourselves how passionate we are to achieve that dream. It takes a much deeper purpose and meaning to be firm enough to stay until the end. There are a lot of challenges that can try to stop you such as gender discrimination or lack of self-confidence. Our Coco Veda team believes that it is not enough to have a career goal. The most important part of being an empowered woman is taking action towards that goal no matter the circumstance or challenges that may come along the way. As we go forth and win through the odds that do not want us to succeed, we inspire other women who have their own career goals too that they are fighting to achieve.

Q2) What initial difficulties did you face when you started working?

“In the beginning, it was difficult to carry the boxes, especially the heavier ones because all of us are women.”

There are a lot of stereotypes that we hear growing up in a very opinionated society. Oftentimes, the statements that we hear repeatedly can get into our heads and we start to believe that they are true. This is especially evident when it comes to gender stereotypes. For instance, studies have shown that only 22% of AI professionals are women, for every female film character, there are 2.24 men, and women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men. The truth of the matter is people have created this unhealthy association to assign roles to a gender. As a woman or man, growing up and being told that they are more or less capable of doing a certain career or hobby because of their gender, will take away a lot of confidence even before they attempt to try the task. If we portray tasks to be more gender neutral, then we as a society can achieve so much more having both men and women work together with their full capabilities and confidence. 

Q3) Do you think working in Coco Veda has empowered you?

“Yes, because Coco Veda has entrusted me to handle the responsibilities in work and be accountable for my tasks.”

A great step to empowering women is believing in a woman’s capabilities. Women should be given opportunities to prove themselves. However, not all women around the world are fortunate enough to showcase their potential. In Equatorial Guinea, women still require their husband’s permission to sign a contract. Women in Bhutan and Pakistan are not allowed to sign their own names if they register a company or get a loan when they start their own business. They have to sign these documents with their father or husband’s name. Gender should not be a hindrance to a person’s freedom to work or attain something for themselves. We all have something to offer on the table and we need each other’s strengths and expertise to achieve greater success. As a woman, we also deserve to receive recognition for our hard work and not be neglected or hidden just because of our gender.

Q4) How do you feel about being the breadwinner of your family? How does your family feel about this?

“I feel proud to have a permanent job to give and provide for my family on a daily basis. However, sometimes I also feel sad because I do not have much time to spend with them and they live far away. As for my family, they feel very happy and grateful for my sacrifice in order to support them.”

I think we can see the gradual change in society’s perspective about gender roles. There has been an increase in the share of women heads of household in married couples, from 21.8% in 1990 to 46.1% in 2019. Over the years, families have become more and more receptive to women breadwinners. The Coco Veda team is a great example of an empowered woman who is willing to sacrifice being away from her loved ones in order to provide for their needs.

Q5) Why do you think so many women are still reluctant to go out and work?

“They might be weak-hearted and are afraid to face the challenges of work.”

Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. I am sure you have heard of this statement before and if you have not, take some time to ponder about what this short sentence is trying to imply. When we choose to hold ourselves back from doing something because of fear, we will always be troubled with the words “What if…” in the back of our minds. Another question we can ask is “Why are we so afraid?”. I think this would lead back to the topic of confidence. People are afraid because they don’t feel secure about their abilities. They are doubting that they are good enough to handle the tasks that lie ahead. This is why training and upskilling women, like our Coco Veda operations team, is very crucial. When women are equipped with the knowledge and training, they will feel more confident to do the task at hand. It is also important to support each other, sharing what we know and in turn, empowering the other women around us. Confidence is contagious, so being confident alone will not only be beneficial for you, but it can also inspire other women around you to be confident in themselves.

Q6) Would you like to say something to the women in society who are dominated by men and are scared to go out to work?

“What men can do, women can also do. We have to begin with knowing our strengths and abilities first, and then honing them so that we can be more confident with ourselves in pursuing our desired careers.”

COP26 The Road to Action: Ambitious or Achievable?

by Coco Veda Team November 8, 2021

What is COP26?

COP26 stands for Conference of the Parties and this year will be the 26th annual summit. This event is a global United Nations summit about climate change and how countries are planning to tackle it. The event was due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland November last year with more than 200 world leaders attending. However, due to the pandemic, it has been delayed to this year. This event is attended by countries that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), which is a treaty agreed in 1994. (BBC, 2021)

Why is COP26 so important?

“…the current way in which we consume, our habits and the way we treat our planet is not sustainable.” – Minister of Sustainability and the Environment, Ms Grace Fu (MSE’s COS Debates, 2021)

Climate change is not only the concern of world leaders or scientists. Climate change affects all of us. It affects the planet that we are living in, and in case you have not already caught up, we do not have a Planet B. The world is getting warmer because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans. We have witnessed the effects of global warming with increased flooding, heatwaves, forest fires and water scarcity, just to name a few. How long are we going to wait to take action? COP26 is a crucial event for the world to take viable and urgent steps to ease climate change. This event is a platform for all the countries to come together and work out ways to protect this planet we all call home. (BBC, 2021)

What actions have countries taken so far?

After the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015, countries have agreed on NDC or the National Determined Contributions. This is where countries have to communicate a Nationally Determined Contribution every 5 years in order to reach the goal set in the Paris Agreement. The goal was to limit the average global temperature rise to below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. 

The Paris Agreement also invited the countries to submit long-term climate and development strategies. These are the efforts that the countries have made so far to update their NDCs.

Singapore

Singapore Green Plan 2030

The Green Plan is a goal for the next 10 years to achieve Singapore’s long-term net zero emissions aspiration as soon as possible. There are 5 key aspects that the Green Plan is to focus on which is as follows:

1) City in Nature

Singapore is planning to set aside 50% more land for nature parks. They are also planting 1 million more trees across the island, which will absorb another 78,000 tonnes of CO2. 

2) Energy Reset

Although land space does not allow Singapore to create a large-scale renewable energy project, they have strived to be more energy efficient. One of the efforts being the shifting to natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel available. Singapore has also quadrupled its solar energy deployment to 5 times that of today by 2030. 

3) Green Economy

Singapore’s 2019 broad-based carbon tax has been supporting projects to help enterprises reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The vision is to become the leading centre for Green Finance in Asia and Globally.

4) Resilient Future

Increasing greenery and using cool paint on building facades, moderating the rise in urban heat. Singapore has also announced their 30 by 30 target to meet 30% of the country’s nutritional needs through locally produced food by 2030. This will be done in partnership with a vibrant agri-food industry and Singapore’s communities.

5) Sustainable Living

Singapore is aiming to reduce the waste sent to our landfill by 30%. The country is also trying to raise public transport trips taken from 64% to 75% by 2030. Furthermore, they are planning to expand Singapore’s cycling network from 460km to 1,320 km.

Agri-Food Industry in Singapore

“Technology has allowed us to grow more with less” – Daniel Wong, Head of Technology, Netatech (SGFoodAgency, 2020)

Singapore has less than 1% of land to grow food. This means that the country has to find innovative ways in order to increase the locally produced products. To overcome the constraint in land and resources, farmers have turned to technology. There are farms that use indoor multi-storey LED lighting and recirculating aquaculture systems to produce 10 to 15 times more than traditional farms.

Singapore is also embarking on a holistic exercise to master plan the Lim Chu Kang area into a high-tech agri-food zone that can raise food production in a sustainable and resource-efficient manner. It will also explore how to introduce circular economy principles where the by-products of farms can be used as inputs for other parts of the agri-food economy system. When developed, the Lim Chu Kang agri-food zone can potentially produce more than three times its current food production capacity. 

As for fish production, Singapore is looking into the expansion of sustainable fish farming in the deeper Southern Waters of Singapore and transforming the coastal fish farms in the Straits of Johor. Singapore is also utilising its land by using alternative farming spaces, such as the rooftops of multi-storey car parks. 

Semakau Landfill

Semakau landfill is Singapore’s first and only offshore landfill. This was developed in response to growing waste volumes amidst land constraints in the country. The landfill is located 8km South of Singapore, enclosing part of the sea off Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sakeng. The landfill is mostly filled with ashes produced by incineration plants.

However, Semakau Landfill’s lifespan is getting shorter by the minute. There are about 2,100 tonnes sent to the landfill daily. At this rate, the landfill is expected to be fully filled by 2035. This is why Singapore’s Inaugural Zero Waste Master Plan was launched on 30 August 2019, to reduce the waste sent to Semakau Landfill each day by 30 percent by 2030, increasing its lifespan beyond 2035. 

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s Nationally Determined Contribution includes committing to a reduction of at least 68% in their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This is the fastest rate of reductions from a major economy to date.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE has submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution(NDC) in 2015 but has decided to submit a new NDC that reflects an economy-wide emission reduction target. It intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2030 by 23.5% relative to the Business-As-Usual scenario. The country is determined to commit to the Paris Agreement and to pursue climate mitigation and adaptation objectives in line with its national circumstances and capabilities.

United States of America

Reducing Emissions

The USA has submitted its new nationally determined contribution (NDC) setting an economic-wide target to reduce its net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels in 2030. As for the energy sector, responsible for 25% of 2019 GHG emissions in the US, the NDC sets the goal to reach 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035. The NDC has also recognized the transport sector as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. It has high dependency on fossil fuels, with more than 90% of energy use coming from petroleum. (SDG Knowledge Hub, 2021)

What happened to the $100 Billion promise to accelerate climate change in developing nations?

During COP15 in 2009, developed countries pledged USD100 billion per year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020. This was aimed to help them adapt to climate change and mitigate further rises in temperature. However, 2020 has passed and these figures are still not in. (Nature, 2021)

 “Parties must urgently redouble their climate efforts if they are to prevent global temperature increases (that) will lead to a destabilised world and endless suffering.” – Patricia Espinosa C. (Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change) 

Coco Veda’s Sustainability Efforts

Coco Veda Singapore is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a proud member of  Singapore’s Social Enterprise platform raiSE. Coco Veda’s Founder and Co-CEO, Simarna Singh, is a United Nations Youth Ambassador and Sustainability Leader. She is determined to make a difference in the environment with a company that values Sustainability. Sustainability is embedded within the company’s business model, so our entire packaging is reusable, refillable and recyclable. As a company, Coco Veda does not only aim to provide quality health and wellness products to people, but it is equally important for us to be mindful of our impact on the environment. All our products are handcrafted by our all-women team without using any heat or machinery, making the production more energy efficient. This ensures employability to the people since we need the manpower to manufacture our goods. All our products are also waterless which means that it can last longer and is more sustainable.

What is everyone’s role to ensure action?

Everyone can help in fighting climate change. You can start with as simple as educating somebody about important events such as COP26, or making that switch to using more eco-friendly products that are sustainable. You can also start making more environmentally-friendly decisions as you go about your day, such as taking the public transport to work instead of driving a private vehicle. 

We need to act now. It is not enough to rely on our leaders to act on climate change because we too have a part to play. Countries have come together in this annual event in the hopes of saving our planet from climate change. The leaders have the power to create the policies and allocate funds but you have the power to follow them and create your own environmental impact. Everyone’s efforts are equally crucial to fighting climate change. 

Coco Veda as a Social Enterprise is focused on our vision to maximize our efforts in fighting this environmental crisis. Let us all work together to pave a better future for ourselves and the future generations to come!

Men’s Skincare Routine

by Coco Veda Team June 29, 2021

The 21st Century has rapid shifts, trends, technological advancements and lifestyle changes…

Historically, women were traditionally more responsible for paying more attention to their skincare routines. On the other hand, traditionally men were more concerned about wealth and possibly their dress code. However, in the 21st century, these traditional beliefs and views have evolved. 

 

Over the years, male grooming experts have shared that men have started paying more attention to themselves. So, you must be wondering, what is fueling this change? There are predominantly three reasons: 

  • Awareness amongst men on personal grooming has grown (Beauty Packaging, 2020)
  • Increased disposable income
  • Addressing common lifestyle concerns and experiences such as oily skin, enlarged pores and maintaining a beard (Friday Magazine, 2017). 

 

Common skincare concerns for Men 

Razor Burn 

1. Coco Veda recommends washing your face with lukewarm water before cleansing with our Chamomile and Rose Facial Wash to soften and moisturise the skin. 

2. Best practice is to exfoliate before shaving, rather than after. Exfoliating with our Bamboo Facial Scrub removes dirt and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, which keeps your skin clean, unclogs your pores which allows the razor to glide more smoothly over the skin.

3. If you have existing conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or acne be careful not to shave over the affected areas to avoid scars. 

4. Change your razors! 

5. Coco Veda’s Recommendations:

  • If you experience razor burns after shaving, it is recommended to splash cold water to soothe the skin. 
  • While the skin is still damp, moisturise with our Facial Creams to look more youthful and to naturally brighten your skin.

  • Finally, apply the Facial Masque Oil, which contains Virgin Coconut Oil and Turmeric which contain anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Eyebags

  1. Gently massage your under eye with 1 teaspoon of room temperature Virgin Coconut Oil. The Virgin Coconut Oil helps reduce the dark circles, swelling and puffiness! Tip of the Day: We recommend a one minute massage under each eye. You can even use a jade eye roller for better results.
  2. Soak your zero-waste cotton pad into rose water and place this under your eye for 15 minutes! 

 

Hectic Lifestyle and too many options!

1. Due to limited time on your hands, you compromise on your skincare routine. Perhaps, there are too many products available and you are unsure which one to choose from.  Here are a few of our recommendations: 

  • If you are choosing a product that will be on your face the whole day, focus on a cleaner alternative. 
  • Avoid ingredients that are harmful, these include: parabens, fragrances, silica etc.
  • Check the certifications associated with the brand. Some examples include: Cruelty-Free, USDA Organic, Vegan, ISO etc. 

2. If you are opting for more sustainable alternatives:

  • Confirm whether the brand has transparently shared how their ingredients are sourced.
  • Who are the communities they impact? 
  • Is the packaging recyclable, reusable and refillable? 
  • Consider the product’s environmental impact for instance, at Coco Veda all our products are waterless and handmade therefore, minimal energy is required.

3. Be consistent with your skincare routine for better results! 

4. We also recommend drinking enough water, eating healthy, exercising and reducing stress levels throughout the day to ensure your skin looks and feels better.

 

Coco Veda – a Unisex Brand

As a Unisex Brand we are focusing on encouraging other men to start conversations related to haircare, skincare, healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. 

This article is a snapshot of tips and tricks to better manage your skincare routine and lifestyle. Comment below on some of your concerns so that we can better support you in your journey, let’s start this conversation NOW!  

 

Singapore Green Plan 2030: Preparing for a Resilient Future

by Coco Veda Team May 25, 2021

“We need to ensure a Singapore for our future generations. All of us have to work together, and make Singapore a bright green spark for the world…” – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

What is the Singapore Green Plan?

The Singapore Green Plan is an entire nation movement to advance Singapore’s agenda on sustainable development with concrete targets over the next ten years (SG Green Plan, 2021). Furthermore, the Green Targets aim to strengthen Singapore’s commitment towards the UN SDGs and Paris Agreement (Channel News Asia, 2021). 

What are some of the targets?

 Some examples of the targets for the Singapore Green Plan, include: 

-Economy:

  • Seek green growth to create new jobs, transform industries, and harness sustainability as a competitive advantage
  • Create business and job opportunities in sectors such as green finance, sustainability consultancy, verification, credits trading, and risk management
  • Be a leading centre for Green Finance in Asia and globally
  • Anchor new investments and grow local businesses to ride the green wave

-Society: 

  • Plant 1 million trees, to sequester 78,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide which improves the quality of air and having cooler shade 
  • Allot 50% more land – around 200 hectares, for nature parks. Every household will live within a 10-minute walk of a park
  • Raising awareness and building a culture of sustainability in the public service sector
  • Embed sustainability education within the curriculum for students to start taking action

-Environment:  

  • Quadruple solar energy deployment by 2025, including covering the roof-tops of HDB blocks with solar panels
  • Invest in water research and development, to half the energy required to produce desalinated water
  • Reduce landfill sent waste by the amount per capita per day is 20% by 2026, intending to reach 30% by 2030 – e.g. redistributing food that is safe to eat
  • Adopting electric cars
  • Repurposing roads and implementing pedestrianisation to encourage more walking, cycling and active mobility

“There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain or the land…” – Paul McCartney

Coco Veda’s commitment towards the 5 pillars 

The Singapore Green Plan comprises five pillars: City in Nature, Sustainable Living, Energy Reset, Green Economy and Resilient Future (Ministry of National Development Singapore, 2021). 

Source: (SG Green Plan, 2021)

As a Sustainable Singapore Social Enterprise, Coco Veda’s commitment towards the 5 pillars are outlined below:  

  • City in Nature:

Sustainability education is a core pillar within our brand. We aim to encourage every household within Singapore and internationally to understand the health and wellness benefits by embedding our products within their lifestyles. Furthermore, the environmental benefits and giving back to communities is a no-brainer.

  • Sustainable Living

To showcase our efforts in achieving the circular economy, Coco Veda created a 5R’s Philosophy – Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Recycle and Rethink. As a result of this, over 60% of our product packaging is in glass, and therefore the remaining is Reusable, Refillable, and Recyclable plastic. Since all of Coco Veda’s products are pure, concentrated, and long-lasting, this minimizes packaging consumption by over 50% against the industry benchmarks. 

  • Energy Reset:

Coco Veda’s operations facility utilises minimal energy due to no machinery. All our sustainable products are handmade by Women Communities who we empower and upskill. 

  • Green Economy

In the last two months Coco Veda has recruited 16 youth from across the globe to provide them with education, practical exposure, growth and business opportunities. Instilling sustainability values for the next generation of future leaders is a strong mission for our Co-CEO Simarna Singh. Simarna believes that if we do not invest in our next generation, it is impossible to achieve the UN SDGs Agenda, and it is why she believes youth need opportunities to take action now. 

  • Resilient Future: 

We believe that collectively every step and action will lead towards a resilient future. Within Coco Veda, we have eliminated water from our entire manufacturing process, firsty to conserve a scarce resource and secondly, to reduce carbon footprint in logistics, by creating long-lasting products.  

“No one is too small to make a difference…” – Simarna Singh, Co-CEO of Coco Veda Singapore Pte Ltd 

Sustainable Impact requires Stakeholder Involvement

The Green Plan reinforces the importance of adopting a sustainable approach from an economy, society and environment standpoint whilst reinforcing commitment from stakeholders.

“No matter how complex global problems may seem, it is we-ourselves who have given rise to them. They cannot be beyond our power to resolve.” – Daisaku Ikeda

In order to execute a plan, we need to start today! We have taken the first step forward by raising awareness and showcasing our contribution. Do connect with us and share your passion, commitment and drive towards achieving Singapore’s Green Plan 2030. 

Mental Health is a Journey, let’s Walk it Together!

by Coco Veda Team May 12, 2021

“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going…” – Noam Shpancer, PhD

May: Mental Health Month

May is commemorated as the month to boost awareness of many mental or behavioral health issues to reduce the stigma of numerous bad experiences. But why May? Well, there is history behind that. May was established as Mental Health Month in 1949. This was created to extend awareness for the importance of mental health and wellness and to celebrate recovery from mental illness (Youth.GOV, 2020).

Identifying Mental Illness

Every mental illness has their own unique symptoms, but common signs include the following (NAMI, 2021):

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities

Gen Z and Mental Health

Several studies have come to the conclusion that Generation Z is the most depressed generation. However, Gen Z is also “the most likely to get treatment for anxiety and depression through counseling and therapy.” Some positive statistics include, “37% of Gen Z reported that they received help from a psychologist or other mental health expert, which is more than any previous generation” (AECF, 2021).

A massive factor of Generation Z being the most depressed generation is social media. Social media has a lot of negative impacts on mental health. According to a study executed by The University of Pennsylvania, high usage of social media apps such as Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook increases our feelings of loneliness (Helpguide, 2020).

“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about…” – Jonathan Harnisch

Is Awareness on Mental Health Increasing?

Despite numerous people suffering from mental health, a lot of individuals are still unaware of their condition.

On the other hand, there are some positives:

  1. Public attitudes to mental ill-health have improved by about 10%, and people receiving mental health services have reported a drop in discrimination, which is really excellent news (Sheffield Halam University, 2017).
  2. Campaigns that encourage mental health have been gaining positive traction, especially by encouraging influencers or pop-stars speak about their experiences, as the audience resonates well with their role models. For instance, Demi Lovato launched Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health to assist struggling patients with mental illnesses. To better encourage patients to take action on their mental health, she teamed up with five mental-health organizations (Huffpost, 2017).

Okay… But How Do I Improve My Mental Health?

There are several methods and steps you can take to enhance and improve your mental health.

  1. Comics help people with anxiety and one advantage is their relatability to the characters. Reading about these characters could be a great way to remind yourself to be positive and improve your psychological state. After all, superheroes are meant to be role models (The Comic Health, 2018).
  2. Music does wonders! Classical music helps boost mental health and well-being. Whilst, listening to orchestral music helps boost your mood in times of worry (Classic FM, 2020).
  3. Yoga reduces the impact of excessive stress and should be helpful for both anxiety and depression. Other self-soothing techniques like meditation, relaxation, exercise, or maybe socializing with friends are highly encouraged (Harvard Medical School, 2020).
  4. Allow yourself to prioritize what makes you happy and have some “me time”. Revitalize and relax your body with Coco Veda’s soon to be launched Wellness Massage Oils, stay tuned! On this blog, Coco Veda is only sharing two of the six oils that will be launched, Coco Elevate and Coco Immune:

 

Coco Elevate is a relief oil for mild to moderate lifestyle stress, anxiety or depression:

  • Natural and subtle scent that boosts relaxation
  • Lightweight texture, easy to apply and absorb quickly into the body
  • Contains lavender, frankincense and bergamot essential oils which promote relaxation, helps reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia.

 

Coco Immune is an all natural special blend massage oil for immune support. With stress and burnout, our immune system can be compromised:

  • Cinnamon Oil helps aid cough and cold, and stimulates circulation
  • Clove Essential Oil helps improve circulation
  • Turmeric Essential Oil has Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” — Linda Poindexter.

This article is about tips on how to improve your mental health. Please do comment below to share the other suggestions, and we would like to hear from you!

 

Ramadan Self Care For The Mind, Body, and Soul

by Coco Veda Team April 26, 2021

“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them…” – Kristi Ling

What is Ramadan? 

Ramadan is an auspicious month filled with spiritual reflection, giving back to the community and fasting from dawn to sunset (BBC, 2021).  

Why is Ramadan important? 

During the holy month of Ramandan, one is far more conscious of their privileges: “by abstaining from things that people tend to take for granted (such as water), it is believed, one may be moved to reflect on the purpose of life and grow closer to the creator and sustainer of all existence,” (Jain, 2019). 

Ramadan during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Compared to 2020, many countries are easing restrictions during Ramadan. Nevertheless, the fight is not over yet, there are still safety measures in place for instance, large gatherings are restricted. 

Coping with emerging challenges during COVID-19 has led to pandemic fatigue, denoting that one is feeling restless, irritable, lacking motivation, difficulty concentrating on tasks, withdrawing from socializing or changes in eating and sleeping habits (WDG Public Health, 2020). This will amplify during Ramadan due to fasting, and therefore, practicing self care is imperative. 

“If you feel burnout setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself…” – Dalai Lama

Ramadan Self Care for the Mind

  1. It takes 28 days to develop a new habit (Guardian, 2009). During the holy month of Ramadan direct your energy towards realistic goal setting to better improve your well-being. This will also encourage you to view Ramadan in a positive way, as opposed to perceiving the month as a challenge, after all “fasting is really about mind over matter” (Guardian, 2016).
  2. Sleep has more impact on one’s health than nutrition and exercise combined therefore, “try to sleep for at least 4 hours at night after Iftar, before waking for Suhoor and Fajr – and return to sleep for a couple of hours before getting up for the day ahead” (Cleveland Clinic, 2021).

Ramadan Self Care for the Body

  1. It is recommended to continue exercising for instance, lesser strenuous activities such as yoga and walking. 
  2. During suhoor, opt for healthier meals and consciously plan your dishes for the week. For instance, “consume plenty of high fibre foods, such as wholegrains, high fibre cereals, bran, fruit and vegetables, lentils, dried fruits and nuts, is highly recommended (British Nutrition Foundation, 2021). 
  3. Drink plenty of fluids and hydrate yourself! 
  4. It is common for the skin and hair to become dry and lack hydration during Ramadan, especially if one is located in climates with warmer temperatures (Cosmopolitan, 2020): 
  • Gently exfoliate your face and body for a youthful radiance and glow. 
  • Hydrate, moisturise, naturally restore your tissues and protect your cells against dryness with Coco Veda’s Age Defender Facial Night Oil
  • Boost your immunity to combat COVID-19 with Coco Veda’s Certified Food Supplement Grade Virgin Coconut Oil. Stay tuned for our next blog addressing this. 

Ramadan Self Care for the Soul 

“Self-care acts do not necessarily have to be self-oriented, it can aid those around us (Mohammed, 2021).” Acts of kindness, compassion, and empathy is encouraged in Islam, especially during a time when people are in need. Therefore, give back to society in a meaningful way: distribute clothes, food and essentials to charities or old age homes. Alternatively, volunteer to educate a child: instill these values in the next generation so that they can also create a positive impact in someone else’s life in the future. 

This guide is a summarized version on Ramadan self care for the mind, body and soul. Do comment below to share any other suggestions, we would love to hear from you!

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