When we launched Cleo just a couple of months ago, we did so with a simple mission: To arm women with safe, hardworking health and wellness-enhancing solutions, conveniently delivered to their door to keep them on their A-game every day of the month.
It’s incomprehensible right now that our planet is facing an unprecedented pandemic that threatens our collective physical and mental well-being. “A-game,” along with the convenience and safety of online purchasing and delivery, takes on a new meaning. Together we must stand united in life-saving social distancing and prioritize self-care to protect our own health and wellness and that of our most vulnerable.
You are not alone. We are all in this together. We hope these suggestions, along with Cleo’s collection of health and wellness enhancing solutions, help you navigate the uncertainty and anxiety of COVID-19 and bring some much-needed comfort and relief.
Sanity-saving options to combat cabin fever
As we lockdown at home, scrambling to make sense of this new way of being, permit yourself to embark on an inward journey, and honor what your mind and body are telling you. One of the best ways to alleviate fear and lower stress and anxiety is the practice of mindfulness.
So instead of going down a never-ending Netflix rabbit hole, calm your mind and soothe the soul by committing to some digital healing. Namaste.
The Omega Institute’s YouTube Channel: Omega’s guided meditation leaders — including Tara Brach, Pema Chödrön, angel Kyodo williams — are considered the best in the world. Most videos are five minutes or less, so bliss comes in quick.
Insight Timer: Meditation music, guided meditation, and a customizable meditation timer, this is a literal one-stop shop to Zen. Just say Om, then aahhh.
Pixel Thoughts: Sometimes, all you need is one minute to clear your mind. This whimsical 60-second meditation tool lets you put what’s stressing you out into a star to wish away.
Yoga for Anxiety: If a soothing voice, inclusive instruction, and a burst of upbeat positivity sounds like just what the doctor ordered right now, you’re in excellent hands with Adriene Mishler, YouTube’s most-viewed and arguably most-beloved yogini. She has several videos designed to induce calm, plus countless others for everyone from beginner to advanced.
Boost your health from the inside out
Diet: It goes without saying, elevating your health is one of your best defenses against COVID-19. Experts advise boosting immunity with the micronutrients essential to fight infection - vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, and the minerals iron, selenium, and zinc. So adopt a diet rich in fresh fruit (especially citrus), green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, and oily fish.
Supplements: Cleo is also here to answer the call with our collection of daily supplements turbocharged with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Stock up on our SAVE YOUR SANITY supplements (not only are they a godsend for irritability and PMS, they might just live up to their name in these tricky times), ENERGY fatigue-clearing vitamin drink mix (to fuel indoor workouts) and COMFORT cramp-busting portable heat patches to help alleviate physical and psychological period symptoms (along with the pain of having kids at home 24/7).
Staying connected is self-care 101
We all know the importance of putting the oxygen mask on yourself first, and that analogy couldn’t be more spot-on than in the age of the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 isn’t a sprint, unfortunately, but a marathon where even experts can’t predict an endpoint. The pressure is on to prioritize your health and well-being. Be sure to add our essential guide to the crucial elements of self-care to the top of your reading list.
Social distancing and isolation can be precisely that. It’s boring and isolating, so flip the switch and stay connected (we should all express gratitude that we live in the digital era). FaceTime with friends and loved ones, keep your career chugging along with Zoom and Skype (they both have free options), do online workouts or dance classes, and, our personal favorite, indulge in a happy hour quarantini or cyber supper club with your friends. Or consider a virtual DIY spa night — we’ve got you covered there with our HYDRATE hydrogel facial mask and REJUVENATE under-eye masks — for some well-deserved pampering and relief.
Cleo is here for the convenience factor
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