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To help middle-aged women keep up their well-being amid the pandemic, the NUHS Mind Science Centre (MSC) has launched a booklet of self-care tips. Midlife Challenges And Self-compassion For Women, which was released online on March 31, is meant to help women cope with stress by encouraging them to attend to their own needs and be kinder to themselves.
Women tend to take on a greater share of caregiving and domestic tasks and the pandemic has saddled many women with heavier workloads, according to a recently released Deloitte survey of 5,000 women in 10 countries. Besides these responsibilities, middle-aged women may also have to cope with physical changes brought about by menopause.
Ms Joy Chen, clinical psychologist at the NUHS MSC who wrote the booklet, says: “Most women at their mid-life stage may tend, or even be expected by others or social cultural norms, to put the needs of others first, neglecting their own needs and well-being as they attempt to balance family and career.”
The booklet is available for free on the MSC website, while physical copies can be found at the NUHS Mind Art Experiential Lab at Alexandra Hospital, where admission requires prior registration.
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