She’s a gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer, but like most parents, accolades and awards don’t mean much when you’re trying to keeping your family safe and healthy.
With two young children, former competitive swimmer, Giaan Rooney, says 2020 was definitely challenging, with her primary concern protecting her children Zander, 6, and Lexi, 3 from the impacts of COVID.
The Life-Space Probiotics ambassador says like almost everyone else, this year has turned my life completely on its head.
“My increased hours at home has seen me become a more full-time parent. We’ve had to get used to spending a lot more time together than we usually do, but as a result, I feel like I know my kids better, so that’s a silver lining,” says Giaan.
“For me, as a parent, the mental health of my kids has become a priority. I make sure we all spend a lot of quality family time together, and that we go on little adventures and get plenty of exercise. We like to go for drives as a family, and we enjoy running around paddocks and exploring new little places close by.”
These challenging times have forced Giaan to reflect on her own mental health, and the impact that can have on her parenting.
“I have become much more aware of my own mental health than ever before. Previously there was almost no time to evaluate where I was mentally, because my mind was always occupied. I was always thinking about what’s going to happen in the next 30 minutes and getting prepared for that.”
She says there was never a chance to really plan, look forward, or take stock. It was chaotic, and difficult logistically, to keep all the balls in the air with two young kids and a husband who also works and has to travel for work.
“Now, I’m much more aware of my overall heath, and even more so, my mental health.”
Her experience in and out of the pool on the world competitive stage has certainly helper Giaan deal with the lingering effects of a global pandemic.
“All my experience as a professional athlete and swimmer has really set me up well for dealing with life’s challenges.”
In a sport that is won and lost by one hundredth of a second, she says you had to give 100 percent at every training session. It meant being sick was not an option. In these difficult times, prioritising mental health is essential, which means managing everyday stress levels in the household, focusing on what matters and supporting each other.
Likewise, Giaan has focused on supporting her family’s immune system health.
A balanced diet is the first starting point, rich in omega-3 with lots of green vegetables and wholegrains. In addition, probiotic supplements can support general health and wellbeing as well as a healthy immune system.
“During my pregnancies, I really got into my health research. What stood out to me is the importance of a healthy microbiome throughout the first 1000 days of new life.”
While it’s important for kids to be exposed to good bacteria by playing outdoors and being in the fresh air, integrating a broad-strain probiotic like the Life-Space Probiotic Powder for Baby can provide added beneficial bacteria and support a healthy intestinal microbiome.
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