A leading swimwear model has shared the five health lessons she learned during the coronavirus lockdown period – and why she will never pay $18 for cafe-bought avocado on toast again.
Dominique Elissa, 24, from Sydney, said that that while lockdown measures were introduced quickly, she soon learned vital lessons about her life and how she conducted it before and after isolation, and she wants to carry these forward in coming months.
‘I learned that I was calmer, happier and more grateful for the important things while we were in isolation,’ Dominique wrote on her website.
A leading swimwear model has shared the five vital health lessons she learned during the coronavirus lockdown period (Dominique Elissa pictured)
Before COVID-19, Dominique (pictured) said she would fly interstate several times per week, and was always engaged with work; now she has learned the value of days off
1. The importance of days off
The first health lesson Dominique said she learned during the coronavirus lockdown was how important it is to take the odd day off.
‘Pre COVID-19, I was working every day and flying interstate at least twice a week,’ Dominique said.
The fast-paced lifestyle meant she was constantly doing something – whether that was working, training or socialising – and never just relaxed.
Dominique explained that this led her to anxiety attacks and countless sleepless nights, while during lockdown she never slept better.
‘I have been sleeping like a baby and I have felt a lot more at ease. The time off was a blessing in disguise,’ Dominique said.
She has vowed to never pack out her schedule quite as much.
Dominique (pictured) explained that travelling so much led her to anxiety attacks and countless sleepless nights, while during lockdown she never slept better
The second thing Dominique said she won’t do again unless it’s a special occasion is buy avocado toast from a cafe for $18 (pictured)
2. Avocado on toast is not worth $18
The second thing Dominique said she won’t do again unless it’s a special occasion is buy avocado toast from a cafe for $18.
She said while she and her boyfriend often went out for meals including breakfast pre-isolation, when everything shut, she ended up cooking all of her meals – like everyone else – from home.
‘We created restaurant quality meals for half the price, and our bank accounts thanked us for it,’ the 24-year-old said.
Dominique added that staying at home was an ‘eye opener’ about how they can save a lot more of the salaries that they ‘work so hard for’.
Dominique (pictured) said she has learned you don’t need to leave the house and rush out to a studio, and can fit a quick 20-minute workout around any sort of working day
3. Working out at home is fantastic
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Dominique said she regularly went to the Pilates studio, to such an extent that she called it her ‘second home’.
But working from home made the model realise just how great working out from home can be.
You don’t need to leave the house and rush out to a studio, and can fit a quick 20-minute workout around any sort of working day.
Dominique explained that she has been finding great workouts on YouTube from trainers like Pamela Reif and Sami Clarke, and she recommends others do them too.
4. Working online is a good idea
In more of a work sphere, Dominique said the fact that she does a lot of work online has been hugely helpful during lockdown.
She is currently studying social media marketing at university, and said this couldn’t be ‘more relevant’ when you consider the fact that the businesses that have thrived during lockdown are those with an online presence.
Dominique said she is going to continue to work online after lockdown, as this is where the future is going.
The 24-year-old (pictured) said she has learned that you shouldn’t spend too much time on social media – as it won’t leave you feeling fulfilled
5. Limit your social media time
On the flip side, the 24-year-old said she has learned that you shouldn’t spend too much time on social media – as it won’t leave you feeling fulfilled.
‘This time inside has made me so appreciative of the things I used to take for granted, a walk by the sea, being able to hug my grandparents, and dancing with my friends,’ Dominique said.
She intends to now meditate, journal and not go on her phone too late into the evening, as doing this only leads to ‘negative and unproductive thoughts’.