Founder of Thai wellness retreat and brand, Thann, Tony Suppattranont, shares his stay-home wellness regimen
Okay, take a break. We all need a breather after an intense week of civil rights movement amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We're not asking you to back away from this pertinent conversation but if you find yourself riled up with anxiety, accept those feelings and manage them. It's no rocket science –– sometimes it's as simple as a morning workout, a healthier meal, or 10 minutes in the garden. While you're toughing it out for equality and human rights, do keep in check your own state of mental health.
We looked to Tony Suppattranont, founder of Thann, a Thai wellness brand, for some guidance in building a daily wellness regimen:
I like to start my day with exercise, which I find extremely important as it's great for both the body and soul. I've been exercising four times a week with a personal trainer for the past 20 years, but with the current measures in place, I work out at home instead, which is great because I have Khem [his pup!] to keep me company!
On top of that, I also like that working out at home means I get to use the Thann Aromatic Wood Diffuser in the Greek bottle. Aromatic Wood, which has notes of citrus and nutmeg, is one of Thann's signature scents as well and among my favourites. I find that it really helps to stimulate the energy.
I try to eat fruits and vegetables in the seven shades of the rainbow daily. This sounds like a lot but it's not actually if you spread it out amongst your three meals. When it comes to meals, I think that balance is key; I don't restrict my diet, and I let myself eat everything –– even cakes and ice cream, just not in huge portions. Lean protein such as chicken breast and fish are necessary for maintaining muscle mass.
3. Skincare Routine
During this difficult time, indulging in some self-care is all the more important. Now that we are all spending time at home, I find myself reaching for my favourite products; Thann's Detoxifying Face Mask, using natural nutrient rich kaolin, bentonite and Japanese tanakura clays that absorb toxins and clean up dirt embedded in pores. Results from Spincontrol Asia [a testing laboratory] showed that skin pore size is reduced by 19%. My skin is left feeling clean and fresh. For the body, I use the brand's Aromatic Wood collection and apply Shiso Body Butter daily because my skin is super dry. I shower three times a day but I only take cold showers. It is so refreshing and closes the pores.
I think that the key to having a work-life balance is time management; we don't have to do everything right now –– there is still tomorrow.
For example, if you don't know how to answer an email and you just sit in front of the screen for a long time, thinking of what to write, then it is pointless. Mentally, it becomes a strain, especially if you often get stuck in this kind of situation. I feel that we don't necessarily have to put in long hours if we know exactly what needs to be done, and to do that, we need to identify our ikigai.
Ikigai is the Japanese concept for doing what you are good at, what you love and what the world will pay you to do. I have a passion for design, natural cosmetics and international distribution, so I am very lucky to have Thann, which covers all of these. I would not trade it for more money. That said, when I do feel stressed by work, I use Thann's Time to Refresh Aromatherapy balm. Aromatherapy is extremely helpful in alleviating symptoms of stress, and this one by Thann makes use of a refreshing blend of Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, and Clove Essential Oils to reduce tension.
I don't believe in lengthy emails, and I prefer speaking to people directly, as it makes communicating more efficient. If I need to write an email that is over three sentences, I'll just give the person a call. I haven't owned a computer for ten years. For emails, I usually prefer to use my phone. Although, during this lockdown, I do need to use my laptop for conference meetings.
I believe that we do not have to achieve everything in our generation, we can leave something to the next generation. This is why I am happy to take a break around 4pm to decompress.
I love nature; Thann's products are largely inspired by Asian botanicals and their many benefits. I find it extremely relaxing to tend to my plants at home. I learn to be patient and calm from gardening.
6. Walk Khem
The parks in Thailand have recently reopened (much to Khem's delight). While we still aren't able to go in groups, walks are fine. Schnauzers are very energetic dogs. 45 minutes exercise in his daily routine to keep his good health and mental alertness.
7. Mind and Spirit
I go to bed every day before 11pm, and sleep about 8 hours a night. I think getting enough rest at night is extremely important. We tend to spend too much time on our phones and on social media and it's really not beneficial to our health. Your eyes are tired, yet you keep looking through Facebook; you'll just end up not sleeping well even after you've put away your phone.
Personally, I don't use social media much. I enjoy a quick meditation before bedtime. It is not only eases the sleep but also improves concentration. [I learn from] "the wise monkeys" displayed at the center of Thann Wellness Destination's lobby building. They embody the proverbial principle of ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil'. I [also] avoid watching horror movies or sad news at nights.