It’s not all juice fasting, and 5 am training sessions. These five easy ways to embrace wellness will allow you to enjoy your life while creating a healthier one.
“I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty hard on myself,” admits Kate Kendall co-founder of Flow Athletic and Flow After Dark. “I know many of you most likely treat yourselves the same way,” she adds. So you didn’t get to the gym today, you must be ‘lazy’, or you burnt the kids dinner? Incompetent! “But you know what? That’s life,” Kate assures. You may have excelled at a million other things in a day yet we often focus on what didn’t get right, she explains. “We all need to go a little easier on ourselves, even though it’s not always that simple.” So regardless of whether you are having an average day, or a great day, give yourself a little hug and go easy on yourself, advises Kate.
If you don’t understand what an ingredient is, how can you expect your body to understand it? “Eating well is a sign of self-love, so make an effort to eat food that is good for you,” Kate says. “I also try to eat as clean as possible, avoiding heavily processed foods and foods that are high in salt and sugar in general. The better you eat, the better you feel and the better you will sleep,” says Kate.
“How many times have you heard someone say that they were ‘too busy to go to class’ and next thing you know they have missed months of training,” Kate ponders. “Moving your body is good for your health, mind, digestion, energy levels, mood, posture and so much more! Schedule your workouts into your diary and make them as relevant as anything else that you have to do. The more energised you feel, the better it will be for the other aspects of your life!
“Everyone’s different, but for me, I know that I operate best on eight hours sleep, so I make sure that it’s a priority,” says Kate. Sleep is not only important for your mood, but it can also affect your heart, weight, mind and more. “If you, like many, struggle to fall asleep, try to ‘power down’ from social media (which can over stimulate) at least an hour before bed,” she suggests. Also, easing back on caffeine at least eight hours before bedtime will make all the difference.
When you are feeling over stimulated and over-worked, one conscious breath is all it takes to find balance, says Kate. “Start by getting grounded (be aware of your feet on the floor) and take a single, deep breath as if you’re breathing it from the feet up to head. Open the mouth and slowly exhale. Notice at any one point if your body is in a state of expansion (soft, open, relaxed) or contraction (tense, stressed, anxious),” she advises. “One conscious breath is all it takes to come back to expansion,” Kate assures.
How do you create simple wellness in your every day? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!