Inspiring Wellness Information

Are you wanting more time for you?

Do you wish you had more time for yourself? The amount of times, I have heard people say this to me. I have found that when I live by one of my core values which I have turned into a quote “You can’t pour from an empty coffee pot you need to take care of yourself first”, that I have time for me. I feel calmer, happier, healthier and have energy throughout the day. I love having the time and energy for horizontal exercising in the evenings too!

When we always prioritise the needs of others, putting our needs last, we can only operate with what is left, what energy, love and attention we have left to give, leaving little for our own needs. Our energy is depleted until we have nothing left to give, and then no one benefits, least of all ourselves. When this happens, it is of greatest importance and time to refill your coffee pot. We can’t control others and how they fill or don’t fill their coffee pot, but we can certainly control ourselves and how to refill our coffee pot.

When you take care of yourself, studies prove within the workplace, there are a myriad of benefits such as; you have reduced stress, increased job satisfaction, improved sense of wellbeing, positive staff relationships and an overall greater capacity to enjoy all aspects of life, at work and at home. 

p.s. Yes, I am an absolute coffee nutter and coffee lover,

The many benefits of Appreciation!

Appreciation. Do you appreciate your life? and do you appreciate all that you have in your life? When was the last time you looked around your immediate surroundings and noticed something that pleases you? When did you look at something and think how beautiful, amazing, useful, practical, well-made, artistic or exquisite it is?

When we appreciated things, we have positive feelings and consequently our overall mindset and feelings improve. Appreciating those good feelings is absolutely to be appreciated too.

Right now, take a few moments look at something that makes you smile – even if you’re smiling on the inside. Appreciate it. See the beauty in it. Think of why it makes you smile? This automatically puts your mind into a feel good place. Then with that same feel good feeling look at something else that makes you smile and do it all again. If you keep this act of appreciation going it will change your whole day. Once you start to see the beauty in what is all around you, you change your thoughts, which changes your feelings and therefore changes your behaviour. Appreciation, it is such a small act and can easily change your life.

I’m appreciating; my view of pine trees, sunlight, blue skies, nature, birds, tranquillity . . . bliss!

When did you last switch off?

When did you last switch off? The most challenging part of switching off is taking the very first step of simply stopping. So how do we really take that first step and stop? First, you need to recognise the need to stop, ideally before you burn out, if you’re not already. If your car breaks down on the way to work, most people find that they are able to make instant changes to their busy work/life schedule to fix it. So why don’t we do it for our own sustainable wellbeing? Why can we easily service our car and not ourselves?
I coined this quote “You can’t pour from an empty coffee pot, you need to take care of yourself first”.
If you are wanting to stop and have some fundamental wellness time for you, to recharge or to have the time to be “present”, with some big, deep slow breathing for five minutes, then block out the time and do it. Change your schedule, say no to a few things or take yourself off to a location where no one can contact you. Give yourself a break, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. I do this most mornings, (or evenings). It’s my wellness time, being in nature, connecting to me, some self care nurturing, and it’s mandatory I don’t have my mobile phone with me. Change your life, by changing your schedule, try it today. I highly recommend it. 

Do what makes your soul shine?

Already the number of people taking wellness trips to revitalise is on the rise from 1 in 10 (2018) to 1 in 5 (2019). Maintaining your individual wellness has never been in greater demand. Not everyone can afford to have a wellness retreat or a weekend away. So here is 90 words of Positive Psychology. Read it and practice one of the behaviours each day. Or print it out so that it can remind you to be more positive. When we are positive it enables us to be happier. When we have positive awareness it can create a ripple effect that can change the lives of countless individuals, in particular those surrounding you. 

Live courageously, through creation and adversity. Take maximum responsibility. Belong. Share a purpose. Fulfilment over instant gratification. Resilience over happiness. Gratitude over habituation. Savour the good. Work from strengths, in flow, autonomously. Less comfort, more growth. Realise meaning by helping others. Kindness as religion. Give, give, give, receive. Passion over profit. Laugh and play while you can. Explore your ego, check the narrative. Reflect don’t ruminate. Just be, mindfully present.  Forgive. Accept yourself, unconditionally. Love what’s broken. Embrace the uncontrollable. Hug one second longer. Do what makes your soul shine! 

When you are happy, you do more!

Happiness inspires productivity. When we are happy, we do more. Employee wellness is a significant concern for organisations today. With increasing high rates of depression, poor work-life balance, and stress disorders among professionals promoting happiness at work is a sheer necessity. One method is positive psychology.

Positive psychology is uniquely solution-focused. It is not merely a remedy for problems. It is a visionary change to look into the same things with a different perspective. By making us more aware of our inner strength and capabilities, it helps us to see the positive around us and make our life more worthy and fulfilling.

Positive psychology helps us look at life with optimism, allow us to appreciate the present, lets us accept and make peace with the past, helps us to be more grateful and forgiving, and helps us to look beyond momentary pleasures and pains of life.

One positive psychology technique that you can do is the “What went well” Exercise. For one week, including your days when you are not at work. Set aside some time each day for writing about three good things, big or small, that happened on that day. Each day when you have completed the exercise, reflect back on it, and absolutely celebrate your achievements and successes.

A big bravo to Jacinda Ahern!

BRAVO!! Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand’s Prime Minister) is creating the world’s first “wellbeing’ budget, to help with mental health, domestic violence and child poverty. The budget will factor explicit measures of public welfare alongside economic growth. A monumental step forward in recognising the future of one’s wellness and wellbeing is absolutely essential. So what is the meaning of wellness and why it does it matter?

Wellness is an active process that considers a person’s emotional, physical, mental and spiritual state to achieve a balanced – happy and healthy – life.  The National Wellness Institute of Australia defines wellness as “our physical, social, emotional, work, spiritual values, and intellectual lives, along with our cultural values, environment and finances all impact upon each other and our overall balance – our wellness.” Wellness is an evolving process of change and growth that enables optimal living, relative to an individual. Wholistic wellness matters, because it is fundamental to living a healthy, happy life. Our wellness directly affects our emotions, actions and the ability to manage and be resilient to the challenges of contemporary society. 

What is one small change that you can do today, to invest in your wellness to improve your wellbeing? 

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