By Samantha Lippiatt.
Wellness is about living a healthy life and incorporating smart and wise choices into our everyday lives. Majority of working women are leading frantic lifestyles that are not conducive to going to the gym regularly or spending as much time with friends as we’d like. Being my own boss never came as an exception. We try balancing our work, family and social life, only to add more to do things to our list. Given these circumstances, I still do manage. With these 7 simple ways, let me share my busy girl’s guide to mastering the art of wellbeing.
Be still and breathe well
Many of us experience shallow breathing when we are stressed, which means that we breathe using only our chests and restrict the oxygen circulation in our bodies. Try taking deep breaths lead by abdominal movement, ensures the brain is getting the maximum oxygen as well as putting your body at ease. Daily practice of yoga and meditation will help you breathe effectively.
Set realistic goals
When you have a lot to do, it's easy to create a long list that is impossible to complete in a day. Start structuring your time around achievable tasks helps to reduce stress levels. This allows you to be pleased with what you have accomplished at the end of each day.
Move and Shake
Give your mind and eyes a rest from a stressful task by closing the laptop and getting away from your workstation. A motivational talk or a little laugh with a friend/partner can put you in a good mood, even if you only have 10 minutes spare during your lunch break, use it effectively and get some fresh air for a guaranteed better mood.
Be socially active
Learn a new activity or take part in a recreational activity you really enjoy with a friend such as yoga, dance classes or joining a sports club. This will fill you with confidence and a sense of well-being and if you find an exercise that you enjoy doing, you will look forward to exercising and enjoy the social aspect as well.
If you spend a lot of time on planes for your job then remember to keep hydrated, take regular walks up and down the aisles to keep your blood flowing and joints mobilised. Take a stress ball to squeeze in your hand or do some toe raises whilst seated. Little things can aid circulation and help you avoid conditions like deep vein thrombosis and feel better when you get home.
Soak it in
A relaxing bath is a perfect way to relieve stress and ease the mind and body. Fill your tub with bubbles and scented oils, switch on soothing music and light a candle to relax your nerves and indulge in a private getaway. This will give you the opportunity to zone out and simply let go for a while.
Treat and reward yourself
A frustrating day can send stress levels sky high. So take a few reflective moments and look forward to special plans you have pre booked, such as a family holiday, a spa visit with friends or a cosy night in with your partner. Encouraging positive thoughts helps to overcome emotional stress and effectively soothes the mind.
In a nutshell…
If you don't have any plans yet, put some time for yourself in your calendar and look forward to reaping the rewards for all your hard work. Make time for your own wellbeing, your body and mind will thank you for it. Always remember to practice self-love.
About Samantha Lippiatt:
Samantha Lippiatt is an entrepreneur, healthy lifestyle advocate and co-founder of Australia’s first specialty wellness travel company Health and Fitness Travel. Samantha has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness and is committed to providing healthy holidays options that not only enhance but change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance in Australia and showcase that taking care of yourself can be both a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.