The Power of Wellness

Looking after our health and wellbeing should be our first priority in life. Yet we forget how important and vital it is to be well. We think that we have no other choice but to keep going or that we will be alright and can push through life sometimes struggling to do so, but still feeling we are alright.

There are so many external demands put on ourselves, whether at work or at home, that we are tempted to put everything else before our own health and wellbeing. We start to cut corners, not always eating well, sleeping less and less, forgetting to exercise and letting stress reach unhealthy levels, all in the name of being too busy.

Some of us have become so used to this way of living that we do not know what it feels like anymore to get up full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to meet the day’s challenges and excitements ahead. We let the weight slowly creep in, years after years, thinking well, after all, I want to enjoy life, and food is one of the ways I do this. Or we spend hours in front of the computer surfing the net without clear intent or in front of the television watching yet another police drama or reality show, to distract ourselves and have a little break from life and reality, looking for excitement outside, not really knowing how we feel inside.

For some it may even be more serious, with suddenly feeling not being able to cope with life’s demands, feeling tired all the time and having to constantly use stimulants to go through the day ahead, not realising that the bomb is ticking when, in the evening, we can’t wind down and get a proper night of rest.

This is when we realise that something has to change and that our wellbeing is important. I love reminding myself of how, in planes, in case of an emergency, a parent should always put the oxygen mask on him or herself first, and then on the child. Health is like that. We need to look after ourselves first and then look after whatever needs to be looked after in our life: work, family and other endeavours.

What happens as well when we feel great physically, emotionally and mentally is that we perform better at work; we can be more present with our partner, children if we have any, friends or colleagues. In a word we are more present to life and what it has to offer.

How can this be achieved? Simply by developing habits that support our health and wellbeing. These habits address what I call the building blocks of health. They are the essentials to a healthy body and a healthy mind. These building blocks include ensuring that our body and brain are well hydrated and nourished throughout the day, that we get adequate rest, that we move regularly. Sitting is becoming the new smoking and slowly killing us. We need to monitor our stress levels so we know when to act and have practices in place so we can relax, feel more at peace and have balance in life whatever balance means for each one of us.

How To Release Stress?

Practical Tips On How To Release Stress In Your Daily Life

Living in today’s world almost inevitably means that we are going to experience stress at one point of the other in our life.

Relax

And while a bit of stress can have a positive stimulating effect and help us improve mental sharpness and become more productive, being under constant stress with no opportunity for our body or mind to come back to a relaxed state, becomes detrimental to our health.  [Read more...]

What Shall We Eat?

The Choice Is Yours!

“Many people spend the first half of their life making money and ignoring their health.
In the second half of their life, they spend this money trying to regain their health.”

- Emmett Miller MD

Seafood-Fennel-Citrus SaladFood is not something that simply stops us feeling hungry. It is exactly the same as love – an elemental human need. Together, they sustain and nourish us, providing fuel for our bodies and hearts to grow, and our lives to fulfill their potential. But for food to do these things, it must be real and as little processed as possible.

It seems that we have forgotten what good food really is, where it comes from (not plastic-wrapped and ready-made from the supermarket) or what it should taste like. [Read more...]

The Importance Of Hydration

Making Sure You Are Well Hydrated Is The First Step Towards Creating Better Health and Wellbeing.

As you probably know, your body is made of about 70% water and your brain 75%.

What’s cooler than being cool?

Water plays an essential role in ensuring that both body and brain function well. Water is used to perform various functions such as helping with circulation, temperature control, digestion, assimilation of nutrients and oxygen into the cells, and elimination.

As we constantly loose water through breathing, sweating, and elimination, we need to make sure that our body is [Read more...]

How Healthy Are Australian Workers?

An Overview Of The Health Of Australian Workers Shows That (1):

You're not funny anymore!

  • Australian employees don’t exercise enough: 10 % of Australian workers are completely inactive, 40% engage in only minimal exercise and 12% do less than 1 hour of physical activity per week.
  • There are poor dietary habits: 46% of Australian workers live on high fat diets; only 8% eat 5 or more serves of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • 62% of Australian workers are overweight.
  • Over 50% of the Australian workforce is stressed.
  • 56% are in the medium to high-risk area in participating to high risks behaviours such as smoking (21%), drinking (12% consume 15 or more standard drinks weekly) and irregular use of sunblock (only 7%).

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