Confidence isn’t only about our outward appearance. It all begins from within. The way we talk to ourselves, the way we move our bodies and what we choose to eat. We need to be conscious of our decisions, each one has an impact on us and those around.
Well-being is a topic I’ve recently become more interested about. I was excited when I got an invite from Search Laboratory for a well-being event hosted by Liberty Living. They’re one of the largest student accommodation providers in the UK. In addition to providing safe and comfortable living spaces for students they also help with wellbeing. Supplying information, workshops and combating mental health at any stage of a student’s educational journey.
The event was split into three activities, each session taught me a valuable lesson. My group began with yoga. The session allowed me to loosen up and let go of any stress or tension I was holding onto. By the end, I was relaxed and able to digest new information easily.
Yoga doesn’t simply focus on our bodies, it’s interested in the bigger picture, the state of our daily lives. This was my second time trying yoga, I knew it was an activity I wanted to incorporate into my daily routine. Starting the day on a positive note, in addition to my positive affirmations.
Top Tip: Child’s Pose helps relieve stress and fatigue, as it centres and soothes the mind. It also has the ability to relieve back and neck pain.
Yoga classes are relaxing, but I don’t always have enough time to attend. I decided to try an app instead. I downloaded Yoga for Beginners, I highly recommend this to anyone. If you’re on the fence, let me share a few benefits.
- Reduces stress
- Increases concentration
- Understand the mind and body connection
- Gain strength and stamina
- Improves balance and stability
- Improves posture
- Develop body awareness
- Breathe better
- Increases energy
- And ultimately become more mindful
In terms of well-being, mindfulness is the practice of being aware of our body in the present moment. The needs, changes and desires. Since giving birth in May, I’ve been experiencing panic attacks, but I refuse to let it change my lifestyle. I’m yet to figure out the trigger, but I’ve been considering speaking to a therapist and becoming more mindful. As it has the ability to reduce stress and promote mental and emotional well-being
When these situations occur, we as humans, tend to have a fight or flight defence. This is our survival instincts kicking in. Take a moment to acknowledge and accept what is happening. For example, oh I’m anxious again. Ask yourself, what’s triggering this? Perhaps the upcoming interview I have, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. Then begin to breathe, reminding yourself I am enough.
Daily Exercise: Take a mindful walk in the park and connect with nature, scientifically proven to reduce stress. Pay attention, are the branches swaying softly? What colour are the leaves? How are you feeling in this present moment?
During the session, I learned three techniques that allowed me to centre myself. Through deep breathing and reassurance, anxiety, stress and fear will subside. The one I found helpful, that can be done in public or private involved hand placements and breathing. Place one hand on your heart and the other on your stomach, or your thighs. Whichever makes you feel the most comfortable. Close your eyes, breathe deeply three times and begin to clear your mind of thoughts. Be present in the moment, in that activity.
One topic I should pay more attention to is nutrition. This session was a great teaser. It taught me about balancing sugars, removing processed food from my diet and even trying supplements. B12, vitamin D, iron, just to name a few we require.
Our aim should be to eat a rainbow at lunch and dinner to increase antioxidant levels, optimise gut health. By actively making a few changes, I want to see if my energy levels increase. I’ll start by substituting tea for water, adding more veggies into each meal and trying supplements.
Thank you to both Search Laboratory and Liberty Living for hosting a wonderful event. It was great to gain more knowledge and mingle with some familiar faces. How do you practice well-being?
Disclaimer: (AD) complimentary event collaboration with *Liberty Living. Any events or experiences are written about honestly and all opinions are my own.