Wellness

Burnout - Why it Happens and How to Prevent it

Burnout - Why it Happens and How to Prevent it

Burnout - the product of mental, emotional and often physical exhaustion that comes from experiencing high levels of stress for prolonged periods. Stress in itself is not inherently a harmful thing in a short term sense, and is even an inevitable element of our work and personal lives. It is a vital warning system from the body that alerts you when the brain perceives a potential threat. Healthy levels of stress assist you in accomplishing tasks and even boost memory. But there can come a time when stress becomes problematic and you have exhausted your ability to cope. When the brain becomes flooded with stress and anxiety for too long, burnout occurs. While burnout can take many forms, it indicates one thing - your lifestyle is unsustainable. So what can we do to prevent it?

How is Spirituality Relevant to Wellbeing?

How is Spirituality Relevant to Wellbeing?

It is an undeniable symptom of the human condition that we search for meaning and purpose in our lives. We share the obvious tasks of survival, knowing that we require food, water and shelter. But at some base level we cannot deny that there is a difference between surviving and living. A person’s health and wellbeing is more than just ‘lacking illness’, or coping with their environment. Our health should be viewed as a tool for living a meaningful life, rather than the objective of life itself.

5 Amazing Benefits Of Exercise That Have Absolutely Nothing To Do With The Way You Look

5 Amazing Benefits Of Exercise That Have Absolutely Nothing To Do With The Way You Look

Finding the motivation to go to the gym, or go running or cycling or whatever type of exercise you’re in to, can be difficult sometimes, we all know that. We’ve also all see the quotes that the fitness influencers throw at us like; “when you need motivation, remember why you started” and such. But, why do we place so much emphasis on the starting reason being looks? Why is it so often about “improving the way our bodies look?”

Your Self Care Checklist

Your Self Care Checklist

When it comes to a self-care checklist, it’s great to look at one which meets our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. At a time when mental health issues are on the rise it’s important that we start to incorporate our own self-care into our everyday routines. When building your own self-care checklist, the following ways will help in getting you started.

When Yoga is Life

When Yoga is Life

A bit like coffee shops and hair salons, yoga seems to be everywhere. Do you feel that too? But the great thing about this practice is that no class is really ever the same.

If you’ve not practised yoga before or if you perhaps feel as though it might not be for you, then my advice to you is to persevere and keep experiencing and experimenting with different classes - there will absolutely be one just for you.

5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day

5 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day

When I first wrote that title I added: “aside from the obvious”.  But then I realised, just because some things are obvious to me doesn’t mean they are obvious to everyone. And that’s the point isn’t it, on each of our wellness journeys some things that are considered so “obvious” that we forget to learn them, to explore them, or to make any real-time for them. So, here we go, 5 things you should be doing every day.

Coping Versus Solving - How To Handle Making Mistakes

Coping Versus Solving - How To Handle Making Mistakes

There are two types of people in this world. People who have admitted to messing up... and liars. We are all guilty of falling short, making stupid mistakes, and handling situations poorly. Whether it be in a work setting or within our relationships, we’ve all done something wrong. Our natural, knee-jerk response tends to be to make excuses, profusely apologize or be in denial that we’ve even messed up in the first place. But in any version of these extreme responses, whether it be apology or denial, we are failing to address the situation with intention or insight. These responses are more so coping mechanisms than solutions.

Why Wellness is More than Just Burpees and Diet Plans

Why Wellness is More than Just Burpees and Diet Plans

Written as I sit with a glass of wine in one hand, a packet of chocolate within arms reach and the same happy, healthy feeling that I have when I swap that for water and a sweat towel. How? Because I’ve learnt (unfortunately through many a breakdown, relapse and guilt ridden outburst) that true wellness lies in more than just food restriction and smashing out high intensity workouts.

Burpees and diet plans can play a huge role in your fitness and health goals and I love a good high intensity interval session as much as the next person. But, it really only takes one (maybe ten or eleven) injuries/burnouts to know that there has to be more. So, this is me giving you an early heads up that I didn’t get or possibly just didn’t listen to.

Understanding Emotions through Art and Science - Part 2

Understanding Emotions through Art and Science - Part 2

We ‘plug in’ to recharge ourselves in numerous ways. We eat food to give our bodies nutrients to serve a variety of critical functions and give us energy to operate as optimally as possible. We sleep at night to release hormones in the body that repair cells, which in turn restores intellectual and physical function. We plug our phones into their chargers to restore power. But what do we do for our social selves to recharge? 

How to Detox Your Life

How to Detox Your Life

Sometimes, despite the best of our efforts, life can leave us feeling overwhelmed, out of centre or just off balance, and when that happens we often hear the word detox being thrown around. We’re not just talking about a detox in relation to nourishment, whilst of course, that can be part of it. But what about all the other factors in your life that make up you?

Before we dive into the specifics, what does the word detox mean to you? By definition to detox is to rid ourselves of unspecified toxins or substances which have accumulated in the body which may have both short and long term consequences on our health and wellbeing.

Understanding Emotions through Art and Science - Part 1

Understanding Emotions through Art and Science - Part 1

Art and science approach and explain emotions differently. Scientists don’t ask the ‘why’ we feel the way that we do, but rather focus on ‘what’ or ‘how’, proceeding with scientific method. When it comes to emotions, a scientist will look at what is going on in the brain, valuing measurable and logical patterns within the brain and behaviour. Artists are more interested in emotional expression, more willing to trust personal experience. Considering this, some may be led to think that emotions have no place in the realm of science. However, I have a difficult time accepting that emotions can ever responsibly be discussed while neglecting some scientific analysis.  

How to Connect and Communicate...Well.

How to Connect and Communicate...Well.

Why is it that we live in an era where technology provides the opportunity to communicate with each other at the touch of a button, yet we still seem to live in an increasingly disconnected, divided world? It seems as if being constantly available to each other rarely correlates to our ability to connect and communicate. Or rather, connect and communicate well.