“Yoga is not that bad after all” I proclaimed last week.
A bold statement I know but stay with me. From kneeling, sitting back on my heels, crossing my hands in front of my chest, connecting with my breath *inserts deep sigh* and even the downward facing dog poses were beginning to rub onto me. Not yet a convert but I can get used to this even if it’s just once a month.
Perhaps it was the few glasses of bubbly that I consumed before the session or the fact that I was at a health and wellbeing event which gave me the confidence to take part, enjoy and even giggle while releasing the tension of the week. Kudos to Lisa the instructor who was attentive and made sure our posture was right.
Finding that work-life balance in a busy city such as London can be pretty darn hard. The rat race can easily consume you; talk less of the soul destroying rush hour commute before even getting to work.
Held at Flora Spitalfields, the Health & Wellbeing event by Liberty Living UK was just what I needed after a long Tuesday and I was ready to unwind. Liberty Living UK is not only a student accommodation provider but also have a hub for mental health and wellbeing. The pressure of being a young professional can take it’s toll- with 3 different workshops during the evening from stress-melting yoga, healthy diet cooking and a mindful wellbeing lesson it was set to be a rejuvenating positive experience. Of course the healthy snacks, dips and drinks were flowing complimenting the evening.
The phrase “be good to yourself” goes beyond your outward appearance it includes watching what you eat, being non-judgemental to yourself in moments of stress and even reciting positive affirmations to de-clutter your mind and refocus your energy.
I got this! I am loved! I am strong! Today is going to be a great day!
How many of us can truly switch off from our day to day routine without scrolling on the Twitter timeline or double tapping that Instagram post? Seated in the mindful workshop with no phone, no interaction with the group and just the soothing voice of the coach and mild background music – I couldn’t help but drift to sleep. The session involved basic techniques that I was aware of but sometimes fail to adopt and it dawned on me how I need to get a better grip on having a positive mindset and not get anxious over little things leading to stress. This can be said for many of us.
Rejuvenated we moved onto the final session led by a nutrition expert. “You are what you eat” with easier access to fast food and apps like Deliveroo and JustEat only a click way maintaining a healthy diet with a busy schedule becomes a tedious task. A survey by the BBC Good Food Nation survey found that one in six young people eat fast food two days a week.
Top tips learnt based on research into the connection between the gut & the brain:
Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels:
– Eat protein with every meal and snack
– Avoid refined sugars and grains
– B12: in animal foods, if vegan supplement
– Omega 3 fatty acids: in oily fish and walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds
– Antioxidants: eat a wide range of vegetables a day to increase antioxidant levels, aim to eat a rainbow at lunch and dinner
Optimise the Gut Microbiome:
– Eat fermented foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and natural yoghurt
– Avoid processed foods and sugars
– Rotate vegetables on a daily basis to increase bacteria diversity
As the evening died down I managed to get a deep tissue back massage which was the icing on the cake. This treat along with a goodie bag which included a mini water bottle, a roll on massage oil and a book on mindfulness techniques I left the event feeling calm, refreshed and eager to apply the new skills learnt to the rest of my week.
Images by Elouisa
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this event. However, all thoughts and opinions remain mine.