What is it? The energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give & receive without judgement – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead.
Benefits: Greater love, joy, compassion, physical health & longevity, along with decreased anxiety & depression.
Interesting fact: A sense of social connectedness is a fundamental human need and our level of connectedness is actually internal (rather than, for example, our number of Facebook friends).
How to: Enjoy a quality catch up with a friend that isn’t time bound, call someone close to you, write to tell someone how special they are, ground & rebalance yourself in nature or take time to sit in your own headspace.
I love London. I’ve been lucky enough to visit several times in the last couple of years & I’ve noticed the wellness movement grow since my first stay in 2009. It’s such a cool & diverse city with lots going on. I love cities where you can get in the thick of it or cozy up in a quiet corner just minutes apart from each other. There’s plenty of fun things to do and see in London that don’t necessarily tick the “health & wellbeing” box but increasingly there’s loads that does. See below my tips for people travelling to London who want to stay healthy and active.
What is it? A natural state of rest in which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious. It is the period of time in which our body repairs and restores itself.
Benefits: Normalised appetite, faster metabolism, lower stress, better concentration & memory, improved immunity & mood.
Interesting fact: Sleep deprived people are more likely to experience increased appetites due to lower leptin levels.
How to: Get your 8-9 hours a night by setting a reminder 30 minutes before bedtime so you stick to your scheduled sleep time, increasing physical exercise (preferably early in the day), minimising caffeine & alcohol, turning down the lights & staying clear of technology 30-60 minutes before bed, limiting rich food within 2 hours of bedtime, avoid drinking too many liquids, a few deep breaths to relax yourself as you are dozing off.