An award-winning global spa leader shares her personal wellness tips to help you breeze through the new year and beyond
Are you struggling to maintain a healthy balance between your personal and professional life? The new year is the perfect time to address your wellbeing while putting into practice a few basic principles.
"Wellness is a state of art, and if we listen to our body, it's quite simple," says Global Spa Leader of the Year 2022 at the World Spa and Wellness Awards and VP of ELE|NA Spa, Heidi Grimwood. "I feel blessed to share some helpful yet simple wellness tips that I personally follow in my daily routine to maintain my health, fitness and happiness."
Without proper breathing, it will be impossible to maintain body equilibrium. We must breathe from the diaphragm to create better wellness for our mind and body. When you feel stressed or anxious, take a moment to feel where your breath is; often during these times our breath is in our chest and our shoulders are tense. Reset by taking deeper breaths, feeling your breath reach your stomach, sit straight, roll your shoulders back and down, and feel your body instantly calm after just a few breaths.
need to always include a trip to the gym – move your body and be active. Gardening, housekeeping and taking the stairs rather than the elevator are all examples of exercise. Parking your car further away from the shop entrance and walking across the car park all adds to your daily steps.
Feed your body
Allow nutrition to serve as both medicine and food. According to Hippocrates, nutrition is important since we are what we eat. Although you don't have to give up all treats, be careful when and what you offer your body. Listen to your body and not your emotional mind; try to reconnect with your intuitive mind and you will be led in the right direction.
Enjoy wellness and spa services
The next time you visit a spa, ask the therapist to offer the best treatment based on how you are feeling that day, rather than just selecting a standard massage. You can do this to restore your equilibrium and enhance the effects of your spa day.
Digital detox once a week and have a family day out
Ask them to leave their phones at home and watch what happens—where you go, what you speak about, whether you sleep better that night—when you don't use any electronic gadgets.
Sleep is crucial, as is rest: rest your body and obtain a good night's sleep so that your body can restore itself. Your body can only heal when it is relaxing, sleep is a healer. Often my mind is still too busy when I go to bed, so I use sleep hypnosis via YouTube which helps me have a better, deeper sleep.
Help your body and mind unwind – meditating for even one minute in the middle of your workday can aid with mental wellness. Many people who know me know I am not the best at meditating in the traditional sense, but I have created my own style of meditation by snorkelling or walking through the mountains. It allows me to be in the present because I have to focus and enjoy the here and now, so for me that is my meditation.
Spend time with family and friends
This tip can help you keep your mental health in good shape for the long term by making sure you build and keep strong relationships with loved ones. Take time for the people who mean something in your life, it will enlighten their day and also give you a sense of fulfilment.
Maintain proper hydration
This is essential yet sometimes disregarded as a health indicator. Maintaining enough blood volume and good physiological function are both made possible by being hydrated. The best approach to stay hydrated is to drink water which has no calories, sugar, or chemicals. Try to drink water from a copper bottle or cup to ensure the water is more alkaline; bottles of water in plastic bottles can be acidic. While there isn't a fixed amount that everyone requires each day, try to drink enough to adequately quench your thirst. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.