1 | Drink water
It helps with: concentration, flushing toxins, skin complexion, boosts immunity, increases energy and releases fatigue…it's just a no brainer, drink water! A water filtration unit is something on my ‘desires’ list, but in absence of it I try to always drink cooled boiled water. I also start my day with 1-2 cups warm boiled water, followed by a cup of warm boiled water with either apple cider vinegar or lemon. This combo is great for assisting the release of toxins stored overnight, flushing the digestive system, rehydrating the body and cranking up the metabolism. Some health professional recommend having 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with honey (I source locally produced honey from my local greengrocers) to assist in reducing inflammation, issues with digestion & joint pain. It’s also meant to assist with weight loss.
2 | laugh authentically
I recently recorded myself singing Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday song for a friend in NZ. It was something I’ve never done before, and my goodness I really got into it (can’t help but think regular attendance at Nia and Groove have helped this, more on which later). I had props, actions, the full shebang – and Iaughed my head off knowing how much my friend would appreciate it. Her WhatsApp messages to me were outrageously hilarious! To this day she has the best laugh I’ve ever heard and I just had to do something to give what I thought would be the very best gift… turns out we both benefited from that one.
3 | Connect with nature
This cannot be underestimated. The research and results are unanimous – time outside in nature releases the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin, it just makes you feel better. And the big one on my radar just now is Vitamin D. I spent the first ¾ of my life living in Australasia, where the daylight hours and sunshine are in plentiful supply compared with here in the UK. The UK Government has stated that every person living in the UK is assumed to be deficient in this essential hormone – there are so many health related risks associated with being Vitamin D deficient, its just not worth not getting outside. It improves your sleep, your energy levels, mental health. For a quick read go here . As the mum of a 3 yr old, Project Wild Thing is a remarkable movement I have a huge interest in just now, its all about Rewilding Childhood…getting children back in touch with nature. Go to The Wild Network to find ideas on how to reconnect your family with nature. We’ll also be arranging a screening of the documentary here in Burntisland soon, stay tuned for what will undoubtedly be another great community event.
4 | find kindred spirits
Connect with like-minded, soul feeding people and things. Seek them out, and engage wholeheartedly with them when they happen to cross your path.
5 | Do something meaningful
Some of my faves are sharing food, delivering a home cooked meal, spending some uninterrupted quality authentic time with the small person/people in your life (a good guide for me has been the Hand in Hand Parenting book). A random act of kindness has a ripple effect that goes on and on and on.
6 | be genuine
Another fave of mine that has been gaining momentum over the years is to tell someone something really lovely that you might otherwise think isn’t worth saying, like in the Nia/Groove classes I go to telling the teachers something genuine about how absolutely wonderful their teachings and classes make me feel. Or maybe move out of your comfort zone and say something constructive which doesn’t always come easy. Even someone who is an expert in their field needs feedback to know they’re hitting the right spot or a call to navigate in even closer.
7 | Eat seasonal fresh fruit + veg
It's what nature has intended. Nature knows what our bodies need at different times of the year. A great way to help here is to get a regular fresh produce box delivered. I'm lucky to have two great veg box suppliers, Pillars of Hercules and Macauley's. Ask around or explore your neighbourhood to find the best way to make seasonal eating work for you. Maybe you could share a veg box with a friend or neighbour, bookmark some new recipes (plenty of nourishment here), or start your day with a simple one-minute smoothie.
8 | Touch
Take the time to do something nice for your skin, a self care massage of neck, forearms, feet – perfect with some beautiful natural skin food. I used to love using our Body Butter for this purpose, but our new Unwind Balm has taken the lead. The touch is great, the scent delivers that extra indulgence. If you can get someone else involved all the better!
9 | slow down
This is something I find particularly difficult to do, but wow –when I do it's so worth it. It's in those times I gain clarity of who I am and what matters. Doing things faster will not necessarily result in getting more things done. You’ll probably get frazzled, overwhelmed and more than likely lose sight of the things that really matter. Like noticing the change in the greenery outside with the birth of spring. Take a breath, hold off a beat and ask yourself if it can wait.
10 | take time out for yourself
Do something just for you that feeds your soul. It could be a bath, a cup of tea in your favourite seat/suntrap in the house, an early night, time on that knitting project, treating yourself to something you wouldn’t normally justify…like a meal planned, prepared and tidied up by someone else – I recently did this for myself on an Italian themed night at Cromwell Kitchen – can’t rate it highly enough.
So that's it, 10 simple steps that can quickly add up to a happier and healthier day and, over a couple of weeks, make life feel a bit less frantic and a lot more nourishing. I'd love to hear your feedback on how you add a wellbeing boost to your day. Thanks for reading! Have a lovely week, Bronwyn x