These days it feels like everyone is always soooo busy. Personally, I know when someone asks me how I’ve been lately my default answer always seems to be “busy, but great”.
As I mentioned in a previous Stylish Wellbeing post, I recently made a recommitment to self-care. However, just because you choose to prioritise your wellbeing doesn’t mean you can magically conjure up extra hours in the day. I wish!
Being editorial director of a stylish online destination like Sporteluxe is a busy job. However, it’s also equally important that both Bianca and I practice what we preach in terms of our own health, fitness and wellbeing. So I thought I’d share a couple of little wellbeing multi-tasking tricks I’ve been incorporating into my life lately. Maybe they’ll work for you too!
One of my fave ways to catch up with our amazing Sporteluxe contributors like Connie Chapman or Heidi Boardman is to have a brainstorm session while doing the Bondi to Bronte walk. I know what you’re thinking, “well that’s easy for you, writing about health is your job”. And it is kind of true, one of the many great things about my work is that it allows me a level of flexibility in terms of my schedule. But the concept of the walking meeting is a trend that’s also taking off in the corporate world, as one of our fitness experts Greg Stark recently wrote about.
To give you another example I also had a workout meeting earlier this week with an important PR contact. After realising we both train at The Zone, Fitness First’s awesome dynamic movement gym in Sydney’s CBD, we decided to meet there for an early morning workout. After doing a 6.30am TRX class together we then sat down to chat over a nourishing wholefood brekkie. The post-exercise endorphins meant our brains were firing on all cylinders for the meeting and the early start meant we were done and dusted by 9am. How’s that for productive?!
I recently did a Vedic meditation course with the incredible Jacqui Lewis from The Broad Place in Sydney’s Paddington. I’ll be writing all about this amazing experience in an upcoming post. But, for now, suffice it to say it was a life-changing weekend full of more “Aha! Moments” than one of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday marathons!
One of those moments was when a fellow student asked Jacqui how she could incorporate her love of affirmations into her new daily meditation practice. This piqued my interest. Because, while I know all about the power of positive affirmations and visualisations, giving myself a pep talk in the mirror has always made me cringe. So I’ve never made the time to repeat affirmations with any regularity.
Jacqui’s suggestion was to utilise a few blissful post-medi moments to keep your eyes closed and silently say affirmations. You can also use this time to visualise how you want something to go that day, such as an important presentation or meeting. Affirmations and visualisations are techniques many people, from top athletes to CEOs, utilise to give them an edge. And doing it post-medi means your mind is way more open to these ideas and suggestions. It’s also a great time saving idea (with zero cringe factor because it’s minus the mirror) that’s since become a part of my daily routine.
If you’re yet to embrace meditation I think this trick would work just as well at the end of savasana after a lounge room yoga sesh.
Another way to upsize your meditation multi-tasking is to take your practice outdoors, preferably down at the beach. Kick off your shoes and feel the sand beneath your toes for a little earthing. Breathe in the fresh sea air and get a hit of Vitamin D from the gentle sunlight at the same time. Bliss!