On rare occasion, the best things seem to happen at a time when you're most in need. This is the case exactly when Brita and Liz Earle hosted a "Wellbeing Power Hour' at The Mondrian Hotel.
The idea was that we'd have fifteen minutes with four wonderful, successful and inspiring women to talk about various areas of well-being including fitness, the mind, the body and beauty.
In all honesty, I walked into the event mid-summer flu saga, feeling down beat and in the middle of a self-indulge existential crisis - sorry - but the refreshing attitudes of Liz Earle, Abigail James, Nina Samuel-Campbell and Rebecca Cox were warming and encouraging and I left the room ten times lighter and inspired.
If I was feeling a little more selfish this Monday morning, I'd keep the pearls of wisdom I picked up over that hour to myself but luckily for you, I'm in the mood to share.
Eat well, feel well
Obvious? Yes. But when has obviousness ever made something simple or easy? If ever there was a #womangoals #girlboss woman, Liz Earle is that. She created a successful beauty line and within fifteen years sold it and (most likely) made a good lump sum , yet still heads it up. She has five kids. Yet, from first glance, Liz is calm, collected and the epitome of beauty inside and out. Oh, and she has her own sustainable farm located in South West England.
Her foundations? Good, well-reared food is key to every successful lifestyle. Fifteen minutes with Liz had me wanting to sprint home, whip out the bin bags and dump every processed food found in our cupboards and sigh a sigh of remorse for every scrap that had passed my lips previously.
Meditation is KEY but it takes practice
When I read about the habits of the women who's careers I aspire to and admire, a solid 3/4 of these include meditation. Of course I'm not the only one who finds it hard to switch off but I then feel guilty about not being able to switch off, which then makes it even harder to accomplish. Ring any bells?
That's normal and what an enlightenment that was to hear. Once you tell your brain to stop thinking, it doesn't hear the 'not' and a spiral of thoughts will ensue. Bloody typical, right? So, the simple answer is to allow yourself to think. Meditation is not about effectively 'switching off' but bringing your focus to something other than what is going on around you. Start with the focus on your breathing and as your mind wanders, don't stress but bring the focus back to your breath and so on.
Even the best athletes take a break
I've been training hard for months and seeing little improvement in both performance and body. It's frustrating to say the least. I said this to the fitness expert and her answer was to take an extended break. Not just a two days off to recover tired muscles but a week long period of little to no exercise. Recoup and then go back at it. I repeat, 'off-season' is a thing.
Give a little, lose a lot
Who knew that the best way to tackle oily skin was to nourish your skin with oil. Well, everyone else except me apparently. A little oil on your skin at night feeds it's oil requirements, slowly but surely decreasing oil production. What an absolute revelation!