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What stops you from doing the things that make you feel good?

I've been thinking a lot about what wellness means to us and how we each define it.

I spoke with well-being champions in different businesses from Rathbones to Centre Parcs during a recent panel session at the BNC Event Show. We explored how we all approach wellness differently but the end result is the same - more peace, more headspace and a better ability to respond to difficult circumstances.

Wellness is so individual - it means different things to each of us. To me 5 minutes breathing could be the key to calming my nervous system and taking me to a state of blissful relaxation. For someone else that could sound like torture! And for them wellness is in an energetic run.

This got me to thinking, how do we know what wellness means to us?

Through the work I do with businesses, I always start with self-awareness - because when we understand what makes us happy, what our triggers are and how we respond to stress, we can begin to understand what works for us to create peace and calm in our bodies, and then our minds.

Some questions we can start to ask ourselves are:

  • What makes you happy?

  • What makes you feel connected to your body?

  • What brings you peace or joy and you can lose yourself in that activity for hours and not notice the time pass?

Don't think too hard about the answers - grab a pen and paper and spend 2 minutes on each question, writing down the first things that come to mind.

And then this led me to thinking...