Wellness is so important when living and working in the city. Whatever career we choose, it will nearly always involve working long hours, in a competitive environment, a long commute, on top of the stresses of every day life. It’s become more important than ever to stay well, both mentally and physically, which is why we decided to include a wellness section in this blog.
health is a state of body. wellness is a state of being.
“Red Bull gives you wings”
How many of you spend your working life surviving on red bulls for breakfast (yes really) and then more often than not move on to wine/beers in the evening with colleagues and/or friends. Perhaps even a bottle on your own to relax.
Let’s start with the Body…
Not many of us actually listen to our body. The noise of the city drowns it out. That and the constant chit-chatter in our head.
Increasingly over time, we realise that we are always feeling under the weather and lethargic. Things like tonsilitis flare up more regularly and asthma. However all of this can over time turn into more life-threatening illnesses, once the body is pushed past through the exhaustion stage. It is important to learn the art of self-care and nutrition both for the mind, body and soul.
It’s time to start listening to our body, practising self care and showing it some love!
…and move on the to Mind
Mental health is still something most people feel unable to speak about. Especially in the workplace.
People with Bipolar, Cyclothymia, Depression often conceal their ‘hidden illnesses’ to the detriment of their health and often career.
However, mental health doesn’t just cover clinical depression. It is so easy to suffer from burn out, depression and/or anxiety living life in the city.
Tiredness, a cold that won’t ever go away, are often replaced by anxiety and panic attacks. Insomnia. Anxiety. Depression. Alcohol Dependency.
Work Life Balance in the city?
Not forgetting the Spirit
We often hear about getting the ‘work-life’ balance right, but ignore the other part of the wellness triumvirate. The spirit.
You don’t have to be believe in god to believe in the spirit. Animus in Latin meant the soul. It is this we need to nurture otherwise we will end up in a vortex of work and do nothing which makes us feel happy and fulfilled.
Do what you love – and love what you do
Wellness is a process of making choices to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
I have never achieved a perfect work – life balance. I overwork, then I am not eating regularly or sleeping. Not seeing friends due to working late. It’s so easy to burn out when working in the city. However, you must find ways to keep yourself well – both physically and mentally. Otherwise we create a cycle of surviving rather than thriving. I have the tendency to be a workaholic but that means you are giving less time for you to be you. To be happy and fulfilled.