Top Mindfulness Tips for your best 2019
An expert’s guide to wellness and relaxation
With the ever-demanding nature of life in Dubai, making time to ensure you remain centred and relaxed is no easy feat. Luckily, life coach and wellness expert Suki Bains from Dubai-based Fit Squad DXB has some easy to follow tips…
The first step when focusing on your wellbeing is to identify what exactly is stressing you out. Then you can work to reduce this, or eliminate it entirely. Making sure you look after yourself in these stressful periods is vital. Creating some ‘you time’, whether that be meditating, fitness or socialising, along with eating a balanced diet rich with nutrients and ensuring that you get enough sleep, are absolutely key. Sleep is a vital indicator of our overall health and wellbeing. Try and get at least seven or eight hours per night. Before bed take a bath and try out one of Aveda’s massage oils.
Now is the perfect time for a fresh start. ‘New Year, New You’ — it just goes hand-in-hand. When everyone is choosing something to change, or challenge themselves, it makes sense for you to jump on the bus, too. It is much easier when you are surrounded by people on the same mission, you can do it together. The key is to stick to the goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year and you can do this with more specific goals, measurement, patience and accountability.
It is realistically possible to lead a peaceful and holistic lifestyle, even if you have a demanding schedule, so long as you want it enough. You don’t have to choose one or the other, you can integrate peace and being holistic into your busy Dubai world. This will give you the balance that will help reduce stress over time. Imagine the next time you are about to get into an argument. If you could just take five deep breaths, believe me your reaction would be very different, leading to a more peaceful life. The more you understand what your mind, body and soul require, the more you will make time for it. And leading a peaceful and holistic life will allow you to deal with the demands in this fast-paced world with little stress and suffering.
It is crucial to take ‘me time’. Invest in you, always. Burn-out is so common in the 21st Century and it is mainly down to people working until they are empty. Take time out to do things you love, that make you smile, and that up your happy hormones. ‘Me time’ gives you the chance to start understanding your wants and needs and then you can start fulfilling them. All of this leads to a happier you, which in turns makes you more successful, a joy to be around and ultimately leads to a rich and flowing life.
Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Research shows that the olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. This explains why a certain smell can sometimes trigger a memory or remind us of someone or something. A simple inhaling of an aroma can cause many changes in the body. For example: jasmine is commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalised energy.
Start implementing small changes into your busy lifestyle to ensure that you are looking after yourself. Instead of eating at your desk, pick one day that you go outside for lunch. Walk to meetings instead of driving, or take the stairs instead of the lift. Make executive decisions about what you can eliminate. Do you really need that meeting? Or can you change a meeting to a call to save travel time? Everyone in Dubai is busy, but the most successful people will always find time for themselves. After all, if the driver can’t drive the car it won’t go anywhere.
There are three simple things you can do to instantly improve how you look and feel. One: on waking, write three things you are grateful for. Two: get some vitamin D – sunshine regulates moods and makes you smile. Three: treat yourself – a nice meal, a cute dress or a blow-dry for example, can all work wonders.
Our skin is our largest organ and gives visible signs about our inner wellbeing. It is affected by our diet, environment and beauty regime. To help it glow, drink at least eight glasses of water a day, eat a healthy balanced diet – no fries please! Get enough sleep – seven or eight hours a night will minimise those dark circles and finally reduce the stress in your life. Those worry lines don't come from happiness.
Fitness is key to keeping a healthy mind. Whether you choose to do yoga, swim, go for a nice walk or you’re more of a HIIT or boxing person, it’s important to stay fit. Choose a fitness regime that you enjoy as you’re more likely to stick with it or for even better results get a personal trainer. Staying fit will fill you with the energy to make each day your best so far.
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