Article inspired: hobbies

Happy Sunday!

I occasionally like to read well-being magazines so today’s post has been inspired by Issue 30 of Breathe magazine. I know many likes my previous post so thought I would have another small piece.

In this issue, Kat Smith wrote about hobbies being turned into “side hustles” and found that in our current society, society tells us nearly everything we do should help us turn a profit. The article states that turning something in to a business may end up being less fun in the long-term.

This is true, in our modern society, productivity reigns supreme and many people are finding that doing something purely for joy is falling further down their list of things to do. A New Zealand study found that having a “creative endeavour” can improve general mood until the end of the following day. 

When did this happen? When did we lose joy in doing things that being us contentment and boost our well-being? I am all for people having additional businesses and income. But I am even more for people having activities being done for pure enjoyment. 

There are so many activities that can be done from reading and creative writing to embroidery and cross-stitching, taking up a fitness class or tai chi, to mindful activities like calligraphy (which I am thinking of taking up myself). If something brings joy, carve time out for it, I promise you won’t regret it. 

Having hobbies in turns let’s us have a positive outlet for emotions and improve our mental and emotional well-being as well as an escape from the minutiae of life. So take this as a sign to do some searching and finding an activity you love just because.

Happy hobbying,

L x

Article inspired: wellness overload

Welcome, welcome all.

I occasionally like to read well-being magazines so today’s post has been inspired by Issue 30 of Breathe magazine. The “wellness overload” article written by Jade Beecroft was rather thought-provoking and I felt it needed speaking about, especially on a mental health and well-being blog.

Beecroft states that wellness has become an industry, that it is no longer about simply being. She states that we find social media full of “influencers” in yogic poses, with juices and meditating at sunrise. She goes on to say that inadequacy will arise when we try to fulfil many goals related to self-care and trying to fulfil so many wellness aspects can actually leave us worse-off. She then interviews some respected people such as holistic coaches to try and give alternatives for well-being for those who may be strapped for time in our current society.

I fully agree with many of Beecroft’s points, they are poignant and powerfully thought-provoking. Wellness has become an ever-expanding industry where things can become dangerous. I am aware of MLM schemes selling over-priced shakes and products under the guise of wellness when in actuality they have been proven to do more harm than good (think Herbalife and Arbonne). Then on social media the “influencers” consistently talk about growth, and new health whilst in a myriad of poses showing what people “should” be doing. Wellness has become a commodity and for the everyday person it can seem overwhelming. When I first got into wellness and different aspects I thought I had to sit for over 30 minutes straight away not letting thoughts into my head as I attempted to meditate. 

I feel that having goals can be useful in life, they can give purpose but only if it is congruent with who you are. Only do activities you feel match who you are. You don’t have to be some guru to be into wellness. Taking five minutes to just breathe and relax with your favourite beverage could be considered wellness. You also don’t have be in constant self-improvement mode, in fact,that also is not healthy. What exactly are we trying to attain again and again as we try new methods?

It all comes back to balance. You know yourself best, do you really want to be doing yoga at 5am for an hour? If not, then don’t do it, that is completely okay. Wellness is a process where you need to find ways of being a nurturer to yourself, having a toolkit of activities and processes you can go to when you need to.

I have spoken about different aspects in the past, like my little routines, I do them because they help me, I meditate a lot now because I have found myself in Buddhism. But I don’t drink celery juices because I don’t like them. There are infinite possibilities about what wellness looks like. At the end of the day, what is right is what works for you.

Please don’t ever feel pressured to do things that don’t feel right.

Much love,

L x