Kindness people: Jen
Profession: Marketing Manager
Tell my about 1 good habit in your life: Be grateful for the big and small things – every day. At the end of the day, I try to remember one thing I am grateful for, it could be a small moment in the day or a bigger theme about family or friends…. But it reminds me to say thank-you to God for his big and small blessings in my life. Its also helped me to keep my perspective – because not matter how chaotic , stressful or overwhelming life can become – there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. I also use the app called 1 Second Every day, it collects photos/videos clips of 1 second that you select every day for the year. It’s a beautiful way to reflect on your year and remind yourself of the things you love, are inspired by and grateful for.
Kindness or wellness advice? Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s the way your body re-balances, detoxes and processes things… make it a priority to get 6-8 hours of sleep every night. I personally have found that if I am sleep deprived my emotional and mental health suffers – this is a biological fact. Sometimes this means I need to make the sacrifice to go to bed earlier or say no to big party nights out every weekend, but in this way I have more balance. I can still have a great social life but at same time I now consciously balance these demands with what my body needs… maybe this perspective come with age
Listen to your body – each of us are unique and our bodies absorb and process stress in different ways. The most important thing is to consciously learn to recognise how stress manifests in big and small ways in your body. We live in such a hyper-connected world we hardly truly “switch off” and I think the most dangerous thing is that you can “feel fine” but in actual fact your body is far from ok… and stress is incremental. We need to consciously release it stress from your body… figure our what works for you. I love going for a long swim or walk on my own to clear my mind and body out but time doing hobbies or having quiet relaxing time-out can also work. Remember, you are unique so you need to figure out what works for you – there if no one size fits all solution here, but take the time to figure it out.
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