The way we look at the health and wellness industry has altered in recent times and it’s refreshing to see that consumers, businesses and manufacturers are changing their habits by leaning towards a more educated and healthier lifestyle. Traditionally we’ve considered the “health industry” to be derived of doctors, hospitals and pharmacists, which when considered is actually more representative of the “illness” industry. The inter-generational shift we’re seeing is skewed towards gaining the right education and support tools to accommodate better daily habits in order to avoid the need to visit healthcare professionals too frequently. We as consumers like to feel some sort of empowerment that we are making ethical decisions and trends are moving towards greener, cleaner and healthier choices. The health and wellness industry is something of which I’m proud to be an advocate for many reasons and I’m excited to see what the future holds as the world is embracing change for the better. “In 2016, analysts reported that the global wellness economy reached $3.7 trillion and growth is expected to accelerate by 17% in the next five years,” (1) which is an encouraging demonstration of how we’re looking to take better care of ourselves and live life to the full.
We are living in a busy world of fast lives, degrees of uncertainty, little time and higher expectations, which can lead to a lack of exercise, buying highly processed, convenient food that often has very little nutritional value and we also tend to make personal product purchases based on price instead of product knowledge and quality. Consider how many times you may have consumed a take-away or pre-packaged meal, dived in head first like Augustus Gloop at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory and inhaled a high-sugar or high-sodium meal that left you feeling hungry and dying of thirst and low in energy again an hour later? Or perhaps purchased the supermarket brand cosmetics because they’re cheap, just to throw them out because they smell like chemicals and make you itchy? I know I have done this many times myself and thankfully didn’t end up stuck in a tube after falling into a chocolate river or having irreparable skin problems however, it did prompt me to make changes and take control of my own actions and adopt a more holistic approach.
A holistic view of wellness can include combining regular exercise with healthy, clean eating and adequate sleep, which may assist with better gut health, reduce stress levels, support your body to re-balance and also promotes maintaining a healthy weight. Another more readily embraced health benefit is mind and emotional health, which are factors that tie in with physical health benefits.
Sometimes you may wake up full of motivation and positivity, only to end up dragged down to a state of blubbering mess, looking for a Kit Kat, chewing your nails with an elevated heart rate and feeling like the whole world is against you. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being overwhelmed, under-appreciated or feeling unhappy in your own body or own head for that matter.
It’s then important to look at some of the cumulative factors that lead to these feelings; look at what toxins are around us doing the damage. The word toxin or toxic is usually associated with things like harmful ingredients for example, but toxicity can disguise itself as many forms which can affect us every day without us realising it and I know I’ve shared this information before but it never hurts to be reminded.
Toxicity can come in the form of:
* Technology: Overuse of our technology can lead us to eliminating personal interactions, conversations and general social skills practice.
* Poor diet: Our bodies don’t function correctly when we don’t look after them. The compounding effect is also on our self-esteem and being happy in our own skin.
* Bad habits: Smoking, excessive drinking or drugs, lack of exercise, too much refined sugar or stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks. Remember, what goes up must come down; your mind and body will just keep chasing the ‘up’ in a never ending cycle.
* Toxic friends, relationships or workplace: YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE. Consider why spending the time with negative people is making you feel different. Perhaps you feel like you should surround yourself with more like-minded, supportive people?
* Are you toxic to yourself? How do you talk to yourself in your own head? Would you talk to your children or friends the same way as you talk to yourself?
These are all physical things that can be within your control in order to achieve so much.
“Your philosophy attracts your attitudes, which create your actions, which creates your results, which creates your life. ” Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
Top tips for a lifestyle detox;
* Switch off the news/social media in the morning. Start your day by reading / listening to something inspiring. Un-friend/unfollow the people who constantly post negative content.
* Switch habits: Make healthier choices, exercise for half an hour per day, swap your Netflix membership for a gym membership.
* Set realistic goals to kick some bad habits and have a trusty accountability partner to support you.
* Surround yourself with positive, open minded people or look for a career that makes you happy.
* Tell yourself the wonderful things you’re going to achieve, do daily affirmations if it helps you. Consider the example we’re setting our children. There’s no way we would ever tell them not to reach for their dreams, that they’re not good enough, not pretty enough or not worthy enough of being loved, so why do it to yourself?