Wellness and Wellbeing

Wellness & Wellbeing…what’s the big idea?

For many of us, living an entirely happy and healthy life seems to be a little out of reach. In trying to maintain a balance in our busy lives, we tend to overextend and over-commit ourselves. And unfortunately, our health and well being is the one aspect that falls into the “tomorrow” category. For most of us, that “tomorrow” rarely arrives.

We need to change how we think. Our health and our well-being should be our top priority. Once we have focused on this, all the other aspects of life will most certainly be easier to maintain.

Check back again to catch up on the latest news, reviews & tips on discovering your journey to wellness & wellbeing!  See you soon!

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Balancing wellness, the body, mind and spirit is an ever-changing personal journey.

Like many of us, I have a passion and a wild curiosity for all things that assist us in living a healthier existence.

Over the coming weeks and months, i’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences, thoughts, opinions and ideas with you – delving into the broad areas of nutrition, mindfulness & health, that contribute towards our Wellness & Wellbeing.

If you have anything you’d like to share, please feel free to email me at sinead@wasted.ie

Thrive Festival 2020 February 29th and March 1st in The Convention Centre, Dublin.

Get ready to take on 2020!

See you all there!

The Wasted Wellness Team

Here’s a simple guide to help you to focus on your own personal wellness..

The fist step is to cut out all the crap. All of it. Think about all the unnecessary stuff we pour into our bodies. I’m talking about  all processed, packaged, bottled and take-out food. It means sugar, salt, bad fat, dairy, alcohol, soft drinks. And yes, caffeine. If you can, try to do without meat and meat products. Once your body is free of the sludge (because that it what it is) it will be able to perform better for you. You will look better (hurray!), feel better and think better.

So you’ve given up all the badies that have been weighing you down. Now it’s time to feed your cells good, wholesome, nourishing foods. Fresh, organic, living fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes is what you need now. You should be embracing these with open-arms (check out our recipies on the Wasted.ie Homepage).Vegetables, grains and legumes are so full of nutrients antioxidants that fight disease and  – slow the ageing process (bonus!) They also contain lots of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy and keeps your cholesterol levels in check. Fruit and vegetables are your new friends!

We like to insist on the importance of this one. It’s often gets dismissed into the ‘airy-fairy’ category of wellness, but we would really like you to try to take this one seriously. We know that the mind and the body are ultimately linked and that when we’re paying more attention to our bodies we tend to make better lifestyle choices. We have less stress and improved mental clarity. But, how do we achieve mindfulness? Meditation is a great place to start. By simply taking  some time out each day to sit in peace and quiet and connect with ourselves you will soon become more aware of what’s going on in your body – emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Getting adequate exercise is one of the most important things you can do to achieve mental and physical health. We already know that physical inactivity can lead to a whole host of illnesses including heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression and obesity. It is simply about finding a form of exercise that you enjoy, so that it doesn’t feel like a chore…. It doesn’t have to be the treadmill or circuit training – it can also be yoga or pilates, or even a brisk walk outside in the fresh air.

Sleep affects us in a lot of ways that we don’t even think about. Sleep deprivation also makes you moody and blurs your judgment. It can reduce your mental alertness and has been associated with high blood pressure and heart problems. Lack of sleep also affects your glucose tolerance and hormone production. Another big problem with lack of sleep is that it increases your levels of the ‘stress’ hormone cortisone – a hormone that in high levels can lead to many age-related problems and even cancer. Try to get your 8 hours when you can!

We are all, by nature very social animals. Our survival and productivity depends on our ability to live and work together.  Social isolation can lead to physical and mental stress and disharmony. But feeling connected does wonders for your feeling of wellbeing and outlook on life. Surrounding yourself with a circle of love and support will certainly increase your ability to cope with stress and illness.

The most important thing we can do for ourselves and our health is to keep educating ourselves. Try to keep yourself informed with books and start reading informative websites on the areas of wellness that interest you. There are new initiatives and ideas being posted every day. But remember that everyone and every body is different, so the best way to take control of your health and well being is by understanding how your own body works and how different things in your life will affect it.