Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wellbeing // What does wellbeing mean to you?


Today's wellbeing series post has been written by the awesome Amber, it is a great honest read on personal wellbeing and what it means to us individually. There are no wrong answers! Thanks for writing this great post and being part of the series, Amber.

What does wellbeing mean to you?

When Liz asked me to write an answer to this question, I was really excited but a bit nervous because I’ve read all of the other girls answers and they’re all so beautifully written but it’s just made me realise that wellbeing means something different to each of us. I was really excited though, as since transitioning to green beauty, not only has it meant taking care of my skin through what I put onto my body, but it’s also helped me to learn to take care of myself on the inside too. And that is what wellbeing means to me, taking care of yourself on the inside as well as the outside in order to stay healthy – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy heart!

"wellbeing means to me, taking care of yourself on the inside as well as the outside in order to stay healthy – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy heart!"

I work in a cake shop in the day with my younger sister Ella, who is 20 so we’re only 18 months apart. My mum runs our bakery and my other younger sister Leila has just left school and she works there now too. To say it gets stressful at times is an understatement. It sounds like a really fun and exciting job and it is, but you’d be surprised how angry people can get about cake if the littlest thing isn’t quite right or the cake isn’t how they imagined. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to put it right and you just can’t fix it. I’ve had to learn that you’re never going to please everyone and some people will just complain over nothing. I’ve now accepted that and try to help everyone as much as I can, but that’s not always possible and now I know that, I try not to stress as much over the odd one or two petty customers as it just puts a downer on my day.

Also, it seems like it would be really cool working with your family but things can get heated pretty quickly and things escalate. When I’m in a bad mood, everyone can tell. I’m more likely to be in a bad mood if I’m stressed or tired or if I’m not eating as healthy as I should be. I get stressed out and I snap and argue if I’m in a mood. I’ve tried to start doing yoga at nights as this helps me to de-stress and take all the weight off my shoulders from a stressful day. Also, if I start to get stressed out, I try to take myself away from the situation and try to calm down because we all know that stress isn’t good for our bodies.
 
 "If I start to get stressed out, I try to take myself away from the situation and try to calm down because we all know that stress isn’t good for our bodies"

I’ve just joined the gym again after a couple of months without any exercise and eating like crap. It hasn’t been the best couple of months with regards to looking after myself, I’ll be honest. However, getting back on track and even just knowing that I’m now joined up to a gym has motivated me to make healthier options when it comes to food. I was always a fussy eater when I was a child and in many ways I still am. I try to taste new things but I like having a routine and when I find something that I like, I stick to it because I know I won’t be disappointed. This might not always be the healthiest choice as I don’t really like salad or anything green to be honest haha! But I never drink fizzy drinks, unless I go out partying which is very rare nowadays, and I try to limit my chocolate and sweets. Obviously working in a cake shop all day every day it makes it very difficult to resist temptation but I know that if I eat all the cakes, we don’t make any money, which makes it easier to say no! It is hard eating healthy all the time as I still live at home with my parents who pay the bills and buy the food so I am often eating frozen food which isn’t ideal but as soon as I move out, I know I’ll try to eat healthier options and make better decisions.

To me, wellbeing means taking care of myself from the inside out, making sure that I am happy and content with myself and the way I am feeling. And making sure that I am being kind to others as well as being grateful to everyone around me for helping me to live an amazing life!

Thanks to Liz for asking me to participate…I hope you enjoyed reading this and that it wasn’t long or boring!
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