Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Bee Pennington from The Wellness Mentor
We are kicking off a new segment in our blog. We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!
Today we are filling in the wellbeing blanks with Bee the owner and mentor at The Wellness Mentor. The Wellness Mentor is a refreshing new mentoring program designed to assist those who live with chronic or ongoing illness, with a special passion for those affected by gluten.
To Bee to be well means: to have the energy to do what you want to do with no niggles holding you back. It means feeling as good at the end of the day as you do at the beginning.
I have 4 jobs. It seems a little nuts now that I’ve written it down, but I’m a full time mum to an eight year old (I’m totally calling it a job – even though it’s also an awesome pleasure), hyperbaric oxygen technician, Wellness Mentor and my partner and I just launched a brand new health product, Blend Smoothies.
Making great food choices and going to bed REALLY EARLY are usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Avoiding exercise when my body clearly needs to slow down are usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Giving myself too many ‘to do’s’ always seems to throw my wellbeing off track.
Slow breathing exercise and meditation brings my wellbeing back on track
I usually sleep 8 hours per night. I’d love to sleep 8 hours per night.
Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is being realistic about how much I can actually do. I have become much more mindful in the last six months and now find I can shut the computer off at 8pm and not be stressed about not doing more.
Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is my body is unique. I don’t have the physique of a 24 year old – I’m nearly 40 and have given birth to a child so recognising that and still loving what I’ve got is a relatively new development. That being said, staying really active is so important for my physical and emotional health.
The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is these three little words…. pelvic. floor. exercises. Seriously – get onto it girls! Other than that I would say stop comparing – there is nothing more fruitless than aiming for what someone else is or has. I’m totally loving caring less about what others think 😉
The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is it can be a little limiting socially. Actually, being a coeliac is a little limiting socially. I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist but my friends and family do feel the need to confess their food sins to me so maybe I’m a little more intense than I realise! I was recently interviewed for the news and even the camera man started explaining (justifying) his eating habits… classic!
If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be second priority, after focusing on getting my body to work again.
If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say / ask for is a haircut. Seriously it’s been put on the back burner for too long.
Enjoyed reading? Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Bee is up to. xx