Ways to Wellness

Ways to Wellness

As we move into the Winter season, it’s important to continue looking after your mind and body. While it can be tempting to cut back on exercise and indulge in extra hot chocolates or heavy casseroles when it’s cold out, your health regime can’t go completely out the window. Read on for a few things to remember over the coming weeks so that your body gets the treatment it deserves.



Don’t let your body lose shape or condition this winter. Rain is not an excuse for a lack of exercise, and neither is the end of Daylight Savings! While going for a run or cycle might not be as easy in nasty weather, you can still hit the gym for a group fitness class or a personal training session. If you don’t feel like going out, you can do yoga or Pilates from home – there are tons of clips on YouTube if you don’t have a DVD. I like to make the most of any sunshine we do happen to get over Winter, so if there’s a rare nice day get out there and go for it! It can be lovely going for a brisk walk early in the mornings when the air is crisp – a great way to wake up your body and mentally prepare you for the day ahead.

Just as important as exercise is your diet. I love a cappuccino as much as the next woman, but I always make sure I don’t increase the amount I drink during the cold season. Moderation works well for your food intake, also. Don’t hugely up the amounts of carb-heavy meals or high-sugar snacks you’re eating. There are plenty of comforting, hot dinners you can have that are healthy and easy to make. Why not check out Jeremy Dixon’s Revive cookbooks? They have tons of vegetarian dishes which are packed with nutrition and protein and taste delicious! Another thing to try is swapping your white rice for brown rice, and normal pasta for wholegrain.



Cold weather can do horrible things to our skin. A big issue I’ve noticed over the years is that people cut back on their water intake over Winter, causing their skin to become dehydrated. While the sun might not be affecting your skin as much, you still need to be consuming around 1.5 litres of water a day to ensure it remains as hydrated and healthy as possible. Nothing looks or feels worse than dry, tired skin!

As well as drinking enough water, you must uphold a skincare routine. Some of you may need to visit your local beauty clinic and have your skin reassessed if it changes during Winter – maybe your skin becomes oilier, or is easily irritated. If you’re lucky enough to have a fairly consistent skin quality, don’t slack off on your morning and evening practice – cleanse, tone, moisturise. And don’t forget to exfoliate once or twice a week. On top of this, make sure you use light sunscreen each morning – you can still get burnt even when it’s grey outside!



Make sure your mind remains active and alive during Winter. Keep up your standard sleeping pattern of 7-8 hours a night. Yes, it is very tempting to roll over and go back to sleep when it’s thundering with rain, but any more than eight hours a night actually leaves you feeling more exhausted and drained. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you need to set yourself a regular weekday time to stop work or whatever you’re doing and get ready for bed.

Keeping your brain alert and focussed means giving it some motivation, too. Read regularly – a magazine with breakfast or a chapter before bed is a good idea – do the crossword in the paper, or the Sudoku. Also allow your mind to have some time out where it doesn’t need to work quite so hard. Watch an episode of your favourite show or scroll through Instagram for a few minutes. Balance is key!


Inner Beauty: Why You Should Celebrate Yourself

Inner Beauty

No doubt you’ve heard me say before that my absolute motto is: when you look good, you feel great. I could not be more passionate about this concept, and I truly believe that real beauty begins on the inside. It is how you feel internally that most affects the way you appear externally. A beautiful soul can make any body outwardly beautiful, while a negative one will tarnish even the most ‘perfect’ figure. If you don’t feel beautiful all the time – or even just some of the time – then let me help you discover why you should, and how you can achieve this.


You are Unique

You are beautiful because you are original – there is no one like you in the entire universe. While many of us are similar to other people, we are never the same. This uniqueness sets us all apart. If no one was different, wouldn’t it boring meeting ‘new’ people? They wouldn’t really be new! Individualism keeps things interesting and makes our world a better place. Once we realise this, we can celebrate ourselves and live life more abundantly.


Comparisons Hurt

A helpful tip? Don’t compare yourself to others. As women we have a bad habit of doing this, whether it’s to the toned girl at the gym, your partner’s new co-worker or your fashionable flatmate. Comparing yourself to others is detrimental to your mental wellbeing. How can you feel good about yourself (and therefore look great!) when you are constantly beating yourself down because your legs aren’t as long as Blake Lively’s or your teeth aren’t as straight as that girl you met at uni? Doing this will only result in low self-esteem and even lower moods, and you will never feel truly content with yourself because there is always going to be someone out there who is ‘better’ than you at something, or has ‘better’ features than you (or so our female psyche tells us). Don’t do it!


I am Me

Instead of focusing on why others are ‘better’ than you, focus on why you are special and gorgeous. Stop worrying about what others are doing or saying or wearing, and set your mind to yourself. What makes you beautiful? Think of a favourite feature and personality trait that make you the unique individual that you are. Maybe you’re a very kind person, or extremely generous. Maybe you have fabulous curves or awesome lips. If you put your attention on yourself and view other women as equally beautiful beings, rather than competition, you will be amazed at how great you will begin to feel. As my icon Audrey Hepburn once said, “true beauty in a woman is reflected in a soul.”


Motivate Your Life

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Without motivation, it’s easy for life to fall into a simple pattern. And while this pattern may be enjoyable, it’s hard to feel like you are achieving something when everything becomes a routine. Direction keeps the soul alive and gives your life a greater sense of purpose, so take matters into your own hands and get motivated!

The first step to motivating your life? Establish your drive. What invigorates you, what inspires you, what pushes you forward? Everyone is different, and so everyone’s motivational triggers vary. Some people are motivated by the idea of travel, others by career advancements, and others by baking, dieting, sculpting or sport. There is something for everyone, big or small, so figure yours out as a starting point.

To prevent your life from falling into a rise-work-home-bed routine (we’ve all been there at some point), engage in a regular morning or evening activity. This can be absolutely anything, as long as it gives you something to look forward to every day. I find that doing yoga each morning puts me in a balanced frame of mind and energises my body for the day to come. If you can’t think of anything, give it a go! Other ideas include reading a chapter of a book each night, taking your dog for a walk, and cooking a healthy lunch for the following day. It’s also a great idea to have activities that you complete on a weekly basis, like a social sport or group class of some kind.

As well as the everyday kinds of motivators, it is incredibly important to have long-term goals which give you something to aim for and achieve. Always have a goal. When thing get hard in the present, focus on that goal and drive yourself towards it. Your life is your own and anything you want, you can get – you just have to be prepared to do the work first. Keep your larger goals in mind each day – it might be a new job opportunity, a creative project you’ve been slowly working on, a lengthy trip overseas or buying your first house. Whatever it is, don’t lose sight of it. Have a planner where you work out what you need to do to achieve this goal, and give yourself small rewards when you reach each new step. Maintain your motivation by getting excited – look at blogs and read articles related to your goal, and tell your friends about it. When you are positive and driven, you can do anything!





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The Benefits of Nice

The Benefits of Nice

Karma: it’s no myth. This I truly believe. If you focus on living a good life and being a good person, good things will come your way. Being nice to everyone, all the time, can be difficult (especially when people aren’t nice back!), but your actions do positively impact those around you and also define the type of person you are. Nobody wants to be thought of as an unfriendly or negative person – so be nice! Show that you can be positive in any situation, and rise above those who aren’t. There are many ways you can be nice in your daily life, so have a read below and give it a go – if you don’t already. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel.


Hey there, Stranger!

A simple way to show off your niceness? Say hello to people you don’t know. It doesn’t matter if it’s the guy at the local coffee shop, someone you pass out on your morning walk or a businesswoman you’re riding the elevator with – every day we see people we don’t know, and have no idea what is going on in their lives. You never know how a friendly “hi!” might impact their day. And as the saying goes, “a simple hello can lead to a million things.”


Need a Hand?

Helping people is obviously a nice thing to do, but one that is often overlooked. We’re so caught up in our busy lives that it’s easy to focus only on ourselves and our daily plans. Offering a hand to someone is a selfless act which leaves both parties feeling good. You don’t even have to go hugely out of your way to offer assistance – just holding the door for someone carrying a heavy load or helping your partner or parents cook dinner can be more than enough.


The Worker

A big area that needs improving in general is the workplace environment. We must appreciate not just the staff we work with, but those at the places we frequent. Be polite and friendly to that retail assistant, even if she isn’t – you never know what her day has been like. Thank the waiter at that restaurant you’re going to next week for their service, even if it could have been better. And of course, support your colleagues and brighten their day with a simple “how are you?”


On the Road

Road rage is a big issue in New Zealand, and one which can be improved if everyone is just a little more courteous. Yes, that car that pulled out in front of you is in the wrong, and the slow person up front is annoying – but getting frustrated about things and stressing out doesn’t help anything. You’ll simply make your own journey less pleasant. Avoid tooting your horn, cutting people off or tailgating – think about how you like to be treated, and try to act accordingly. There are always going to be rude people on the roads, but you can prevent yourself from being one of them by keeping a positive mentality.


Words Mean Everything

The easiest way to be nice? Say kind things! Compliment your friends and family; compliment the girl at the counter of your favourite clothing store. Let people know you appreciate them. If your friend’s hair looks fabulous, tell her! If your partner got a haircut, let them know they look good! If you like the outfit of the staff member at your local coffee store, say it! Small compliments and words of kindness can make someone’s day. If you’re thinking something nice, why not say it out loud?




How to get over a Breakup

How to Get Over a Breakup


It’s difficult to really describe the pain of going through a breakup, whether it is a teenage summer fling, a long-term relationship or a divorce. In any of these cases, it is not an enjoyable experience. What’s important to know, however, is that you are not alone in the way you feel right now, and that it does – incredibly – get better.

It doesn’t matter if you are the one doing the breaking up, being broken up with, or if it is mutual – breakups hurt. You will feel sadness, anger, disappointment and many other strong emotions. You will ask yourself questions – did it have to end this way? What did I do wrong? Is there a way to fix things? Usually, especially after a long relationship with someone, you will feel lost. This is all completely normal. After having spent the majority of your time with one person for a number of years, suddenly having that person completely cut from your life is a huge shock. Your future may seem uncertain, and you will feel lonely.

What is important is to let yourself feel these things. Face the issue head on. Grieve. Cry. Be sad, and mad. Think about everything; the good and the bad. Avoiding what you are going through doesn’t work – it just postpones your sadness and prevents you from moving forward. Everyone deals with things differently, but I recommend giving yourself time to comprehend everything. Don’t start going out again until you are ready. You might feel fine at the time, but chances are you will feel worse the next day. Eventually, you are going to have to deal with your feelings.

While the grieving process is crucial, don’t let yourself become consumed by it. After a couple of weeks, you need to start living again. Moving forward can be terrifying, because you might not want to let go of the past. You don’t have to let go in order to move forward, however. Accept that the time you spent with your partner has shaped you as a person and was a big part of your life. Now it is time for you to define yourself without the influence of another. Take this time alone and use it – find yourself again, pick up old hobbies or interests you used to love but may have stopped, or throw yourself into current ones. Avoid contacting your ex if possible, because this will only make it harder for both of you. Stay off social media. This time is about you – it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing, or who anyone else is with.

Make sure you connect with friends and family, and talk about your situation. Get those feelings and thoughts off your chest, and listen to the advice of others. This is the time when you should lean on your friends if needed. Let them support and comfort you. Ask them for their honesty – what does it look like from an outside perspective? Good friends will be there for you and won’t judge you.

As you begin trying to move forward, set yourself goals. Give yourself something to look forward to and something to aim for. Is there a new career path you are interested in? Have you always wanted to travel? Was there something you wanted to study? A hobby you never took up? Now is the time to do those things you haven’t done yet. This will give you something to focus on, put your energy into and enjoy. You will meet new people, and learn new things. The world will start to seem more open, and full of possibility. It will take a long time – months, usually – but one day you will look back, appreciate what has been, and appreciate where you are now. Most importantly, remember that you are not alone – there are always people going through what you are going through, and people that have been through it and come out the other side.