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Paul Hall, Director in Consulting

Wellness? For me it’s about balance…

I know it is hard to believe after the snowfall the last few weeks but spring has actually sprung! Everyone is thinking about getting fit, eating healthy and generally resetting themselves after the winter period. I have noticed over the past couple of years that more and more people are also discussing things such as mindfulness, meditation and overall wellness as something that they would like to start or re-introduce to their lives at this time of the year.

At the moment I am busy working on what I call the “wellness cycle”(some of you would have seen this during the wellness session that we ran in January). This will be a practical guide that encompasses a number of common elements that will help and support individual’s core values, irrespective of what they may be. These include lifestyle and behaviour, sleep, hydration, nutrition, exercise and mindfulness and meditation but more on that later.

But what does wellness mean and where does someone start?
First of all wellness is an individual thing and what is means for one person does not necessarily mean the same for another. For me it encompasses all of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that I require as a person to make me happy and at peace.

The things that are important to me are my family, being healthy and fit, having good friends and relationships, working in a job I love and being able to help other people. So wellness is about how I achieve and support these values and create balance and alignment across them. For example when work is extremely busy and stressful I find that training in the gym or the park makes my body feel strong and healthy and helps me switch off from work. Similarly, spending quality time with my family and friends helps me feel connected and it allows me the space to recharge my mind.

To achieve this balance, it is important to be diligent about the allocation and respect of the time for each of my values as it is easy to get into the habit of one overtaking the other. As we are “always on” I find work is always challenging my other values’ time that I generally schedule in the evenings and weekends.
Putting in some simple and easy changes…

Here are a few practical examples from the wellness cycle that I hope you can easily implement into your day:
• Try to get an extra 30 minutes sleep per day. This equates to 3 ½ hours’ sleep per week.
• Drink ½ litre of additional water per day. This equates to 3 ½ litres per week
• Take a one minute pause (breathing) three times per day
• Go for a 20 minute walk 3 times per week
• Be a little nicer to people. Can you do a random act of kindness for someone?

Over the next few months I will be adding more material that will hopefully help people on their wellness journeys. Also a number of specific wellness sessions will be run as part of the launch of the Deloitte wellness programme.

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