Last Thursday I attended the launch of the Irishhealthhour.com in The Skeff.
‘Irish Health Hour is a networking community for those involved in the health and wellness area and for those who wish to interact or find an expert in a particular health and wellness field’.
I have followed Dolores Andrew-Gavin’s work for the few months or so and love how she incorporates holistic, wellness, motherhood, spiritual elements to name but a few into her daily life,work and blogs.
There was a great turn out for this event, faces from the wellness and health industry, fellows bloggers as well as Dolores’ own friends and family and even the Mayor of Galway was there to support this great launch.
Dolores had guest speaker, co author and and blogger Hannah Lilly to make the official launch.
Hannah shared her own very personal story and her struggle with her eating disorder and to be body confident over the years. She openly spoke about her moments of deep sadness and dissatisfaction towards herself and her body image and the point in her life when she knew it all had to change.
She then also shared with us the #joyhunt quest, where she would make herself identify little moments in her day which brought her joy.
She said that this wasn’t always easy but that she made “joy hunting” rules for herself that she would stick to this for a certain length of time and ‘faked it’ until it became a habit. She would look at herself in the mirror and find one thing that she liked about herself and say it out loud.
At first this wasn’t easy but it got easier once she realised that she needed to be her own friend first and foremost and speak to herself like a kind friend would.
Hannah’s story is inspiring and I don’t think there was any one there that would disagree. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter or indeed read her story in this book or find her on www.hannah-lilly.com
Hannah’s and Dolores words make me think though. We are sometimes our own worst enemy and we all think things and say things to ourselves that we would never in a million years say to a friend . Why do we do that?!? This needs to change.
We need to be our own friend first and foremost. This might involve small things like buying that new lipstick or top that we like but we feel ‘guilty’ that we are not spending the money on our family or our businesses or putting the feet up for an hour in the evening or Saturday and reading your favourite book or watching telly and not feeling guilty because you could be /should be tidying the house or making dinner.
It all can wait.. Honestly 🙂 because if we don’t put our selves first and mind our own bodies (and minds) eventually we won’t be any good to mind our families/kids/friends.
We need to also get into the habit of looking in that mirror and start to love whats looking back (lumps, bumps, scars and all). I don’t mean we need to be cocky about it but start with one thing that you like.. Identify what your favourite body part is and work on that!
So my challenge to myself for the next 30 days (to start with ) is at the end of the day to pick 3 things that made me smile that day. Small things? big things? any things?.
We all have stresses, worries and pressures in our life’s but I can bet that if we sit down and pick 3 things each day.We will all become a little been more positive and feel more confidence in ourselves and that’s always a good thing.