In Conversation: 5 Minutes with Nikki Hill
We are grateful to nutritionist and herbalist Nikki Hill, who took time out of her busy schedule to share her simple tips on how to create a stress-free and balanced lifestyle.
'...above all learning to say “no” to things you don’t want to do and creating time for yourself is one of the best self-care acts you can do!' - Nikki
February may be associated with hearts and hugs, even celebrating Random Acts of Kindness - but 'self-care' can often take a back seat. With this in mind, what simple acts of self-care or mindfulness can we bring into a stressful or busy week?
When we are really stressed and busy, we are running off our stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol - which is fine for our bodies short term, but long term can lead to hormonal havoc, anxiety, poor energy levels and burn out. Incorporating little moments of self care or mindfulness throughout the day or week will help offset this stress and calm our nervous system.
Most of us find it hard to maintain energy levels in a healthy way.
How and what would you recommend?
Eating balanced meals will keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day and this will help maintain your energy levels. I always recommend eating a protein (either a meat or veggie source) with a carbohydrate and good fat in every meal and avoiding sugary, processed meals.
Good quality sleep also helps with our energy levels, so if sleep is an issue, sorting this out is paramount. I recommend ceasing caffeine consumption after midday (ideally switching to herbal tea) as to not affect your sleep. And employ a sleep routine that you love. This could include having a bath or shower and then applying your favourite body oil, listening to relaxing music, journaling, reading a book, avoiding electronics an hour or two before you aim to sleep.
Managing stress can feel overwhelming.
What small changes can we make to ease this every day?
How do you spend your downtime at weekends or days off?
We think clothing can be transformative to our mood.
How do the right clothes make you feel and why do clothes matter to you?
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