When did wellness become wanky?
Why does wellness sound so wanky? Because it’s full of wankers.
I wish I could rise above it, take a sip of a dairy-free turmeric latte and pretend to be friends with everybody in wellness but, I’m not. Wellness, is a wonderful thing. It is the pursuit of health and happiness and there is nothing bad about that. So it hurts me to see the wellness industry being hijacked by damaged young people who are dressing up their eating disorders with beetroot brownies and activated almond milk (by the way activated almond milk is great, if you can get it you should drink it).
There is a middle ground, which is the safest, healthiest and happiest place to be — it’s fun here in the middle. It’s the people on the edges that are angry and boring. Not everyone is going to be having their supergreens blessed by monks but that doesn’t mean you have to go to the other extreme of eating a cigarette sandwich for breakfast.
The middle ground is that place where you are just living your life and being kind to yourself, not buying into fads, trends or anything stupid that’s well-marketed rubbish. It’s about finding foods that make you feel good and taste great and establishing rituals and habits which make you feel better (I know when I say something like ritual I’m at a heavy risk of sounding like a wanker but it’s a good practice, so stay with me on this). Anyone wondering what a ritual is? It’s not sacrificing a goat, it’s a simple as doing two minutes of deep breathing every evening and having a think about what you’re thankful for in your life and that’s a nice little ‘ritual’- see, nothing wanky about that.
I get people writing to me who have cut out meat and have only eaten fish for years and then they’ve ended up with toxic levels of mercury. One of my clients started her day religiously with hot water and freshly squeezed lemon for 18 months and then she got told off by her dentist for damaging her teeth. Some have become anaemic because they became vegan all in a bid to be healthy. It’s so easy to become disillusioned, confused and miserable which is why I want to remind you to find balance.
The essential truth of wellness never changes. You just need to tune into your body and find out what works for you. It doesn’t need to be over-complicated, in fact the more simple it is, the better. For example, rather than feeling like you have to sign up to a mindfulness course to become a better human being, take a moment to focus on your breath for a few minutes at the start of your day. Your biochemistry will change and you will feel better for it.
There’s wankers on both sides of this fence: there are people that are pretty transparently fake and annoying about being ‘so’ well and then on the other side there are people that revel in being unhealthy. Rather than being annoyed with those who start their day with activated porridge and cacao nibs, find your own version that works for you. As long as you are respecting your body and are making decisions based on being kind to yourself, you will improve your overall wellbeing.
Before the 22-year old wellness bloggers spill their green juices all over their Macs, all I’d like to say is: please tell the truth, please have integrity, please be authentic. Similarly, rather than shaming people for being healthy, recognise those with integrity, ignore the wankers, use your common sense and continue in your pursuit to living a healthier, happier life.
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