Now in its second year, World WellBeing Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on our overall awareness for the many aspects of wellbeing including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing. With this year bringing events that we could not have planned, it is important now, more than ever, that we are equipped with the tools to cope so that our wellbeing can thrive.
We have caught up with Neom Organics founder and Creative Director, Nicola Elliott, to talk us through finding your own personal toolkit:
“Wow, where do I start? I am not a calm person, I wish I was. I’m a full-on ball of energy, with a default state of super busy. It has gotten me into big trouble and I started to get anxiety. After spending seven hectic years working 60 hour weeks as an editor for Glamour magazine, I noticed my own wellbeing, and that of my close friends, was being affected by the stress and demands of modern-day busy life.
Other offenders? Poor sleep, stress, low energy and mood swings. This kick-started my own wellbeing journey so I trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist. My wellbeing was a big part of launching NEOM because I found that essential oils (and our particular blend called Real Luxury which I created) can be a massive help for me and my wellbeing.
I place a high priority on taking care of myself. After all, we need to be healthy and happy ourselves to be able to take care of others. I try to take a little time out for myself each day, whether that’s a quick run in the morning, or a relaxing bath in the evening, just having that time to switch off from being a mum/wife/boss is super important for me.
At NEOM our mantra is “Small Steps Big Difference” – if you can do just one small thing each day, it can make a huge difference to your wellbeing in the long term. Wellbeing doesn’t have to be about perfect green smoothies (although cool if you like them) or crazy exercise/dieting, it can be a walk round the park with your kids, a glass of wine with your friends that boosts your mood, grabbing a deeply relaxing bath that works hard to prepare you for a perfect night’s sleep, lighting up a candle at home and creating a calm zone or it might be a yoga class or a long run – whatever your version of wellbeing is, is cool, but let’s keep it real!
My small steps to Wellbeing…
Mornings start with a power shower
An easy way to start your day with a mood lift is to use Great Day Body Wash, followed by the Body Lotion and a drop of Great Day Face Oil with the zingy essential oils of mint and mandarin.
Move your body
Find what works best for you. Yoga? A walk – I like to run outdoors – a double whammy if you can get fresh air (and Vitamin D) at the same time.Meditate – (I like the Calm App). This can be tricky for me, but something little each day works a treat for busy/overloaded minds.
Essential Oils & The Breath
Essential Oils are an excellent tool to de-stress and take yourself out of the moment, there is a blend for every mood and feeling, whether you are looking for sleep, calm, energy or happiness-boosting. There are multiple ways to reap the benefits of essential oil, you can inhale them, either through a humidifier or diffuser. Add them to a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or almond oil and apply to your skin. I burn the 3 wick candle daily and also use the super-smart Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter with skin-nourishing ingredients and a shot of magnesium – a wonder mineral which up to 80% of us are deficient in and is brilliant for so many things including helping with better sleep, less stress and boosting your mood.
It’s not the device itself as much as that ‘always on’ feeling it creates. Ping! Oh is that my boss? Ping! What’s the matter now? Ping! They might need me immediately….you get the gist it’s just a relentless ‘turned on’ feeling that just needs turning OFF for a few hours.
In 10 mins I can create a calm zone in my bathroom and I honestly emerge feeling like I’ve done a personal reboot. I switch on The Wellbeing Pod (with a little sleepy essential oil blend) and add a glug of Bedtime Hero Bath Foam and relax.
Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Feel Good
Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser
Take the time to find out what wellbeing toolkit can work for you. Explore the full Neom range.