My Wellbeing Mantras
By Julia Trejo, Director of Business Development at Terramar, a DMC Network Company
I have been traveling non-stop for quite a number of years now, the majority of it being for work, which I love! Working in the hospitality industry has given me a lot of satisfaction, although I do feel at times that I have neglected healthier habits. About a year and a half ago I learned that I had a medication condition that meant I had to modify many of these ‘less healthy’ behaviours, and I have truly found that my well-being has improved dramatically.
Below I have shared some of the key practices that I am now benefiting from:
- Breathe. Taking one minute to breathe every hour or so helps me a lot. It sounds simpler than it is, but I like to focus on a specific positive thought and count to five with an inhale and the same with an exhale. I repeat this at least 6 times and always finish with saying “thank you” to myself for allowing me the time to focus on this. It works great when I am getting anxious or when I feel overwhelmed.
- Good thoughts, good deeds, good work. I have learned patience and tolerance, mostly when traveling. Everyone is in such a rush. These days I have to take more time to do things like going upstairs or walking from one gate to the other. This has made me a better observer too. Opening the door for someone or giving my seat or spot in line to someone that looks like they are having a difficult day will always pay forward. Be kind to anyone that is having a hard (er) battle than me is my mantra these days.
- I take long walks. Since I am not able to work-out or do certain movements right now, I enjoy long walks. I can do this anywhere I travel too and my Apple Watch has become a great ally. Walking calms my anxiety and is also a great way to get to know new places!
- Feed your mind with the good stuff. I learned this from a very well-known speaker, Tim Sanders. I am now more selective with what I read, listen to and watch. Tim says that if we like to feed ourselves with good food, we should do the same with our brain.
- Learn to know your boundaries. We work in a non-stop industry where there are so many events, certifications, cocktails and other opportunities that sometimes we experience the fear of missing out, but you know what? It is ok not to do it all. It is perfectly fine to take our time and pick and choose what your body can take. For me, this has been the most difficult behavior to modify, but I am learning!
My illness has taught me many things over these past months. The most important thing has been compassion and unconditional love as the strength that can get you through rough times. For me, what is important is the balance between ideas and priorities.
Also, what we see in others is our own reflection so I like to see the good in everyone - at work, while traveling, or on my down time.
The meaning of well-being is “the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy” and to me, being happy and healthy right now is my ultimate priority.