Archive for December, 2022

A Healthy State of Physical Wellbeing

Do you ever feel like a couch potato? Especially when you’re going through a rough time in your life? A big change in your life? Yeah? I totally get it. When you’re feeling like all hope is lost, all you want to do is wallow in your grief, sink into the pain and be glued to your couch or bed in the most comfortable clothes. It’s time to reject that feeling, that urge. Because guess what it’s doing to you? It’s deteriorating your physical health and regressing your physical wellbeing.

Physical wellbeing is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. It’s also about ensuring health, avoiding preventable diseases and conditions, and living in a balanced state of body, mind and spirit. Physical wellbeing is important because it enables everything else. Research has shown that our physical wellbeing has an impact on conditions such as anxiety, depression, and on our stress tolerance and cognitive agility.

But physical wellbeing is much more than good health. It is the direct result of lifestyle choices and our behaviors around sleep, diet, physical activity, hygiene and relaxation that achieve or derail optimal functioning. Do you wake up full of energy and optimism for the day and feel confident about your ability to handle whatever comes your way? Or are you often distracted by pain, headaches, discomfort, and fatigue? Maybe you struggle to complete tasks because you feel foggy or run out of steam. Physical wellbeing drives all of that. But after this process, you can start to regain your physical wellbeing. It’s time to throw out those worn in sweatpants or pyjamas and trade them in for your favorite confidence-boosting activewear.

1 – Movement

Moving your body and fitting in regular exercise into your routine has many benefits including strengthening your muscles, which improves stability, balance and coordination. Movement helps build more durable bones, encourages flexibility and range-of-motion which boosts joint flexibility and joint function. Improves your heart health and your cardiorespiratory endurance.

Pilates addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body which create pain and difficulty with movement. Pilates helps to retrain dysfunctional movement patterns in the body and eventually restores optimum physical function. Research has proven that Pilates is the only movement practice that heals, strengthens and relaxes the body simultaneously.

The best thing about Pilates is that it’s for everybody, regardless of gender, age, race, size, ability or current fitness level. Other than scientific-based research, this is a big contributor to why it’s been integrated into our Purisoul healing program.

2 – Breathwork

We provide scientific methods in our physical wellbeing sessions that can help you reduce stress in the moment. If you practice it regularly, you may also find that it helps you feel calmer generally. The more you practice, the more effective this breathwork technique becomes.

Breathwork helps put the brakes on acute stress responses and diverts health problems associated with chronic stress. Deep breathing helps you get the lymph flowing properly so that your body can work more efficiently. It also helps control stress levels and the “fight or flight” response that can interfere with everyday life and stand in the way of achieving your goals.

3 – Be Accountable

Accept the fact that you and you alone are responsible for you. No more blaming others for allowing you to wallow in your grief. No more blaming the world for the loss you’ve experienced. No more letting the change control your life when you can take control of that change and find the positivity in the pain and come out through the other side a much stronger person.

At the end of the day, you are the one making the decisions regarding your physical wellbeing. And the first step is holding yourself accountable for your choices. Make that choice to focus on getting back your physical wellbeing and stick by it, day in, day out.

4 – Be Patient, Be Mindful

Patience. This is the harder part. Unfortunately, things don’t always work right away or right off the bat. Healing, even physical, takes time. Physical wellbeing isn’t a goal that’s achieved overnight. Purisoul’s program is customized to your own healing process for a reason.

Mindfulness is the first step to improving your physical wellbeing. Ever heard that phrase “it’s all in your head”? Well, that’s because it really is. Your thoughts shape your actions. A sudden change is something that happens and is unfortunately out of our control. But what we can control is how we react to it, how we let it affect us and what we’re willing to do to overcome that change.

Asian beautiful woman enjoying the sun.

5 – Physical vs. Mental

Looking after your physical wellbeing is not only important for your physical health itself, or because good physical wellbeing will benefit your academic performance. Your physical wellbeing and your lifestyle will also have an impact on your mental wellbeing.

Physical wellbeing is about being safe, sheltered and in good health and it is closely connected to mental wellbeing. Without physical wellbeing, you cannot have mental wellbeing. Your relationships, your career and your finances can be negatively impacted. You will be constantly sidelined by your health and not be able to be a full participant in your own life. If we have good physical health, we will automatically experience better mental and emotional wellbeing.

On the other hand, mental stress and anxiety will put stress on internal organs, increase blood pressure, decrease immune function and upset chemical balances. This is something we’ll be

diving into a little deeper in our next blog so be sure to keep a lookout for more helpful insights behind the purpose of Purisoul.

With scientific methods like breathwork and movement, you can start to feel more fulfilled, flexible, and energized! There’s a sense of assurance in the fact that it’s a process with clear action steps in a customized and catered solution to each individual. Because we all go through our own life changes. A process that works for you might not work for me and vice versa. Remember, it’s not a one-size-fits-all program, it’s a fit-for-you program.

Through your journey, we take a good look at your current physical wellbeing and through scientific methods aim to get you to where you want and need to be. Live an active lifestyle. Live the life you’ve dreamt of living but never got around to realizing. This is your time. Are you ready to embark on this healing journey?

The Pathway to Positivity and Mental Wellbeing

Have you ever felt like things were so much easier or much more manageable when you’re in a good mood? Or how a problem that seemed unsolvable is suddenly not the “end-all-be-all” after a good night’s sleep? What about when you’re extremely anxious about a terrible situation and that one phone call to a dear friend makes you feel oh so much better? That’s all thanks to your mental wellbeing.

What is mental wellbeing, you ask? It’s a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental Wellbeing vs. Mental Health:

Aren’t they the same thing? Not at all! There tends to be a lot of confusion between the two, which is perfectly understandable. Your mental wellbeing is about your thoughts and feelings and how you cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. It’s not the same thing as mental health, although the two can influence each other. Long periods of low mental wellbeing can lead to the development of diagnosable mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.

This is often caused by big life events that we have little or no control over such as bereavement, illness or redundancy. In these situations, it’s about how we respond – our behaviors and habits – that will determine the impact on our mental wellbeing. For example, do we tend to reach out for support or withdraw? Do we assume the worst or remain open to new opportunities?

Start making improvements today. Not sure where to start? We got you! Let us guide you through this process that we have customized and personalized just for you and your healing process.

1 – Resilience

What does resilience have to do with mental wellbeing? Simple! Mental wellbeing involves positive self image and esteem. Resilience, which is directly linked to your wellbeing, is all about having the ability and skills to cope with and adapt to new changes or situations.

Resilience is your ability to cope with change and adversity. But not only that, it is also your ability and capacity to bounce back from curveballs life throws your way. By strengthening your resilience, you’re better able to maintain good mental wellbeing through all of life’s ups and downs.

2 – Mindfulness

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can be so easy to rush through life without taking a moment to just stop and smell the roses, the coffee or the fresh air! Mindfulness allows us to see the present moment clearly and live in that precious moment. It can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life, the way you see yourself, and how you approach challenges.

When we are more mindful, or when we practice mindfulness, we begin to experience things in a whole new light, especially things that we’ve been taking for granted. Mindfulness also helps

you notice signs of stress or anxiety much earlier than you used to, in order to help you deal with them better.

3 – Meditation

Meditation is one of our key focus areas at Purisoul when it comes to your mental wellbeing journey. Meditation helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is often using breathing, quiet contemplation or sustained focus on something. For instance, an image, a phrase or a sound. This can help you let go of stress and feel more calm and peaceful.

Think of it as a mini-vacation from the stress in your life! Stress is your body’s natural alarm system. It releases a hormone called adrenaline that makes your breathing speed up and your heart rate and blood pressure rise. It kicks us into action, which may be a good thing when we’re faced with a real danger. But that “fight or flight” response can take a toll on your body when it goes on for too long, or is a regular occurrence.

Mindful meditation provides a method for handling stress in a healthier way. You can also opt for yoga. Yoga and tai-chi can also help with developing awareness of your breathing.

4 – Journaling

Journaling is a great and proven method that helps improve your mental wellbeing. It provides you an outlet to prioritize and materialize problems, fears and concerns. People tend to feel like problems are enormous and unsolvable when they’re just thinking about them over and over again. These fears or obstacles are currently thoughts. But once you write them down, they become real and something you can see on paper. Once it’s outside of your head, it becomes easier to understand what they really are. And most times, these problems, fears and concerns aren’t as big and scary as we made them out to be.

Journaling is also a great way to track any mental health issues that may arise or accumulate on a day-to-day basis, so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to control them better. It also gives you a chance to express positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviours that are the trickling droplets that lead to poor mental wellbeing.

Now I know journaling can be a bit intimidating for someone who has not practiced this mindful activity. Where do you start? How do you start? What should you be writing about? How will you fill this blank sheet of paper? I know, right? It can be a lot to take in. But don’t panic and don’t worry. At Purisoul, journaling is one of the critical aspects of your healing journey. We help you find the right type of journaling for you.

5 – Mental wellbeing at work

Many high achieving professionals like you have had their success disrupted after a life-changing event. We are taught how to acquire things in life, and not taught what to do when we lose them. And that’s very important, because we lose trust with the people we work with, we might have a loss of safety, or a loss of security.

This affects our mental state and our mind automatically tries to find solutions to the problem through logic. That leads you to the wrong tools for the job, and we’re here to give you the right tools – like breathwork, meditation and journaling – but the key is to be willing to put in the work.

6 – Good Mental Wellbeing

So, what does good mental wellbeing look like? Good mental wellbeing doesn’t mean you’re always happy or unaffected by your experiences. But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.

Good mental wellbeing is not the absence of negative thoughts and feelings. We all face difficult and challenging situations that cause us to feel angry, sad, overwhelmed and everything in between. Instead, it’s about being able to understand and manage those feelings, so that generally you’re able to feel confident in yourself, live and work productively, manage smoothly when big changes arise, and have a sense of purpose.

Western medicine has questioned the medical benefits of meditation.

Mental wellbeing is just as equally important to your overall health and wellness as physical wellbeing. It can be hard to maintain good mental wellbeing at all times, because there are curveballs that life can throw at you that may be out of your control. But you know what you can control? Your relationships, your physical health and wellbeing, and your emotional wellbeing.

We will be diving deeper into your emotional state and wellbeing in future blogs, so be sure to check in for more posts soon!

We always encourage our Purisoul circle to do what is right for them. The program is personalized to you and you alone. The life changing or big events that altered your success are more likely than not different from the big events in someone else’s life. And you don’t have to go all in all at once, not knowing what your body, mind and soul can handle.

To improve your mental wellbeing, always remember that you should try only what feels comfortable, to give yourself time to figure out what works for you, to go at your own pace, and last but not least, take small steps. Those small steps can lead to bigger successes and greater realizations. Remember, this is your healing journey, and Purisoul is here to guide your healing.

Top 10 Wellbeing Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner! We all know what that means. Presents! And while there are many different kinds of meaningful presents on the market, there’s something particularly special about presenting a friend or loved one with a gift which shows you care about their wellbeing and has the potential to improve their quality of life – especially at a time when so many of us are struggling with our mental and emotional health.

It can be really hard to let someone you love know that you’re thinking of them when they are going through stressful and anxious times as it’s difficult to understand something you can’t see. So we’ve chosen a lovely selection of gifts including useful books, calming and relaxing candles, journals for noting worries and thoughts, alongside many more thoughtful gifts and cards for you to choose from.

Check out the gifts that made it on our must gift top ten!

1 – Lux Meditation Sanctuary Gift Box

After a year of heightened stress levels, bucketloads of anxiety and growing feelings of loneliness, there’s never been a better time to give someone a gift which will help them look after their emotional and physical wellbeing.

If your friend or family member is yet to discover the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, this gift box from yoga and wellness expert Aysha Bell is the ultimate beginner’s resource. Each box includes a scented candle, three guided meditations to download (one for the morning, one for the evening and one for any time), a box of hand blended linden flower and lemon balm tea bags and an affirmation card, among other things.

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2 – “Who Am I?” Guided Journal

With sections covering everything from love and relationships to sorrow and compassion, “Who am I?” is a guided journal packed with exercises to help them get to know themselves in 2022. This incredible book from The School of Life is the perfect gift for someone who wants to understand themselves better. Not only can getting to know our inner selves help us feel more confident about who we are, but it also equips us with the tools we need to deal with any emotional problems or flawed belief systems.

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3 – The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

Are you sleep deprived? Overthinking every situation you’ve ever been through in your life has kept you wide awake? Claudia Hammond addresses the sleep issue and the concept of rest in her stimulating book “The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age”. Claudia helps you dive into the subject and determine the factors that get in the way of us getting the rest we need.

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4 – The A to Z of Mindfulness book

Life can get very hectic when you’re rushing from one place or one project to the next. This makes it even harder to take a moment to enjoy the time or place you’re in. It gets harder to find the time to take a step back and be mindful and grateful.

Mindfulness has been known to help with a number of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress. And here is the perfect gift to help you start your mindfulness journey. This book provides a breakdown of illustrated techniques and exercises that you can practice daily or weekly or whenever you find yourself lost in your work that all your days seem to blend in. Help a friend learn to connect with themselves and the world around them with this thoughtful gift.

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5 – The Positive Wellness Combo (Journal and Planner)

Are you that one friend in your inner circle that is obsessed with planning ahead? No? Then you definitely have a friend who is! There seems to always be one friend in every circle that loves to

plan every little detail. Don’t worry, planning ahead is a good thing. It’s the overanalyzing and obsessive nature that creeps up on you that leads you towards the negative extreme. And this is the perfectly balanced wellbeing Christmas gift for the planner of the group.

Not only is this planner centered and focused on positivity, but you can also purchase the matching Positive Wellness Journal to balance the planning out with moments of mindfulness, reflection and gratitude. This is a 3-month journal dedicated to nourishing your mind, body and soul through creativity, movement and writing.

Click here to purchase the Positive Wellness Journal and here to purchase the Positive Wellness Planner.

6 – Pilates Ring

This is the perfect wellbeing Christmas gift for the fitness lover in your life. Help them take their workouts one step further and make the most out of their pilates session with this pilates ring. This ring also boosts bodyweight moves like squats and bridges to a whole new level. They’ll definitely feel the burn in their core and legs.

But of course, two is better than one! How fun would it be to start the new year with a workout buddy. Purchase two and join your loved one in their first workout of 2022 as a bonding experience!

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7 – Therapeutic Scented Candles

Give the gift of calm this Christmas with this self-care present which will help a loved one relax and unwind as we head into 2022. This Cosy Amber Scented Glass Candle by Janie Wilson is the perfect way to calm the storm in your mind. Amber is a calming, long-lasting fragrance that has a sweet woody element.

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8 – Meditation Cushion

Sometimes a meditation cushion is just what you need to elevate not only your body from the ground, but your soul away from the stress and anxiety your struggles have caused you. Handmade from Thailand, this meditation cushion will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud.

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9 – Healing crystals set

Never underestimate the power of healing crystals. With this healing stones set, you help a loved one embrace the healing power of mother nature, reach pure relaxation through gems like Amethyst, Aquamarine and Rose Quartz. Plus, it adds a bohemian chic look to their bedroom decor!

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10 – Silk & Satin Beauty Sleep Gift Set

Sleep is such an important part of our days, and it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when all your worries and struggles are keeping you wide awake all through the night. This silk and satin beauty sleep gift set is a great aid to helping a friend relax at night. Help them take their beauty sleep to another level.

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The best part about Christmas gifts is buying something your loved ones want but will never get for themselves. Help someone slow down and de-stress with these wonderful gifts. Whether you’re looking for gifts for a friend, a family member or a coworker, these are the perfect presents with a positive wellbeing touch.

The 360 Degrees Cycle of Wellbeing

Change is a little scary, am I right? It doesn’t matter if it’s a good change or a bad change, if it’s an expected change or a sudden change. It’s inevitable, and that’s what makes it a little scary. And when the change comes, do you deal with it or do you run away from it? Wouldn’t it be easier to just ignore it and go about your life like everything’s normal?

I know I’ve run my fair share of miles away from the changes in my life. But when I stopped running, they were right behind me. We all have to stop running away from change eventually. But how? How do you deal with changes in your life? The big life-altering ones. How do we heal? Enter the 360 degrees cycle of wellbeing. The cycle is made up of 4 crucial elements: physical, mental, emotional and social. So, if we were to break down the cycle and sneak a peek at each element, what would that be?

1 – Physical

When we are affected by trauma in our lives, our physical health takes a hit as well. I’m guilty of being a couch potato when I’m going through a difficult change in my life. Can you relate? Okay, good. For a second I thought it was just me. But after this cycle, it’s time to throw out that old couch and trade it in for your favorite activewear.

With evidence-based methods like breathwork and movement, you can start to feel more fulfilled, energized and back on top of your game. The best part? It’s a process with clear action steps in a customized and catered solution to each individual. Because we all go through our own life changes. A process that works for you might not work for me and vice versa. It’s not a one-size-fits-all program, it’s a fit-for-you program.

2 – Mental

Many high achieving professionals like you have had their success disrupted after a life-changing event. We are taught how to acquire things in life, and not taught what to do when we lose them. And that’s very important, because we lose trust with the people we work with, we might have a loss of safety, or a loss of security.

This affects our mental state and our mind automatically tries to find solutions to the problem through logic. That leads you to the wrong tools for the job we’re here to give you the right tools – like breathwork, meditation and journaling – but the key is to be willing to put in the work.

3 – Emotional

Emotions, especially painful ones can be triggered by any of the wide range of life-changing events. Whether it’s moving to a new country, settling into a new job or career change, a change in financial circumstances, the tragic loss of a loved one, a divorce, or an end to a long term relationship, change can be difficult to process and at times painful to even think about.

Our most natural and human instinct is to suppress emotional pain. To bottle it up and throw it out into the ocean. It’s easier to ignore it. And when we try to deal with the pain that’s in our heart, we often rely on logic to help us heal. That approach can do more harm than good. When we fight pain with logic, it actually leaves us in a place where we feel stuck, confused and overwhelmed. I’ve felt my share of confusion, paired with a lot of emptiness, and I definitely don’t want to go down that emotional rabbit hole again.

It’s time to get out of that cycle of being stuck over and over again. Through multiple evidence-based methods, such as movement, emotional healing or trauma recovery, it’s time to release that emotional weight and baggage you’ve been carrying around for too long.

4 – Social

Do you feel like no one understands what you’re going through? Me too.
Do you feel like you’re all alone and there’s no one to turn to? Me too.
Do you feel like you just don’t want to interact with anyone else and shut yourself off from the world? Me too!

When we’re going through a life-changing event, we often feel isolated from the world around us, detached from our community and that “me against the world” mentality kicks in. If I can relate, there are a million others who can too. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We often feel alone because we isolate ourselves from our loved ones, thinking that they can’t possibly understand how we feel or what we go through. With this program, you don’t have to anymore.

We guide you towards outlets in your community that help you build healthy connections with your community. It’s time for you to gain back your sense of belonging, your connection to your community, and regain that feeling of happiness, enjoyment and confidence.

Through this journey, we take a good look at where you are right now – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially – where this change has taken you to, and where it is really that you’re stuck. We help you move forward so that you can finally live a more peaceful life and achieve the goals that you’ve been dreaming of and putting off for quite some time.

This journey starts and ends with you. This is your journey, and we’re here to help you navigate through it – healed, empowered and ready to go back to what makes your soul happy.