Wellbeing (yours and ours) is very important to us here at energyballrecipes.com HQ, so we headed down to the home of the Rams, Derby County Football Club, on Sunday for the Unlimited Wellbeing Show.
And what an inspiring day we had… there was so much energy in the room, from the rhythmic, almost tribal, sounds of the BeatFeet drumming workshop to the joyous, infectious laughter yoga session and the quiet contemplation of the mindfulness practice.
But there was a serious side to all this fun too. And that was to help us all to live more healthily and effectively in the fast paced chaos of the modern world.
And to do that we all need to strengthen our resilience, our ability to cope with whatever life throws at us and bounce back a stronger person.
The speaker at the resilience workshop set us a test – solve a few anagrams. Simple enough you’d think, but alas no. I thought I was quite good with words, but I couldn’t get a single one. There were just too many Xs and not enough vowels – and other people were solving them, the speaker was saying so.
But, do you know what? She was testing our resilience, seeing how we would cope, how flustered we got, how we dealt with the situation. The anagrams were, in fact, unsolvable, but none of us said anything, we just tried harder and harder to solve them.
How many times do we do that in our daily lives when what we should be doing is taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, listening to our gut instinct and not comparing ourselves with others? How often do we just keep are heads down, trying harder and harder and heading further and further towards burnout?
The British solution is a nice cup of tea, and that’s not a bad thing. Tucked away in the corner of the exhibition hall, we discovered some fabulous blends of Chinese tea and beautiful herbal infusions. With the new teapot we purchased for the office, we can really make our tea breaks into special occasions now – the ritual of making the tea, watching the water slowly take the colour of the herbs and tea leaves and then taking five minutes out to just enjoy the warm, hydrating beverage. Bliss!
We thought the Brain Boosting Tea – green tea, nettle and cardamom – ideal for overcoming the mid-afternoon slump, especially when enjoyed with an energy ball (or two!) with ingredients such as flax seeds, walnuts, almonds, turmeric, cacao or coconut oil.
Do you have a favourite energy ball recipe that helps you concentrate and stay focused all afternoon? We’d love to try your recipe. Why not submit it to us here?
But probably the most beautiful tea we tried was the Sleep Tea with its yellow camomile flowers, pink rose buds and violet lavender flowers as well as pu’erh tea leaves. We’re currently working on a before-bed energy ball that we hope will complement a tea blend like this perfectly. We’re playing around with almonds, walnuts, cherries, brazil nuts with perhaps a hint of lavender or rose. What do you suggest we include?
Sleep is so important to our wellbeing, but with smartphones and electronic gadgets eating into our sleep time, many of us don’t get enough sleep anymore. The Sleep Council found that over a third of people living in the UK only get five or six hours each night when we need around 7.5 hours.
The main lesson we learned at the Ultimate Wellbeing Show was that if we don’t look after ourselves, how can we expect to look after others and be effective in our work?
And this sentiment could not have been borne out more than in the Think Like a Tree workshop. Intrigued, I went along. After all, what’s more calming for the soul than a long walk in the woods, but as for thinking like the trees in the forest… But it all made sense really in a funny way. Trees have been around on Earth far longer than human beings, so they must have got something right. And they have!
Trees stand tall throughout the year, rooting deeply into the ground and stretching high towards the sky, providing shelter to their neighbours and the creatures of the forest. In the same way, we should aim high to achieve our goals while keeping our feet firmly on the ground, standing tall whatever happens in our lives, letting go of whatever no longer serves us (our leaves in autumn) while being ‘still long enough to hear our leaves rustling’ – getting to know ourselves and our inner strength so we can tap into it when we need to.
I’m looking at trees in a different way now!