I have always been massively interested in the wellness industry. I remember spending my teenage years reading the (now defunct) Zest magazine like it was my bible. It was there that I found out about Cherry Good which is now my ultimate favourite juice drink! My problem was always that I felt that the most important message in these magazine was always thin is in. thin is in. TO BE HEALTHY YOU HAVE TO BE THIN.
As with anything that has gone mainstream, especially in the blog world I think that people are stressing themselves out trying to do EVERYTHING to make themselves subscribe to the wellness industry. While I was on holiday I read this fantastic book, The Wellness Syndrome, which talks about how it has seeped into every aspect of our lives. How people have become obsessed with tracking their bodies like machines. How we seem to wear stress and less sleep as badges of honour, when actually wellness is about nourishing your body.
And so this series was born.
As someone who works night shifts and lives with fibromyalgia, IBS, anxiety and depression my "wellness goals" may not be on the traditional spectrum. I understand that every single body is different and everyone's priorities are different. Throughout this series I am going to talk about things I have done for my personal wellness journey, but this is the promise I make to you all:
- I will never mention numbers such as weight or calories.
- I will try my up most not to use ableist language
- I will never advocate a one size fits all approach
- I will never promote anything that I don't personally use.
So there you have it. I really hope you enjoy this series as its something I feel really passionate about writing!