Slow down

Slow down. Give yourself permission to slow down.

In a world where productivity is revered, and social media posts give an idealised version of reality, it is very easy to get lost in the narrative of ‘I’m not good enough’.

And what can slowing down do for me? I find its gives space for me to feel rested, energised and far more connected with myself. I found it especially relevant when I experienced burnout. I now make sure I enforce it as a preventative measure. For someone on the other end of the extreme lately, with a buzz of ideas and projects, slowing down has in many ways been the ultimate self care tool. Its also ironically very handy in enhancing creativity.

The act of slowing down and doing nothing surprisingly enough is backed up by science. Neuroscience research reveals that its better for our brains. In our hunter gather days, we would have dedicated time for daydreaming. In todays fast paced life, slowing down is simply neccessary for our mental wellness.

Some tips on slowing down;

1. Creating hygglig moments – this is the Danish word for taking the pleasure in the simple things. This year I discovered this Danish concept and I’m obssessed. I love it because it really creates the perfect atmosphere for slowing down plus enhancing gratitude. Examples of hygge range from savouring a cup of coffee to getting mesmerized by the cosy strokes of a raging fire to reading a book surrounded by candles, cushions and a warm blanket snug as a bug. Its all about creating a warm glowing ambience. For more info check out Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge and also the founder of The Happiness Institute (yes, it exists!). Denmark routinely acheives happiest in the world status so clearly they are doing something right.

Open fire outside a fish bar in Copenhagen

Hygglig street in Alfama, Lisbon

2. Catch a sunset – To think this magic show is on display daily and we miss it is a little mind blowing. Its a really great way of slowing down. Go soak in an explosion of colour and get an energy boost whike your soul fills up on the beauty of everyday life.

Stork at Moonlight; Canon hill park

Danson Park, Sidcup

3. Get mindful in Nature – This can be the easiest way to focus attention away from overthinking by simply slowing down, focusing on breathing and the sights plus sounds of Nature.

Quinta da regaleira, Sintra

4. Get up close and personal with water – Whether this may mean revelling in a long warm shower or getting to the beach to watch the waves crash against your feet, water has an incredible effect on the racing mind.

5. Cloud watching- This was a fun hobby as a kid but who says we can’t play as an adult? Lie down on the grass and get cosy ☁️☁️☁️

For those who love Ted talks as much as I do, there is an awesome one by the biologist and writer Tijs Goldschmidt who argues the importance of lounging in avoiding burnout.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please comment and share your tips on slowing down. All photos taken by me in the quest as always to create, find and foster calm.

Grab a green workout

My relationship with Nature started when I experienced burnout 3 years ago. It was for me a TRANSFORMATIVE super power to cmbine nature with exercise, that is it shifted me from detachment to connection. I noticed visible positive impact on my mental wellness. After a hike, I was much more able to withstand daily stressors and become less reactive.

The benefits of a green workout are so widely publicised now that Gps prescribe it as part of your mental toolkit. Studies show the improvement in mood and reduction in anxiety and depression. Simply being around green has been shown to decrease stress! Along with the boost of Vitamin D, a green workout is a simple hack to enhancing your psychological wellbeing.For those of you looking at novel ways of grabbing a green workout, one I recommend is a hike with your furry friend 🐾 The pictures are from a husky hike in the beautiful Kent countryside. Meet Chester, a husky pup with an instiable appetite for exploring 😏

Creating a BIG vision

“You have extraordinary treasures hidden within you. Bringing forth those treasures takes work and faith and courage and hours of devotion. We simply do not have time anymore to think so small” @elizabeth_gilbert_writer

There is no coincidence this conference centres on this concept – creating a big vision. I believe that one of the barriers we face when it comes to inequality within dentistry and as healthcare professionals is the fear of failure and creating that bigger vision. The goal of this conference simply distilled is to create a space that stimulates and leaves you feeling empowered in the way a Ted event may. I will be combining components, largely dental and wellness, with spoken word and extracts from literature, to create new conversations around what it means to be working within dentistry today and how we can invest in tools to help ourselves get the most of our professional and creative lives.

New date for our Big Vision conference is Saturday 30th November 2019. Apologies for any confusion. All info on our landing page in the bio, and tickets also available through the Eventbrite link.

Conference page;
http://www.ewdbigvisionconference.com

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-vision-conference-tickets-59357324355

Overcoming unforgiving perfectionism

In the age of social media, there is a natural inclination towards comparison. That is, comparison to ‘perfectionism’. It takes much self awareness to stop inner negative rhetoric- why am I not good enough?

So quotes like this from the amazing author Elizabeth Gilbert are so epic and an essential reminder. I would love to see more honest and transparent conversations around our failures. It leads us onto our biggest growths. I want to learn more about failing well. With learning about that journey to that awesome composite or beautiful smile design, we have front row tickets to the stage of real life. Its transformative. Its inspiring. Its real. Who else is with me?

Sisterhood

What does sisterhood mean in the world of work? Why do we value it? How do we foster it? How do we lift each other up?

All questions that I’ve been pondering lately.

In dentistry we are surrounded by egos and competitiveness. Cliques and the ‘A team’.

And the alternative? Sharing advice with the motto that if I lift you up, you lift me up. Serving one other instead of looking for how it benefits you. A whole hearted support of our fellow peers by supporting their ventures big or small.

Sisterhood to me embraces all the elements we need to succeed. Showing love, humility, sharing knowledge and passion is the most magical gift we can share with our peers. And the more we foster it at work or at courses, study groups or conventions, the more we move away from toxic competitiveness.

I am beyond excited and humbled to have the opportunity to invite these beautiful, inspiring women onto the stage. Its going to be epic. Different. A whole lotta of big magic. Do hope you can join us.

Mindful living

I am very grateful to include the inspiring Dr Surinder Arora to our line up this year at the Big Vision confernece. I love her mission to empower the world to make sustainable choices for optimum health. Very much looking forward to hearing her speak on mindful living.

A bit of information on Surinder; she qualified with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in the UK and is a Certified Health Coach. After holding various oral surgery and restorative hospital jobs in London hospitals, she worked in both NHS and private practices in the UK. She is currently based in Singapore and works full time in private dental practice. She places an importance on prevention rather than cure and takes a holistic approach to health care. Volunteering her time to dental outreach projects and to the Ethics and Oral Health Awareness committees of the Singapore Dental Association have been some of her invaluable experiences. Surinder is also studying a Masters degree in Public Health and teaches Kundalini Yoga. She is the founder of the mindfulness and health food website http://www.soulsmile.org and enjoys sharing and public speaking via community and corporate events. She is often invited to write articles for various publications on health and wellness.