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Wellness - it’s a term being thrown around a lot lately, but what does it actually mean? That’s a great question, because wellness can mean so many things to so many different people. Yoga, meditation, boxing, FIIT30, running, reading a book, baking muffins – if it makes you feel good, you’re on the right track.

Wellness is whatever makes your soul happy. It’s all the things that help you to breathe a little easier, stress a little less, and love yourself a little more. It’s sweat-inducing exercise that gets the heart pumping. Taking a moment to yourself to simply breathe. It’s calming meditation. Positive body image. Being grateful. Doing something for yourself. Meeting your girlfriends for a wine. Wellness is all about balancing the body and mind – finding what you need to achieve life satisfaction, and making yourself happy.

If you haven’t heard the amazing news yet, we’ve partnered with Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, to help share the world of wellness with women around Australia. We sat down with Taryn to discuss wellness, what it means to her, and the benefits of making yourself a priority.

What does wellness mean to you, Taryn?

“Wellness for me is having enormous amounts of energy and vitality, and it really is unique to everyone. To me it means honouring the four health pillars – physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, mental health. I love approaching every day with this sense of vibrancy, and that comes from putting my wellness first, making the time to move my body, making the time to nourish my body and lots of self-love. I think if you can approach your day with a really positive outlook, that feels like wellness,” says Taryn.

“Working on your wellness is very beneficial for your mental health and it also gives you a sense of resilience as you head out into the world and approach your day. Making our wellness a priority enables us to be the best version of ourselves.”

What’s your preferred way to practice wellness?

“Anything that involves water, I love being in water. I also really like coming to the gym with my friends, especially when we do a class like Zumba and we can have a bit of a dance and then a coffee afterwards. But it also depends what I’m in the mood for on any given day. Our lives change constantly, which means what soothes our soul on one day might not necessarily be right the next day. But I think it’s really important to tune into what your body needs,” says Taryn.

“So if boxing is your go-to stress release, but you’re feeling tired and emotionally drained, a yoga class or a long walk may be a better option. Or if you feel like you just can’t leave the house today because the world feels like a mountain, your best bet might be jumping into a bubble bath, or inviting a girlfriend around for a movie night in your sweats.

“Do what works for you and makes you feel better. And remember you’re not expected to be ‘on’ every second of the day.”

We’re all so busy, how do you make time for wellness?

“I do actually make the time, and it might be only 10 minutes a day, sometimes it’s an hour, but it’s all really important. I think as women, we put everyone else’s needs before our own, but if we truly want to be of service to others, and have meaningful and joyful relationships with our partners, our kids and our friends, we have to come first. We need to be priority number one.

“And that starts with making me-time. Whether it’s every day or every week, you need to make time for yourself. You’re always going to be busy, so there’s no time like the present to start working on your wellness. Once you start, it’ll be with you for life.” 

Here at Fernwood, wellness is a holistic experience focused on balancing your overall health, fitness and mental wellbeing.