By the Nurtured Life Tribe 

A few weeks back we challenged you, our amazing Nurtured Life tribe to join our 28-day wellness challenge. We’d love to hear how it’s been going. Haven’t started yet? That’s okay. Your health and wellness are a marathon, not a sprint.  

To show our support and solidarity with you in your journey to prioritize YOUR wellness needs, we thought we would share our team’s progress on tackling their wellness goals.  

Amanda Lam, Business Development 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

To journal at least once a day. 

Why was this important to you?  

Between school, work and my personal life, it can be very hard to find time for myself. I like to take about 10 minutes out of my day to journal. As someone who struggles with anxiety, journaling helps me to clear my head, reflect on my day and release any pent-up feelings or stress. I use ‘Penzu’ as an online journal, so I am always able to write on the go. Overall, journaling helps me to stay grounded and self-aware.  

How’s it going? 

It’s been going well. If I’ve been having an off few days, I like to look back and see the progress I’ve made in terms of my stress and anxiety levels, as well as my overall well-being. Overall, I think it is important for everyone to be self-aware in order to have better control of their mindset. 

Bree Jamieson-Holloway, Co-Founder and CEO 

What wellness habit did you choose to implement? 

I decided to increase my daily meditation to at least 20 minutes per day.  

Why was this important to you?  

I found that I was burning out repeatedly every 2 years. I’m someone who struggles to shut off and I feel anxious when I do. Meditating forces me to sit silently with my thoughts and simply listen. For the past year, I’ve been meditating for at least 10 minutes each day, and even in that short amount of time I feel a sense of renewal and calm. The benefits of meditation have been incredible in my life so increasing this time seemed like a positive change and an easy habit to integrate. 

How’s it going? 

I’ve found in just 20 days my mind feels even calmer and I’m able to tackle each day with less anxiety. I’ve also found that I’m sleeping better and I’m listening to my intuition in my day to day which I couldn’t do as easily before I started meditating.  

Emma Pearce-Mogridge, Co-Founder and COO 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

To leave my smartphone outside my bedroom when I sleep at night. 

Why was this important to you? 

I’ve often been a troubled sleeper and find it challenging to shut-off my brain. I’ve gotten into a nasty habit of reading emails and working on my phone from bed when I should be winding down. Studies show our phones can really mess with our melatonin making it harder to fall and stay asleep. I thought this would be a good place to begin improving my bedtime habits. 

How’s it going? 

It’s been 20 days and I’m already noticing how much a huge improvement in my sleep. I also find I feel more composed in the morning.  

Kyndra Pitts, Customer Experience Specialist 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

I chose to implement doing a mindful minute (or a few) in the morning. 

Why was this important to you?  

It’s important to me because I find myself getting caught up in what’s surrounding me or consumed with everything going on in either my work, school or personal life. Being mindful gives me a calm and uplifting start to my day. I feel like I can conquer anything that might be thrown my way and not be as overwhelmed. I find it extremely helpful and rewarding. 

How’s it going? 

So far it has been amazing! I look forward to waking up and getting that essential “me time” to clear my mind, know what I want to accomplish, run out the door and go get it. Overall, it is a great and simple practice to implement into your daily routine, especially on those hectic days. 

Michelle Coates Mather, Director Content Marketing and Communications  

What wellness habit did you choose to implement? 

I’ve decided to get back into a regular weekly yoga practice.  

Why was this important to you? 

Many moons ago, before kids and a growing career, I use to do yoga regularly and loved it. I have a hyper active mind; yoga was my favourite way to slow it down, but also get that heart healthy blood flowing. Getting back into yoga now has been my little wellness gift to myself.  

How’s it going?  

It’s going! I found by establishing a more realistic schedule for the first 20 days, it has made it easier to stick with. I decided to integrate the practice 3 times a week and have stuck with. I always feel more energized and stronger after.  

Nicole Devlin, Chief Business Development Officer 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

I chose to implement healthy eating and a commitment to three days a week at the gym.   

Why was this important to you? 

It’s important to me because I wasn’t taking care of my body which was affecting my physical health and my mind. The types of food we choose to ingest is important for optimizing our energy levels. I was really starting to feel slugglish and it was affecting my mood.  

How’s it going? 

So far it has been going well. My energy levels have drastically increased and my mind is allowing me to be more productive at work. I’m also finding it to be a lot easier than I thought it would be which is nice! 

Sarah Pettingill-Magee, Business Development 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

I chose to make more “me time” and spend more time reading. 

Why was this important to you? 

So first off – I LOVE READING! However, as most moms can agree, it is close to impossible to find windows of quiet time just for you during the day. So, when you do finally have a minute, you want to just relax and catch up on your favourite show. Instead of flopping down on a sofa and wasting my evening, I am trying to take a bath and read a book. I have started listening to audiobooks (not the same, but beggars can’t be choosers). I’m always open to suggestions, so if you have a MUST READ, send it my way. 

How’s it going? 

I am still struggling to find the time to read. Nonetheless, I’ve been able to go through one book this month, which is huge progress compared to my last book.  

Stefanie Bolduc, Chief Marketing Officer 

What wellness habit did you choose to implement? 

This month I decided to give myself a bed time of 10pm and a wake-up time of 8-9 hours later. 

Why was this important to you? 

Sleep is so important for us for so many reasons – better memory, being more alert, clearer skin, to name a few – yet it’s the first thing we toss aside when life gets busy. This month I wanted to focus on making sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 

How’s it going? 

It’s going great! What a great excuse to get some zzz’s in! All jokes aside, it has been wonderful to wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to start my day. Some nights I struggle because I just want to get one more thing checked off my ‘to do’ list. However, being cautious of that has made it easier for me to prioritize getting to bed. 

Trang Ho-Nguyen, Marketing Coordinator 

Whatwellnesshabit did you choose to implement? 

To make sure I was physically active at least 30 minutes each day.  

Why was this important to you? 

I recently fell in love with spin classes and attend at least 3 to 5 times a week. However, in the month of February I have been travelling and didn’t have access to the same facilities. I wanted to make I was physically active throughout my trip because it’s so easy, especially during vacation, to get off track.  

How’s it going? 

So far it has been going well. I’ve managed to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day. I continue to have a lot of energy and sleep well at night.  

Okay so now, we’re dying to know, how’s YOUR wellness challenge going?

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