How to Thrive – Tips from Arianna Huffington

How to Thrive – Tips from Arianna Huffington

Recently I had the privilege of an early morning webinar with Arianna Huffington, co-Founder of The Huffington Post and now Founder and CEO of Thrive Global.  To me, Huffington is synonymous with two things – firstly, with those women who have achieved high levels of successful and want to share that success and those insights with other women.  And secondly, for her transformation from pure entrepreneur into a key figure in the wellbeing space.

Life told Arianna – as it tells many of us – that her high-energy, work oriented lifestyle had to change.  In 2007 she collapsed; suffering from exhaustion and burnout, she fainted resulting in a broken cheekbone.  She had to be sent a powerful signal to slow down.  Let us hope that it does not take such a dramatic sign from the universe for the rest of us.

Exhaustion creeps up – and it is easy to push it aside if we are focused upon the responsibilities we have in life, and the people in our lives who we want to take care of.

But who is taking care of us?  And how far have we gone down the track to exhaustion and burnout before we recognize the signs?

One of the most interesting things about her own personal message about what she has learned about the wellbeing space is how simple it is.  Arianna herself focuses mainly on meeting the basics – sleep, nutrition, mindfulness, etc  – much like the daily habits of our Wellbeing Hive. Some basic commitments to simple things that promote balance, good health and clear minds can have a powerful impact if we use them consistently.  This is very much the message that we too wish to promote here – to all members of our community; to the families, the students, the staff and even those following us on various social media platforms.  Sometimes simple answers, simple habits can make the greatest difference.

She also talks about the need to set boundaries – like choosing a time to FINISH your work day (that means, even putting your phone aside).  This is another simple habit we could all consider adopting (even students with their study timetable).  Email, Teams, text… we are all so contactable now that sometimes it is hard to draw a line between work time, and OUR time.  This contributes to a sense of work, stress and other kinds of demands being all pervasive… when really sometimes a good solution can simply be to go offline for a bit.  A notification on your phone does not mean you have to check it.

She also talked about focusing on tiny changes to improve all of these things.  Here are some suggestions of small changes from her, and from us at The Wellbeing Hive:

  • Adopt a short meditation practice. Sometimes five minutes of quiet introspection can be a reset for a busy mind.
  • No time to journal? How about a quick entry in a gratitude journal?
  • Attached too much to your device? Try the simple act of sleeping with it in another room.  Buy an alarm clock and see how much better your sleep is.
  • Use your mornings thoughtfully. Do one thing that puts you in a better mindset for the day ahead. If you don’t have time for a run or a yoga class, why not take the dog for a walk?  Dance to your favourite song?  Read a book for ten minutes?  Start the day with something for you rather than just getting ready for work, or organizing the family.
  • Create routines and sacred spaces – things and times you value and schedule them in. This could be a regular coffee catch up with a friend or an art class or even a monthly trip to the country.  Decide what feeds your soul and schedule it.
  • Invest in heathy foods – spend extra money on tasty fruit for example – and invest the time in chopping those healthy items up to make them easier to eat in your day.

Huffington’s main message is that small changes are easy to adopt and can easily accumulate.  Never underestimate the power of these used continuously.

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