Re-engaging with Life

A New Beginning…

I couldn’t be happier to say that Summer is on the way!

Sunshine, golden skin, delicious fruit, Christmas, holidays…I live for it!

I seem to have lost a sense of myself over the past few months, I have been so caught up in working 12 hour days that I didn’t take time to look around me.

Luckily I had a trip booked away with my family to the Beautiful Byron Bay and I seem to have returned ready to re-engage with the world.

In psychology we have this term ‘engagement’ which is a positive and fulfilling state of mind.  It is characterised by three factors – vigor, dedication and absorption  (Schaufeli & Bakker, 2004).

-Vigor is used to refer to a high energy levels and willingness to invest oneself despite potential challenges.

-Dedication refers to “a sense of significance, enthusiasm, inspiration, pride and challenge.

– Lastly Absorption refers to being fully immersed and can be experienced as the difficulty felt when detaching oneself from their task.

Bring on the vigor, dedication and absorption!

How will I be doing this?

It is time to focus on mind, body and do the things I love doing.

MIND:  Find what makes you relax.  For me this means spending more time around those I love – in a meaningful way.  Not just sitting in front of the television.  I want to add some adventure to our time spent together.  For my own mental clarity it means making sure I commit to at least 2 yoga classes a week and go for walks and runs with friends instead of letting other ‘commitments’ interfere.

BODY:  Nourishing yourself.  I will commit to starting my day with my lemon water and pre-shower dry body brushing,  I already have a pretty good diet but I want to make sure this summer season I follow through with eating only the food that make me feel my best.

SPIRIT:  Moving out of your comfort zone. Taking on new challenges will be on the agenda.  Practising to be mindful and live in the moment.  Making the most of each day by spending time with those around me and showing some self-love along the way. 

Sounds sappy right?! Holidays are a good time to reflect on your goals moving forward.  These last few months have put big challenges in my way but I am glad to say it is all behind me.

 

To celebrate this new beginning I am going to share a super amazing salad recipe.  Here’s a link about the benefits of the great bloody beetroot.

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Beet & Apple Slaw 

Ingredients

1 large beetroot (or 2 small) cut into matchsticks

6 leaves of kale, sliced (stem removed)

½ red onion, chopped

¼ medium red cabbage, sliced thinly

¼ cup raw walnuts

1 apple, cored and cut into matchsticks

4 springs of mint leaves, torn

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar

Optional: 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Combine beetroot, kale, onion and cabbage in a large bowl.
  2. Mix olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and pour over beetroot mix.  Scrunch with your hand to combine well (wear gloves or use a spoon to avoid beet dye all over your hands).
  3. Toss the walnuts, apple and mint on top of your slaw.
  4. Devour! (This goes well with chicken or chickpeas).

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