“General wellbeing isn’t about expecting something – it takes discipline”. That is a great quote from an interview with TV and Radio presenter Fearne Cotton in the November edition of Women’s Health magazine.
At 37, Fearne Cotton is the best part of 20 years my junior, and yet has always seemed to possess the poise, strength, and maturity of an older woman. This is demonstrated during the course of an interview in which she candidly admits that she’s had her share of difficulties and demons to conquer, including a battle with both depression and panic attacks.
I respect her for choosing to speak so refreshingly openly about life experiences away from her public persona. It’s clear from the article that she agreed to the interview at a time in her life when she feels comfortable enough to speak publicly about it to other women.
I especially like the quote because she acknowledges that we each have responsibility for our own wellbeing and that both attaining, and maintaining, it will take discipline and time.
Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy, so it’s a ‘biggie’ when applied to both body and mind. My practice addresses it from a perspective of the health and wellbeing of the body, but exercise and nutrition also impact on the health of the mind. In my case, when I eat nutritious food and sleep well I’m able to fuel my running which not only works on the fitness of my body, but also provide a much-needed distraction and time away from the everyday ‘busy-ness’ of life and helps me to maintain focus and perspective.
So I wholeheartedly agree with Fearne Cotton when she says that “general wellbeing isn’t about expecting something”; we each have to invest thought into what we need to do to attain a state of wellbeing, and then try to give it a priority in our lives.