Jo (@Chasing_that_chi)10 questions on Happiness and Wellbeing...
I have followed Jo (IG: @chasing_that_chi_) on Instagram for some time – I can’t recall how or when we came across each other but her page is one of my favourites. It’s no secret that I love quotes – I can always rely on Jo for my daily dose of inspiration. I love her whole vibe and it’s very obvious we share a lot of similar interests. I was so curious to see her answers to these ten questions and they have not disappointed:
1) What makes you happy?
This is tough, because I find joy in the smallest of things. Playing with my dog, small acts of kindness, people watching, reading, music.. But on a deeper level, being around people who I know I can be completely myself with, is just everything. My little family and my friends, make my world go round.
2) What’s 3 things you do to take care of your wellbeing?
Exercise – over the past couple of years, exercise has become such a huge part of my life. I am very strict on my routine, purely because it is so important for my mental wellbeing. If I don’t exercise, I’m sluggish, moody and generally not very nice.
Self-care – Equally as important as exercise. I need time out every so often just to be alone and regroup. Whether I go for a walk, take a long bath or just take myself away and ignore the world… I never neglect my self-care. I’m an emotional sponge, I take everything on, so this is just imperative to me.
Eating well – I do (generally) eat really well. I watch what I’m putting in my body, as it really affects my mood if I don’t. Don’t get me wrong I love me a takeaway, but most of the time I’m quite strict on what I’m putting in my body.
3) What would you say to someone that is gong through a tough time at the moment?
I’m a massive believer that everything happens for a reason, you may not know the reason right away, but it’s there. Asking yourself how you can use this as an opportunity to grow, just shifts focus and helps make those tough times a bit easier. Allow your emotions to come, but don’t allow them to consume you.
4) What helps you keep your stress levels at bay?
Meditation and exercise. Meditation is one of those things that you know you should do, but you don’t always make time for. It has literally changed my life and I am so grateful that I got into it. It’s like a magic pill, honestly! I feel as though somebody has gone into my head, taken out all the rubbish and just left me with the important stuff. I’m able to focus more, I’m more motivated and it really lifts my spirits. Exercise has a similar effect on me, it clears my head, motivates me and really chills me out. If I’m tired (ironically), I do a quick exercise and it just gives me that little bit of oomph I need.
5) What makes you feel better when you’re sad?
Most of the time I like to be alone and just sort my head out when I’m sad, so I’ll go for a walk and make myself look at everything and really take it in, as that really cheers me up. I’ll speak to someone I know is positive and will make me feel better or I’ll take a bath with my candles (my happy place).
6) What song makes you happy?
Oh my god… so many. Music is life! Off the top of my head ‘going up country’ by Canned Heat. It’s my road trip song and has a lot of amazing memories attached to it, so I’ll go with that.
7) what’s the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
Follow your heart – maybe slightly cliché but it is ultimately the only bit of advice you ever need in my opinion.
8) What book should everyone read?
Again, so many.. I’m a bookworm! But I’d have to say, ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. It honestly changed my life.
9) What activity makes you forget about time?
Writing.. it doesn’t matter what, I just love the actual act of putting pen to paper. I also love researching beautiful places to visit. I’m obsessed with beautiful scenery and can spend an entire day looking at pictures online and adding them to my bucket list.
10) What is one thing you like about yourself?
I care a lot, I’m a good friend and I’m kind. Sometimes I worry that I care too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I loved this interview. Jo has reminded me of the importance of meditation in my life, it often gets put to the bottom of my priority list, and in some ways I feel like I make a choice between exercise and meditation. There is room for both.
I really needed to hear Jo’s best bit of advice “Follow your heart” – I’ve had a lot of back and forth with this in recent months and have definitely been following my head too much. Thank you, Jo.
Carly Ann xx