A wellbeing toolkit is your own personal combination of strategies that help you to relax, reflect, stay grounded, de-stress and ultimately grow. Any practice that brings you back to the concept of ‘self’ and allows you to re-charge is part of your wellbeing toolkit, of course remember everyone is different and will have different strategies. We love hearing about other people's wellbeing toolkits for things we can implement into our own or we can pass along to family and friends.
We hope in sharing ours this will inspire you to reflect on & take hold of your own; to help with mindfulness, connecting with people, improved sleep & wellbeing and better productivity.
Have a look inside the AOL teams wellbeing toolkits...
Beck Wadworth, Founder & Creative Director
Getting Fresh Air Daily:
I love getting outside everyday for fresh air & feel the benefits of it immediately. I usually favour going for a walk in the evenings - sometimes it’s 20 minutes, other times it’s 60 minutes. I find it’s a great way to switch from professional life into personal life (especially as I work from home in NZ) & it helps to clear my head while starting my wind down routine.
My Favourite Moments in my diary:
Life is fast paced & we are constantly moving from one thing to the next. However once a week or fortnight I love to sit down with my diary & reflect on all my favourite moments. They can be big or small. Sometimes it's a phone call with a loved one, a work win, a sunset walk & everything in between. Jotting down these moments in my diary is beneficial in so many ways. For one, it reminds me how grateful I am for these moments. When I'm feeling stressed, it reminds me of the positives - they always out weigh the negatives! And... at the end of the year, it's an amazing keepsake of memories to reflect back on with a smile. A lot can happen in 365 days, & those small moments are easy to forget. I want to remember & cherish them all.
Connecting with friends & family:
My family are a hugely important part of my personal wellbeing toolkit. They fill up my tank, they support me, nurture me, keep me grounded & help me grow. I always prioritise time with them - whether it's a phone call every evening to my parents who live afar, or a walk, dinner or coffee with my brother & his fiancé once a week. This time is so precious to me.
Sara Pull, Sales & PR
The Beauty Chef:
I started having The Beauty Chef SLEEP during the height of COVID in 2020 to ease anxiety and create a good sleep routine and I’ve used it ever since. It’s delicious with some almond milk and a little bit of honey or cinnamon, nice and warm an hour before bed. I’m also trying to have The Beauty Chef GLOW each morning when I get into the office, I’ve been using the AOL habit tracker for this to give me a little reminder not to go straight to my morning coffee!
I’m a definite pen to paper lover. I have so many notebooks and each serves a different purpose. I have a notebook to journal - not every day but as a tool when I need to process my emotions, I find it helps to see my thoughts/feelings in writing to be able to release them. I also have a notebook to jot down x3 quick things I’m grateful for before going to bed and one I use when I’m feeling inspired to work on goals/plans/big ideas.
Meditation is becoming a key part of my daily routine. I try to listen every night in bed before I go to sleep using the Headspace app if I need help falling asleep. I also love Natalia Benson’s free meditations on energy clearing. I like to listen to these in the morning to realign, after exercise to relax or before bed.
Samantha Holley, E-Commerce
Fluidform Pilates Online:
Every morning I like to get up early and spend some time on my mat doing a pilates online class. Depending on how busy my day is these workouts can range from a quick 15 minute blast to a longer 45 minute flow. Currently I am loving Fluidform online. The breathing, movements and mindfulness involved in pilates has a lasting effect and helps me face my day with clarity and a sense of calm.
I like to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. I tune into my body each evening and know when it is time to shut my laptop, finish working and begin my wind down. I am an early to bed kind of person and by ensuring I get a full 8 hours I feel less anxious and more mentally alert for the day.
Set Date Night:
Once a week my partner and I will set a date night. It could be a screen free dinner at the local pub, an evening walk around the waterfront or a motorbike ride across the city. We love taking a break from our usual weekly routines to spend quality time together.