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NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
Introducing inspirational hula hooper, Rochene Johnston,who has recently launched Project Hoop UK, for her top tips to nourish the skin you're in.
1. What do you do as part of a regular routine to look yourself?
Each day I try to do at least 30 minutes hula hooping, I don’t mean waist hooping either, I mean learning tricks, sometimes I do my practice in the morning before work, so if I am too tired or rushed with the commute in the mornings, I steal my hoop time then.
If morning escapes me, I do it during my lunch at work or after work. I work as a teacher and I even keep a hoop in my classroom. Hula hooping allows me to focus, exercise and master some pretty awesome tricks.
I always drink lots of water, I always have, I have a water bottle on me at all times, which allows me to stay hydrated and stops me from getting dizzy when I am at work. My job is pretty full on, I do a lot of talking, interacting and multitasking, you have to give it your all, so it takes a lot out of you.
This is why food is also important, during the day, I am always shoving food in my face, whilst doing something else. This is why I always take the time in the evening to sit down and eat a home cooked dinner, which is plant based, nutritional and nourishing.
Another routine is to make sure I get enough sleep, I know that if I don’t I will be doing a disservice to myself, as I will only suffer for it the next day. I always aim for at least 8 hours a night.
2. What are the key things you have found that nurture self-nourishment?
A key thing for me is taking time each day to practice what I love, which is hula hooping, it is not only self-nourishing, but it builds my confidence. It’s a cathartic exercise that allows me to practice something I want to achieve; allowing me to align my mind and my body to make the impossible become possible.
Another key for self-nourishment is to talk, don’t be afraid to talk to others you trust about how you feel, or about what’s going on in your life. Talking allows you to off load stress, make sense of things and get perspective.
Again, food. You are what you eat. If you’re going to eat a bad diet full of junk and misery, you are probably not going to feel like junk and misery. Eating fresh real food, that isn’t fussy, but is rich in variety and vegetables nourishes me on the inside and out.
3. What could you do more of to nourish the skin you're in?
I should be kinder to myself, I should take more time to stop and think about everything I have overcome, and focus on how much I have now. I should remember and believe the compliments I receive and drop the criticism that niggle in my mind. I should stop and take time to look at myself and be happy with what’s in front of me, for one day I will be different and I will look back and wish that I could have me, as I am now. So, I should cherish what is now.
I should stop worrying about things so much, as life is one never ending to do list, so there is little point in fighting my way through everything, I should enjoy what I can and face everything else a balanced and healthy approach.
4. What top tips have you got to give others around your working life to stay on top?
Remember you work to live, not that you live to work. Make your work, work for you, play it to your advantage and take what you can from it. A lot of people spend the healthiest years of their life chasing money, they work their backsides off, which leaves them little to enjoy once they are tired and older. Remember you can make money at any point, but you cannot make time, once that is spent, it has gone.
So, take your time, try to care less about what is not really important, and care more about what is; make time to enjoy your life. Remember all life is important, yours is important, it is all you really have, and it is why you are here, so don’t let it pass you by and then realise too much, too late.
5. What are the things you couldn't live without that are key to your happiness and nourishment?
I couldn’t live without my family and friends, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now if it wasn’t for them. They have supported me and helped me to do so much in life. I wouldn’t have what I have now without them, they bring me happiness, they do the best for me and they are always here for me.
I couldn’t live without my garden, I love being outside and connecting with the soil, I love growing and propagating plants, and sowing seeds. I love seeing nature thrive with the help of my hand, and being submerged in its beauty.
I couldn’t live without my beautiful dog, I have watched him thrive from a rescue and he brings me great happiness. I love watching him play, dream and seeing him not have a care in the world.
You can find out more about both her Project Hoop and her Hoop for Humanity Project here:
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