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HOW DO
YO U
POWER
DOWN?
BALANCE asks several wellness warriors
how they bring about equilibrium ahead
of RESTORE at FORA 14 - 18 October

S

ocial media, smartphones and a constant pressure to
succeed make it increasingly difficult not only to do
nothing, but to justify doing nothing. As a result, we can't
relax and we can't restore our mental balance, making it
more difficult to just sleep. Here at BALANCE, we're opening up
the debate on powering down, finding the best ways to do nothing,
knowing that it means everything to our health. Whether it's staring
into a log fire, meditating or organising an empty diary, here are
some inspiring ideas to set you on the path to serious downtime.

Seema Parmar, Fitness
Coach & Wellbeing
Champion
@strongerwithseema
"For me, life is about
ensuring there is a balance
between work, family,
friends and time for you.
Time where you do what
you love, to stay in tune with
who you are. We tend to
wear multiple hats in our
busy lives, but making time
to come back to yourself is
the magic ingredient to
getting the balance back."

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Sophie, Founder &
Editor @balanceldn
"As someone who loves
people, socialising and
keeping busy in the week, I
try to keep my weekends
fairly free. There's something
wonderful about waking up,
and spending the day idling
- an underestimated pursuit!
We need time to breathe,
meander, and enjoy simple
pleasures."

Pete Bowker, CEO
@glugevents
"I've had a regular
meditation practice based
on a very simple form of
non-religious TM
(Transcendental
Meditation) for the last 20

years.  I don't use a
mantra but simply try to
'transcend thought',
basically clearing my
mind of all thought by
systematically
recognising thoughts as
they occur to me during
the practice and 'putting
them aside'. I do 3-5
sessions of about 20
minutes every week. It's
not the least bit Yogic,
religious or hippyfied
(not that there's anything
wrong with those things!)



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