Lisa Snowdon is no longer ruled by her phone.
Says a TV and radio host: “It gives me a lot of stress and anxiety because I never leave my cell phone.”
“It’s like a portable office that’s always with us. If you’re not emailing, you’re texting. If you’re not texting, you’re using WhatsApp. and may be checking Instagram.
“Of course we all need our cell phones, but it’s 24/7. I want to be a little more lucid, I want to be more present, I want to be more mindful,” he regularly tells ITV’s This Morning. Appearing Snowdon adds.
“By focusing on the present moment, I find myself worrying less about the future and analyzing the past, and enjoying what’s going on around me: the food I’m eating and the people I’m spending time with. Rather than looking at your phone, scrolling, and texting people about your future plans.
“My mantra this year is to be more present. It’s as simple as that.”
But this is only part of the picture. When it comes to wellbeing, Snowdon tries to keep things simple.
With gut health supplement brand Symprove, she just launched the 2023 Spoof Gut Health Trends campaign. “Trends” include “Gut Counselor” (which talks to calm your gut), “Boogie Poo Hume” candles, and “Anal Crystals” (Snowdon jokes in promotional Instagram video). (Your butt realigns your anal chakra).
It’s all a joke, but at its core is a true message for Snowdon.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love crystals.
“But crystals should never be in any hole on your body! I think I’ll try a bit of rose quartz in my bra for confidence because it’s easy to hold,” she added with a laugh.
“But so many people suffer from intestinal problems that we have to talk about these things. [campaign] It helps people feel more relaxed about it. ”
Like many people, Snowdon has struggled with IBS-type symptoms.
“Stress plays a huge role in gut health, and I’m fascinated by that gut-brain connection. [she co-hosted the Capital FM breakfast show for seven years before leaving in 2015]years later, you know, you wake up really early and you really notice that your stress is high and your adrenaline is high.”
This was when she was introduced to the brand’s ambassador, Symprove, and she still takes it daily.
“At the same time, I have become more aware of how my body is responding to certain foods and certain stressful situations. It really helped me,” she says.
“Minimizing stress is obviously very important, but having a good, healthy microbiome and trying to get some live, active bacteria in my tummy to keep everything calm can help me play a little game. It’s been a changer.”
Bowel problems aren’t just about physical discomfort.
“There’s nothing worse than when you’re at work, in a meeting, or out with friends. You’re trying to undo the top button and you just want to go home. It feels awful. It’s yours.” It affects mood, confidence and general well-being, so it’s really important to listen to our bodies and what they are telling us.”
Since then, menopause has crept in on Snowdon, who turns 51 in late January.
“It definitely disrupts the gut microbiome. The stress from not being able to sleep really causes a lot of anxiety, and a lot of things flare up during menopause,” she says.
This is a topic she has campaigned on many times to improve awareness and support for those affected by the condition. Anxiety is cited as one.
“And that’s why I really try to manage stress and calm everything down,” she says.
“I do breathwork, just making sure I’m breathing properly up to my diaphragm, not shallow breathing. I meditate or take a walk in nature every day. Exercise is great for me, I love the classes and would ideally be able to attend every day or wake up early and go to the gym.”
That includes recognizing “when you need to slow down,” she adds. “When you want to sit back and relax with a cup of tea, put down your phone and read a book. We need to recognize when things are nudging on us.”
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