• Annie Hollest

Using nature and self challenge to boost motivation and productivity

I recently got to the point where I had multiple stress factors in my personal and work life and I was feeling the overwhelm. This resulted in me lacking motivation at work and my productivity was hugely affected. The straw that broke the camels back was when I sustained an injury to my knee meaning that I could no longer train, or work!

As it turns out though this injury was, the catalyst to something bigger. For those of you that know me, my life and work revolve around training and fitness so this really was the universe’s way of saying, come on Ali, time to take a breather…! The injury gave me time to reflect and consider what things in my life were making me happy and consider adapting those that were not.

Part of this process included me taking time for me, away from the stresses of everyday life and putting me first for a short period of time. I focused on my wellbeing so that I could then return as the best version of myself both in my personal life and in my work.

To feel fulfilled I require regular adrenaline rushes (!) and strive to push myself out of my comfort zone, as often as I can with three small children! However, this time, I knew I really had to do something and so, I embarked on a trip with a good friend of mine, to Snowdonia.

We embarked on a micro expedition for two nights, totally off the beaten track in form of wild camping! The outdoors, and in particular the mountains, allowed us to switch off, to challenge ourselves in a different way to the ways that we are challenged in day to day life. The feeling of insignificance puts everything into perspective.

The beauty of the mountains reminds me of that feeling of awe, that feeling of wanting to push myself to explore and grow. Something happens to me in the mountains that makes me feel alive.

And do you know, just two nights away from real life and I am feeling refreshed and invigorated. I am once again the best version of myself and ready to tackle work head on, with renewed enthusiasm.

Why don’t you jump off the treadmill for a moment and take time for yourself - to reflect, to consider and to be the best version of yourself?


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