Admittedly, I was rather disheartened when I was told 5 weeks ago I was to be furloughed. However, a British heatwave and constant reminders from envious and overworked friends soon pushed me to make the most of this time off. In the time I’ve had off, I’ve worked on self-development, focused on my health and wellbeing, and got stuck into some exciting side projects.
From the time I was able to eat my first green veggie, I’ve had a real passion for health and wellness. I trained as a swimmer for 12 years and did athletics for 5, whilst representing my school borough for netball, hockey, and cross-country. I have never struggled with finding the motivation or time to exercise, since it’s my passion, but it is something I’ve witnessed my friends experience.
So, in an attempt to motivate my friends and hold them accountable, I decided to create a holistic plan for each of them, covering nutrition, exercise and mindfulness practices, such as meditation and goal setting/journaling. Some of my top motivational book recommendations are: The Success Principles by Daniel Canfield, The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma and the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My friends showed huge improvements in such a short space of time, both physically and mentally, that I decided to create an Instagram account (@energywithemma) – to help those outside of my friendship group, who are also struggling during lockdown.