Wellness

#finesseyourwellness

Let's get ready to finesse your wellness this summer

Now that you’ve taken the pledge, here’s what to do next: 

  1. Share the pledge badge and invite your friends to get involved (Download the square or stories version)
  2. Bookmark this page and peruse it to make a note of what you’d like to do over the next month. There’s no pressure to do everything (or anything!), but we’ll be announcing the start of the challenges via email and on social media. This page will also be regularly updated, so keep your eyed peeled
  3. Look in the mirror – seriously, go find one – and tell yourself that you are a FLY GIRL who’s beautiful beyond measure, and deserves a moment to R.E.S.T!
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Let's take a long walk (around the park): Join Our Virtual Fly Girl Walks every Saturday in July

Yes, we love to run – but sometimes a long walk is just what the doctor ordered to set the mind at ease and appreciate the beauty of the world around you.  Join us for our virtual Fly Girl Walks which take place every Saturday from 4th July.  You can do any distance you like – just take a pic and tag @flygirlcollective on Instagram or Twitter to let us known you’ve joined in, using the hashtag #flygirlwalks. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, carry water and social distance (as appropriate).

Need music to walk to? Currently recommending: 

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Learn how to self-care from the experts

In 2019, we ran a series of uplifting, inspirational talks called The Cool Down to encourage black and brown women to become the very best versions of themselves. Missed the live events? Listen to our first Cool Down event featuring a panel of experts and influencers sharing their top tips on how to self-care and more.

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Get your drink on: do the 7-day hydration challenge

There are plenty of reasons to feel exhausted right now (!) but fatigue might be an indication that you’re actually dehydrated girl! 60% of the adult body is water, so you need to guzzle a good amount of H20 to function. But if you know you’re not sipping enough, it might be time to make it a habit. Join a 7-day water challenge by setting hourly reminders on your phone to take a sip, pimping up your water with mint, lemon and fruits, or sharing your progress on social media. Not sure how much to lap up? Check out these tips on how to get your water intake.

The Fly Girl hydration challenge starts on 8th July – save the date!

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Sort out your diet with a certified nutritionist

As the saying goes, you are what you eat – and we all know we can do better. So if you really want to know how to make the right food choices for your lifestyle, it might be time to see a nutritionist. Amaeze Madukah is a qualified nutritionist and founder of Life’s Recipe who runs an inclusive, accessible practice to help her clients feel good in the body they have. As part of our Finesse Your Wellness campaign, she’s offering one person a complimentary initial consultation to help them meet their health goals. To enter the draw, make sure you’ve shared the pledge badge on social media, and follow Amaeze on Twitter or Instagram.

Please note the giveaway deadline is 21st August, and all entrants must be UK-based. The winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the deadline by email.

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Beautify your space with new plant babies

Houseplants will make your spot look fly: FACT. But did you know they can also reduce stress, blood pressure and fatigue, boost your mood and improve your productivity? Yes girl. Being a plant mama is loads of fun too, and with a little time and consistency, you’ll quickly enjoy the benefits of having them in your home. Popular house varieties include the snake plant (aka the mother-in-law’s tongue), Monstera deliciosa, spider plant, aloe vera, cacti and succulents – and if you’re after the latter, we’re massive fans of PRICK, London’s first cactus & succulent shop run by Gynelle Leon.

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Try a mindful breathing exercise

Taking a moment to mind how you breathe can help you overcome panic, anxiety and stress. Check out this easy routine from the NHS, which you can do daily:

  1. Stand up, sit on a chair or lie down on a bed or exercise mat in a comfortable position.
  2. If you’re lying down, place your arms away from your sides, with the palms up.  If you’re sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you’re in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
  3. Gently let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. It helps to count steadily from 1 to 5 (but you may not be able to reach 5 at first).
  4. Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from 1 to 5 again (if it helps).
  5. Repeat the cycle for  3 to 5 minutes.

For more help with breathing, relaxing, focusing and sleeping, download the Calm or Tide app (they’re fab).

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Colour yourself calm with these black girl colouring pages

Colouring has made a comeback in recent years – and for good reason. As we’ve grown accustomed to spending more time at home, colouring has become the perfect antidote to chill out, tackle stress and unplug from the endless noise of social media. It can also keep negative emotions at bay (which we love).

Escape into a world of creativity with these black girl colouring pages, designed by London artist Kim Myers. Download and print, or colour online and share your creations on Instagram, tagging @flygirlcollective and @kim_art_ee

Colouring page 1

Colouring page 2

Colouring page 3

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Give thanks: Do the 7 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge

Count your blessings: an attitude of gratitude has been scientifically linked to a heap of benefits – from higher life satisfaction to a good night’s sleep. Challenge yourself to keep a gratitude journal for seven days at some point this month, and you’ll have nothing to lose (and plenty to gain). Simply jot down a few things for which you feel grateful each day before you hit the sack. And if you want to take things up a notch by the end of the week, write a letter or send a voice note to someone who’s changed your life for the better. Not only will you’ll be happier for it, they’ll feel great too.

The Fly Girl Gratitude Journal challenge starts on 15th July: save the date! 

Looking for dope stationery or a notebook in the meantime? Check out Gazelle London, Kitsch NoirBonita Ivie Prints or Dorcas Creates.

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Double down on your skin care routine

Never understimate the importance of skincare. As the years slowly (but surely) take their toil, a quality skincare regime will ensure you establish a good base so you understand your skin needs, and can prevent any issues down the line. Plus, it’s a lovely form of self-care,  and that’s always worth the investment. The core staples in a regime are a cleanser, serum, moisturiser and sunscreen; but before you run off and buy what’s popping on Instagram, consider having a chat with a skincare specialist. They’ll assess your skin, recommend the right products and the best way to use them.

Check out the Black Skin Directory to find an expert skin care professional near you. Or for a more cost-effective alternative, take a look at our tried-and-tested product recommendations here

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Join The Fly Girl Collective Summer Book Club

Read a good book lately? Research suggests reading just 30 minutes a week can do wonders for your self-esteem, confidence, help you sleep and reduce feelings of loneliness. Our 4-week summer book club kicks off on 22nd July and we’ll be wrapping up with a virtual meetup in August to discuss the book and more. But what are we reading? Choose from one of the following before 10th July:

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 

The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson 

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

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Cook a nourishing meal (without the faff)

There’s nothing like a home cooked meal to make you feel loved. But if you’re not a master in the kitchen, don’t sweat it: there are plenty of services that have made it a million times easier to make delicious food in your yard and discover a world of new flavours. Case in point? Bowled Over – a a new recipe box service from acclaimed chef Jennifer Okpapi, inspired by her extensive travels around the globe.

As part of our Finesse Your Wellness campaign, she’s offering a complimentary box to help you feel good and enjoy cooking in a brand new way. To enter the draw, follow Bowled Over Food on Instagram and fill in your details below.

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Please note the giveaway deadline is 21st August, and all entrants must be UK-based. The winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the deadline by email.

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Treat yourself and get baking

There’s so much more to baking than creating delicious treats. Psychologists have long discovered that structured, non-intense activities like baking can help people cope and communicate their feelings. As a hobby, it requires you to be present in the moment, offering both stress relief and creative expression.  For inspiration, get to know The Great British Bake Off finalist Benjamina Ebuehi. She regularly shares baking tips on her Instagram, and she released her debut cookbook The New Way to Cake, filled with all sorts of delightful recipes.

As part of our Finesse Your Wellness campaign, she’s giving away one signed copy of her brilliant book. To enter the draw, make sure you’ve shared the pledge badge on social media, and follow Benji on Instagram.

Please note the giveaway deadline is 21st August, and all entrants must be UK-based. The winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the deadline by email.

(Photos credit: Holly Wulff Petersen @ryelondon)

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Talk to someone

It’s good to talk. Sharing with a therapist can help you thrive in all areas of your life – but if you’re worried about costs, sessions are more accessible than you think. For instance, Psychotherapist Karen Hartley offers a free 30-minute online assessment for those looking to explore counselling.  Elsewhere, Black Minds Matter are on a mission to connect black individuals and families with professional mental health services across the UK. They’ve created a fund that will go towards the cost over covering services, making it easier to find a therapist and start a journey towards improved mental health.

Access the Black Minds Matter website