Ask the Wellness Guru: Judy Chapman
Judy Chapman is a global wellness authority, entrepreneur and advocate, with twenty years multi-disciplinary experience setting trends and implementing thought leadership across the wellness and eco sector. She provides a highly sought after end to end client service, specialising in site design, brand and product development, customer experience, impact and reach. She is the Spa & Wellness Curator for The Karma Group. She is also the author of five books.
Ultimate Library chatted with Judy about her experience in the wellness sector as well as some of her favourite wellness reads and what it means to cultivate a practice of wellness in the digital age.
1. What does the term ‘wellness’ mean to you?
When I feel ‘well’, I am full of natural positive energy, life is flowing, my mind is balanced and I am grateful and inspired.
I perceive wellness as the opposite to illness. Wellness is ‘wholeness’ – a feeling of wellbeing and balance in all areas of life including physical, mental, emotional, relationship, social, vocation and family.
I also resonate with the explanation from the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) which defines wellness as: “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.”
2. What are your 3 top tips for cultivating wellness in everyday life?
The 3 actions that make me feel consistently well – energized, positive and happy include eating well, moving regularly and having time on my own (beach or nature walk). Being in nature is increasingly my go-to for feeling emotionally, mentally and physical well. There’s more research out how spending time in nature (forest bathing) reduces our blood pressure and cortisol ‘stress’ levels which is thought to translate as an anti-inflammatory effect.
3. What advice would you give to those overwhelmed by some of the more harmful wellness trends?
I have always felt (and known) the key to living a healthy quality life is to learn to tap into our own inner wisdom. Finding a balance between our inner and outer world is important (especially with all the trends out there). As well, we are continually evolving and science and research is infinite – our learning never ends so nothing is fixed.
Whilst there is amazing knowledge out there, science is continually ‘proving’ what many of us have long suspected about food, nature and lifestyle etc. so ultimately we must take sovereignty of our own beings and learn to be discerning. No two guts are the same. Not one size fits all – this approach will never work!
4. What are three of your favourite books on wellness?
I’ve collected some amazing books over the years.
- The first book I purchased about wellness was ‘Absolute Beauty’ by Ayurvedic Dr. Pratima Raichur. It’s still a firm favorite and it was a buzz to meet her in person when I lived in New York.
- Another favourite is ‘The Japanese Way of Beauty: Natural Beauty and Health Secrets’.
- I’m a big fan of functional medicine and am currently reading Dr. Frank Lipman’s new release ‘The New Rules of Aging’. I also met him in New York a few years ago and love his energy and vibe!
5. How do you think the activity of reading feeds into the wellness agenda?
It definitely does! There’s been some interesting research into the benefits of reading in this digital age. It’s said that the act of chronic scrolling through our devices (vertically) doesn’t exercise our brain as well as reading horizontally. Reading is a good sleep aid – if you are experiencing sleep issues then my advice is to power down your devices a few hours before sleep and pick up a book. There’s been some research into how our blood pressure increases when looking at our phones and I suspect the opposite happens when we are curled up with a book reading!
Ultimate Library would like to say a huge thank you to Judy for contributing to our blog as this month’s wellness expert.