Wellness Wednesday and socializing sober

I worked in advertising for over a decade and for the most part my work-life balance was non-existent. At one point (in my early twenties) I was even called the ‘pitch bitch’ – charming! I know I speak for the majority when I say that I was relieved to see work-life balance and culture change for the better after lockdown. However, as the tubes get busier, the fields start to creep in in the evenings and we return to more regular days in the office. I have to ask: are we still taking care of ourselves?

Our mental health is more important than ever, and I, myself, am especially passionate about it since starting my sobriety journey. After publishing my lifestyle change, I’ve connected with so many like-minded creative beings, and as such I’ve been on a mission to find healthier ways to network and socialize, with an emphasis on wellness, in a booze-obsessed industry . Now don’t get me wrong! I don’t want to ignore how special that feeling of having a cold drink outside a bustling Soho pub with the sun on your face can be, but new year, new me, right?

To put ideas into action, this week I teamed up with Lucy Spong from Wave to take some of the legendary ladies in Advertising to a Reformer Pilates class. We had a mixed group of Pilates princesses from Mother, Leo Burnett, Anomaly and Hogarth, all bright-eyed and ready for the class ahead. Despite the fact that it was a miserable, rainy Wednesday morning in May when it had been 22 degrees the day before (fantastic British weather, yay!) I knew that nothing would give me a better feeling, or natural high, than some exercise!

There were some gloriously painful moments in class where I had to apologize to the girls as our bodies shook from the Pilates poses, but we left feeling reinvigorated. Our group ended the hour-long class at 1Rebel with a delicious, pre-ordered smoothie, laughing and de-briefing our morning. We also used the time to chat briefly about work and introduce different agencies before going our separate ways for the busy day ahead. It felt so great to give agency partners something positive for their mental health, and it was such a refreshing way to start their day.

The response we received from the Reformer Pilates class was great, and we already have a list of people who would like to come to the next class. Something different and something to remember, instead of a night we’d rather forget! We’re going to make this a monthly event, so keep an eye out for the invite from KODE and Wave in your inbox. 😉

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