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5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

5 petites habitudes à instaurer pour améliorer votre bien-être

If you always end up feeling exhausted by the end of the year or if you are just interested in doing things that will improve your wellbeing, I think you will enjoy this article.

I am, for the first time in over a decade, feeling great, energetic, happy and definitively excited by the year ahead. The fact that it is a state of being I achieved despite a very painful loss, gives me a tremendous amount of joy and pride.
It’s quite a good feeling when you finally manage to do something you’ve set yourself to do ages ago, isn’t it!?

So what did I do to come to this “blissful” state of mind…

Well…I spent the last couple of years reassessing what was working for me and what wasn’t. What made me laugh, feel good Vs what made me feel stressed out. Then I made a few changes.

So here are a few positive habits that will improve your wellbeing if you apply them in the forthcoming months…Winter look chez BODIE and FOU

{Have rituals, positive habits}

Positive habits can make a world of difference to your wellbeing.

As someone who has implemented small but durable, significant changes over the past five years, I can tell you that they work.
Some of my rituals include drinking a glass of lukewarm water (or with lemon juice) first thing in the morning. I also drink a min. 1.5 Litre of water each day or herbal teas in wintertime. I favour fresh food over processed food and soft drinks.

If all of this makes sense to you, feel free to read some articles I wrote months ago but which are still relevant:  10 positive things, changing your lifestyle, will do for you and 5 healthy habits you should pick up right nowMonochrome hues for a winter look at home

{Listen to your body}

When I spend a whole day, head down on my laptop, writing content for you, my lovely readers, I usually feel a tension in the back of my neck at the end of the day, don’t you!?

If you get the same, listen to your body, notice the sign of tension and next day, do things that don’t require you to put your mind and body under the same stress so that they can both recover.
Do mundane things you have put on the back burner like cleaning the house, going for a walk, going to see a movie. You can also spend enjoyable, guilt-free time on Pinterest, sorting out paper, decluttering a corner of your home or recycling things.

Read 15 helpful, practical tips to declutter your home).

5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

Surrounding yourself with things you love and find beautiful, will make you happy just by looking at them…

{Take comfort in simple things}

Surrounding yourselves with pretty things you love and taking comfort in life’s simple things is a great way to improve your well-being.

For me, it’s working from our kitchen table with a gorgeous scented candle on.
This Rose scented candle reminds Mila of our home in London. Personally, I love this wood scented candle which perfumes the room even unlit…

It’s eating Steve’s Sunday roast which is SO good that I rate it higher than chocolate.

It’s relaxing in the comfort of my own home drinking my favourite tea with a gorgeous cup in my hand. The one I’m holding is from Murmur,  a company I recently came across and which has a nice collection of relaxed and easy to live with, home accessories.

And it’s us three watching a family movie on Sunday afternoon wrapped in a warm throw.  This grey, black & white woollen throw took my breath away when I unpacked it.
It’s not often that you see something looking better in real life than on a website and this throw is one that I’m going to cherish and appreciate during the cold season.

Woollen throw, cups & candles from Murmur, Photography & styling by BODIE and FOU

A new throw, some lovely cups, something you’ve made & cherished can all contribute to make your space special and improve the way you feel

Gorgeous woollen throw from Murmur

{Feel grateful}

Gratefulness is something I have been focusing a lot since the beginning of the year. If you’ve read this article: 5 feel-good things to do this year, which I wrote in January this year, you may have too.

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called “The Secret”. While the title and editing are a bit naff and silly, the message from various authors like Jack Canfield who wrote “Chicken soup for the soul”, stroke a chord with me.

One guy said he had a “gratitude stone” in his pocket. Each time, he touched it, he would say something grateful. I love the concept!!
So I have been carrying one for the past few days. Each time, I touch it, I thank “whoever up there in the universe” for anything positive that happens to me…The free carpark space, doing a job I love, finding a seat on a crowded bus.

Before you ask me where you can buy these “gratitude stones”, they are not for sale. You can just pick one from your walk on the beach or in the park. I always pick up smooth stones on the beach and now, I will give them to friends as gifts too.

Wintery look from BODIE and FOU

Scented candles are among my favorite ‘simple things’ in the wintertime

For the story, I mentioned this to my mum. Her reaction was “not everybody has pocket” which made me burst out laughing and was so significant of her mindset :-)5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

{Stop feeling guilty for taking some time off}

One big mistake I made while running my business for ten years, was never take a break. I had to get hit by mild depression to finally get the freaking message! I was pushing myself constantly, working around the clock. I never stopped, never switched off and felt hugely guilty when I was doing so.

If that rings a bell, stop right there!

I don’t wish anyone to be hit by depression or to go through burnout.
I now see this as a blessing because it has forced me to do things completely differently.

I know this is a tricky message to take on and accept especially if you’re running your own business. However, in order to improve your wellbeing, you need to time spent on meditation, visualization, going for a walk, etc. All these things will have a much better and positive impact on your well-being AND success at work than working around the clock.
If it’s a topic that is interesting to you, I will be glad to share what I learned from running a successful business for ten years yet feeling completely stressed out by the time I sold it.

Did you find any of these tips useful? What are the simple things you appreciate the most?  Are they time alone, family time? When you work out or when you chill out with a good book!? I would love to hear them…

Posted in partnership with Murmur; a UK company that has gorgeous products, all views my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support BODIE and FOU

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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. Frederique says

    I love your mum’s comment! Made me laugh out loud😀. Great tips, (small) positive habits are of great importance to me,for my well being. Another one is to regroup regularly with my husband and kids. It can be lunch, dinner, a walk, a film or a good discussion… But it keeps the bond strong. That makes me happy too and keep up all in balance💚

    • yes so typical of her :-))) We do this too with Steve & Mila, having impromptu lunches together and this afternoon, as Mila didnt have school, they went clothes shopping together :-)

  2. Thank you for your words, and I wish you and your family merry christmas and a happy new year from cologne, Frida

  3. Karen Barlow says

    Thank you for all these positive tips. Your mums comment really resonated with me, that’s just the sort of thing my mum would say! Very funny though. I’m going to check out the Netflix documentary so thanks for pointing me in the direction x

  4. Lovely article – thank you for sharing. I love the idea of carrying a smooth stone to ground my thoughts and bring me back to appreciating the present. Thank you for the timely reminder to slow down. Love to you guys and your mum too – her comment is super, made me smile! Xx ps glad all is so great with you, you deserve it x

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  7. Shella says

    Hey there – I’ve been a fan/follower of your work etc for a long time – even since your lovely home appeared in one of the japanese paumes books way back, and I’ve followed your accounts on instagram too BUT for some reason I had never read your blog – I don’t think I was aware of it! Well I’m so glad that I have now rectified this! I have just spent the last hour catching up on lots of your posts and so many of your posts have struck a chord with me. I also lost my Dad around the same time as you too and that has led me on a journey of discovering me again, being kinder and believing in myself more and being more at ease with who I am – which is a person I let slip for a long time. I just wanted to say I’m thrilled to have discovered your blog and will now make sure I read every post. Thanks for the years of inspiration and heres to many more. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s beautiful. Thank you xx

  8. I came across your blog when looking for interior design inspiration (thanks for introducing me to those gorgeous Georges lampshades you have!), and saw this blog post by chance. It was very timely for me, as I am currently signed off work for stress.
    I completely agree with your point about surrounding yourself with beautiful things that you love – I try now to only buy things that I really love and make me feel happy when I look at them, which means I generally buy less and then feel less guilty about buying as a result!
    Thank you for the other tips too.

    • Hi Anna

      Thank you so much for your comment. I’m so glad you found this post helpful. Meditation is another thing that really helped me to deal with stress. I use Headspace. I started doing 10 min and these days, I’m doing 20 min pretty much every day. very useful to calm down anxiety attacks too

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