Wellbeing Warrior interview #6 with Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips
Posted by Nicola Elliott
Their books are loved by the likes of Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Jools Oliver, and Nadia and Katia talk about ‘bringing more spark into our lives’, getting ‘stressed and over emotional unnecessarily’ and how much they both LOVE our De-Stress fragrance Real Luxury.
Define good wellbeing for you?
Nadia - When I do all the things I need to do to look after myself, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Katia – Giving myself time on my own to recognise my feelings rather than everything happening in a rush, and I realise it’s 4pm and I haven’t eaten yet.
Describe a day of good wellbeing?
Nadia – That’s dependent on whether I’m working or have a day off. On either day, I make sure I spend some time meditating, eat well and get some movement in my body.
Katia – Waking up early so I’m not rushing, and can get the kids organised so they are not rushing. Walking for an hour to declutter my mind, eating a healthy lunch ( I’m not a breakfast person), then having a little time before picking up the kids to switch from work mode back to mum mode… and limiting my time on my phone.
What’s the one REAL WELLBEING or ritual you do each day – the failsafe thing that is in your toolkit?
Nadia – Mediate.
Katia – A walk in the woods and time on my own.
Who inspires you the most? And why?
Nadia - Katia does. When we were writing the books and I saw how much she had to juggle to run her home, the kids, and her business, it kind of blew me away. I had no idea how much she has to manage and do in a day.
Katia – Hahaha Nadia (not just saying that because she said me!), she is even my husband’s go-to. He calls her his ‘moral compass’… she always has good advice and helps me see things in a different light.
Tell us about your new book?
Katia – Self Care for the Real World is about why you should take of yourself and Rituals is how you can do that. Rituals for every day gives you recipes to help you pause, pay attention and give intention. It’s not woo-woo, or religious; just lovely rituals we can all do to bring a bit more spark into our everyday lives whilst deepening our relationship with ourselves.
What other books do you recommend to feel good?
Nadia – I read a lot, so there are lots of books that make me feel good, depending on what is going on for me in the moment. I’m on holiday right now and refuse to succumb to a Kindle so I was a little overweight with books!
Katia – Right now I’m reading How to Own a Room, by Viv Groskop and it’s so inspiring. I’m quite shy and just her simple posture techniques make a difference.
Nadia – We both run our own businesses so we are unfortunately on the phone more than we would like to be, but try and keep it off in the morning and in the evening – and definitely no phones in the bedroom.
Katia – I have to try and be super disciplined – to not be scrolling and zoning out on the phone, because I have to lead by example with the kids.
What’s your wellbeing challenge?
Nadia – I can get stressed and over emotional unnecessarily so I need to check that I eat well and sleep well, especially when going through busy or emotionally challenging times.
Katia – Being snappy with the kids and low energy… I really try to make sure I get space in the day where I’m not working or with the kids. That helps me stay calm, and I always try to get to bed by 10.30pm.
Nadia – The NEOM Real Luxury Reed Diffuser is both of our favourite products. We are big on aromatherapy oils not just for the smell, but also for the therapeutic properties. Lavender to calm at the end of the day. Lemon if we need to stay clear and focused. So the diffuser is pretty much on all day long!
Katia – Also love the Bath Oils!