With a year of motherhood under her belt, Tara O'Farrell talks about bumps, balance and the term 'bouncing back'.
Ahead of our exclusive 'MyLife' by Irish Life & Irish Tatler Wellness Morning Event next month, we caught up with Tara to learn a little more about how she finds time for wellness in her week and the priorities she makes when it comes to health and self-care.
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Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your approach to wellness/keeping yourself healthy?
I would like to think I have somewhat of a balance where I am not too strict or hard on myself but at the same time, I try to make healthy choices every day. I would probably say I would be a 6.
Q: What are the two most important things you do every day for health and wellness?
Hail, rain or shine I get out for a walk every day, usually to my local park, it always instantly calms me and gives me time to think. I have also been making a conscious effort to meditate for just ten minutes a day, it is hard to start out with but then it becomes a good habit.
Q: Exercise-wise, what’s your favourite type? And do you do it for mental clarity, to keep in shape or a mix of both?
Walking for me is good for my mind and obviously aiming to hit 10k steps a day I feel is good to keep me in shape too. Tracking things like that with the MyLife app helps to keep me motivated.
I have recently started jogging and have set myself the goal of 5k by Christmas.
Q: What does your dream #SelfCareSunday look like?
There are so many things that I enjoy for self-care. Firstly, I would have a lie in and then a gorgeous breakfast. I would put a hair mask in, have a bath and do a face mask along with lots of tea and treats.
Q: What is your food-equivalent of kryptonite?
It would be 100% chocolate, I have such a sweet tooth and love a cup of tea with something sweet.
Q: Did pregnancy teach you much about wellness? Did you just find yourself going with the flow or feeling pressure to conform to the expectations of others?
Before I found out I was pregnant I was going to the gym regularly and kept going to a personal trainer throughout my pregnancy which I loved.
I loved being pregnant so I tried to enjoy it as much as possible.
Q: What’s the one wellness mantra or health tip you tried to stick to post-partum?
It takes 9 months for the bump to grow so don’t expect things to just go back to the way they were once the baby is born. I totally appreciate my body for what it went through and what it gave me. I look at myself in a completely different light now and little insecurities I had before about my body are gone.
Q: Thoughts on the term ‘bouncing back’ used after having a baby?
Every woman’s body is different and every woman’s pregnancy is different.
I was actually having health issues after Gene was born for a good few months and lost a lot of weight quickly. So many people were saying to me ‘Oh you have just bounced back’ and funnily yes, I had lost the weight, but I was not well and felt awful.
I think the onus that is put on weight is terrible and I realized then that all I wanted to be healthy and to feel good and my weight wasn’t a reflection of that. I felt awful and just because I looked like I had ‘bounced back’ didn’t mean anything, only on a superficial level.
Q: What’s the bad health-habit you’re hoping to leave in 2019?
I am always looking for healthier alternatives than chocolate to have with my tea, my sweet tooth is definitely my biggest downfall but that said I wouldn’t deny myself anything.
I would say less sweet treats!
'MyLife' by Irish Life & Irish Tatler Wellness Morning Event
If a summer of indulging in endless BBQs and rosé sessions has left you feeling ready to get back on track for autumn, why not come along to our MyLife by Irish Life & Irish Tatler event where influencers Niamh Cullen and Tara O'Farrell will be chatting through what works for them, wellness-wise.
Ticket Price: €20
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