‘My Motto: Bespoke Balance’

Hunaid IBRAHIM responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire.

Your view on beauty?

Beauty, in my view, is found in the little things that people often take for granted. It could be the sun shining through murky, or dusky, clouds, a beautiful sunset, or a brand new model of a German car, not to speak of an elegant cover drive by a top-class batsman. Beauty is not only about how things look, but also about how they make us feel. It could be the feeling of peace from watching a sunset, or the sweet-sounding chirping of birds. Beauty is different for everyone, and it’s important to appreciate the simple things in life that make us happy — all small, seemingly insignificant things, and yet they have the power to make us stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. It’s important too to note that beauty is subjective. What one person waxes as beautiful may not be alluring for another. Beauty is, thus, a personal experience, and it’s up to each of us to find our own version of it.

Your ‘take’ on fitness?

Fitness, for me, is all about taking care of your body and staying healthy. It involves eating a balanced diet and being physically active on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym every day. Simply taking a walk, or doing gentle yoga, can go a long way towards keeping your body healthy. In addition to physical benefits, fitness is important for mental health. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also boost self-confidence and improve cognitive function. By taking care of your body through regular exercise, you can expand your physical and mental health. This translates to a happy, also more fulfilling life.

Your view of health and wellness?

To me, health and wellness are about taking care of your body and mind. It’s not just about avoiding illness, but also about feeling your best and being able to live your life to the fullest. This involves making healthy choices, such as eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active. In addition to physical health, mental health is an important part of overall wellness. Taking care of your mental health can involve things like practicing self-care, managing stress, and seeking professional help when needed. It’s important to recognise that mental health is just as important as physical health, and taking care of them is essential for one’s overall well-being.

Your ‘take’ on work-life balance?

Work-life balance means finding a healthy equation between your professional and personal life. It’s about making sure that your work doesn’t take over your entire life and that you have the time for things that are important to you, such as spending quality time with your loved ones, pursuing interests like music, or sports, or simply taking a break. Achieving work-life balance can be challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced, e-connected world. It may involve setting boundaries, such as not checking work e-mail during ‘off-hours,’ prioritising tasks to ensure that you’re focusing on the most important things, or delegating tasks. Most importantly, work-life balance is about recognising that your personal life is just as important as your professional life. It’s about finding the right balance, or Zen way, to doing meaningful work while enjoying a fulfilling personal life. By prioritising your well-being and making time for things that matter most to you, you can achieve a healthy balance between work and life — also, vice versa.

Your mantra to beat stress?

When it comes to beating stress, my mantra is to focus on self-care. This involves taking time for myself each day to doing things that make me feel good and relaxed. It could be something as simple as going for a walk, listening to music, or speaking to a close friend. Yet another important aspect is prioritising tasks and managing time effectively. This involves setting realistic goals and breaking them down into small, more manageable tasks. It’s important to taking breaks too and avoiding being ‘under the pump,’ as it were, as this can lead to increased stress levels. Finally, I find it helpful to maintain a positive mind-set and practice gratitude. By focusing on the good things in my life and expressing gratitude for them, helps me to shift my perspective and reduce stress. This is best achieved by keeping a journal, or simply taking a moment each day to reflect on what I’m thankful for.

HUNAID IBRAHIM, proprietor, Gift Way, a family-run gift store, in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, was born in Bahrain. He moved to India in 1986 and has been a proud resident of this country ever since. He likes to ensure that his customers receive exceptional and personalised care — one that not only meets, but also delights them, while exceeding their expectations too. Besides his family business, Ibrahim has an avid ear for good music, watching sports and, of course, movies recommended by his 18-year-old doting daughter. He lives in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India.

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