Emilia Florek-Guerrero is the Founder of HERÍA – a consulting company in hospitality and wellness. She loves to merge tourism with the science of happiness and wellbeing. Emilia is a Certified Happiness/Wellbeing Trainer and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also known as @Emilyinwellness.
Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?
Global Wellness Day is a wonderful initiative and I feel honoured to have taken the role of the Ambassador of Poland starting this year. By engaging different types of brands and personalities in Poland, my aim is to show people that wellness offers a wide spectrum of tools (evidence-based) built on multiple pillars. I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to find his/her own fit by experimenting with different techniques. My role as the Global Wellness Day Ambassador is to plant “wellness seeds”.
What makes you smile or brings you joy and why?
I love dancing. When I dance I indulge in every second of it and I feel that I am at my best – not outside as a performer but inside as simply experiencing myself, my inner joy and strength.
What is your daily wellness routine?
I start my day with a warm, long shower followed by a healthy breakfast, and finish it with a 3-minute gratitude journal. Throughout the day, I try to stay mindful and keep a growth mindset approach.
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
Describe how you achieve mindfulness
Mindfulness can be practised formally through meditation and informally by engaging in any present activity. I am trying to practice both types of mindfulness during my everyday life. I love listening to a piece of music mindfully and feeling it in my entire body. I also like to use guided meditations. I actually created my own one, which is strongly connected to a travel experience. During the pandemic, when travelling is very limited and we are confined with our bodies, we are NOT confined with our minds. Guided meditation is a “mind travel” which can be very powerful and can bring about positive feelings and positive change in the long run. I believe mindfulness, including meditation, is one of the paths towards mental wellness.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness is a pathway towards a state of wellbeing. It is the little daily action steps that one takes in the direction of attaining a sense of wellbeing. The set of actions differs from person to person, depending on the goal and personal preferences as no one size fits it all, whether it is meditation, mindfulness, movement, nutrition, finding meaning and purpose, connectedness to nature, or other interventions and techniques. Wellness provides the tools to enhance wellbeing through different paths. After experimenting with different techniques, I found my own combination which serves me the best.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the kindness of people. It lifts my heart and spirit up when one offers something — it can be time, presence, active listening, kindness, a smile, a small deed — to another person, without expecting anything in return. My teacher of happiness studies taught me that the word “giving” comes from the word “NATAN” in Hebrew which can be read from left and from right. In other words, to give is to receive.
What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?
I listen to The School of Greatness Podcast by Lewis Howes. Apart from its wonderful guests and valuable insights, I am inspired by the host Lewis Howes himself. His empathy, openness, curiosity, sincerity, gratefulness and kindness, make me feel comfortable, welcomed and connected, even though my physical body is far away from the studio where the recordings take place. I simply feel my mind is at the right place.
Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza. This is when I learned about neuroplasticity. Our brain can change. We have the ability to literally modify the structure of our brain. In order to bring about change, we need to start thinking differently. In this way, we are building and strengthening our neural pathways. It requires ongoing practise so knowing it and understanding is not enough. This is where wellness comes in place, when we sacrifice some time for self-care, every day, consistently, we WILL become healthier and happier.
Name three things for which you are grateful
I am grateful for my family members being healthy.
I am grateful for my inner strength to not give up.
I am grateful for my education.
Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?
Do not listen to people who think that you are not enough and who put you down. Listen to your heart – you know what is good and what is bad for you, what you really want and what does not serve you. Be yourself; authenticity is the key. Do not try to be someone else; you are enough.