Fiona Collins is passionate about all things health and wellbeing. Having lived in London and Dubai, working in the luxury hospitality industry for over 15 years she has returned to Ireland with her family to the beautiful County Kerry. She has had the pleasure to lead the Angsana Spa Team At The Brehon Hotel for the last five years. She revels in achieving goals bringing teams together feeling motivated and challenged and now curates wellness and spa development projects for other properties, setting up SpaWellness Consultancy by Fiona Collins in 2020. A fond lover of the outdoors, climbing mountains, cycling or surrounded by nature is part of Fiona’s daily self-care routine. She is on a continuous learning path, having recently cemented her passion with yoga and completed her 200 hours of teaching training. Being part of the Global Wellness Team is an honour and reflects Fiona’s desire to help others be the best version of themselves.
Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?
I am the ambassador for Ireland helping spread the GWD message.
What makes you smile or brings you joy and why?
Helping others achieve their goals both in a group setting and as individuals. Getting hugs from my daughters Molly and Grace. Feeling the bright sunshine on my eyes!
What is your daily wellness routine?
Wake up early, a little mediation and morning yoga stretch, then a run or a walk in The National Park, Killarney. Best way to start the day!
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
Be the best you, you can be.
Describe how you achieve mindfulness
Lately, I am really enjoying taking walks in nature, the forest and the mountains. It really does help to ground me. Just to breath all the beauty and serenity of the forest; the morning dew smells, spring garlic and vibrantly coloured bluebells. his is the earth in its simplest most natural form. Such a calming and peaceful place.
What does wellness mean to you?
Having a balance in all things you do. Feeling content and ‘well’ in my body. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating and making healthy food choices. Bringing the physical and emotional into alignment by breath always helps to bring wellness and wellbeing into the body. Spending time with people I love and laugh with will always bring joy. Having wellness in my life is making a conscious effort to do all those things mentioned, which will release happy hormones, endorphins and serotonin.
Where do you find inspiration?
Friends and family, at some point we all face adversity and challenges that are hard to overcome. I am honoured to have some beautiful people in my life that I admire and truly inspire me. Nature gives me inspiration; mountains, lakes and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?
Georgie Crawford – The Good Glow. Kicking cancer and not being afraid to share her life experiences.
Sinead De Houra – Droplets Podcast. Wonderful insights into connecting with your intuitive voice to awaken new ideas within us.
Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
Atomic Habits by James Clear. Brings the how and why we do what we do to the forefront and how we can make better choices.
Happy by Derren Brown. Understanding how you can find your own contentment and tranquillity in life.
The China Study by Colin Campbell. This book lifts the lid on health myths and misinformation we are unconsciously fed.
Name three things for which you are grateful
My family and friends.
The Kerry Mountains on my doorstep.
Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?
In this world we now live in with Covid and all that has come with it, having good health both physically and emotionally has never been more important to endure the challenges life throws at us. Never take yourself too seriously, enjoy the happy moments and know that the tough days will come to pass.
Smile and the world will smile back at you. Try not to compare yourself to others, it will only steal your joy.