Global Wellness Day Ambassador For Kenya: Loise Machira

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Loise Machira

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About Loise

Loise is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, deeply passionate about harnessing the youth dividend and unlocking the potential of young people in Africa. She has developed her professional background within the legal sector, humanitarian field, and digital communications. Her personal interest in human rights further extends to holistic wellbeing, which led her to create a wellness platform called Tizi Talks advocating for young people to invest in their health as a tool of self-development. As someone who is well versed in Public International Law and passionate about human rights, she advocates for the rights of vulnerable people through her donation drive, The Relief Connect, which assists those who need relief by offering holistic interventions using digital platforms. Having specialized in the rights of Persons with Disabilities through her Masters in Public International Law, Loise works with the mental health advocacy movement to improve the legal framework regulating mental health care in Kenya. At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, her recommendations on how to address mental health in a pandemic were adopted by the COVID-19 Senate Health Committee Taskforce. This year, she has been vocal through Tizi Talks to call for improvements in the current Mental Health Bill of Kenya where her recommendations were successfully submitted to the Senate. 

Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?

In 2018, I came across a trending hashtag #GlobalWellnessDay and it intrigued me to do some research on the same. Since I only learnt about the organisation much later, I took it upon myself to organise a small function which brought together around 50 people. At the beginning of 2019, I reached out to the Global Wellness Day Organisation to inquire whether they were planning to do an event in Kenya and if my company Tizi Talks could be part of it. Fortunately, they didn’t have an ambassador in Kenya nor had anyone expressed interest in the celebrations. As a result of my contribution to the health and wellness industry in Kenya, I was appointed the 1st Global Wellness Ambassador for Kenya. With this formal recognition, I was able to bring together almost 300 people in 2019 for the first global wellness day celebrations and another 300 in 2020 through an online event due to the pandemic. I have incredible respect and admiration for Belgin Aksoy, Founder of GWD, for what she has built — and I will always be grateful for this appointment. The GWD family is a great family of which to be part.

What makes you smile or brings you joy and why? 

Two things that bring me the most joy include listening to uplifting music and spending time with my family. Another random fact about me that makes me smile: seeing animals being rescued and visiting them in a shelter always warms my heart no matter the kind of day I am having. Animal therapy is real and we don’t talk about it enough, especially here in Kenya or in Africa at large. 

What is your daily wellness routine?
Meditation, Global wellness day

I have a very strict morning routine where I avoid checking my phone for at least the first hour after waking up. I start my day with a prayer of gratitude immediately upon waking, followed by a short meditation session of about 10 minutes — and I make sure to hydrate (one tip I share is to always have a glass of water next to you as a reminder). I will have a morning snack (either an apple or banana) and head straight to my mat where I will either do an online HIIT workout or practice yoga for 45 minutes to an hour. Thereafter, I will reward myself with a hearty, healthy, breakfast — usually banana oatmeal or scrambled eggs on toast with a standard cup of coffee. 

What is your favourite quote or affirmation?

“If you don’t like something, change it. And if you can’t, change your attitude.” 

Maya Angelou
Describe how you achieve mindfulness

By practising meditation and being deliberate about being present mentally. Every time I do small acts of self-care where I am gentle with myself, it spills over into how I engage with other people. I find that when I am mentally aligned and accepting of my circumstances, I am more patient with others and their shortcomings (if any). This can also be tied to my favourite quote mentioned above, that in life, we can never fully be in control of the outcome, but we can control how we respond to it. A positive attitude is like having a secret weapon. 

What does wellness mean to you? 

Wellness to me is the active process of choosing to become the best version of myself physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. With these four pillars, I am constantly trying to build a strong foundation through eating healthy, regular exercise, practising meditation, and being deliberate about who I spend time with, and what activity I am engaged in. When we start to develop a good loving relationship with ourselves, this will have a direct impact on how we relate with others both in our private and professional lives. If I fall off the wagon which happens to everyone and I feel my foundation is not strong enough, I look to these key pillars and work on them one day at a time. This is why wellness is called an active process, nobody is perfect, but growth doesn’t occur in our comfort zones, we need to consistently improve ourselves. 

Where do you find inspiration? 

I am always inspired by listening to stories of how people have been able to grow through difficult experiences in their lives. It could be a simple conversation with the Uber driver, catching up with a friend over coffee, to listening to a motivational talk delivered by a successful entrepreneur. My parents are the most hard-working people I know, through their commitment and phenomenal growth within their different careers, I have been fortunate to be educated in the best schools both locally in Kenya and abroad. They are my biggest inspiration. 

What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?

My favourite fitness app is YA which stands for Yogi Approved Classes; the platform gives you access to over 100 classes ranging from barre to yoga. My favourite podcast at the moment is On Purpose by Jay Shetty because it’s a constant reminder of what we can achieve as humans if we get out of our way. Sometimes we need that difficult but powerful reminder that we have what it takes to fulfil our dreams. 

Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
Stay Calm Stay Healthy by Linda Blaire, wellness
Stay Calm Stay Healthy by Linda Blaire via Amazon

Stay Calm Stay Healthy by Linda Blaire is the first health and wellness book I ever invested in when I was 19 years old in university. It taught me so much about why we refer to wellness as a holistic lifestyle and goes further to divide the different pillars of our wellbeing explaining how we can build strong foundations to become our best selves. 

Name three things for which you are grateful

My health, my family, and the continuous growth of my wellness platform Tizi Talks. 

Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?

I fully believe that any steps we take to optimise our health will breed results that will positively improve every aspect of your life. Wellness is the gift that keeps on giving, and many times in my life where I have faced ample adversity, maintaining a healthy routine has always enabled me to pick myself up. I hope that whoever is reading this will start to look at wellness as a tool of self-development and not a luxury. Start small, start within your budget and start today. Please don’t let this life pass you without feeling the powerful impact healthy living has. Selfcare is really how we take back our power.

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