We sit down with Deborah Bulcock to discuss her personal journey into the wellbeing sector and her top tips for living, eating and working well.
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into nutritional therapy and coaching?
I spent over 20 years in the financial services industry, where I was fast-tracked to director level and worked in both operations and business change.
Known for my people-centered leadership and coaching style, I delivered results through my teams and took pride in seeing people develop and progress. Career and business success came quickly, but at a cost. After many years of performing at the height of my ability – without the right support or balance in my life – burnout struck. It was a long recovery, but natural health and nutrition were at the core of it. It piqued my interest so much that I studied and qualified as a Nutritional Therapist.
Today I help people to thrive and organisations to excel through a combination of coaching and consulting in the areas of wellness, health, leadership and personal effectiveness.
How do you see the link between mental health and the food we eat?
The link with both nutrition and lifestyle is significant. Our physiology and mindsets are directly influenced by the nourishment we provide – food, activity, environment, connection, purpose, relationships, work, technology, and more – it all plays a part. I firmly believe in a whole life approach to wellness and mental health, hence my support for the approach at PH7.
What are the 3 most important habits to implement that can improve overall wellbeing?
Only 3? Wow, that’s a challenge. First, I’d say that we’re all individuals with different preferences and different starting points so it’s always key to put your own spin on things. In general, terms, my advice would be:
1. Give yourself the best chances of a great night’s sleep – be ruthless with anything unnecessary that gets in the way (think technology!)
2. Every day connect with people that lift you up, bring a smile, make you laugh and just make you feel good
3. Nourish your body with natural, whole foods and engage in movement that you enjoy
How can businesses promote a healthy lifestyle to employees?
Understand your people well enough to enable them to thrive in all areas of life – by doing so you know they’ll bring their absolute best to work.
Wellness at work is so much more than a bowl of fruit in the breakout area (although that can be a powerful symbol) – it’s about how business is conducted, how connected and engaged people feel, how leaders operate, how easy it is for people to do their job, how empowered people are, how easily concerns get resolved – as well as specific wellness information, activities and interventions.
As with anything, it’s about understanding where you are today, knowing where you’re heading and making the first step, no matter how small.