A down-to-earth mother and advocate for leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, we ask Rachael Finch how she pulls it all together?
How does you strike the balance between business/family/life?
I think it’s all about balance, time management and prioritising! I think it’s healthy to have a wide selection of doing all of these and there shouldn’t be more of one than the other. So whilst we think it’s all about the kids and yes that’s important and they need your affection and love but so do you, and the career and the family. It’s all about balance.
When I put Violet to bed, I stop and think okay, could I do work or do I need a nap? Which one is going to make me more productive when she wakes up? If I have a nap and then get up an hour before she does and do some work and then I have the afternoon off, I’ll be feeling good, but if I push through that and do work now, I’ll probably be feeling shit the rest of the afternoon. It’s about finding where the balance fits right for you and the right time to do things.
How do you like to work out?
Fitness for me is not about getting loads of gym sessions crammed into my week but more about how I feel and giving my body what it is asking for. On days I have loads of energy, I like to dance or go outside for a long run. When I need a pick me up, I practice yoga or pilates. When I’m short on time, I love doing a quick 30 minute, high intensity circuit which I constantly change. You can find my work outs on rachaelfinch.com.
What does a typical day on a plate look like, what is your philosophy on family meals with a toddler?
I try to ensure each meal is made up of at least 60% vegetables, I cook fairly healthy and easy meals, my favourite is just oven roasted salmon with sweat potato and steamed greens. I like to cook everything from scratch but obviously with my schedule and a young one, that can be tricky. I always make sure I have groceries for at least a healthy meat and vegetable arrangement if I don’t have much time to cook. The staples in my fridge are avocado, salmon fillets, cold press juice, sparkling water and broccoli.
What do you do for your mental and emotional wellbeing?
Good relationships are important, so working on those relationships you donâ€™t realise how much that impacts us. Remaining relaxed and doing things for you and not feeling guilty for getting a massage or going to a yoga class in between crazy schedules. Whether this is sitting somewhere for an hour, reading a book or going to a movie, something that turns you off and relaxes you. Whether that is having a spa treatment, if you can from time to timeâ€¦just having a little time for you at home with a pampering mask and allowing time for yourself. And just general breathing, I think we all forget to just breath.
Rachael is the ambassador for Blackmores who has just released their Wellbeing Check – an amazing way to assess wellbeing in less than 2 minutes! It’s a great tool that checks mental, physical health assessing things like sleep levels, energy levels, happiness, stress and more!