Q&A – Anita Farrelly

RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, Founder, Aboost Wellness IV Vitamins and Hydration.

How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
My favorite quote is: “We don’t see things the way they are, we see things the way we are.” Recognizing when you are worried, concerned, stressed is powerful. Acknowledging what is within your control and what is not, then giving yourself permission to choose the situation how it is, can make a profound difference in your overall health. A healthy lifestyle is integrating practices that keep us present, self-aware, proactive and empowered.

How did you come to practice in your career field?
I was always interested in people, helping them feel better and wanting them to feel “included.” I had some “nurses” who influenced me as a child, and I always looked up to them; admired who they were for people and their families.

What type of exercise (weights, cardio, yoga, Pilates, etc.) do you prefer; why?
My absolute favorite is hot yoga. The heat, mixed in with the music, stretching and low-impact cardio is amazing. You can literally alter the shape of your body with consistent practice. It also shifts your mindset and perspective.

What are your practices to keep yourself health, your family healthy?
I have two teenage daughters, my goal is to have open and healthy lines of communication. As an entrepreneur, sometimes I have to be intentional with putting my work aside and just being with my daughters. Hearing what their challenges are. Spending time doing self-care together, such as getting our nails done or meal planning and grocery shopping together.

How do you define self-care; what is your go-to way of practicing it?
Self-care is essential to having a clear mind, motivation, energy and personal joy. When I recognize what I am needing, and I address it, I am patient, calm, present, loving and a happier mom, daughter, friend and family member.

What is your next goal in your health, wellness journey?
To be a stand for others in my community in meeting their own health and wellness goals. Whether it’s losing weight, improving relationships, reaching a career goal, learning a new skill or finding peace in a current challenge. When others succeed, are inspired to be their best, and I can help guide them in the process — my life and health also improves.