Flying the Float Flag: Meet the Ambassadors - Nikki Hill Apothecary
“My products are designed to inspire attention, a slowing down, a mini meditation if you like in our busy lives."
Cold hands, energy slumps, sugar cravings, restless sleep - sound familiar? Well you’re not alone, the wellbeing specialists Forth recently conducted a study which found that 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress on a regular basis. For women in particular, the effects of working long hours, rushing here there and everywhere, while trying to tick everything off their to do list is wreaking havoc with their bodies. Living in this constant state of chronic stress is leading our bodies to prioritise survival over reproduction, leaving us feeling sluggish, suffering from the effects of IBS, and experiencing various skin and sleep issues.
This is where Nikki Hill comes in, a fully qualified Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist, Nikki is an expert in balancing women’s hormones naturally. Working with women that are looking for a holistic solution to help ease their symptoms and improve their overall health, Nikki specialises in therapeutic treatments and products designed at preventing long-term hormonal imbalance. Here we find out what wellness means to Nikki, why she’s excited to be a Float Ambassador and why it's important to listen to your body and trust your gut.
What is your company, what do you do and what makes it special?
I’m Nikki, the founder of Nikki Hill Apothecary and I’m a fully qualified Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist. I work with women who are struggling with their hormones and periods and are looking for a natural solution to help ease their symptoms.
‘Nikki Hill Apothecary’ was born after years of seeing clients with similar hormonal issues and I wanted to develop a range of products women could use each day to relieve their symptoms, but more importantly nourish their body to help prevent long-term hormonal imbalance.
Why did you want to be a part of Float?
Float encompasses everything I am passionate it about when it comes to wellness – having a healthy, fun and creative approach to all aspects of your health especially your mental wellbeing without over complicating or obsessing about it. The north has never held a wellness festival before and this looks like an exciting thing to be a part of.
What do you think people will take away from attending Yolk?
They will feel uplifted, inspired and armed with lots of helpful tools and ideas to nourish and grow. And hopefully make some amazing real life connections too.
How does your work help people to feel good?
As a Naturopath, our job is to educate our clients and give them the tools to look after themselves. This is very empowering and in turn helps them feel good because they are in control of their health and have the power to make a change.
What comes to mind when you hear the word wellness?
Slowing down, recharging and looking after yourself.
What role do you feel wellness plays in today's society?
The wellness industry (and social media) has boomed in the last 5 years. I think this is great because it has increased people's awareness of health and more people are understanding the benefits of eating well and looking after yourself. However, I have also seen a massive down side to this. Unfortunately, anyone can start a blog, create a following through social media and preach their way of eating to the masses without having any qualification in health or nutrition (this includes celebrities!). This can be really damaging especially to impressionable young girls and if taken to the extreme can cause long term health issues. And sadly, I’m seeing more and more clients with the likes of orthorexia (an unhealthy obsession with healthy food), disordered eating, anxiety around food (is this clean enough?), and social isolation (skipping meals out with friends in case they ruin their new found diet). So even though I think it is great that people are taking an interest in their health, it is up to people/ brands not to promote wellness to any extreme or make any unfounded claims or promises.
What does success look like to you?
Doing what you love, and love what you’re doing.
What one thing makes you feel well and content?
A belly full of yummy, nourishing goodness!
When you're not working what do you do to feel well and look after yourself?
I love to practice yoga or go for a hike in the Peak District with my family. Getting outdoors in nature always makes me feel good. I also love to catch up with friends and eat really good food. Oh, and drink tea. I love to drink tea.
What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?
I am currently reading 'Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine' by Gail Honeyman - it was a book so many people recommended as such a good read.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It is currently school holidays so any routine has pretty much gone out the window! But a typical working day would have me getting up early to go to the gym or do yoga, eating breakfast, then cleaning the front of the house (I have clients who come to my house so I try and keep it as clean as possible!). I then work school hours (9-3pm) either seeing clients for private consultations or making my products and posting orders. I try to relax in the evenings with a cup of my sleep time tea and switch off any social media and work emails before 9pm. I started this rule at the beginning of this year and feel much better for it!
What pearls of wellness wisdom can you share with us?
I have been in the wellness industry for 20 years and I know that there is no magic pill, diet or exercise regime to health and happiness. The most important things are listening to your body, reducing stress (whether it is emotional, physical or mental), taking the pressure off having to be a certain size, relaxing around food, ditching the dogma and reveling in the joy of life!
Gran your ticket for Float 2018 here.