Boots and Ties: Mindfulness of Mountainous Proportions!

The key things to focus on, according to professional and energetic veterans of body mindfulness, is having a balanced level of physical, mental and emotional energy. By applying a few changes to your lifestyle, it can help to shape and lead an excellent life; both personal and professional. By improving them both at the same time, we can instill positive habits in our routine so when one is lower, the other will help boost. The professional and personal make for a better you! How do we do that? The professionals have handled it!

Thanks to the “Training and Education with Marketable ICT Skills for Employment and Self-Employment in Kosovo” EU Project implemented with Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK), an online live event titled “Boots and Ties” took place at the ICK terrace spot to discuss the benefits, challenges, necessity and techniques of managing a healthier physical lifestyle for people employed in office settings and the like.

With guest speaker Uta Ibrahimi, the empowering and poised climber who marked history by being the first Kosovar woman to climb the peak of Mount Everest and the founder of the Butterfly Outdoor Adventure company as a guide. Joining her were Nazmi Hasanramaj, the president of the Alpine Climbing Club in Kosovo and Granit Temaj, a well-renowned Kosovar professional climber.

The Facebook Live Event linked here, had the guests and ICK staff converse on the relevance of such physical activity in the lifestyle of the older population of the Kosovar community. With statistics indicating that hiking and climbing cross from hobby to lifestyle for people in ages from 25-30 years old, Uta relays that it was at age 25 that she started to climb as a part of a livelihood routine for better health and immunity.

“There’s a line between hobby and actual need and it’s important for people to learn to cross that line and implement positive habits into their routines so that they can add the most benefit to their quality of life. For me, physical activity needs to be spread out and in different variances so it doesn’t get monotonous. With cycling, hiking, climbing, yoga and even a simple act such as walking can make the difference between a phenomenal day and an okay day” comments Uta.

Nazmi Hasanramaj adds that “Unfortunately, the Kosovar community puts physical mindfulness at a lower priority thus resulting in people believing that their less healthy lifestyle is the norm. To get comfortable with the bare minimum is the most dangerous thing we can do to our bodies. Through physical activities becoming more popularized and glorified, hopefully people will become inspired to turn those less-than-healthy habits around”.

According to the professional team, a more active weekend can also help us make amends in other areas of our lives where we can positively be affected by minor changes such as in stress, diet, emotional stability, short-term mood, self-image and psychological perseverance.

Granit Temaj, through careful observation in his career has noticed that “To keep up a good habit, one needs to set a stable precedent. When you come to a certain age you start to solidify and stabilize some beliefs and become more conscious over what you do to yourself and what responsibility your quality of life has on other people’s around you”. 

Uta’s Butterfly initiative is also plotting a kids and parent hiking activity to instill those good habits early on as well as promote some good-natured family fun in the sun.

“Going outside for a hike, enjoying a modest meal or even a brisk walk and a packed lunch can make all the difference in your work ethic. Taking some work you have left and trying to do it in a more open and natural environment boosts your association between the personal and professional. Scheduling a nature activity every other week aids attitude and mood, for your colleagues and for the work itself. The scenery and change of paste might inspire you, implore mental flexibility and clear out your consciousness for better sleep even!” concludes Uta.

If you have stress and problems and it can all get too much, don’t avoid it, but actively engage in your work while combining it with these extra activities to find a middle ground. The key is not to escape what brings you stress, but to get to the “why” of the stress, practice positive habits and turn the stressful elements into relaxing solutions as we tend to forget to take a step back and breathe!

Due to the pandemic measures taken, Leo was our only live guest!