‘Find the thing that brings you joy and nurture that’: Natalie Kyriacou on leading a balanced life

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Natalie Kyriacou is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, PwC Business Development Lead and recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in the environmental space.

The Forbes 30 under 30 (2018) honouree is also the founder and CEO of My Green World: a social organisation dedicated to educating and encouraging positive youth participation to help charitable initiatives in wildlife and environmental conservation.

Earlier this month Natalie was recognised in The Australian’s Top 100 Innovators list, and most recently has featured in a Women’s Agenda series that asks dynamic women of different careers how they maintain both their physical and mental health.

The young entrepreneur starts off by saying she is mindful that excessive screentime not only reduces our attention spans but our ability to give attention to and connect with others. As a result, she starts the day by writing a daily to-do list and “finding one or two great news articles to read deeply.”

“I find the current news cycle quite overwhelming and am conscious that it’s all too easy to have your attention stolen by a myriad of headlines and devices,” she told Women’s Agenda.

As for her exercise routine, she said: “A few times a week I will visit a hidden trail, usually an old bike trail, and run along there. I love running through dense forest, uneven terrain, and also in the rain. Though I frequently fall over and return home covered in mud.”

She added that nature and books are how she brings balance to her day.

“I read anything and everything. Books for me are a huge sense of comfort, balance, escapism, and learning. Picking up a hard copy book alleviates so much stress and pressure.

“It gives me an enormous amount of reprieve from devices and the ‘attention economy’ and feeds my soul. Reading also strengthens our emotional and cognitive intelligence, so it’s a win-win!”

In a direct message to women, she added: “We all receive so many messages and pressures on how to be better and do better. Find the thing that brings you joy, that calms you, that gives you space to just be yourself, and nurture that.”

Source: Women’s Agenda

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