We sat down with the gorgeous Katya Harvey and asked her some personal questions about health, happiness & wellbeing. Katya is an up and coming Australian swimwear model and we wanted to get her thoughts on body confidence and how she manages to stay happy and healthy as a swimwear model.
When you've come home from a big day at work and you just need to relax.. what are three ways that you de-stress?
I come home and sit on the couch for about 10 minutes to settle down a bit haha, I then normally follow this with a nice hot shower where I’ll scrub and wash my face and body, like I’m washing away the stress of the day. I alway moisturise my face post shower to keep my skin looking and feeling fresh. I then normally get into some comfy clothes cook or order some food and set up on the couch with a movie or answer some emails!
What do you do to stay healthy?I don’t really follow a strict diet or workout routine, I’m lucky to have a super fast metabolism and good genes, so I generally eat whatever I feel like which, although is generally healthy, I do love my chocolate ;)I try to mediate a few times a week even if it’s just for 10 minutes or so, this allows me to take some time for myself to strip away any worries or stressful thoughts I may have which often affect my mood and thoughts. Meditating honestly makes me feel so much happier and healthier both mentally and physically. People often forget to take the time to focus on their mental health so meditating is an easy, affective way to begin to make the change.
If you're feeling down, what do you do to lift your spirits?If I’m feeling down I normally just have a big cry!Everyone handles pain differently, but for me this is the most effective way. Crying actually releases endorphins so it’s a great way to calm yourself and steady your emotions and such.
What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness to me comes with cherishing the little things in life that leave me feeling satisfied, like reading a good book, waking up next to someone you love, achieving something you’ve aimed for. Happiness for me is living presently in every moment.
If you could give advice to your younger self what would it be?
I would want to tell myself to slow down and stop trying to grow up so fast. I’ve alway been mature for my age and now looking back I feel sad that I didn’t live my childhood to it’s fullest.