Everywhere you look, everyone is talking about wellness. But have you ever wondered what that really means? Well…
noun well·ness \ˈwel-nəs\
: the quality of state of being healthy
When it comes to incorporating wellness into my life, I try to focus on exercise, relationships (with myself and others), nutrition, things that make me happy, quality of sleep, moments to indulge (pizza and wine!), moments to feel what I’m feeling… the list goes on. In short, whatever makes me feel amazing and beautiful, physically and mentally.
Life has a way of catching up with us when we least expect in. To avoid falling down a self-destructive path, I now try to incorporate a few wellness practices into my everyday life. These are the things I do that make me feel good, ease my anxiety and reduce my stress. I hope they inspire you the same way they’ve inspired me.
Drink warm lemon water
Even though I’ve heard this tip time and time again, I have to thank my nutritionist for it becoming a part of my morning routine. Starting your day with lemon water helps kick the digestive system into gear and rid the body of waste. It’s also a great source of vitamin C, perfect for protecting your body from the bugs that are starting to around this time of year. I could list a bunch of other benefits, but instead I’ll just let you read them here.
I officially joined the BBG community more than six months ago and have never felt better. Not only has it made me look stronger and healthier, but it has changed the relationship I have with my body. Gone are the days of endless cardio, calorie counting and scale-stressing. Now, I workout because I love my body, not because I hate it. And there’s nothing like the support and encouragement of the BBG community. It’s truly inspiring!
As someone who is prone to anxiety, mindfulness has helped me get through the rough times. When I practice mindfulness, I tend to rediscover the little pleasures in life. For instance, when I’m washing dishes, instead of trying to get through it as quickly as possible to get to the next task, I take the time to fully experience the moment – the warm water flowing over my hands, the satisfying feeling of returning an object to a clean, shiny state (yes, I have a Monica side). Or when I eat a meal, I make sure to slow down and experience the food – the texture, the temperature, the flavours. It’s like experiencing a whole new world.
I only recently began journaling as a way to sift through the thoughts swirling in my head. Before that, I wrote in my Five-minute Journal every day as a way to practice gratitude. When I finished my second journal, I decided to turn to regular journaling. It gave me a space to express myself the way I wanted to without feeling like I was dumping my fears and doubts on everyone else. The result has been amazing! I feel less stressed and more in touch with my feelings. It’s also helped me define the goals (and dreams) I want to achieve.
Let’s face it, we are addicted to our smartphones. Chances are, you’re probably reading this on one right now. Yes, it makes life easier, but it also takes its toll on our health, mental wellbeing and relationships (studies have shown a link between technology and depression, anxiety and decreased marital satisfaction). Since I work in social media, I’m pretty much plugged in all day, but I try to make it a point to unplug at night (I often fail) and on weekends (much easier). Once you start living life through your own eyes instead of the Instagram lens, you’ll start to feel more fulfilled, calm and connected to the things in life that really matter.
How do you incorporate wellness into your life? Leave your comments below.