We know we want better for ourselves. We want to wake up refreshed, float through our day without issue, and have our restful, peaceful nights. What steps do we take to get there?
It all depends on us as individuals, what our goals are, and where we are at in life.
Some of us are light-years ahead, masters of our beings, effortlessly gliding throughout life as if we don’t have a care in the world. Almost as if we were born with it. Then there are those of us who can’t seem to find any desire to get out of bed, we drag our lethargic-selves to work (a cup of coffee, or six, in hand), fight our way through our days with anxiety, stress, and no ways of bringing ourselves back down to earth.
When it comes to starting our wellness paths, I suggest starting with a list. A goal in mind. What do we want out of our lives, and out of ourselves? Do we want to handle our stress better, do we want to be healthier with our food choices, or do we want to be that shining light in everyone’s lives? Sit down with a cup of tea, put some soothing music on, and think about what you truly want for yourself when it comes to your health. This about where you are now, and where you would like to be.
I can give an example with myself. I tend to fall off with staying active, so that would be top of my list. I also struggle with anxiety and stress, so maybe setting aside 5 minutes a day to do some meditation will be next. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme. We don’t have to go from where we are now, to any influencer we might aspire to be within a week. Be gentle with yourself, and you’ll do great!
Some ideas to write down would be:
1) Eating Healthier. Our bodies thrive off of nutrients given to us by the earth. When we eat overly processed foods, it slows our systems down and we tend to feel sluggish, not so connected with everything and everyone around us. Staying hydrated is under this category as well. We all know we are mostly made up of water but, how much emphasis do we put on maintaining that level?
2) Getting Good Rest. The general number we are given is to aim for 8 hours of sleep a night. Too much sleep can have the opposite effect, leaving us stiff and groggy, but too little sleep can have us falling asleep at our desks, or taking too many naps, leaving us struggling to get the rest of our work done.
3) Community. We are, as a species, social creatures. There are few of us who work well alone, and that’s absolutely fine! For the rest of us, lack of communication and community can leave us feeling empty, lonely, and sometimes depressed. Do we connect with those we consider friends as often as we’d like, even if it’s just a simple “hello!” text once a day?
4) Exercise. Don’t focus on doing a 5k (unless you really aim to!) Focus on moving your body a little each day. We are meant to be mobile creatures, and most of us find ourselves spending 6-10 hours a day sitting, usually in front of a monitor. Aches and pains come along with lack of physical activity, so jot down a few ideas of some forms of exercise that you would be interested in!
5) Spirituality. Not all of us are spiritual, but for those of us that are, a lack of connection with our spiritual side can leave us feeling empty and negative. Whether it’s mindfulness, meditation, going through our daily gratitude or praying, most of us have a desire to feel whole from our spiritual side. Write down what your spiritual goals are and what steps you would like to achieve those. If you’re not spiritual, jot down ideas on what you would like to do for your fellow humans. Is it volunteering, or offering your services for free to an elderly neighbor? The possibilities are endless in this aspect of life!
Of course, as we go on, I will be writing in detail on each of these topics, and touching on subjects not noted here. Start with these basics, your favorite journal, and take some time to think about what you really want from yourself in this life. Don’t put too much stress on it, just get an idea on where to start. Together, we’ll work through the steps, get more information on how to start our journey of wellness, self-care and self-love! Until next time, friends!