After struggling for the longest of times with my physical and mental health, the priority for me now and for the rest of my life is lasting overall wellness.
In 2014 I attempted to use wellness as a guide to every decision I made, and so I made some good choices and some not so good (hello whey protein shakes!).
Last week I reassessed how my overall wellness was tracking with the plan to set myself some wellness goals for the future. So when I initially sat down to write this post I thought I’d only have two or three goals, but low and behold I’ve come up with quite an extensive list!
Drink less booze
I’ve given up booze a few times – a year here, and another year there. I never found it an overly enjoyable experience on the social front, being treated like a social leper and all, but it was definitely good for my physical and mental health.
I started drinking at the age of 15, and although I don’t party like I used to the break from booze helped me realise how much of a role alcohol has to play in Australia – we have a big drinking culture here
At the end of 2014 I ‘detoxed’ from alcohol for 1 1/2 months and felt great although upping the water intake certainly helped. I felt so…hydrated!
It’s now time to reassess my alcohol intake since the Christmas / New Year party season is officially over. Everything in moderation right!
Drink more water
It’s summer in Australia, and because our summers are typically harsh in nature I really should be drinking more water! After freaking my body out with the realisation of what hydration felt like late last year I need to get back on track, so I’ve got my new BPA free water bottle with an inbuilt filter (a present from Santa), which I’m planning to carry everywhere with me to constantly suck on like a baby. If only I didn’t have a bladder the size of a pea.
I have always had a love / hate relationship with breakfast, exacerbated by the time I was on the gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free diet, the time I starved myself, or the time I supplemented breakfast with protein shakes (at least I was ingesting something!).
On further analysis, I guess I struggle with breakfast because in order to properly feed my body whatever I eat for breakfast takes time to prepare, time I do not make for myself. I go through spurts, but generally if I’m heading out in the morning or have a busy day breakfast is the first thing to go.
By prioritising breakfast as a wellness goal I aim to plan ahead and be prepared, even if it means prepping the night before. It also means changing my morning routine to one where I don’t check my email and social media accounts first thing in the morning, thus getting lost in the miasma of online noise and activity.
In 2014 I developed quite a good daily mindfulness meditation routine and experienced some amazing benefits – both physically and mentally. It’s just a shame I didn’t stick with it!
And so I’ve kicked 2015 managing to meditate most days so far AND to stay awake during the meditation sessions. WOOH! [I just get to darn comfortable lying down during meditation]. This has helped to calm my mind and to centre myself again after an unhealthy period at the close of 2014.
My goal is for this to continue and to make it a lifelong habit. I am also on the look out for a wooden yoga stool to help with my meditation practice – they work a treat by keeping me awake, as well as to set aside a space within our small house dedicated to my daily meditation practice, with scented candles and all.
Get off my ass
Working from home makes you so lazy! From the bed to the desk to the couch and back to bed. Yep, on a busy day that is my day! Not a lot of steps in that routine for my FitBit to count (to be honest the Fitbit sat in my draw for the later part of 2014)! My hips, knees and lower back are really feeling the inactivity therefore I need to make activity part of my daily routine, regardless of whether I am busy, it is raining, or it’s bloody hot. I also need to keep my Fitbit charged and wear it at all times as I find it works as a constant reminder to get moving!
Get back into yoga
Considering how much I LOVE haha yoga, I’ve really let this slide since July 2014, around the same time I got serious on my own business. It doesn’t make sense since I don’t need to travel anywhere as I practice yoga in my lounge room. All I can say again is that working from home has made me lazy and that I have focussed too much on establishing my own business whilst letting my health slide. It’s time to restore some balance to my life and to my body.
Minimise stress / anxiety
I’ve left the biggest goal till last. Minimising stress and anxiety is a lifelong goal involving a change in lifestyle.
Can you believe that I once believed I thrived on stress and pressure!? That is before I admitted to myself that it was impacting my health in a big way.
These days minimising stress and anxiety is a daily (sometimes hourly) focus of mine, and I will continue to focus on this goal starting with boycotting the daily news (papers, TV broadcasts, and so on). I’ve been trialling this since before Christmas and it is true what they say – ignorance is bliss!
I look at my healthy living goals as building blocks, each one doing their bit to improve my overall wellness!