When people generally proclaim they want to become healthier, most automatically think of fitness and nutrition. There are so many factors that go into being ‘healthy’ that it is interesting to sit down and review day-by-day what you do to achieve this goal. For me, nutrition and fitness are major factor in my healthiness, but so is my mental well being, my relationships and my spirit. Now i’m not about to get all spiritual with you, but I would like to share some of the things that I do daily to try and improve my health as well as things I need to work on.
Things I already do… (sans fitness and nutrition)
Treat myself to massages
This can definitely become an expensive habit, but I only schedule them two or three times a year. Some of the nicer gyms in my area have spa’s that are actually really affordable and have excellent service. At my company, we try to schedule free 15 minute massages for our employees during stressful times of the year like our software regression testing.
Books, blogs, magazine articles, you name it. I love making a french press early on a Saturday morning, chilling with Bailey on the couch and reading. Growing up, the t.v. was never on before noon on the weekends, not because it was forbidden, but because my parents really loved enjoying the mornings.
Turn off the lights and listen to music
I found this especially relaxing when I had roommates. Just make sure to set an alarm or something because you may or may not fall asleep :)
Take long hot showers
I won’t post a picture of this one ;)
This is not necessarily good for the environment, but it is good for the soul from time to time. I’m not really a bath person, but if you are I’m sure the same would work here.
Take Bailey for walks
This goes along the lines of exercise, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the location of my apartment right next to the lake. It’s something that would be really hard for me to give up. Taking Bailey on walks on early summer mornings when the sun is just rising over the lake with light pink touches – love. You will never find me living in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area for this sole reason. What path would I run on?! ;)
Uncork a bottle of “whine” with my friends
Does this need an explanation? Not only is wine delicious, but the feeling of venting to your closest friends is exhilarating.
Things I need to work on…
I would guess about 99% of us are guilty of this. Checking phones during dinner, WHILE watching t.v., or while we lay in bed. I used to sleep with my phone in my bed. Now I leave it in another room so I am not tempted to check it before I go to bed or right when I wake up. I’m leaving for Hilton Head Island tomorrow and am going to try and ‘disconnect’ as much as possible – especially from work. But you will still see a few blog posts from me!
Sitting in a room for an extended period of time totally quiet and focused is really hard for me, but definitely something I want to get better at.
Focusing on one thing
I tend to have brain A.D.D. sometimes. I’ll start cleaning the kitchen and then I’ll remember that I have to to a laundry and then I’ll remember that I need to email my mom. The list can go on, but this would definitely become a lot easier if I could also master the whole meditation thing.
Getting up earlier so I don’t rush out the door for work
Waiting until the last minute to get into the shower is my forte. Unless, I workout in the morning. Which will become a lot easier when it is above 30 degrees outside and not so dark and scary!
Although I do participate in my BvB: Tackling Alzheimer’s Fundraiser each year, I really want to make a commitment to reach out to my community more in 2014. Helping other people is a great sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
The point of this is a lot of us, especially women, forget to prioritize our ‘self care’ – whatever that may be. We either put work, or our kids, or our busy schedules first and don’t take time to stop and enjoy ourselves. It is so very important to do this not only to feel good on the inside, but to radiate a sense of confidence. I encourage each and every one of your to make a list like mine and see what you can do to improve your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Happy Friday, everyone :)