Wellness Staples March 09 2020
Making all these medical alert bracelets has gotten me thinking about wellness. Whether we are dealing with a chronic condition or not, wellness is an area of life that is not only getting more and more attention but constantly changing. I have found that the concept of "healthy" has evolved for me over the years. What I thought was healthy 10 years ago is not the approach that I take now. I do have a few things that I would consider pillars of good health that have been consistent over the years:
- exercise: I have exercised anywhere from 3-6 days a week for the last 20 years. Some years more than others with different goals in mind: marathons, half marathons, long distance cycling, getting stronger or just maintaining. I have prioritized it so long that I feel unbalanced if I do not make the time to do this. I also began working out in the morning about 8 years ago which not only drastically changes my morning mood, but also eliminates the possibility of me putting it off.
- sleep: I make it a priority to get 7-8 hours a night, especially if I have been doing hard training. We need recovery, whether it be physical or mental.
- nontoxic relationships: I have been fortunate enough to have a pretty sensitive radar for drama and the practicality to stay away. This can be a real salvation for the mental state.
- meditation: I established a practice 5 years ago and never looked back. It has had a tremendous yet subtle impact on my mental state and overall disposition. I began with a beginner’s class at a local “Zen Center” which was very helpful, great place to start.
Mitzie sits on my lap when I meditate sometimes. Spiritual kitty.
- diet, whatever that means: My concept of healthy has evolved over the years. I feel like diet is supposed to evolve as we learn. I currently have taken on a mostly plant based diet of organic foods, but also eat out Mexican at least once a week. I do not ask if the chips are fried in lard, rather bless my food and choose to enjoy it. Sometimes I feel like crap afterwards, others I don’t. I have been in a place of obsessing over food before and see the benefit now of a more relaxed attitude, making changes in a gradual way. I think food and diet with the goal of better health is a journey, not a destination.
- reflection: My preferred form of reflection is journaling. I have done it for over 20 years and it has been a tool that allows not only for reflection, but release, prayer, offering, and answers. I journal as part of my morning routine and in the evening if I have lingering thoughts or feelings. It has brought clarity and direction over and over when I needed it.
What are your wellness staples? I would love to hear what things you do to keep yourself healthy and happy. :)