I was asked recently about favorite personal wellness tips and as I’ve been reflecting on my regular routine, I’ve been able to narrow them down. Here are my top five favorites:
Exercise and nutrition/clean eating. Obviously I have a passion for fitness and good basic nutrition. They have become such a huge part of my life that it is more than apparent that they would be number one on my list. And, since I believe fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, I have joined them as top rank. I am a huge lover of cardio, but for the past 8 months, I have been completely obsessed with my strength training and have been focusing most of my gym time on that. I would encourage everyone to add a strength training routine to their regular fitness regime. I’m also a cheerleader for clean eating and following the Whole 30 program. I am not a clean eater 100% (I literally just ate a handful of salted caramel chocolate chips), but I often try to stay away from processed and junk and fast foods as much as possible. In fact, I am gearing up for a Whole 30 in a few weeks. I also love starting my day off with some form of exercise. It used to be a crazy Insanity workout or other form of cardio, then it was yogo, and this summer it has been early morning walks. I am so in love with my early morning walks for a few reasons but the biggest one is the solitude in the mornings. It’s usually just me out there and I love the stillness and the quiet and the fresh air in my face. I also love the little feeling of accomplishment in the mornings and the walks have been giving me that.
Water. Lotsa water. I love water. It’s my favorite drink. In fact, aside from a morning coffee or the occasional glass of wine, it’s the only thing I drink. And I drink a lot of it. Water is essential in every day life – you can read here a past post on why water is important. I love water and I constantly have a glass of it on the go, whether I’m at work or working out, I try to continuously guzzle.
Sleep. Sleep is right up there with water – it’s essential. And it’s a big part of how I’m going to function. I hate not getting enough sleep. About 5 years ago I had a bad bought of insomnia for months on end and it was terrible. I was barely functioning. I was a walking zombie. I’ve written two posts previously on sleep and I stand by my word (you can read them here and here) and there’s also plenty of research being done by companies, like Elysium Health , on the science behind sleep—you can learn more about their findings on cellular health and NAD+ and their connection to sleep here . I love sleep. I try to get as much as I can but it doesn’t always work for me. A good night would have been sleeping 7 hours but most nights, according to my FitBit, see me sleeping anywhere from 5 to 6 hours. Eventually, when I’m exhausted enough, I’ll manage a good 7 or 8 hours, but I will always strive.
Me Time. It’s really important – no, make that crucial – that every person take some “me time”. Although my morning walks and other workouts can often be accounted for as me time, I like to find time during the day just for me. Time far away from chaos and hustle and bustle and social media. This me time is usually my reading (or writing) time. I am an avid reader and become completely enthralled in my books. And I look forward to curling up under the summer sun or before bed to leave where I am and, instead, get lost in the words of my book. I urge everyone to take 20 minutes (at least) each day to themselves.
Quality Social Time. I am a social being. In fact, my nickname has always been social butterfly. Just as it’s important to take me time, it’s also important to have social time with other people. I love spending time with my family and my friends and my co-workers and my workout buddies. Getting out and enjoying the company of others (and allowing them to enjoy your company) is very important to maintaining good mental health. And mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. Having fun or having a good cry (if required) are important to keeping us healthy and balanced. And this means getting social in person – not hopping onto Facebook to chat. Your mind, body, and soul need you to interact with other human beings. So, whether you go to a fitness class or a Bible study or book club or just get together with your friends or family, ensure that you do it. Often.
So, that’s it. Those are my personal top 5 (I’m sure there are more) favorite wellness tips to living a healthy life. What are yours?