In a world that feels busy and overwhelming, we can sometimes let the seemingly simple act of caring for our own wellness on the backburner. But now that wellness is becoming a bit more trendy and mainstream, we’re all a bit more aware of how valuable it is to create a wellness routine. Between the rise in popularity of meditation practices, living more slowly, looking at natural resources to enhance our health, and more – wellness is on the rise! But wellness is more than just self-care. It’s more about building up habits so that you can create a lifestyle that is naturally healthy.
It’s truly different for everyone. Because everyone’s health, schedules, and needs are different there’s no one size fits all wellness routine. The healthy habits you decide to make part of your wellness routine are up to you! You can customize your own wellness routine to fit into your lifestyle and make sure that it hits all of the points that are important for you to feel good mentally and physically. Keeping yourself healthy, happy, and energetic isn’t something we always think about, but it should always be a priority so that you can better enjoy your life.
Instead of providing you with a wellness routine to follow, since we already covered that it will vary from person to person, below you will find healthy habits that you can use to craft your own wellness routine. Choose what you know will benefit your wellness and leave anything that doesn’t interest you.
Commit to moving your body daily
Moving your body doesn’t necessarily mean you need to join a gym and commit to a rigid schedule. It’s more about committing to find a way every day to get your body moving for your overall well being. Maybe taking a couple of daily walks with your dog or your partner some days, and other days going on a hike or having a dance party with your children can be your movement. Even a 10-minute yoga session in between sitting at your desk working all day can make all the difference in your mental and physical health. The idea is just to make sure that, in this sedentary lifestyle that most of us live, you’re being intentional about getting up and moving throughout the day.
While meditation is something that seems to be gaining in popularity with the general public lately, it’s nothing new. In fact, statistics estimate that between 200 to 500 million people meditate worldwide. So while it may seem like something new to some of us, it’s an important part of the lives of millions of people. Some more impressive statistics in the argument of trying to incorporate meditation are that 76% of people using meditation said they do it for general wellness, while 60% do it to improve energy and, after meditating for 6-9 months, 60% of people prone to anxiety were able to reduce their levels of anxiety.
If you’ve never tried meditation before it might seem foreign and, truthfully, a bit hard to do. But that’s a common misconception and luckily there are plenty of apps and videos out there that can help you. A few apps that are beneficial especially for beginners are Headspace and Oak. Starting with just a few minutes a day and working your way up to 10 or 15 minutes can bring more mindfulness and balance into your daily life.
Take your supplements
If you’re a believer in supplements, making sure that you take them consistently is important. Unfortunately, due to people eating more processed foods, and the soil we use to grow natural foods being stripped of many nutrients, a lot of people aren’t getting everything they need from food. It’s pretty simple to get a blood test and find out if you’re deficient in anything so that you can add those supplements into your routine and improve your health.
Incorporate CBD oil
Using CBD oil in your wellness routine can provide so many benefits to your health. If you have any chronic pain or inflammation, CBD oil is known to help to reduce that pain and inflammation when taken regularly. In addition, those who struggle with insomnia or have trouble sleeping well may find that CBD oil improves their quality of sleep. Because CBD is such a powerhouse and has even more benefits that aren’t mentioned here, adding it to your wellness routine is a no brainer.
While we know we all need to sleep, many people truly struggle with it. Getting an adequate amount of sleep allows your body to fully rest and recover after a hard day. The average adult needs between 7 to 9 hours of sleep, yet many people are only allowing themselves 5 or 6 hours of sleep in an effort to get more done. Lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more. To prioritize sleep, set yourself a bedtime, and stick to it. Don’t short yourself by trying to stay up late or get up too early. It may seem like a good idea to be more productive or get more done, but depriving yourself of sleep isn’t the way to do it.
Fuel your body
One of the best healthy habits to develop is to learn to fuel your body with nutritious food. While it can be easy and convenient to eat more processed foods, it’s not doing your body or your health any favors and the consequences of it will eventually pile on. Prioritizing eating more plants and trying to focus on food that comes in their natural form will benefit your health in so many ways. It can be hard to commit to this if you’re not used to cooking or eating this way, but taking small steps toward is by planning a few healthy, nutritious meals a week can go a long way, and soon you may find it easy to stick to and that your body is craving nutritious food.
Learn to live life slowly
In such a fast-paced world, it can be hard to slow down. But learning to live life a little more slowly is such a valuable habit to develop. As much as it seems like it, we don’t always have to be multitasking or on the go. Give yourself time every day to just be, to do something slow, or simple like enjoying cooking a meal (rather than rushing it), or just sit on the couch chatting with your family. Slowing down and enjoying these simple tasks without multitasking or watching a TV show in the background has such a peaceful and mindful quality to it that will no doubt improve your stress levels and your life.
Building a wellness routine is about finding ways to keep yourself feeling healthy in all ways. It’s not about overwhelming yourself with a list of things you need to do so that you’re stretched even more. Try adding a few things to your wellness routine and as they become healthy habits that are easy for you to do, you can continue to add more and improve your wellness routine over time. Think of your wellness as a marathon instead of a sprint and you’ll be moving in the right direction.