The “Meet the Wellness Coach” series is intended to provide a glimpse into how I integrate wellness into my life. I don’t pretend that my life is the perfect representation of wellbeing, more I share this information to give you some examples of wellness practices to consider. Each of us is able to integrate wellness practices that align with our values, goals, and vision.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the increasing presence of self care in our culture. It’s hard to not notice it. Sometimes it can be easy to get swept up in it and believe that self care is all about bubble baths and guided meditations. In today’s post, I’m sharing my self care routine and how it positively impacts my life. As usual, I share this information to provide you with examples of self care that works for me and as a point of consideration as you consider your own self care methods and opportunities.
Gratitude Practice: I have the propensity to get negative at times. In 2018 I started a daily gratitude practice to enhance my positive outlook for the day. I try to complete my practice each morning before I start my day, but sometimes I don’t crack open my little notebook until noon.
Saying No: Oh man. There is so much that I could say about this. I like to call myself a recovering perfectionist. In the past, I said “yes” to everything. It ran me into the ground and I learned a lot from trying to be everything to everyone else…and generally having nothing left for myself. I work hard everyday to prioritize what makes sense for me and my family and the priorities I respect and maintain for all aspects of my life. I use a paper planner to help me identify priorities for the week and balance my time so that I know what I can (and cannot) successfully do.
Regular Exercise: You probably already know that I am a runner. It is one of my favorite forms of exercise. After our son was born, I was reminded (very quickly, I might add) that regular and consistent exercise is a critical aspect of my well-being. I run 3-4 days each week and do another form or cardio and strength training 2-3 days per week. I also enjoy taking long walks with my son, our dog, my husband, and/or friends.
Editing my life: I’m human, just like you. I hold onto things – clothing, random hotel pens, home decor that I don’t love – for too long. Sometimes the same holds true for relationships. As I have gotten older, I have worked on editing my life to include those things that give me energy, make me feel good, and don’t leave me wanting more. The type of editing that I try to do doesn’t happen once a year when the calendar turns to January and we are all focused on decluttering. It’s a daily challenge. When it comes to physical decluttering, I try to plan ample time to do this with my favorite podcast as the background.
If you are looking for more information on any of the self care methods I mentioned, here is some additional information.
7 Scientifically proven benefits of gratitude practices from Psychology Today
I have employed many techniques mentioned in Emily Ley’s A Simplified Life.
How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No from tiny buddha