Happy Wellness Month! More than ever, the need to focus on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness is apparent. With just a few dedicated moments and strategies, you can keep your general wellness on track, lessening the pains and frustrations of life’s challenging moments.
While there are many facets and ways to focus on your wellness, consider focusing on the following, and coming up with a few of your own:
- Prioritize sleep. Not getting restorative sleep sets the tone for your day, and puts your energy and focus at a deficit. When you can, get an extra half hour or so of rest to prepare you for the next day.
- Stay hydrated. Water consumption is fundamental to many bodily functions and processes, including thinking, movement, clear skin and sleep, so drink up!
- Practice gratitude. We all are striving everyday to grow, and unfortunately, it can be easy to focus on what we do not have. Instead, reflect on what you do have, and the strides you made to meet your needs and goals.
- Get well exams. Regular check-ups with a doctor or other certified professional supports overall health by giving you a status on your physical wellbeing, as well as areas to focus on, if necessary. Early intervention is the best intervention!
- Incorporate fruits/veggies. A variety of produce in your daily food consumption not only supports your physical wellness, but they taste great! Try out a new, colorful fruit/vegetable, or one you decided you did not like a child- maybe you’ll change your mind!
- Take a walk/get outside. Fresh air is a necessity, and a great tool for centering yourself. Pause and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations around you.
- Do something without expectation of something in return. A great way to take the focus off of yourself, especially when you are not feeling the greatest, is to do a good deed for someone else. The smile you give to another can bring yours back, too!
- Plan for setbacks. Nothing goes our way 100% of the time, so a good way to prevent feeling devastated when life throws a hardship your way is to prepare for the possibility that tough times may come. They are temporary; having skills, resources and supports in place will lessen their disruption.
- Practice deep breathing. Have you ever sighed and realized that your jaw or fists are clenched? Breathing not only supports physical processes, but our emotional and spiritual health as well. Take a moment to engage in mindful breathing; focus on the present, and let go of the tension or worry you may be experiencing.
- Limit screen time. Turn off the TV, log off social media, put down your phone. Looking at screens too long is not only unhealthy for your eyes, but you may be engaged in internalizing negative stimuli, such as negative news stories, or people ranting online, and these can zap your mood. Schedule your screen time to limit your exposure, and engage in some of the tips above!
What’s your favorite way to focus on your wellness? Find a new strategy, and share it (or your tried and true methods) with a friend today!