Simple Steps to Wellness
What is all the hype about wellness? What does it mean to have wellness, and do you need to be concerned? The days of thinking about your health from a medical care perspective only are fading fast. Yes, you heard me correctly! You have the ability to manage your health & wellness in a way that puts you in control. So, how do you achieve a wellness lifestyle?
The Definition of Wellness
A wellness lifestyle empowers you, and by doing so, you no longer need wait for illness and seek medical care. Wellness is determined by implementing habits that support your body and encourage optimum health. Prepare to shift your focus from waiting for the next sickness to living an intentional life that focuses on you maintaining a state of good physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Wellness is an overall approach to your life that includes incorporating strategies for clearing your body of toxins, establishing healthy habits, actively embracing positivity, exercising regularly, maintaining an active socialization lifestyle, getting adequate sleep, and giving back to your community.
Purging The System
Our bodies are inundated daily with harmful chemicals, pollution, and residue from previous poor health choices. So, how do you get rid of the waste that has built up in your system? Sounds a bit intimidating, doesn’t it? Yes, it can be, but the one thing that will help you improve your wellness is your thoughtfulness. Look at your daily food intake and ask yourself if what you put in your body is actually good for you. Use the following tips to clean your body out.
Say goodbye to processed foods (no more boxed meals for you!)
Eat whole foods only (if you don’t recognize the ingredients as a food, don’t eat it!)
Limit alcohol, salt, sugar, coffee, and sodas. (start slowly and don’t quit all things at once)
Eat organic foods whenever possible (worried about cost? Eat a few vegetarian meals to help your food budget)
Drink fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon) at the start of your day as this encourages detoxification.
Here’s where life will get fun for you! Wellness is all about putting optimum fuel into your body, and these habits can open your eyes to new and exciting foods that you never knew how to cook or you didn’t know were good to eat. Follow these steps:
Fill your grocery cart with organic foods
Eat lots of fresh fruits & vegetables (eat what is in season to save $$)
Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day!)
Reduce meat intake as too much meat increases your body’s acidity (acidity = increased chance of illness)
Incorporate lots of healthy, whole grains into your diet (try quinoa! It’s an ancient grain that is really good for you!)
Take high quality nutrition supplements. We recommend Young Living supplements as they are made from whole foods, use essential oils (essential oils are 50 – 75% more concentrated than herbal options and easy for your body to absorb), and are superior in quality.
Guess what? Your attitude has direct impact on your health and by maintaining a positive attitude you will support your body’s wellness. You may be skeptical but focusing on positive vs negative feelings can help you stay healthy. Start using the following tips today! It’s never too late to change your attitude ☺
Start cancelling any and all negative thoughts. You know, self-talk. Instead of saying negative things about yourself or those around you, cancel the negative thoughts and ideas. Yes, say cancel when negativity enters your mind. You will feel better about yourself and others.
Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Here’s an easy example for you to try. When you feel like you can’t do anything right or all you ever do is make mistakes, try saying I am good at what I do and I learn from my mistakes. You may not believe it initially, but the more your practice, the better you will feel about yourself.
Instead of getting overwhelmed with stress, focus on the perfection of your life. List all the good things you have in your life and release your worry. Worrying doesn’t resolve issues; it creates negative energy and that can have a negative effect on your health.
Sure, sure, you know you “should” be exercising, but you never seem to stick with it. What are you to do? Get creative and have fun! Follow these simple strategies to maintain a more active lifestyle. First, set a “reasonable” goal.
Take it slow and begin exercising two days a week and steadily increase until you maintain five days of exercise per week
Engage in exercise that appeals to your personality (ie, take exercise classes, join a walking group, go for a hike, or escape with a short run by yourself)
Set small time frames (ie. 10 minutes per day) and increase this time until you reach 30 minutes of exercise per day for five days a week
Do not give up! Once you begin your exercise schedule, stick to it no matter what. You will absolutely feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Humans are social creatures so YOU need be sure to embrace a healthy and active social life. No, you don’t need to become an action-packed, social butterfly but maintaining a well-rounded social life will leave you feeling better physically and emotionally. Be sure to interact with friends or family 30 minutes a day (not social media, talk to people and have relationships with them, and by all means go have fun!).
Right now, you are probably thinking, “Oh, how I wish I had more sleep!) As adults, we need 7-9 hours of sleep per night and frequently, you only get 5-6 hours a night. Make your sleep a priority by using implementing these steps:
Start slowly reducing your electronic time (TV, Computer, Phone). Set reasonable goals and stick to it as often as possible.
Meditate before bed as this calms your mind, helps you release the day’s stress and is the perfect time for you to practice your gratitude.
Read an uplifting book or write in your journal 30 minutes before bed. The practice of this level of mindfulness will help your body relax and encourage a goodnight’s rest.
Diffuse Young Living lavender, cedarwood, or frankincense 30 minutes before bed and allow it to run throughout the night. Your body will thank you!
Live a Life of Service
Did you know that volunteering will actually help you live a longer, healthier life? Yes, it’s true! Giving back to your community creates endless positivity for YOU and it helps those in need too. You are probably thinking, “I don’t have time”, or “I don’t know how I can help.” Take a look at the following websites for easy ways to volunteer.
Following these simple steps to wellness will immediately improve your well-being and you are probably feeling pretty excited at this possibility. Remember, you deserve to be as healthy as possible, and YOU are in control of your wellness. So, take charge today and get readyyou’re your improved wellness.
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As always, be free, live well, and love YOUR life!