Hello, blog world. As it turns out, I am alive. Would you like the standard excuses for my neglect? Work. College. Apathy. Forgetfulness.
But it’s okay. I have started an ongoing wellness challenge, which I realized, fits relatively well with my Roaring Twenties challenges. Wait, wellness? Yes, however hippie/new age it sounds, wellness.
Over the summer, I joined a wellness book club at my very health-conscious office. As part of the club curriculum, we read Wellness on a Shoestring Budget. The premise of this book is that everyone can live a healthy lifestyle, regardless of income or status. Dr. Michelle Robin describes seven categories that contribute to bodily health and inner wellness. Therefore, I have taken these categories and made three goals for each one. For the first two weeks (I’m on Day 9), my goal within the goals is to do one objective* from each category.
1. Rest, Reflect, Rejuvenate
This category focuses on restoring the body and the soul. It is meant to recharge your batteries, make you mindful of the world around you, and encourage you to be a little indulgent with yourself.
- Sleep 7 to 9 hours a night
- Appreciate a moment (for its beauty or the inspiration it brings you)
- Take 10 minutes a day for YOU
2. Breathe Deeply
Breathing helps us relax. It calms our body and mind. It delivers oxygen to your organs and muscles. It’s just plain refreshing.
- Breathe deeply…when waking.
- Breathe deeply…when stressed.
- Breathe deeply…when falling asleep.
3. Move Your Body
Our bodies need to move. We need to exercise our muscles, less we become stagnant. I mean, we’ve all seen the New Year’s Resolution commercials. Yay, exercise.
- Practice good posture
- Get up and move every 45 minutes
- Exercise 30 minutes per day
4. Free Your Space
Clutter, whether physical or mental, causes anxiety. Anxiety hurts our body and our minds.
- Keep desks organized
- Keep rooms organized
- Resolve mental clutter
5. Go for the Greens
Green veggies are one of the best sources of nutrients. And, as anyone can tell you, healthy eating habits are probably a good idea.
- Control portion sizes (aka, stay in your skinny jeans)
- Eat a veggie at each meal
- Drink one green smoothie per week (This objective will be substituted shortly, because, despite their health benefits, I just can’t do it. Gross.)
6. Eat from the Sea & Enjoy the Sun
Fish have Omega-3s, which are probably the key to immortality. Okay, that might be a stretch, but they’re good for everything from heart care to preventing cancer. The sun gives you Vitamin-D, Vitamin-D makes you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t. (Bonus points for anyone who can name that movie)
- Eat one tbsp of flax seed each day (non-fish source of Omega-3s)
- Spend 10-15 minutes in the sun each day
- Eat a green vegetable each day (another good source of Omega-3s; this goal may need to be substituted as well)
7. Drink to Your Health
- Drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day
- Drink room temperature water (cold water restricts the esophagus)
- Do not drink 30 minutes before/after a meal (water dilutes necessary digestive juices)
Overall, I think I am doing a relatively good job of accomplishing my goals. Some of them are already habitual (Free Your Space), while others are quickly becoming so (sleeping 7-9 hours and drinking enough water). It may just be placebo effect, but I truly believe that I have already noticed a change (albeit subtle) in my health. Taking time to rest, breathe, and drink water have given me more energy (most days), and I tend to wake up feeling refreshed, rather than sluggish. I also pee a lot more, but that’s between me and my kidneys.
I still have a long way to go. Some goals need to be substituted for ones that don’t offend my taste palate. I need to figure out how to motivate myself to exercise (which is laughable considering my history with exercising and the “definite” lack of time in my schedule — yes, in the rock/paper/scissors of life, college trumps all excuses). However, I’m pleased with the progress that I’m making, and if nothing else…
It can’t hurt.
For a more technical analysis of why these things are healthy, click on the book name from the opening paragraph or refer to your favorite search engine.
*Bolded objectives denote objectives that I have accomplished every single day.