3 Simple Steps To Optimal Wellness
It’s already week two of 2018 and I’ve already starting to cross things off my 18 for 2018 list. Since I’m a list lover and motivated by crossing things off my lists, I knew creating a list of goals for the year would help me stick to it. I broke my list up into three categories; health/wellness, career/side hustle, fun/whimsy. I wanted to start off the year with a focus on health/wellness. It’s not to say I won’t work on the other categories, they just won’t be as much of a focus for the next 3-4 months. In order for me to be able to accomplish more than half this list, requires me to be at my optimal health.
I broke down the health/wellness category even further into 3 more sections; mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. I then took 10 items from my list and added them to whichever section they fit best. Some of these items are easy to incorporate into daily life, while others will require more planning.
1. Mental Wellbeing
Live with intention. I’ll incorporate into daily life. It’s about being more mindful, present and grateful. I also journal at night, to help reflect on the day and life in general.
Meditate daily. I’ll also do this daily, at night before bed. I use the Calm app, they have a variety of meditations, from guided to less guided and they get specific to help with stress, anxiety and even sleep.
Stay informed with the news. This is something that I’m trying to do daily, where I go to a select few news sites (New York Times, NPR, CBC News, Toronto Star, BBC News). When I was with Stewart he kept informed, but now I realized that I naturally don’t read the news, but it’s so important to know what’s happening in the world.
2. Physical Wellbeing
Get asthma under control. This one is a big one because it’s more than just asthma, it’s about my overall health, which affects me not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. I went to see my naturopath, and I’m currently on an elimination diet and I’m finally getting my blood tested for food allergies (IgG and IgA). With 2017 being very intense, my adrenal system is fatigued and I need to rest and heal. This will take about 3 to 6 months with a major focus on my diet, my exercise and make sure I have plenty of rest.
Practice yoga x2 weekly. I miss my yoga practice so I’m going to get back into things. I haven’t found a yoga studio near me that I love, but I can practice at home. I’m really into Yoga with Adriene.
Get more creative with cooking | maybe even bake a little. This one works well with my new diet and now I’m experimenting with new recipes.
3. Emotional Wellbeing
Stop using the snooze button. I’ll admit that I’m still using it, however, I set my alarm for later and only hit snooze once, which during that time I cuddle with Ruby.
Make plans with friends more often. I tend to get caught up with work and I’m a bit of a recluse, but I love all my friends and want to see them more often. I’m trying to see one to two friends weekly, it’s a little more challenging when the weather is so cold.
Shifting money mindset. This one is also a big one. Baby steps. I’m consciously not shopping unless it’s for necessities. I’m going to try this for a month and then another and so on. I also want to go see a financial advisor and set some financial goals for myself.
Take more risks. Overall in life, I can play it a little safe. Whenever an opportunity comes up that scares me, I’ll consider taking that risk more so than I usually do.
Even if you haven’t created an 18 for 2018 list, you can easily do these 3 steps. Just fill in 2 to 3 things you’d like to focus on for each section and determine if it’s daily, short term or long term.
What are some of the things you’re doing for your optimal health? Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram (@stylishlytidylife)