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Health and wellness don’t have to be hard, and I’m sharing 5 of my tops tips to help you easily embrace wellness more in your everyday life!
As I’m sitting here on a rainy day writing this post, I’m reminded of how some of the most simple things in life are also the most comforting, at least for me.
Soft rain falling, comfy clothes, a healthy meal in front of me, and a warm mug of tea. All after a nice walk, a short yoga session, and a good bit of self-reflection I had this morning too.
These are all simple ways that I take care of myself and my self-care a priority each day, even though they seem like meaningless habits that plenty of other people take part in too. But they’re much more than that to me.
In fact, they’re all simple ways that I embrace wellness in my everyday life, which is the reason I’m writing this post today.
You see, I think many of us tend to neglect wellness, not because we don’t care about being healthy, but because we simply don’t think we have enough time, money, etc. And sometimes, life just gets in the way. Then, before we know it, we’re stressed, overworked, exhausted, and short on sleep. We end up a mess most days of the week, burnt out, and then, we wonder what happened.
This is where small steps to wellness take can really make a huge difference in our lives when we practice them daily, but we have to make them a priority—even when we don’t think we have time for them.
Which brings me to my next point….
Wellness isn’t a luxury or something you just read about in an article or hear about on social media. Wellness is the sum of small, daily steps that we can all take in our lives which add up to something incredibly powerful in how it can change our lives.
One of the things that have helped me cope with hard times over the years, probably the most important of all, is how I’ve managed to take care of myself even in the midst of chaos and hardships. Taking care of myself is the one thing that changed my life over 12 years ago when previously, I’d just ignore my own health and let life destroy me when it got tough. And it did, every single time. Until I put a stop to it and decided to make self-care a priority, even when it felt less-than-important.
So today, I wanted to share with you five simple ways to practice wellness in your everyday life that I have been practicing for over a decade now. They’re going to seem quite simple when you read them, but I can promise that they have a ripple effect in how they comfort you, nourish you, and strengthen you.
1. Eat Whole Plant Foods at Every Single Meal
This was one of the most important things for me to learn in my own journey towards becoming healthier. Whole, plant foods change your body AND your mind. They truly can make a huge difference in how you feel and think each day, friends!
Plants provide protective properties that many other foods can’t, and no matter what type of nutrition plan or “diet” you align with, plant-based foods should be part of all of our diets. Fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens should appear at each and every meal, or as much as possible.
My rule of thumb is that I always include something green with each meal. Otherwise, it’s quite easy for me to forget or just choose something else. I’ve also seen more beneficial changes in individuals when they start their day out with something green instead of just skipping out on it. Kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli, romaine, celery, asparagus, and any other whole, green plant foods are all great starter ideas.
Also, don’t fear fruit. They are incredible sources of nutrients and one of the most beneficial foods you can eat! If you don’t tolerate higher sugar fruits, reach for low-glycemic options such as cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon, kiwi, and avocados.
Otherwise, be sure to include raw pineapple, apples, berries, mango, and citrus fruits whenever you want. These fruits offer incredible immunity, digestive, heart-healthy, and anti-aging properties. All fruits are also rich in enzymes that provide anti-aging, digestive, and heart-healthy properties.
2. Embrace Exercise in a Way That Suits Your Body
I absolutely hate running, despise it even. Running doesn’t jive with my body, and you know what? That’s okay! When I accepted that I didn’t like to run, I just started focusing on what I did enjoy. Despite it not being trendy–at all, I became a walker at age 20 and never looked back. I love to walk outside, preferably at sunset (or sunrise if I’m really on top of my game), but I am also a die-hard treadmill walker too because no matter where I walk at, it always relieves my stress and gets my body moving at the same time. It’s a double win!
I enjoy walking at a fast pace for about 3-4 miles each day and don’t focus on burning off calories, but instead, about challenging my heart rate while also challenging my leg muscles in a way that still feels good. It’s been my routine for 12 years now, and I never miss a day unless my body just needs a break. It may not be trendy, but who cares? It works for me and helps me destress every single day. Without walking each day (and yoga), I honestly don’t know where I’d be.
Walking is a proven form of movement that helps improve mood, helps keep the body in shape, helps keep joints healthy, takes care of our heart, and it has incredible benefits for decreasing our cortisol levels and improving digestion.
I also love yoga and lifting weights when I can. Yoga is easier for me to do at home each day, but I also keep weights here that I like to lift about 3-4 times a week. I used to be a gym rat and loved that too. I enjoy the mental mindset I’m in when I’m moving; it’s powerful medicine not to be overlooked!
The point is to move in a way that feels good to you and YOUR body. It doesn’t matter what you read about on social media, what you see you “should” be doing in a magazine, or what your best friend enjoys. Find things you like and that you see benefiting your body. I see walking work well for most all women, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. So get moving in whatever way makes you feel good, my friends!
3. Incorporate More Water and Antioxidant-Rich Beverages into Your Day
Water is my go-to beverage for drinking each day, but I also drink a lot of herbal tea. I love tea because it’s one of the best ways to hydrate your body with water, but also a great way to add more truly natural flavor and more additional benefits. It’s also a great way for me to moderate my caffeine intake because I’ve found a cup or two of coffee a day is plenty of caffeine for this gal! 😉
I drink at least 8 cups of water a day and around 3-4 cups of herbal tea each day. I actually started drinking tea when I was 20 years old and looking to get healthier. I’m surprised I loved it as much as I did, but now I’m a tea nut! I have at least 8-10 varieties in my cupboard at all times and often combine 4-5 different kinds at one time to get multiple benefits. I enjoy so many different kinds and am always looking out for new varieties.
I especially enjoy teas that cater to specific benefits in the body, such as Bigelow Benefits tea. The new Benefits line of tea is designed to support everyday wellness which is I just love. They’re also incredibly flavorful teas which I find very enjoyable to drink.
For example, their delightful Ginger and Peach variety is one of my favorites! This tea is a blend of spicy ginger, soothing peppermint, and sweet peach. It supports a calm stomach (which I definitely need) and tastes so fresh… perfect for summer!
I also love the new Bigelow Benefits Chamomile and Lavender tea which is a calming, full-bodied floral lavender flavor with a sweet chamomile finish. It supports a healthy night’s sleep, and I find it’s perfect to drink around an hour before bed.
Designed to support clean eating and a healthy lifestyle, the new Benefits line of tea by Bigelow is made of all-natural herbs traditionally thought to ease the everyday issues in truly unique, delicious ways.
Aside from the flavor varieties I tried, the new Benefits line by Bigelow also includes Turmeric, Chili & Matcha Green Tea (yum!) to help you recharge and renew, Lemon & Echinacea to stay well, Cinnamon & Blackberry which can help support healthy blood sugar levels so you don’t need to opt for sugary drinks, Chocolate and Almond to support a good mood (sans the sugar!), and Blueberry & Aloe which supports healthy skin (I can’t wait to try this one!).
I also love that Bigelow Benefits tea is non-GMO, gluten-free, and available on Amazon and at many supermarkets nationwide. I bought by Benefits tea at my local Publix where I found it on the tea and coffee aisle. It was also a great price and so easy to find!
Don’t like hot tea? Try drinking chilled herbal tea! You can easily steep a tea bag in water for 4-5 minutes and add some ice to your glass with the tea bag right in there too. It’s a great way to perk up a plain glass of water and can really support a healthy body, healthy skin, and much more.
4. Read Something that Inspires You and Teaches You Every Single Day
For me, reading something each day calms my mind and helps center me. I love to read my Bible for a few minutes in the morning over a cup of tea, and I also love to read some sort of inspirational book before bed. I love all kinds, and especially those catered to women and women’s issues, self-confidence, business, and creative insight. Reading my Bible also helps remind me that no matter what I’m going through, God is always in control and his love for me never changes, despite what I go through in this life.
I also love nutrition books (NOT diet books), and I like to read books that expose me to different theories, research, and new ideas around health and nutrition too.
So find something that you love, that inspires you, and teaches you something… outside of social media. I make a point to put my phone down for a good part of the day and actually read something that’s in real life, in present form, in front of me–not just on my phone screen.
5. Listen to Your Gut Instinct Above All Else
Most definitely the most important of all my tips is the importance of listening to your gut!
Our gut instincts are never wrong, it’s our brains and the influence of the world that often deter our best efforts. Once in awhile, detach yourself from the world, social media, and start listening more to your body and your internal voice. If you don’t hear it yet, don’t worry because you soon will. You just have to start getting in touch with your instincts to learn what is right for you, what’s right for your body and then just listen to what works.
When I finally started listening to what my body needed and ignored everything else, I finally found wellness. I finally found ME. Does that mean I’m perfect and never have bad days? No! But it does mean that I know myself well enough to know how to take care of myself and make decisions that best suit me and what is best for me right now.
Listening to your gut can benefit your physical health and mental health on profound levels.
So that little voice of intuition? That’s your gut and your ultimate path to wellness. It’s not wrong, friends. It is never, ever wrong. Learn to go where it leads you, you’ll be so much more at peace.
I hope these were helpful to you and have helped give you some insight into how I approach wellness. It’s simplistic on paper and on screen, but in reality, doing each day requires a bit of effort. Although I have to say, these things are effortless to me now because I’ve been doing them so long.
If you have your own set of wellness tactics, I’d love to hear them! You can also print my tips below in the free printable I made for you all.
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Let’s Chat! I’d love to hear how all of you embrace wellness in your everyday lives. Sharing tips with one another is something we can all do, and I know that some of my favorite wellness practices are ones I’ve picked up from others over the years.
So, what’s one way you embrace wellness in your everyday life that has made a huge difference for you? Exercise, healthy meals, hot tea, yoga? Have you tried a new tea you love lately or had the new Benefits tea by Bigelow? Let me know, I love hearing from all of you!