Reclaiming Your Wellness
Here we are, the week many of us set aside to reclaim our wellness, take back control of our diets and bodies, and the rededication to improving our lives. Personally, I've struggled with the craziness of the past year and I made a promise to myself that once the stress and chaos of the holidays had passed, that I would refocus my energy into my own health and mental wellness.
I'm on this journey with you and I know it's going to be hard. But, let's jumpstart this year with positivity and courage. We can do this!
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The Key To Wellness Is Learning To Take Care Of YOU!
When I think of New Year's Resolutions, I always think of what diet is going to be popular, or will work. And the truth for ME, is that I love that my body works hard every day and I would FEEL better if I made some simple changes. But that doesn't mean going on a crazy diet.
Let's focus more on real WELLNESS and less on being thinner.
Use CBD To Make Working Out Less Painful
I have Fibromyalgia that goes along with my Lyme Disease. This means that the little discomforts that come along with working out, often lead to days of mind-numbing pain. For years, I resisted working out because I was afraid of the pain.
A few months ago I discovered that by adding a few drops of CBD beverage drops, to my water bottle that I drink as I work out, helped not only to relax my muscles before the work out, but it helped before the pain set in.
CBD fights inflammation, and used before and during a workout, it helps prevent sore muscles and for me, triggering a fibro flair.
Create A Healthy Living Space
House plants not only soften the room, but they also boost your mental well-being. Plants increase the oxygen levels in the air and this causes a sense of calm to relieve anxiety and increase your creativity! All plants make oxygen through photosynthesis and they absorb toxins in the air too!
Did you know that just one little plant in the room can help calm stress by suppressing the autonomic nervous system that controls your body's fight or flight response? Your little rooted friend can even lower your blood pressure!
Drink More Water
Just like our beloved houseplants, we are creatures that need a LOT of watering. I sometimes need a visual reminder that I need to drink more water.
That's why I adore having bright fun water bottles that make me smile and keep my water perfectly chilled.
Take More Time For Meditation and Yoga
I love yoga. It helps me relieve stress and calm my anxiety. Through breathing exercises and stretching, yoga and mediation encourages relaxation that helps to lower the levels of the stress hormones such as cortisol.
You don't need expensive equipment to start practicing yoga and mediation. But I will say, having a good padded mat that doesn't slip really does make a difference in my yoga practice.
What to look for in a good yoga mat:
Goog yoga mats are lightweight, yet durable. Just toss it over your shoulder with the handy carrying strap and you’re on your way. With so many designs to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will have everyone in your studio’s head-turning.
- 24″ wide x 70″ long x 1/4″ thick
- Heavy duty, but lightweight
- Latex-free and free of heavy metals
PRO TIP: Remember to keep breathing and stick with it, yoga is a marathon, not a sprint.