Happy Friday! I spent this last week focusing on self care to expand on my Whole30 experience since the diet aspect of it is starting to feel like second nature. Whole30 has helped me clean up my diet, fight my sugar dragon, and realize that I need to fuel my body with the best possible nutrition. However health is about so much more than eating right and getting enough exercise. I don’t talk about wellness often enough I realized, with my clients or with myself, but it’s time to start. Wellness is a balance of seven aspects: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. I challenged myself this week to think about how I’m taking care of all the aspects, not just my physical wellness. Here are some questions I asked myself that I also encourage you to assess:
Am I getting enough sleep?
What am I doing to reduce stress?
Are my finances in order?
Am I connecting with my friends and family?
Click through for a few of my favorite tips for taking care of each of the seven aspects of wellness.
- Exercise for 30 minutes every single day
- Fuel your body with whole foods
- Get enough sleep, 7-8 hours is ideal for most people
- Get regular health screenings
- Manage stress
- Connect with friends
- Prioritize time with family
- Treat others with respect
- Communicate your needs
- Listen more
- Spend time in nature
- Practice your faith
- Practice acceptance
- Donate your time to others
- Spend time alone
- Acknowledge and accept feelings of anger, sadness, fear
- Do something you love: read, write, color, paint, create, knit
- Practice positivity
- Learn something new
- Read often
- Play games
- Try a new hobby
- Make your home your haven
- Clean, organize and purge
- Spend time in nature
- Limit Waste
- Practice work/life balance
- Do something that you love
- Address and manage workplace stress
- Build relationships with coworkers
- Set career goals and work towards them everyday
Turns out, I’ve been crushing it with my nutrition and most of my workouts, but neglecting some other important aspects of wellness. This week I cleaned, organized and purged material items that I don’t use or no longer bring me joy. I met with a financial advisor to make a better plan for retirement. I spent time setting goals and organizing my business. I went to my OB/GYN for my annual checkup. I meditated for a few minutes each morning to center myself and my intentions. I went to bed early, some days as early as 8:00pm. I diffused essential oils, started dry brushing and dumped some of my toxic beauty products in favor of more natural and cruelty free products.
Self care is unique to everyone, find what works for you. Do you have a fantastic tip for self care that I missed? Let me know in the comments below. Overwhelmed with the idea of assessing all of these? I challenge you to take just 5 minutes a day to practice self care, whether its dry brushing before your shower in the morning, diffusing oils at night before bed, or calling a friend to catch up on your commute home from work. Health and wellness go hand in hand and you deserve to take care of yourself.