When looking for a definition of wellness, I found this: “Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life”. In the last few years people have started to realise that being healthy isn’t just about eating a good diet and exercising enough. Health also includes sleeping well, being happy, socialising, keeping stress levels down etc. Life now days can be so overwhelming with different things to worry about and new challenges every day and having a consistent, personalised wellness routine can help you stay grounded. Here are my tips for creating your own wellness routine and some examples of what I do every day.
Wellness is there for you to get whatever you need from! If you’re always tired and lacking energy then building a proper sleep routine, eating slow energy releasing foods, upping your exercise and taking some more time to yourself is going to help. If you are always stressed and worrying then you need to try adding in some yoga and meditation, do some lighter exercise, become more mindful with daily intentions and gratitude practise. It is so personal so build your routine around what you want/need and how much time you have at different points of the day.
Meg x x x
Firstly, you need to be realistic. The point of a wellness routine is to help reduce stress so you don’t want to be stressed by tying to fit wellness in! I would love to go to the gym every day but that just isn’t realistic with everything else I need to do so I aim for 3 or 4 times a week.
Look at your schedule and work out when you have time. I often get very busy in the afternoons and evenings so I get a lot of my wellness rituals (yoga, daily intentions, hot lemon water) in in the morning and try and do my exercise in my lunch break. You might have to leave for work early in the morning so instead want to do these things in the evening and try and fit a bit of meditation in your work break. Find what works for you.
Sleep is one of the most important things for our mood, energy and focus so I think a night routine is possibly the most important part of the day. Take time to properly wind down before you try and sleep. I like to light a candle or some incense and if I have a lot of time (usually at the weekend) I’ll take a bath or do a face mask. I try and get my technology turned off at least half an hour before I go to sleep and spend time reading or journaling. Looking back at the day and writing what I’m grateful for helps me to be positive and start thinking about what I’ll set as my intention the next morning.
Health and wellness go hand in hand so it’s impossible for me to talk about a wellness routine without talking about food and exercise. What you put into your body is one of the most important things to be mindful about! You want healthy, whole foods that are going to fuel your day and keep you energised. Plan ahead and take snacks and meals with you if you’re going to be out and meal prep ahead if you know you’re going to be busy.
Exercise is such a personal thing. There’s no point forcing yourself to run or go to the gym if you hate it and it isn’t going to make you happy. Theres are so many fun classes for almost everything now. You can start gymnastics/ trampolining, join a dance class, find a spinning class, go hiking, find a team sport, join a swimming pool etc etc. There honestly is something for everyone to enjoy and being active should never be something boring. Exercise helps relieve stress, make us happier and of course the obvious good physical effects on our bodies.
My final point is to learn to prioritise wellness. At first turning down an extra shift at work so you can do yoga and have a bath or not going to a party because you need time to yourself and maybe you’ve drunk quite a lot this week might seem difficult but you’ll soon learn to prioritise yourself and your health. Learn to say no if you’re doing too much and learn to say yes to new experiences that are going to develop you as a person.