July 5, 2017 Living Well Wellness Bucket List As I’ve fallen deeper and deeper into a lifestyle full of wellness, I’ve learned a few important things along the way. One, there are SO many resources available in the wellness world. There’s almost an overwhelming amount of content out there and ideas on ways to incorporate wellness into your life. Two, there are a lot of “wellness” trends that I’m not into trying and am OK with that (crystals just aren’t my thing, personally). And lastly, there are a bunch of trends that I’ve been dying to try but haven’t had a chance. Since it’s slightly extreme to bring a ton of new wellness practices into my life at once, I’ve been keeping a running list of what I want to try. I call it my “Wellness Bucket List,” and I thought it would be fun to share it with you all! Cupping If you’re not aware of cupping, Google it with caution; it’s pretty intense looking. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts these special cups on your skin to create a strong suction. Sounds weird, I know, but there are supposedly all sorts of health benefits. I first heard about cupping from a friend who gets the treatment for neck and nerve pain, and she swears by it. Cupping also helps with anxiety, migraines, fatigue, and pretty much any pains in your upper body. I’m too much of a chicken to make an appointment yet, but it’s definitely on my list. Have you tried it? An Elimination Diet I’ve been interested in elimination diets for a while, but as someone who has never dieted in her life, I’ve always found them intimidating. Even though normal diets might not be my thing, I truly like the idea behind elimination diets aka taking certain things out of your diet for a few weeks and then slowly re-incorporating them and seeing how you feel/digest/look. They’re said to not only help you cut out things you may not know you’re allergic to, but more importantly, become mindful of what you’re eating. For example, cutting out dairy helps a ton of people with skin issues like acne, and cutting out gluten has been said to aid with indigestion and stomach issues. I actually just started this about a week ago, so I’m attempting to cross this off my list. After hearing incredible things about The Clean Program, I went with that. I appreciate that you can still eat a meal a day and it’s not only liquid, and so far I feel energized, lighter, and pretty good. Wish me luck on sticking with it! Alkaline Water I’m a good water drinker, but after learning that there are things like chlorine, bad bacteria, and all sorts of chemicals in most tap water, I’m interested in making the switch to Alkaline water. Basically, Alkaline is cleaner and less acidic than regular tap water. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water, which can help neutralize the acid in your body. A more alkaline body can help prevent all sorts of health problems, including inflammation and even cancer. There are companies that deliver it to you – just like any water jug – which makes things simple, or you can buy a jug yourself at health food stores. Shocker: it’s costly. A Retreat There are all kinds of wellness retreats across the U.S. and even in exotic international locations. Most offer a weekend of hiking, yoga, clean eating, meditation, massages, and living without tech – all of which sounds pretty amazing, right? They’re definitely expensive, so I’m saving this list item for something big (maybe a birthday coming up?). Again, I haven’t been, but I have my eye on The Ranch Malibu after hearing amazing things from friends. Hey, a girl can dream! Starting a Garden First off, gardening is excellent for stress relief, which I’m totally down with. It also gives you a constant and affordable supply of organic vegetables/herbs. Plus, it’s more of an incentive to skip takeout when you have a meal waiting for you outside. My goal is to be a full-fledged gardening master by the end of the summer. I’d love to eventually grow kale, romaine, tomatoes, peppers, berries, mint, cilantro, basil, and a few other things. Do you have any wellness-related things you’ve been wanting to try? I’m always looking for new ideas to add to my Wellness Bucket List. I’d love to hear yours! BTW, 6 healthy foods I eat everyday, and 5 easy ways to ease anxiety. Today’s post is written by contributor Chelsea Becker, a San Diego native, living and writing in San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram & Pinterest.