This month has felt like it is flying by! We started it with a trip to California and then my sister was in town, and just this week I finally feel like we’re getting back into our normal routine. While I love traveling and having visitors, I also really love my routine. It helps to keep me feeling grounded and present. I tend to get stressed out when I can’t get stuff done as I normally would, which I hate, but I’m working on it!
Since this month’s theme is all about wellness, I’ve really been focusing on my own whole body wellness and it’s been a fun challenge. I’ve prioritized my own health and wellness this month, and within a week of being more intentional about getting up and taking care of myself, I feel so much better—physically and mentally.
I used to push some of these things aside and almost reward myself with them after I finished my work or chores around the house, but now I’m finding that if I do those first and take care of myself, I’m much more joyful and mindful when I’m doing the things that need to get done. Funny how that happens, huh?!
This theme really couldn’t have come at a better time. In early March, we found out that our unit was being sold and we were going to have to move….again. I was bummed, but also excited. I always look forward to change, plus it’s the perfect excuse to purge the whole house of stuff we don’t need. We found a new place and signed our lease over the weekend, so I’m feeling a lot better about the whole thing now.
While I welcome change, it always comes with it’s fair amount of stressors. I’ve been quieter on my social platforms and focusing on myself and my family. And, if I’m being honest, I think I needed the break. I love Instagram for it’s beautiful imagery, but it can be exhausting! Since our trip to California I haven’t been that active and it’s been nice to have a break!
It can be easy to put our wellness practices to the side when we’re stressed, but it’s in these moments that we really need them the most! I don’t do these wellness practices every day, but I try to!
Daily Wellness Practices
This is a wellness practice that I’ve done on and off for years. When I first moved to Chicago, my yoga practice was at it’s best. I was going 3-4x a week and felt amazing! It’s much harder for me to actually get into a yoga studio these days, but thankfully, you don’t need a studio or class to practice yoga.
I downloaded the Sweat app, that also has BBG workouts, and have been doing the yoga series included in there. They’re only 30 minutes long, so I do yoga while Owen naps.
I’ve started doing this during his first nap and it really sets my day off on an amazing note. The deep breathing, calming music, and actual poses really open my body and mind for the day. I don’t love the music that comes with the app because it’s a little too upbeat for yoga in my opinion, so instead I turn on a ‘Yoga’ playlist on Pandora which is super calming!
Even if you don’t have time for a full yoga practice, just doing a few series of sun salutations would be a great way to start the day! I wrote this post that includes some great poses to strengthen your abs and is still one of my most popular posts after all these years!
Meditate or Deep Breathing
If you’ve never tried meditating, I highly recommend it. It’s great if you’re like me and easily get stressed out or anxious. It can also help you sleep better at night and be more present throughout your day. You don’t have to meditate for a long time to get the benefits, just five minutes will do the trick! I use Headspace, but my sister and mom swear by Insight Timer (which is free).
I’m still working on meditating more regularly. It’s tough for me to calm my mind and force myself to sit down, but every time I do, I ask myself why I don’t do it every day. It doesn’t take long and I feel so peaceful and content after I do it.
I’m skin obsessed as you guys know and my skincare routine is almost like meditation for me. I enjoy the whole process and it helps me get calm and relaxed before bed. Your skincare routine might not be as long as mine, but it can still be a really enjoyable part of your night. I always keep the lights dim, put on my robe and slippers and pretend like I’m at the spa.
I recently added this Sunday Riley serum to my nighttime routine. At my last facial, my aesthetician recommended it to help gently exfoliate congested skin. She also suggested that I add this Luna Oil to my routine when I’m done breastfeeding (you shouldn’t use if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding) as she said it has a more natural form of retinol that isn’t as harsh as the traditional form.
Sidenote, one of my intentions for this month was to keep breastfeeding, but at the end of last week I really felt like I was losing my motivation. Every time I get worn down, behind on work or generally exhausted, I want to give up! I haven’t yet, but man, it’s hard!
Tidy the House
This might not really be considered wellness, but in my mind, a tidy house is a tidy mind. When our house is clean, surfaces are free of books, burp clothes and coats I feel so much lighter. Visual clutter is such a distraction and stressor for me, so trying to keep it a minimum, which is admittedly very difficult with a baby, makes me feel much more peaceful.
I’ve been working on healing my adrenal fatigue and learned that caffeine can really hurt my efforts. Caffeine is hard on your adrenals and can send your body into that fight-or-flight mode. Even if you don’t feel that way, it can be really hard on your body to deal with.
I haven’t quit coffee completely, and honestly, I don’t know if I ever will. I really love a good almond milk cappuccino! But, for the past few weeks, I’ve been drinking matcha lattes instead. I shared my go-to recipe here and it’s delicious. It also has a lot more health benefits than coffee and still gives you an energy boost. I also limit myself to one caffeinated beverage each day.
Go for a Walk
Getting outside and going for a quick walk is the easiest way to perk myself up or shake off some negative feelings. There’s just something about getting outside and moving my body that changes the way I’m feeling.
When I’m walking, I actively try to be present. I listen for noises, look for new things I may have not noticed before and force myself to smile, even if I’m in a bad mood. I probably look dumb, grinning at no one while walking down the street, but you’re more likely to feel happy if you smile, so why not!?
I have other wellness practices that I do on a weekly or monthly basis, but these are things I like to try and do everyday. Of course, most days aren’t perfect, but a girl can try, right?
Do you have any wellness practices that you do every single day? Do you have any practices that you’d like to take up? Share below!