Great Love Studio Tank (wearing an XS), also love this one and this one | 7/8 Warmup Legging in Oatmeal, more colors here, also love the tri-tone leggings (I wear a size small in OV) | Steeplechase Bra (so comfy and cute) | Wool Sneakers (these only come in whole sizes, order up if necessary), they have kid’s sizes too! As soon as Owen can walk, he’ll have these! | Skinny Mini Hoop Earrings, more colors here
There’s been such a huge shift in the last year to focus on wellness that, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably read something about the importance of self care or a new workout trend. It’s exciting, but also a little overwhelming.
If you’re like me, you want to make sure you’re embracing wellness, but showing your whole body some love and attention instead of only working on one piece of it. Some people find it easier to sit in a quiet room and meditate, while others would rather go hard at a cardio workout. Both are great, and like anything in life, it’s all about finding balance.
Everyone’s body needs something different, but to make sure everything from your mind to your muscles gets enough love, here are six whole-body practices to work into your wellness routine.
How to Practice Whole Body Wellness
Mindfulness might sound a little hippie-dippie to some, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do for yourself. When you’re more aware of your own needs and that of those around you, it’s like you can see clearly for the first time. Taking the time to acknowledge your state of mind and learn about yourself can be extremely therapeutic.
If you’re not sure how to get started, there a tons of mindfulness-focused meditations in apps like Headspace, Calm and The Mindfulness App. And of course trying out yoga is also a great option for beginners as well!
Try Strength Training
In the ’90s and early ’00s working out seemed to be all about losing weight and getting thin. Now, it’s about being healthy, fit, and gaining energy. Making strength training part of your workout routine is great for that whole-body mindset.
Working all your muscles and feeling strong is only going to make your body feel better, and it encourages adding some variety to your typical go-to exercises. Plus, building muscle burns fat, so it’s actually a win all around.
Water really does affect everything—from your mind to any aches and pains you might have throughout the day. I can always tell when I’m dehydrated because I’ll get a headache in the evening. It’s like my body’s way of reminding me that, yes, I worked out and ate healthy meals, but it still needs hydration to feel good.
It’s also crucial for a balanced skincare routine, so if you’re struggling with dry skin, try paying closer attention to your water intake and see if that makes a difference.
Make Time for Self-Care
Self-care has probably been one of the biggest trends to emerge from our new wellness-crazed culture, and I’m not upset about it! We need to take time for ourselves in a world obsessed with working late and never using vacation time.
Saying no to new projects and instead spending that time with family or people you care about is nothing to feel ashamed of or guilty about. To really embody this whole-body wellness thing, you have to start with making time for yourself and that’s what self-care is really all about.
Get Lots of Sleep
Just like drinking enough water, sleep is one of those things your body has to have to function at its best. I used to think it was cool to be able to stay up late in college and go to work on only a few hours of sleep, but now, my body absolutely has to have eight hours of rest. I can always tell if I’m running on too little sleep because I’ll have a mid-afternoon crash.
When I’m fully rested, though, I feel ready for my workout and am more likely to make healthy food choices as well. Plus, I’m just in a better mood, which I think we’re all looking for, right?
To bring this list full-circle, of course I have to touch on diet and eating well. I like to think about the quote, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” by Michael Pollan, the author of “In Defense of Food”. It’s really easy (at least for me) to overthink my diet and get caught up in all the craziness of eating paleo or going ketogenic and all the other fad diets out there. Lately, I’m just trying to do exactly what the quote says to do, which has really helped me find balance (a popular theme in this post) and not drive myself crazy on an unsustainable diet.
What’s something you do in your routine that supports the idea of whole-body wellness? Are you more likely to focus on the physical or mental side?