Wellness Reboot

We feel overwhelmed by trends and ways to care for ourselves. The variety of exercise and diet plans, types of doctors, and self-care that nurtures your body and mind lead to confusion and frustration. Navigating the stages and season of life amidst our daily life duties of family and work often prevent us from taking time to make a plan that works for us and our family.

You need a plan to cut through all the nonsense, a plan that is simple and doable!

 To get started, you need to take inventory of all the challenges in the way of YOU taking care of YOU.

Listed are some of the most common challenges.

  • Money! Workout memberships, food, and doctors are expensive.
    • Select at a gym or boutique fitness center that offers a variety of ways to move your body, so that you get the biggest bang for your buck.
    • Selecting doctors on your insurance plan is often the cheapest way to get medical care, but it may not always provide the best care. Functional Wellness doctors are often private pay and do not accept insurance, however, they often spend more time with you and give you a broader picture of your overall health. Currently, I private pay for all my healthcare needs. As my husband and I reviewed our insurance plan last year and the amount of money spent on private care, we discovered we were overpaying for healthcare. We decided to decrease our monthly health insurance payout and increase our deductible. We are covered in the event of a major healthcare situation; we are not arbitrarily spending money for services we aren’t using and we are giving ourselves permission to choose the best healthcare for our annual checkups. We submit our bills to our insurance to apply toward our deductible and we are saving money over the course of the year.
    • The cost of food has increased, recently. A small home garden may offset the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables otherwise bought at the grocery. Repurposing dishes over two days to prevent food waste and make the same ingredients go a little further may save time and money. Buying frozen fresh foods may be cheaper and they are often better as they are ripened on the vine longer and frozen quickly after being picked.
  •  Time is a challenge.  Women are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, and professionals. Our personal well-being often takes a back seat or worse, is put on hold. We have a myriad of messages we tell ourselves like, “we will get to it” or “it’s selfish to make time for me when my family needs me.” It feels wrong to prioritize ourselves. The variety of things that happen in our day and our life take our focus onto others first. We feel guilty for taking time away from our family to care for ourselves.  The truth is, when you feel good, you are better in every aspect of your life. You think better, move better, and have more energy. Giving to yourself is giving better to everything and everyone else.
    • There are 24 hours in a day and approximately 17 awake hours of the day. If you give yourself 1 hour of the 17 you are awake you are still giving away 16 hours to everything and everyone else.
    • Pick a time of day that works for you to spend time with yourself for yourself each day.
  • Self-consciousness. We tell ourselves that we don’t belong at the gym because we don’t look as fit as other people. We tell ourselves we aren’t as strong. We intimidate ourselves in our own minds. Find a gym where you can get to know the people you work out with and maybe won’t feel as overwhelmed. Pick a time of day to go that both works for you and perhaps fewer people are likely to be in the gym. Boutique fitness centers often offer smaller class sizes with a personal feel. It may be best to work out on your own (meaning going to a gym without a friend) so that you have more autonomy and do not fee as much pressure to keep up, etc.
  • Confusion. It is often hard to know where to begin. Food, movement, mental health, etc. There are so many facets to self-care. Start small. Pick a focus area and once you feel you have that under control, incorporate the next facet. You might start with food. It is important to make sure your brain, blood, and body are getting the nutrients you need to fuel your energy and health. Make it simple.
    • Make a list with three categories on a piece of paper. Fruits, vegetables, and proteins. List the foods you and your family members like within each category. Buy the foods on your list. Incorporate those foods in your meals throughout the day. When eating out, incorporate those foods in your meals.
    • Identify the styles of movement you like. Bike riding, running, walking, weightlifting, resistance training, yoga, pilates, dancing, etc. The best kind of movement is movement you like and will continue to do. Incorporate one type of movement you enjoy for 30 minutes to an hour each day.
  • Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. Your body and brain need the rest. It is part of your mental well-being.
  • Spirituality. Spend time with God, in prayer, and stillness with your breath each day. It can be time in one sitting or time throughout the day.

 You are in control. You get to decide how you proceed. You can pick any one area or a few at once. Adjust as needed. The important thing is that you get started.

Happy New Year!

*As seen in At Home Memphis & Midsouth Magazine

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