3 Easy Tips to Getting Back into Your Wellness Routine
By Golda Smith
This is the time of year when many parents are giving each other high fives while their children are anything but enthusiastic. Yup, it’s back to school time. My friends in the south have been back in school for the last month. My homeschooling friends, have a more flexible schedule and my friends in the north east are enjoying the last few days of summer camp and summer travels.
During the summer, we kick back, enjoy a break from the alarm clocks, too much ice-cream, bar-b-que, and laying on the beach. Some of us just kick our workouts to the curb with the promise to resume when the children are back in school.
Guess what? It’s that time…
Time to create structure and get back to those simple habits that when implemented, leave us feeling strong, healthy AND sane! In today’s article, I would like to share three easy tips to help you fall back into wellness (especially if you’ve completely abandoned your beginning of the year wellness goals).
The first tip is to make sleep a priority! So many of us underestimate the power of quality rest. You’ve probably heard time and time again that you should get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Well, how many times have you had seven hours of sleep yet wake up exhausted? That’s because it isn’t the number of hours you sleep that matter but the quality of your sleep that really makes the difference.
As parents, I know it can be hard to prioritize sleep, especially when we are the primary caretakers of children and maybe even aging family members. However, as I mentioned to someone on social media earlier, you must make your health a priority! After all, who will take care of your loved ones if you suddenly become ill due to lack of self-care? Buy some new pillows for your bed and enjoy that deep, restful sleep.
The second tip is to give yourself 20-minutes every day! Yes, I mean 20-minutes of exercise daily. It could be walking, strength training, yoga, running or whatever you choose to do. If you want a longer duration, go for it. I find that for people getting back into a routine, 20-minutes is perfect. It’s not too long and you can get an amazing workout done with or without any equipment. Don’t underestimate what you can accomplish using only your bodyweight.
Having a daily exercise routine you can commit to has many benefits such as but not limited to:
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep
- Improved circulation
- Building stronger bones
- Decreased stress
- Improved self-esteem and body image
- Increased focus, memory and clearer thinking
So, what are you waiting for? You deserve to look but more importantly, you deserve to FEEL your best.
The final suggestion I will make today is to BREAKfast consciously. I already hear you asking, “Okay Golda, what do you mean BREAKfast consciously?” What I mean is how you start your day is the foundation for the rest of your day. If you wake up and immediately start scrolling Facebook, you’ve already started on the wrong foot. The same thing goes for what we choose to eat or drink for that first meal.
Being busy is not an excuse to grab and eat the first thing within reach. If anything, it’s even more reason to make sure we set ourselves up to have the most productive and energy fueled day. The best way to make this happen is with a little meal planning and prepping. It might be a little time consuming in the beginning; however, once you get your routine down, you’ll get it done in no time. Have a meal that is satisfying but won’t spike your blood sugar. Overnight oats with chia seeds, and berries can be a good choice. I also love my nutrient dense meal replacement shakes or a lovely bowl or greens with boiled eggs.
There you have it, sleep + exercise + nutrient dense food is a great foundation for getting back on track as we move into this new season. Of course, your mindset is critical to maintaining your habits…good or bad. How are you feeling during this time of year and what are you doing to get back into your wellness routine? Leave your comment below to keep to conversation going.