Committing to a lifestyle of wellness takes work. Let’s be honest – If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. That being said, if you are reading this, you are probably ready to make a change and live a healthier life. Kudos to you! So, the big question – how can you create a wellness routine that you will actually stick to? Keep reading to learn some simple adjustments you can make to shift your routine for the better.
Step one: Set realistic goals. Chances are you are not going to switch to a completely raw diet, lose twenty pounds, give up alcohol and sugar, train for a marathon, oh and get eight blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, right off the bat. If you set lofty goals for yourself you may end up disappointed and this could lead to giving up all together. Instead, try setting more attainable milestones and work up from there. Maybe this month you try cutting back on sweets. Next month perhaps you focus on adding an exercise routine to your schedule. Build on your achievements and before you know it all the good habits you have formed will feel like your new normal.
Step two: Rise and shine. Integrate an act of wellness into your morning wellness routine. Try starting your day with a big glass of warm water with lemon and a short jog around the neighborhood, or a few minutes of meditation and some gentle stretching. We all know how easy it is for life to take over and all the good intentions you have for the day to go right out the window. By starting your morning with an act of wellness, not only will it set the tone for your day, but you’ll guarantee that you have done something good for yourself even if the rest of your day does not quite go as planned.
Step three: Hydrate. Drinking more water is a simple shift to make in your daily routine, and the benefits are amazing. If you are a soda drinker, this may be a bit more challenging. Consider switching one or two of your sugary drink of choice to a big, refreshing glass of water each day until you eliminate the unhealthy beverages all together. You might find it enjoyable to spend a few dollars on a reusable water bottle that you can toss in your bag or leave at your desk so you are reminded throughout the day to drink up.
Step four: Go natural. There are so many self-care products available now that are free of harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, parabens and sulfates. Additionally, the options for organic and unprocessed foods are more accessible than ever before. By choosing natural and/or organic products and foods whenever possible, you’ll start to cut back on the amount of toxins you put on and in your body.
Although the idea of changing your daily routine to focus on your health may seem daunting, it does not have to be. Making little adjustments like these and taking it one step at a time will ultimately have a big impact. When it comes to your well-being, a little goes a long way, and it is always worth the effort.