The Quick Three to Wellness
As the world has seemingly slowed down and we are spending more time at home with ourselves, we have a moment to check in with our daily habits in regards to wellness. I want to continue the April wellness conversation by giving you three tangible checkpoints that may offer you a new segue into a major lifestyle shift. I am all about improving myself every single day, and I know that sometimes it can be overwhelming. So I have developed three simple things that you can check in with daily. When you can consistently evaluate these three things daily, a new way of thinking or shift in your mindset may occur, and new opportunities may arise. Be open to it.
Wellness starts from within. Use these three tips to evaluate and optimize what is going on internally, so that you are better able to make clear and conscious decisions about the direction in which your life is going. They are simple, tangible, and applicable no matter where you are or what you are doing in our current normal!
First: Are you drinking enough water?
When your body is dehydrated, a lot of physiologic functions in your body will decrease. You will feel hungry, tired, irritated, and an overall feeling of depletion. If I am ever feeling bogged down in the middle of the day, the first thing I do is fill up a glass of water and drink the whole thing. 9 times out of 10, that is all I needed to keep my day progressing.
To take this first tip a step further, be sure you are drinking clean water. I recently invested in a water delivery service that delivers clean water to my house on a monthly basis. As a grad student, on a budget, I often thought this was too expensive and I kept putting it off. I then read about water quality in my area and in other areas around the country. I promise you, the investment is worth it. I spend about $35 a month to get a clean gallon of drinking water per day. The clarity that I have felt by drinking clean water is worth every single penny. Research the water quality in your area and see what options are available to you!
Second: Who are you following?
We live in a social world. We are connected through various social media accounts and online communities. Are you checking in with who you are following? You are a product of what you consume, not only based on food, but on the content you consume, the “influencers” you follow, the tv shows and movies you watch, and the books you read. If you come across someone on any of your social media accounts and you do not feel like they contribute to your success and happiness, UNFOLLOW them. Engage with people who are like minded to you and have a similar vision as you. I am not saying to disregard everyone who is not in exact alignment with you, because being challenged sometimes is a good thing. What I am saying is that if you feel shitty about yourself when you see this person, or you start to doubt your own life and success, you should unfollow them and search for a person or community who lifts you up. I do this every single day. As humans, we are ever evolving. The person I was following last year may not line up with the person I want to be today. And that is okay. So start with a small goal. Unfollow three people today. The action is liberating, because it shows you that you are choosing YOU and your own happiness!
To take this tip a step further, delete your social media from your phone for a day or a week or a month. I often take a hiatus from any social media to focus on who I want to be as a leader. It can be hard to solidify who you want to be in the world when you are constantly being influenced by other people. You can also set app time limits on most smart devices. If you know there is an app that you could get lost in for hours, set a limit on how much time you can spend on it in one day. Your brain and your future self will thank you for putting down the phone and getting some work done towards your goals. You got this!
Lastly: Get outside!
I cannot stress this one enough. We are coming out of the cold winter months, and we are finally able to enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of the local parks in your area, grab a friend and go for a hike, or simply sit on your front porch and let the sun hit your face (wear some sun protection of course). We are one with the earth. We are meant to be connected to nature. It is unfortunate that in some areas, that is being taken away from us in forms of destroying vast forest lands or shutting down national parks. Find little outlets around you to get what you need. Most cities have an online website with a list of local parks and hubs of nature. I find when I can get outside and just be, I get more connected with my purpose. I begin to realize how minuscule my everyday stresses are.
To take this tip a step further, plan a road trip with a friend, or by yourself! There is nothing like hopping in the car and hitting the open road. Stop along the way to sight see, hike a trail, pitch a tent and start a bonfire, or just sit on the hood of the car and watch the sunset. We live in a beautiful world, despite what is currently happening around us. This universe is so vast and there is so much being offered to us, we just have to take advantage of it.
Wellness starts from within. It takes us checking in and maybe doing something differently for us to spark a shift into a more well-full lifestyle. I use these three tips daily to help put me in the mindset I want to be in. Drink clean water, unfollow, and get outside. They are so simple but if you can use these three tips, I bet you so much more of your path and your vision fall into place. It does not take much to get the ball rolling, you just have to be willing to get started.
Stay Weird, Speak Truth, Love Fully.
Kylie at The Legendary Chiropractor