By guest blogger Sheila Olson. Sheila has been a personal trainer for five years and created FitSheila.com to spread the word about her fitness philosophy.
There is no denying that a robust fitness routine is part of any healthy lifestyle. However, it takes more than exercise to bring wellness and balance to life. Other aspects of self-care should never be overlooked when maintaining or achieving health. There are many simple things you can do to help you better attain balance and peace.
As mentioned, it’s no secret that working out is part of maintaining well-being. However, there is more to being healthy than going for a run seven days a week or starting each morning with your favorite yoga routine. Taking a break for your body to recover is important, but so is the fuel you use to power that body. Minimizing processed food can do wonders for your health, and speaking to a dietician or your doctor to develop a meal plan based on your needs is a good start. It’s also wise to not try to cut things completely out of your life. If eating a cupcake now and again brings you joy, it’s important to indulge yourself. That isn’t a free pass to eat cupcakes for each meal as, we all know, excess sugar isn’t healthy. However, eating cake once a week or so can go a long way to helping you stick to whatever eating plan you devise. Properly caring for yourself means enjoying your life to the fullest.
Arguably the most important aspect of maintaining your well-being is sleep. By getting the proper amount of restful sleep, you may find yourself craving fewer sweets and carbs, storing less fat, feeling less hungry, and getting more from your workouts in performance and results. Therefore, ensuring you have quality sleep is vital to keeping up with overall self-care. If you have trouble sleeping, creating a relaxation regimen and room may be the key to proper rest. A noise machine may help you stay asleep if you live in a noisy city. If you have difficulty being comfortable, invest in quality pillows.
Darkness is essential for deep, peaceful sleep. Setting a sleep schedule will help your body know when it’s time to get sleepy. Don’t exercise within four hours of bedtime, as you may find yourself restless. If you find yourself unable to stop intrusive thinking, make sure you take time to unwind at the end of each day, for both sleep and self-care. Make a list of your worries to save them for tomorrow. A nighttime ritual can boost relaxation, so make it a time to really indulge and loosen up. Practicing deep breathing and meditation can lower your heart rate. If you do create a meditation room, over time your body may come to associate that space with relaxation and help you get in the right mindset for bedtime.
Physical health aside, our self-care demands we take care of our mental and emotional states. Working out can help to balance things, as can proper sleep, but it’s important to do such as making time for friends and family, those you love. Engage in healthy things that bring you joy, like music, art, or even your favorite comedy. Reminding yourself of all that you have in your life to be grateful for can act as a great mood-enhancer as well, especially if you have a list you can look back on when you feel down.
It may seem like no easy feat to balance our wellbeing. However, once you establish routines, you will find yourself easily slipping into these practices and you may discover new passions as you progress. There is so much more to benefit from when we keep ourselves healthy.