Health and Wellness
A new year brings new goal and new ideals. Kind of. Over the past two years I've been working on my personal wellness, both mental and physical wellness. While I'm not exactly where I want to be with it, I am getting much better at taking care of myself and not ignoring my needs.
I think wellness is a touchy subject with young professionals/ millennials. We're constantly labeled as lazy and needy. We get ridiculed for not being as financially stable as our parents. And every life decision gets picked apart by family members and media pundits alike. Whether we take a week off to travel with friends or put off getting married and starting a family for pursuit of higher education, it comes with a plethora of unsolicited comments and advice.
This unsolicited advice definitely made me think twice in my early twenties, it made me doubt myself and, it gave me all the guilt in the world when I did something for myself. But I'be come to embrace the term 'treat yo self'. And realize something very important that I think EVERYONE needs to also embrace: I am smart, I am successful, I'm going places and, I'm going to achieve my goals regardless of what they might be. So if I want to do something nice for myself I will because I deserve it.
Wellness doesn't necessarily have to be something luxurious or time consuming but more as something which leaves you feeling better than before. I've listed a few things I do to promote health and wellness for myself.
Take time off! Working full time and going to school full time leaves me with very little me time. So I make a religious effort to take my Saturday evenings off. I do ZERO work then and rarely make plans. This leaves me with the free time to enjoy fun activities or be as lazy as I can be and binge an entire season of a new show.
Exercise regularly. Ok so I'm not the best at this, but man I'm trying! I try to go for a 30min run or a morning yoga class each morning before I start my day. That time is all mine!
Read. I was a huge reader growing up and I try really hard to keep that going. I try to read one book per week. Sometimes I succeed usually I don't. When I read my brain relaxes and I go somewhere new, it's peaceful and calming no matter what I'm reading. So I try to read at least 30min every night before bed.
Getting a massage. I am a tense person. Like I get told this on first dates. It's pretty bad. I carry all my stress in my shoulders and upper back. So getting a massage every two to three weeks is essential. I feel like an entirely new person after an hour long session. So good! Kinda pricey but, I'm a better person for it.
Weekly facials. Ok this is another pricey thing, but you can do at home facials and that's what I do about 50% of the time. I feel like everything can be solved with a face mask. Not really but it sure feels like it when you're left with ultra soft skin.
Eating Good. I'm a foodie through and through and weather it's a home cooked meal or a dinner out I'm never one to half ass a meal. If there's one thing I will spend my entire paycheck on is a good meal. I think it's fundamental for one's health and no matter how big the food baby I never regret it.
Spending time with friends. Wellness can come off as a solitary thing but, it shouldn't! As a very extroverted person I thoroughly enjoy time spent with others and I get recharged by being surrounded by people. This might not be the case for everyone but it is for me. So whether it's going out for happy hour, getting my nails done with a girlfriend or trying a new brunch spot spending time with friends is definitely the best mental and physical recharge!
What are some things you all do for health and wellness? Comment and share!