How do you practice being a healthier whole being in the winter months?
Your whole being can shift in the winter months. The days are colder, darker and shorter. Your energy and mood can shift from low to high and everything in between. Some people are coming off the excitement of the holidays. Some people are trying to ramp up into that healthier lifestyle in eating good and being active.
Focus on the right here, right now! The big picture can be exciting as well as overwhelming. It is okay to break it down to focus on the little things and take baby steps. It becomes more realistic and achievable. Remember to celebrate along the way too! It will help you stay focused and that becomes inspiration and motivation to keep going.
There is nothing better than being present in the moment to experience and make memories to reminisce about later on! Plus that is added inspiration and motivation too!
Please go easy on yourself in giving your whole being some much needed love, kindness and comfort! Make time for you. Give back to yourself. Treat yourself. DO what works BEST for YOU!
In being hard or beating yourself up it takes a toll on you and your whole being! It does not have to be all or nothing. It is not a one time thing and you have to think in terms of what you do most days to give back to yourself and your whole well being. Give yourself a break and create a little slack too!
Do we really need to add anymore stress, anxiety, frustration, tension . . . I would hope NOT!
You need to make time to relax and get plenty of rest. Remind yourself to take 5 minutes, 15 minutes or even up to 30 minutes to unwind before going to sleep. Hit that snooze button in the morning and take that time to stretch and wake up. Put the blue light on the down low too (i.e. phone, TV, etc.). Think restorative sleep versus restless sleep because quality is more important than quantity! Yes you may sleep six to eight hours, but was it restorative. Sleep smarter!
One thing I do for myself at times is to wake naturally on a weekend day. No setting of the alarm. No waking up early to slug through what needs to get done and to run here and there. No hurry either and just take that time for yourself!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s To Taking Care of Your Whole Well Being & Making Time for You! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.
For Your Whole Being
Do You Take The Time To Recharge Your Batteries?
I feel better and at my best when I take the time to relax and recharge! I feel like I accomplish more in a shorter period because I am not running on fumes. I feel more clear headed when well rested. I actually feel like I have the energy to get out there and get it done!
What Do You Do For Yourself?
My Top 5
- Hang out with myself or with my greatest someone.
- Treat myself to some much needed indulgence.
- Play, laugh and have fun.
- Get outdoors and become one with nature.
- Get creative; read, write, photography.
(Photos by RSheridan)
Please Share, Love To Hear What You Do For YOU!
Have You Experienced It?
I have taken for granted my great sleep pattern and now it is no more! I am hoping my body realizes sooner than later that it is not a yo-yo. I have days where I feel as if I do everything half-arse due to lack of sleep. I do not like waking up in the morning and feeling as if I have not sleep or rested at all!
I know my health suffers due to lack of proper rest! I am tired and cranky and unbearable to be around at times. I either eat very little or finally find my appetite and pig out. I am just not myself or in my right mental state some days!
I want to try and restore that sleep pattern naturally! I have a hard time staying asleep throughout the night. I miss that deep sleep rhythm. I miss being able to sleep in too. Thank goodness for taking naps on the weekends if I need it!
I am trying my best to fit in sleep and rest when I can for now! I am exercising throughout the week. I am drinking plenty of water and feeding my body. I am trying to give my body what it needs and not deprive it, especially sleep and rest!
Anyone else struggle with sleeping? Any good techniques to share? Love to hear, please share!
Here’s to Catching More ZZZs!!! Hopefully NOT Counting Sheep!!!
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A Must DO!
The best lesson I have learned in the last year is to take the time to rest and recover! I feel better when I give myself a day or two between exercise workouts. I feel better when I give myself a break with food and just treat myself. My mantra lately is to NURTURE and NOURISH myself, my needs and my whole being!
I use to push the rest and recovery process and not allow it to happen naturally! I am discovering that my body will take care of itself if I give it the time to do so. The muscles, joints and bones can repair, rebuild and strengthen. The biggest benefit I get from a good workout is a great night of sleep!
I did not give my body the recovery it needed at times, so I ended up with repetitive motion injuries as well as overworking certain areas throughout the week! Especially when you add in weights to your workout. Recovery and rest makes a difference as well as not working the same muscle groups two days in a row. A muscle needs at least 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild. The muscle needs time to strengthen and not weaken and risk injury.
During a good workout the body is breaking down muscle tissue and depleting energy! So rest and refueling the body is so important after a good workout. Do not forget to HYDRATE too! I hydrate before, during and after a good workout.
I find a warm up, a cool down and stretching beneficial before, during and after a good workout, especially to avoid any injuries! Stretching helps with the strain on the joints, muscles and tendons as well as improves flexibility. I love a calf cramp at 2 am in the morning, NOT! The muscles are already in a strained mode after a workout, so stretch slow and easy and do not hold the stretch for too long either. Remember to breathe too!
DO What Is FUN!
I enjoy what I do for myself because it makes me happy and gives me pleasure! I know for me when it is no longer fun that I have to switch it up and make some much needed adjustments. What makes me FEEL GOOD? It is certainly not about what I am giving up, but what I am gaining!
I think of that movie Risky Business and the scene of dancing around the house! It gets the heart rate up, the sweat on and there is an element of fun, laughter and silliness. Just get your groove on and move!
My Top 5 R&R
- Refueling by eating properly.
- Replenishing fluids through hydration.
- Getting my 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night.
- Getting my stretch on.
- Finding the right amount of activity for me and my body throughout the week.
Remember to Listen to Your Body and Its Needs When It Comes to a Little R&R! DO What Works BEST For YOU & YOUR Body. Your Body Will Let You Know What It Needs Too!