My Weekly Wellness Routine & How I Created One
Routines are essential for me because without them I would be all over the place and as time progressed, I've learned to implement and revise my routines to better fit my forever changing lifestyle.
Wellness is often associated with being free of illness, but it's so much more than that. It's something you practice and do every day that will enhance your spiritual and mental well-being. For me, my weekly wellness routine consists of things I enjoy doing and things I need to do in order to stay motivated and focused for a productive week and month ahead. Wellness is my time to separate myself from the chaos and worries of the world. It's a time to clear my head, indulge in a little pampering and enjoy a little "me" time.
I was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish when I decided to take care of not only my physical state but also my mental well-being. In order to have an effective and consistent wellness routine, you need to create a routine according to your lifestyle. What do you do for a living? What can you do that will benefit your well-being?
Creating a wellness routine is fun and simple, and you have to be open to being selfish when it comes to your personal well-being. Here's what I did to create and maintain my wellness routine.
I learned to do something new.
When I realized that my daily routine wasn't working for me anymore. I knew I had to do something different. This didn't happen overnight, but over time I knew something had to change. I made a list of things that I wanted to do that was out of my usual realm. So, I started testing one thing out each week to see if it made any difference in my everyday routine. Was I more productive? How was my mental state throughout the week? This helped me to decide if I wanted to add this to my weekly wellness routine and what needed to be removed from it.
Which brings us to the next point.
I removed any habits that weren't beneficial to me.
It's so hard to remove any habit that's causing you to lose track of what you are trying to accomplish. My terrible habit is picking up my phone as soon as the alarm goes off and scrolling through social media before getting out of bed. Every day, I try to make an effort to not pick up my phone and to start getting ready for my day. The keyword is "try." I have noticed that as soon as I pick up my phone, I quickly lose track of time which throws off my entire schedule. I am slowly but surely learning to remove this terrible habit of mine.
What I Do For My Weekly Wellness Routine
I believe it's important to get up in the morning when your alarm goes off and get moving whether it's to make breakfast, exercise, or sit on the couch to read something inspiring. You must get moving.
The mornings are most important to me because it sets the tone for the entire day. If I start off not wanting to get out of bed on time it will most likely carry over into the rest of the day and nothing will get accomplished. So, I immediately remove the habit of hitting the snooze button and get out of bed.
After getting up, I make my way to making a cup of lemon water or green tea (depending on what I feel like drinking that day) to get my morning detox on. This always does the trick to get me in the zone to start my day. Then I go to my YouVersion app to read my devotional. There are a variety of plans to help you in any area of your life whether it's your relationships, your career or even your faith, the app caters to everyone and not just a specific group of people. You can select a 5-day plan or a month-long plan that will only take 5 minutes of your time each day. I usually have two plans to read through and spend about 15 minutes to read, review and do a little more research on the specific topic. This is generally because I am a very curious person and I enjoy finding other things that also apply to the topic at hand.
Once I've set the tone for the day, I get dressed and ready for my morning exercise. Depending on the day of the week, I choose whether I want to do a treadmill workout or to simply work on toning. I usually spend about 30 - 45 minutes at the gym, however, there are days where a 25-minute workout has to suffice. Here's a 30-minute treadmill that I enjoy doing that I would recommend you give a try. If you enjoy doing a quick cardio workout instead here's a suggestion:
3 to 5 sets (based on what you can handle)
20 Jumping Jacks
30 Second High Knee
25 Second Plank
At this point, I'm wide awake. Feeling alert and a little worn out at the same time. I don't have too much of an appetite so I make a simple breakfast high in iron, protein, vitamin C and omega 3's. I saute about two cups of kale, an egg with a teaspoon of chia seeds and an apple. While I sit and have my breakfast I'm usually looking at my emails and checking any notifications.
Then throughout the day, I try to keep the momentum of moving which isn't easy when you're at a computer typing away. I've learned to take breaks from the screen which can strain your eyes and to take a walk to check the mail or to stretch so that I'm not just sitting for long hours of the day.
As it gets later in the evening, a nice warm shower is a must. I can't go to bed without having a shower. It's like a spa treatment before bed. I then find a good book or article to read to keep me inspired. I also, make another cup of tea, but it has to be caffeine free. I'm trying to make sure I sleep well throughout the night, not stay awake.
I hope you found this helpful to start your wellness routine. Remember, your wellness routine is solely based on your lifestyle and it doesn't have to be the same every day. My routine varies and is over a 7 day period. Do what you enjoy to create a healthier and happier lifestyle.