On most days, my nutrition is spot on, my workout goes well, I’m relaxed, and well rested. Then there are those days that do not go as planned. I’m lucky if I remember to drink more than a glass of water, I might overeat, my workout gets canceled, I’m frazzled, and I’m surviving on barely any sleep. Does this happen to you?
No matter what my day is like there are a few wellness staples that are must haves.
I fit in produce.
No matter what I always find a way to fit in some sort of produce. On good days, I’m eating all of the colors of the rainbow in a variety of fruits and vegetables. On not so good days, I can only manage to eat riced cauliflower for every meal. Either way, I find a way to eat plants. If you’re unable to eat/prepare fresh produce, then buy frozen and canned produce.
I move my body.
I workout at least 5 days a week and find some way to add movement on the other 2 days. Exercising is important not only for the body, but it also benefits you emotionally and mentally. I’m more structured on the days I workout and less so on my off days. If my days gets crazy and I have to cancel a workout, I find some way to move. It might be 20 squats and 20 pushups before showering or wall sits for 2 minutes while I brush my teeth. It’s not much, but it’s something.
I drink green tea.
I love the taste of green tea. I also love the antioxidants I get from drinking green tea. Green tea gives me a sense of calm and comfort. I usually have it after dinner clean up.
I eat enough protein.
Protein is an essential component of everyone’s diet. Every cell in your body is made up of protein. It has the highest thermogenesis rate and satiety than fat or carbohydrates.
I find time for yoga.
Even if it’s only for 5 minutes or a forward fold. Yoga calms me and reminds me to be more mindful.
I find time for gratitude.
Every day I acknowledge one thing I’m grateful for in addition to my staples (kids, husband, health, family/friends, my life).
I drink at least a gallon of water a day.
Water helps me feel better. It keeps me full and hydrated.
Spending time in the sun.
The sun calms me and I feel overall better. It’s a great way to get Vitamin D, which most people lack especially in the north. If you are spending more than 15 minutes in the sun or are out during the sun’s peak time, 10 am – 2 pm, protect you skin with sunscreen.
I find a way to connect with a loved one.
Our lives are incredibly busy, and slowing down to ask a loved one how their day was or sharing your day allows us to connect and grow that relationship.
I like to spend time on a hobby.
Some days I am able to spend a lot of time on a hobby and other days I have only a few minutes. Spending time on a hobby allows you to destress and do something you enjoy that is only for you. I spend most of my days taking care of other people that it’s nice to do something that is just for me.
What are some of your daily wellness mush haves?