The quality or state of being healthy in body or mind, especially as the result of a deliberate effort.
Since I became a stay at home mama, I've become much more aware of my state of health and well-being.
When I was working in the corporate world, I often neglected my health and my well-being. Not enough exercise, good nutrition, or time for myself.
Now that I'm at home and don't have the distraction of work -- I feel like I have more time to focus on ME. I'm always getting new ideas from social media and fellow bloggers. For example, I got into eating Paleo last spring and I feel like my eating habits have vastly improved.
Here is my current wellness program:
2. Wear sunscreen. Being a SAHM I don't wear makeup nearly as often as I used to when I was working but I always put on sunscreen on my face in the winter and all over in the summer.
4. Set aside personal time every day. I've kept a journal since I was eight years old, and although I don't journal every day anymore, I find other outlets similar to journalling, such as blogging, emailing, and sending handwritten letters to friends. I still occasionally journal, although these days, it's more like 2-3 times a week. This helps me stay sane and happy.
5. Keep in touch with friends, new and old. Let's face it - friends are important. Having others to talk to and relate to makes for a better life. We've moved alot, so I have friends all over the country and I try and keep in touch with those friends through email, snail mail, and phone calls. I've also made a great circle of friends in my new hometown of Denver, CO.
7. Get eight hours of sleep a night. Before Baby O was born, this was not a problem. During my pregnancy, I was napping 1-2 hours every afternoon on top of sleeping 7-8 hours a day. Life with a newborn is not quite that peachy right now. Knowing that the nights can be full of middle of the night feedings, I get to bed on the earlier side (8:30/9pm!) which can be a challenge in itself. But I know I function best with 8 hours of sleep and I am a morning person, so I rarely stay up late, and I try to keep to a very regular sleep schedule.
In the future...I would like to expand my wellness routine to include taking probiotics and take on yoga or meditation. I've heard great things about probiotics keeping the "good" bacteria around for a healthy gut. I'd also like to work on my flexibility -- I'm pretty good about working on cardio and strength, but I often forget to work on my flexibility!
What's in your recipe for wellness?