It’s finally almost Spring!! Can you believe it? The winter gloom is REAL and I am so ready for warmer weather and more time spent outside! A lot of people (like myself) utilize this transition period to do a good Spring cleaning and prepare their homes, closets, etc., for the new season. But often times we overlook the most important thing that needs it most. OURSELVES! So today I wanted to give y’all some tips that help me recharge mentally and physically for the new season!
1 // HYDRATE + REST
Sounds simple, I know. But truly, how many people can say they’re drinking half their body weight in ounces of water and getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night? Don’t worry…I’ll wait Lol. This is something that I don’t think most can stay 100% consistent with because we go through stages in life that can make these two things very difficult. For example, all the mamas out there I’m sure are thinking “Rest? What’s that!?” lol. But, I do think we need to remember the importance of these two things. We should still make a continuous effort to drink half our body weight in ounces of water, and rest as much as we can. While at the same time, giving yourself grace on the days where that just ain’t happenin! 🙂
2 // EAT TO LIVE, DON’T LIVE TO EAT
This is something I heard someone say a few years ago that has stuck with me ever since. I had to sit and ask myself, am I eating to LIVE or am I living to EAT? Truthfully, I wasn’t giving my body the nourishment it needed to flourish, to have energy, to improve my mood, my focus, etc. I hated drinking water, and fast food was always the most convenient. But over the years I’ve learned that “eating to live” does not mean eliminating all the foods you love. You can still enjoy pizza, just eat a salad with it. 😉 Make a point to give your body the whole foods it needs WHILE still enjoying the foods you love every now and then. Life is all about balance!
3 // MOVE MORE + GET OUTSIDE
I’m sure during these winter months, and even more now with COVID, many of us have spent a lot of time cooped up in the house or at our jobs. This can take a toll on both our physical health and mental health. So a good way to hit refresh and get out of the winter gloom, is to create new habits for ourself. This means being intentional about getting outdoors and moving more. Whether it’s going on an afternoon walk with your man or your dog, or going to the gym. It’s important for you to find what works best for you and your lifestyle and make it a priority! Health is wealth, hunty!
4 // REVISIT YOUR GOALS/VISION BOARD
As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2021, it’s always a good idea to revisit your goals and/or the vision you set for yourself this year. Think of it as a quarterly check in; am I following through with what I said I would do? What’s working, what’s not working? What am I succeeding with? This allows you to pivot and make any necessary changes to pick back up at the start of the 2nd quarter!
5 // SET YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Creating an environment that motivates you, calms you, etc., is recipe for success and KEY to creating new, healthier habits. This is something that will look different for everyone depending on your job, your lifestyle, family, etc. But, no matter your situation, you want to set up your house, workspace, refrigerator, etc., in a way that helps you make good choices each day. Our environment plays a major role in our daily choices, so if you’re surrounded by unhealthy distractions, food choices, clutter/chaos, etc., then it only makes it that much harder for you to create healthier ones.
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