Now more than ever, we need strategies to help us deal with our daily stressors. And overhauling your morning to start your day with a healthy routine can be a tempting place to start. But if you’ve jumped headfirst into a wellness routine before and fallen out of practice, welcome the club! We know it’s easy to get inspired to try something new, but maintaining the consistency of the practice is the real work. Wellness isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. That means we need to train slowly to build a wellness routine. With a few simple strategies, you’ll be on track to finding your stride.
Keep It Simple, Sister
One of the most common missteps in building a regular wellness routine is trying to do too much too fast. We can’t do all the things at once — it just doesn’t work. Take a moment to make a list of your top five wellness priorities for right now. Be specific. For example, instead of “eat healthier,” try “add greens into three meals per week.” Then, add in what your long-term wellness goals look like. While these will be unique for everyone, below are some simple approaches to playing the long game.
If you’re feeling sluggish and unmotivated, it’s hard to muster the energy to stick with any routine. No matter what your goals are, moving your body in a way that feels good for you is essential. If that looks like an hour on the treadmill, then more power to you. But it could also look like a gentle yoga routine, a dance party with the kids or a walk or hike in nature. Research has shown that it’s not so much about what you do to exercise, it’s how consistent the practice is. Identify three different kinds of movement that you actually enjoy and commit to doing one of them 15 minutes a day (bonus points if you can get a community involved to keep you accountable). You’ll build from there as your energy and time allow.
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In order to keep up your energy and drive for your wellness routine, you have to fill the tank. That means finding a healthy dietary approach that’s realistic for your lifestyle. That might look like eventually incorporating a variety of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains and healthy proteins and fats, but dietary shifts take time. Start simple by committing to drinking 64 ounces of water a day and integrating products like broad-spectrum hemp softgels into your routine that can support your body’s natural balance. Each week add one delicious and nutritious item into your meal plan to keep building healthy habits.
Filling the tank doesn’t just mean putting fuel into your body, though. It also means nourishing your spirit. Stress reduction techniques will provide the space and mindset needed to practice self-care. Whether that’s following a five-minute meditation in the morning, using a high-quality broad-spectrum hemp oil or giving yourself a beauty break, you’ll be able to approach the day with more calm and more clarity. Even pausing for a few minutes while you drink your morning cup will leave you feeling more balanced the rest of your day.
Good Morning, Sunshine
Evidence shows the first few hours after you wake up are the most productive. Not a morning person? No worries. Getting up with the birds won’t make or break your wellness routine. What does matter is having a regular rhythm in the first few hours after you roll out of bed. If you want consistency in your wellness game, timing is of the essence. Budgeting 30 minutes of “me time” in the morning is worth it. And so are you.
Kristin Henningsen, M.S., R.H. (A.H.G.), R.Y.T., is a clinical herbalist and educator who first fell in love with plants in the desert Southwest. She’s passionate about bringing plant medicine back to the people, integrating Western herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurvedic practices to empower folks in their health care.