Ten Steps to Wellness: My Personal Plan For Feeling Better
Last night I sat on the sofa just wasting time on the internet, mindlessly scanning websites and pages. I had some work to do, but just couldn’t get the motivation to do it, so I just wasted time. Part of the reason that I didn’t feel too motivated was because I was feeling pretty rotten. I’d had a headache since Wednesday (on and off), a tense and aching neck, various sore joints and then I also had stomach ache. Now this is not going to turn into a hypochondriac post or a plea for sympathy, I sat there and I thought ‘What can I do about how I feel right now?’ ‘How can I improve my wellness?’
I’ve come up with a ten step plan that I’m going to stick to and hope that it will make me feel a bit better.
Here are my ten steps to wellness:
- Drink more water/fluids – I know I should be drinking more throughout the day. I do try (sometimes), but I can go a whole day and then realise I’ve not drunk enough at all. No wonder I get headaches and my bowels are a bit sluggish (for a bit, read a lot, but I don’t intend to gross you out!)
- Eat more fruit and veg – This is an odd one because I love eating the good stuff, but for some reason recently I seem to be leaving it to go mouldy in the fridge or the fruit bowl. Eating rubbish makes me feel rubbish and lacking in energy.
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day – Like many mums of young children, I get a fair bit of walking done each day, but I could probably do more. I used to love Zumba and whilst I’m not able to do a scheduled class, I could do a DVD at home.
- Do meditation every day – I find meditation really useful in my daily life, but I don’t tend to do it as often as I should. Why don’t we ever concentrate on the things that make us feel better?
- Practice my pelvic floor exercises – er two kids, both born naturally, I don’t think I need to say anymore!
- Read for 45 minutes a day – this has more to do with my mental health rather than my physical health. I love reading, but it gets pushed right to the bottom of the list when time is precious.
- Do yoga exercises every other day – I have EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) and I am feeling a considerable amount of joint pain as time goes on. I have to take care not to overstretch as my body doesn’t always know its limits. I find that yoga has a beneficial effect both physically and mentally.
- Get my prescription for Vitamin D – a few months ago as a result of routine tests I found out I had low levels of Vitamin D. I know I’m not alone as this is becoming more common in the UK. Living in the North West where we don’t see quite as much sun as other parts of the country, I’m not surprised. My surgery has messed up the prescription so I need to give them a call and sort it. I think I only need to take it for two weeks.
- Clear some space – I read a lot about minimalism and I’m a firm believer in the idea that the less stuff we have the better we feel. I want to spend less time tidying up. Clearing the clutter, clears your mind.
- Turn my lights out by 10.30pm – Surely I can’t be the only one who goes to bed early and then spends about an hour on my phone checking on social media? Now don’t lie to me…
So that’s my intention for the next month. I’m going to keep track of it all through my much loved bullet journal, using a daily wellness tracker. Each day I will tick off what I have managed to do (hoping for everything, will be happy with a few things). I’ll report back on the 15th of November 2016. You won’t even recognise the bouncy ball of energy that updates Siena Says on that day, there will be a swellness to my wellness!
Why not make your own challenge? A month of something that will lead to a new you, go on, don’t let me be lonely! And if you are looking for further inspiration, check out my Pinterest board Wellness 40+
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