What is a wellness routine?
What is a wellness routine?
First of all, when I talk about wellness routines, I take a holistic approach. It involves playing sports, getting moving and taking care of yourself, your body, but also finding moments to relax. I also consider that well-being includes a healthy diet, while knowing how to have fun and spend time with the people you love. Basically, well-being is all that makes us feel good! With moderation as the concept, a bit of everything in moderation. So I give priority to all things that are good long-term for our health! A wellness routine means integrating all these things that make us feel good on a daily basis. When you have a routine in place, you don't ask questions anymore, you follow the schedule you have set with yourself. Creating a wellness routine allows you to never meet again on Sunday evenings without having made appointments with the hairdresser or without having done sports of the week or without taking a lunch break! Who recognizes themselves in this?? It takes a bit of preparation but what often seems to be complicated is to keep this routine in the long run. Finding motivation seems to be the number one problem when talking about setting up a wellness routine. How do I find motivation? We're just going to start by asking why we want to set up a routine.
"Motivation serves as a starting point, habits keep you going" Jim Ryun
Why create a wellness routine?
Simply because establishing good habits allows you to live fully, with maximum energy and serenity at the same time. It also declutters our minds, we get on autopilot and sometimes it's good. To make it simple and practical, we will rely on the 5 crucial points that allow us to be healthy. Basically, when we talk about:
- Healthy food – 80% fresh and wholefoods, we try to eliminate what is already processed (forget what is packaged and ready to eat)
- Exercises – Moving every day can range from 20 minutes of walking to 1 full hour of exercise.
- Sleep – Sleep at least 7 hours and prefer as soon as possible, very deeply.
- Self-care – Body and facial care, relax, read, create moments where we give ourselves all our attention
- Health – Food supplements, dental check-up, preventative not to get sick
I know the routine has bad press. It is often said that it is a source of boredom but we must also see the positive side of these habits. A routine allows us to do much more than we thought we could, just by planning well.
The benefits of routine
- free the mind because everything is planned, no need to think about it
- don't do things at the last minute
- increase your energy to be more creative and proactive on other things
- allow for a progression in its repeated activities, especially in sport
A good routine is created with realistic goals and precise desires. We apply the famous SMART rule: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic on a given Time. For example, for me, I want to be healthy first and foremost, but it is a little too broad. So I set myself several goals: – move daily (at least 1 hour of physical activity) – a balanced diet (with a 30/30/40 ration of protein, fat and carbohydrates), – use as few toxic products as possible (with organic products and essential oils). – lessenmy my stress and being more in the present moment (through meditation and the diffusion of essential oils) The difficult part for me is to take care of myself, setting up a routine in this area is always a "work in progress". It's one of my routines that I'm still working on.
My morning routines
I don't make real breakfast. I just take a fruit to accompany my daughter and I drink a tea or an infusion, sometimes a coffee. I've been drinking a lot less since I stopped working, it's a habit I really have to take up. I always prepared a large glass of warm flavoured water (500ml) for the ride from home to work.
I do yoga when I come back from dropping Emma off at school so around 8:30. Sometimes it takes me a while to get started, but I do at least 1 hour of yoga and pilates. And if I have classes in the morning, I always do 20 minutes of warm-up. I try to walk at least twice a week, 10 kilometers in the fields and the forest, it's also a relaxing moment. I often take my headphones with an audio book or podcast or just soft music.
I wake up late lately, 6.30am sometimes 6.45am, I have no wake-up call, my husband comes to give me a kiss before going for a run so I pretty much know I have to wake up 20 minutes later. I usually go to bed around 9:30 p.m. and then we read. So I get a good night's sleep!
As soon as I wake up, I do a meditation either without music or with, or downright a guided meditation. It takes me at least 15 minutes. I also write sometimes but it's not always regular. After breakfast, I wash my teeth, get my hair done and that's it! I know I should put a cream on my face but with summer, my skin tends to get all shiny… Needless to say, this routine is to be reviewed to include more facials and body care!
I resume my dietary supplement in August, I confess that I really felt the difference between the month I took it and the month I stopped it. While writing my routine, I realized that I had some rituals or habits that I would like to add, I will test them in August and see how I do: – spread a mixture of essential oils to embalm the house – prepare me water flavored to drink more as I explained – write my intentions of the day and visualize my day – prepare my daughter's belongings (we did it then we stopped) A ritual is a practice that is done as a ceremony like a prayer in a sacred way. This can also be an idea, some of the things you will want to set up can take the form of a ceremony. This makes things deeper to consider his routine as a set of rituals.
Create your routine
If you're interested in setting up a good routine, here are a few steps to follow.
Becoming the best version of ourselves is a vast goal so we're going to dig to identify in each theme specific activities that we would like to set up to improve or just continue to be at the top of our game. You can base my example above and adjust according to your priorities and desires.
2 – Plan
Be clear about the time you have and want to take for each habit to set up. Example: If you want to meditate in the morning but you're already just on your way to work, he's probably going to have to wake up and get up early, are you ready to do it? The benefits of meditation are no longer to be proven and I've talked about it here, so I'd say it's definitely worth getting up a few minutes earlier, your day will be much better. Planning in sport also means setting goals, weight loss is good but I think it's better to ask what progress you would like to achieve in the sport you choose. Creating a training plan is also a great way to stick to your habit because it's scalable and every week you see your progress. Making video playlists on Youtube or using a smartphone app can be a great help.
Also try, there is so much way to manage his time. And if you were preparing breakfast the day before and so save some time to do some stretching before getting up. You want to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, why not plan a batch-cooking workshop or just subscribe to a basket? When you try the sport in the morning or at noon or in the evening, you will quickly find your ideal moment. We are all different, even if the things we do in the morning have the advantage of not being postponed.
Reviewing these routines by season or quarter allows you to respect cycles. I'm not telling you that we have to wait for the sun to rise in the winter to start your day, rather than our diet and our care/complements are probably going to have to change. In winter we no longer need Vitamin D and hot dishes simmered for example. In summer, you should drink more and protect yourself from the sun while enjoying fresh vegetables and fruit in salads.
5 – Share
The principle of sharing these routines makes it possible to be responsible. We told her colleague that we were going to start running every lunchtime. Even better if we can convince her to come with us. Sharing is still more fun and motivating. If no one can accompany you, just talking about it is a signal, you are committed to doing it, it pushes you not to give up. This is the principle of self-help groups for weight loss on Facebook, people motivate each other and share tips. 6- Celebrating One thing I've learned over the long term, rewarding yourself helps to keep motivated and want to go further. So it goes from the evening with monthly girlfriends that you will give yourself because you have kept your sports and eating habits. But it can also be, buy an outfit or shoes, if we hold our training for 3 weeks. It's up to you to see what the reward will be that will motivate you to continue. Getting back in shape will also be a great reward!