Turn inward and listen quietly to what your body needs for nourishment of mind and body.
It is so common to follow the steps we have been told to do. We follow trends for workouts, fad diets, fashion, and oh so much more. Do you ever stop to think of what you would do if you had zero influence from social media or the outside world. What life would you create to build ultimate health and joy?
Let's start simple... Do you go to high impact classes even though you pee when you do them or your back is sore for 4 days afterwards? Why? What is your body really asking for to create health and strength? What if you could harness all of the potential of your body while supporting the areas that are weakened or offline. Your body works as a whole, so when you have even the tiniest of symptoms you should know it is a sign that there is a compensatory strategy in the works that may or may not be working for you.
Do you cut yourself down and beat yourself up because you aren't living up to the expectations you have set as goals? Are those really your goals or one's you have adopted from our society? For example, I have back pain because I sit too much and don't exercise. It is common to convince ourselves we are undeserving of wellness because we can't do it all.
Create a plan to nourish yourself, even if it is just small daily steps.
It is easy to make fitness and wellness a checkbox item. When we do that it becomes a to do not a full desire and conscious decision to be in the moment of self nurturing. If you eat leftovers from your kids plates as dinner, or squeeze in workouts amongst the chaos of kids and work, try setting aside one day to slowly enjoy your meal or workout with mindfulness and intention.
3. BE REAL... Is doing what you are doing REALLY getting you closer to where you want to be?
Is it really going to bring you full happiness to look a certain way or achieve a certain promotion? This goes back to #1 but think more globally. What is your true goal? Is it to achieve and acquire more or have more moments of joy, complete happiness and a sense of fullness within your life? Do you really think life will be perfect if you look perfect but pee your pants? Ha! NO! It's easy to get into the grind of working for more and giving selflessly to every community event, but make sure you are making time to feed your own soul.
4. Where do you ultimately want to be? Who do you need by your side to get there?
Build your web of support. You have a universe of support hoping and helping you to become your most authentic self. It wants you to find success. Who do you need for support, education, encouragement and mentorship? Here at Newburyport Wellness I am driven to educate and empower you as part of your web of support.
5. Tackle small goals daily and have ultimate compassion for yourself when life may not cooperate with your progression.
Tomorrow is a new day and what seems like a lack of progress is truly a hidden lesson. To be honest, this is the most difficult thing to do. when my first daughter was born, I repeated, "the plan is not to have a plan" over and over and over. I have a moving plan now with sticky notes on a clipboard so I can visually see the small successes that contribute to the larger goal. There is no point in wasting time feeling badly about what didn't get done. A well thought out small step is far better than fast steps taken without thought and consideration or endless contemplation with no forward momentum.
Is a mom of two, life long exercise & nutrition enthusiast, women's health specialist & physical therapist.