Happy 2018 to you! I am excited about starting a New Year! A time of renewal and self improvement. A time of goal setting and reflection. And for some of us, a time for restriction and overdoing it. This year, I hope you think about a kinder, gentler way to take care of yourself!
When thinking about health changes, most of us tend to focus on what we eat and exercise and we often neglect our sleep and managing stress which also play a big part in helping us feeling our best. I hope that by reflecting more inward that this helps move the wellness from inside out! I hope that some of these ideas will inspire you to renew and rejuvenate.
Here are some areas for self-care that are often neglected:
Confession time: I have a difficult time sleeping. Whether it is my middle age hormones, the fact that I have a difficult time turning off my brain before bed or that I am a worry wort who things of all the what ifs when I hit the pillow. I work hard on my sleep hygiene and it has improved a lot but there are things that can get me off track. The important thing is I continue to work on it without a pharmaceutical sleep aid and most of the time it is effective!
2 Limiting the All or Nothing Thinking
Many times for the new year, we tend to want to wipe that slate clean whether it be nutrition and fitness or financial freedom ect. Black and white thinking or all or nothing is a term often used or the exercise term “No pain, no gain”. Make a new resolution to make kinder, gentler and more reasonable goals that you can keep and feel more love for yourself than ever! I also share some of my favorite get inspired recipes that make your body feel good!
3. Stress and Effects on Our Health
Stress: we all have it but many of us don’t focus much of the healthy ways to manage it and some of us may even use self-destruction coping mechanisms. One of these is overeating. Check out two books that I just love by Susan Albers a psychologist who has 100 ways to soothe ourselves that don’t revolve food. How many times have most of us popped in a bite of food instead of nurturing ourselves in other ways.
I love the idea that Dr. Albers shares to make an emergency self-care kit so it is all ready when you need it! I put together one that has overflowed with some of my favorite things to help reduce my stress. All of our self-care kits will be filled with different things that help each of us! I look forward to hearing what helps reduce your stress and self-nurtures you!
If you have not heard about the damage stress can do to our health, here is one of my previous blog posts that I want to share. There are also a lot of other ways to fight inflammation in our bodies.
4. Find Out and Do What Makes You Happy
I am one of those people who tends to be sun sensitive and during the winter months unfortunately, I sometimes get the winter blahs. I have tried to do something about this in a positive. I love to knit, embroider, write, cook, create, ect. so this time gives me a quiet reflective time to set goals to finish projects. dress warm and cozy, light some essential oil fragrant candles and grow some amaryllis and other bulbs. I was thrilled to learn that there was a Danish term known as hygge that defines this warm and loving feeling! Check out this blog post from last year to learn more!
Don’t spend time fretting and regretting, think of all the good things that you have done in your life. Focus on the good that you have done for others and you. I love the idea from Kate Scarlata to make a Reverse Bucket List to reflect on where all we have been not just what we hope to do! I am going to start me one of these!
Make 2018 the Nurture Yourself to Wellness!
If you need some support and encouragement to get started, I am offering an 8 week program to start when you are ready. To find out more check out the home page on my website or contact me via e-mail for more details!
If you want to improve your eating habits and your relationship with food and yourself, Join me for Vine Ripe Nutrition’s Jump Start to Health where you will learn how to provide yourself more love and more self-care! I would love to work with you to help you be the best you can be! I included a picture of me climbing down a mountain that I never ever imagined getting down but I made it! Taking care of me in addition to the others that I love, helped me do it!
I hope that this year is the year, that you include some self-nurturing in your wellness program! It is important to take care of our inside needs and not only the outward physical health. As an Asheville, registered dietitian nutritionist, I love to share ideas to help improve peoples’ lives. I am so glad that you stopped by and hope that you come by again soon!I have lots of great ways to take care of yourself coming up!