Wellness shouldn’t be overwhelming. Although you are busy and balancing many areas of life, your healthy routines can be incorporated through all of it, when done right. Take control of your wellness by learning what feels best for you, asking for help, setting clear goals, and taking a step back when you need to. 

Eat Whole Foods

Incorporating whole, unprocessed foods into your diet is the most effective way to enjoy the benefits of great health without making any drastic changes. Whole vegetables, fruits, and grains should be the staple of your diet, followed by any other food groups or supplements. Beginning your grocery shopping and meal planning around ingredients in their original forms ensures healthier meals with minimal effort. If you are worried about obesity or other food-related diseases, eating more whole foods can help you lose weight, clear your skin, and double your energy without restricting yourself. 

Create a Realistic Fitness Routine

People often give up on fitness goals if they struggle with motivation or set unrealistic expectations for themselves. You can create a fitness routine that truly fits into your lifestyle by learning about different types of activities and experimenting until you find a schedule that works. By regularly exercising, you release pent-up energy, burn excess calories, maintain your heart health, improve your mental health, and increase your energy. Brainstorm ways to move that are truly within your control. Maybe you take the long way into work or run around the park with your children instead of reading. Maybe you get a membership to fitness classes with your friends so workouts double as social time. Taking control of your fitness simply means choosing a routine that feels good for you, and can help you recover from surgery, lead a happier life, and have more energy. 

Clear the Clutter

Clutter in your environment is an aspect of life that subliminally impacts your anxiety and stress in other areas. When you walk into a messy house or office, your cortisol levels rise with your stress, and this affects your body’s ecosystem. Taking time to clear the physical (and mental, when possible) mess clears your thinking and provides you with a positive environment to thrive in. A messy kitchen cluttered with processed or unhealthy food tempts you to choose the easy option for dinner. A messy house can cause you to skip the gym because you have too much going on. An office that hasn’t been organized can enhance anxiety or overwhelm at work. By trying to clear the clutter in your world, you take control of some environmental stressors that impact your wellness. 

Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Days

You are more likely to make positive changes in your lifestyle if you allow yourself to take a step back and see what is already going well. Giving yourself credit and practicing gratitude are powerful ways to motivate yourself to keep improving and adapting over time. Being mindful can look like spending 10 minutes outside with coffee and a great book, or disconnecting from your devices before bed. To take it a step further, practice meditation regularly to improve your quality of life. Meditation is also beneficial in helping you organize your thoughts if you want to improve in an area of life. When you take the time to understand your emotions and mindset fully, you can take clear steps forward to either make an improvement or continue your progress. 

Get Treatment for Mental Health Challenges

Mental illness or related struggles can cause us to feel powerless and stuck. Whether you have a diagnosed disease or simply want to improve your general mental health, receiving treatment is an effective way to take control over your mental wellness proactively. Take action and see a psychologist if you need help overcoming a challenge or want to understand your mental health better. Attend support groups to find community among others who share similar struggles as you. 

Consider holistic treatment for serious illnesses such as addiction or depression. Eat in ways that make you feel your best, get enough rest, and slow down if you need to take a step back. Asking for help and receiving treatment can give you the feeling of control you need when it comes to mental health. 

Smoking is generally not a good idea, but some people seeking rehab seek out treatment facilities that allow smoking. People who ask the question “can you smoke cigarettes in rehab?” may be pleased to find a treatment center that allows it.

Work With a Holistic Practitioner

Taking control over your wellness means being preventive when possible. Diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and more are sometimes preventable with holistic lifestyle interventions. Consulting with your holistic practitioner frequently allows you to balance your medical status while incorporating natural supplements or habit changes that feel organic and safe. You can also learn about new natural remedies and engage with your wellness community through referrals or group sessions with your practitioner. Many people avoid doctor’s visits for fear of bad news, but working with your practitioner will allow you to feel proactive and supported in your natural wellness. When you can get to the root cause of symptoms or simply get ahead of illness through a holistic practitioner, you can benefit from natural solutions and a feeling of control over your health. 

Set Attainable Goals

The last essential piece of feeling empowered on your wellness journey is to set realistic goals that work with your lifestyle. People often feel overwhelmed in their attempts to be healthy by thinking they “should be” doing more without ever setting clear boundaries. Deciding exactly what your perfect wellness routine looks like allows you to operate within what that looks like instead of beating yourself up about the rest. If you need help, try setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) to stay on track. Maybe you decide that a healthy day of eating includes drinking your morning coffee black and eating one plate of food at dinner. Maybe your perfect evening wellness routine looks like going to bed at 10 p.m. and winding down with essential oils and herbal tea. When you try to set realistic goals, you’ll achieve your ideal lifestyle easily. 

There are so many aspects of a great wellness routine and you are perfectly capable of building one that works for you. By doing what makes you feel good and setting clear goals, you’ll enjoy a healthy lifestyle you can keep up with forever. 

About the author

Charles Watson

Michigan born and raised.

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