Health is a very important aspect of living simple since it touches everything I do through my physical, mental, & spiritual well being. If those are not inline with one another, it can throw off my entire self, which in turns impacts my days & what I get accomplished. Being in a poor health state can undermine everything that I have worked hard towards. That’s why it’s so important to take care of ourselves as a whole, not just concentrating on one area.
**just a side note here- I am not a Dr nor a health care professional. I’m just someone who has been really sick with a chronic illness, that has made it through to the other side. And sharing my experiences gained through that.**
What does taking care of your whole self look like? Everyone is different but for me I break it down into the 3 areas: physical, mental, & spiritual. And since you all know I’m a list gal, I write down different ideas in each category that help me to stay on the right track or help me to get back on track. We are only human and because of this, we know that slip ups or cheat days are perfectly fine. Just don’t make those days a habit and turn them into your every day. Here’s an example of what my list would look like:
*cut out a few carbs & replace it with a healthy alternative
*walk @ least 3x per week
*plan simple healthy meals for 1 week….keep it simple with only 2 options per meal, tha’t what I do
*drink more water
*1x per month go on a family hike (in warmer weather)
*have kids help out more around the house so the burden doesn’t just lie with me
*write a little bit every day
*go out & take pics @ least 2x per week
*talk to someone when needed….a friend, a counselor etc.
*take 5 mins me time when I feel stressed
*reduce stress by taking out 1 toxic thing
*do something fun by myself @ least 1x per week (hobbies work great for this)
*learn helpful meditation techniques
*learn & use relaxation techniques
*practicing forgiveness & compassion
*showing my children through my example
*incorporating my beliefs in my daily life
What would you have on your list?