Happy New Year, ladies!
The beginning of January is prime time for setting goals and intentions, both in our businesses and our lives. And we all know that health (both emotional and physical) is a prerequisite to continuing to grow our businesses. So we are kicking off this year with a guest post by our friend, Manhattan-beach-based, holistic health and wellness coach, Katie Bressack. A huge thank you to Katie for reminding us that health is as much about enjoying our lives and taking time for ourselves as it is incorporating healthy foods and more activity.
It’s 2017 - how do you want to feel?
Instead of creating unattainable New Year’s resolutions, can we all just agree to continue creating a healthier lifestyle day by day? One that fills us up, brings us joy, and doesn’t make us feel bad or guilty about the choices we are making? Because let’s be honest, most New Year’s resolutions only make us feel worse about ourselves instead of helping us feel better.
Too often health and wellness advice seems cookie-cutter, as though there’s only one right way to do things. We are told what to eat, how to move, and how to look a certain way. But feeling healthy starts on the inside, by incorporating more fun and self-care—not by counting calories and depriving our body of foods that we love.
This year, let’s add in more fun, self-care, and maybe even dancing! When we are feeling our best, we make the healthiest choices for ourselves. Here are some ways to truly nourish your body:
1. Begin by identifying how you’d like to feel
At the beginning of every year, we tend to make big, lofty resolutions. Creating goals is important, but when we make these goals, we tend to be more focused on the outcome than how we feel throughout the process. Our New Year’s resolutions are usually too rigid and often prevent us from making healthy changes. If we don’t see immediate results we are discouraged and just return to our old habits. When it comes to creating long-lasting healthy changes to our diet, lifestyle, and mindset, we must first understand how we want to feel. I believe when we come from a place of feeling (for example: “I want to feel energized”) we can outline small action steps that help us align with that feeling.
2. Get support
It’s always more fun to meet up with a friend to take a yoga class or cook a meal. The more you share, connect, and support others, the healthier and happier you will also feel. I believe this is true with our health, our businesses, our relationships—and just about anything else in life. Or, if you need more accountability and support, invest in your health with a coach or trainer. We’re all in this together!
3. What are your non-negotiables?
It’s important to know what is non-negotiable to you as you create healthy changes. What are four or five things you can do every day that make you feel healthy, joyful, and inspired? These things might change year after year-- or even month after month-- so it's important to continually re-evaluate whether your current habits are helping you feel like you're making yourself a priority. What are a few things that you can do every day that seamlessly fit into your life? Some of my non-negotiables are moving my body, laughing, deep breathing, and reading. I know that if I don't get to anything else, as long as I fit in my non-negotiables, my body feels healthy and nourished.
4. Make time for self-care
One of the most important things you can do to create a healthier lifestyle is take more time for yourself. No matter how busy we are, we can all find five minutes each day to devote to ourselves. I like to schedule “me time" and block it out on my calendar. Sometimes it’s five minutes; sometimes it’s an hour; sometimes I block off an entire day just to slow down and relax. You can do anything you want that is relaxing for you: reading, getting a massage, chatting with a friend. The more you take care of yourself, the easier it is to eat more vegetables and go to yoga.
Feeling healthy is more than just the food you eat. Feeling healthy is enjoying chocolate, having a glass of wine or two, and feeling comfortable in your body. We often put so many restrictions on what we eat and how often we work out that we forget our body needs to have fun so it can relax enough to help support us in feeling amazing. The more we can enjoy our lives, the easier it is to create and maintain healthy habits in the long term.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!