Though manicures and blowouts never hurt, the best way to take care of one’s self is from the inside out. It’s the way you nourish your body, continue to grow emotionally and spiritually and partake in self-care rituals that heal.
In full disclosure, here goes the updates to my wellness routine…
- One practice that all health care practitioners agree on is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I buy more plastic water bottles than I care to admit. Very few things drive my husband crazier than seeing me discard plastic bottles that are wasteful and harmful to the environment. I recently bought the Que collapsible water bottle which is lightweight, comes in the prettiest colors and above all, is eco-friendly. Well… I bought this a month ago and I haven’t used it yet but…I am placing it front and center in my kitchen as a reminder to use it tomorrow! Scout’s honor! Stay hydrated and help save the planet.
- An important part of my wellness routine is using a gratitude journal. I’ve been writing in the journal for about two years now and find that it’s a positive way to start my day. I note 3 things that I’m grateful for, 3 things that would make my day great and in the evening, I reflect on 3 great things that happened during the days as well as how I could have made my day better. This, plus one daily positive self-affirmation equals a whole lot of appreciation and as the name suggests, gratitude.
- After a summer of too many poolside cocktail hours and indulgences, I was thankful to reset with the plant-based food cleanse by Groundsea Fitness. This is a 3-day delivery program that delivers delicious prepped meals and juices to your doorstep. It has and continues, to help keep me on track. I’ve been doing this at least one time per month plus ordering their survival kit which offers some healthy and helpful options to incorporate into my daily meal plan.
- About 2 years ago, I went to see Dr. Erika Schwartz, founder of Evolved Science whose practice integrates preventative medicine as well as beauty and wellness. While I don’t currently see her, she did provide me with vitamins that I purchase from her office and take daily. After extensive bloodwork, my cocktail of vitamins includes Magnesium, Iron, and ADK. She also offers a defense vitamin which I take when I feel like my immune system is low. Before randomly choosing vitamins, I do suggest checking in with a doctor. I am happy to report I have been consistently consistent on this one.
- Back in September, a friend suggested I try a lymphatic drainage massage with her massage therapist, Laure Seguin @laureseguinwellness. I typically don’t have the patience for this kind of thing and don’t find them beneficial. However, this lymphatic massage is different in that this Paris trained masseuse knows her shit. She is a seasoned therapist, very knowledgeable and is head and shoulders above others in this field. Laure recommends a minimum of 10 consecutive weekly sessions in order to see benefits that include detoxification, a boost to the immune system, reduction of puffiness, and cellulite.
In any wellness routine, the key to seeing long terms benefits is being consistent. Sometimes life gets in the way so try not to let that discourage you. It’s all part of the journey and I try and remember – like most things in life, it’s a work in progress.