How to be well. What does that mean? Feel like? Look like?
Many of us today are running around, smartphones in hand, jumping from one project to the next. Even living here in Costa Rica, I often have to remind myself to slow down and just be in the moment. In the past, my way of thinking and working was one of perfection, creating unreasonable expectations. Often times I found myself totally overextended and feeling run down. Which didn’t help me, my team or my clients.
I’ve created this list of 12 simple ways I can rejuvenate and recharge my body, mind and spirit.
And as I want you to feel as fabulous as I do, I’m sharing my secrets with you. Some of these you may want to do every day, others maybe just a few times a year. The goal is to joyfully apply these steps to not only help you focus on what’s most important but create balance in your daily life as well.
- Start the day with a glass of lemon water [or in my case, lime, since yellow lemons don’t exist where I live]. I also add in a little bit of apple cider vinegar or fresh turmeric. Super cleansing and fresh!
- Use organic coconut oil. In your food AND on your body!
- Eat your colors. There are so many colorful foods that come from the Earth. Why not try out something new this week?
- Hydrate. Water is the source of life. [Soda is not!]
- Connect. And not through your smart phone. Actually make plans to meet with friends in person and have live conversations, leaving your phone in your purse or backpack. Be present with the people you are with.
- Do something fun. Get out of the daily grind and do something out of the ordinary. Go roller skating or miniature golfing! It’s totally okay to act like a kid every once in awhile.
- Create affirmations. One of mine currently is: Everything in my life functions properly. Does that mean that nothing ever breaks? Nope. Just recently, both my iPad and laptop charger broke. But I keep practicing my affirmations as it helps me stay focused and grateful for the many electronics, systems and processes I am using successfully.
- Travel more. Step out of your comfort zone and explore our beautiful world and all it has to offer! Discover firsthand other cultures, food and ways of living. Learn not only the similarities that we all share but also learn to appreciate the differences.
- Can’t get away? Read more. Pick up a book and allow your mind to open to new ways of thinking, doing and being. Or go to a local restaurant and try something new!
- Move your body in a way that you like. Practice yoga, go for a walk… or if you’re feeling adventurous… try rock climbing or some other adventure sport. The point is to get moving!
- Experience the outdoors. Go to your local park and have a picnic! Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the sounds of nature away from any industrial noise. Let yourself experience the world around you in a new and more relaxed way.
- Take time for siestas. If you’re feeling tired and run down, honor what your body is saying and take a nap. You may need 20 minutes, you may need 2 hours. Listen to your body and allow it to guide you to a more healthy and happy state.
If these feel right for you, I encourage you to print them out [on recycled paper!] and post them on your fridge or some other prominent place to act as a daily reminder. Need a little extra help? My DIY Wellness Retreat is designed to help you review, reset, and recharge, shaping the foundation for your ONE beautiful life.
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Now over to you… I’d love to hear your ideas to create wellness and balance in the comments! g
Chrissy Gruninger is an author and mindset coach. She mentors people on how to live their ONE beautiful life, wherever they may be. Her latest book, Lost and Found in the Land of Mañana explores her life in Costa Rica and both the challenges of working and living abroad as well as the beautiful life we can create from those experiences.
She loves her rainforest beach shack in Costa Rica, the sunshine and the rain and passionately believes that through intentional actions we create more happiness, health and harmony in the world.
Her goal: to empower others to thrive in an imperfect world.