I have come to realize that I have some difficulties in posting Wednesday – Friday. I’m usually pretty solid Saturday – Tuesday, but that end of the work week slump just kills me. To help remedy that, I’m playing around with a few new features, one of which is The Week in Wellness. I’m hoping to make it a regular Wednesday (or maybe Friday…I don’t know) feature.
I decided on “Wellness” because I like alliteration (obviously), and I really think that what I’m aiming for with this feature is much bigger than just fitness or health. I want to incorporate something that is more of a holistic approach to improving my overall sense of well-being. That will certainly include measures of health and fitness, but there’s, like I said, more to it.
So. Without further ado, the first Week in Wellness post!
I’ve struggled with the idea of wellness and fitness and health for most of my life. I’ve always considered myself the overweight girl, the chubby girl, the fluffy girl. There have been times in my life when I have certainly been very much a fit girl; those times are just very far in my past. As another birthday is swiftly approaching, and as I continue to struggle with infertility, I come to the realization yet again that it is time to do something different.
The problem is that I say that a lot. I say that I’m going to make changes. A lot. And I work on it for a few weeks, maybe a few months, and then things fall apart again.
I’m not at all sure what will be different about this time. Perhaps the idea that it’s not about just this moment in time or perhaps because as Erika at Chimerikal says, it’s about health or as Felicia Sullivan at Love.Life.Eat says, it’s about getting strong. That’s where I want to be – not necessarily in the skinny or thin category but much more about health and strength and health. If fertility is a side benefit, that’s great, but health is the much bigger and more important goal.
To that end, this week, my goals with regard to my health are to begin to establish more healthful habits. The beginning of that is to make sure that I’m taking all of my prescribed medications the way I’m supposed to. Next on that list is to take the myriad of supplements that I’m supposed to take the way I’m supposed to take them. That means the uterine and fertility supplement, the prenatal vitamins, the vitamin D, the vitamin C, the folic acid, the chaste berry. Those are the things that I can do now.
I’m also working on stress-reduction. I’m meditating in the evenings and writing in the mornings. My life is better when I do those things. I am better able to handle what life throws at me when I take the time to care for myself.
I’d like to say that I’m going to be able to get more sleep, but I don’t know how that works with this crazy schedule of mine. Currently it’s almost 8:00. If I go to bed now, I’ll still only get about 7 hours of sleep because I need to get up so early to go to work. when I’m in Hattiesburg, the story is the same. In order to write in the morning, I need to get up extremely early.
Next week with spring break beginning, I plan to start the exercise habit again. I used to be a runner. I don’t think I need to be a runner again for a very long time. Walking will be just fine for me. I’d like to add stretching in there as well, but I don’t have a clear idea yet of what that will look like. I’ve got a little bit of time to think about it.
So. To recap – as I’m kicking off this idea of wellness, I’m focused on taking my medications and supplements, continuing with my self-care policies, and adding in some physical activity.
How are you working on improving your wellness? What are some of your favorite resources for wellness?