Technically, Wellness Week is in March, but I, ahem, march to my own drummer. It’s not that I missed it or anything, sheesh. But here are 7 days worth of activities to keep you well.
Monday — Eat breakfast. If you already do this, then you get an extra Lazy pat on the back! Think outside the cereal box, though. While cereal is certainly quick and easy, it’s not always the best choice. It doesn’t have protein, for one thing. Try poaching an egg and eating it on whole grain toast with a drizzle of olive oil. For about the same calories (maybe even fewer!) you get protein, whole grains AND some healthy fat to keep you happy longer.
Tuesday — Drink a big glass of water when you first get up. Think of yourself as a sponge that has dried up during the night. Rehydrate yourself for a little extra oomph this morning.
Wednesday — Make a healthy menu and shopping list for next week. Include lots of fresh fruits and veggies AND something indulgent. Life’s much too short for constant deprivation. What’ll it be? Fresh mussels? Fancy cheese? Doesn’t need to be food; it could be one of those cool ceramic pans they have now. Or a new book. Or a spice you’ve never used. Have fun!
Thursday — Phone a friend. Meet for coffee. Vintage Barbra Streisand said it best. Be a person who needs people. It’ll do wonders for your spirit.
Friday — Get some sleep tonight. Hang the Do Not Disturb sign and sleep until you wake. Then maybe even sleep some more. Enlist the aid of a spouse or friend to herd children as necessary and reciprocate next week. Forget the health benefits of a good night’s sleep, you’re simply not your best when you’re sleep-deprived. And let’s face it, you look better too. So go for it for your sake and theirs.
Saturday — Get outside today. Take a walk. Sit on a bench. Anticipate all those flowers soon to bloom. Watch the birds/dogs/squirrels/kids at play. And if it’s not creepy, go join them!
Sunday — Enjoy some silence. Reflect on your past week and how well you took care of yourself. Congratulate yourself or vow to do better next week. Be specific. What did you do right? What can you fix?
Have a delightful week!
How many of these do you already do? What will you try to add into your life? What’s your biggest Wellness challenge?