Headaches, fatigue, bloating, acne, rashes, congestion, digestion issues, fogginess, allergies. Experiencing any of these lately? When I’m dealing with any sort of combo of these, or feeling kind of ‘off’, I know it’s time to refocus on my health.
I think it’s time for some spring cleaning. ‘Tis the season! In with the good, and out with the old – and anything else that is not serving your best self. My mission is to get back to basics!
When things start to feel out of control in life, do you ever feel like you’re on autopilot, and you can’t actually remember what you did because you were already focused on the next thing? You’re flying by the seat of your pants, and all of your old priorities get pushed to the bottom while you’re dealing with each issue that comes your way. Have you ever scarfed down a meal and realized right afterwards that you can’t remember what it tasted like? Or, maybe you don’t remember the last time you took a walk, worked out, or relaxed with a good book.
I don’t know about you, but I want to feel my best and actually live my life. For me, my body needs restorative rest, nutrition, and movement to feel great. Everyone is different. Those are my priorities, but we all know sometimes life can get in the way. When that happens, my glow is dulled (read: I experience those issues at the top of this post). It’s like a wake-up call from our bodies. My priorities/or as I’ll call them, “basics” are a necessity and I’m ready to refocus on them.
What are your priorities? How do you get back to basics?
I started with a detox this weekend – I did the 2-day real-food Weekend Reboot cleanse (did you see my updates on Instagram or Facebook?). I was intrigued by the awesome, easy recipes that focus on vegetables, greens, and healthy fats (with a little bit of fruit, legumes, nuts and seeds, and meat – although it’s all customizable to your dietary preferences/restrictions). When my friend Brianne sent me a copy, I read through and couldn’t wait to do it. Now, as I reflect on the past two days, I feel like the cleanse helped me to get back to basics, focus on mindful eating, and re-emphasize nourishment and healing. I feel lighter – no bloat! – and want to keep this feeling going. These two days gave the push and jumpstart that I needed to re-think and refocus on my nutrition.
Next up, movement. A few months ago, I went from an active lifestyle to a desk job and my whole body and demeanor changed, and not in a good way – I found out that I have to move my body each day! I’m making a concious effort to up my movement throughout the day, in any way that I can. I’ve started a new exercise routine (need tips? Read this post), blocked my workouts and fitness classes on my calendar, and reminded myself that every little bit helps. A walk around the block with Kaya? Yes. My new stand-up desk at work? Yes. Anything that helps you get off your bum and get your body moving helps! It all adds up.
Lastly, restorative rest. More vegging, less stressing. I was talking with a colleague today about how easy it is to let your to-do list take over and steal your sleep. At the time, you feel like it’s no big deal, or maybe you just want to get the item done, but when you wake up the next day you feel it. I’m on a mission to keep sleep at the top of my to-do list! How about you?
Do you feel a need to reset? What is your go-to back to basics step? I wanna hear it!
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