I have always considered September your Second Chance January. After indulging over the summer months, it is a time to ground yourself in a routine and revisit your wellness goals. Here are some tips to recommit to your priorities and give your mind and body a reboot.
Reevaluate Your Goals
Are you still working on your prior goals or have your priorities shifted over the past year? If so, it might be time to set some new goals. Remember Rome was not built in a day so focus on 2 or 3 things that are immediately doable for you. For instance, maybe you want to commit to working out 3 times a week, staying away from blue light screens (i.e., TV and iPhone) an hour before bedtime, or replacing sugary beverages with fruit infused water.
Prepare For Any Challenges
We are all creatures of habit and often encounter the same hurdles when we try to implement new wellness initiatives into our daily lives. For example, maybe you have the best intentions to exercise before work but always end up hitting the snooze button. Prepare for this by placing your alarm on the other end of the room, leaving your workout clothes and shoes out the night before, or being honest with yourself that it may be better for you to schedule in exercise over your lunch hour or after work.
Fill Up on Nutritious Food
Nutrient dense whole foods are so important for your immunity, body, and mental health, especially as we enter the winter months. Fuel your body and mind with vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, legumes, and healthy fats (i.e., olive oil, avocado, coconut oil).
Make weekly meal planning easy by doing the following:
- Wash, cut, and store your vegetables and fruits preferably in glass containers or BPA free plastic containers right when you get home from the grocery store.
- Prep protein options for the week, such as grilled chicken breast, tuna salad, hard boiled eggs, and quinoa.
- While you are making dinner, pack your lunch, snacks and prep your breakfast for the following day.
- Simplify recipes by buying pre-cooked roast chicken, pre-cut vegetables, or a bag of frozen mixed veggies for a skillet meal or soup.
- Use an Instant Pot, slow cooker (see some of my favorite healthy slow cooker recipes here), or make a sheet pan dinner.
- Always make extra. Eat leftovers for lunch or repurpose foods for a second meal. Roast chicken makes great chicken salad or quinoa is terrific as a vegetable bowl. Soups, stews, meatballs, and meatloaf also freeze well.
- Enjoy seasonal Fall foods (i.e., apples, pumpkin, squash).
Make Time for Self-Care
Book your routine medical appointments that you have been neglecting and reach out to mental health practitioners if you need support.
Sleep is super important; your body needs 7-9 hours per night. Make sure you are also engaging in stress reducing activities, such as daily exercise, breathing, meditation, and gratitude practices.
Schedule in me time (i.e., get a massage, take a bath, read a book, go for a nature stroll, play with your dog).
Remember a reboot is all about having grace for yourself. You do not need to be perfect. Do not stress about the late-night pizza. The stress is more harmful to your mind and body than anything you ate. Balance it out tomorrow by making healthier choices.