6 Wellness Keys to Manage Life's Curveballs and ThriveNov 13, 2023
Hey there, wonderful friend,
Life has this funny way of throwing curveballs at us, doesn't it? Just when we've mastered the art of balancing work, family, and self-care, along comes a challenge that tests our resolve. But fear not, because today, we're continuing our November dive into the beautiful dance of overcoming obstacles and finding peace amid life's whirlwinds.
Change What You Can, Breathe Through What You Can't
Imagine this week's mantra as your wellness guide: "I change what I can, I breathe through what I can't." It's a powerful philosophy rooted in positive psychology, learned optimism, and the simple yet profound notion that life is a series of moments, each filled with choices.
The Challenge of Consistency
One of the most common challenges on a wellness journey is consistency. Life gets busy – work deadlines, family responsibilities, unexpected events or illnesses – and suddenly, that daily yoga session or evening run becomes a distant memory. It's here that the magic of "change what you can, breathe through what you can't" truly shines.
Changing What You Can: Strategies for Success
Micro-Moments of Movement: On hectic days, sneak in tiny bursts of movement. Stretch at your desk, take the stairs, or do a quick set of squats during a break. These micro-moments add up to more than you realize and keep your energy flowing.
Mindful Nutrition: Eating well doesn't have to mean elaborate meals (and it's definitely NOT "clean eating" or whatever that is supposed to mean). Opt for quick, nutritious options. Prepare simple snacks like pre-cut veggies or nuts or quick protein shakes for those days when time is elusive.
Adaptable Workouts: Embrace flexibility in your fitness routine. If your usual hour-long workout is a no-go, try a condensed, high-intensity session or split your routine into manageable chunks throughout the day (shameless self-promotion - that's why the AnyTime Studio is great - we have classes from 3 minutes to 90 minutes for you to choose from and you get 7 days to try it for free!)
Breathing Through What You Can't: Navigating Life's Interruptions
Illness and Health Hurdles: When your body calls for rest, answer. It's okay to modify or skip a workout when you're unwell. Focus on nourishing foods and gentle movement (if you have the energy to safely move), allowing your body the time it needs to heal. If you're injured,
Setting Boundaries: Communicate your wellness goals with loved ones. Help them understand the importance of your self-care. Remember, saying "no" when you need to is an act of self-love, not selfishness. "No" is a comlplete sentence. Boundaries allow you to harness the power of your energy to give the best of you, not what's left of you.
Busy Holidays and Family Commitments: Ah, the holiday hustle! Embrace the chaos with a smile. Short, effective workouts can be your saviour. And when the holiday feast arrives, savour it mindfully, enjoying every bite without guilt. Stay off the scales, enjoy being present in the moment with friends and family and enjoying the blessings of food, company and laughter.
The Power of Acceptance
Life isn't always within our total control, and that's okay. Some days, despite our best intentions, things may derail. It's in these moments that the power of acceptance becomes a true ally. It is beneficial both for your physical and your mental health at every moment in time.
Take a breath, my friend. Understand what you can and can't change in that given moment. Release the weight of unrealistic expectations and embrace the beauty of imperfection. Life is happening in each moment, and that will require flexibility and understanding that things may change from day to day. Be patient with yourself and with life. It's ok to not conquer all of your goals in one mighty leap!
A Friendly Reminder
Wellness is not a rigid path but a flexible journey. Some days, you'll conquer mountains, and other days, you'll navigate valleys. Both are equally valuable experiences on your road to well-being. It really is about what you learn along the way to the finish line, not the finish line itself.
So, change what you can – it might be more than you think. Breathe through what you can't – because acknowledging the ebb and flow of life is a profound act of self-love.
As you embrace the mantra of "I change what I can, I breathe through what I can't," remember that every effort, no matter how small, contributes to your well-being. Celebrate the victories, learn from the challenges, and above all, be kind to yourself on this incredible journey.
Here's to changing what we can, breathing through what we can't, and relishing in the beautifully complex dance of life.
Cheers to your good health,
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