If you take a look over the years, each year has unique wellness “trends” that get a lot of hype in marketing and the media. These are often shown in specific programs, products, ways of thinking, words or nutrients that are highlighted over and over again. This is not necessarily always a bad thing, and usually it’s our way of either promoting new research, filling a need, or course-correcting from some of the past trends. It’s important to do your research and talk to a trusted practitioner before hopping on the latest trend. Although trends come and go, one thing will never change: the foundations and their importance. So, before trying out the latest trend, think through how you are approaching the foundations and how you can implement them consistently.
Thoughts, Approach, and Mindset Towards Wellness
With this, every day can be different, but overall positive or negative patterns in this area can really determine if you are keeping your wellness habits for the long term. Look into positives such as days that you are really aware and listening to your body, boundaries set, or beneficial discussions you have around wellness with your friends and family. Also, be aware (but give yourself some grace) of feelings of guilt, an “all or nothing” mentality, or if your wellness is overpowering other areas of your life.
Yup, we need them all. Protein helps us build and repair, carbohydrates give us energy, and fat helps with hormones and many other body processes. It is important to look into gaps with these macronutrients, ensure we are eating enough, and ensure our meals are nice and balanced. Macronutrients are the nutrients that provide us calories or energy, so of course they are important.
One thing is for sure: we aren’t meant to be in survival mode at all times and it wreaks havoc on our health. It’s important to take some time for you, and do it consistently. Try anything that you enjoy or that makes you lose track of time, such as nature walks, reading, cooking, playing outside with your kids, meditation, or any hobbies.
There are so many benefits to specific types of movement, but this could just be as simple as walking. Look into what you enjoy and what gets your blood flowing before addressing the specifics. Consistency goes a long way, and the confidence you build and metabolic benefits can positively influence your other habits.
Tying It All Together
The new year is a good time to take inventory of these foundational habits and look for areas of opportunity. I would recommend starting with a journal, including simple checklists for habits or writing out your energy, hunger levels, and thoughts surrounding current health habits. Sometimes the foundations can go in one ear and out the other, but they are crucial. Awareness is everything.