WHO defines WELLNESS as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
It’s an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.
This year, my chosen Word of the Year is WELLNESS.
And, because I believe that we need not wait until a particular day or moment to make a change in ourselves or our life, I started working on my WOTY way before the New Year.
Any day is a good day to make the change that will make you a healthier, happier you.
A couple of months ago, when I was on a break from blogging, I had ample time to reflect upon things.
My health and diet, for example, needed to be worked upon as I wasn’t meeting my own expectations of a good, healthy me. My reading and writing habits needed a revamp, too.
Because I don’t put on weight fast, I took lightly things like having unhealthy snacks before going for my walk, drinking (very sweet) coffee twice a day, and missing out on my Yoga.
My Yoga sessions, which had been regular for the past few years, had fallen off the track as I had been waking up too late to get into exercise mode. I reasoned that because I went for my evening walks every day, I didn’t need to panic for missing out on Yoga! But I could feel my flexibility going downhill, my body feeling lethargic and my mind not being as alert as I wanted it to be.
Ergo, these changes that I made in my lifestyle and diet and which I intend to follow for the coming years:
I GAVE UP COFFEE FOR GOOD
Last year, I gave up coffee only to get back to it with a vengeance! A month ago, I realized how I had grown dependent upon my morning and afternoon mug of chilled, sweet and strong coffee that cheered me up albeit for a short while.
So, last month, after my stock of coffee was over, I did not replenish it. I just set the excess milk into curd and looked up quick and easy smoothie recipes.
Suffice to say, I am GLAD I made this change. My digestive system seems happier!
RAGI MALT FOR LATE-AFTERNOON SNACKS
No more banana chips or bhel (both of which I love) for my snack-time. It’s the homemade, savory RAGI MALT before I leave for my evening walk.
This is loaded with calcium, iron and B vitamins (all of which I need).
It also leads to a lighter dinner as it is filling and keeps me from piling food onto my dinner plate like I used to.
Dinner time is now 8:45 pm, as opposed to 9:30 (or even 10 pm!) like earlier.
This gives me time to digest my food and sleep without that heavy, bloated feeling we get when we eat too much, too late.
EARLY MORNING YOGA SESSIONS
I wake up earlier now than I used to, either by 5:45 or 6. I have my spoonful of flaxseed powder and two mugs of warm water and after a while, I sit down to do my yoga asanas.
I enjoy doing my yoga when the rest of the world is fast asleep, especially my birdies. That quiet hour, when even the sun hasn’t risen, is the best time for my Yoga practice.
TRIPHALA TEA BEFORE BEDTIME
GLOW, by Vasudha Rai, (a book for which I must thank my friend, Shalini Baisiwala), taught me a lot.
I read about Triphala churna, an Ayurvedic herbal formula that helps not only in improving digestion, but also the skin, hair, and overall health. It also helps you sleep well. And, boy do I need my 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night!
My sleep pattern had been erratic for the past few months now. I would sleep By 10:30 or 11 pm only to wake up by 2:30 or 3 am. Then, it would be 2 hours of tossing and turning and counting countless sheep before I would fall asleep again only to wake up dull and groggy at 7!
Sleep is one of the most essential, and often undervalued, aspect of our health. If you don’t get a sound sleep at night, how are you going to face the day, stay healthy, peaceful and productive?
The Triphala Churna is definitely helping me with my sleep and I feel better when I wake these days.
READ MORE, WRITE MORE
My reading and writing habits needed improvement and I guess the Universe heard my prayer. I am getting books to read right, left and center and I am writing a lot more these days.
Reading and writing, due to their therapeutic nature, help one stay mentally healthy, alert and peaceful. These activities help divert the mind from stressful thoughts, take you away from a stressful situation, and help you express your feelings better.
Mental health is the most important aspect of our health and it needed my attention and I am glad I realised what it was that helped me feel at peace.
It pays to work on our overall health by making changes that we really need.
I know I will be able to fulfill these goals because they are doable goals, that I understand, are necessary for my health. And, because there isn’t anything more precious than my health, I intend to give it my all.
It’s only when we reap the benefits of a particular habit do we understand how important it is to make that habit stick. It is then that we make it a part of our everyday life.
I know that nothing about life is in my control, so what I can do is do as much as is in my control!
So, WELLNESS it is for me, this year.
How about you?
Do you have a WOTY? Any goals, resolutions you’ve listed?
Make sure you break down those goals into mini-goals that you can follow on an everyday basis.
But also make sure you don’t give yourself a hard time if you are not able to follow the routine once in a while. Life often gets in the way, you see? You just gotta go with the flow!
Also, we need to maintain balance. It’s what’s most necessary for a healthy, happy and peaceful life.
So, do cut yourself some slack once in a while. Your mind and your body need this leisure, the leniency, and the pampering. It will keep you emotionally healthy. And, after mental health, it is our emotional health and wellbeing that’s an important part of our health and wellness.
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR!
LOTS OF LOVE,