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LIFESTYLE 3 weeks ago

Wellness Rules I Gave Myself

The phrase wellness is being used a lot these days.

The word ‘wellness’ itself means “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I feel like wellness can manifest and be achieved in so many different ways and I truly believe it can mean something different and unique to each of us.

After Colette was born, I found myself chasing this idea of ‘wellness’ and ‘self-care’ based on what I saw other people doing around me… especially through the lens of social media. It took me a while to realize that I was trying to achieve something unachievable. No one else walks in my shoes… no one else lives my day to day life but myself… so why was I finding that I was comparing myself to some 26-year old doing yoga every morning and drinking celery juice by the bucket? That may be wellness for her, but that is nowhere near what wellness is for me.

I had to reevaluate and reframe my mentality on wellness. I gave myself small goals to achieve as opposed to a total 180 lifestyle change.

Here are some of the wellness rules I gave myself:

1. Working Out

This is a big one for me. If you remember from this post here, retraining my mind to be happy where my body is NOW as opposed to my so-called ‘end goal’ is a lot easier said than done. Even so, working out is like a form of therapy for me, physically and mentally, so I try to work out at LEAST twice a week.

2. Supplements & Vitamins

With my schedule as crazy as it is, I really don’t have time to get sick. So, I’ve been getting better about taking my vitamins and supplements! Talk about a habit to get into… I recently came across these by Goop which is perfect! They’re pre-packaged and have exactly what you need to take for that day. It’s kind of a no-brainer and really helps make taking your vitamins easier! Plus they’re so seamless for traveling, just count out the days you’ll be gone and bring along that many packets. If you want to check out more of mine and my team’s favorite supplements, check out this post here! They’ve been loving their Hum and Moon Juice Probiotics and taking them daily.

3. Skincare

I’m sure you all saw this one coming, but it might just be the most important one for me! Doing my skincare routine, especially my nighttime skincare routine is truly my sacred ‘me time.’ If you guys follow me on Instagram, you know that in the mornings, I’ve usually got Colette in one arm, being called for by Chloe from the other room, and trying to put on eye cream with the other hand. (To check out what my realistic mornings really look like, click here!) So, aside from alone time in the shower, my nighttime routine is when I can really take my time to have some much-needed peace and quiet.

 

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4. Screen Time

I do everything on my phone. When I say everything, I literally mean EVERYTHING. I don’t even touch my laptop anymore because I’m constantly on the go. So, the initial idea of cutting down on my screen time was really daunting. I had officially turned into one of those people in movies who dramatically yell “my whole life is on my phone!” But, once I made it a point to actually put my phone DOWN when I got home after a day at the office or a long shoot day – I realized how impactful that has been and how much better my mood became! Aside from the occasional nighttime Instagram story of Chloe and Colette being adorable, from the moment I walk into my house to moment I put Chloe and Colette down to sleep – NO. PHONE.

Of course, now the problem is that I’m trying to avoid looking at it before I go to sleep, but one step at a time, right?

5. Sleep

I actually sleep quite a bit. To have the bandwidth to do as much as I do, and to keep myself performing at the high level I need to, sleep is an integral part of my wellness routine. I put Chloe to bed at around 8:30 or 9 pm which ends up being when I fall asleep because I’m just so exhausted by then. Sometimes I’ll wake up at around 2:30 am and answer some emails, but I try my best to sleep through the night.

I’m definitely not as young as I used to be when I could get by on 5 hours of sleep. As of now, sleep is absolutely essential to my wellness and sanity and it’s also when your body and brain recharge.

I wish I could say that I have it all figured out but I don’t, so for now, I’m just taking it day by day.

Do you all have any of your own wellness rules you follow that have really made an improvement in your life? I’d love to hear them! Drop a comment down below and have a great weekend!

If you so happen to live in a big metropolitan city, you might need to leave to really disconnect. Check out this post here to discover my favorite place to go to get away from it all!

Photography by: Karla Ticas

Location: Miraval, Austin

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