Taking Back Your Life
“A healthy life begins from the choices you make the moment you wake up.” -Cayla Evans
How to start your day
Choosing not to lay in bed for half an hour in the morning and choosing to get up and start your day can boost your daily energy levels. It can be difficult to convince yourself to stop hitting snooze or setting your phone down from social media. Trust me, it makes a big difference in how the rest of your day goes.
Why excuses are your enemy
While telling yourself you can put off exercise or a healthy lifestyle change to next week, you are subconsciously telling yourself that your mental and physical health are after thoughts. It is important to take care of yourself. This can create long-term anxiety around healthy lifestyle changes.
How to start choosing yourself
It is incredibly important for you to decide if all the choices you are making throughout the day are actually benefitting your future. Or are the choices you are making benefitting someone else?
I don’t want people to think I’m being selfish
You aren’t! Saying no to going out to dinner with a friend or even a family gathering that causes you stress isn’t selfish. Anything that creates long-term anxiety is not worth it. The people in your life should understand that.
It is you taking care of your mental and emotional health. It is okay to cancel plans or even say no up front to events. It is also okay to tell your work no to tasks that fall outside of your typical scope. It is important for you to be your biggest advocate.
Many times we are taught as children to keep our heads down. To do things that create the least ripple in the lake. While always being a “yes girl” will make everyone else, yourself drained at the end of the day. It is important for you to allocate the majority of your energy daily into proactive healthy choices for you. You don’t have to neglect your loved ones, but to start making yourself a priority.
Why I Chose Zumba
As someone who was used to working out inside of a gym before the nightmare of Covid-19 hit, I never saw myself being the type of person who got their exercise in by YouTube Zumba Classes.
For some reason I held in the internalized fear of looking silly trying something new instead of just living. Who was going to judge me? Me? I gave it a try and have been doing it now for the past three weeks every single day.
While I still crack myself up at some of the dance moves or exercise moves that I am doing, it has become part of my daily self-care. Who would have thought you could get such a good at-home cardio workout in front of your tv without any machines?
While for me it wasn’t about the weight on the scale or the measurements around my waist, I can tell you I have lost and kept off twelve pounds by doing a forty minute Zumba class everyday. If you are looking for an exercise that just about anyone can do no matter your activity level, Zumba is a great choice!
Why meal prep?
Our week seldom goes as planned. Meal prepping gave me back a lot of freedom. I choose to meal prep my lunch every single week. I chose Sunday night for my designated self-care time. It doesn’t have to be Sunday’s for you. Do what works best with your schedule!
For me I didn’t realize the additional stress of deciding what to make for lunch everyday was causing. While not everyday was giving me additional anxiety or dread, I realized I thinking about what I was going to make myself daily became a chore.
Every Sunday I try to meal prep two different lunches to alternate between throughout my week. So, instead of trying to make a decision or taking half of my lunch preparing a meal, I can now just reheat an already prepared dish.
Meal prepping is giving yourself the gift or relaxation throughout the week. It is also amazing to help with portion control! I personally got my meal prep containers at my local TJ Maxx, but you can get yours at any store that sells small containers. For me, I have found that my favorite containers are the ones that have up to 3 separate compartments inside of it. Almost in the style of a Bento box.
For me, I am someone who thoroughly enjoys going out with my friends and family a once or twice a week. I like to try new food and mix things up. I do too have limits about how often I am saying yes to going out. It is never because I don’t want to see that person. Sometimes your day can burn you our more than you had planned. Don’t over schedule yourself because even sleep has it’s limits for healing.
“Don’t Cut Out Everything All At Once. Moderation is Key!” -Cayla Evans
While having a cheat day when you are focusing on your health is a lot of fun, just remember you don’t have to cut everything you love out throughout the week. Oftentimes eating your favorite foods in moderation will make for more successful lifestyle change than just going cold turkey.
Sunshine is natures way of giving us a boost of energy and gives many health benefits. Did you know Sunshine (Vitamin D) is key in absorbing calcium to maintain bone health? It can even help strengthen your bones. It also helps support a healthy a brain, heart, teeth and lungs.
While too much sun can have negative side effects such as skin cancer, heat exhaustion and sunburn. The good outweighs the bad in the long run especially if you do so in moderation and with sunscreen protection!
For me, I work in front of a computer 9-5 Monday through Friday, so getting outside for at least an hour a day helps reset my serotonin levels. I get outside daily by going on walks with my dogs, but going on nature walks, gardening, or even going outside to read a good book are wonderful ways to get a daily dose of natures happiness medicine!
Just remember to protect your skin if you are going to be outside for more than a short walk!
If you are still feeling that you need more guidance on your spiritual journey a psychic reading can help with peace of mind.