I finally learned how to prioritize my health and well-being after 20 years of struggles with weight, shame, and self-doubt. I am so grateful for all the ups and downs in my journey, as it truly helped me learn how to embrace life to the fullest. Through much trial and error, I learned the right strategies to elevate my health and I look forward to sharing these tips with you. While there are so many ways we can improve our well-being, the following three are the ones I find to be the most impactful for me (beyond nutrition and exercise.) Enjoy!

number oneCreate a Morning Routine

Most of us begin each day dreading the buzz of our alarm clock, and we hit snooze as many times as possible before we begrudgingly start our day. Instead of rushing around doing the basics, try adding some extra time (all you need is 5 minutes) to create your own morning routine. This routine is all about you and doing things you enjoy. Some ideas include reading a good book, listening to a podcast, journaling, or exercise. When you know you have things to look forward to in the morning instead of it just being a means to an end, it makes getting up actually enjoyable! (And bonus – you will feel more productive and energized too!) I recommend reading Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 am) if you want to learn more about developing your own Miracle Morning.

number 2Prioritize Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing and I couldn’t agree more. The latest Sleep in America 2018 Poll highlights this disconnect between the value of sleep and our reality of not making it happen. While most Americans think sleep contributes to their next day effectiveness, only 10% of people are prioritizing it over other aspects of daily living. While our individual sleep needs vary, figuring out the average amount of sleep that is best for you and scheduling that time in is key. For example, I plan my schedule (as part of my morning routine) to include eight hours of “in-bed time”. If I fall behind my schedule, then I shift the next day as much as possible to maximize sleep. While some of my “in-bed time” is used towards winding down (like reading or listening to an audiobook), I often fall asleep fairly quickly and can count on getting at least 7 ½ hours in. I also recommend turning off your digital screens at least one hour before bed and creating a simple evening journaling routine. I take a few minutes to write down what I am grateful for, and also jot down any to-do items for the next day or random thoughts that come up. This helps clear my mind and de-stress before bedtime.

number threeMeditation

Meditation is becoming increasingly popular as more people realize its benefits. A meditative practice is a process of habitually training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. There are many ways you can go about meditating, and it can be as simple as taking a few depth breaths to focus on the present moment. According to findings from Johns Hopkins University researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine, meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. Personally, I enjoy meditating using my headspace app each morning, and I also focus on taking a few deep breaths throughout the day anytime I start feeling stressed. This pause helps me get grounded in the present, and allows me to disconnect from any thoughts that aren’t serving me.

“Health” is a “state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing” as defined by the World Health Organization. This definition highlights an important shift we are taking towards a proactive approach to health and wellness. By proactively focusing on your health, you benefit by also improving your overall well-being and quality of life! Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Knowing where to begin can be tough, and that is why partnering with a coach is such a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals. With Ama La Vida’s health and wellness coaching, you are guided towards true transformation through self-reflection to gain clarity and focus. This is exactly what your best version of you needs to combat self-sabotage, create healthy habits, and harness your personal power!

If you are ready to elevate your health and realize your potential, schedule your free coaching consult with me today! I look forward to connecting with you!

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Sara Dawson

Sara Dawson

Sara is a career and wellness coach with Ama La Vida. You can get to know her and book a free consultation with her here: https://alvcoaching.com/team-sara/