Everyone’s journey is different, but all of us have felt a time in our lives when we needed a change. Life changes can be good when you’re feeling in a rut, trying to move on from a bad experience, or simply wanting to work on personal development. Whether you’re starting a new career, going back to school, or taking on another big life change, remember to practice self-care in your quest for personal growth. Here are some ways to practice wellness and mindfulness in your new life transitions.
Nourish yourself. It goes without saying that a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. Don’t let a busy work or school schedule make you turn to take out for dinner every night. You can still eat healthy when you’re busy. Meal prepping at the beginning of the week can keep you on a clean eating program during weekday lunches and on nights when you get home too late to cook. Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, healthy fats, and lean protein. Avoid starchy foods, fried foods, refined sugar, processed food, and junk food. Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol and sugary beverages. When you feed your body healthy foods, you’re able to think clearly and feel more balanced emotionally. You’ll find yourself sleeping better, digesting better, and feeling more energetic. More energy means a clearer mind and more attention to focus on your life goals.
Move your body. Start a feasible exercise program to go with your healthy diet. A feasible exercise program is one that you can stick to. Many people start an exercise program that isn’t sustainable because they don’t have time for it, find it too challenging, can’t afford it, or get bored with it. Then they quit. Try as many different activities as you can until you find the one that gets you excited. Running might not be your thing, but perhaps yoga is.
Meditate. Yoga is an activity that can cover the exercise portion as well as the meditation portion of your wellness journey. Meditation can be a big stress reliever and anxiety reducer. You can join a meditation group or visit a meditation garden, but meditation can be practiced at home. There are online programs and apps that you can use to supplement your meditation. If you have the space at home, try designing a meditation room that’s relaxing, comfortable, and free of clutter and distractions.
Pamper yourself. Do things that matter to you. Whether it’s retail therapy, a massage, a new haircut, a hike, a date, or a movie, you deserve to give yourself a treat for all the hard work you’ve been putting in.
Don’t wait for friends to accompany you to things you want to do. Have you been meaning to check out the museum exhibit that’s only around for another month? Have you always wanted to see a certain band that’s coming to town this weekend? Is there a restaurant that you’ve been meaning to try? Then go alone. You don’t need a buddy to enjoy things in life. If you’re keeping yourself entertained and happy with a good work-play balance, then you’ll be able to focus on personal growth and development.
Spend time with people who make you feel good. Maybe you’re too busy to make time for people who don’t bring you positive feelings, or maybe you just don’t need the stress that comes with an emotionally draining friend. Whatever your reasons, don’t spend time with people who don’t bring out the best in you. If you’re working on personal development, then you should surround yourself with people who are also working towards positive changes in their life. You should definitely surround yourself with people who support your goals.
Since you’re trying to become the best version of yourself that you can be, you have to invest in self-care. You might not have the time or energy to spend on things that don’t serve you well, so take this time to do what you want. Treat yourself, and the personal growth will fall into place. A life can’t grow without being fed.
This article was written by Scott Sanders, He is the creator of CancerWell.org, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer.