When COVID-19 happened, I found it hard to find a steady routine to live by every day, and it was harder because my then-work schedule would change like a girl changes clothes. Besides, the job was taking its toll on my mental health. But then, after 15 months of the pandemic and year of grad school, I decided that it was time to put the beer and wine aside and get my act together. Yes, I seldom drink now. #Wins
Building healthier habits isn’t the only way to practice self-love. Self-love also requires accepting yourself for who you are, and that includes your flaws as well as opening up to them. Maybe it’s because people weren’t at their best during the pandemic, but self-improvement became a vast movement. Me? I just chose to do it on my own terms, not society’s. Besides, how many people actually say they’re going to ostensibly “improve” themselves and actually do it? The answer is very, very few.
That’s the thing about habits; they’re easy to build and harder to kick. When it comes to health and wellness, they’re actually harder to build and and harder to kick. But it slowly gets better over time. Healthy habits CAN be easy to build and to keep! For me? It took about a week to be less dependent on alcohol. But since getting the app, Fit On, I’m more cognizant of what I choose to put in my body. That isn’t to say that you can’t have a strawberry margarita at your local Mexican restaurant with churros and warm chocolate dip for dessert. That’s just simply depriving yourself of having fun!
Some habits include:
- Waking up at 6 a.m. (or any time before 11).
- Getting a morning workout in. I do yoga and meditation, preferably outside.
- If you can’t work out, just simply stretch.
- Shower, if needed or just pat-dry your face
- Having coffee or tea (whichever you prefer, just don’t drink too much caffeine!)
- Have a protein shake or something healthy for breakfast.
- Communicating however which way with the people you love, even if it’s just checking in.
- Soaking up a healthy amount of Vitamin D.
- Taking vitamins.
- Dancing around in your room to a killer playlist (I personally adore Lana Del Rey).
- Getting dressed.
- Taking a walk or run and getting in a certain amount of steps.
- Spending time with your sweetie and/or friends.
- Drink water! I like mine in a glass with a wedge of lime or lemon to boost my metabolism.
As cliche as this sounds, your body really is the only one you have. Treat it well. After all, the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Build good habits for you and only you. If this serves as motivation for you, well, that’s just fantastic!
Good luck, my loves.