Health + Wellness

Focus Word for 2018: Wellness

January 1, 2018

My Post-Baby Workout Routine

It’s officially time to hit the reset button.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Many of us will use the new year as the perfect time to start new resolutions, and most of our resolutions will include some something like exercising and eating well. I’ll admit I’m in that camp this year!

Heather Astleford | www.sunflowermagnolia.com | Life Update

2017 was a great year for us as we welcomed our first child in January 2017. As wonderful as that’s been, it has come with a price on my health. I’m constantly grateful that I’m naturally healthy, but pregnancy motherhood have taken a toll on me. The physical strain of pregnancy and delivery is probably obvious, but the emotional and mental strains of postpartum life were less obvious.

I told my husband I’ve had more sick days over the past year and a half than I had in the previous 10 years combined; whether I’ve had headaches due to lack of sleep, postpartum depression/anxiety, mastitis from breastfeeding, loss of appetite and then massive hunger or general body aches and pains. I’ve had a lot more fatigue and loss of physical strength. than I did pre-baby.

It has taken an emotional toll as well. At times, I’ve struggled to figure out my “new normal” as a mother, and it’s been hard to let go of my freedom because baby needs me so much. Many of my personal goals have taken a backseat for an indeterminate amount of time while my daughter is so young.

The parents out there are probably thinking, ‘Welcome to parenthood,’ and you’re right! I’ve officially joined the club. That’s why it’s important for me in 2018 to focus on whole body wellness. I’m not setting diet and exercise goals, but I’m taking a mind, body and spirit approach to being healthier.

Here’s my *tentative and subject to change* plan:

Mind

I’ve talked before on the blog about mindfulness and the importance of being in the moment. While I still believe that’s true, this year I’m going to try to take a big picture perspective. As a mom, it’s easy to get bogged down in the daily tasks and chores, and to think that life will always be that way. In 2018, I’m going to practice elevating my mind to see the long-term picture, and when I have tough days to remind myself that this is a phase of life, which will pass soon enough.

Body

It seems easy to focus on the body—eat right and exercise—but the truth is it’s often a bottom-of-the-list task. In 2018, I’m rewriting the to-do list and putting working out and eating well near the tippy-top of the list. I’m not going off the deep end to start with but my goal is to work out 3 times per week for at least 30 minutes, and to do low-intensity physical activities with my family on off-days.

While I was off of dairy I got used to life without it, watching carefully what I ate and making more meals at home, and I want to keep up that habit.

Spirit

I think of the spirit as the place where our feelings come from—the basis of how we think and feel everyday—and I think the spirit is often neglected.

In 2018, I’m getting back in touch with my spirit by rediscovering who I am as a person in my new world. I’m going to be more patient and kind with myself, and I’m going do something that feels extravagant once per season. That could be getting a facial, going to a movie by myself, eating a fancy dinner with my husband, going on a kid-free coffee date with a girlfriend or buying a dress that makes me feel beautiful. The point is to do something small that lifts my spirit.

Wellness is word for 2018. I’m going to focus mind/body/spirit by working out and eating healthy, being kinder to myself and taking a big picture view at my life and its purpose. I feel good about having a blueprint for how I want to be this year, and I hope to check in on these goals occasionally on the blog to track progress. I’m excited you’ll be coming along with me!

Do you have any plans for the New Year? Let me know what you’re focusing on in 2018 in the comments below. 🙂

Joie de vivre and wellness goals,

Heather

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