Whether you read wishing well, water well or be well, this little series is meant to be a little of each. The last few years have taught me how important it is to invest in our mind, body and spirit. A lot of us are living a fast-paced, demanding life and I can attest personally to our limitations. We allow ourselves to be overworked, overbooked and overwhelmed, but often leave out time for rest, time to be present, and time to just be more well. I know how different my days are when they are filled with life-giving things, people and experiences, and I want to inject more of that into my own days and hopefully help inject a little of it into yours. Each week I’ll share five ideas for creating a little more space, peace, energy, awareness or just rest in your days. Would love to hear all your be well wisdom too!
I’m currently reading Bob Goff’s new book Everybody Always. Typically soul stuff is hard, gritty stuff. And it is change and work we all need to pursue. But sometimes we don’t have the space or capacity to work on the really tough stuff. Bob has this beautiful way of convicting you to change your heart in the most uplifting of ways. I’m about half way through, and feel inspired and energized by Bob’s words, not burdened or overwhelmed. The subtitle of the book is “Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People.” Reading has always been a way for me to rest and recharge and quiet some of the noise in my restless mind. Bob’s books are easy reads with short chapters (his first book Love Does is also really wonderful), perfect if you’re short on time or attention (or both in my case these days!).
Y’all, I love some Booch. Not to be confused with Hooch. Kombucha has become part of my daily routine (and has actually replaced alcohol for the most part)! If you’re still unsure what I’m talking about, check out this article for more details. Kombucha is a fermented drink that contains a ton of healthy bacteria for your gut — probiotics. It is also carbonated and slightly alcoholic because of the fermentation process, which both help to scratch that indulgent end of the day itch. My go to is GT’s Trilogy (widely available at grocery stores). I also love this as a replacement for sugary mixers for cocktail hour. Try it. Seriously good!
Prompted by my mom (who happens to be one of the best looking/feeling 50 somethings I know), I recently started taking pilates classes from a studio that uses Reformers. My body is still recovering from carrying twins and having a C section, and though it will never be quite the same, this has really helped me feel better and done more than training or any other workout to begin strengthening my core. Reformer pilates is much gentler on your body and actually recommended for people recovering from injuries or surgeries and can be modified to meet you where you are. You are also lying down on your back for the most part, taking away the distraction of looking around or seeing others, which I find really helps me use the time to meditate just breathing and adjusting my body to have good form. I’ve been going to Club Pilates, but there are also a lot of local studios who practice this as well! If you aren’t quite sure but want to check it out, Club Pilates does free 30-minute intro classes so you can test it out!
Really loving the 10% Happier podcast by Dan Harris, the ABC newsman who famously had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which ultimately led him to meditation and mindfulness. He interviews all sorts of smart folks from this space on his search to find out if there is more than the 10% and to answer this question: “Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?” He began this journey with his book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works, which I also highly recommend!
If you only have a couple of minutes, watch this video of Kristen Bell from the Child Mind Institute. I’ve struggled with anxiety at different times in my life and this is a great reminder that mental health is so important to talk about and shouldn’t me stigmatized, and no matter how perfect someone’s life may look, we all have our own issues to deal with. No one should ever feel alone in their struggles and stepping out to speak up and make it okay to talk about them is a huge step in the right direction!