Pollen season is in full-swing here in the city, making many a New Yorker think twice before sitting on that park bench for lunch. But with the Spring season being more of a myth than an actual annual occurrence, here are a few extra strategies to enjoy those rare sunny days without suffering for it any longer than necessary.
I love checklists.
I love the satisfaction of crossing out a to-do and mentally celebrating! In fact, sometimes if I do a thing that I didn’t have on my list, I write it down JUST SO I CAN CROSS IT OFF.
So here is my gift to you: your OWN checklist to guide you to your wellness goals. The beauty is that you can probably check a few (or a lot!) of things off this list that you do everyday! And for the remaining To-Dos? Each week choose your top 2 that you commit to working on, and don’t forget that slow and steady wins the race.
Lets hear it for Adaptation. It’s what’s kept us alive for centuries!
Cold? Can’t see in the dark? Are you over steak tartare? AND SO MAN HARNESSED FIRE.
Tired of carrying that heavy load? AND SO MAN INVENTED THE WHEEL.
Can never remember how to set the VCR? AND SO MAN CREATED NETFLIX.
Aside from those critical milestones, adaptation is a big part of what keeps us going everyday.
When our ability to adapt runs out - thats when we end up tired, injured, or sick.
Here are the 3 ways our bodies lose adaptation, and how to get it back!
Aaaand, welcome back!
Today, we talk about Part Two of:
HOW TO HAVE AN ENERGETIC DAY WHEN YOU DON’T NECESSARY FEEL ENERGETIC.
Last time we talked, we discussed the importance staying hydrated, prepping your body with protein for you to BURN rather than STORE, and the trifecta of protein/healthy fat/complex carb thats going to keep you full and happy.
Today we carry through the idea of the winning combo, but also touch on how to set your sleep/wake cycle, how to UNWIND, and some good habits to GET BETTER SLEEP (so tomorrow is even better).
So without further ado..
Some days. You know the ones - those days. The good news is that when you start having one of those day, you don’t have to load yourself onto the struggle bus and hope for the best. You can set yourself up to have the best day possible - which may not be your best. day. ever. - but it could be a heck of a lot better than just schlepping through the day hating the world.
Here’s my routine for those groggy “my bed feels extra good, do i really have to leave it?” days. Sure, this is probably what we should be doing EVERY day, but I try to be extra diligent on the days where it matters most.
Healing and wellness are tricky things, you know? You juuust start to feel good, when - whoop, there it is - something happens and you feel like you’ve just stumbled backwards.
What happened?? - Odds are, your body just wasn’t set in it’s healthier pattern quite yet.
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on keeping on.
Below I’ve outlined how every body achieves wellness. Sure, your individual journey may go faster or slower or take a few different detours than the person next to you (that’s what I’m here to help you with), but these are the mile markers you’ll hit to know you’re on the right track and headed for something great.
Beyonce concert at Barclays.
Rush hour on the L.I.E.
Central Air in mid-July.
Three examples that show your environment can definitely affect your energy.
Your environment can also play a HUGE factor in your overall health and happiness.
So lets use that to your advantage!
Here are 4 easy ways to create a HEALTHIER and HAPPIER environment, whether you’re at home or the office. Some of these changes can be done in less than 30 minutes (and it would be time well spent!).