As part of the National Blog Posting Month Challenge (NaBloPoMo) that I’ve undertaken this month, I thought I’d dedicate Sunday’s to something a bit different and do some lifestyle posts. Today I’d like to share four things that improve my well-being. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and working on myself this past year. Through this I’ve been able to isolate four things that boost my overall happiness and health.
I had been doing yoga sporadically for about two years but over the last year I have adopted it as part of my regular routine. For the most part, I’ve been pretty good about going two times a week (excluding the summer as somehow those sunny days create a giant roadblock to the gym, who knew?!). My favourite type of yoga class is hot vinyasa. In a vinyasa class movement is coordinated with your breath to flow from one pose to the next. It’s a bit more of a challenging yoga class which I love and the hot environment makes it even more enjoyable. I always feel so refreshed and recharged afterwards. Not that these items are in any particular order, but I truly believe that regular yoga has been the biggest catalyst to improve my well-being this year.
Reading has always been a huge passion of mine, if you couldn’t tell from my monthly Love of Reading series. I love escaping into a good book, particularly after a stressful day. I’ve been trying to dedicate more time to reading instead of being on my phone or computer and I feel like it has been really good for me. In particular, I’ve been trying to read before bed instead of on my phone cruising social media. This also has been improving my quality of sleep too!
Going for a walk is part of my daily routine. This is something I do at least twice a day on work days as I take walks during my breaks with my lovely co-workers. Being able to step away from whatever I’ve been doing and either have a chat, or simply enjoy the scenery is so refreshing. I truly believe it is good for the soul. When I return to whatever I had been doing, or I move onto my next task I feel more awake and clearer than I had been prior to my walk. It doesn’t hurt that I work close to the Marina Park in Thunder Bay so the scenery is just amazing.
Music has always been another important part of my life. I honestly believe that for me, music is similar to scent. Just a few notes of a song can bring me back to a particular time of my life. Usually a time in my life where I listened to that particular song a lot. Music has taken me on so many journeys that I have to include it on this list of things that improve my well-being.
Yoga, reading, walking and music have all been so instrumental in my journey to improve my well-being. I’ve actually found that I’ve been sick way less than usual this year! What do you do to improve your well-being? Let me know in the comments down below!