Part 4: Physical Wellness
"How healthy are you?"
That's a loaded question, isn't it? There are many different aspects of health and wellness, ranging from emotional and spiritual health to physical health and everything in between. Still, it's pretty safe to say that you can't achieve many other aspects of wellness without being at least somewhat physically healthy.
Of course, this doesn't have to mean spending two hours at the gym every day (who has time for that?). Achieving physical wellness is more about taking practical measures to care for your body through diet, movement, and other simple habits.
Looking for ways to recognize, celebrate, and nurture your own sense of physical wellness? We've got you covered with some morning, afternoon, and evening rituals that your body will thank you for.
7 Dimensions of Wellness
Let's start with a basic understanding of the "big picture" of wellness, which consists of these seven parts:
- Emotional Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Physical Wellness
- Intellectual Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
The way we see it, there's always going to be some room for improvement in at least one (if not several) of these seven dimensions of wellness. That's because life can be busy, crazy, and chaotic! The important thing is to always be striving for balance—and to recognize and take action when one of these aspects of wellness has perhaps been neglected.
For many of us who lead busy yet rewarding lives, cultivating that sense of physical wellness isn't always easy. Fortunately, we've got some simple morning, afternoon, and evening rituals that you can implement today to start improving your own physical wellness.
Come on, Bloomers...let's celebrate what our bodies are capable of!
What is Physical Wellness?
The concept of physical wellness may seem simple enough, but it's actually more complicated than a lot of people realize. Yes, it's true that nutrition and exercise/physical activity are important components of physical wellness, but there's more to it than that. The amount of sleep you get, your physical hygiene, and even how you spend your free time can all have major impacts on your physical well being. The same goes for how often you visit the doctor for wellness visits and how much (or little) you consume alcohol.
As you can see, there's a lot that contributes to your physical wellness—but being mindful about your physical wellness and taking steps to improve it are important for a number of reasons. Most notably, your physical wellness affects many other aspects of your overall wellness. For example, if you aren't getting enough sleep each night, your occupational wellness is likely to suffer because you'll be too tired to do your work well.
Meanwhile, a lack of physical wellness can manifest itself in low self-esteem, which can have negative effects on your emotional wellness. When you take time to realize why physical wellness matters and prioritize your physical health, you can work towards that wellness equilibrium that we all wish to achieve!
Daily Rituals to Celebrate Your Physical Wellness
So, what are some small daily routines you can implement to start improving your physical wellness without necessarily making any huge lifestyle changes in the process? We've got some ideas!
A great morning ritual can help you get things off to the right start, setting the tone for the rest of your day.
Rather than being harshly roused out of bed with a loud alarm clock, consider more peaceful and gentle ways to wake up for the day. There are plenty of free alarm clock apps that allow you to set a gentle, quiet alarm that will gradually get louder as time goes on. Consider choosing a calming song to wake up to—or even some peaceful nature sounds. You might be surprised at how much more pleasant it is to wake up this way than with a sudden and harsh alarm.
Once you're awake for the day, take a moment to do a full body stretch while you're still in bed. Not only will this feel great, but it will help to gently wake up your body and get the blood pumping.
Next, treat yourself to a nutritious breakfast; after all, this is the most important meal of the day! If you have time to whip up a balanced breakfast, consider an egg omlette stuffed with fresh vegetables and mushrooms. Short on time? You can always start preparing overnight oats the night before so that you can literally wake up to a complete and balanced breakfast waiting for you in the fridge. Yum! And with so many overnight oat recipes to choose from, you're sure to find a few that you love.
Consider pairing your breakfast with Matcha Purity Powder, which is a great way to hydrate and enjoy all the benefits of matcha at the same time. Our Matcha Purity Powder packets are easy to use and can help you free your mind, detoxify your body, and ground your soul.
Before you continue on with your day, finish your morning routine with a little meditation to prepare your mind for the rest of the day. Set some solid intentions for your day and, if you have time, work in a few stretches or yoga poses to wake up and nourish your body.
Moving into the afternoon, things can get a little more hectic. You might have work deadlines to meet, errands to run, or kids to care for. Maybe you're dealing with a combination of all these obligations! Regardless, it's important to set some time aside for your physical well being. The good news is that you don't need to dedicate a ton of time to engage in an afternoon routine that's beneficial to your body.
For starters, if you work at a desk job or otherwise spend a lot of time sitting during the afternoon, be mindful of your posture. Poor posture can have a negative impact on your health and wellness. You might even consider using a standing desk or sitting on an exercise ball at your desk to promote better posture and circulation.
If you find that you feel a bit of a "slump" in your mood and productivity going into the afternoon hours, you're not alone! That's why this is a great time to incorporate a little lively music into your day. Consider creating an afternoon playlist that you can turn on to motivate you and possibly even get your body moving. You might be surprised at what a difference a little upbeat music can make in your mood and productivity.
Still feeling a little down? Treat your body to another Matcha green tea for that boost of energy your body needs.
If you have time, make an effort to get outside at some point during the afternoon. This doesn't have to mean going for a mile walk in your neighborhood; even just taking 10 minutes to enjoy your Matcha green tea on your front porch can help to rejuvenate your mind and body.
As the sun begins to set, it's time to start thinking about your evening routine. Your evening ritual can help you finish the day strong while setting the foundation for an excellent night of sleep.
A nutritious dinner is important—but try to finish your last meal at least a couple of hours before you plan on going to bed. Eating too soon before bed can interrupt your sleep. Likewise, it's a good idea to get into the habit of shutting off your television and silencing your phone an hour or two before bed. Not only will this help your mind "shut off," but will reduce your exposure to blue light that can otherwise make it difficult to fall asleep.
Before you go to bed, get into the habit of doing some breathing exercises or even a guided meditation to help give some closure to your day and prepare your body for rest. Many people find it helpful to list a few things they're thankful for or a few positive events from the day. You can simply list these in your mind or even take the time to write them down; whatever works for you!
The Final Word on Physical Wellness
A little effort goes a long way when it comes to cultivating a greater sense of physical wellness. And while it's true that exercise (from simple yoga and stretches to cardio) can improve your physical wellness, it's also important to focus on your nutrition, sleep, and other habits.
Put these morning, afternoon, and evening rituals to the test to see how they can improve your own physical wellness. And of course, feel free to personalize these routines in any way you see fit. We hope these simple yet effective rituals help you live your life in full bloom!