It’s the JULY edition of Let’s Look!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
In January, we looked at HOW WE ORGANIZE FOR THE NEW YEAR.
In February, we looked at WHAT WE EAT IN A WEEK.
In March, we looked at OUR FAVES FROM HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE
In April, we looked at HOW WE DO DATE NIGHTS!
In May, we looked at OUR HOMETOWNS!
In June, we looked at OUR GO-TO SUMMER LUNCHES
And today, we’re looking at….HOW WE KEEP HEALTHY!
I don’t love this topic.
So…way back in December when I asked you ladies what we should discuss this year on Let’s Look, so many of you asked about how we “keep healthy”. Hmmmm…sitting here seven months later, I’m regretting selecting that as one of this year’s prompts. I’m going to assume that when those of you asked us to talk about this, it meant more like how do we (Erika and me) take care of ourselves emotionally, mentally and physically and that you’re looking for some “fluffy” answers. You’re looking for those easy little tips and ideas we have that encourage “healthy” living because (and excuse my frankness here) often being “healthy” is really just damn good luck. I know that so many of you live with health issues that are both physical and emotional/mental that you have ZERO control over. I pray over so many of you every day who currently have cancer. Or depression. Or many other awful things. I don’t want at all to act as if I have any control over those things in my own life. Okay? So far, I’ve been “lucky” to say the least, but I think we all know that my health (like many of yours) could turn on a dime, so I just don’t want anyone out there to feel even worse about a health situation they’re in while reading about me over here saying something trivial like “drink more water”. Water doesn’t cure most things, and I know many of you are dealing with heavy, heavy things.
So…with all of that said, I’m going to talk specifically about things I do to make me feel better each day and when I don’t do these things, I feel a bit lousy. This is not about anything serious, and I earnestly mean this when I say that I’m praying over you who are dealing with real health issues. This post is about fluff not real health issues.
So, here’s a pic of my sweet family to transition us into the fluff 😉 .
There are certain things that if I do/don’t do them, I feel better/worse about myself both physically and mentally.
I realllly love being 40.
Forty, so far, has been my very favorite age and one of the reasons why is that I have finally figured out some key ways I myself make me feel better or make me feel worse. I don’t know why I’m such a slow learner, but for whatever reason, this has been the year when many things have dawned on me. I *try* really hard to put these things into practice each and every day…and when I do, they almost always produce positive results and when I don’t, they produce negative results.
In no particular order, this is Shay at 40 keeping herself “healthy”:
#1: I don’t drink sodas. Ohhhh…I used to love me a diet soda until about ten years ago when I quit and let me tell you, huge difference! On the very, very, very rare occasion that I have one, I always feel icky after.
#2: I go outside every day. Whether I walk or run or simply go to my garden, sunshine and being outside is always a good idea.
#3: I stopped watching the news. Awwwww. Yes. This has been a big one. I now consume my news daily by listening to our local sports station. Several times an hour, they hit the day’s local, state, national and global news in a very politically neutral way. Should I need to know more about a topic (when news breaks), I will open up my computer and read a paper and/or turn on a TV news station, but other than that, I don’t need/want/enjoy the news on in the background of my life, and it’s helped me tremendously (and changed my viewpoints on many things!) when I’ve turned it off.
#4: I make annual appointments for skin checks, mammograms, with my OBGYN and I go twice a year to the dentist.
#5: I make dinner at home. I love eating out at restaurants and typically do about twice a week, but I find that eating at home is always a better choice for me. I don’t overindulge, I control the quality of what I eat, the timing of what I eat. Anytime I travel and eat out a lot, I always crave being home and having home cooked food.
#6: I drink water before bed and right when I wake up. This is a new one for me this year, and I love it! Before bed, I always drink a glass of water and then when I wake up, I drink one too (before my coffee). I always didn’t do this because I thought I’d have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night…but actually (thanks to a podcast that influenced me), I was waking up more often to get a drink then I do now to go to the bathroom. I really think I sleep much better!
#7: I have a very specific bedtime routine. Speaking of sleep, Andrew and I love our bedtime routine 🙂 . You can read all about it HERE. From our essential oils to the air temperature (we keep it cold!), a sound machine…listen, it’s a lot but I’ll tell you, we sleep SOLID!
#8: I unfollowed so many people on Instagram that I didn’t need to see every day in my feed. Hi, my name is Shay, and my profession is to be an influencer, but I’m going to tell you to stop following influencers/celebrities/family/friends that add irritation to your day. My feed is nothing but happiness and sunshine. Why? Because the world as a whole has sucked a lot lately, so when I open my Instagram, I like happiness and sunshine. If people are sunshine and inspire me, I want to see their content…if they don’t, I don’t want to see their content. If they’re someone I know and love personally who would be offended if I unfollowed them, I “mute” them so that they’re not in my feed and yet they don’t know that they’re not.
#9: I watch and read things that bring me joy. You know this about me…I read books and watch shows/movies that make me happy. If it’s cheesy, positive and uplifting, sign me up! If it’s heavy, dark and scary, I’ll pass.
#10: I limit how much time I spend on my phone. I have so many timers set to shut off my apps each day, turn my phone on ‘do not disturb’, etc that my phone is basically useless 99% of the time, but I love it. It took me less than five minutes to add a few daily tweaks to my phone’s setting so that it doesn’t bother me when I’m trying to live in the moment.
#11: Protein is my go-to. Whether for breakfast, lunch or a snack, I feel better when I grab things like nuts, eggs, maybe some cheese, a little chicken instead of packaged/carby things.
#12: I walk my dogs. No matter the weather or time of day, I never regret a nice walk…with my pups is always a bonus!
#13: I aim for 7 hours of sleep. Ohhh…this one is harder for me, but I feel better when I get closer to 7 hours of sleep. Now, I super duper struggle with making it happen, but when I do, I feel great!
#14: I enjoy time with my girlfriends! Whether it’s dinner or just a fun group chat, I always get encouraged and uplifted when I spend time with the women in my life. Those relationships keep me laughing and keep me happy.
#15: I lift weights. I know a lot of women don’t want to get “bulky” but really, how often do you see a “bulky” woman (and how often is that even a bad thing?!”). Lifting weights makes me feel strong, helps boost my energy, my metabolism, makes my clothes fit better, makes me physically able to do more, probably keeps my bones stronger…it’s all good stuff! If you missed Andrew’s weight lifting post on Monday, catch it HERE for at home, easy ideas!
#16: I have hobbies. Call me crazy, but I think hobbies make happy people. I have a variety (and they ebb and flow throughout the year), but from reading to working in my little veggie garden, yoga, running, reading books about French culture, Sudoku…you guys, the list is LONG! I love a hobby. I feel like anything I can do just for me that makes me happy, makes me physically present in the moment, expands me, grows me, educates me or just makes me smile is a good thing to do.
So, those are my 16 little healthy habits. I know they’re not earth-shattering, but sitting here this afternoon with two dogs asleep at my feet, French music playing and a La Croix on my desk, these are the things that I immediately thought of that make me a better me.
Now, it’s YOUR TURN! I would LOVE to hear what you do to keep yourself “heathy” (and happy!) during the year! Please comment and share!
Next time of Let’s Look…
…HOW YOU DO YOUR EVERY DAY CLEANING!
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Have the best Wednesday! xx