Busy, the Grind, Hustle Culture, whatever you call it, I was a card-carrying member for years! I was proud of my membership and wore it like a badge of honor. I loved being super busy. Work multiple jobs? Check! Go to grad school while working said multiple jobs? Check! Accept every invite and say yes to all the projects coming my way? Check and Check!
I was raised Baptist not Catholic, but in my exploration of spirituality and the rituals I would like to participate in, I chose to do Lent this year. Lent is part of the Christian faith and is a time of penitence where we are asked to fast and choose items to abstain from in a way to mark the 40-day period that Jesus was fasting in the wilderness. Giving up certain pleasures is a way to foster simplicity and self-control, it is a reminder of our penance and creates a sort of suffering on our part.
As another year rolls around a new set of trends pop up in various industries. While I don’t consider myself the trendiest person, I do like to see where wellness is headed and if there is anything new I want to try or old habits I want to expand.
Here are a few trends that caught my eye for this year.
Oh sleep, that ever-elusive healthy habit I am constantly chasing. I have found myself over the years stating that sleep is my wellness flaw. I exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, meditate, practice self-love, and many other habits that make up my wellness lifestyle. But no matter what I do, sleep can still be a struggle.
Self-care has somehow become synonymous with selfish. We feel instantly bad when we take time to ourselves or over explain so as not to offend those in our lives when we need some “me” time. When did this become the case? Why is self-care such a bad thing?
Over 20 years ago back in 1998 I laced up my sneakers to head out for a run. I had never actually gone for a run before, but I knew people loved it and it was a great form of cardio, so I decided to give it a try. I ran two miles, felt proud of myself, and then experienced excruciating pain in my knee to the point where I was limping for a few days. And thus ended my running career. I did try it again years later living here in NYC only to have the same experience.
Picture this: New York City, 2009
I arrived in Brooklyn, the place I would now call home. It was July, it was hot, I was lost, I was scared, I was alone. I felt unloved and maybe even a little dead inside.
Habits, how do we create them and how do we stick with them? That is a BIG question!
We are all habitual people but why does it seem so hard to create and stick with new healthy habits? Creating habits requires a shift in our mindset to one of belief that we can stick with this and will be successful. The shift focuses on who we are becoming in the process not the habits themselves. We need to become so emotionally invested in sticking with the habit that nothing can shake us.
As the wellness industry continues to grow, new trends pop up all the time. Some of them I entertain and research while others I leave to someone else to try out. As we move into 2022, I was curious to see which ones might be taking the spotlight for this year. Here are a few I’m thinking about exploring.
The countdown begins, we watch the ball drop, we raise our glass and kiss our friends. The new year has arrived! Now what?
This is the time of year when many of us make resolutions or set goals and intentions for the year ahead.
Exercise and movement have always been a big part of my life, but “I don’t want to bulk up” were the exact words I would think anytime someone suggested I add weights to my routine. I am a petite 5’2” and I thought lifting weights would make me look bulky.
Misconceptions about meditation cause us to become frustrated because we have some preconceived idea of what meditation is supposed to be that simply isn’t true. If you have found yourself giving up on meditation, here are some myths that often come up for beginners.
I remember being in my first yoga class thinking it was hard for me to be so quiet. I’m a talkative person by nature so this felt awkward for me, not to mention a little serious. I had been taking dance classes for years where there was laughter, everyone complimenting each other, and being just plain noisy. This was a whole new world for me, and I didn’t think I liked it.