Washing hands with soap and water began as a religious ritual and cultural habit. Much later, it was connected to the reduction of illness and infection by Ignaz Semmelweis. Today, we're well aware of the preventative capabilities of handwashing, but are we using this wellness tool as effectively as we could, and should?
Staying hydrated is a vital, but often overlooked, aspect of health and wellness. Dehydration occurs when the body is losing more fluids than it's taking in. The more active someone is, the more attentive they need to be to water (and electrolyte) consumption. Knowing the signs of dehydration offers an opportunity to hydrate, before symptoms become more severe.
When I have the slightest tingle in my throat, at the first sign of the sniffles, when I wake up with a slight headache, or pressure around my eyes, I go into defense mode. Sometimes, I start acting before the first red flag, because it's "that time of year", or I noticed the ragweed count on the rise. Below are the practices and products I've come to count on, to get me back on track when I'm starting a downhill slide.
One could argue that nothing we could invest in, has a greater impact on our quality of life, contentment, joy, and fulfilment than our wellness. One of the keys to achieving greater health and wellbeing, is to develop a more holistic approach to the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits. When we focus on various aspects of wellness individually, while still considering the concept more comprehensively, we'll start to feel better, inside and out.
Quotes are a source of motivation, inspiration, relaxation, contemplation, and also courage. They can be held in one's memory, or placed somewhere they'll be seen regularly. Sometimes people put quotes on their bathroom mirror or fridge, others frame them and give them a home on work desks or walls. A good quote can help someone through emotional turbulence or support them as they push toward their physical limits. Perhaps, most importantly, quotes express complex messages, universal truths, and deep emotions, clearly and simply, in ways that resonate and move us.
One of the most important things about self-care is that it improves our mental health. When we don't take proper care of ourselves, we're much more susceptible to feeling anxious, depressed, and out of control. When we feel out of control, there's a greater chance that we'll use harmful coping mechanisms to suppress our emotions.
I wish I'd realized, at the time, that the fatigue which kept me from checking my watch was actually the consequence of not training effectively. This turned out to be equally true of my tunnel vision. As soon as I started training to heart rate, I felt more comfortable. I was listening to my body and working within my limits. I could look at my watch or around the neighborhood, even chat with other runners! For the first time, I was actually able to enjoy myself and experience flow when I was running.
Taking a more proactive approach to consent requires creating relationships where open and honest communication can take place. It involves listening intently, with all of our senses, to the words, body language, tone of voice, and movements of others, as they respond to our words, actions, and movement. It requires respecting the boundaries of others, and gracefully accepting rejection, without questioning or demanding explanations.