Writing today’s Wellness Wednesday post on Saturday night, a few days after the fact. So don’t worry. It’s just me. You haven’t lost half a week! Enjoyed a busy week with my sister Valerie while my PC worked out of town. If I was an organized blogger, I’d have realized the need to have a couple of posts written in advance…like this one, maybe?…to go live while my sister was here. But I never seem to have posts written more than a day or two ahead of time. So, here’s last week’s Wellness Wednesday, a few days late.
To review, you can read my first Wellness Wednesday post, here. Cardio tips and goals update in February, fav exercise gadgets for March. In April, we wrote about our favorite natural wellness tips and May was another goals update accompanied by skin and beauty tips, June’s post was about mental health care. Which brings us to July. Today I am updating progress on my goals and sharing a few emotional health care tips.
Wellness Goals Update
Rating my progress again this month on a scale of 1-5, where a 5 means I have fulfilled my goal completely, here’s how things pan out for Wellness Wednesday, 07.2018.
We continue to work hard in the exercise department. Gym workouts with weights, swimming, bike riding and walking. I am trying to walk Monday-Saturday to up my daily step counts. We lift weights every time we go to the gym, so I am surpassing my twice a week goal. Feeling much more fit.
Haven’t tracked my Weight Watchers points for a long time. Probably not since I set that goal to do so! Ha! But we are eating healthier. Continuing to drink my water. Cook dinners Monday-Thursday or Friday, and almost always cook dinner on Sunday. Rarely indulge in dessert, although I baked PC some welcome home chocolate chip cookies yesterday. Did drink a few extra glasses of wine this week while my sister was visiting but will be back on track in the coming week.
Staying Well 4.0
So I made an appointment with my primary care provider to get a referral for a dermatologist to have a full body skin exam. But when I got there, she told me I was overdue for a mammogram and we got side tracked about that. She forgot to give me the referral for the dermatologist. I will call to see if she can do it over the phone without having me go back into her office.
I am wearing sunscreen every day. I put it on my face first thing in the morning and then before my walk, I spray it on everywhere. Always wear it to swim. And my UV sun protection swim shirt.
Talked to my primary care provider about my struggles with waking and worrying at night, feeling anxious and stressed. She increased the dosage of my OCD meds and prescribed something that works a little like Benadryl to help me sleep. Both seem to be working. Hopeful that they will help to bring me peace from my own thoughts!
Mental Wellness 4.5
Yes to writing, playing brain games, and reading. Enjoying my virtual book club.
Spiritual Wellness 4.0
Have been home all month so far but have had company 8 days out of 14. So haven’t been completely faithful to beginning those days with quiet time while my company was here.
Relationship Wellness 3.5
We have been out of town together, out of town apart or had company for much of this year! And have gotten away from unplugging at 9 pm. So this area needs more work. Looks like my Prince may be working in North Carolina next month, though. Need to plan some special dates between now and then.
Was optimistic in June’s post that all categories would be 4.0s or above by this month. So close but no cigar. Have to say that doing this Wellness Wednesday series (even when I post on Saturdays!), has made me more conscientious about improving my overall health.
Emotional Health Care Tips
Had to look up the difference between emotional and mental health. Apparently, emotional health is an aspect of overall mental health. Explained like this on HealthyPlace.com:
Emotional health, a concept synonymous with wellbeing, is vital to living a life of wholeness, balance, and contentment. Simply put, an emotional health definition is one that includes resilience – getting up when life knocks you down. Rather than living a problem-free life (quite impossible if you’re a human being), emotional health means that one can bounce back from setbacks and thrive despite problems. [source]
If you look back at last month’s post about mental health, I talked about struggling to find a purpose lately. Feeling lost at times. Now that I have a better understanding of emotional health, I think that is the area in which I sometime struggle.
Found and took this Emotional Well-Being Health Check. My results showed that I have moderate emotional well-being with room for improvement. I agree with that. Here are my results:
Your score indicates that you have some lifestyle habits that support mental calm and equilibrium, as well as overall optimal physical health. But there is room for improvement.
You may want to:
- Increase the amount of exercise you get – aim for at least 30 minutes most days per week.
- Make an effort to get better rest and sleep.
- Manage negative thoughts by exploring mental imagery. Whenever you feel sad, anxious, stressed, or in the grip of negative thinking, focus on a particular image of a place you associate with positive emotions.
- Make breathing exercises part of your daily routine. Start by making your breathing deeper, slower, quieter, and more regular, especially when you find you are stuck on troubling thoughts.
- At least once each day, express gratitude for loved ones.
Suggestions for improving emotional health include:
- relaxation activities like taking a warm bath, going for a massage, sitting in a hot tub
- spend time in nature
- learning to be more optimistic
All are activities I practice on a regular basis. But my struggle continues. Trying to find my purpose at this stage in my life. I will continue to work through this!
To improve my emotional health, I am going to continue working on boundaries with my phone and my laptop. Going to get back to strictly unplugging by 9:00 pm (now 27 minutes late on that tonight). I am going to answer texts only at certain times of the day, emails and FB the same. And I am turning off notifications on my phone. Will get back to doing my Miracle Monday mornings, journaling, spending time outside and looking for healthy ways to relax.
What do you do to maintain emotional health? Do you have a tip I can try? Is there anything among the tips I shared, that resonates with you? Please share in a comment below. Or if you are a blogger, link-up your wellness related post with us below. Oh, and mark your calendars, our next Wellness Wednesday will be 08.08.2018 (or potentially on the following Saturday for some of us) when we will be talking about healthy cooking tips.
Hoping to enjoy a quiet Sunday tomorrow with my Prince here at the castle. Wishing you the same. Will be back to my blogging schedule…whatever that is…this week!!
Hugs and kisses,