My newest vision board for my retirement lifestyle has a big “Healthy Habits” component. So I started to think about how to be healthy in real, everyday life. What have I created habitually for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing? And where do I need more focus?
- I start almost every day with positive affirmations and a few points about gratitude in my journal. My journaling has become an active meditation on practicing positivity and is a key element of my mental wellbeing. I’m also continuing to explore spirituality – with new moon rituals, tarot cards, meditation experiences, an Intuitive session, etc.
- I move more that I used to. Whether it is walking, shopping, cleaning the house, walking the dog, or doing yoga, I am moving more. But using my FitBit to measure, I’ve learned I need consistency. I’ve been averaging 7000 steps/day each week, but some days it is 15,000+ and others less than 3000!
- I do find quiet ways to relax, unwind, and BREATHE – journaling, yoga, crosswords, and quiet time. I need to accept that it doesn’t need to be check-the-box meditation – that’s a should that just doesn’t seem to connect with me. (And yes, I know — no shoulds allowed!)
- I’m keeping up with the regular check-ups including periodontics, dermatologist, and oncologist. Plus a flu shot. And physical therapy at the moment, as well.
- I do try and eat real food, in moderation. When I have fruit available on the counter and chips hidden away in the pantry, it’s much better.
- My relationship with hubby is strong. I try and respect his need for non-planning days and yet, we have great (planned) date nights and have even a few mini-adventures recently.
- I’m continuing to work on IRL friend–relationships with planning friend-based activates. When I share a lovely meal with friends, it is not about the food. Okay, maybe a little bit about the food, but it’s MORE about the love, the sharing, the connecting, the nurturing, and the experience.
- I need to re-learn how to play! While I enjoy laughter in a good conversation or theater production, I don’t have a lot of playtime in my life.
- I need to continue to explore new hobbies. I love my blogging hobby and have completed my book. I regularly plan activities with friends. I enjoy reading and need to explore a book club. And I do need to find a new hobby, preferable in a creative space.
There’s a Humana advertisement targeting retirement that has a “start with” list that I’ve pulled and added to my vision board multiple times. (Of course I love it – it’s a list!) On my newest vision board, I created my own list and was very excited to see a number of healthy habits:
Positive Thinking Yoga & Zumba
Daily Journaling Taking the Stairs
Flossing More Leafy Greens
A Walking Buddy Regular Checkups
A Good Breakfast Getting Outside
Being Grateful Mindfulness
New Recipes Being Active
Mini-Adventures Less Sugar; More H20
What are you starting with on your retirement journey?
What healthy habits are you building into your every day life?
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