Let's chat about some more holistic health. Next up - Social Health
Before I was a mom I loved having alone time and working for myself. And don't get me wrong I still love both of those things but now as a mom I CRAVE social time more than anything. Maybe it's because I spend the majority of my day changing diapers, feeding, and playing with my girl (all things that I love - maybe not the diapers, but I do love spending my days with my girl). Or maybe it's because for the first few weeks of mommy-hood I didn't leave the house - like literally didn't leave for weeks ;) at any rate becoming a mom has taught me the importance of having a social life and also having a few moments all to myself.
When thinking about holistic health its important to think of the person as a whole. So how does social health play into all of this?
Think about how you feel when you see someone you're friends with or someone you love. You feel great! Happy! Excited! All of those good emotions! All those good vibes do really good things for your body. Now, I'm not saying that this is an end-all cure-all for what ails you - but I am saying that when your mind & body feel good it gets easier to take care of you!
And on the flip side, it's also equally as important to take some alone time. Be that a coffee date alone, a trip to the grocery store, maybe even a walk down by Lake Michigan. Or maybe a yoga class! ;)
Have you ever thought about your occupational health?
I think it's something that gets over looked quite often when taking our overall health into consideration. I know for me, owning a business (or two!) can be completely overwhelming and it's quite easy to get caught up in the "busy-ness" of it all. It's also difficult to go from work to home because work is always at my finger tips and there's always something to do.
Finding that line between too much and just enough is a lot like walking a tight rope. That delicate balance is ever changing - especially with a new baby! However, over the past few months since Maeda has been here I have learned to have a better balance of work and home. Let me tell you - it has been such a good thing for me! In the past I've always been working or busy doing this and that. But now, I'm forced to stop and care for Maeda and myself! It's truly been the best thing for me and my family!
Here are a few things that have helped me:
- knowing that its OK if something doesn't get done ASAP - writing down items that I need to get done and putting a date behind them of when I'd like them to be done - setting a timer on my phone during nap time for 30 or 45 minutes (usually the length of a nap) and choosing 1 or 2 items on that list to focus on - shutting everything down (emails, computer,etc) when Drew is home for the evening
The last bullet point has been a major for me! I've always been one to answer emails as they come in on my phone or answer phone calls as they come in - no matter what the time is. For me it feels so good to know I have some sort of "working" and "non-working" hours.
Now, I know these won't work for everyone. However it never hurts to try!
Could you implement these for your tasks that you do at work? Do you know when you've hit your work limit? How do you unwind? Do you turn off the "busy"?
Leave a comment and let me know how you keep a healthy work/life balance!
March can feel like one of the longest months - especially in Wisconsin. We see the full gamut of weather - snow, wind, ice, rain, sun. You name it, we see it. Sometimes all in one day. Thanks Mother Nature ;) So often the weather can be a big bummer this time of year which leads us to often feel like we're in a slump. This is the time of year that we can start making some changes in our holistic health in order to set us all up for success in those warm summer months!
Now you may be asking, what is holistic health?
Holistic health is taking into consideration the whole person. Meaning mind, body, and soul. Have you ever thought about your health as a whole? Or divided aspects of health up into more manageable pieces to make one whole piece?
There are 5 main pieces to holistic health (in no specific order) - intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, and occupational.
You could (and should!) add eating into that mix as well. Because when you eat good food (i.e. veggies & whole grains) you almost always will feel better!
Often changing just one meal (or snack!) can put you on the road to success when it comes down to changing our eating habits. Maybe drink 8-12 oz of water instead of a soda. Or reach for some almonds (think about just a handful!) or carrots and hummus (or sub in whatever veggie, nut, fruit) instead of reaching for a candy bar or sugary snack. Trust me...the sugary sweet snack usually sounds better but at the end of the day the carrots or nuts will often keep you fuller longer!
There are so many more ways to enrich your life in these 6 aspects! And don't feel like you have to tackle ALL of these all at once! That can be quite overwhelming. Simple changes are often the best and easiest way to start and SUCCEED!! When you succeed you want to do more!
Another easy way to succeed is to get yourself moving! Maybe a walk on a sunny day or a yoga/tai chi/pound class if it's not so sunny (or even if it is sunny! ;) )
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I wish a picture could describe the temperature, but it just can't. Think a cross between a summer yoga studio in Maggie's class with the window closed and a hot shower ALL DAY LONG! I drank 4 bottles of water didn't use the bathroom once until after dinner... probably not the healthiest!
So besides the weather, it was like a standard day of work in the office and assembly plant. Nothing really to tell you about there, but the dinner after work is worth sharing.
My team was taken to a classic Chinese restaurant by our Chinese coworkers. I'm travelling with a group of 5 people, one who has never been to China as well as two who have only been here once before... so a classic Chinese dinner is a great experience for them (me, not so much LOL).
A classic Chinese meal takes place around a large round table with a large "lazy Susan" in the middle. The hosts order many dishes and they come out one by one from the kitchen. For this meal, we have 7 people and approximately 15 different dishes were served. This restaurant also has the feature of live tanks to pick your "dish" from... different fish, sea creatures, turtles, etc. We refer to these meals at the "Wheel of Mystery."
Dishes included items with duck (all parts skin, meat, and bones), abalone, sea cabbage, chicken, beef, pork, different fish, roasted garlic, egg custard with clams, and a build your own Bejing duck wrap "station." Enjoy the pictures! (Click on the image and more fun food pictures will carousel through!)
The travel continues today, after we are done in the office today, we are taking a high speed train to our next destination, Xiamen! The train ride will be approximately 4.5 hours but will offer so many more great views of China than air travel. Plus, at this time of year the trains always run on time, while China domestic air travel can be very unpredictable due to the weather.
Two days of solid travel... left Sheboygan Falls at 7:30am Sunday and arrived at Hotel #1 Monday at 11:30pm... how do you do it? Meditation is my answer. The 13+ hour flight was a great place to practice breathing exercises and visual meditations. Now don't get me wrong, I'm normal and watched a bunch of movies (Oceans 11, 12, and 13 and the new Beauty and the Beast) too, but when I thought I just can't sit any longer, I turned to meditation. Breathing in on a count of 4 and exhaling to a count of 8...
When I arrived to my hotel room the first thing I did was shower off the airplane, but then I found a cozy spot in my room and re-centered myself before going to bed. I took a melatonin tablet (great for combatting jet lag) and sat quietly for about 15 minutes before I felt ready to climb into bed.
I slept a solid 6 hours and awoke to a hazy morning on the 47th floor of the hotel. I decided to start my morning with some stretches and balance to help me feel grounded as I begin my day. Doing yoga when traveling can be a simple as simple as that. The first morning after two days of travel can be hard, I wasn't feeling the need for a sweaty flow, just some stretches and balance overlooking the city was all I needed.
Now it's off to breakfast and then off to work... Namaste MPY Yogis!
Hey there awesome MPY yogis... many of you know I travel to China for work three to four times a year. Well, I'm headed over the pond again. While I'm away from the studio, I thought I would keep connected by blogging this next trip. I will share with you how I still get yoga in daily, as well as some of my experiences on the other side of the world. I leave Sunday (7/30) and will be back in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday (8/5).
Here are some stats about this trip:
The direct flight from Chicago to Beijing is 13 hours and 35 mins.
I will take 4 different flights and 1 high speed train on this trip.
You'll have to forgive my lack of creativity this week, but I spend the majority of my time studying (and fretting) about my 7 hour long MCAT exam I had today (Friday).
The first recipe I made this week with ingredients from the SCIO Farmers Market in Fountain Park was a spinach salad. Unlike last week's spinach salad this week's had strawberries. I didn't have time, but a great addition to the salad as shown would be some roasted nuts and goat cheese or feta.
Spinach Salad with Strawberries
I also made a vegetable stir fry with carrots, green onions, some chive like green (not sure what it is), and pea tips. I used carrots because it is what I had left in the fridge, but broccoli, peppers, or any other veggie can make a great addition. I also served mine with some baked tofu I made, but cubing and frying any meet you like works too. I served my stir fry on ramen noodles since I had some lying around and they're faster to make than rice, but rice makes a nice bed as well.
I served it with kimchi becasue I love kimchi.
First things first, chop all your veggies into bite size pieces. Pictured below are the pea tips. I suggest you try them if not in a stir fry in a salad or something. They taste like peas! (Shocking.)
Pea tips! Buy! Buy! Buy! (Tasty)
Then heat up some oil in a large pan or wok on medium/medium-high heat. (I just bought this wok at the Union Oriental Market right off South Business Drive. $18 I hope to use it a lot this summer. It's nice to have a lot of space when sautéing or stir frying.)
Then add any thick/heavy vegetables like carrots or broccoli. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Then progressively add the thinner and less dense vegetables over the next 3 to 5 mintues.
Added green onions (mostly the bottom white part). Stir.
Then I added this chive like green that looks like grass. (Along with the green part of the green onion.)
Lastly I added the pea tips. This is the last time I will say this, but I REALLY liked these pea tips. I don't know how I've lived without them for so long.
Om nom nom... All done! I seasoned it with a little soy sauce and fish sauce.
Have a great weekend! Hopefully Anne with see you for yoga at the SCIO Farmers Market in Sheboygan tomorrow at 10:45.
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