Today on Hello Brittnee, I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind. It’s nothing crazy, but it’s something I feel that everyone can benefit from. It’s diving more into the lifestyle and wellness area as I want to advocate for taking care of yourself and putting yourself first. Per my therapist, this is something I need to do, too.
Take care of me. And, you take care of you. Pay attention to your health and wellness.
After the year that 2020 was, I think it put many things into perspective. More so, the things that I let take backseat and don’t really focus on which is a shame. I say it’s a shame because many of these things should be top of mind. That’s why I want to talk about them more on my blog — these are important, things we need to do for our wellness.
Now I’m not a doctor, but I think they would be good for your health and wellness. And, I’ve taken upon myself to make sure that we’re all going to prosper in different aspects of our lives. Life isn’t just about cute clothes and favorite Amazon products, it’s about you and taking care of yourself, too. I feel that we should take more time to dive into these topics especially as they ramp up on social media. I could go on and on about the things I could talk about concerning health and wellness like sex education, pregnancy & black women, acne, therapy, and so much more.
Let’s dive into today’s topic which is all about taking care of you and putting your wellness at the top of your list.
Schedule your yearly appointments
This tip is a suggestion and a reminder. Schedule those appointments for the year and put them on your calendar. I think a top priority for everyone should be their health. You might be 100% healthy, but you’ll have the confirmation from your appointments. There are multiple appointments that you should plan for — physician’s yearly exam, dentist twice a year, gynecologist once a year, optometrist once a year, and a dermatologist appointment.
Your health needs to be a top priority and I don’t say that to scare you or make you think you have something. As adults, our schedules get all over the place and we can remember to schedule our little one’s appointments and take care of them. We need to do the same for ourselves. Make it your mission to do it at the beginning of the year so it’s all said and done. Add them to your calendar as soon as you make them and prep your questions if you’re going to have them. Remember your health is your wealth. Don’t fail yourself but not checking in and making sure everything is gucci.
Set times to check and answer your emails
If you’re like me, you used to check your emails when you work up, multiple times before leaving work, on the way to work, at work, leaving work, and throughout the evening. Basically, checking your email was an hourly routine for you. Release yourself from those shackles! Like me, I’ve tried to figure out how to step back and evaluate how to tackle things. Honestly, I hate seeing that I have more than ten emails — that red alert bubble drives me insane and I just have to make it go away. Does anyone else feel this way?
What’s my solution? Time management for emails. I’m talking setting aside a time where I check and answer them so I don’t get stuck in my emails all day. When I’m at work, it’s different because the notifications pop up and I can quickly see if I need to handle it right away or later. Whereas on my phone, I’m constantly checking. Insert reminders and time for when I can check that email. This will save you a lot of time especially those of you that get tons of emails that you have to answer. There’s a time and place for everything. Make sure your email has it’s time and place so you can delegate other tasks and get all the time that you need with loved ones.
Reflect each month on what’s working and how to improve
When you’re at work, you receive work reviews whether they’re monthly, quarterly, or yearly, you receive them and figure out where to improve and what you excel at. I think it’s important to tie that into your life. For those of us that set monthly goals, it’s important to take the time to reflect on whether we accomplished them in some capacity and where we could improve. You don’t necessarily need to have this long list of things to do. Some examples could be that you did some spring cleaning or decluttering and it felt great so now you’ll continue to do that seasonally, etc. Or maybe it’s accomplishing something that you’ve been working on like telling more people no and being precious with your time.
It’s important to think back on the month and give yourself a review. How would you rate you based on your own checklist? How was your mental health? What were your triggers? How can you control those triggers? Did you stick to your morning or nightly routines? How would you describe your wellness? Those are goals or tasks that you can set up and grade yourself on those tasks. It’s always good to strive to do better, you just have to know what you need to work on.
Create daily, weekly, or monthly routines
Honestly, routines have saved me a lot of time. As a mom of a two-year-old, I have to have a routine and keep things flowing so that we stick to our tasks. In the mornings, we have to get up and get ready for daycare so I focus on brushing teeth, washing our faces, doing hair, and getting dressed + breakfast so we can get out the door in a timely fashion. Everything is a routine over here and I can tell when I get off routine that things don’t go according to plan. Not that I need things to go according to a plan, but I need a routine and wellness plan to stay on task.
I find that creating daily and weekly routines is helpful. My attention can be all over the place so having a routine in place with a list of what needs to get done, keeps me together. A monthly routine isn’t something I’ve considered yet, but that could be a necessity. At the end of the day, some routine in your life is nice. Whether it’s a simple morning or night routine, that’s a routine at the end of the day and something is getting done.
Unsubscribe, unfollow, undo it all
Yes, this is your friendly reminder that you do not need to keep up with anything that doesn’t serve a purpose to you. That might sound a little tough, but you have say in what you do and don’t want to put up with. If you’re tired of sale emails, unsubscribe and remove yourself from the list. I promise you they probably won’t notice and if they do, they’re not going to reach out and demand why you unsubscribed. Or if that Facebook/Twitter/Instagram account isn’t your style anymore, it’s okay to unfollow. You don’t have to stick around because you feel it might offend a person. They probably won’t notice unless they have a third-party app and that’s just doing a little too much.
Remove what is not beneficial to you. You won’t regret it. Honestly, you’ll love it. Go in the direction that best fits you and leave behind the things that aren’t doing you any justice. It’s okay if it’s a friend or loved one, they don’t need to know all the deets anymore. It’s life and it’s your life, you get the say of who and what is in it.
Write one nice thing about yourself each day/week
Okay, who doesn’t like to hear nice things about themselves? Why do you need to wait on someone else to say it when you can say it? We deserve to give ourself grace and praise when we can. There is nothing wrong with channeling the things you did that you want praise for and you can be the person praising. We use Twitter every day to tweet through feelings and whatnot, why not tweet about the things you’ve accomplished? And, why keep it on Twitter? If you’re proud of yourself, you should be able to shout from rooftops and share across your platforms.
You deserve to recognize the good things that you’re doing, you don’t need to wait on anyone else to confirm them. Praise yourself. Congratulate yourself. Tell yourself you’re proud.
That’s all I got on my end. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you can take something from it. Wellness is truly important and we need to put it in our list of priorities. We need to put ourselves on our list of priorities because we stay forgetting about the person that is always on the go and getting things done. These are my best tips for 6 Health and Wellness Things We Need To Do in 2021!
Honestly, take care of yourself. It’s the best gift you can give to yourself. Be happy and stay healthy out here. If you truly enjoyed this post and tips that I shared, please subscribe and follow along on Instagram. I send out a newsletter bi-weekly with lifestyle tips and tricks that I find useful, plus you can catch some beauty & momma stuff in that newsletter, too!
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