Last updated on December 29th, 2018 at 10:43 am
Thank you Blue Shield of California for sponsoring this post. They are committed to health and wellness, and they believe in tackling health issues before they start.
A new season means a fresh start. Summer vacations have come and gone, the weather is changing, and it’s the perfect time to create routines that support the healthy habits we are trying to create in our day to day lives. I’m excited to share with you four simple steps that I am taking this fall, ones that are already making a difference in my daily well-being. Care to join me?
STEP 1: Be Active
Just because it’s fall, it doesn’t mean you have to stop playing outside. Anything from a 10-minute walk each day to get you moving to creating a fitness routine is better than sitting around all day. If you can, find an activity that you enjoy. I rock climb because I can enjoy it with my partner, it is easy on my joints and back, and pushes me mentally and physically.
STEP 2: Pause & Reflect
Take time for self reflection – whether it’s starting a meditation practice or taking 10 minutes out of your day to drink a cup of tea without any screen time or distractions. Check in with your mind and body. Ask yourself, “how are you feeling today?” Pausing and checking in with yourself and your well-being, or meditating is a key element in tackling stress management.
STEP 3: Medical Check Up
Are you due for your well womens visit? Then make an appointment and go. What happens at a well-womens visit? You will likely have a pap smear to screen for cervical cancer, and possibly an HPV test. The doctor will ask about your sexual activity, menstrual cycle, allergies, and past surgeries. It is important to bring up anything that comes to mind. For example, if you are experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding, painful sex, or other changes to your body, your doctor can help you find solutions or refer you to someone who can. It is important not to assume what you are feeling is normal, but to ask your doctor. And it is OK to try out a few doctors before keeping one. You should have a doctor you feel comfortable with.
STEP 4: Healthy Food Choices
Be mindful about what you’re putting in your body, and try not to eat at least 1 hour before you go to sleep. Meal plan and eat in-season fruits and vegetables to ensure you are eating them at the peak of freshness and nutritional value. Here is a short list of in season fruits and vegetables for fall:
- Bok choy
Health all about tackling issues before they start, and you can do that by making small changes in your lifestyle medicine. If you haven’t heard yet, Blue Shield of California is committed to your health and mental wellness, and is providing Wellvolution, gym membership discounts, LASIK eye surgery coverage, and other resources are free to members. Go ahead, take advantage of them…your body will thank you.
I’ve partnered with Blue Shield of California to promote their Wellvolution because they’ve created lifestyle-based health and wellness programs that have been proven to prevent and reverse disease through diet, activity, stress management, and social support. By improving your well-being in these four areas, you will be well on your way to finding your healthiest self. And if you’re already a Blue Shield of California member, this program is FREE. Click here to sign up.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.