Focus on summer self care

 

This is my creative age and this is my perfect summer.

And so starts the 60 day wellness challenge – although I’ll be working through July and August, I’m reducing my indoor hours and increasing time in the art studio and outdoors. I can work with colleagues and clients remotely. Flexibility is one of the benefits of self-employment.

Taking time

My focus is changing to my health and wellness goals with lots of time for reflective blogging and journaling. My intense winter and spring projects have come to an end. This ia a great opportunity to make some important lifestyle changes while the weather is good.

Food

The planning and preparation for a 60 day wellness challenge is everything. There’s some preliminary mindset work needed in order to establish and sustain all-important meaning and motivation. Then – there’s the purge!  My program eliminates processed sugar (including all alcohol & wine) dairy, grains, legumes for a month. The cupboards and fridge were purged and scoured. In the longer term, I’ll be sourcing out simple summer recipes for meal planning. With this very annoying acid reflux “issue”, there are lots of foods I need to avoid completely – so I’m researching a modified Mediterranean diet for myself.

Clothing

These are easy decisions for me. I want to be comfy and cool for the summer with all natural fabrics – denim, khaki, oversize white cotton boyfriend shirts, funky straw hats and sunglasses. I have no problem stripping down my closet and packing things up for donations. For the gym, I have a great selection of  indestructible Under Armour workout clothes.

Activity

Total wellness requires full engagement with life – body, mind and spirit. For fitness, I’ll increase and track morning walks to the YMCA and  light weights to main muscle strength. At the lake, I’ll hit the beach for barefoot walks along the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

 

 

 

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