The Ultimate Blogger Guide to Health and Wellness
- In a Studio – I’ve been practicing at Mirepoix Mercantile for a few months now. I go on Sunday mornings to a class taught my the magnificent Kari. This sets me up to be in a great spot for the week. A little body work, a little mindful relaxation, and a cup of kombucha after (which they have on tap with a rotating cast of flavors. It’s awesome, you guys).
- At Home – Home practice is huge for me. It’s a chance to explore what I learn in studio, a chance for me to simply have some me time, a chance to create exactly the environment I want down to the oils I rub on my mat, candles I light, etc. I can create a 100% customized to me environment and it helps so much. I will usually find a video on Yoga with Adriene to guide me so I don’t even have to think about it. But some days I want to flow how my body flows. The flexibility and freedom of a home practice is seriously wonderful.
- In Nature – If you are ever able, take your mat with you on a hike. When you’re removed from as many people as possible, lay out your mat, and flow however your body leads you. Take some time to meditate, to breathe, to listen to the sounds of nature, and to really connect with yourself. Most recently, I did this while driving from Paso Robles to LA on my Cali trip. I saw a sign for “vista point” and immediately pulled off and found a quiet spot overlooking this massive valley. Literally the best yoga experience I’ve ever had.
- Simple Habit – This meditation mobile app is available for most operating systems. From a quick session on the go to more intricate and deep practices, there’s a meditation for you. I like to do a session on my break at work, right before bed, or right after a home yoga practice. If you’re interested, use this link to get a two week free trial. After that, the options on the free account are actually spectacular.
- Breathe Bar in West Loop – Breathe Bar just opened up in West Loop and I couldn’t be more excited. This wellness studio offers guided meditation classes as well as on-demand meditation for when you just need some time alone to breathe. Explore what types of meditation resonate with you from Gong Baths to Crystal Singing Bowls as well as simpler practices. These guys have you covered.
Steps, Activity, and Sleep
- UP by Jawbone – This is, hands down, my favorite app. I can track my sleep, my steps, and my workouts and then the app crunches data for me and gives me a breakdown every single Sunday. It even has a built-in “Smart Coach” that gives you training tips and advice throughout the week. I can set my own step and sleep goals. And when I achieve these goals, it celebrates with me. It tells me when I’ve hit a streak of any number of days. And helps me stay on track.
NOTE: Some older phone models will need to have a pedometer app synced to the app for this to work properly, but newer phone models should work with the internal pedometor.
- Apple Health – Okay, obviously with this one either you have an iPhone with it or you don’t. But I’ve been using the app to track everything I can as well as sync it with everything and essentially be a hub for all of my health and wellness related activities.
Being a blogger can be stressful. Being a blogger with anxiety and depression is a constant battle between stress, excitement, highs, lows, grey days, and days where I’m barely out of bed, let alone doing any work. But with a great combination of health and wellness measures, it’s much easier to manage.
Looking for additional resources and guides on health and wellness? Check out PositiveHealthandWellness.com for some awesome content and ways to integrate healthy habits into your every day life. I’m particularly fond of their guide on 12 Quick Stretches to Boost Day-time Productivity!
I hope you found this helpful and can use some of the tips to manage your own health and wellness! What are some of your favorite ways to manage health and wellness? I’d love to hear about them.