Something has been weighing on my mind a bit lately. I was talking to Erin from The Blonde Latte the other day and I suddenly felt like there was another blogger out there who shares some of the same feelings as me about health. I’m sure there are others but I haven’t had the opportunity to chat with them about it.
When you look at most wellness bloggers out there, you see a “perfect” healthy lifestyle. I’m talking an hour of meditation, 2 hours of yoga, followed by a workout. Maybe throw in some bulletproof coffee or matcha and there you have. The wellness blogger package. Now, I’m obviously generalizing here and this is probably a little extreme but you get my point.
A healthy lifestyle seems almost unattainable! Personally, I don’t have time for most of that stuff. I want to get into meditation but I haven’t quite learned to sit in silence with my mind for an extended period of time. Yoga brings great health benefits but if I’m going to have time for yoga or my physical therapy exercises, PT is always going to take priority. Let’s me completely honest here. I still watch too much TV, but it’s relaxing for me so that’s a choice I’m making.
That “perfect” healthy lifestyle is far from perfect for my life! What works for Wellness Blogger XYZ doesn’t necessarily work for me. Her version of healthy might not be healthy when a part of my life. That lifestyle I described above? Yea, trying to do all of that every day would stress me the eff out!
What works for one person won’t necessarily work for you. We don’t all fit into some mold. All of our healthy lifestyles will look different.
Maybe for you living a healthy lifestyle means you do your best to eat balanced meals but if you slip up every once in a while that’s okay. The mental strength of not beating yourself up over a small deviation from your balanced meals is a major win!
Maybe your healthy lifestyle does involve hitting up Core Power for a yoga class 6 days a week but the thought of switching all of your beauty products to non-toxic brands is just way too overwhelming. That’s okay!
As long as you’re living a life that’s healthy for YOU, you’re winning.
The moment living a healthy lifestyle becomes stressful, it’s no longer healthy. As much as I would love to do yoga every day (I mean those mental health benefits would be ideal), just the thought of adding that to my schedule stresses me out. Am I really getting the benefits if it’s causing more cortisol to form in my body? Probably not. I think this would probably create the opposite effect for me.
Just like changing your diet is more manageable when done slowly, adding wellness trends needs to be manageable as well. Change doesn’t just happen overnight. I know I can’t just revamp my routine overnight and expect myself to actually stick to it. That’s way too overwhelming.
You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole.
We’re all unique. No two are the same. Our wellness practices won’t be the same either. Just because Blogger XYZ does something as part of her healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to do that too in order to be healthy.
What works for one person may not work for you.
Next time you’re scrolling through Instagram and wish you had time to go to yoga, meditate, have a full breakfast spread and a glass of homemade matcha all before your 9 to 5, remember that you don’t have to do all of that just because she does. It may not even be beneficial to you because you are a unique individual!
Try out new things. Give that mask, jade roller, oil pulling, or yoga/meditation a chance, but don’s stress if you decide it’s not for you.
If you can do it all, you’re incredible. Teach me your ways.
You do you, girl. That’s all you need to do.