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[GUEST POST] First Steps

Hi, my name is Dana Rudolf. I am Karen’s eldest daughter. She is at the Florida Creativity Weekend right now, so I am posting in her stead.

Since my mother has been addressing making time for and being committed to taking care of yourself in her most recent posts, I thought I would discuss some good first steps. These aren’t revolutionary ideas and I’m sure you have heard them time and time again, but they are worth repeating:

  ▪    Drink lots of water.

  ▪    Get a full night of sleep.

  ▪    Exercise.

They are three little things that really shouldn’t be that hard to do. Doing this will not only keep you physically healthier, but it will improve your mental health as well.

If you are guilty of not getting in your eight glasses a day of water, a good way to start is to just start keeping track of your water intake. Wake up, drink a glass, mark it down. If you space it out throughout the day, you should find that it is easy to stay hydrated. If you really can’t stand drinking that much water, substitute some green tea or coconut water in for a few of the glasses. Green tea has bonus antioxidants to help support your immune system and coconut water has electrolytes which help support hydration.

I understand that a lot of times, it seems like there are not enough hours in the day and that can make it very tempting to stay up late to extend your day. Without the proper amount of sleep, you are more likely to lose focus and get less done throughout the day. Not to mention that sleep deprivation can lead to negative moods or feelings. I found the thing that finally worked for me was to start out being very strict with myself about the time I go to bed and wake up. Start out with eight hours. If you find yourself waking up early, then maybe you don’t need eight. Just listen to your body and adjust as needed.

Besides for the apparent health benefits, exercise can greatly improve your mood. I have been trying to do a little bit of yoga right before bed and right after waking up as well as doing thirty minutes of cardio twice a week. It’s not an intense workout, but I believe it is a good place to start.

These are the first steps I have taken towards holistic wellness. I know they may not seem like big steps, but I firmly believe in not biting off more than you can chew. I hope this has been helpful or informative. My mother, Karen, will be back on Tuesday to talk about how her conference went. Thanks for allowing me to share some of my knowledge! Have a great weekend!

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