I have been pondering lately about the routines I have settled into the past few months and peering painfully into the habits that have fallen by the wayside. Truth be told, I have been inconsistent with my health and wellness habits this year, and as a result, my energy and skin are suffering needlessly.
The coming of spring has been nudging me to take action and has been reminding me of how beautiful change can truly be. But for every beautiful thing to burst forth and for a change to happen in nature, it takes a lot of breaking out and breaking free from something. That breaking point for me is simply forgiving myself for my lack of discipline the past few months and then giving myself permission to begin again.
Health and Wellness Habits
I set out well-meaning intentions this year for my health and wellness: move to lower cortisol, sleep to age better, eat greens to support the gut, journal for mental health, read to stretch the mind, pray to fill up the soul, practice Sabbath, detox digitally, breathe deeply.
But alas, life happened, and I got distracted. I settled for the lesser things. But grace upon grace is what I have been learning to shower upon myself. I believe we are all striving and trying to be better in the health and wellness department one way or another. I’m with you and I get you, it’s easy for some, it’s a struggle for many.
But for as long as we shall breathe, we shall keep trying, shall we not?
A Simple Offering
And so, here’s my way of refreshing my intentions with compassion to myself.
And here’s my simple offering for you, a simple and minimal health tracker to accompany you in your journey to becoming the healthier version of yourself.
But first, the question: Why track habits?
Why Track Health Habits?
“Tracking can become its own form of reward. It is satisfying to cross an item off your to-do list, to complete an entry in your workout log, or to mark an X on the calendar. It feels good to watch your results grow and if it feels good, then you’re more likely to endure.“James Clear, Atomic Habits
I have been tracking habits for two years now and I have fallen in love with the idea of a visual reminder. There is a joy to be found in ticking off my health or habit tracker on top of knowing I have accomplished a habit and have taken one small step closer to get to my goal.
I’ve also learned that in life and in tracking habits, the starting point is today, whatever date that might be. I have tracked habits for as short as seven days and as long as a month. I have made progress, two steps forward, one step back. I press on. I fail. I press on again. It’s a continuing cycle.
A Simple Health Tracker
I have come up with this simple health tracker to go back to the basics and pillars of good health: sufficient sleep, hydration, and movement. I excluded eating habits in this tracker as that is too dynamic and can vary from one person to another.
I have personally been failing in the basics. In this age of constant pinging from a device so small we can carry it everywhere even the bedside table, it’s all too easy to become distracted and lose track of what matters, isn’t it?
So I end this post with an offering. Maybe it will be something useful for your health and wellness journey. Sign up on my newsletter below for the free simple health tracker. Download, print, write the month and days on the tracker, and off you go make progress.
Let’s do this together!
Want to know explore more about habits?
This book is the best place to start to learn about the basics of habit formation. I often refer back to this book when I need a reminder how to make good habits stick:
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This book helped me turn by back to multi-tasking and embrace single-tasking and time-blocking:
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