I am unsure who designated the weekday to weekend ratio (which, I’m displeased about), but I am certain that two days of “relaxation” isn’t a fraction of the necessary time I need in order to de-stress from the week. Especially when you enter into an age where people mistake you for an adult, and all the sudden you have weddings, and baby showers and that college reunion trip that suddenly populate your calendar where you weekends used to be.
And I also know that I’m not alone. We live in a world of endless possibility- and along with it, comes an endless to-do list. We’re balancing jobs, part-time jobs, friendships, relationships, passions, hobbies and our health just to spew off a few of the responsibilities we’re juggling. And sometimes, we’re so busy focusing on that infinite list that we forget to love the little moments that are coming together to create that beautiful vision we’re always pursuing.
In honor of elapsed time, and our endless pursuit of inspiration, I’m stoked to tell you all about an upcoming event that celebrates dedicating time to you to become the best version of yourself (here I go again…), and lucky for us, it takes place in Chicago! The second annual BeHealthful Retreat falls on September 27th from 11am to 5pm, with yoga classes, health expos, and panel discussions about a variety of topics ranging from wellness, to nutrition and encompasses many issues in between. I asked the event’s experts their tips and tricks for staying centered, beautiful and healthy, and they passed on their best advice on maintaining balance between all the chaos. Read on for their best insights, and be sure to grab tickets to this coveted event before they’re sold out here!
Panelists, take it away!
“I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to practice emotional wellness and self-care. Stress can manifest itself into physical ailments, can cause us to make reactive decisions, and have more unhealthy interactions in our day-to-day. The best advice I can give to maintaining balance, and self-care is to literally set an alarm to leave time for yourself. Leave 10 minutes every day to read a book, or do something that makes you happy. It’s also imperative that you find someone who gives you empathy and not advice. Advice is good, but feeling understood is paramount. Find an accountability buddy and text each other one thing every day that you did for yourself.” — Rooted Center
“How we start our day is crucial to setting a tone for living holistically. As soon as you wake up, take 5 minutes to connect with yourself, and think about the patterns: food, actions, behavior, etc., that are not congruent with the tone we’re trying to set for that day. It’s a game-changer in terms of decision-making.” — New Day Network Spinal Analysis
“Speak intentionally to yourself. Feed yourself love, like you would to a friend- often times, we’re so harsh on ourselves, and don’t give our own souls the love and TLC that we would dole out so quickly to others.” — Linda Roberts, Whispers of Love
“Every morning I try to start with a gratitude. I reflect on my life and all the positive things going on in it.” — Whitney Reynolds, The Whitney Reynolds Show
“While summer is still here, I love to enjoy the city and wind down after a busy day by walking home. SOCIAL’s new office is in the loop, so I can stroll all the way from there up Michigan Avenue, past the pleasant outdoor diners, where I sometimes bump into friends, and eventually make my way home to my peaceful apartment in Old Town. Once I get home, I often head to my back deck, light a candle, have some tea, and just BE with myself in my hammock. For those who love lazing outside with nature and reading- a hammock is key!” — Leah Caplanis, Social Enjoyments
“Maybe it’s because I’m the child of a teacher, but list-making is the secret to my balanced life. I start my work day by making a list of my top five priorities for the day- not a “to-do” list, but priorities. Unexpected distractions pop up, of course, but having that list in my line of vision helps me to stay focused to to re-focus when I get pulled off track. At the end of the day Friday, I can look back at my lists and feel good about making a clean break for the weekend.” — Natalie Slater, Bake & Destroy
“Trying to balance my time between work, friends and my husband and 3 kids takes a lot of energy, and that is why I find it critical to get a good night’s sleep. Although it’s not always easy to do, we should spend about one-third of our time sleeping. At least 7 hours helps me feel rested and keeps my weight down. Also, I stop all caffeine consumption at noon because the effects of caffeine last way longer than you think.” — Romy Block MD, Endocrine and Metabolism Specialist, Co-FOunder of Vous Vitamin
“I work hard to live a healthy lifestyle despite my busy schedule as a mom, wife, physician, and co-founder of Vous Vitamin personalized multivitamins. To feel my best, I get lots of regular exercise (cardio tennis is my passion!) and the right balance of nutrients. My diet is chocked full of fruits, vegetables, and too much ice cream (bonus point for honest?). I ill in the nutritional goals with my personalized multivitamin, which meets my individual needs, taking into account my diet, lifestyle and health history.” — Arielle Levitan MD, Primary Care Internal Medicine & Co-Founder of Vous Vitamins