The Wellness Goals

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By: Gabriela Yareliz

I am back with my wellness goals list. I compiled this list from the Dr. Amen podcast with Melissa Wood Tepperberg (Move With Heart) and from the most recent solo episode from The Skinny Confidential Him/Her Podcast titled Solo Show – How To Transform Your Life By Making Small Changes With Massive Impact.

I do some of the things on the list, and some I don’t or I need to improve. Sharing the list in case you spot stuff you want to incorporate. I highly recommend listening to both episodes. This is just a cheat sheet.

The Habits

  • Start the day with gratitude, prayer and the Bible;
  • When ending the day, think about what went well;
  • Cook at home more (eat less hot food out of plastics);
  • Every morning get light, movement and hydration;
  • Cold showers (do hard things and reject comfort);
  • Don’t check phone 1-2 hours after waking or before going to bed;
  • Strength training;
  • Go on walks;

The Home

  • Change cleaning supplies and self-care products (including toothpaste) to non-toxic (suggested brand of Branch Basics, vetted by TSC Pod);
  • Set up air purifiers;
  • Change the look and feel of your home (make it peaceful and uncluttered);
  • Get rid of toxin candles;
  • No TV in the bedroom;
  • Have a corner where you can pray, reflect or think;
  • Wake up gradually without a cortisol-inducing alarm;

The Lifestyle

  • Turn off all phone notifications;
  • Don’t go to sleep/wake up with/near the phone;
  • Slow down to speed up;
  • Pay attention to cortisol and try to reduce the stressors;
  • Don’t drink alcohol;
  • Supplement;
  • Eat right (think about whether the stuff you love “loves you back”);
  • Have a prominent wellness drawer with your supplements;
  • Heal damage from high cortisol;
  • Go to bed at 9:30 and wake up early (get circadian rhythm working well).

Habits and lifestyle-building take time. It’s not about strict rules that cause stress but about healing and optimizing.

The thing that really resonated with me from the TSC Podcast was “slow down to speed up.” There is wisdom in that. I am taking notes.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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