When Your Wellness Routine Causes Stress

Is it time to break-up with your wellness routine?

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When a wellness routine is working, the sun is shining and the birds are singing, but what does it look like when it isn’t working?

1. You Feel Overwhelmed

So, you have been trying an entirely new routine. Let’s say you have tried to take up morning yoga, meditation, and journaling, but you have to get the kids to school and to the office by 8 a.m. To accommodate your new routine, you’re now getting up at 4 a.m. Instead of feeling relief from your daily stress, you feel overwhelmed from adding more to your already stacked to-do list.

Helpful Tips: Be honest with your self about the time that you can give to a wellness routine. It is important to schedule time for yourself, but it is also important to avoid burnout from over-scheduling. So, you don’t have a ton of time in the morning? Practice yoga breathing in your car on the ride into work, journal on your lunch break, or meditate before bed. Make your wellness routine work with your schedule.

2. You’re Not Feeling Any Stress Relief

You started your wellness routine, and while it isn’t taking anything away from your life, it also isn’t contributing anything else either. Let’s say you’ve been taking a morning yoga class for three weeks, but you find that you have to force yourself to go, and you don’t feel that yoga glow when class is finished.

Helpful Tips: It is ok if things that are deemed to be “wellness routines,” just aren’t your “thing.” Try a different yoga class, or get creative. Maybe your idea of meditation is taking 20 minutes out of your day to sit and play with your dog. Your routine doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s routine.

3. You Are Stuck in A Relief Rut

That morning meditation sequence you’ve been doing has been working for months. You couldn’t believe how great it felt to center yourself before you start your day, but lately, it just doesn’t seem to be working. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong?

Helpful Tips: Just because something was working, doesn’t mean that you are married to it, and have to do it forever. Change it up. Maybe you just need a different meditation sequence, maybe you need to change the space that you meditate in, or maybe it’s time to try something new altogether. You are not locked into any one thing.

4. You Are Doing it for the Wrong Reasons

Your boss told you how great getting a massage every other week makes her feel, so she gave you the number to her masseuse. You quickly made an appointment, but found out that you actually hate it! Except now, every time you see your boss, she asks you how great your massage was. You feel stuck in a routine, because you don’t want to offend your boss.

Helpful Tips: A wellness routine needs to revolve around the wellness of one person, and that’s you. You do not need to explain or defend your wellness routine to anyone. Politely tell your boss that you love that massage works for her, but it just wasn’t for you, and move on. Your body is your business, and no one else’s.

5. You Are Trapped in Your Routine

Cycle class every other day has transformed your being. You have never felt this amazing! One day, your girlfriend asks you to breakfast because she needs to talk, but you would have to miss class to go. So, you tell her you’re really sorry, but you have class, and you just can’t miss it. Your wellness routine is now becoming detrimental to other areas of your life.

Helpful Tips: Sticking to something can be commendable, but when it negatively affects other areas of your life, it may be time to take a look at why. Has your wellness routine become a way to hide from something? Wellness routines are meant to enhance and contribute to your overall being. If you find that you are hiding from responsibility, social interaction, or life in general, it is ok to take a step back. You don’t have to quit altogether, but maybe it’s ok to go down to a once a week class until you feel more life balance. 

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