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Women In Wellness: Katherine Kise of Sprout and Rosebud on the Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing

Listen to your body’s need for sleep. Lack of sleep delays healing, can prevent weight loss, contributes to brain fog, and certainly is a factor in poor performance whether at work or at the gym. We have not — and likely will not — evolve out of requiring a certain amount of sleep. Get enough sleep for what you need. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, even on weekends. Go to bed on an empty stomach to allow for more restful Zz’s. By doing so, you’ll set yourself up for success, whether that’s chasing your kid, saying no to the 3PM cookie craving, or creating a promotion-getting presentation at work.

  1. Pay attention to how your body reacts to sugar and regardless, cut back. Sugar is one of the largest contributing factors to developing disease including cancer, accelerating aging, and overall deteriorating health. It is more addictive than cocaine, and it is hidden in all kinds of “healthy” foods from spaghetti sauce to salsa to bread to even skim milk. Read the labels, know the ingredients that are code for sugar such as high fructose corn syrup, pay attention to what you eat, and commit to cutting back. Once you reduce your sugar intake, you’ll be much more sensitive to sweets, so don’t be surprised if those foods you once craved are too sweet for your tastes.
  2. Know and manage your stress levels. Stress — physical, emotional, chemical — all put wear and tear on the body, creating an environment that is more conducive to colds, viruses, and yes, even chronic disease. Genetics may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Managing your stress means cultivating the best environment for your physical and mental health. It leads to more energy and a longer life. Get to know what feels good to you; is it gentle exercise, or high-intensity workouts? Do baths and deep breathing help, or do artistic or mechanical projects help you release that pent up angst from a hard day? Find the hobbies and natural stress-releasing practices that work for you, and it may change day to day. Pay attention. Make the time. Believe you’re worth it, and take care of yourself by including activities that bring you joy and release the weight you may be carrying.
  3. Mind your Mental Garden. Your mental health is critical to your physical health. For instance, depression has physiological symptoms. Athletes visualize a successful play, and it actually affects performance. Cancer patients have recovered when positive visualization and imagery was included in their treatment plan. Pay attention to the words you use to talk to yourself or talk about your world; find ways to improve your optimism and outlook. Be mindful about how you feel when you talk about certain topics. Surround yourself with people who lift you up; similarly, avoid too much news or social media which can be an onslaught of disempowering or disheartening messaging
  4. Say No, i.e. Delegate, Defer and Decline. Particularly during the quarantine, women have predominantly been the ones who carry the lion’s share of household duties and caretaking. For instance, if a child is sick, the responsibility usually falls on the mother to rearrange her schedule to accommodate the disruption to the usual routine. Whether because of cultural conditioning or biological wiring, women tend to say yes and take on a lot of emotional support roles without necessarily tending to their own emotional health. The result? Exhaustion. Burn-out. Loss of sense of self. The advice to “just say no” never resonated with me. Instead, I developed and use the 3 D’s: defer, delegate, or decline. It’s a different, gentler way to interpret that “say no” axiom. If something comes up that is important, but you can’t do it now, consider deferring your participation until a later time. If something has to be done, but it doesn’t have to be you, consider delegating. If something arises that isn’t critical and doesn’t make you come to life to say yes, consider graciously declining.
  • It will take a long time to grow your social media community, and it likely won’t be the way you’ll grow your business in a meaningful way.
  • Listen to your gut, but really though. (no pun intended ;o) ) Listen to yourself and your heart to know what is True for you. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. From developing a business, to a team, to a client base to who you are and the best version of yourself. Have a center and a True North.
  • Build your Board of Directors, whether literally, or symbolically as mentors and coaches who can provide subject matter expertise across the facets of health, wellness and business
  • When you feel stuck or stagnant, find a way to give back and invest in others. It will unleash innovation and creativity and restore your emotional energy.

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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.