Is one of your goals for 2019 to be healthier, more positive, relaxed, and energized?
Parenting can be tough and exhausting, and it’s sometimes hard to find time for yourself. A goal without a plan isn’t likely to happen so this year we asked Andrea Gruber, owner and massage therapist at Ypsilanti’s Massage Mechanics to help parents put together a plan for more self-care, healthier living, and positive thinking in the new year.
What is a great first step that readers can take to be healthier in the new year?
Remember the 80/20 rule. What you do 80% of the time is what sets the tone for your health, and because we are all human, be forgiving of what you do the last 20% of the time.
My best advice for starting a new health or wellness routine…
To pick something small but achievable. Consistency has the most impact. Set a small goal you know you can keep up, like taking a long walk with a friend or loved one once a week, going to the gym but only 2-3 times per week to start instead of 5, or drink a big glass of water in the morning before you have your coffee.
What’s one easy thing that readers can do immediately to feel better in the new year?
Drink more water! Chronic dehydration can have the same symptoms as depression. I personally try to drink 1/3 of my body weight in ounces of water a day, and when I do that I feel really great both physically and mentally.
How can massage therapy fit into a positive health plan in the new year?
Massage therapy isn’t just a luxury item, for relaxation only, or an expensive day at the spa. At Massage Mechanics we promote therapeutic massage as a form of preventative maintenance for one’s health. Massage can be very effective at helping chronic pain or injuries and when received regularly a consistent positive effect on a person’s health.
Any advice you’d like to share?
I’m inspired by the quote, “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.” Realizing this inspired me to take action, try new things, and explore more ideas. I used to stop myself before I even started because I was afraid of failing, now I’m worrying less about the possibility of failure while actually doing the things I always wanted to do.