Self care and making healthy choices can look a little different when you suffer from anxiety or depression. Sometimes just getting out of bed and taking a shower can be an act of self care, so when you have big weight loss or health goals you definitely have to take them one step at a time. My first step is a vitamin and supplement routine.
I have set several health goals for 2017. Some are weight-loss related, and some are just acting like an adult and taking care of myself. About 8 years ago I lost a significant amount of weight simply by deciding to do it and making changes. That wasn’t working this time and I realized I needed to eat it like an elephant – one bite at a time.
I am breaking my goals up into smaller pieces, and implementing them one at a time. I’m starting off with supplements. I got into Young Living a few years ago and I think I tried all of their supplements! But I never found a routine that I stuck with. Recently I have had some health issues that have made me more aware of what my body is lacking. So I have started taking supplements targeted to my needs. It seems simple enough to take a few vitamins, but I struggled with remembering them and not falling off the wagon after a few days.
Enter the habit tracker! I recently picked up bullet journaling again and I knew a habit tracker was a great way to remind myself to take my vitamins. But in the past very detailed trackers became overwhelming and I didn’t keep up with them. This time I made a very simple habit tracker, and I am only tracking 2 weeks at a time. That way I can reevaluate what is and isn’t working before I get discouraged and give it up. So far this method has been working great, and checking those boxes off is major motivation! Here is my simple vitamin and supplement spread, along with a few other daily tasks:
I don’t recommend that you randomly start taking vitamins without talking to your doctor and having a baseline of what you are actually deficient in. But I am sharing my vitamin routine just to give you an idea of what yours might look like!
I start with Vitamin D. One of my friends who is a nurse turned me onto this Vitamin D Protocol page and Facebook group and wow, I can’t believe I wasn’t taking this before! I use the Vitamin D they recommend, Thorne Research brand. Something like 75% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, and I am sure that is especially true coming out of winter in the Midwest.
At lunch time I take a B complex Vitamin. I actually really love Young Living’s Super B, but it comes in tablet form which I am not able to take. In it’s place I have been taking Seeking Health B Complex Plus. I have definitely noticed a difference in my emotional well-being, but this one doesn’t give me the boost of energy that Young Living’s did. Next I am going to try the Thorne Research brand, which was also recommended to me by my nurse friend.
I have written before about the greens smoothie I drink every morning, but it serves a dual purpose. Not only does the peanut butter in the smoothie provide my body with the fat it needs to properly assimilate the vitamin D I take at breakfast, this also gives me my daily serving of Pro Alpha Greens. This greens supplement is full of nutrition and probiotics, and has made a huge difference in my health. A little over a year ago I was on high doses of antibiotic and pain killers for almost two months and my gut health was destroyed. It still isn’t fully healed, but I see a major difference when I take my Pro Alpha Greens! They are out of stock EVERYWHERE right now, but I will be stocking up as soon as they are available again.
At night I also take 1-2 ounces of Young Living’s Ningxia Red and Young Living’s Mineral Essence. Ningxia Red is an antioxidant drink that really supports every system in your body. I notice it is a huge support to my joints and back, so I really try not to miss taking this. Mineral Essence is a Young Living mineral supplement, but I mostly take it for the magnesium. High doses of Vitamin D can leech some magnesium out of your body. It also supposedly helps you sleep better. I may swap this out for a vitamin but for now I find it easy to add to my Ningxia Red and drink as a quick shot.
Why It’s Important
I have found a vitamin and supplement routine to be so important. And not just for my physical health, but also mental. Caring enough about myself to provide my body vitamins and nutrients has become habit, and the side effect of those nutrients is making me feel better! Once I have successfully mastered this habit, I’ll add another one. Maybe I’ll cut processed food, or maybe I’ll set a step count goal for the day.
Self care is so important, especially if you suffer from depression, But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! It can start with something as small as taking a vitamin and supplement.