After taking a week's vacation, I was still not ready to return to work. I think I might need another week or ….three. However, the show must go on and this week I am strutting in a mint condition-themed ensemble and sharing three tips to keep your mind, body, and spirit in mint condition.
This outfit was giving “I’m headed to Sunday service then off to Sunday brunch” vibes. I paired a mint longline sleeveless vest with a pair of green polka dot pants and a puff sleeve detailed blouse. I loved this combo particularly because the greens and blues are popular this season!
Lastly, I finished the look with my springtime faves, loafers. Loafers are the perfect transitional season shoe for spring. It offers a classy structure, adequate coverage, and a pop of personality.
Mind, Body and Spirit:
The start of Spring marks the Spring Equinox and the beginning of the astrological year. With that, I’ve been assessing my routine and reflecting on the daily practices that have helped keep my mind, body, and spirit in mint condition. Since being quarantined for a little over a year, some of my daily practices have fluctuated. Nevertheless, here are three wellness practices that have remained tried and true throughout the shelter in place.
As a former athlete, exercise has always been a conduit to centering my body, mind, and spirit. Whether it be walking, running, yoga, or HIIT training exercise improves my energy levels and enhances my mood. It also physically challenges my brain to push past my perceived limits.
I try to exercise 3-4 times per week for 25-60 mins. I’m a strong proponent of sustainable routines. Choosing to exercise 3-4 days per week is manageable and leaves room for me to reduce or increase the number of times I workout given my schedule.
I don't know about yall, BUT I NEED 6-8 hours of rest or I'm literally not well. I envy people who can sleep 4 for hours at night, wake up and get the job done. Over here at Sleep Ministry, 6-8 hours of rest is a necessity. It keeps me focused, less stressed, and more creative. Moreover, rest is equally as important as exercise. Giving your body the downtime it needs restores your energy and repairs your body.
For as long as I’ve been able to observe my mom, she has worked 2-3 jobs at a time. And though we joke about Jamaicans having fifty-leven jobs, we’ve also been responsible for normalizing a culture that lives to work and not works to live.
I am grateful and understanding of the financial support that my parents worked to provide however, providing emotional support to ourselves is just as important. With that, I am normalizing a life of ease. Being busy is not a badge of honor. So, one of my favorite things to do is rest. While it may benefit others, I personally don't subscribe to the “No days off” culture. There are many days I choose rest over doing work. Though, I’m currently learning to deal with the guilt. I’m learning to live a life of ease as relaxation is just as important to gaining clarity and refining my focus.
With that, I'd love to diversify my wellness practices. What practices have kept your mind, body and spirit in mint condition?
Going Somewhere Green Polka Dot Pants
Annorlunda Longline Sleeveless Vest Coord
Brody Platform Loafer