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Updated: Jun 3

In the dynamic and demanding field of wellness, practitioners play a crucial role in guiding individuals toward optimal health and balance. However, to effectively support others on their wellness journeys, practitioners must prioritize their own well-being. Here are five practices that are essential to my own well being.

  1. Meal Planning and Preparation

This is not just a tool that I recommend for clients but an essential non-negotiable for myself. As someone with a history or disordered eating behaviors my mantra is “if food is chaotic, life is chaotic” Every week I commit to a rough draft outline of what my food will look like for the week, leaving room for flexibility, but ensuring there is delicious healthy food at the ready.

2. Slow Wake Up

A slow wake up is the most peaceful beautiful way to start your day. Some may call this a morning routine. Here is what my slow wake up/morning routine looks like; make a beautiful coffee, meditate for 10-20 minutes, read for 30 minutes, journal for 10 minutes, stretch move body for 15-20 minutes, eat a nourishing breakfast. Essentially the first hour of the day is time to pour into myself and prepare for the day ahead. 

3. Joyful Movement

Physical exercise not only enhances physical health but also contributes to mental well-being by reducing stress, improving mood, and promoting better sleep. I call exercise joyful movement, and it includes a variety of movement that I enjoy; spinning, yoga, hiking, swimming, weight lifting, barre, pilates. I love a variety of classes and overall just love moving my body. 

4. Creative Expression

The longer I do this work the deeper I explore creative expression. Holding space for others healing is beautiful, but it can also be taxing. I find release and healing in my own creative work. Currently I am enjoying foraged flat lay nature photography. 

5. Traveling

Yes, traveling is an essential wellness practice in my life. It is how I fill my cup. Exploring other cultures through their culinary and wellness traditions provides immense insight and perspective. I always return home from trips refreshed and replenished. 

I hope these wellness practices inspire you to create a solid foundation for your own personal well-being by prioritizing practices that enhance quality of life. 

By: Abra Pappa, MS, CNS, LDN

Abra Pappa is a CNS Supervisor and nutrition mentor with 19 years of experience in the field.  Abra is a clinical nutritionist, CEO of multiple wellness businesses, including a hit food blog, and corporate wellness program.  Abra specializes in eating disorders and related digestive and hormonal imbalances.  Come meet the supervisors of our internship for nutrition students, and learn about who they are.

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