Between new-age oil rituals and fancy blenders that cost half your month's rent, adopting a "healthy" lifestyle can feel a little ridiculous at times. But before you throw in the towel, know that even the most dedicated of wellness junkies was once a cynical rookie.
Wear your beginner badge with pride! You're just getting your feet wet in the world of wellness, and the important thing is that you're seeking every opportunity to grab a green juice and learn more about the things that can make you feel awesome.
Here are 8 signs you're beginning to really get into wellness:
1. You're learning what it means to "hold space" for someone.
How long do you hold it for? Is it heavy? You'd like to provide a stable ground for a friend, just as soon as you find it yourself. Check out our primer to learn how to hold space for yourself and for others.
2. You know kale is good for you, but that doesn't mean you want to eat it.
You just bought kale. You know it's good for you. Unfortunately, you have no clue what to do with it so it's been sitting in your fridge wilting all week. (Psst…try tossing a few stalks into your breakfast smoothie.)
3. You thought avocados were reserved for tacos and sandwiches.
4. Meditation feels like torture.
The second you have to sit still and let go of your thoughts, you immediately get a severe case of restless leg syndrome and the irresistible urge to make a mental to-do list.
5. You thought essential oils were what you use for baking and sautéing.
At least now you know better than to sniff your bottle of canola oil. Still confused? Check out our go-to guide to pampering oils.
6. You thought activated charcoal is something you use at a backyard BBQ.
You've heard rumors of this new "it" ingredient, so you fired up your grill and attempted to make your own activated charcoal. Except when you called your yoga friend to join for a taste test, she directed you to instead buy some at the juice store across the street.
7. You thought chia seeds are used for pet-shaped pottery.
Cha-cha-cha-chia! Who knew the same seeds that made those grass-sprouting porcupines and turtles in the 80's would also turn out to be a nutrient powerhouse?