National Wellness Month - 12 Ways to Embody Wellness!
As August winds down, we want to bring attention to the fact that it is National Wellness Month. We hope you have had time to relax for a few days or so during the summer thus far. If not, we want to remind you of some simple things you can do to improve your well-being. Every day you have life is an opportunity to consider ways to be more forward thinking about your health so you can make it to another day, week, month, year, and decade in an optimal health position. If you want help with enriching your life’s health and wellness journey, read to the end to find out how we may be able to assist you with moving forward.
Lastly, don’t forget that August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. Stand up for what you believe in and celebrate how far we have come but do realize we have a long way to go. So, look ahead and build up tomorrow’s women’s leaders, presidents, congresswomen, etc. for the change we currently seek to be birthed, nurtured, and thriving in the future and for generations to come are placed within our reach, heck it might just be in your family line.
12 Ways to Embody Wellness
1. Manage Stress
a. If stress wreaks havoc on your body for too long, you can end up with diseases you don’t want. Isn’t it time to slow down and be more cognizant of things and people who stress you out and do something about it before it is too late? Too much stress can be debilitating, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Counting to 10 is not just for children. Adults need time to go within too. Perhaps you can take a time out and count to 5 slowly instead of 10. Take some deep breaths too and speak positivity over your situations or stressors.
b. Start to say YES to you and NO to what you don’t want to do or can’t do. You are not obligated to take on anyone else’s stress.
c. Make time to do things you enjoy doing.
d. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, don’t be serious all the time.
e. Commit to being balance in every area of your life. People don’t make you feel a certain way unless you allow them to. You are in control.
f. Punch a pillow, scream in your car with the music up loud or listen to some hard rock and rock-out.
2. Stay Hydrated
a. Hydration is not just important because it is summertime. It is important to live and function at optimal levels all the time. A brain and body that is dehydrated can not function at it’s best and can be deprived of oxygen and nutrients needed to endure the trenches of life.
b. Water is helpful in the elimination toxins and waste from the body.
c. To stay hydrated throughout the day, drink alkaline, distilled, purified, sparkling or fruit infused waters, hot or iced herbal teas or any freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juices.
d. A well hydrated body helps to regulate the bodies temperature.
e. Hydration helps lubricate the joints.
3. Eliminate Fast & Fried Foods
a. Fast foods, fried foods clog the arteries, liver and tends to make them sluggish and leads to plaque buildup which is atherosclerosis. Fried foods can lead to a pretty unhealth lifestyle one that consists of coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke.
4. Intake Fruits & Vegetables
a. Nutrient dense foods are the way to go. Incorporate them in every or most meals to improve overall health. Keep them within eye view so you can remember to fill up on them instead of unhealthy foods.
b. Looking for foods to help you lose weight, well fruits and vegetables will surely get you there and clean you out in the process.. Fruits and veggie consumption can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which makes for great healthy options over fast and fried foods.
a. The body can stiffen up for not moving the way it used to when you were younger, minimizing blood flow or circulation, therefore it is imperative to stretch as often as you can to remain flexible, keep strong muscles and maximize your quality of life.
b. Sitting for too long is one reasons the body stiffens up often outside of arthritis. Stretch for 30 to 60 seconds various body parts throughout the day, 5 to 6 days a week. This will help keep you flexible and ready for things life throws your way.
c. Stretch your mind and learn something new every day. (Don’t get complacent because life is all about changing)
d. Try something different. We have all failed and crawled before walking so stretch yourself and explore some of your hidden talents or obvious ones that you are hiding from the world.
e. Purchase a multi-grip stretch strap @ the Earthy Naturals shop
6. Physical Activity
a. 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This is a must, get with it. Break down to 10 minutes 3x a day, if need be, but do something to activate your muscles and blood flow.
b. Complete physical activity 2 to 3 hours before bedtime to avoid sleep interruption, but to have a good nights rest.
7. Healthy Sleep Rhythm
a. Practice getting in a healthy sleep regime which consist of 7 to 9 hours of rest.
b. Sleep in a dark, quiet room with no blue light rays from electronics
c. Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
d. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
8. Meditate & Pray
a. Adding meditation and prayer to your daily life can increase your energy/vibrations and brings on feel-good calming sensations.
b. Be consistent with your spiritual activities.
c. Meditate and pray for guidance on everything you do before doing it.
9. Pamper yourself
a. Take at least one day a month to indulge in something that excites your well-being, whether a at home spa treatment, hotel one, or an all-out excursion do something to make you happy or feel good. If this is not your thing, find something you enjoy doing and let the stress melt away. Karaoke, comedy, dancing, game night, bubble or sitz baths, etc.
b. Connect with different communities or groups that inspire you.
10. Get Acquainted with Nature
a. Spend more time in nature. Nature speaks when you take time to listen. Grab a notebook or journal, find a place to sit and be still and just listen to nature speak. Jot down ideas, thoughts that come to you, they may lead you in a direction you could only dream of when you engage in self-care. It is O.K to dream or imagine a different future.
b. Take a nature walk, jog, or go for a hike.
c. Ride a bike
d. Go on or have a picnic or cook-out.
e. Make a connection with someone you frequently see in the environment.
11. Take A Break = TAB:
a. From sitting too long
b. From gossiping
c. From technology/social media
i. News is so negative, do your best to detach from it.
d. From eating for 12 to 24 hours.
e. From stressing out
f. From negative self-talk
g. From procrastinating and making excuses about the way you are: STOP already life is passing you by doing something different if you want something different.
h. From people (get alone and take care of you, without other opinions or interference)
a. Whether you use a talking journal or are going the old fashion way pencil or pen to a pad. Get your thoughts and daily activities out of your mind and somewhere else. It is not only helpful in remembering things, but also in reducing stress too. Thinking about too many things at one time is enough to drive anyone crazy, a journal is a perfect place to lay your worries aside if not anything, for just a little while.
b. Document what, who causes you stress , when and why? Do this activity for a week and notice all that you learn from it. Then make some changes.
Your well-being matters, it is a key to you living a life of fulfillment or one filled with grief, pain and unhappiness. Take control of your life this month and don’t forget that you matter always. Therefore, it is imperative to do things to prove this to yourself every day so that you are aware and confident in who you are and whose you are. Live a life that is productive to your overall well-being for longevity. If you have yet to start, then start today.
As August comes to a close, take a moment recognize why you need to incorporate self-care into your life. Can you afford to keep living the way that you are and be your best. In addition, we want you to also know women’s equality rights day is among us. Tomorrow August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. Though we are not where we used to be two centuries ago, we are no where we need to be and have had a few setbacks over the years. Do something special to celebrate the day and keeping striving to be the best human you can be for us living on the planet today and the next generation to come. Women have been voting for over 100 years; now let’s get in some high offices or positions of power ladies, after all we deserve to be heard now more than ever before in history. We have the knowledge and the know how to be victorious.
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