Healthy Lifestyle, Life in Balance:
The purpose of meditation is to begin listening and cultivating awareness. This deep listening will help you to see more clearly what is going on within yourself and your life. Begin by setting aside at least 5-10 minutes a day to sit quietly and breathe slowly and deeply. Observe your thoughts and feelings without judgement. This is a practice! Being able to sit with yourself and where you are in the moment without judgement is part of learning to meditate. Listening to relaxing music while you meditate is a helpful tool as you learn to calm the wild waves of our mind.
Getting out into nature on a regular basis has a unique ability to energize and balanced our body and mind. Spend a few minutes every day outside amongst the trees with your bare feet in the grass. This will greatly help to improve your mood, absorb vitamin D3 naturally from the sun (without sunscreen), reduce inflammation, renew your natural energy and will help you to relieve stress and sleep well.
For more information on Earthing or Grounding check out: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/01/body-electricity-grounding.aspx
Finding regular time for exercise can be a challenge for some, but not for others. The trick is to make physical activity suitable for your life. If parking your car further away from your destination is one start to help you to add in some extra walking, then begin there. Or maybe skip the elevator and go for the stairs. Be creative. Doing a physical activity that you LOVE and enjoy will give you the motivation you need to keep you going back for more. Physical activity will help give you the needed energy you’re looking for to get through your busy day. It also boosts your immune system, slows down the aging process, will uplift your mood, and prevent many chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer.
With cell phones, the internet, and all the other electronic devices around us we have become increasingly more disconnected with ourselves, each other and our environment. Creating connection is about making time to enjoy being with yourself, your family, or your friends on a regular basis. Cultivating these beautiful, enriching relationships is one of the best things we can do for our health and our well-being. Cultures around the world that live the longest are those with strong, supportive relationships within their communities. This support takes a lot of stress off of us, giving us more resilience to life.
When was the last time you played? Yesterday? A month ago? Or was it when you were a kid? Grownups tend to forget how play isn’t just for kids. I know how much I loved to dance when I was younger. From the time I was in high school until my daughter was 8, I really hadn’t reconnected with that inner child who knew how to play! I recently started taking hip-hop dance classes. Dance has brought a level of fun into my life that had been missing for a long time. Since I’ve been dancing again my level of joy has gone way up! It is so important to find what play is for you and make time for it on a regular basis.
Self-Care (yoga, massage, bathes)
There are so many things we can do to support and nurture ourselves-body, mind and spirit. Yoga, massage, relaxing baths, therapy, journaling, music… just to name a few. Being in tune with ourselves and how we are feeling will help us to better understand what kind of support we need for our health and well-being. Often times in our culture we tend to gravitate to the “unhealthy” foods or activities that we think feel good in the moment, but actually are causing us more harm in the long run. As a holistic health coach I support my clients in figuring out what they can do to better care for themselves, so they don’t have to continue the patterns of that are no longer serving them in a positive way.
Create Your Own Luxurious Bath Experience…
1 cup Epson Salts or Natural Sea Salts
10 drops of Young Living Lavender* or Peace & Calming Essential Oils*
Fill tub with warm water. Add the natural salts and aromatherapy oils. Soak for at least 20-30 minutes.
Your favorite hot tea, candle, rose petals, fresh fruit, favorite book, or journal, & relaxing music.
Magnesium is a mineral found in Epson and sea salts which deeply relieves muscle tension and stress. This bath will surely help you to sleep well at night.
*Note: Courtney is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. These are medicinal-grade essential oils that are safe to use on the body. Aromatherapy is not a regulated market. So it’s important to use oils from a safe and reputable resource. If you are interested in ordering Young Living Oils or Products, please contact Courtney at (828) 398-9339 or Courtney.AwakenYourHealth@gmail.com.