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How do you enjoy your summer?

As my intent is to help people live happier and healthier lives, not only do we need to be doing things that are healthy, but we need to choose actions and events that make us happy. Truly authentic happiness, what our soul screams for, not just happy because of…(whatever reason fits)

If you think about it, what really gives you that satisfying feeling of belonging and joy? For me, it’s being in nature, having deep, meaningful conversations and being absorbed in a creative project.

So what does this have to do with enjoying summer? Well, it’s doing those things that are meaningful to you, that give you that deep sense of satisfaction that help us to enjoy our time. So is it trips with family? Playing? Drawing? Having quiet? Gathering with a few important folks? Stretching or Exercising? Making wonderful meals?

How can you better enjoy summer?

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As part of my practical solutions campaign, I open up the question of what being healthy this summer looks like for you? Is it spending time outdoors, wonderful summer picnics, playing with the kids or family reunions? Stopping to smell the flowers or getting away for a short break?

Our well-being isn’t just dependent on exercise and eating right (and they are still important!) but is also defined by how we enjoy our lives. And how we manage the regular and not so regular situations in life, along with the thoughts and viewpoints that may lead to stress.

Even in summer there are opportunities for stress- the kids being out of school or no time off from work. Maybe it’s family gatherings or too much sun (that is stressful on the body) or ice cream. All these and more can create a stress response to the body or mind. So what can a person do?

Simple! Do more of what you enjoy and less what leads to stress. Below are 5 tips to help you better enjoy your summer!

1) Do what matters (is important) to you
2) Be out in nature or have some quiet reflective time
3) Organize your life/ Nix the clutter
4) Laugh and spend time playing
5) Look at things from another perspective, detach from your own

If you are ready to put into practice these suggestions and to start to making sustainable life changes, you are ready for a life coach!

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Preparing for a new series- Nature Explorations. This is an opportunity to be in nature, deepen our understanding of our self and our relationship to others and the natural world.

Next Full Moon Hike, Tuesday June 14, 6pm
* Interested in breaking away mentally and physically from the work week?
* Would you like a new experience of being outdoors?
* Want to enhance your experience of life while moving your body?

Come join us each month for an opportunity to break from your usual routine and connect with the world around you. Learn about the local environment and perhaps discover something new about yourself!

All full moon explorations are free and set at a slow to moderate pace lasting 1-3 hours. Locations vary along the Front Range. Plan for weather, bring sturdy shoes, water, and a snack.

New Nature Exploration Programs- Seeing your life through the trees
Explore life themes such as awareness, curiosity, trust and change, in this on-going series of outdoor adventures.

We will visit some of the most beautiful locations in our region.
Nature Explorations are Monthly- 3rd Saturday and last Monday, June thru September, 1st Saturday Session- June 18, 8:30am-10:30am, 1st Monday Session- June 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Contact Website for details.

Coming soon- Cougar Fitness!
Start or improve fitness in the great outdoors! This course will get you outside taking care of your physical, as well as other, aspects of your well-being. Have fun, get fit, explore your wild side, and release stress!
Summer classes starting in July!

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Often times we don’t think we can do much to enjoy our lives or be more relaxed.  Not so!  Here are 5 easy ways to bring more ease and balance into your life-

1) Stop and breathe.  By slowing down and focusing on your breath, you can bring down your stress and blood pressure.

2) Notice what’s going on around you.  Too often we get lost in the past or future, and are not present to what is happening right now.  Being present helps you to appreciate what is so right now.

3) Be Grateful.  Instead of focusing on the things that aren’t going the way you want, notice and give thanks to the wonderful things already in your life.

4) Laugh- Don’t take life so seriously, look for the humor and enjoy a good belly laugh!  Laughter releases stress and makes us feel good!

5) Chose what is really important to you.  Act upon what is important to you, say no to what is not.  By doing so you are setting your boundaries and living according to your values!

I challenge you to try some of these tips and see yourself relaxed!!

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In caring for our well-being we need to look at the dimension of spirit. Spiritual wellness includes connecting to our higher self and the ability to find meaning in life. It gives us strength to cope with despair as well as feeling good about being alive. It may or may not include religion and could include nature.

You can step outside, or take yourself inside (reflection) to access this. You can go to church, practice yoga, meditate, create art or tend a garden. By doing what is important to you, you are feeding your soul; listening to your deeper self you are accessing your spiritual well-being.

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There are two key elements to improving our wellness – one part is to understand which areas of life we would like to change, one part is actually doing what it takes to make the change. By taking action, and changing the behaviors that aren’t working, we can create a better, healthier life. This may be in the realm of the physical, like I discussed last time. Yet, to improve our overall health and wellness, we must also include our mental and spiritual wellbeing.

The direct line to improving your wellbeing is simple-
* Move your body
* Consume good nutrients and savor your meals
* Get adequate rest
* Keep your stress levels down
* Smile
* Do things to relax and enjoy
* Think good thoughts
* Connect with others in a meaningful way
* Better understand yourself and what’s meaningful to you

Much of improving our wellbeing involves the willingness to make changes in our lives. We fall into habitual ways of leading our daily lives, or habitual ways of thinking that leaves us feeling small. To improve our health and wellbeing, we have to be willing to get unstuck and go through some discomfort in the process of change. It is possible if you are willing to take on the challenges and the obstacles that present themselves. Stand for what is important to you!

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I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can help people be healthier and happier. There are no assurances, if you take care of yourself you could, at least, improve your time on this earth. Fitness is one of the most important aspects of self-care and it can yield improved health in both the short-term and long-term, but improved wellness is a much bigger picture. You can access a higher level of wellbeing living here, and I’d like to share how.

Contrary to popular belief, the most important thing for us to do in taking care of our wellbeing is to just BREATHE! Unfortunately, most of us don’t breathe properly, and with the stress levels that most of us hold, shallow breathing is quite common (and detrimental to good health!). By breathing deeply, oxygen gets down deep into the cells of your body to feed all the organs and systems that require it for basic functions. Yes, you’ve survived up to this point without breathing deeply, yet doing this will help reduce stress, clear your mind and support you in being ‘present’ (notice) what is happening right now.

If you were to step outside for that deep breath, you could possibly also take in the beauty of the world around us. We are so fortunate to be alive! By appreciating this fact and absorbing the beauty around us, we make a deeper connection with our higher self. Taking 5 minutes might be all we need to bring our stress levels down and notice what we enjoy about our lives. You can take 5, can’t you?

And there is so much more to being well…I will share more in the next posting.

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