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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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So, it’s been awhile, but that doesn’t mean you are off the hook for keeping up your self care! You taking the best care of yourself should be happening at all times, not just when you are being watched or supported. Yes, we all need support at some time, but it’s really to have help in making change, until we have the hang of it.  There is the practice of learning a new action or behavior, and the practice in being easy on yourself and realizing that sometimes you have done your best.   Confidence, and being ok with what so, what happened, with good intentions for your next move. I wonder why we have to keep working at just being good, accepting ourselves?

So what is wellness for the season for you?

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Ok, so I have been spending alot of time discussing awareness. Let’s now tie that to your wellbeing. Like I mentioned in the last entry, without the awareness we don’t have conscious choice. Without conscious choice we don’t have control, or responsibility of our wellbeing.

With awareness we are in control, and responsible, for our wellbeing. That said, to improve, or be at our potential best, we need to be aware so to make the choices in alignment with what we say we want.  This is how we access our potential best (See next post on accessing your potential wellbeing).  What better time to stop and be aware than spring!

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As I break from my studies, I notice the intense focus it takes to prepare for certain events. Stress want to come up, in a usual automatic way, yet, I am practicing just noticing. Have you tried to do that? Just notice without the judgements, rules, shoulds.

I notice how I feel, that I have been thinking, and some worry amongst other things. There is no right or wrong.

This is called witnessing, and it can be a powerful tool.  By witnessing, we are present NOW, not living in the future or the past.  So, I practice as I go about my tasks…

What would you notice if you were to just witness your doings and thoughts?

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How often have you found yourself thinking depressing thoughts, belittling attempts at improving yourself, judging your actions, or letting the negative self-talk convince you that you aren’t worth anything, or why bother??

You aren’t alone, though saying that doesn’t make it any better. The reason people need ‘outside’ help, like a coach, is because they often don’t see the greatness in themself, and have not been trained to focus on this.  But it possible, and those thoughts aren’t true.  Really.

Is it conditioning, perfection, expectations that get in the way? And can we learn to move beyond, and really acknowledge the big, wonderful person that we are?  Absolutely, it just takes practice, training, knowledge, and a belief in you! And sometimes someone to lean on until you stand firmly on your own…

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What better than a new year’s resolution? Being your best every day. What is your best? You know what that is for you. And every day it changes.

So what is critical is not allowing judgement, assumption, negative thought or opinion sway or influence your view on what is your best. Only you can say. If you want more on this, go read The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz (http://www.miguelruiz.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6:the-four-agreements&catid=13:books&Itemid=7).

It takes practice to think different, let alone do different things to be healthier.  But, it starts with an idea, a thought.  When you are ready to explore and change the landscape of your mind and actions, I am here to help.  Visit Wellness in Balance, www.wellnessinbalance.com for more information.

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