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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!

Are you searching for what really matters in your life? Join NECO and discover your true nature and how to access your potential best!

This on-going series of outdoor adventures is designed to enhance awareness of your mind and body, explore your inherent connection with nature, and enrich your daily life by learning how to transfer the lessons learned in nature. Saturday morning programs as well as Monday evening programs available.

See http://www.wellnessinbalance.com/Programs.html for more information.

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!

‘The longest journey is the journey inward, for he who has chosen his destiny has started upon his quest for the source of his being.’ Dag Hammarskjöld

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!!

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.

I spent a lot of time in nature. To see my latest findings, please visit http://naturewonderings.wordpress.com/. This, I think, is one of the best ways to care for my well-being.

There are so many ways to take care of ourselves, why do we spend so much time, instead, abusing ourselves? Please don’t answer that, I would rather read all the great ways to improve our health and wellness…