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What does being well mean to you?  Being healthy?  Feeling good? No illness? No stress?  What is the value you place on that?  And why is it that many of us have such a hard time doing the things we need to do to achieve our optimum well being?

We could spend eons asking why and belittling ourselves, or we can just reassess and maybe make a choice that has us being a little bit more healthier or feeling better about ourselves.  The human mind is complex, and there are so many things that are unanswerable.  But it does us no good to dwell in dis-empowerment.  Instead, we could look at what would give us the most power in taking care of ourselves?  Remembering that we have choice is powerful, and that we can choose to think a different way, or choose do something differently in our everyday lives.  I’m not talking about huge changes or achieving that perfect vision you have for your self.  I am speaking about little, doable things that we can do to be healthier, happier and live a better quality of life.

Maybe it could be taking more 5 minute breaks?  Occasional walks, not eating that hamburger and fries, taking a few deep breaths when something pisses us off, or indulging in a bubble bath.  I’m sure you can think of other things, little things, that you can do to improve the quality of your life and improve your well being.  I invite you to consider what the cost is of not taking care of yourself and start finding (and doing) those little things to enhance your life today.

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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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What does that mean to you? How are you caring for yourself? It could be physical, mental or spiritual, or even social or vocational.

Living to your potential wellness, to your ultimate best, is making the best choices at each moment, and living consciously. Or maybe that is reversed! You can make the best choices when you are conscious. We can explore some of those choices next…

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A new direction, one that I go toward often, is the topic of a new blog. Please check out http://naturewonderings.wordpress.com/ for conversatons more directly tied to nature and what we learn from her.

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What do you notice that you notice? Just that we can be aware of life, ourselves, our world..Do you understand the vastness in the awareness we have and the consciousness that we are gifted?  It is immense, unparalleled, amazing.  Most beings on this planet have not been given this special gift, yet most humans aren’t even vaguely aware of the immensity of it all, how special and unique we really are, or that it is even there!

It is so hard to fathom. That we don’t have to live unconsciously, that we can be aware and make choices. So then why don’t we make the best choices at all times? Maybe we do, and our best changes with every moment…But many choices are out of fear, greed, desire, most being unconscious.   I know that human beings have contemplated this for as long as we have been aware of it.  This is really what separates us out from other species lesser evolved.  Or so we think…

So what does this have to do with our wellness? Without this awareness, we can not choose, may not see the connection between what I will do next, and how that aligns with my higher purpose, or the goal that I am trying to attain.  In being aware, we can connect the dots, and have a conscious choice in the direction of our lives, thus affecting our wellbeing.  Making the best choices for ourselves right now. If you were consciously directing your life, what choices would you be making?  How would this affect your wellbeing?

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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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