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Spring is all about new growth, new beginnings, freshness and color! After the winter’s chill and darkness, we emerge in new light, stretch our limbs, take in a deep breath and grow! This is the time to create new projects, shed layers of extra ‘weight’ (figuratively and actually!) and get moving!

This is more so (than January 1st) the time to create new activities and habits, the time to actually design your life. Create more relaxation and fun, start eating higher quality foods, or move your body to get the energy and conditioning it needs. What is it you want to create for yourself? How do you want to feel? What new ways & beings can be started this spring so you are living more in alignment with the life you desire? Better than a New Year’s revolution, Spring is the time to create a New You revelation!

Here are 5 steps you can take to create sustainable change in your life-

* Consider WHY do you want to make a change- Do you feel it in your body (like an emotion stirred) when you think of this? If you are clear about your own intrinsic motivation you are more apt to stick with it! Clarify your motivation and keep it as a reminder.
* Create SMART goals- Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time defined. This will help with keeping on track and defining next steps.
* Set a plan- Scheduling and planning are your friends! Use your planner to set appointments to start taking the actions that will help you successfully move toward your goal. Break down into doable steps (smaller if those are seemingly overwhelming)
* Get support- Tell everyone, surround yourself with others up to the same thing, get a coach.
* Take immediate action- No better time then the present to take your 1st step! What will that be? Ditch the negative thoughts and start growing now!

Springing to life isn’t an easy task, but with some planning and nurturing it is doable. Sometimes a seed is dormant for months, often years, but when the conditions are right, the new leaves begin to grow. What conditions do you need to flourish? As always, I am here to support, happy to help you clearly define how to apply these steps to your life! To your best health and well-being!

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‘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

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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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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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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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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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Often times people don’t understand what wellness is. Most of us live on the superficial, tangible plane of physicality. Wellness isn’t just about your physical body or what you do to it, though that is part. Wellness is the state of optimal well-being, not simply the absence of illness, but an improved quality of life resulting from enhanced physical, mental, and spiritual health. All aspects of your life.

So it’s all good to be getting exercise regularly, and eating right (if you are doing this, bravo for you, you are still a minority group!), but a higher level of self-care is improving your quality of life in these other areas or dimensions.

So, I like to consider that there is 6 different dimensions to our wellbeing. Depending on how you look at it, there could be more, yet these 6 pretty much encapsulate all the different areas of our life.

-Physical Wellness: involves taking care of our bodies – eating right, exercising, routine medical exams. It also discourages against the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption.

-Social Wellness: addresses interpersonal relationships and helps us enter into successful and fulfilling relationships with our family, friends, significant others, pets and others.

-Spiritual Wellness: involves finding meaning and purpose in life. This can give us strength to cope with despair and help us feel good about being alive. Spiritual wellness may or may not include religion.

-Emotional Wellness: addresses intrapersonal relationships. It involves a better understanding of our feelings and emotions.

-Intellectual Wellness: involves maintaining cognitive stimulation to prevent mental stagnation. It is a lifelong process of mental challenges and creativity.

-Vocational Wellness: addresses career goals and paths and finding a balance between life at home and life at work.

By understanding and bringing balance into each of these areas, you bring quality and completeness into your life!  I will discuss the key elements of what it will take for this to happen in later blogs…

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The Holiday Season is a stressful time. Many people spend more money than they have, eat much more than their bodies need, and are overwhelmed with all the expectations and demands that come at this time of year. Over-indulgences lead to debt, excessive weight and regretful actions, and then we pay the price for the first half of the New Year! Can you relate?

It is possible to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your health and wellness!  This is the time for family and celebration, but you don’t have to lose a sense of yourself! While depression and stress often accompany the holidays, you can again thrive and enjoy this important time of year.   Please check out my article at Examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/x-30076-Boulder-Wellness-Examiner~y2009m11d20-Ten-Tips-for-a-Healthy-Holiday-Season, for the top tips to have your best holiday yet! For additional healthy holiday tips, see WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holidays-8/default.htm

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