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Spiritual Wellness

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Today at work I am sharing with my colleagues information on spiritual wellness. First I must say this is not a strong area for me, I do not have much spirituality in my life. I am a non-believer so I don’t have religion and I don’t normally take time to connect with myself, which I should learn to incorporate into my overall wellness. I have to remember that spiritual wellness, doesn’t have to mean religion.

Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. Spiritual Wellness is different for everyone, for some it is about religion, for others it is about self-reflection and self-awareness.

Tips for Spiritual Wellness

  1. Journaling helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings, get to know yourself better, reduce stress and help you problem solve. Obviously I like to blog but I wouldn’t say it counts towards my spiritual wellness, for that I need to write without a censor, which isn’t really what this blog is about…

    If you want to journal but don’t know how to get started, look online for some writing prompts, I found some good ones here.

  2. Try yoga. Yoga is a physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body. Yoga is taught at all different levels and can help lower stress, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure as well as reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia.
  3. Take time to meditate. While managing your time and daily tasks can be hard, it is crucial to devote time to connecting with yourself. Whether in the morning when you wake up, during your lunch break, or before you go to sleep, take five to 10 minutes to meditate each day. Here are some great apps for your smartphone to help with your own meditation, I am going to try one today.
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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness involves aspects of life that are necessary to keep yourself in top condition. Optimal physical wellness is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits. Components of physical wellness include building muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance and flexibility.

Are you engaged in physical wellness in your life? Do you have an established exercise routine and get an adequate amount of sleep?

Physical wellness is a cornerstone to your overall wellness. Not only does exercise improve your physical well-being, studies have shown exercises improves mood, cognitive function and quality of sleep. Sleep is also a key factor in your physical well-being. Sleep, or lack of, affects our bodies from an increase in inflammation, reduced immunity, depression, weight gain and raised cortisol (stress hormone).

Here are some tips to increase physical activity at work.

  1. Stand instead of sitting, this burns more calories – want a little extra burn, get an aerobic step for your desk do some steps or calf raises while working.
  2. If you do sit, sit on an exercise ball at your desk, instead of a chair (this builds core strength).
  3. Keep some small hand weights at your desk
  4. Get up and walk around after sitting for 30 minutes
  5. Stretch!

Can you do this??

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Environmental Wellness

We may not think much about Environmental Wellness as part of an overall wellness plan, but our environment and how we feel about it can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall. Environmental wellness refers to one’s relationship to their surroundings that affect overall wellness.

I shared some information with my co-workers about how to Feng Shui their desk ti improve their environmental wellness. Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy. It’s based on the idea that everything in a person’s surrounding environment affects his or her inner life.

One of the basic tools for a feng shui is the bagua map. It’s a nine-part grid depicting the different areas of a space and how they correspond to different areas of life.

 

Does it work? I don’t know, I can’t hurt to try, maybe the psychological benefit alone makes it work, who knows.

Read more about Feng Shui here .

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National Wellness Week

A while back I joined the wellness committee at work. I did this when I was taking my wellness course for my degree and I realized that I was enjoying sharing wellness tips that I have learned with others.

This week is National Wellness Week, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and at work I am sharing information daily about the eight dimensions of wellness.

Wellness is not just about physical wellness, or emotional wellness? There are actually eight dimensions of wellness that encompasses the whole person. I to share what I have learned here on my blog as well, so I will be adding a new post daily all week about a different aspect of the wellness wheel.

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Living Naturally

Since being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, I have become focused on healthy living, which includes the products I put on my skin and use in my home. No one yet understands what exactly causes MS or other autoimmune diseases, except that it is some sort of environmental factor to those who are genetically predisposed.

The American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA) state that 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease! Researchers have identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases and suspect at least 40 additional diseases of having an autoimmune basis. These diseases are chronic and can be life-threatening, this is crazy and unacceptable.

What can we do about it?

Well, in my opinion we have to go back to times when we weren’t putting toxic chemicals into and on our bodies. Most people have learned to read labels on the food they eat; however, it’s equally important to become ingredient detectives when choosing personal care and home products, which is why I am so happy to have been introduced to the Purehaven Essentials line of personal and home care products.

All of their products are free of harmful chemicals. Their formulations are based on as many natural, plant-based, wild crafted and certified organic ingredients where possible.

Check it out for yourself, let me know what you think.

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