Wellness Practices

Empower your well-being with some daily yoga, a mantra, going for a walk, and kick those bad habits by forming new good habits. All of these suggestions will cost you nothing. The only thing you need to do is commit to making yourself a priority. Go on, you're worth it!

Yoga

Wake up 10 minutes earlier every day and do a simple Yoga routine. Anyone can fit 10 minutes into their day, right? Do this daily practice for 30 days and feel the difference. Keep a diary and write how you feel prior to commencing on day one. Note if you have any pain in your body, your level of energy, your mood, and anything else you may want to write about. Then on day 30 repeat the process and notice the difference. Has your body changed? Has your energy increased? Has your mood improved? What else do you notice?

Click here for some great yoga and pilates routines! 

Mantra

Develop a daily Mantra. Your mantra should be something that resonates with you or something that you'd like to manifest in your life.

Your mantra can be as simple as saying or chanting "Om" or it can have a more sophisticated form such as phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge or action.

Some mantras have no literal meaning, yet are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.

Get into a comfortable seated position, take a few big long deep breaths in and out, breathing deep into your diaphram. Then say, chant or sing your mantra 10 times.

If you don't have a mantra of your own, try one of these:

I AM BALANCED

I AM FILLED WITH GRATITUDE

I AM PEACEFUL

I AM OPEN TO RECEIVE WHAT I NEED

I AM VIBRANT

I AM FOCUSED

Get into Nature

Being close to nature is soothing for the soul. Not only is it good to get out and move around, but it helps us to be mindful. Go for a bush walk, a walk on the beach, a walk along the river or stream.

Being Mindful means to purposefully pay attention to and be aware of the things around us. Things such as colours, smells, sounds, sights and feelings. Pay attention to the beauty of the wildlife as they go about their day, the gentle swaying of the trees in the breeze or the nature sounds happening around you.

Did you know? Studies show that being surrounded by trees supports our health by decreasing stress, enhancing focus, supporting calmness and reducing inflammation.

So go on, hug a tree!

 

 

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Replace a bad habit with a GOOD HABIT

If your wellness goal is to give up a bad habit, then that's great! But when you kick that habit make sure you don't leave a void. How do you do that? Replace the bad habit with a good one!

Studies show that it takes 21 days to break a habit and form a new one.

Some examples of replacing a bad habit with a good one:

  • Replace a chocolate craving with doing 10 push ups and 10 sit ups (or a 10 minute yoga routine above).
  • Replace a cigarette craving with a walk around the block.
  • Replace drinking alcohol with drinking a herbal tea (experiment with different flavours).

Set yourself up for success by removing the temptation from your home (and/or workplace) all together. Make your family, friends and colleagues aware of what you are doing so that they can support you. If there is something that you want to give up and they aren't ready to give it up with you, ask them to hide it from you or do it away from you.

Always remember to be kind to yourself!
If you have a day where temptation has got the better of you just remember...
tomorrow is a new day, simply start again!

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