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Wellness

Health insurance is just one aspect of having peace of mind. Yet there are many other areas, when combined with the security of financial protection, that can positively impact your overall wellness.

This section will provide a resource for ways to explore or restore mental balance in your every day life.


Mindfulness

Meditation tip...
Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.

We all have excuses including: no time (we say this, yet it is only a matter of as little as five minutes), stress, poor diet, too much stimulation, lack of exercise and/or movement of the body, lack of proper breathing patterns, alcohol, caffeine, poor digestion, an unhealthy lifestyle, wrong companionship and even the wrong career could all take a massive toll on our willpower to start climbing the arduous mountains of meditation. As Lao Tzu said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." That step means not tomorrow, but today.

Take a break from the TV to be more creative, or read by candlelight without the electrical vibrations at night, or just sit quiet to meditate and listen.

(Contributed by Carmen Curtis - Program Director/Instructor/Founder of AIReal Yoga™ and owner of The Aerial Studio in Ventura Ca)


Preventive Health

Legs Up the Wall...
Detox benefits: Encourages circulation of blood from the feet and legs. Bathes the abdomen in fresh blood, stimulating the digestive organs. Soothes the nervous system, allowing your body to shift its attention from warding off stress to daily bodily functions, including detox. Stay for about 10 breathes.

You can easily do this in your office. Maybe while running errands you can find a park and claim the quite shade of a tree.

(Contributed by Carmen Curtis - Program Director/Instructor/Founder of AIReal Yoga™ and owner of The Aerial Studio in Ventura Ca)


Nutrition Tip

 Vanilla Chia Pudding...
Start the day right with a healthy dose of chia seeds, which are loaded with protein, calcium, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Not bad for a bunch of tiny seeds, right? Whip up this tasty breakfast-worthy pudding by mixing seeds with a cup of milk (soy, almond, or cow’s), a dash of vanilla, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Let the mixture sit for a few hours (or overnight) and watch the chia seeds create a creamy, pudding-like texture.

(Contributed by Carmen Curtis - Program Director/Instructor/Founder of AIReal Yoga™ and owner of The Aerial Studio in Ventura Ca)


Goals

Inch by Inch...

Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by setting our sights on a laundry list of goals to accomplish. Try narrowing down your goals to 1 or 2 at a time. Devote your attention to what it takes to reach those goals. Create solid steps that will allow you to rise with the accomplishment. This will help you gain confidence in the ability to reach attainable goals thus sparking motivation to keep going.

Remember: One Thing at a Time.

 


Healthy Habits

21 Days...

When was the last time you had to remind yourself to brush your teeth in the morning? You probably don't. (Well, ok, that one time last week when you rushed out to the office...but we wont tell) The point is, way back when you first began creating healthy habits it was a struggle. Ill bet you gave your parents a run for their money. But over time it stuck.

Try creating a new healthy habit. Whether it is incorporating more reading or more physical activity, set aside a small chunk of time - say 20 minutes at first. Commit to 21 days. For 20 minutes each day (Try for the same time of day if you can) make it a point to follow through. Watch how after this first phase, you begin to build a natural flow for that activity.

 


Discovery

Light the fire...

Lack of inspiration or motivation could be a combination of many things. Try adding a little spark of adventure in your life. Simple things like switching up your weekly routine. Maybe drive a new way to work next Wednesday, research a few hiking trails in your area and spend the next few weekends exploring them, or what about that cooking class you keep "talking about". How about Yoga? Yoga has many variations that fit just about every BODY. Go Explore! In the process you will not only learn something new, see things from a new perspective but a healthy dose of endorphins is always a good thing.