Gratitude boosts your immune system and elevates your mood. Yes, being thankful helps you become healthier! There are many studies and articles online that show the benefits of an attitude of gratitude. Some people keep a daily journal with the things they are thankful for. The book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp invites readers to count their blessings by recording one thousand different things that are worth celebrating as gifts and blessings. To record that many gifts, you have to start paying attention to the little surprises that show up in your life. Things like the pretty way the light catches the soap suds in the sink, the first snowflakes twirling through the air, the scent of the first fire in the fireplace, the surprise phone call from a distant friend or the refund check you weren't expecting. These things can shift your mood and help you feel better.
We are entering the season of gift-giving. How often do you give yourself a gift? I usually buy things I want or need, but don't think of them as a gift for myself. When I do buy something for myself as a gift, it is usually a special item like a silk scarf or something beautiful for my home. I consider it a gift for my birthday or as a reward for an accomplishment in my life. It feels decadent. I treasure it a bit more than the regular or impulse purchases I make. Thinking of a purchase as a gift shifts my focus and I pay attention to it in a different way.
I designed the Balance Resource Cards as a gift. A gift to myself and a gift for my family, friends and clients. Hopefully you will purchase a set for yourself and discover they are a gift of health and wellness that you can give yourself. These cards are full of tips and resources that can help all of us become healthier. They are my favorite wellness and self care tips that I've collected over the years. Think of them as my top 60+ tips for healthy living. I have been using these resource cards regularly to become healthier and balanced in my own life. I'm giving myself the gift of health because I deserve it.
There is growing awareness of how various forms of tapping improve your body's ability to heal. Tapping can reset your body's patterns of response. Tapping can even slow down or prevent dis-ease processes from progressing. One of the most common methods is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. This technique involves tapping various acupressure points while saying affirmations as a way to imprint new patterns of thought in your unconscious mind. Many people have success with the various versions of this technique. It is important to have an open mind when working with these techniques as our attitudes impact the success or failure of these methods. I've experimented a bit with this technique, but have not used it consistently enough to get the results I would like.
What are your favorite activities to balance your mind, body and spirit on a regular basis? Do you have a daily or weekly exercise routine? What is your favorite meditation or prayer practice? Do you like the same routine each day or do you like a little variety during the week? Are you a regular member at the health club or local yoga class? Are you disciplined enough to do your own exercise routine at home? How much time do you spend doing these activities each week?
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