Welcome to the DW Healing Arts Be Well series of wellness tips for January 2016. Each day I will highlight a card from my Balance Resource Cards decks. The wellness resources will help you bring balance to your body, mind and spirit if used on a regular basis.
Take a moment right now, and practice today's wellness tip as you read this. Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Give yourself permission to balance your life.
May you Be Well! Love, Deanna
Tapping is a technique to help shift us out of old unhealthy patterns and into new patterns. The tapping helps to imprint new muscle memory in our brain and body. There are various methods for tapping, but I like to use simple versions that are easy to remember and quick to use. Try using the methods below during a bathroom break or when you need to concentrate on a project.
Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Take a moment right now to make a list of all the areas in your body, mind and spirit that feel out of balance. What would you like to be different in 2016? What themes emerge as you look over this list? If you could choose one word for 2016 to guide your overall choices, what would that word be?
Keep adding to this list over the next week. On Day 1 of the Be Well Series, we will be setting some intentions and goals for the coming year.
May you Be Well!
The end of the calendar year is a good time to think about the new things you want to do different in the coming year. I've made a commitment to improving my overall wellness of body, mind and spirit. I am not waiting for the start of a new year. I'm starting now and I'd love to have you join me.
Many people are experiencing transitions in life this season. Students and teachers are returning to school. Gardeners are busy harvesting and preparing for the fall season. Caregivers and family are waiting with their loved ones to transition from this life to the next. Parents are anticipating the birth of a new child.
Transition is a normal part of life.
A number of people received my Balance Resource Cards as gifts. Others purchased them for their personal use, but in most cases, the cards sit unopened on a shelf. People are just too busy for self care.
One friend recently had a wake-up call, when she received news that there was abnormal tissue in her breast. She decided to make some major lifestyle changes to prevent the tissue from progressing into cancer. She started using the Balance Resource Cards at home and work. And she is seeing some very positive results.
Many people I know are choosing healthy, organic and locally grown foods this year. February is always a challenge, because the fresh foods have to be shipped from a distance. I also know that workers are often underpaid, which adds to the dilemma of which foods to purchase. This time of year, I shift my priorities slightly, so that I can eat fresh and organic produce and fruit. My grocery bills are quite a bit higher will all the produce I buy. I view it as an investment in my health.
Another investment in health is my time. It takes time to prepare healthy food. I invest in fresh food preparation, because it is healthier for me than fast food. I consider it part of my spiritual practice of wellness. I'm becoming good friends with my crock pot and the freezer. This saves time when I make extra food to put in the freezer. It also takes time to plan out my weekly menu and shopping list. It takes time to label the foods I prepare, but the labels help me use food in a timely manner.
I often have a word to focus on for the year. I'm not sure when I first started choosing a word. Sometimes the word chooses me, like last year. I gradually lived into the word "Balance" in 2014, as I worked on creating the Balance Resource Cards. The word balance appeared everywhere, even in my dreams. It became my focus in all aspects of my life. The image of the letters balancing on the capital A appeared in my dreams. My supporting words were Mind, Body and Spirit. I was thrilled when my niece made a logo for me. I felt balanced in 2014.
Synchronicity happens when you find a theme word. You become aware of different meanings of that word and how they each apply to your life. Songs with the word capture your attention in new ways. You see the word in writing appear all over the place. It comes to mind throughout the day. Each time you see your word, it reminds you of the reason you need it in your life. You begin to live into your word. It is your goal, your theme and your mantra. That is why words have power.
As the holidays approach and we spend extended time with family and friends, remember to take time for yourself every day. Sleep in and catch up on your rest. Take a nap in the middle of the day. Take a spa bath. Pause to breathe. Or simply sit and do nothing.
You deserve to take care of yourself before everyone else. Remember the instructions when you fly: "In case of an emergency drop in air pressure, place your oxygen mask on first, before taking care of small children or traveling companions." You deserve to be first.
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