As we begin a New Year, I want to offer you the opportunity to reflect on the health and wellness of you and your loved ones. Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you feel physically healthy?
Are you sleeping well?
Do you have the energy to do the things you need to do AND the things you enjoy doing?
Are you experiencing joy and happiness?
Do you make time to do the things that you enjoy?
Do you feel emotionally, physically, and spiritually balanced?
Are you happy with your work?
Are you happy in your relationships?
Have you spent anytime considering how you feel and if things could be more fulfilling?
If you answered yes to everything, YAY you!! If these are areas that you have decided to commit to in 2019, Bravo! If you have been suffering in silence, I urge you to consider making your overall mind, body, and spirit wellness a priority in 2019. (If you’re wondering if I do this for myself….the answer is yes. My thoughts on it are at the bottom of this page. )
We are excited to introduce our Wellness Wednesday Series for 2019. The second Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Flourish will offer a Wellness Wednesday workshop/class/discussion or demonstration on a variety of health and wellness subjects. You will have the opportunity to meet our various practitioners and learn about the different holistic services we offer to support your mind, body, and spirit.
The theme for 2019 will be “The Year of Taking Care of You!” The events will focus on your physical and emotional health and will provide cutting edge information, research, and demonstrations of the most effective treatments and strategies to optimize your wellness. Here is a brief outline of what we have in store for you.
January – Vision Board: Setting Intentions and Creating a Clear Path for Your Health and Wellness in 2019 ( January 16, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm)
February – Detox from the Inside Out: Learn about the toxic chemicals that lurk in your food and personal care products.
March – The Wheel of Life: How to create balance and find fulfillment in all areas of your life
April – Take Charge of Your Health: Tips and Techniques to Take Back Your Health
May – Group Acupuncture: Learn how acupuncture can support your mind/body/spirit
June – Healthy Cooking demonstration: Learn to make a few simple, healthy recipes
July – The Healing Effects of Reiki: Learn about how this gentle energy technique can support your emotional and physical health
August – Self-Love: Learn to love yourself more using affirmations, visualization, and meditation
September – Yoga to Improve Your Sleep: Learn how specific yoga poses and breath work can improve your sleep
October – Using Mindfulness Skills to Manage your Emotions
November – Relationship Goals: How to improve communication with friends and family to bring more joy into your life
December – How to Manage the Winter Blues
You are probably asking, “How do I find time to make my mind, body and spirit wellness a priority? I barely have enough time to do everything I already do!” I truly understand how difficult this can be. The overwhelming demands and responsibilities of work and family can literally leave you feeling exhausted and defeated. It took me many years to understand the importance of taking care of myself so that I could continue to care for my family and my clients. I was very resistant at times and have used every excuse in the book to neglect my own needs. I found that I wasn’t doing anybody any favors when I was exhausted, grumpy, forgetful, or short-fused.
Often, we have many limiting beliefs that keep us from doing what we know is best for us. “I don’t have enough time.” “I don’t have the money.” “If I spend time on myself, it means I’m not a good parent, spouse, etc.”
The simple truth is that if we do not spend the time and energy for our own self-care, we will eventually have to spend even more money and time due to poor health.
Most importantly, we risk not having the health and well-being to live our life the way we truly desire.
Fortunately, I began to explore the mind/body connection about 10 years ago. It made a lot of sense to me and I was interested in learning everything I could about how to feel more balanced, healthier, and happier. I slowly started to incorporate things into my daily life that rejuvenate me, give me peace, and help me stay healthy. I had to try a variety of things before I found what worked best for me. I’ll admit there are still times that I begin to neglect myself. I’m not getting enough sleep because I’m up late working, or I stop exercising because, “I’m too busy”. The difference is that now I quickly notice when I neglect my own needs, it not only negatively affects me, but also my ability to care for others. So how do I handle my lapses? I REGROUP. I get back on track without spending too much time beating myself up. I won’t allow myself to go back to the “all or nothing thinking” of the past. If I haven’t exercised for weeks, instead of saying, “Oh well, I blew it. I might as well just quit.” I now say, “Well, even though I haven’t exercised in a few weeks, I can pick it back up today.” I move forward. I can’t change the past, so instead of focusing on what I haven’t done, I use the power of the present moment to get me moving and back on track. I accept that nothing will ever be “perfect” and that’s ok. I may lapse at times, but that doesn’t mean I have failed. I encourage myself as I would a friend or family member.
There are so many easy, low-cost, or no-cost ways to care for your mind/body/spirit. Once equipped with the tools, it’s actually fun! My family often lovingly makes fun of me for my little rituals and self-care techniques, however, over the years, they have started to join me in doing some of them and have also noticed the benefits. For example, my entire family has benefited from the use of essential oils, my daughter has incorporated yoga into her self-care routine, and my husband has started meditating regularly. They may not always want to admit it, but I see the positive changes this has made in their overall well-being.
I hope that you can take advantage of these FREE workshops (some may have material fees) that are designed to introduce you to the amazing benefits of many holistic wellness services.
In the meantime, if you are interested in any of our services and/or programs, please feel free to contact us. Our Life and Health Coaching services can go deeper into the process of guiding you on the right path to a well-balanced mind, body, and spirit. I am offering a FREE Wellness Assessment to anyone who would like to know more about the coaching process and the benefits of working one-on-one.
I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.
Andrea Lopes, Owner
Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center