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10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Wellness

Making a leap into self-care, health, and wellness can seem like a huge task. I put together a list of ways to begin improving your health that are simple and easy to start right away. Once you incorporate these things into your life, you should notice mood improvements, more energy and better sleep as just a few examples. These 10 easy ways to boost your wellness is the foundation to build the rest of your health and self-care upon.

Let’s get started:

  1. Drink More Water – Let’s begin with the easiest task on the list. Drink more water, we all should know by now the benefits of water for every aspect of our health. Our brain function boosts significantly from water intake, and those headaches and migraines will also be greatly reduced. Physical activity along with energy levels are affected by a lack of water. Fatigue and other uncomfortable aches and pains in the body can all be cured with MORE WATER! Metabolism gets an extra boost when we drink more water and our skin will be hydrated, resulting in a radiating complexion!

2. Spend Time in Nature – Nature has a real positive impact on our health, believe it or not. The natural patterns and colors of nature is a proven cure of depression. Mood instantly changes when we step into nature. The sound of birds and breeze in the trees, the calming trickles of water, and the fresh air does wonders for your overall wellness. Spending time in nature is a super easy and effective way to FEEL better!

3. Eat More Fruits and Veggies – Another easy way to improve your health is to eat healthier. I’m not telling you to override your entire diet, but watch what adding in more greens and yummy fruits will do for you! The benefits of eating more fruits and Vegetables will come quickly. When we start lacking in this area of our diet, the effects can be detrimental to our overall well-being. We absolutely need the vitamins and minerals that come from fresh vegetables and it is a very poor choice not to eat them!

4. Go On a Walk, or Bike Ride – Movement, awww very effective on our health. A simple walk or bike ride will begin your foundation in feeling your best. Exercise actually boosts your energy levels and gives you a euphoric feeling. You do not have to go on a strict exercise regimen to be healthier, simply go on a walk around your neighborhood, or even better; in nature!

5. Disconnect from Social Media, TV, and Technology – Constantly checking in on social media, or being glued to the TV, is definatly not good for our wellness. It steals time away from other more important things that will improve our lives. So, make it a very clear point to spend less time on technology. Give yourself a limit like 30 mins at night, or only certain days of the week that you spend aimlessly online, or watching TV.

6. Deep Breathing – A great way to overcome feelings or stress and anxiety, whenever they rear their ugly head is to breath! Taking 10 deep breathes that you actively involve your mind and body in will calm you down and bring you back into your peace. Try this the next time you feel overwhelmed. Closing your eyes and picturing your favorite place while deep breathing is a quick and easy meditative practice that doesn’t take much effort and will leave you in a much better state of mind than trying to ignore your negative feelings.

7. Multi-Vitamin – Super simple and effective in maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit is to remember to take a multi-vitamin everyday. Otherwise you have to try to find your daily percentage of these in your diet, and a lot of times that becomes more stressful than life itself. So, adding a simple vitamin in the morning is purely beneficial for getting started on a more healthy lifestyle.

8. Sunshine and/or Vitamin D – This is a big one that many people do not pay attention to. In places where the sun doesn’t shine often enough, or we are unable to spend enough time in the sun, we see spiked levels of depression and other mental health issues. As spiritual beings, we LIVE off the energy of the sun. We spiritual beings need to remember to take Vitamin D or be under the sun.

9. Laugh More – Laughter can boost our immunity, and our energy. Laughing also reduces stress hormones like cortisol. When we find ways to laugh more, we will notice how darkness and lethargy lowers immensely. Go to a comedy show, read a joke book, or a funny book, spend time with someone who always cheers you up.

10. Affection – Last but not least, give hugs and say I love you to those closest to you. The feelings shared between yourself and others is powerful. Express your feelings! Write them a simple love note, or a thank you card. These things can make you and the ones closest to you feel good. Which is perfect for your wellness and theirs too. Excellent!

Baking Soda; the miracle.

Baking soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is derived from the natural mineral called Natron.

Humans produce acid with almost all bodily functions. Acid helps in many of the processes our bodies under go to keep us alive and healthy. The thing we often do not realize is the over abundance of Acid that is detrimental to our over all well being.

This over abundance of acid can cause many different problems from heart burn to longer term negative health effects such as osteoporosis. Also, feelings of inflammation and gas are irritated by acid and actually cause a lot of the fatigue and headaches we as humans tend to experience on a day to day basis.

That is where the alkaline chemistry and all of its divinity come into relieve our pain caused by an extreme imbalance in our pH levels.

The opposite end of this acid-alkaline spectrum can be found in baking soda, a cheap, inexpensive, easily accessible mineral derivative. A small amount mixed in with water can reduce the un-ease and rawness of high acidic levels.

There are other benefits of ingesting a small amount of baking soda from reducing and eliminating acne, to calming an upset stomach. Also, of course the use of baking soda as a cleaning ingredient. Eliminating stains from teeth and also as a gentle exfoliant for the skin. Because of its anti-septic properties baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is a miracle that we often overlook.

Being more aware of our pH levels on the acid-alkaline scale is a huge asset to further our health and overall life. Of course to much of this mineral derivative can also have poor effects as with any other induction to our living bodies. The key here is balance, how every scale should be placed.

Solar Return 2020: Aquarius

On January 20, 2020 the sun will be returning to the water bearer, Aquarius! The airy nature of Aquarius will be a light and fresh breeze after the more earthy Capricorn steps away. We will be at the last of the winter months and just getting ready to start seeing the sun again as spring time is right around the corner.

New Moon in Aquarius on January 24, 2020 just four days after the Sun moves into Aquarius the New Moon joins the Giant Star! The 24th is a super charged Aquarian Night and one we should all be ready for. This will be the first New Moon of 2020 the new decade.

New Moon’s are always a great time to plan ahead and prepare goals, and any event planning as well. The New Moon’s energy can really amplify when applied to the Aquarian ventures such as technology, history, economics, or group activities. The Moon and Sun joining together will give you that extra energy push you may have been waiting for to jump your New Year goals into effect.

February 3, 2020 Mercury enters Pisces, when our communication planet moves into the water sign of Pisces, we have an opportunity to communicate through emotions. Subtle body language and unspoken words will happen more starting on the 3rd and lasting through the rest of February.

Be aware that Pisces is the Aquarian 2nd house, therefor communication about money and possessions may be of topic now.

Venus enters Aries, February 7, 2020. Just a week before Valentines Day, we have Venus entering into the warrior sign of Aries.

This high energy force will be making this years Valentines day very steamy! We may see rise of love, lust, and.. war? All the right ingredients for an unforgettable Valentines Day. Let’s hope cupid is on our side.

Juno Retrograde on Feb 8. This is another strong love, and betrayal energy here in Juno. This retrograde period may be a time to reflect on you partnerships, is there balance between you and your significant other.

Happy in Love? If you are, then this will be a time of reminiscing and reflecting on your relationship. Either way you will learn something during this time that will change your 2020 outlook on love in your life.

Full Moon in Leo on Feb 9th, when the Lion’s den is ignited by the Full Moon we will be loving the drama, and glamour. There will be a slight shift in our day to day when we feel this energy. Leo will bring some warmth and also a flair for drama, so be prepared on the 9th for that roar.

Feb 16th, Mars enters Capricorn meaning Mars is home at one of its favorite signs. During this time we will be shifting into a more structured on obvious way of getting what we want and going after our goals in life. We will find it easier to go after our dreams and set a clear and forward path towards our future.

Mercury Retrograde February 16th. This Mercury retrograde is going to be delving into the Piscean and Aquarian energy we felt so strongly at the beginning of the solar return. So, taking a double look at any plans you made on the New Moon, editing, revising, and changes should be made now. Meditation and a bit of letting go may be necessary during this Mercury Retrograde.

Meditation to Calm Anxiety

Lay back, completely relaxed. Take 5 deep breaths in and out. Every limb is at rest.

Blue breezes and warm waters surround you as you swim in the sea. You look up to the sky seeing dusk pull over you, wrapping you in its gentle calm.

The trickling of a water fall that is close dances through your ears and when you close your eyes you can hear birds far off in the distance. Their sweet chirping reminds you of early morning, but you are simply ending your day and falling into nights peaceful sleeping bed.

The water slowly crashes to the shore, back and forth. With every wave you feel the sand beneath your toes winding and weaving.

Laying down on the sand, you let the sea waves climb up to your warm relaxed body, the sea is so warm and inviting. You lay there listening to the trickling water fall, it sounds so melodic and transcends you to another time.

Looking up at the sky slowly getting darker, you see the moon and a couple of stars, they are brilliantly vibrant, clouds surround them, purple and blue clouds next to the dark pink and orange sky.

The clouds begin to move in thicker, you can feel the breeze set in and a few drops fall onto your knee. Then a few more rain drops falls on your face.

The rain is warm, feeling much like the sea you are laying near, the sea that keeps creeping up and down your legs.

The rain is falling and you lay there feeling everything and wishing to be no where else.

You breath deeply, filling your lungs with fresh sea air. It smells like sand and seaweed, the two blend perfectly together, putting all of your senses at ease.

You wrap yourself up in your blanket and let the rain wash down on your face. You are completely comfortable, warm and relaxed.

The sea and the rain are comforting your every breath, you breath in deeply again, smelling the sea breeze and the sand all around you.

The rain begins to calm, and the sun is almost completely set behind the sea in front of you.

You begin your peaceful walk home, taking the long way through the sandy beach.

With every step, your feet sink into the soft sand, feeling like clouds beneath you.

The waves still crashing in the distance, in and out.

The sun still peaking out and lighting your way home.

The waterfall still trickling.

The birds still chirping.

And dusk wrapping you in its gentle calm.

You arrive to your home, in perfect peaceful condition.

The Power of Sobriety

Looking at life through a filtered lense is sometimes the easiest way to navigate.

What if I told you there is a filter you are missing that not only minimizes hard lights and blemishes but completely restores and heals all it touches?

This is the power of sobriety.

When we face hard times in life, finding our guiding light is very difficult. Seeking solace through drugs, alcohol and bad relationships and environments can become second nature.

Putting up a wall of intoxication and poisons is a learned mechanism we have created to block out negative feelings and hold on to any happiness we do have.

In doing this we not only create worse feelings, we destroy the happiness we tried to hold on to.

Picture the glass of alcohol or wine or the line of drugs as the last stitch of happiness that you have. That happiness can be a 2 min high a 2 hour buzz or it can be the light that turns you away from the negative wall you have placed in front of you.

That light can guide you into a place where the beauty isn’t found through material things like drugs and alchohol but instead you will find your new highs and laughter through following your light into unknown territory.

This unknown territory is all the places you are afraid to visit.

These territories are full of hurdles. Boundaries, frustrastions. The exact feelings you are running from, and avoiding. These are the places you (believe it or not) miss.

These places are crying out to you, saying PLEASE! Heal me. I need your help.

Our innocence lies in waiting asking for our pain, hoping it gets the chance to teach us all it has learned.

Simple stress and little battles feel like mountains when you are consstantly looking for an escape. Traffic feels like a nightmare, commercials on the radio sound like hell, and all you can do is plan your next drink or pill.

Imagine a world where traffic makes you laugh, the commercials are interesting and you find happiness in every aspect of your life.

That is found through the miracle lens of recovery. Because it is not a lens, it is healing.

If we picture the child we were when we first started using and see that child lifting their hand up to us trying to pull themselves out of where they were left, that child is still inside you needing your help.

They know how hard it is for you, because they are right there with you.

They want to fight the hard times with you and have figured out bigger and better ways to deal with the problems of life.

You are here to teach each other the new way of life, for you both.

This will take work, tears and pain.

The other side of it will quickly catch up to you. Faster then you know, but there will still be days you want to escape.

Just remember the best escape is on the other side of the negative feeling, it is not by chasing that feeling into another bad night, another sick morning.

It is by going THROUGH that pain. Finding yourself on the other side of that pain is the highest feeling you will get. The longer you go the higher you will get.

The stronger you will be.

Sobriety is waiting for YOU!

Join in.

How to Stay Sober

Astral.BarHow to Stay SoberSober Living September 24, 2019

Staying sober is the best path you can choose in life. Mental clarity and health become abundant when we forfeit dark pleasures for abundance of true happiness. The simple act of staying sober is not always so simple.

Below is a list of activities to do when you get the urge to drink or use:

  • Go for a Walk
  • Listen to Music
  • Exercise
  • Clean Your Space
  • Make a Goal List
  • Call Friends or Family
  • Find New Hobbies
  • Cook a Wholesome Meal
  • Journal
  • Paint, Draw or Create
  • Hike
  • Watch an Interesting Film or Show

When we have urges to use they can sometimes feel like the only thing that matters. Getting the next fix is the only way we have figured out how to deal with our issues. We can be functioning or at rock bottom and still have the deepest need to look else where for happiness rather than in a dark place.

Other Activities:

  • Scrapbook
  • Re-Vamp Space
  • Create Chore Chart
  • Create Budget Plan
  • Crafts
  • Read a Book
  • Work Towards BIG Goals
  • Take a Bath
  • Buy Yourself Something Nice
  • Write a Letter to Someone You Care About
  • Meditation

Try these the next time you want to use and see how these simple activities can impact your life in a positive way, creating better brain function, healthier thoughts, and instant joy.

Sometimes staying sober can take more than simple fixes, seeing a Chemical Dependency Professional and/or joining an AA or NA program can do wonders, while also introducing you to new people.

Working through harder aspects of your life will free you from so many tortures.. you may wonder why you ever used in the first place.

This is a great wonder to obtain in your possession.