Be Well in July: Eat Fresh

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Last month's theme aimed at waking up your senses so you can feel more grounded, focused, and in balance. This month, the availability of so many fresh fruits and vegetables will serve as inspiration to eat a wider variety of foods that come with the season and that nourish your body, mind, and heart. 

With this in mind, the intention this month is: 

Eat Fresh

Here are two strategies to focus on:

Connect to Fresh

  • Why: Incorporating more fresh foods into your diet is great for every aspect of your system. Further, when you start with fresh food (vs. already prepared), you may find yourself connecting more deeply to your food. This connection matters as it can help you eat more in tune with what your system really needs. 
  • Specific action: Get to the source of your food. This may mean that you visit a farmers market twice this month, join a CSA, start a windowsill garden, or just do a bit more grocery shopping and cooking. 

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Be Well in June: Wake Up Your Senses

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Last month's theme encouraged you to add more activity to your day with attention to more rhythmic and diverse movements. This month, you'll activate your system in ways that may seem more subtle, but are just as enlivening and nourishing. 

The focus this month is to awaken your senses in ways that can help you feel more energized and connected. 

Wake Up Your Senses

Three strategies to focus on:

Smell & Aromatherapy

Why: Inhaling aromatherapy scents can stimulate or soothe your system and provide a way to come alive in new and different ways. 

Specific action: Take just one minute daily to focus on smelling something that you enjoy. Give your full attention to the smell and notice how your system responds. 

Not sure what to smell? Try sniffing an aromatherapy product (find some here), a flower, fruit, or another natural element.

Touch & Sensory Experience

Why: It's easy to get consumed by all the things happening around you. Those...

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Be Well in May: Get Active

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Last month's theme aimed at simplifying your obligations and space so that you can give more time and space toward healthy habits that nourish your body, mind, and heart. This month, you can take inspiration from nature and begin growing some new, healthy habits. 

The focus this month is to incorporate more movement in your day that you enjoy and that nourishes your body, mind, and heart. With this in mind, the intention this month is: 

Get Active

Here are three strategies to focus on:

Get Rhythmic

  • Why: Rhythmic movements like dance, qigong, drumming, running, swimming, and cycling can help you reduce stress and rebalance your nervous system. 
  • Specific action: Choose one of the Resilient Movement Plans and incorporate a rhythmic activity into your plan. 

Mix It Up

  • Why: If you're bored with your exercise routine, then you're less likely to stick with it. Alternatively, if you aren't exercising because you "don't like to," then you likely haven't...
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Be Well in April: Live Simply

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Most folks are overscheduled, overcommitted, and undernourished. Time for self-care can feel exhaustively absent. This over-taxed state of being can make goals for better health seem like impossible dreams. 

The focus this month is to live more simply to create space for better health and resilience. This focus can help you prioritize effort, stay more motivated, and more confidently invite your health goals in and take action toward them. With this in mind, the intention this month is: 

Live Simply

Here are three strategies to focus on:

Pick And Purge: Declutter

  • Space impacts the mind and body in big ways. Eliminate unnecessary items from your home in order to create spaces that are calm, warm, and that truly reflect you.
  • Specific action: Choose two rooms (or closets) that you can sort through. For each room, aim to fill at least two brown bags full of items that you'll either sell, donate, recycle, or throw away. And don't let...
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Be Well in March: Sleep Peacefully

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Spring is in the air! Perhaps ironically, this enlivening time is made even more refreshing when sleep is prioritized. Better sleep allows you to take in more fully the inspiration of spring and turn it into healthy actions to benefit your body, mind, and heart. With spring in mind, our intention this month is: 

Sleep Peacefully

Here are four strategies to focus on:

Spring Sipping: Drinks That Help You Sleep

Try a hot cup of chamomile tea or warm coconut milk mixed with honey, cinnamon, and turmeric before bedtime. 

Nap Mindfully: Ideal Nap Time 

If you want a nap, keep it under 30 minutes. Short naps can be beneficial, whereas long naps can make you groggy and negatively impact your sleep at night.

Be Grateful: Shift Your Attitude with Gratitude

Each night before bed, think about two or three things that happened during the day that you are thankful for. Even small things!

Nourish, Move, Awaken

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Be Well in February: Love and Connection

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February... love is in the air. Let that wind nearly knock you over as you practice more connection and self-care. With that in mind, our intention this month is: 

Love and Connection

Here are four strategies to focus on:

Face Time: Human Connection

Spend time with family and friends in person, not just via social media.

Be Together: Importance of Community

Join a club or take a class to engage with others who have similar interests or perspectives.

Radiate Kindness and Compassion

Visualize yourself radiating waves of love, kindness, and healing intentions to yourself and to friends, community members, and even those who are different from you or that you struggle with.

Nourish, Move, Awaken

Remember, the strategies above are built on our Nourish, Move, Awaken model. Incorporate them along with the model to build your resilience for life.  


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Be Well in January: Supplement Wisely

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January is a great time to give your brain a boost and move into the next year with energy, clarity, and confidence. With that in mind, our intention this month is: 

Supplement Wisely

Here are four strategies to focus on:

Balance Is Key

Your mind and body rely on key factors to maintain health and balance. Look for a high-potency, broad spectrum multivitamin and activated b-vitamins to support production of the chemicals of emotion and to balance your entire system.

Support Your Foundation

Tune up your brain with these key nutrients:

Favor Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants are essential for the proper function of mitochondria. You can think of mitochondria as the power generators for your brain cells. That means as you fuel up with antioxidants, you keep your brain running strong. Colorful fruits and veggies will give you the best fuel. Add supplements as needed. 

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