Break Time ~ Rest, Refresh, Reflect

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So I’ve been burning the candle at both ends keeping all of the balls in the air. While it has been productive activity, incredibly rewarding, and so much fun, it has come at the expense of myself care, and now I’m beginning to feel it. You know it, aches and pains, fatigue, low energy. We’ve been informed that these kinds of symptoms are often caused by inflammation, which is caused by stress, and unhealthy eating. It’s time to get back on track and put my well-being first…before I lose my choice in the matter.

I’ve said it before; self-care is not a luxury, it is not selfish, it is essential to being able to live our lives joyfully, and to be able to serve from our best selves possible. I made the decision when I opened Alis Living, our lifestyle boutique in Scottsdale, AZ to take one of our summer months and to close the boutique so that we can rest, refresh, and reflect on how our service during the past year has been received. So today, marks the first day of our summer break, and I made a commitment to put myself at the top of the to-do list.  It is a gorgeous morning, overcast and cool, so I started out with the beautiful morning walk. I always feel so good after walking the beautiful neighborhood park pictured above. Whole Foods was next on my list. Refilling the fridge and pantry so that I can prepare healthy meals this week is paramount to setting myself up for success.

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Speaking of setting ourselves up for success, take a look at the green juice I picked up. I love blending custom smoothies and juicing my own greens, but that can be time consuming, (the juicing part; smoothies are quick and easy) but time was short this morning, and I felt the need to get some fresh greens in my body, so I opted for one of the juice bar’s prepared bottles of fresh Deep Greens (kale, spinach, cucumber, lemon & mint) Bringing my body back into balance is going to be key to serving you well in the coming months and to being able to do it joyfully and I’m fully committed. Customizing our “plan” is important to being able to fully integrate well-being practices into our daily routines, and there are a number of ways I will be doing that.

Years ago a created a Well-Being Daily Journal to help me track down the source of migraine headaches. Tracking a number of potential triggers helped me find the “perfect storm” and now allows me to live migraine free. It worked so well that I created weekly and monthly supplements that I use in my practice, and I will be using it to help keep me on track this month. I invite you to join me on this month long adventure back into wellness, I welcome the company, and if you would like to receive a PDF copy of my well-being journal to help you along, please message me and I’ll be happy to email it to you and we can help support each other back to vitality.  Tracking progress is a great way to stay accountable. Taking time away is another way to bring your self back into balance.

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In addition to incorporating healthy eating and moving my body more here at home, during the second half of the month, Rick and I will  be heading off to our little piece of heaven on Nanticoke Creek in Upstate New York.  De-stressing is easy on the creek, and moving my body won’t be a challenge, as we have 74 acres on which to roam, a zipline to cross the creek, and much, much more nature to explore. We plan on kayaking some, hiking some, and “working the land” some.  Eating healthy will be more of a challenge (as we have our favorite local restaurants we enjoy getting back to) however, moderation will be the key, and the farmer’s market is literally right down the road so we’ll have access to lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty of time to play in the kitchen.

I’m looking forward to that break, and to coming back feeling refreshed and ready to roll out our exciting new fall programs. I would love to know how you spend your “down time.” What are your favorite ways to de-stress? Taking care of ourselves is important.  Let’s keep this conversation going. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out!

Have a lovely week!

Blessings,

Janet