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Hey everyone and welcome back for your question of the day. Today I am going to tell you ways to get your children involved with health & wellness. In our world today food has changed, with more and more families moving away from processed foods and junk food it’s important that we start teaching educate the next generation. I hope this year my blog inspires you to be the best you and to be the change you want to see.
Eat as a family
With life being busy and with everyone getting back into the swing of things it can be hard, but it is not impossible. According to an extensive study completed by the University of Florida, family meals help family bonds, keep kids from getting obese, and many other positive factors!
Promote Positive Habits
Aim for balance and openness around food and mealtimes. Include your children in meal planning, shopping, and preparation to encourage participation. Provide fair attitudes toward feeding and create a warm and open family environment at mealtimes. The same goes for exercise. Make sure your kids know they are part of the team, and that health and fitness are a family affair. Take turns letting your child pick a family activity.
Don’t Force Feed
As they grow, children’s appetites fluctuate. So, when they’re full, don’t push them to clean their plate. Also, don’t force children to stay at the dinner table until they’ve finished those veggies. Though this might appear to help your kids get the nutrition they need, these behaviors can lead to kids disliking those foods and having negative associations with mealtime.
Do Not Body Shame Them
As I said before children’s body even adult body changes are bound to happen. It is important to encourage your child do/wear what feels right for them while ensuring them that no matter what they are perfect the way they are. It may seem harmless, but words stick with children long into adulthood.
Workout as a family
Instead of family movie night, plan a fitness night with healthy snacks (like veggies and hummus). From hiking, the playground or even a pool day, getting your children involved will brighten their day.
Caring for your family’s health with fun, kid-friendly activities that create lifelong habits is an important part of setting up a great future for your children. Don’t forget, family health and wellness include your health and your parents’ health as well.
Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance. In the previous post on my blog, we have gone over a few pillars of wellness and, my favorites is spiritual wellness. Spiritual Wellness, the basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill to read more check out this blog post below. Today I have had the honor of speaking with my love and good friend Carmen. She is a Writer, Astrologer, Spiritual Advisor, Reader, Psychic Medium, Healer and Hoodoo Herbalist. If haven’t read my first interview you should know this is a mini-series I am working on to teach you all about different ways you can heal and amazing people who can help you.
• What healing modalities are you into? Choose one and Explain For example how would explain tarot reading + benefits? How would explain being a doula or reiki master and the benefits?
I use different modalities for healing, I am a certified Reiki Master, I hold certifications in past life regression, Akashic records healing and crystal healing. I also do tarot and intuitive readings. I would say if I had to pick one it would be a tie between crystal healing and tarot, I’m more known for tarot so let’s talk about that. I feel like tarot readings or intuitive readings can be very beneficial, they can serve as tools to help the client or querent identify areas that they need to heal or things that they are holding onto that are causing energetic blocks. Then you’re able to advise and assist In that person’s journey with the things that come up. I feel like readers we give the tools we help shed light and push the client in the right place but ultimately it’s up to them to do the work, but it’s easier or at least helpful to at least know what areas you need to work on as far as your healing
• In a few words what started you on your journey?
My moms death triggered my first awakening and I think it was just too much at once, so my gifts and even self healing was put on hold until I ended things with a karmic, I came out of that relationship realizing I was a lil’ toxic bishhh and just wanted to heal and be a better version of myself so I started with therapy and that allowed me to feel comfortable enough to start my spiritual journey. ( I was raised Christian, so it was always hard for me bc everything in Christianity didn’t resonate for me, and I always thought myself to be more spiritual than religious)
• Which spiritual principles steer your work?
My personal story has been a guiding light for me, I’ve been through so much and for the most part of my life I had to go through those things alone and just kind of like figured it out as I went, I started my journey and I started connecting with my guides and ancestors and that helped but I didn’t feel like I really had anyone I could go to, so I wanted to be that spiritual advisor for people going through it and just wanted to be a service and be there and let people know that no storm is too great no mistake no trauma so too great (not to downplay anyone’s experiences) but nothing is too great that you can’t overcome it. I named my business healing InnerGs – healing the inner god and goddess in you, so that you can fulfill your soul mission as well as live the life you desire and really deserve
• Which non-invasive healing strategies would you frequently employ?
Affirmations. Affirmations in themselves can be really healing because they help reprogram your brain from negative thought patterns. It’s nothing that you have to do but more so what needs to affirm.
• How would you respond if your spiritual guidance was poorly received?
I would ask what part of the message didn’t resonate, and see if I can offer some type of Clarity, but from my own journey I know sometimes it’s not that the message didn’t resonate it’s just sometimes you’re not ready to hear it and that’s ok. But I’ve honestly only had two experiences where it was like no this isn’t it lol but months later they came back and said it did help. I feel in those cases I just try to further explore what’s going on and if that doesn’t work just fall back. Not everyone will resonate with you that’s also ok
• What could spiritual work do to bolster community connections?
The whole purpose of being a spiritual worker or healer, conjurer is that you were gifted with those tools to be a service. Being a service to the community will allow healing on a mass level, allow community collaboration and help build relationships that will in return allow our communities to grow
• What are a few challenges of building your business and your following? If you have any or advice for someone up and coming?
Being consistent, I realized I’m not an everyday collective message. I post when I feel called to and I know that some people want that and that’s how a lot of spiritualists build their following, I’m not big on followers because with any message or service I post it’s always posted with the intentions that whoever needs it will see it and that’s been working for me. One other challenge I still struggle with is balance, I hate saying no and I want to help as many people as I can because I love what I do but spiritual burnout is real and I’m learning that it’s okay to close for a bit to rest. Advice for someone up and coming, stay authentic, stay true to your calling and purpose, don’t follow trends, don’t get discouraged if business is slow in the beginning or if you hit slow periods, don’t get caught up on the money part of things. Money will come when your intentions are pure. Don’t compare yourself, your journey, your business is unique to you. Don’t get into this business for clout because the universe will humble you, and last but not least stay protected and don’t let a hating ass bish phase you. Do you! Always!
• How do you stay grounded?
Meditation, taking walks, get out in nature, showers lol a meditative shower can help you hit reset so fast, I do reiki sessions on myself. Journal and spend time at my altar, music and Dancing
• What is the definition of rest to you?
Doing whatever puts my mind body and soul at peace, it could be a nap, it could be working on a creative project that’s just for me to free trapped energy and express myself creatively. Eating tacos and watching movies. Rest for me comes in different forms but it’s whatever allows me peace and recovery
Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of wellness. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Today we dive into Environmental Wellness. Environmental Wellness is creating or finding spaces where you live, work, and study that help you feel motivated to reach your goals. Environmental wellness refers to your sense of safety, comfort, and connection with your physical surroundings. Environmental wellness can be enhanced by living more in harmony with the planet and your community.
Environmental Wellness is
Conserving energy (shutting off unused lights)
Recycling paper, cans, and glass as much as possible
Enjoying and appreciating time outside in natural settings
Not polluting the air, water, or earth
Being respectful, inclusive, kind, and supportive to others.
Being aware of risks in your surroundings.
Being aware of the impact of your decisions.
Taking personal responsibility for your actions.
Strategies to Enhance Your Environmental Wellness
Be cautious about your security when drinking and out with friends:
Be aware of who is around you and leave with the same people you came with
Buy your drinks and keep your drink in sight at all times
Keep condoms and other contraception with you when you go out
Get tested every 6 to 9 months if you have multiple partners or even in a relationship
Always use the buddy system
Make sure your phone is charged before going out
Reduce your allergies:
Avoid outdoor allergens whenever possible. If pollen counts are high, stay inside with the windows closed and use the air conditioning.
Avoid bringing pollen indoors. If you go outside, wash your hair and clothing when you come inside. Pets can also bring in pollen, so clean them too.
Reduce indoor allergens. Keep humidity levels low in the home to keep dust mites and mold under control.
Avoid upholstered furniture and carpets because they harbor allergens.
Wash your bedding in hot water once a week.
Vacuum once a week
Stay safe during hot weather:
Beat the sun and heat with an early morning or evening activity.
Use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, preferably 30, and reapply frequently.
Use sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB.
Try to stay in the shade when outdoors during peak sunlight.
Go to an air-conditioned gym, do water workouts, or use a fitness video at home.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.
Environmental Wellness Apps:
Fill it Forward (iTunes / GooglePlay) – Use this app to track your environmental footprint, contribute to charitable projects, and join community groups.
JouleBug – organizes sustainability tips into Actions that you can put into JouleBug to make your everyday habits more sustainable.
Oroeco – This app automatically calculates your carbon footprint to track your climate impact.
Recycle Coach – Helps you reduce contamination through reminders, material search, and drop-off information.
The core principle of environmental wellness is respect—respect for all nature and all species living in it. It does not mandate that you join a movement or organization, but it does encourage you to practice habits that promote a healthy environment. When you become environmentally aware, you will be able to realize how your daily habits affect the environment. Improving this dimension of wellness is simple and results in a more balanced lifestyle.
Check on with yourself:
Is your room a place that you feel comfortable, safe, and at ease in?
Do you have mementos of things that are important to you?
Do you find time to explore nature?
How often do you clean and sanitize your space?
Does my tribe support my health and wellness?
Is my environment truly my own?
Am I living in a dark environment?
Am I in harmony with the earth?
Which local community organization supports the earth?
Check back later this week for another post! I have a lot of exciting things coming up!
Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. We have been over Emotional and Physical Wellness already (check my last post). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Today we dive into Spiritual Wellness the basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill. As children, we have high hopes and always dream big. For some of us as we get older, we lose faith in ourselves and sadly tend to settle. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and your life. Every day you wake up is another chance to do your best. Slowing down and being mindful are benefits of spiritual wellness. In other words, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. I practice mindfulness by grounding myself daily, meditating, practicing yoga, drinking water, and living in my purpose daily.
Spiritual Wellness is not: • Being a deeply religious person. • Going to a worship place regularly. • Forcing a set belief system on self and expecting others to follow. • Living life according to rigid rules and cultural norms. • Doing/ Saying what you want to do, and not caring for what others think because your way and belief system is the right way to live.
Spiritual Wellness is: • Developing a purpose in life • Having the ability to spend reflective time alone • Having the ability to explain why you believe what you believe • Being able to practice forgiveness and compassion in life • Being mindful and being able to connect with others • Being responsible and accountable for your actions
Something new I’ve been practicing this year is Spiritual fitness. Spiritual Fitness is the beliefs and practices that strengthen your connectedness with sources of hope, meaning, and purpose. Spiritual fitness is critical to developing overall wellness. Being spiritually drained can look like being envious of others and holding grudges, engaging in immoral behaviors, and having little respect for others. Being spiritually fit looks like being compassionate and leading with your mind, heart, and soul.
Check-in with yourself: • Do you allow yourself time alone? • Do you pray? Or reach out to a higher power? • Do you think about the meaning of life? • Do you pause to remind yourself that life isn’t all about you? • Do you put down your phone to just be? • Do you live in the present? • Do you respect your boundaries and others?
Things to do for yourself:
When you wake up, sit in your bed or a chair in a relaxed posture. Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body. Make sure your spine is straight, but not rigid.
Take three long, deep nourishing breaths
Ask yourself: What is my intention for today?
What do I need to take better care of myself?
Set your intention for the day. For example, “Today, I will be kind to myself; be patient with others; give generously; stay grounded; persevere; have fun; eat well,” or anything else you feel is important.
• Watch the sunset or sunrise (Sunrise opens your body to start the day with calmness, and sunset completes your day with peace.) • Self-reflection (Reflection allows you to go deeper into yourself and allow the connection with your heart and soul.) • Practice mindfulness (Try to practice for 5-10 minutes per day.) • Express Gratitude(Be grateful for all you have, including food, a family, a support system, success, and anything else that stands out.) • Meditation( Headspace app, Youtube, and many other apps in the app store • Yoga(The physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body)
Spiritual wellness is a part of balancing your life. Simply spending time in quiet contemplation or writing in a journal can promote your spirituality. However you decide to pursue your spiritual wellness, your mind and body are sure to benefit. Check back this week to learn about another wellness.
Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. This week we will go through each one and learn how to take care of selves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
We start with emotional health, which is an important part of overall health. Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They’re able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. You are able to acknowledge and feel the emotions but not be the emotions. Now always remember never to judge your journey with anyone else’s. Be kind to yourself. If you woke up this morning and just took a shower, I am proud of you, and even if you didn’t, I am still proud of you! Since this whole covid thing started, stress and doubt has been filling a lot of homes.
Remember these things:
You are loved, You are important, You are needed, You deserve rest, You deserve Peace of mind.
Having the ability to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others. things you can do to stay on track:
Saying “no” when you need to without feeling guilty
Feeling content most of the time
Feeling you have a strong support network i.e.
Feeling good about who you are
Sticking up for yourself
Speaking your mind
Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time. It means you’re aware of your emotions. You can deal with them, whether they’re positive or negative. Feeling stressed is normal and learning how to cope with stress is essential to being emotionally well. How each of us responds to stress is as individual as we are.
Check-in with yourself:
Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid?
Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are?
Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
Do you set clear boundaries with family, work, school, and friends?
Do you allow yourself to feel the emotions you are feeling, or do you self-sabotage?
Be Positive: Focus on the good. Few things are all good or all bad. You’ll feel better if you look at the positive aspects of people, new experiences, meals, and everyday activities. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself!!! Everyone grows through hardships in life. Reach out for help and never be ashamed about it.
Physical Wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Being physically active is crucial to keeping your body in its top condition. A few proven benefits of physical activity are strengthened bones and muscles, reduced risk of disease and stroke, and more energy.
Understanding the relationship between your body’s physical health and mental health is crucial to develop balanced Physical Wellness. Physical Wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. Taking care of your physical body will help you get through the stress of life.
Things to do for yourself:
Drinking 8 cups of water a day
Stretching every morning
Eating a balanced meal every day
Practicing safe sex
Exercising 30 Min or more a day
Check-in with yourself?:
Do you eat foods you enjoy, stay hydrated through the day, and listen to your hunger cues?
Are you able to keep a consistent sleep schedule and get 7 hours of sleep/night?
Do you move your body daily?
How much water do you drink a day?
Be kind to yourself: In the internet age, Youtube has well over in the thousand at-home workouts. And even if you don’t have the time do what you can today and try again tomorrow. Keep moving forward; if you wake up the next day, there is your chance.
As I start to get more settled, I have been working on a new series to jump-start my Houston takeover. Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of wellness. Many people think about “wellness” in terms of physical health only. The word invokes thoughts of nutrition, exercise, weight management, blood pressure, etc. Start with small changes within each dimension and take it one day at a time – you don’t have to run a marathon or go on a restrictive diet to implement wellness into your everyday life! Check out the chart below for more information.
Follow us on Instagram to learn more about each dimension in detail and tips to help you on your journey. Challenge yourself to become a better you.
Hey everyone, welcome back; this weekend, I am continuing a new series near my heart about small business owners. Show support by sharing, shopping, and following them. I send love to anyone chasing their dreams. Never give up! Never lose hope! Today we are supporting Time2Mend ( Terea)
Business Name: Time2Mend Website: http://www.yourtime2mend.com Category: Health & Wellness Mission Statement: A safe space dedicated towards assisting you along your healing journey. Products include: White Sage, Palo Santo, Evil Eye Keychains, E-Books, T-Shirts, Healing Mantra Cards, Evil Eye Earrings, Journals Social Media Handles: Twitter: @yourtime2mend Instagram: @yourtime2mend Facebook: @yourtime2mend Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, Stay Warm and Shop Small!
1. What inspired you to start your business?
In 2016 I was in an abusive relationship that nearly turned fatal. After getting out of that toxic situation, with years of healing, self reflection, building self confidence, gaining the education to help others I decided to create a business that helps our people heal.
2. How did you come up with your name and logo?
Since the word “mend” means to repair or fix something that has been damaged or broken and that requires time. Time2Mend
3. How do you advertise?
I use various social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, & Pinterest to gain a wide range audience. I showcase my items in a way that’ll spark the flame they need to start healing.
4. Best-selling products or services?
Thus far the best-selling product is the Emotional Transparency Journal which is a journal designed to let your emotions become transparent. With it’s clear design you are able to journal how you feel instead of keeping things tucked away and hidden.
5. What’s your company’s goal?
My company’s goal is to inspire as many people in Our community to start their path’s towards healing and becoming a better version of themselves.
6. What makes your business unique?
I feel offering free resources that truly help you heal makes Time2Mend unique. Time2Mend isn’t here to sell you a dream, yet is here to provide you the tools you’ll need along the path of changing your life around.
7. Have you ever turned down a client? Why? How did it end? What did you learn?
In my line of work, I haven’t actually. Yet I have had someone unsubscribe from our mailing list, so I created a survey and sent it out asking if there were any changes to the emails that they would like to see with Time2Mend.
8. What advice would you give a new business owner?
Consistency is key. Be authentic and consistency. Don’t focus on the numbers and instead focus on your craft and the target audience that you know will benefit from your business.
9. What’s your biggest mistake you may feel you have made since starting your company?
Not factoring in the start up costs and trying to rush products onto the site versus taking the time to take professional styled product photos.
10. If you consider yourself black owned or a minority business do you feel like you’ve been given the same opportunities as someone who is not considered black or a minority. If do not consider yourself black or minority what experiences have you encountered dealing with opportunities given or not given to you Or do you feel that all opportunities are the same? Why do you feel that way?
Unfortunately being a Black owned business it isn’t treated as the others because with it being Black owned, others may expect discounted items, more free resources, or will enjoy the site but not purchase or share it because healing isn’t something that is promoted much in Our community. Yet I feel with the more time we express how much we need to heal as a people, true change can happen and I can see more people consider the movement of healing that Time2Mend has crafted.
11. Give your future self some love
“I dedicate Time2Mend towards healing Our people and am very grateful for how far I’ve come and how far I’ll prosper forward”