Environmental Wellness

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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!

Peace and Love

Gabby ❤

Interview With A Healer

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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. 

https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2021/07/17/spiritual-wellness/

In this blog post, I had the honor of talking to Jupiteria an animist astrologer, reader, reiki practitioner, and death doula in training. 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. Check back in a few days to learn about another pillar of wellness. 

  • What healing modalities are you into? Choose one and Explain

At a basic level, a death doula is someone who provides non-medical support to a dying person and their loved ones. You always have to keep your scope of practice in mind and refer clients who may need certain medical or mental health professionals, but we can offer emotional, spiritual, and physical support. This involves a really wide array of spiritual healing tools and rituals, it’s whatever your client is open to! Oftentimes when someone is getting a death doula they are also working with a hospice team, which can mean western medicine has done all it can for the person and the goal is to keep them comfortable. Reiki is the perfect healing modality that can come in as a last line of defense to provide relief. 

  • In a few words what started you on your journey?

This is a story with a lot of moving parts, but basically it started back in 2012 when I was a CNA in a long term care facility. I saw first hand how neglected and alone our dying population can be and it really struck something deep in my soul. I knew I wanted to work with death and dying in some way but didn’t feel ready to at the time because I had a pretty paralyzing fear of death. After recently coming to terms with and understanding my own mortality I finally feel ready to empower and help people plan for a peaceful death so that they can live a more peaceful life.

  • Which spiritual principles steer your work?

First and foremost is the principle of service. I believe it’s such a powerful and loving spiritual gift you can give someone to be helpful to them- especially in sensitive moments like what you see as a death doula. Being able to hold space for someone and help them to transition peacefully from this life to the next is a very spiritual experience. The drive for honesty and justice is another one that really fuels my work. I have absolutely nothing against funeral homes, they are very necessary, but I have also seen where people can be taken advantage of by those in the funeral profession who don’t have the best intention. It is very important to me that people know all of their rights and options. My goal is to start hosting webinars and death cafes soon to help make people aware of these things. I truly believe that sharing this information and preparing for end of life, even if we’re young and healthy, can help give us a better sense of calm and help us feel more in control of our existence.

  • Which non-invasive healing strategies would you frequently employ?

I love incorporating reiki into my services, even if it’s just for a consultation to help someone with advanced directives or death care planning. I also love incorporating other healing techniques like meditation, crystals, etc. I’m really down for whatever is most supportive of my client.

  • How would you respond if your spiritual guidance was poorly received?

As a death doula I make sure to not project any of my beliefs or spirituality on to people because part of what were meant to do is help people get clear on their own wants and beliefs. However, if this were to come up I keep in mind that we are all our own sovereign beings and it’s okay if someone believes differently than me. 

  • What could spiritual work do to bolster community connections?

I think death work is just one of so many good things to consider when we’re talking about reconnecting with our communities. This is still practiced in many places in the world, but especially in more ancient times death was seen as a sacred right of passage that required the support from an entire village. Everyone helped out in some way or another throughout the process. We have become such a death phobic culture and push anything to do with dying out of sight and out of mind, which only enhances that collective fear. If we can meet death in a more sacred way and bring back that community involvement I really think that is a great step towards overall harmony and will help us not only connect deeper to our roots, but connect deeper to each other.

  • What are a few challenges of building your business and your following? If you have any or advice for someone up and coming? 

Getting people interested in what you’re doing can always be a big challenge- for any kind of business to be honest! The hardest part I’ve struggled with personally is pinpointing exactly what I want to offer. The pandemic has challenged me to really think about how I can still be virtually supportive of people going through one of the most vulnerable times of their life. I want to be able to offer so many things but there’s only so many hours in a day and so much energy that I have. I’m also an astrologer and when I started offering reading as a service the requests came in fast and I quickly got burnt out. My advice for someone up and coming would be to learn from my mistake and make a plan as soon as you can that outlines what you want to offer, what you don’t want to offer, and how many services you can reasonably do in a day/week/month without overwhelming yourself. 

  • How do you stay grounded?

Grounding honestly is not my strongest point, but I do whatever I can to try and stay in my body as much as possible! Some things that help me stay connected and focused are gardening, meditating, being with my family, reading books, and playing video games when I have time.

  • What is the definition of rest to you?

For me personally, rest has a lot to do with boundaries. Not only boundaries with others but also boundaries with yourself. I can get burnt out from things very quickly because I usually dive right into things I’m passionate about. So, catching myself before that process starts to happen is the best thing I can do for myself, and I think a lot of people can relate. Rest to me means setting and sticking with boundaries to ensure I have enough time to be a person outside of my passions and peacefully enjoy my existence.

Spiritual wellness

Health and Wealth

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.

  1. Take three long, deep nourishing breaths
  2. Ask yourself: What is my intention for today?
  3. What do I need to take better care of myself?
  4. 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.

Health Wellness: Emotional & Physical

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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. 

Emotional Wellness:

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:

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.

Check back in a few days!

Health and Wellness

Health and Wealth

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.

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The Seven Dimensions of Wellness:

Physical.

Emotional.

Intellectual.

Social.

Spiritual.

Environmental.

Occupational.

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