I believe that there is no separation of body, mind and emotions. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes and belief systems all affect your physical well being in the same way that a dysfunction in your body can affect your mental well being.
Keeping healthy means therefore not only your physical health but also your mental and spiritual health. Finding meaning and a sense of purpose in life is an important part of your prescription for wellness.
One of my guiding principles in life is based on the notion of Ubuntu, an African word meaning what us makes us human is the humanity we show each other. Ubuntu is a belief in the universal bond of sharing that unites all humanity. It is a concept that is similar to what we know as compassion – compassion for ourselves, our family, our community, the global community and the earth.
In this section you will find posts on Ubuntu, stress reduction, relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being.
Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, the kids are going back to school, the leaves are falling, and we’re pulling out sweaters and boots. But it’s not just an important transition for our wardrobe – in Chinese medicine, the changing of the seasons is an important time to honor our bodies.
Because fall is such a good time to reset your health we’re giving away Cleanse Kits and health coaching to help you get there! You’ll find all of the details at the end of this post, but first here are six steps everyone can take to feel great this fall:
Jessica Cox was born without arms and shares about her experience of overcoming obstacles in this incredible video. She says that having a positive attitude and being creative is crucial — there’s always a solution if you’re creative. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, she sees herself as empowered. Jessica is the world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. So inspiring!
We all value determination and the ability to push through and stick with a challenge. However, it’s possible to take this too far – especially when it comes to your workout routine.
Here’s a few pointers for keeping your workout helpful not hurtful…
Random moments of “unproductive” time don’t just make you healthier, happier and more resilient. They help you work smarter, too.
At Google, goofing off is the way to go. In fact, it’s encouraged. Engineers at the tech powerhouse’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters are told to spend 20 percent of their work hours — whether a couple of hours a day, or a full day a week — doing exactly what they please. They can sit and stare into space, take a nap, or wander the corporate campus and let their minds roam free.
Who’s got the desk chair blues? Give yourself 5 minutes for these easy seated stretches to
relieve tension in the body and mind!
Not so long ago a friend asked me how she could muster the self-control to drink less and eat more nutritiously on a regular basis. After a long day of work at a desk, bad weather (she lives in Belgium) and a hectic commute she is too wiped out to prepare a proper meal and would rather dine on a bag of chips and several glasses of wine while collapsed on the couch in front of the latest Danish crime drama.
Does this scenario – or some version of it – sound familiar? Losing weight, quitting smoking and other wellness promoting activities are among the hardest changes to achieve.
My good friend, Mariel Hemingway recently released a new book, Running With Nature: Step Into the Life You Were Meant to Live, and a new documentary, Running From Crazy, which chronicles her life. She has lived a fascinating life and has been into Wellness for many many years, way before it became hot. So I thought it would be a great time to interview her.
The irony is that if you’re reading this, you’re online. But, let’s talk about the dangers of being too connected to our technology and virtual world.
Are you addicted to technology? How many hours a day do you spend on your computer, phone, tablet? Or is it easier for me to ask you how many minutes a day you do NOT spend on your computer, phone, or tablet?
Let’s look at some of the problems with being digitally over connected.
One of the best things you can do for the health of your body, your family, your community and the planet is educate yourself about what’s going on in the world of health and wellness.
Here at Be Well, we’re strong advocates for empowering our patients to get educated about their health. We love offering resources so that people can learn the importance of diet and lifestyle choices.
All of us have a downloaded blueprint in our subconscious mind of How It Really Is. I use the term “blueprint” because your belief system is like the architectural blueprint for a house…that someone else designed. Whether it’s finances, love, health, or any other aspect of your life, how you were raised, the lessons you were taught, and your home environment all informed that blueprint.