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Wellness Rituals.

Wellness has been my focus for 2020. Before the year started, I wanted to be very intentional about what I was focusing on as part of my wellness journey this year. As I have explored many different facets of what wellness means, these particular daily rituals have helped me find healing, calm, and a sense of wellbeing in different areas of my life. Here are my top favorite wellness rituals that I have implemented into my regular routine. Give one a try or pick a couple that you think you may enjoy. These have helped me tremendously, I hope they help you in your journey as well.

1. Be with Nature

Nature hasn’t always been a top priority for me in the past. Over the years however, I have grown to find a sense of peace the more time I spend with nature. I have grown to love hiking, outdoor walks and workouts, and being in and around water. This year I have spent more time being more mindful about implementing hikes, going outside and walking and moving my at-home workouts outside. By far my favorite part of being with nature is water. Living in Washington for a vast majority of my life, has created a connection within me to water. When I lived there, I loved visiting Gasworks Park because it brought me so close to water and a beautiful view of the city. It brought my so much peace. I would sit at the top of the hill for hours. Find yourself a place in nature that brings you peace, a place that you can go to, to bring calm to your soul. Where has been your favorite place in nature to be in?

2. Daily Meditation

Of all the wellness rituals that I have implemented, meditation by far has been the hardest. I struggle with silencing my mind. I feel as though my mind is always on the go. I started using the Alo Moves app that provided really great guided meditations and sound baths that helped calm my mind from my speeding thoughts and the sound baths gave my mind something to focus on. I am constantly working towards daily meditation. I often miss my opportunities, but I’m always working towards embedding meditation into my routine. By calming your mind, even if your thoughts are always on the go, it allows your mind to simply slow down.

3. Regular Exercise

This year has been a whirlwind for me, as I’m sure it has been for everyone. My goal for this year was to work up to working out 5-days a week. It wasn’t until two weeks ago (1st week of September) that I consistently worked out 5-days a week for 3-weeks straight. I have been working towards that achievement from the beginning of the year. Regular exercise has been shown to not only improve your physical wellbeing but you’re mental wellbeing as well. I have tried many different workout regiments but my top 3 favorite workout apps and/or influencers are:

1. FitOn - this app is free. There are a variety of different workouts from yoga to strength training and dance! I originally gave it a try because JVN (Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye) mentioned he had workouts on the app that was FREE!! Well I am a big fan of free AAAAND JVN so it was a no-brainer. I fell in love with the app immediately. You can also get the premium version for $20/6-months, still super affordable and you'll get recipes as well.

2. on IG - I LOVE Mariela! My favorite type of workouts is strength training and with having to workout at home, it has been a challenge getting my strength training in, until I ran into Mariela on IG. What I love about her workouts is first, they are also free (can you tell, I really LOVE FREE!!). But also, she includes every exercise move on her posts and lets you know how many reps and sets to do. This makes it easy to save the workout on IG. What I do, is I create a folder in my saved items on IG and title it “Workouts” and whenever I see her post a great workout I save it into this folder. When I’m ready to start my workout I can easily access the workout and play her workouts along side me.

3. Chloe Ting on Youtube - I did Chloe’s 2-week challenge with my besties and her workouts is what spearheaded my efforts in working out 5-days a week. Her challenges are no joke! What i love about her guided workouts is she offers modifications with ever exercise and she keeps them short making it possible for everyone to do! All of her workouts and challenges are free also!! yup all these workouts are FREE! and she has such a great personality. Her playlists are fun too!