The Mindful Movement for 2018
Dolce Vita’s Mindful Movement for 2018
Join us in a mindful mission for health and happiness.
December is over and we’ve officially rung in the new year. The holiday madness is done and you’re ready to step into 2018. Right?
Well, maybe not. Can we pause for a minute and talk about how you’re feeling…how you’re really feeling? While the holidays can be a joyous time, the fact is they can really leave us feeling depleted. We spend months strategizing thoughtful gifts, traveling, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking and then cramming into cars and living rooms. It’s a month-long marathon of hustling and hurrying for the holidays. And when it is all over the new year prompts us to reflect on how the year went and the tradition of resolutions pushes us to make a change.
But, can we be real for a minute? The last thing most of us need at this point is another demand. We spend the entire end of the year putting demands on our time, money, minds and bodies. Then, once those demands are met we quickly jump into “fix it mode” signing up for boot camps, diets, cleanses, classes and more. The problem with “fix it mode” is that it is inherently judgemental. “Fixing” something means there is something “wrong.” So after all the thoughtfulness and caring you showed this season, after all the generosity and love, after all the time you invested in others and in creating sweet memories for your family you end the year telling yourself it’s time to get “fixed.”
Let’s stop that. Starting the year off with judgment and demands leaves us stressed-out and discouraged. Instead of focusing on what needs to be “fixed”, this January we are taking a mindful approach to change. Mindfulness is the process of focusing your full attention on the present while you experience thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judging them. It means that with each activity you are able to be intentional about what you are trying to accomplish and more aware of how it actually makes you feel. We want to end the pattern of seeing a problem and “fixing” it and, instead, gradually incorporate positive changes into our lifestyle that stick.
We have created a list of simple ways to mindfully gear your year towards more health and happiness. This simple plan is not about resolutions but restorations. It’s not about punishment but replenishment. We want to reflect on the changes we’ve made and, instead of feeling like we met a demand, feel like we’ve have done something positive to care for ourselves.
Ready to mindfully take on the movement? Great!
MINDFUL MISSIONS FOR 2018:
Get Reconnected With You. We can often get so caught up in the pressures of the world and people around us that we lose sight of what’s really important. Try setting aside some quiet time to just be alone with your thoughts. Journaling can be a great way to capture your thoughts and process what’s really going on up there. Give yourself time to be non-judgemental in just listening to your needs, your values, and your desires.
Get Back to Nature. Dozens of studies have proven that nature is naturally healing. More time in the sun means more Vitamin D which acts like a natural mood-booster and immunity-builder. Spending time in nature also means you’re moving. Even light brisk walks around the block or a weekend hike can make a big difference in your overall health.
Move Mindfully. The urge to want to start losing weight and look fit for the summer can be intense. But there are many ways to get exercise a build muscle without straining your body. Focus on gentle, restorative movement that keeps your body healthy and protected. Exercise doesn’t have to be grueling to be effective. Check out some of these free low-impact exercises from FitnessBlender.
Be Resolute About Rest. 35% of Americans are not getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night according to the CDC. Lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, mental fog, weight gain and more. This year, resolve to rest. When that next episode on Netflix turns on and you’re about to be helplessly drawn in, have the power to put it on pause and tune in to sleep instead.
Be Good to Your Gut. Our digestive systems are complex and powerful. When you eat whole, nutrient-rich foods you are providing the proper fuel your body needs to keep you healthy. However, processed and preservative-heavy foods can clog up your digestive tract and create a whole myriad of problems. Try incorporating more sustaining, nutrient foods into your diet and avoid the “unnatural”. You can also give your immune system a natural boost by taking probiotics.
Step into Self-Care. Self-care means being intentional about maintaining your well-being. We can get so caught up in caring for others that we don’t set aside time for ourselves leaving us burnt-out and even resentful. The secret to self-care is knowing that it must be SCHEDULED. As you plan out 2018, be purposeful about placing in time to do things that are just for you. Imagine, two hours and a good book or an entire day at the spa (we can help with that!).
Be Patient and Praise Progress. The old way of trying to push ourselves to get-fixed-fast leaves us feeling defeated and can completely overlook our accomplishments. With each step and each movement towards wellness, take a mindful moment to praise yourself. Recognize your effort and remember all that is right instead of focusing on what’s wrong. Change takes time, be patient with yourself and praise the progress.
BONUS! For the next three weeks, we will also be supplying inspiration along the way. Get ready for healthy and delicious recipes, gentle movement ideas, ways to restore your body instead of straining it and more. We’ve rounded up inspiration to help you get restored and reconnected with yourself and the world. Sign up for our newsletter for regular updates and follow us on Facebook for regular inspiration.
In celebration of our Mindful Movement, we are featuring a special offer on our Meditation Massage and Mindful Spa Experience. Simply use the code MINDFUL for 10% OFF when you book online. Or call us directly at 775.772.0032 and mention the Mindful Movement.
Here’s to a happier and healthier you!