After many years of over-indulging in “junk” food, alcohol, television, medication etc., our society is finally awakening to the importance of living a life of overall wellness.Whether that is due to an illness, where one is required to make strict and structured changes to survive, or something else, changes are being made.

We understand that old habits are difficult to break, but, do not wait until it is too late.

We can start implementing some easy to follow, new routines into our lives right now.

Rather than trying to completely change over night,  begin by making subtle changes.

Here are some tips to offer on your journey towards feeling your absolute best!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  -Lao Tzu

 

1. Using Natural Resources

Coconut oil is my go to for cooking, baking, and moisturizing. For 101 uses for coconut oil, check out http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

-Apple Cider Vinegar has numerous benefits and uses from balancing your digestive system to cleaning your house. Check out http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/jenessa/apple-cider-vinegar-uses for a ton of uses for ACV and some recipes!

-Himalayan Salt is my new table and cooking salt! Packed with over 80 minerals and many benefits including healing, visit http://empoweredsustenance.com/himalayan-salt-benefits/ for more info.

2. Practice Mindfulness

Being mindful means to consciously bring your attention to the present moment without any judgement; accept what is now. Be fully present as you wash your hands, take a shower, eat a meal or drive your car.  When your mind wanders, rather than judge/criticize yourself, thank yourself for noticing. Return your attention to your breathing and the present moment. Visit [http://tomstuart.org/2012/01/04/8-ways-to-be-present/   ] for more info on mindfulness and tips on applying it into your life.

3. Physical Activity

It serves as a reminder of how the small changes and movements eventually lead to huge transformation. Starting off with 20 minutes of physical movement a day is a great way to begin a new good habit!

4. Join a Club

I joined my first club last year and it is one of the best decisions I have made. I found it by searching Google for local photography clubs. Today my network is growing, I’ve made new friends, I have amazing teachers and I can see the growth in my art and in my confidence!  If you don’t already know what your passionate about pick something that you’ve always wanted to try or have been curious about. Explore. Connect. Grow!

5. Be Open Minded

Being curious and open minded, makes life more fun and exciting!  Life has so much to offer and the diversity is what has helped create the magnificent, creative, expanding world we live in today.  Take a weekend to travel (Living Social has great Escape Deals) or explore your artistic side! www.craftsy.com has a bunch of awesome tutorials for all levels.  My absolute favorite website full of tons of free education is www.creativelive.com

Change can and should be fun. What an amazing time it is to be alive, to have resources and to have answers available at our finger tips.  We are on this earth to co-create and are constantly expanding.  By choosing to live a life of wellness, all actions that follow comes from our truest self and will benefit the world around us.

Alexa Aviles
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Photographer ||Writer || Waitress || Soon to Be Wife || Vegetarian|| Alter Ego | Flower Child

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