Isn’t it great that Spring is right around the corner?! In preparation for the Spring Equinox, it’s good to start (or strengthen) some beneficial practices for well being. It has been said that it takes a minimum of 21 days to create a habit. I am so excited to be offering a free 21 day wellness challenge just in time for Spring; the challenge runs February 28th through March 20th! If you are seeing this late, just go ahead and start on your own schedule.
This is an online, personal challenge. It is free and I created it to share with you, because I truly believe in the benefits of a regular daily practice and it is great to refresh in time for Spring.
You can download and print the chart that I have created and check off each block that you completed at the end of each day or in the morning for the previous day :)
I recommend setting yourself up for success. Make sure that you have plenty of healthy, fresh, whole foods on hand and avoid having junk food in the house. Also, create a little clean, uncluttered space for you to spend some time each day doing yoga/exercises, meditation and writing in your journal. You will want to think about a realistic time for you to spend 5 or more minutes each day meditating, what time of day you can commit to a minimum of 20 min of exercise - you may go to a yoga class, take a walk or a run, or do some yoga or exercises at home. I have attached a free 20 minute yoga sequence for you to do at home ♥ Please get yourself a journal and a pen that you like to write with and decide what time you will write in it each day (this will take about 5 minutes).
I will post recipes, tips and bonuses on my facebook page (www.facebook.com/loridyewellness) most days, so be sure to check in. I love to hear feedback, so please let me know how things are going, and if you have any questions I’m happy to help!
Set a great intention to follow through with your wellness challenge each day. If you don’t complete each component or suggestion each day, don’t be too hard on yourself, just try to get back on track. Each day is a new beginning ♥
Below you will find some explanations of some of the categories on the 21 Day Wellness Chart and below that you can download your own copy to print out and track your progress:
- Gratitude journaling: Spend a few min at the end of each day writing down 3 things you are grateful for. In the morning, look at the previous night’s entry (before getting out of bed if possible). The practice of gratitude helps us to focus on positive aspects of our day. This will bring you contentment and allow you to manifest more positivity into your life :)
- Meditation/ spiritual practice: Set aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend meditating or practicing spirituality in some way. I will offer a variety of suggested meditations to try or you may pray or spend some silent time, uninterrupted, without distractions from others, your phone, computer or TV. If there are others in your house, it’s beneficial to tell them your intended meditation time so they do not disturb you.
- Healthy fats: such as avocado, coconut oil, pure nut butter, etc.
- I have gifted you a video of a flow sequence for daily yoga (see below). If you want to take a vigorous 20 minute walk, a run or another type of exercise, you are welcome to do so. Of course, it’s beneficial to take a group class once or a few times a week too if you are able.
- Refined sugar is in lots of processed / packaged foods. You have more control over the list of ingredients that you intake when you make your meals from scratch. It is hard to avoid sugar completely, but you can make a great effort by replacing sugar with honey, natural maple sugar, agave, or stevia, and using less than recipes call for. Try avoiding putting sugar in your coffee or tea and try choosing jams / preserves that are naturally sweetened with fruit. You can also omit adding sugar to your baking and cooking. Replace it with unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or dates. Having said this though, please avoid corn syrup and artificial sweeteners (aspartame) whenever possible! I will spare you the lecture, but these are horrible for your health. When purchasing things that are sweetened (like bread and ketchup) please opt for natural sugar instead of corn syrup or aspartame.