14 Tried and True Wellness Tips
How are you? I mean, how are you really doing? 

So much has changed in just the last couple of years, I wonder if I’m dreaming and will wake suddenly from this nightmare.

I’ve been sheltering at home more because of the global health challenge, and the way things are going, I'll probably be home more than in years past. While there is a lot of uncertainty, and even more sadness and grief, I do see this as opportunity for me to slow down, evaluate and take special care of myself.

By December I usually found myself physically and emotionally depleted. I need to beef up my nutrition, my exercise, my sleep and my stress management. The global health challenge adds another layer of challenge to my world.  In all this, I believe God is still looking after me and allowing me to reset and gain my balance. I’m renewing 14 of my "tried and true" self-care habits to reach and maintain my wellness goals. I'd like to share them with you. Most, though passed down from my teachers, are now gaining popularity because the science is catching up with the ancients. Most are also inexpensive with long-term benefits. Here they are: 

1) Maintain a grateful heart: Twice a day, morning and evening I jot down 5-10 things or people I am grateful for.

2) Stay hydrated: I start the day with a minimum of 16 ounces of water before I eat or drink anything else. Throughout the day, I drink half my body weight in ounces of water. 

3) Rinse sinuses: At least once a day, especially during this season, I use my Neti pot to rinse my sinuses. This is very effective for keeping airborne yuckies away. Here’s a YouTube from Mayo Clinic explaining this practice, its benefits and how to start.

4) Practice mindfulness: The benefits of mindfulness are well researched. I start my morning with a 10-minute mindfulness practice, in addition to my morning devotions.

5) Diffuse essential oils: Throughout the day, in every room, I run a diffuser at least 30 minutes. I vary the essential oils I use. Diffusing essential oils has psychological and physiological benefits.

6) Take my supplements: Experts agree that it’s nearly impossible for those of us in today’s modern world to get the nutrients we need from our food. I start with the Master Formula because its proprietary formula is comprehensive and easily assimilated by my body. But I also take Sulfurzyme, BLM and Agilease for my joint health. During this season when immune and respiratory support are so important, I take Inner Defense daily, more if needed.

6) Optimize my nutrition: Living in the city and not being much of a gardener, I can’t always get the quality of food I want, especially during the winter months. Therefore, I am faithful to take at least 2 ounces of NingXia Red because of its high antioxidants and nutritional value.

7) Exercise: Over the years, I’ve accumulated many exercise programs, plus I have a rebounder and Gazelle. I treat myself to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. My favorites are the Body Gospel Workout by Donna Richardson or any Leslie Sansone YouTube.

8) Breathe deeply: While mindfulness stresses the importance of the breath, I strive to practice deep breathing more often throughout the day. Periodically, I will take a favorite essential oil, place a few drops on the palm of one hand, rub my hands together and make a scent tent over my nose. I practice several (about 10) deep breaths. Breathing oxygenates the body; and, I understand those invisible critters that make us sick don’t like oxygen.

9) Anoint myself with an essential oil: The essential oils have wonderful properties that our bodies love. For example when I place Valor on my shoulders I feel calm and grounded. I enjoy doing this with Frankincense as well.

10) Soak in an essential oil-infused Epsom salt bath: This is so relaxing and there are several studies supporting the health benefits of magnesium sulfate. I don’t get to do this every day, but when I do it, I feel wonderful. It's a real treat when I add a YL Dream Catcher, Lavender, Stress Away, or Sweet Maple bath bomb. 

11) Think positive thoughts: It’s hard to ignore the news, but I limit how much I watch daily. ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) are known to weaken the immune system and sabotage wellness.

12) Smile and Laugh: A simple smile improves the mood and laughing releases happy hormones, something we can all use at this time.

13) Support the gut: A properly functioning digestive system is vital for optimal health. In addition to eating the best foods I can, I take a probiotic (Life 9), a prebiotic (MightyPro) and an enzyme (Essentialzymes, Essentialzyme-4, Detoxzyme or Allerzyme.)

14) Sleep Well: The body needs 7-9 good hours of sleep to clean and reset for the next day. The essential oils have been amazing in helping to improve my sleep. I diffuse them and rub them on my feet at night. I especially enjoy Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace & Calming.  When I feel I need even more support I'll take ImmuPro or SleepEssence. Both work with my biological clock in a natural way. 

These are practices I have learned over the years. I encourage you to start with one or two and practice it for a week. Note how you feel and continue to add a practice until you begin to see improvements in your health. You’ll move closer to a healthier lifestyle. I'd love to help you along your wellness journey. Please contact me if you're interested in doing a personalized wellness assessment. 

Empowering you to live healthfully and abundantly, 
Dr. Nozella


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