The Vital You took on the WELLNESS CHALLENGE this month. I was inspired by an item in Petrea King's latest newsletter about the Wellness Show being presented by the World Happiness Forum in Sydney in June.
This led me to find their 14 day Wellness Challenge which I took up with alacrity. I was inspired every day by the challenges, with the following being my favourites - #5 Take a toy to work, #6 Just listen, #7 Spend time in nature, #8 Move More, #11 Slow Down, #12 Eat real food, #13 Be more mindful.
Then a friend told me about Mindful in May, which is a month long mindfulness challenge, aimed at creating a clear mind for you and clean water for people in the developing. Two things I am passionate about. So I took on this challenge too, meditating each morning for 10-15 minutes.
DON'T HAVE TIME? I have a busy and full life and the story I often tell myself, when I get caught up in things is, "I don't have time to start or try anything new or change my habits". I thought I'd challenge that story this May.
I added them to a third my doctor gave me last March, "Don't drink alcohol for 3 months". My liver hadn't returned to full health after early breast cancer and chemotherapy 2.5 years ago and he was concerned about the impact on my general health. Given the liver clears toxins from the body, processes food nutrients and is involved in regulating body metabolism, I seriously took his advice and gave up alcohol.
I introduced the challenges as practices into my day, doing my mindful meditation (received by email overnight) first thing each morning and being conscious of the wellness challenge throughout the day. I checked in with myself from time to time to see whether I was taking up the challenge. I found they became cumulative, becoming part of every day subconsciously.
A more conscious me has emerged. I feel peaceful, have found I am able to listen to and hear others more clearly. I feel fit and energised and I've slimmed down around my midriff, tummy and hips. Something I have been trying to do for the last two years. The no-alcohol challenge has resulted in any puffiness in my body disappearing without any dietary change. All brought about by doing what I promised myself - being committed to myself whilst still taking care of others.
I invite you to take up a wellness challenge for yourself and share it on The Vital You Facebook page.
The Vital You can help you keep your wellness challenge alive. We invite you to attend our Sydney workshops on Fermenting (June), Happy Hormones (August) and Feed Your Skin (October). If you want a more in depth experience that you can take back into your daily life, come to The Vital You Weekend in July or November.
Have a joyous June!
Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.