OMBE Wishes You a Happy & Healthy 2009
Welcome to our blog! At OMBE, we are committed to giving our guests an experience that empowers them to achieve their best health, strength and well-being. OMBE’s blog will serve as an additional health resource for all of our OMBE guests and online community. In our weekly postings, our practitioners will share their wealth of knowledge and offer advice in areas of fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative medicine. We’ll also give you weekly green tips, introduce you to green businesses in the Boston area and inspire you with some of our client success stories. Last but not least, we’ll keep you up to date on all the services, events and specials happening at OMBE.We thought we would start of the New Year and our new blog by reminding you how important it is to take care of yourself this year. December is typically a time when we all spend an enormous amount of energy taking care of others, helping those in need, spending time with family, and searching for that perfect gift of course. January is a perfect month to take all of that energy and turn it inward as winter sets in for good in New England. The 10 Relaxing Rituals below should serve as mini stress-busters and a reminder to find little things that help you feel happy and healthy. This winter, OMBE is also offering several cost-friendly services that will allow you to include a daily dose of wellness into your routine without breaking the bank. Check out our class page to learn more about our nutritional counseling, Pilates and yoga schedules. Be sure to visit our specials page to learn about fitness and hot stone package discounts throughout January.
In the meantime, the staff at OMBE would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!
Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
10 Relaxing Rituals for 2009
1. ADOPT A MANTRA Positive thinking has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The words you say can bring out your best. Make up your own personal or try one of the following on a Monday morning. “OM.” or “I am doing my best and that’s good enough.” or “I will breathe and stay focused in the moment.” or “I will travel through my day peacefully.” or “I will treat myself and others with kindness and patience.”
2. YOU HAVE MAIL It is virtually impossible these days to not stay in touch but maybe you need a break. On a daily or weekly basis, turn off your phone, resist checking emails, text messages etc…and take a time out. If it’s important, they will leave a message. Give yourself a media break as well-turn off the TV and stop reading the news.
3. BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST Before bedtime, take a moment to acknowledge what hurts. It is easy to get caught up in the day and ignore our bodies so tune in and listen. You can ease some of your discomfort or just relax by massaging some of these tender spots. Try your eyes, scalp, face, feet or hands. This is also a great pick-me-up at the office or in the car.
4. JOURNAL Spend 5-10 minutes each week or month adding to a journal. You can make this task as formal or informal as you want. Try writing for 5 minutes continuously without editing and you may be surprised by what your subconscious reveals. This can also be a great way to take time out to reflect on where you’ve been in the last few months and where you are going. If you are too caught up in day-to-day events, use this journal to make and set goals for yourself.
5. BE AN EXPERT DRIVER You are racing around to finish errands when someone cuts you off and slams on their horn! Don’t let rude drivers get to you this year! Lay off your horn unless there is a real emergency or danger on the road. Try to make eye contact, smile and wave hello at the offending driver. You might be surprised by how much better you feel and you may get a few smiles in return! If you’re in Boston, their surprised reaction might be worth a laugh.
6. MEDITATE Find a quiet place where you can’t be disturbed. Meditating is simply the act of focusing your mind on one thing. Close your eyes and practice taking deep breaths from your abdomen. Visualize bringing positive energy through the top of your head as you inhale and releasing negative energy through your feet as you exhale. Count to four for each inhale and exhale. When your mind wanders, tell the interrupting thoughts, “Later!”. Focus on a mantra or phrase, a color or image. If you have always wanted to meditate, but can’t seem to find the time, try practicing the first 5 minutes after climbing into bed.
7. GET OUTSIDE & PLAY Have you ever heard kids complain about the cold weather? Take a lesson from children and get outside to play this winter. Pick the same day and time each week to schedule a time to take a break and play. Equip yourself with the right clothing and pick up a winter sport-snowshoeing, skiing, or winter photography are just a few. You’ll be surprised at how energized you may feel after braving the cold!
8. TEA FOR ONE Take a vacation in your kitchen. Cultivate your tea sense and keep a personal kettle, tea cup and your favorite teas on hand. Sit quietly alone or share this old ritual with friends. Hot tea may just warm up your body this winter or your spirit!
9. BE S.M.A.R.T. How many times have you made and broken resolutions for yourself? This year, look at goal-making in a different light. Write down a list of areas in your life-family, health, personal, work, financial, educational or spiritual. Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound. Check in with yourself the same day every month to see your progress.
10. EXERCISE! Need motivation? Ask for help or try something new. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be liberating and inspiring. It may be that single class, training session or spa treatment that helps you turn a page in achieving your best health.