Christmas time is made of contrasts.
Christmas can be a time of reconnecting with family and for others it is time to be alone.
It is a time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus and gifts that were given to Him. We celebrate by giving gifts to each other.
Many people from various religions enjoy a few days of rest, recreation and reflection.
The northern part of the world celebrates Christmas with the advent of warm fires, snow, woolly hats and fires. The southern part celebrates Christmas with warm weather, sunshine and umbrellas.
Let 2016 be a time to celebrate different cultures and their special days. With this attitude, we will learn tolerance and respect for each other vs watering Christmas down to being Happy Holiday time!
Relationships can be strained around Christmas, regardless where we are in the world and regardless of our religious affiliation. Often the financial strain can be one of the causes, other times, excessive alcohol and other times bringing family together who have forgotten the art of being together and enjoying each other’s company.
Where does the wellness model of living fit with Christmas?
From the book Five Love Languages by Garry Chapman, there are five different ways of giving gifts to each other.
Touch, when appropriate is a wonderful way of saying ‘I love you’The key to the 5 love languages is to find
the one that is most important to the other person. How often we give someone a hug who would prefer to have quality time with you or the person who would love to mow their lawns however you would prefer to give them a gift!
How do we find out which of the 5 gifts to give? Listening is the key component and the most challenging is to let go of our own needs for love as we tend to give our primary love language. Christmas gives us time to watch and observe the different behaviours. You will see some adults and children opening presents and relishing the contents, no matter what the gift is. Others may unwrap and be superficial in their acceptance, with you feeling a little miffed. These people may not have gift receiving as their primary way of receiving and giving love! Take a breath and start listening to their language. You will find their primary love language through their words and what they do for others.
Now Christmas can take on a whole new meaning with a lot of learning and fun to be had. You can even do a short questionnaire to find out your primary love language. http://www.5lovelanguages.com Share your findings with others close to you so they can have a renewed understanding of your love language.
I am feeling rather virtuous knowing that I have ‘spring cleaned’ my home right in time to celebrate end of year gatherings and Christmas.
This activity has made me wonder where the notion of ‘spring cleaning’ has come from.
Wikipedia to the rescue!
It has been suggested that the origins of spring cleaning date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of "khooneh tekouni" which literally means "shaking the house" just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture. A similar tradition is the Scottish "New Year's cleaning" on Hogmanay (December 31), a practice now also widespread in Ireland, New Zealand, and to North America.
Another possibility of the origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover (Hebrew: פסח pesach). In remembrance of the folktale of the  Jews' hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the seven-day observance of the Passover memorial or remembrance, there are strict prohibitions against eating or drinking anything which may have been leavened or fermented with yeast (Exodus 12:15, 19). Jews are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs (known in Hebrew as חמץ chametz), they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants ofchametz for the length of the holiday (Exodus 12:15). Therefore, observant Jews conducted a thorough "spring cleaning" of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametzcrumbs by candlelight (called bedikat chametz [Hebrew: בדיקת חמץ]) on the evening before the holiday begins.
In North America and northern Europe, the custom found an especially practical value due to those regions' continental and wet climates. During the 19th century in America, prior to the advent of the vacuum cleaner, March was often the best time for dusting because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors (but not warm enough for insects to be a problem), and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. For the same reason, modern rural households often use the month of March for cleaning projects involving the use of chemical products which generate fumes.
Is our quest to spring clean a habit that we have observed, or are we intrinsically linked in through our DNA to the activities of our fore bearers? And does it matter?
All I know, it feels good to know the majority of moths are out of my pantry and spiders have found a new home.
Did you know there is current research that suggests it is healthier to cohabit with a few germs than to have a dettol home with limited bugs. I rather like to subscribe to the current research!
Do you run a business from home? Spring cleaning is also a great time to tidy up the office. Recycle spare paper that floats around the office, dust off the shelves and buy a new diary for 2016. I am pledging to make this new diary tidy with no doodles and full of appointments.
Enjoy spring cleaning and join me on Facebook: Restart with Wellness for a few tips on how to stay well over Christmas.
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The human body is remarkably adaptive and resilient. Human beings can survive for many weeks without food, and for several days without water, but without air, life ceases in only a matter of minutes. The fact is that every cell in the organism requires a continuous charge of oxygen in order to carry out its assigned function. The job of breathing is to supply this energy to the bloodstream, but since it has been happening automatically for every moment of your life, you've probably given very little attention to it. Yet without it, everything stops.
When the air is clear, your lungs strong, your body relaxed, and your mind at peace, you experience total well being. Unfortunately, this ideal is seldom realized. In the language of the Wellness Energy System, the input source, the air, may be polluted in some way.
The channel (which is you) may have breakages (poorly functioning organs, illness, accident), or be blocked by foreign objects, by the restriction of muscles created from emotions such as fear, anger, and grief, by tight clothing, or by chronically poor posture. The poisons of nicotine and tar accumulated in lung tissues may also contaminate it.
Taken from www.wellpeople.com
How does breathing affect our output of energy? Think about the time in your work or family environment when you received a rather blunt and judgmental email. Where did your breathing go? How did your response affect your digestion?
To help release the impact of the email, letter or phone call, take some time to reconnect your energy with breathing deeply into your stomach or practice Dr Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 relaxing breathing. Going for walk can also bring your energy back into balance and while out walking (movement) take time to smell the roses! (senses)
Your ability to work, play, and communicate with others depends upon how effectively your energy is used.
Wellness Inventory Coaching can help you explore your breathing and how it may relate to other areas of the Wellness Wheel. Taking small steps can create a new way of increasing your energy input which has a positive effect on our energy output.
It is now four years since my husband Lloyd passed away. Over the four years I have experienced so many acts of kindness from friends, family, work colleagues, team members from my USANA business, practitioners on Wellness Advisory Services, my new Wellness Coaching connections and neighbours.
This blog is to say "Thank you for your acts of kindness"
Acts of kindness can be small or big:
A smile and 'good morning' when taking a walk
Admiring someone's pet
Giving a bunch of flowers
Giving fruit and vegetables from the garden
Putting your shopping cart back in the stand
Pay it forward...maybe for the next persons coffee
Open the door for someone
Ask someone for a meal
Invite someone for a coffee
Invite someone on holiday
Let your family and friends know who much you appreciate and love them
Each time we do acts of kindness, our heart energy expands and our state of wellness grows
Wellness is like a bridge supported by two piers. Each pier is crucial to the bridge's integrity just as the two principles of self-responsibility and love are fundamental to the process of wellness.
Self-responsibility and love are primary expressions of life energy. Together, they form the foundations of wellness, and encourage the free flow of all other types of energy. When both are strong, energy dances back and forth, and the crossing is easy and we feel compassion for self and others.
References: Wellness Workbook, Dr John Travis
Victoria Crone is the innovative managing director of Xero NZ and Rest of World. In her career as a marketing and sales executive, mainly in the communications sector, Victoria has learnt you get the best results if you come from a place of inclusiveness and support – as a result, she's big on empowering her team and helping them to get to the next level.
Crone's experience spans from start-ups to mature products across consumer, small business and enterprise sectors, particularly in the comms and IT sectors. She is also director of Aura Information Security and CreativeHQ, a trustee of NZ Hi-Tech Trust and Wiki NZ, and a member of NZ Global Women.
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Do we all enjoy challenge and change?
This question has intrigued me for many years. For the last 30 years I have been on a journey of self -discovery... who am I, how can I make a difference, what is my own potential, how can I support others to find their potential.
Along the way I have spent hundreds of dollars attending courses and seminars. Have the seminars made a difference? Definitely, many times I have travelled up the staircase from "I can’t do it” to “YES I did it”. Every course I've attended has been an amazing experience with many tools being added to my tool kit.
Some people have never embraced self-discovery and in fact think it is a load of mumbo jumbo. Is it therefore a question of letting fate takes its course? Or do we feel we can have some control over our future and our destiny. Perhaps we need to let go of control and let us be led by our intuition!
A New Zealand national paper recently reported a study conducted at Auckland University by a senior lecturer in management and business studies, they said "workers can’t be forced to enjoy themselves". The article was about creating ‘fun’ at work, like social Fridays, casual Fridays, karaoke evenings etc. Some participants enjoyed the social times and others felt they were ‘silly and childish’.
There is now brain research indicating that we are more creative when incorporating play and work. Google and other IT companies have taken on this philosophy. Thank goodness we have research to back this up!
One of the keys that appear to be missing is the power of making small changes.
This is important when we have resistance to any change. It is to about the mind–body holding on to old patterns that are familiar. The exciting part is that small changes can be rewarding and enjoyable, hence melting the resistance and taking a small step towards bigger results.
Can these small steps be taken with the workforce when 80 percent may wish to have a karaoke evening and 20 percent aren’t that keen. Yes, there is always choice and that must be respected, yet at the same time let’s get creative and brain storm small steps so that the 20 percent can be involved without going to their resistance.
Let’s start by asking questions and listening.
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