Self-Care Awareness Month
When you think of self-care, what comes to mind? For many, self-care means a shopping spree, fine dining, or spending a day at the spa. Self-care is more than treating yourself to luxurious items and experiences. Self-care means being kind to yourself - whether that's eating nutritious meals, taking time for hobbies you enjoy, being active, getting adequate rest or investing in meaningful relationships - focusing on your needs will contribute to your health and happiness and will be an example to those around you. This September, put an extra emphasis on you!
Click Below to Join Wellness Consultant & Yoga Teacher Dan Justis for a Gratitude Meditation:
Expressing gratitude allows us to take a step back and truly appreciate all we have in our life. Keep a notebook by your bed and write down the things that you’re grateful to have. Everything from clean sheets to a good friend is worth making note of.
Here are some gratitude prompts you can use:
- Something that you’re looking forward to
- Something about your body or health that you’re grateful for
- A possession that makes your life easier
- What you like about your job
- Write about a friend, teacher, mentor or family member that you’re grateful for
- One of your personality traits that you’re grateful for
Deep breathing sends messages to the brain to relax, and when this signal from the brain is forwarded to the rest of the body, the negative symptoms of stress—increased heart rate, rapid breaths, high blood pressure—are replaced with a sense of calm.
Social media certainly has its benefits – and its downsides. Most people report their success online, creating an unrealistic notion of a perfect life. Take time to break away from social media and allow yourself to focus on the beauty of the moment. Since it’s National Self-Care Awareness Month, encourage others to follow suit!
Here's a challenge known to have a significant impact on your sleep health:
Leave your phone in a separate room from which you sleep. As difficult as this may be, try it for a minimum of two weeks!
- 6oz Crusty Bread (1/2 loaf) cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 2 lbs ripe tomatoes cut into small wedges or bite-sized pieces
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella halved mozzarella pearls
- 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup basil leaves (about 22 leaves), coarsely chopped, plus more to garnish
For the Vinaigrette Dressing:
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Place bread in a mixing bowl, drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for 9-11 minutes until toasted then set aside to cool. Edges should be golden brown and crisp and the centers should be slighly chewy.
In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
Place remaining Panzanella salad ingredients into the same mixing bowl you used for the bread. Add the cooled bread. About 15-20 minutes before serving, drizzle on the dressing and toss the salad gently to combine. Garnish with more chopped basil to serve.