Underground Wellness

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Taking Care of Our Skin

I must admit. When it comes to skin care I battle with the costs of the more natural products. As a busy mom on a budget, when a choice needs to made on what goes in us as opposed to what goes on us, I will always choose the first. Over at Vintage Remedies, they have just come out with a new program. Natural Skin Care Development. A complete course on all aspects of skin care. Finally, an opportunity to incorporate personalized all natural skin care into our family's daily lives.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Building your Puzzle

A few years back, at the worst of my illness, it dawned on me that like is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. We spend our lives building our puzzle piece by piece. Finding the right job, getting married, having children. Each piece forming who we are, locking in to the piece next to it. As we get older the picture gets clearer and clearer until it all comes together in to this beautiful and wonderful life. We are content and happy. Life is good. Then one day, someone comes along and bumps the table and the pieces we have spent so long putting together go scattering in all directions. It is different for all of us. Job loss, death, divorce, disease. I'm sure you can put your own name to the situation. In my case it was Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I spent a lot of time trying to pick up the pieces and put them back together again, to recreate that wonderful picture. But as we all know with any good puzzle, when we go back to rebuild there is usually a piece or two missing. Some days I look at that picture and see the beauty in it, missing pieces and all. I see how far I have come to putting it all back together. Some days I realize that sometimes we just need to set aside the old puzzle and start a new one. I know that someday, as I work on each piece and they come together, it will be a beautiful and whole picture. Different from the first but just as or maybe more beautiful than the first. When I look at it this way, the bad days don't seem so overwhelming. Some pieces just take more time to find where they fit. I wish you many joyful days of putting your puzzle together, may it be as beautiful as you expected.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Good Day for a Walk

Well I must admit it, of all the areas in health and wellness, I come up short in the exercise department. I just can not seem to get a good, consistent practice going. I can make some really good excuses too. I am a working mother holding down two jobs while going to school part time. I have tried work out videos of every variety, work out equipment has come and gone through my doors. My intentions are good, but it is always the first to go. A few months ago I decided to try something a little different. 6 minutes. I trip around the block before bed. It started out because I really wanted to do something, anything that I could call exercise. The first night I came home invigorated. How is it that something as simple as a 6 minute walk around the block could have such an effect. It is a combination of things for me. The fresh open air, the movement, the meditation and relaxation. I can accomplish so much in those few minutes. I think many of us think in terms of trying to get those 30 minutes in 3 days a week. If  we can't do that we must be failures and so do nothing at all. If you are in this group, like me, why not throw all the rules out the window and give it a try. See what happens. It's a start and who knows, maybe it will lead to two trips around and then three. It all starts with 6 minutes.