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Special Offer! Become an NWI Member for ONLY $99

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Become an NWI Member for ONLY $99 (1-year individual membership).

Use code MEMPRM99 when you register online. Already a member? Offer also applies to a renewal of a current 1-year individual membership!

 Questions? Contact Sherri at 715.342.2969 or sherri@nationalwellness.org

Join Now!

Offer expires June 22, 2018. Discount code applies to 1-year individual membership only, or to the 1-year renewal of a current individual membership. Regular individual rate: $135/yr.

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What is Your Mantra?

Posted By Ashley Denney, Thursday, April 19, 2018

Creating Professional and Personal Mantras

As professionals, we desire to help others in health and wellness through our knowledge, experience and training. We continue to learn and grow and provide the best practices for our clients and companies. There are so many options for certifications and avenues of wellness that it can be overwhelming sometimes to know what we should be learning or where our focus should be. A mantra can help us to fine tune our focus on what we want for our career and even personally in our life.

A mantra is a phrase that describes your passion, your desire, or your goals.A mantra is defined as a motivating chant, or any repeated word or phrase. In my coaching practice I call it the vision statement; a picture of who you are and what you desire.  The word mantra is derived from Sanskrit word meaning “a sacred message or charm”. Many might also use the word “motto” as a similar description. The difference between a motto and a mantra is how personal the phrase is. A mantra is a phrase that describes your passion, your desire, or your goals. It’s personal. It is a representation of your purpose and who you are as a professional or as a person. 

Our mantras can sometime be the same for our career and our life, or we may choose to create a separate mantra for each. Our mantras can be vague, covering a bigger picture of our goals, or it can be very specific and tailored to a specific event or timeline. For example, a vague mantra would be “I help others and I increase my knowledge consistently.” A more specific mantra could be “I am certified nutritional coach in 2018”. 

A mantra can be created annually, monthly or weekly. It is preference. If you are interested in creating a mantra today, below is a basic guide to finding your mantra. I challenge you to first take time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and aspirations. Maybe write down a few things that are in the front of your thoughts this month or year. You decide how vague or specific your mantra will be. Add more detail or specific goal as desired. Feel free to make one for personal and one for professional, or one for both. If you make a separate one for each, tailor your answers to just professionally or just personally. 

1. Write down 3 words that describe how you wish to feel in 2018. For example, mine would be happy, energetic, and confident.  If you have more than 3 ideas, write them all down. Then reflect on each and circle the 3 that are most important to you in this moment. 

2. Write 3 things you wish to accomplish this year. For example, mine would be to help others, improve health, one fun adventure. Again, if you have more write them all down and choose the 3 that are most important to you in this moment. 

3. Now, circle one word in each list that stands out to you the most today. The one that connects to your heart, the first thing in your head that really sticks out. Then use those two words to develop a statement; a positive, future tense statement, as if you are already accomplishing it. 

4. Write down your mantra on a piece of paper. Then below list 2-4 action steps that are needed to obtain this mantra. These can be small or large action steps, just be sure to use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym when setting these actions steps (Smart, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time sensitive).

When I first went through my coach certification, I created a simple mantra which was “I am able, and I am happy”. It appears as a vague statement, but I know it represented very specific things I was feeling and dealing with at the time. I had experienced health struggles and burnout from my job. That statement represented the goal I had of overcoming my health obstacles and getting back to enjoying what I do in a positive and nurturing environment.  This year my mantra is one word, which is “flourish”. It’s the basis for my blog. Your vision and needs change and shift in importance over time, so a mantra is a great way to narrow focus in a phrase that is easy to remember and repeat often. 

Whatever your mantra becomes, write it down where you will see it the most, or write it down in multiple places. The nightstand, the office computer, wherever you will be reminded of this statement. I like to type it into a colorful phrase and then frame it by my desk. Remind yourself of this desire daily, and create action steps to help you achieve your mantra in 2018. 

Ashley DenneyAshley Denney is wellness manager and certified health and wellness coach for a continuing care retirement community. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University. She is a AFAA Group exercise and yoga instructor. She is also a Certified health and wellness coach through WellCoaches. She lives in Virginia with her husband Todd and two dogs. Ashley enjoys anything outdoors, and teaches yoga and paddle board yoga in the summer. She is passionate about helping others live well in all areas of wellness. 

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A Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

Posted By Trevor McDonald, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Numerous factors kickstart an addiction; not all is to be blamed on the illicit substance itself. Since this is the case, many former addicts follow the holistic approach to overcome their addiction. The objective of holistic healing is to create a balance between the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of an individual. In other words, an ailment can only be properly alleviated if the entirety of a person is sound as opposed to solving one area of the whole problem. In addition to pre-existing addiction treatments such as psychotherapy or prescribed medication, holistic healing can also be equally effective.

This is how to have a holistic approach to addiction recovery:

Practice meditationRestore emotional balance

Guilt and shame are common emotions to experience after you decide to live in sobriety. However, these demanding emotions can cause episodes of anxiety and depression. The holistic approach encourages you to confront pain through either holistic therapy or meditation. By intentionally reflecting and assessing past life experiences and choices, you eventually see the big picture of what caused an addiction. Furthermore, reflection and honesty with oneself develop emotional resilience when in the face of challenging emotions and help you become more understanding and compassionate for yourself.

Alleviate physical symptoms

The state of one’s body is directly connected to how well their mind will function. Addiction recovery is not limited to one suffering emotional obstacles. It has a fair share of physical symptoms from withdrawal, mainly: fatigue, low energy, and muscle tension. You can alleviate the symptoms mentioned above with the use of acupuncture to restore proper blood circulation, massage therapy to stimulate relaxation, release muscle tension, and treat insomnia. 

Establish spiritual ground

There are multiple facets to spirituality besides connecting with a divine or religious deity. Spirituality also refers to your sense of self and the feeling of harmony with the surrounding world. After a life of abusing drugs, one may feel they have lost a significant part of their identity, which can ignite confusion on how to live in sobriety and even induce depression.

Find some spiritual ground by turning to yoga and meditation. Both practices deepen self-awareness and introspection, both of which are necessary to create perspective on the root causes of certain choices, overcome trauma from past experiences, and develop a plan of action to avoid relapse. Additionally, yoga and meditation are stress-reducers, which will permanently replace the previous coping mechanism of abusing substances.

Practice mindful nutrition

Eat only wholesome and clean food that optimizes organ function and exercise daily to sustain physical strength and energy. The act of eating is also important as well. Look to implement mindful eating which creates a connection to the act of eating food and encourages you to dedicate your attention to enjoying a meal. The philosophy behind this action is to ultimately help you develop a sense of awareness and understanding for how consuming certain foods and outside substances affect your body, whether that be positive or negative.

AromatherapyCreate a safe external environment

Avoid traveling to places that have triggers and break off relationships with people who will drag you back into substance abuse. There is no reason to include either in your life again. Regarding your living space, be intentional with the type of atmosphere you create. The home should be clean and organized, free of clutter that can otherwise frazzle thoughts and emotions; it needs to diminish your stress and promote relaxation! You should feel at ease devoting time to hobbies, unwinding from the world, and spending time in quiet solitude in your home. To amplify this positive and safe environment, implement the use of aromatherapy with essential oils and keep photos and sentimental items close. You can also breathe new life into the space by allowing in as much natural light as possible and decorating corners with plants— some of which remove toxins in the air.

In conclusion, holistic healing can provide tremendous benefit to a recovering addict and will be the perfect complement to any additional medical treatment. If you’re looking to begin a life of permanent sobriety and devoting equal attention to the emotional, physical, and spiritual elements of your mind and body, then starting out with a holistic approach is a strong first step.

Trevor McDonaldTrevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict and alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

Tags:  addiction  holistic  mindfulness  recovery 

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Minneapolis “Connect Event” with The Twin Cities Wellness Collective

Posted By Sherri Galle-Teske, Monday, April 2, 2018
Dr. Sallie Scovill, Ph.D.
Dr. Sallie Scovill, Ph.D.

On March 21, 2018, Sallie Scovill, Ph.D., (University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point) and I had the pleasure of co-presenting at NWI's Wellness Connect Event in partnership with The Twin Cities Wellness Collective at 514 Studios in Minneapolis.  

Sherri Galle-Teske
Sherri Galle-Teske

The National Wellness Institute is committed to wellness outreach and education in and around the world—thus providing the tools, trainings, and resources to propel your career in wellness.

Dr. Scovill, Associate Professor, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, UWSP, did an outstanding presentation on “Cultivating Resilience To Banish Burnout.” Focus was placed on growing personal and professional resilience through skill building in order to move past potential burnout.

Minneapolis Connect Event - 514 Studios
Left to right: Taylor Ploss, Caroline Carlson, Sherri
Galle-Teske, Sallie Scovill, and Alex Morrall (founder of 
The Twin Cities Wellness Collective)

Are you interested in hosting a “Connect Event” in your area? Contact Sherri Galle-Teske to learn how!

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Top 7 reasons to have an exhibit space at this year's National Wellness Conference

Posted By NWI, Thursday, March 29, 2018

1. Get Noticed. The exhibit hall is in the concourse between the keynote hall and breakout session rooms, providing many chances to connect face-to-face with attendees throughout the day. And with a very limited number of exhibit spaces available, you're sure to stand out!

2. Make Connections. 700-800 wellness professionals and practitioners will walk through the exhibit space during the Conference. Where else will you find those numbers in your target audience?

3. Create Excitement. Launch your new product, company, or service where the industry's leaders and influencers are gathered. Start the buzz and watch it grow!

4. Educate Yourself. Exhibit packages include 2 full Conference waivers, allowing you to attend sessions and learn more about the very latest in wellness research, trends, and best practices.

5. Strengthen Your Brand. Showcase your company as a major player in the rapidly-growing wellness industry. Interacting in person has a much larger impact on your audience than online or print.

NWC 2018 Exhibitor Brochure6. Follow Up After the Conference. Whether you gather contact information at your booth, or use the attendee mailing list provided to you after the Conference, you'll have the "in" to follow-up and continue the relationships you started on-site.

7. Less Downtime. If you've ever sat for hours in an empty exhibit hall, you know how valuable face time is. With the unique layout of the Saint Paul RiverCentre, exhibitors find themselves having a constant flow of foot traffic, with dedicated exhibit-hall only time, time between sessions, and even time during sessions when attendees take breaks. There's always someone to talk to!

What's included

Included in your exhibit registration this year is an 8’ exhibit table and two Main-Conference (June 18-20) passes, as well as having your organization listed in the conference program that is distributed to every conference attendee.

Spots are going fast!

Exhibit space is VERY limited, so register now to ensure that your organization is part of the 2018 National Wellness Conference!


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