My Wellness Mantra!
Take care of yourself with being creative 1-2 times/week.
Cook, Craft OR Paint
In today’s high paced world, do you sometimes wonder if you could slow down a bit!
If you could find some “ME” time!
If there could be a simpler & quicker way to get healthier meals on the dining table!
If there could be a magical way to reduce your stress!
If your life could be a bit more organized!
If you could be happier and more content with your life!
You know, I was also struggling with all this a few years ago.
I knew something had to change so I began looking for answers.
FINALLY I did.
Now if you are also looking for some answers, we are a match!
I would love to share my strategies and lifestyle tips with you.
I’m Alka Chopra, a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator and I am extremely passionate about teaching people how to live a happier life by making nutrition, health & lifestyle changes “One Week at a Time”.
Now you may wonder and question me!
A new change each week?????? WHAT? THAT’S TOO MUCH.
Well, the point is that you choose what you wish to change about your life/lifestyle and work towards the change “One Week at a time”. When we make changes this way, the likelihood of you following through is much higher.
That’s why on my blog & YOU TUBE CHANNEL you will find articles & videos that talk about simple changes that can be put into action right away. You will find video’s on nutrition, recipes, lifestyle changes & how to implement them, crafting, arts, making your own bath & body products and wellness strategies.
For the past 15 years or so I have been following this mantra myself. And trust me it works. Even if you are able to follow your chosen change 1-2 times a week, it makes such a big difference.
Its kind of “Less is more”
What is the “One Week To Your Health”
You Tube Channel?
What would you like to read?
IN CASE YOU ARE INTERESTED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY NON-WORK LIFE……………
When I am not at my full time work you can find me crafting, teaching crafting, making and selling soap, at craft shows or even making jewellery.
I live my husband and 2 children aged 26 & 21. So they are pretty much on their own!
I like to travel to relaxation type destinations. I love travelling by train, long distance, something like the ones that offer dinner on wheels. Rocky Mountaineer types!.
Not too much of a city girl! I have a dream to go cruising.
At a craft show showcasing my handmade soap
Volunteering at a Diabetes Canada event
Making designer soaps. So relaxing & so much fun
Presenting on "Super Foods" at Honda Canada
The Selfcare Concept: A much forgotten one!
From an aerial view what does an average person’s life look like?
It’s literally running around taking care of our family and friends. We look after our children until they are ready to take on life’s challenges on their own. We make sure that their needs are met with to the best of our means. And we make several sacrifices in this process.
AND who gets neglected in this process? Well its YOU!
Some of you may also think that investing some time & money on yourself is selfish. I love this quote:
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
― Eleanor Brownn
When travelling via a plane the airline crew always advise us to put on your own mask first before helping anyone? WHY?
Well for obvious reasons! You need to take care of yourself first before you take care of others.
So, I am here to encourage you to be a bit selfish for yourself so you can take good care of your loved ones.
I started practicing selfcare on a regular basis after my daughter was born. Whenever I had some free time I would find something artsy or craftsy to do. I also took some classes in glass painting, pot painting etc.
I chose arts & crafts since I grew up seeing my mom embroider, sew, knit. She was always busy doing something. Always using her ME time productively. Hence in my teen years I was drawn towards anything arts & crafts. Summer vacation meant making something – either a painting, some cross stitch, some embroidery, glass painting or anything. This practice made me so productive in my other responsibilities. And now it has become a habit. Rather an addiction . If I do not do anything creative over a week I feel something is missing big time, and do see an impact on my mood.
AND I am encouraging you to do so. Start small. Start with anything you like.
6 benefits for self-care
Saying “Yes” to anything & everything that people ask for does not increase productivity! Infact it decreases it. It gets overwhelming!
And when you learn to say “no” you are actually taking care of yourself by making time for the other things that matter more to you. In turn this also helps you to really focus on those things making you more productive.
Question for you: how well do you know yourself?
When practicing self-care you are compelled to think about what you really enjoy doing. This exercise gets you to the feeling of being really passionate about what you chose to do further leading up to you understanding you even better.
Did you know stress is the top most reason for poor physical & emotional health? Stress exhibits itself in the form of frequent cold, flu or falling sick & even physical symptoms like body pain or even back aches. When you manage stress with self-care activities, it improves your physical & emotional health big time.
When you invest time in yourself with self-care, you are valuing yourself as a person. You are giving yourself the due importance you deserve. If you value yourself others will as well. And that increases your self-esteem making you more confident & productive.
Scientific evidence suggests that most self-care activities activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This decrease your stress levels and in turn makes your immune system very strong & increases your resistance to any disease.
Self-compassion is the best compassion!You ask why? Thats becuase if you are compassionate to yourself, you will be more considerate to others. In short you will be in a better position to give more to others. And practicing self-care does exactly this. When you value yourself you learn to value others as well.
Some Artsy & Craftsy Selfcare Strategies You Will Find On This Website
These are some selfcare strategies I follow. You can too. They are simple, can be easily done at home, on your own time & with smaller budgets.
Selfcare with Simple Cooking
Selfcare with making your own home decor
Selfcare with making handmade products
Selfcare with making handmade soap
Selfcare with making your own jewelery
Selfcare with Painting & Crafting
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