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Aimee Bida

Wellness & Holistic Living

Practicing Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

Practicing Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

In practicing a life of wellness, there are many different ways to be more mindful of how you live your day to day life. One way that creates a more conscious way of living is by incorporating meditation into your daily routine. This is not always the most viable way of doing so as many people are constantly busy and don’t necessarily have the time to sit down and meditate regularly.

Psychiatrists who teach and practice wellness living say there are other ways to be mindful when you don’t have the allotted time to put into meditation each day. Mindfulness touches many aspects of our lives. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can practice mindfulness in your day to day life.

Driving in a big city through rush hour traffic can leave you riddled with anxiety, anger, and impatience. Unfortunately, it’s a large part of most people’s commutes to work during the week. An example of practicing mindful driving is by placing a note in your car as a reminder. This note will trigger you to drive mindfully.

While you’re stuck in traffic, you can focus on the things around you that you wouldn’t normally notice. This also includes the things around you in your car and how you feel while sitting in your car specifically. Think about how you drive and start to drive with a more open and peaceful mind. This can reduce the sense of annoyance you feel when being caught in a situation you can’t control.

Mindful eating is another way to practice daily mindfulness. As humans in this day and age, we are constantly on the move, never stopping to enjoy our surroundings or even sit down and have a proper meal. When you begin to think more about what you are putting in your body, you become mindful when you eat.

Slowing down is a great way to practice mindfulness. Try to relieve yourself of all the distractions such as scrolling through your phone, watching tv, checking your emails, etc. When you remove the distractions, you can focus on your food, how it tastes, how it feels when you chew and swallow, and once you begin to do so, you can start thinking about where the food you are eating comes from.

Mindfulness can come into play in the most basic everyday tasks. It’s easy to incorporate this type of wellness into your life to ensure you are living your life mindfully and keeping yourself in check.

Benefits of Holistic Healing

Benefits of Holistic Healing

Holistic has become a buzzword in the last few years for anyone trying to practice a lifestyle of wellness. There are many holistic ways of living including health, eating, healing, and overall living. Many people have heard of the term ‘holistic healing” but may not know everything that is associated with it. It also can have negative connotations for anyone who doesn’t understand what all it entails. We are going to explore more into holistic health including what it is, what it involves, does it work, and what the benefits are.

Holistic healing is a treatment that considers the mind, body, and spirit of a person. With this type of healing, one can attain overall health and wellness by being able to create a balance within their life. Holistic practitioners include homeopathic doctors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, and dietitians.

There are many aspects that come into play when holistic practitioners decide your particular approach for healing. Your environment has a large part to do with their approach. The everyday stresses you deal with, the types of medication you have taken at one point in your life, and the diet you consume or have consumed are all a large part of treatment.

It has become more common to incorporate aspects from both western medicine and holistic healing into your life. So while you may want to continue conventional medicine into your treatment, there are ways to utilize both to achieve optimal health.

It’s accurate that many conventional doctors are starting to use holistic health in their practice and treatment plans. Holistic health entails a large number of treatments which include meditation, hypnosis, acupuncture, cupping, and Reiki. While some of these treatments can be done so by yourself, you will need to see a licensed professional for acupuncture or cupping.

More studies are showing the positive effects of holistic health and how they can differ from the norm in western medicine. Depending on your specific condition that you are looking to heal, each can work towards creating overall wellness and treat your ailments.

One study shows the tremendous work acupuncture can do with pain in different parts of the body caused by arthritis. Another explains the work that can be done through the body when practicing daily meditation. Cupping has also become very popular among athletes and anyone practicing physical fitness to reduce pain and release toxins from the body.

If you are looking to incorporate overall wellness into your way of living, exploring your options with holistic healing can help you achieve it. It’s essential to do your research to see which remedies and methods will work best for you.  

 

Health and Wellness of Your Pets

Health and Wellness of Your Pets

In thinking about the wellness in ourselves, it’s also important to think about the wellness in our pets. For most of us, our pets are family and our best friends, so why wouldn’t we want them to stick around as long as they can and make sure they live a healthy lifestyle? A pets life is not much different from our own, in that they need proper care for them to stay happy and healthy.

One of the biggest things you can do is take the time to research your particular breed of animal. In doing so, you can learn a lot about how to best take care of them. Each breed has a  different life span and requires a specific diet. This is especially important as your pets reach their adult and senior age. Deciding when to switch them over to a senior diet is vital to make sure their body stays healthy as they continue to age.

Exercise is necessary to keep the body and joints moving correctly and maintain a healthy weight. Your pets need exercise just as much as you do. Taking your dog for a walk, playing with your cat, making sure your hamster has a wheel in their cage to utilize, are all ways to keep your pet moving as they continue to get older.

Food is also a huge element in health for your pets. When you research the types of ingredients that are toxic for your pet, you become more aware of what you should and shouldn’t buy. Going into a pet store, you will most likely find an excessive amount of toxic ingredients in these mass produced labels. Although many veterinarians will say that a small amount of these ingredients will not harm your pets, in sticking to a holistic approach, you want to cut out any unhealthy options from the mix.

The best option for you and your pet is to find a veterinarian who encourages wellness and a holistic lifestyle. You will feel better in knowing they are looking out for your pets best interest and optimal health. Pets are only around for a certain amount of time. It’s important to give them all the love and attention we can. We are the ones who must look out for their best interest and give them the healthy life they deserve.

About Aimee Bida

Aimee Bida’s journey into wellness began when she was in design school in NYC and adopted a German Shepherd. Wanting to give her dog the best and fullest life possible, Aimee visited a health food pet store on St. Mark’s Place to get her start. While at the store, she was surrounded by different books and herbs that were entirely foreign to her, and it sparked her curiosity. From there, she dove headfirst into wellness and taught herself about nutrition and health.

Growing up, Aimee lived in a house where food was truly how people expressed and shared their love for one another. Food has always been about community, from how it’s grown to where it’s sourced and the way by which it’s prepared. She’s always loved cooking and baking and has always seen food as a bond she shares with those around her.

Food is also our greatest potential to support our bodies and nourish ourselves on our journey through life, and Aimee Bida sees how far we’ve come from the food the earth provides to sustain us. As she dove deeper into a life focused on wellness, she began expanding her palate to experience different cultures and cuisines and their approaches to wellness and nutrition. She became very curious with Chinese and Japanese styles of cuisine and approaches to health, and since then she’s been devouring as much as she can. She currently maintains a primarily plant-based diet as a result.

When it comes to her career and her lifestyle, Aimee Bida sees overlap in her philosophies. Through marketing, she’s helping people unlock their potential in this world that is stressful, hyperactivated, and overstimulating, but actually doing so is so much more than just increasing productivity. As a whole, we never stop to take a break and think about the way we live, but rather get swept up in the ‘go, go, go’ mentality of society; if we really want to unlock our full potential, however, Aimee knows that sometimes we need to stop and take time for ourselves. She likes to imagine what the world would be like if we all spent a little more time taking care of ourselves to develop more fully. You can’t pour from an empty glass, and people stretch themselves thin trying to do everything for everyone else without taking time to center themselves and relax and reconnect.

In her wellness journey, Aimee Bida takes a truly holistic approach to the concept. She knows that you need to look at all areas of your life to achieve wellness, not just physical strength or mental fortitude. Wellness is giving your body everything that it needs, not just food and water. We need vitamin D from the sun for our bodies, and we need to breathe fresh air and absorb the chemistry happening in nature around us. Wellness also includes bringing rhythm and ritual into your life.

Before she began practicing wellness, Aimee used to feel stress about going to bed and falling asleep, but now, she’s incorporated practices into her day that give her life a rhythm. When Aimee wakes up, she has a routine that she goes through to begin her day, and every night before going to bed, she has another routine before to help her fall asleep. She also incorporates mindfulness and meditation into her life to keep her balanced and centered. Wellness is a journey, and the more Aimee practices it, the more she learns and grows.

On top of grounding yourself, Aimee Bida also knows that wellness means incorporating stress into your life, too. However, stress can come in different forms: unlike the stress that comes from societal pressure and the world around us, healthy stress, like the strain we put on our bodies when we run and work out is healthy and necessary for your body. We need to walk and hike and incorporate movement into our lives every day, and there’s no place better to do so than out in nature.

For more on Aimee and her tips and thoughts on wellness, check out her blog!