Everyday wellness. One thing we can all probably agree on is that everyone wants to be well. After all, being well means that life is in full color, and anything is possible, right?
The challenge is how to achieve your optimal well SELF. At times, this concept can seem overwhelming because we let ourselves, perhaps unintentionally, get overwhelmed. It can become a vicious cycle leaving you depleted, questioning your own self-worth, lapsing into bad habits and definitely not feeling your best. Do you struggle with how to break this cycle? Or wonder, how can it be done easily and quickly so you can happily get on with your life? Before we can answer these questions, let’s look at what wellness actually means.
The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute, is consistent with the following tenets which encompass a shared agreement among health and wellness leaders around the world:
- Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential;
- Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment;
- Wellness is positive and affirming.
Therefore, NWI states: Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
In fact, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, is credited for developing the interdependent holistic model, The Six Dimensions of Wellness, and when applied “a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living.”
This holistic model explains:
- How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks;
- The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing;
- The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view;
- The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility, self-care and when to seek medical attention;
- Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction;
- Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others.
I found this model to be helpful as a way for me to look at and understand my own wellness journey. But even more profound, it’s even more clarifying for me in terms of our mission for Salty Bath. At the core of this mission is a passion to help people have what they need to practice self-care and live to their full-potential. It developed out of my own life experiences and learning first-hand how to break the cycle of feeling depleted and overwhelmed. I needed to stop getting in my own way — but I also wanted something that didn’t eat up a lot of time and money.
Self-care became my secret weapon for winning at life… and through that journey came a discovery of not only my optimal wellness, but a much deeper connection with myself and a “successful existence” — something I had never experienced before. The word existence is key here and it’s dimensional. This process, as we can see, is all about the choices we make toward a holistic awareness around healthy living. It’s so much more than diet and exercise, and financial success or well-being. But you open yourself up to experience more abundance and joy in every aspect of your life when you are operating with this type of awareness and connectedness – that is for sure.
So here is something to think about. By being more intentional, you get out of any rut you find yourself in. You can actually harness your own energy in a more positive way as it relates to any aspect of your life.
This was a profound discovery for me, and it happened with the simple act of Intentional Bathing. My showers were transactional and based on good hygiene. But my baths were intentional mindful moments with myself. Often, I went into the tub feeling stressed, anxious, tired, tense and sore. So I started concocting a transition ritual for myself, one that took me out of my head and into stillness. It was a full sensory experience: the hot water with mineral salts (touch); essential oils (smell), candles and healing crystals (sight); meditative music (sound/hearing); and warm tea (taste). I also put my hands over my heart and felt my own heartbeat. I focused on the beats as I breathed deeply and slowly. After these 20 minute sessions with myself, I was a different person from the one who entered the tub. I was calmer. The stress and tension were gone. My body had softened, and I was relaxed without pain. My energy was more grounded, and my head was clear. I imagine it’s the closest thing to feeling like a marshmallow!
Being connected to myself this way enabled me to be of much better service to everyone around me, but it also made me realize that it just takes the smallest of actions to effect change for the better. One that has a rippling effect, sending higher, positive vibrations out into the world. It inspired to me to figure out how to help more people this way.
With holistic wellness as our brand’s North Star, the role the Salty Bath self-care experience can play in a person’s life is brought more sharply into focus as we aim to help anyone achieve optimal well-being. By creating a ritual that regularly allows you to deeply connect to yourself and the world around you, you are taking charge of your own everyday wellness.
Let’s break that down, in terms of the behind-the-scenes work we do, and the impact we can make together to change the world, one Salty Bath experience at a time.
The big idea is actually a simple one:
Love for our planet and our bodies goes hand in hand.
At Salty Bath, we are very particular about the quality of everything we do, and at the center of it all is quality of care. In fact, we work with an innovative and leading lab in Oregon, known for formulating the finest natural & organic skincare since 1983; setting and maintaining the utmost quality formulations as well as best practices in sustainability and responsible manufacturing throughout the personal care industry. As our production partner, our Salty Bath and (soon to launch) TAMBRA: Sea + Botanicals products are the highest quality combined with product stability and efficacy, meaning:
- No Animal Testing
- FDA Registered
- GMP compliant
- In-House Quality Control Systems
- In-House Shelf Life Testing
- Kosher Certified Materials
- Vegan Formulas
- Sustainable Raw Materials
- Sustainable Practices
- Recycled packaging, shipping, and marketing materials
- Biodegradable Products
- Women Owned and Operated
- Powered with 100% Renewable Wind Energy
Our Salty Bath Wellness Community is built around a shared sensibility, or manifesto:
- Be kind to our planet.
- Be kind to our bodies.
- Use products that are non-toxic with only sustainably sourced, high integrity ingredients; manufactured in small-batches with love and care.
- Value the time we take for our own well-being because it benefits all beings.
But, as amazing as our products are, it’s really about the role we can help play in helping people achieve the healthy living standard set in place by the National Wellness Institute. Being aware of this multi-dimensional interconnectedness is ultimately what can help you in your own wellness journey, and whatever that means for you. Salty Bath is a place to start — a tool in your wellness toolkit that is simple, safe, incredibly enjoyable, and taking little time. Yet, it’s transformational, with important and vital benefits to your health: body, mind and spirit.
If you are ready to take simple steps to taking control of your everyday wellness, check out our site, and sign up to receive our monthly self-care packages. Each box comes with a complete bath ritual designed to help you quiet your mind, relax your body, and renew your spirit. Being still and tuning in often leads to discoveries about your true self. We’d love to have you in our wellness community! And for taking that important first step, use discount code 20OFFSTART at checkout, and receive 20% off your first delivery.