The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness

Fall in love with taking care of yourself.

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.

The 6 Dimensions of Wellness, NWI

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. 

Finding Joy, Feeling Centered

Finding Joy, Feeling Centered

It can be hard to maintain a joyful mindset. Even if you have the cheeriest disposition, are thankful and joyful in the grand scheme of things, and commit to taking steps to find joy as a matter of everyday habit, all you need to do is go online where gloom, doom and negativity will flood your screen. Current events are volatile.  Local communities are struggling. Global affairs are tenuous. At times, it’s hard to know what to believe or to be blunt: what the hell is going on.

Talk about a buzzkill for feeling joyful!

Unplugging helps. Another BIG PLUS is decluttering anything in your life that does not bring you joy. (That is another topic, entirely!) But recently, I personally wanted something to stretch me even more.  So, I had to ratchet up my mindful game with some new tools — ways to not only re-focus and maintain joy, but also to help keep me centered.

I have my habitual toolkit: using my go-to essential oils, such as Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, surrounding myself in nature whenever possible, and of course, taking warm, salty baths to relax me and help me unwind.  But this time I wanted something old school to add to the mix. I like journaling, which packs many surprising benefits – it’s a great way to evoke mindfulness, it’s helpful to stay present and even helps in the healing process. But I wanted something a bit more specific, rather than blank pages for me to fill up.  Something that could function as a kind of “assistant” for my mindfulness journey.  And there it was, spotted on a shelf in a NYC store…

a mindfulness journal

This incredible journal is the perfect tool to extend the centering and mindful message of our our Salty Bath mantra cards. A nifty, digest-sized journal, “Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You” helps guide me on my path for creating a centered, joyful life. This dynamo is filled with inspiration from poets, writers, entrepreneurs, athletes, scientists, authors, philosophers, presidents, saints and gurus and coupled with loads of prompts and activities to “help you grow in heart, mind, body and spirit.” This felt like my partner in crime, and I was happy to read the following intro:

The word “centers” in its use today, and even in the title of this book, is a slippery one, often defined by other intangible terms — mindfulness, gratitude, wholeness, groundedness, focus, flow, serenity, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance. The best definition, however, comes not from the heady realm of ideas, but from the hands-on-world of craft. Every potter knows how difficult it is to learn how to center clay on wheel.  It takes hours and hours and days and days of dedication and practice, until your hands “know” the clay well enough to center it. If you move ahead too early, your pot will be unsteady, fragile, and unattractive. But once you find the center, your pot – whatever your personal desire for it – will be balanced, secure and beautiful.

The imagery this conjured up really resonated for me.

For most people, creating a centered life, like molding that pot, requires dedication and practice.

Indeed, this handy little book stated its goal:

You will be urged to expand your knowledge and to edge it toward wisdom. You will appreciate the places, people, and experiences that give peace to to your body and meaning to your life.

As someone who not only considers herself lucky, I am also deeply grateful for the life I have (and all the people and experiences it encompasses).  At the same time, the idea of taking this foundation and expanding it, deepening it, excites me. As the English poet, Walter de la Mare said “Go far; come near; You still must be the center of your own small mystery,” we can all use a bit of inspiration and prompting when we are dedicated to being mindful… or going inward. It’s so easy to fall off our center in that process.

I love that the pages in the journal are unnumbered, it’s fun to flip to a page and land on something meant to stretch you, calm you, focus you, etc. and then you can always refer back to them when you need to.  Like this little gem, pictured below.

a mindful prompt

Ever have a day where, despite best intentions and plans, you feel like you are just having to react to less than ideal situations, or stuff pops up where you feel like a ship lost at sea? This is especially true for working moms and entrepreneurs who struggle with work/life balance, and for whom finding your center can feel more challenging than not. Daily life is hectic, and it’s often hard to find little opportunities to catch our breath, slow down, and get more introspective. This mindful journal is one way to help solve for that.

I also think we are way more resilient and creative than we give ourselves credit for. Having a sound body, and serene mind takes effort, sure, but exercises like this remind us that it’s also ok to recognize — celebrate, even — those times when we defy “bad weather.” It also allows us to not only feel a sense of accomplishment – but let’s face it, gives us permission to let off some much-needed steam too. That’s just one page, the book is chock-full of awesome stuff that will expand your awareness.

If, like me, your life is full and busy, you know all too well how easy it is to lose your center. Sometimes I think to myself, “why do I take on so much…I must be crazy!” But when I think about what things I should cut back on — I have 2 businesses, I’m an actress, and Mom of 3, plus 2 furry pups — I don’t want to give up anything, and especially relish my time with my kids, husband, pets and home life.

Recently, I had a conversation with someone while attending Accepted Students Day at The New School / Parsons School of Design where my son will go this Fall.  Turns out, in fact, that my son is not only attending my alma mater, but has also chosen the same major I studied: Strategic Design and Management. Sitting there that day in one of the breakout sessions, I was overcome with the most surreal joy I have experienced — reminiscing about my student days there 28 years ago was pretty intense coupled with my son’s journey ahead of him. But the program director mentioned the word “multi-passionate” as a word to describe the students in the program. It was that moment that centered me in a profound way…when I realized – hey! that is me! – and also why being centered can also feel so fleeting when you are passionate about, and equally engaged in, so many things. Even with the love and support I have, there are days that make me want to pull my hair out.

As the mindful journal mentioned, it’s a slippery slope. Even the most positive, creative, successful people need guidance, tricks and tools to SLOW DOWN, and stay on the elusive path to a centered life. Getting grounded and being mindful in this crazy world is powerful and it’s healthy. So, take time to honor that. Take time (even 5 to 10 minutes will work wonders) to do one thing to center you today. If that seems like a confusing, but intriguing, concept and you don’t know where to start, use the example in the photo above… or pick up the same journal I did. This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from the book may also help inspire you to tune in to that inner voice. “Trust to that prompting within you.” Here’s to defying bad weather … and finding joy…together!

How will you find the joy today? How will it center you?

ESSENTIAL OIL SPOTLIGHT: ELEMI

ESSENTIAL OIL SPOTLIGHT: ELEMI

Canarium Luzonicum Tree, grows in the tropical forest in Philippines

I have a confession to make. I am head-over-heels in love with Elemi Essential Oil.  Its scent is garden-fresh with top notes of lemon and sweet cooling base notes that uplift and rejuvenate, and its powers have me spellbound.

Before modern medicine, civilization relied heavily on the powers of nature to heal, restore and uplift. Turns out, Elemi is a rare and precious essential oil that has been revered for centuries.

Elemi Essential oil comes from the Canarium Luzonicum Tree found in the tropical forests of the Philippines and its neighboring nations. It is in the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh. Elemis are evergreen trees that produce fruits the size of plums with nuts inside. The resin of the tree is put through a steam distillation process to capture the pale-yellow essential oil.

Elemi is very popular in skincare applications for its incredible ability to reduce fine lines and to tone and soften weary and aged skin.  I’ve been adding it to my moisturizer, and can definitely see a difference in the folds of my neck, and jawline.  Amazing!

In Arabic, Elemi means “as above so below.” This speaks to the strength of its balancing properties in aromatherapy. It is said to open the door to hidden emotions providing the opportunity to come to peace with them.

I’m so happy to have found Elemi and excited to be bringing it to our monthly subscribers soon. It’s wonderful in a diffuser, added to a bath, or used topically with a carrier oil, like my favorite, organic jojoba oil.

October is DETOX Month: Sneak Peek

October is DETOX Month: Sneak Peek

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Every new season is an opportunity to invite change and growth.  To help you set the right mental balance, we’ve designed our October box around the practice of detoxifying.  Each ingredient is selected to interact with your individual chemistry and draw out the impurities from your body.

To extend the detoxifying impact, each of our subscribers will benefit from the powerful purifying punch of our CRYSTAL MINT therapeutic-grade essential oil blend.  This blend combines eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, lime, lemon and sweet orange and smells as good as it feels.

Plus, don’t miss the simple recipe we have for a DIY natural air freshener here on the blog.

Our subscribers get amazing exclusive products that you cannot get anywhere else. Order your own box at  www.saltybath.com.

How To Program A Crystal

How To Program A Crystal

Energy + Vibration + Frequency

Energy + Vibration + Frequency

We can thank Albert Einstein for helping us to understand the general theory of relativity, and the relationship between matter and energy.  In simple terms, you and everything around you, is made up of energy. That means all living objects – like humans – and all inanimate objects, such as crystals, all have a vibration.

When we interact with crystals, we are exchanging energy and affecting our own vibration. Crystals are a powerful way to bring about intentional change into our own lives, particularly since our personal “vibe” is easily influenced and can vary based on our emotions, our personal situations, what we eat, how we spend our time, our work/career, our family, you name it. Think about it, since we are all pure energy, on our own frequency, and emitting our own energy, our unique vibration is an important factor to how we all relate with one another. If we “vibe” with someone, it generally means we like them or feel connected to them or their energy. We are constantly exchanging energy with each other, and I for one, have experienced both sides of the coin. For example, being around a person with a “low vibe” feels like an energy suck, and being around someone with a high vibe feels exciting and positive. Interestingly, there is a whole “high vibe” lifestyle where you can find everything from food (generally in its raw form) to clothing dedicated to generating the highest positive vibes! And according to some, you can even incorporate crystals into your beauty routine to “pamper, balance and beautify.”

The vibration of crystals is constant, and in many cases, they operate on at very high levels.  Working with crystals as a healing technique dates back over 6,000 years ago, long before Einstein was born. Many people today use crystals to help focus a mindful practice, as well as help eliminate negativity and radiate more positivity. In essence, working with crystals helps us to raise our vibe higher, focus our mind, connect to our inner world, and bring about a desired change.

raise-your-vibration

Explore your inner Shaman! Healing crystals can be a great addition to your self-care routine (you have a self-care routine, right?). Because crystals are beautiful and each have their own unique characteristics and properties, they are also easy and fun to work with. You can carry them around with you, display them on your desk or in your home, some people like to create special spiritual altars, the possibilities are endless. I like to use them for visualization exercises, as well as to feng shui my home, and bath. The key, however, is activating, or programming the crystal to work with your energy.

Here’s how to do program your crystal:

Clear your stone.  I like to do a simple sea salt bath for the stone. Sea salt and water are amazing at ridding the stone of unwanted energy. Simply fill a bowl with water, add some sea salt, add some essential oils for an enhanced cleanse, and let it sit overnight.  (Note, if you have a “crumbly” type of stone, don’t use this method.  Instead, you can simply put your stone in the sunlight for a day.)

Dedicate your stone. Next, you will want to put your intention into the stone, or dedicate it. This is how you connect with your stone and its powerful, vibrational energy. Typically, you will want to hold the crystal in your left hand (your receiving side). Say aloud:

“I dedicate this stone to the highest good. I ask that it be received in love and light.”

Next is the programming part. Focus on your intention — protection, love, guidance, heal an illness, etc. — and state that intention by saying “I dedicate this stone for (your purpose).”

I love carrying them with me on a spa trip, or keeping my crystals close to me at home and lighting a candle alongside a newly programmed stone for extra mindfulness. Each time there is a New Moon, I create a stone cleansing ritual and re-program them as a way to bring into my life all the positive new energy and flush out any negativity that may be lingering.  I also love adding crystals and candles to my bath — it’s an amazing way to wash with energy and intent — especially crystals like Citrine (for prosperity, abundance and creativity) and Rose Quartz (which promotes joy and unconditional love).  For a truly holistic approach, I love to add a mantra or meditation into the mix.  These rituals are a great way to live more consciously, simply by tapping into the vibrational power of crystals. How will you use crystals to support your heart’s desire?