July 2018 Wellness Challenge

July 2018 Wellness Challenge

Happy summer, everyone! At Wondrous Wellness, we like to say that wellness is a helluva lot more than dieting and exercising! We take a more comprehensive approach to health and wellness by referencing the 8 Dimensions of Wellness. We know that everyone could improve one or more areas of their lives. That's why we created the July 2018 Wellness Challenge.

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How Much Money Do You Make?

How Much Money Do You Make?

How much money do you make? It's a blunt question, but it's one that we should be allowed to ask our colleagues. In 2015, women made 79.6 cents to every dollar paid to their male counterparts. What causes the gender wage gap? It's complex issue, with the major reasons being that discrimination and gender bias exist against women, men tend to work longer hours, women usually gravitate towards industries that are lower-paying, women are more likely to temporarily or permanently leave the workforce to care for children and women are less likely to aggressively negotiate their salary, if at all.

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Easy & Natural Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

Easy & Natural Way to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

It's my first summer back in Texas, and these bugs have me dreaming of moving back to Colorado. Seriously, the number of bugs I see on a daily basis is just unreal. And a few sneaky little ants and spiders have made their way into my home in search of food, water and cooler temperatures. Usually before I call in the big guns (Terminix), I like to try an all natural alternative. The method that you're going to read about is something that I've had success with in the past. I'm crossing my fingers it'll do the trick this time around!

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Wellness Around the Web

Wellness Around the Web

As you've probably noticed by now, this blog is centered around the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, a framework to help you think through all the aspects of your life that need to be working well to be a happy, healthy individual. In this new series, "Wellness Around the Web," I'll be sharing links to things that give me ideas and inspiration to work on each of these dimensions in my everyday life. 

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Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Do workplace wellness programs really work? According to a recent Bloomberg Business article, the answer is no. The article cited evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study which investigated the effects of workplace wellness programs on employee medical spending, productivity and overall well-being. The study looked at 4,834 employees - 1,534 were assigned to the control group and 3,300 were offered an opportunity to participate in the iThrive Program. Researchers state that they did not find "significant causal effects of treatment on total medical expenditures, health behaviors, employee productivity, or self-reported health status in the first year."  Am I surprised by the findings of this particular study? No and here's why. 

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Try This Grounded Morning Routine

Try This Grounded Morning Routine

Being grounded means you're fully present in the moment. While you're in this state, you aren't worrying about the past nor future. Instead, you're focusing your consciousness on of your physical, mental and emotional state, as well as the environment around you. When you're grounded, you feel balanced, connected, confident and energized. 

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Free Workout Classes in Austin

Free Workout Classes in Austin

I have something to tell you. The last time I worked out was on New Years Day; that was 23 days | 552 hours | 33,120 minutes ago. In an effort to get my sh*t together, I put together a list of free workout classes in Austin. My intention is to try out these classes to figure out what type of workouts feel best for my body. You all might find this list helpful as well. So, whether you're looking for a new gym or wanting to take advantage of freebies, I've got you covered! 

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What are you reading?

What are you reading?

At the end of 2016, I read a great article in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Need to Read" by Will Schwalbe. The article was an excerpt from his book "Books for Living.” Schwalbe encourages us to ask one another more often: What are you reading? He offers a compelling anecdote to illustrate the power of literature and how books can bring us together, despite our differences.

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Time Blocking: Take Control of Your To-Do List

Time Blocking: Take Control of Your To-Do List

I've always prided myself on being an extremely efficient worker. But ever since I started a new job in October, I've noticed a pretty significant change. Lately, I've been starting a project, getting distracted, sending an email, taking a phone call, starting another project, getting distracted again… Needless to say, I don't get anything done, and I'm exhausted by the end of the workday. I finally made a change, in hopes I would gain more control of my workday

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Sensory Deprivation = Creative Overdrive

Sensory Deprivation = Creative Overdrive

I was so excited to receive a gift certificate for a 1 hour Zero Gravity Institute float from Kaleigh for Christmas because I am trying to explore and embrace new forms of creativity in 2018. I believe that everyone is a creative (you just might not know it yet!) and should have a creative outlet. With a Zero Gravity float, the idea is that all of your senses (sight, sound, touch, etc.) are deprived, so you can focus on what’s on your mind or perhaps in the back of your mind. Some people use these floats as a relaxation or re-centering time. I wanted my mind to go a million miles an hour in creative overdrive and I was not disappointed.

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How Clutter Affects Your Mental Health + Closet Organization

How Clutter Affects Your Mental Health + Closet Organization

How do you feel when your space is clean verses unorganized? There's a huge difference in your mental state. Simply put, clutter hijacks your brain. A messy environment overloads your senses making it difficult to concentrate on a single task. Clutter limits productivity and creativity, and may create feelings of guilt and anxiety. 

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