In August, we celebrate National Wellness Month, prioritizing your self-care, managing stress, and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle and focus on self-care to feel like your best self!
We can often put our health and wellness on the back burner due to work deadlines, traffic, family obligations and other stressors. Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. For a happy and healthy life, it is important to focus on wellness and self-care. National Wellness Month was born out of the idea that if we are going to do big things in the world— build our careers, raise a family, further our education, create new ideas, and nurture our bodies — we need to take care of ourselves.
National Wellness Month was created by Live Love Spa, a place to discover new wellness products. This holiday was created to inspire others to focus on wellness and take time for self-care. To celebrate National Wellness Month, take the “I choose wellness” pledge to make small daily acts of self-care a priority or join the 31 day Wellness Month challenge.
History of National Wellness Month
The concept of self-care has a long and varied place in human history amongst different cultures and time periods. Ancient philosophers like Socrates and Plato emphasized the importance of self-care and self-reflection as part of a virtuous life. Taoist principles also promoted self-care through practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, and herbal medicine. The 19th and 20th centuries also saw the emergence of movements focused on mental health and self-care. Many of these practices have been successful in creating a healthy mind and body for many generations and have carried over into modern day ideas of self-care.
Today, the concept of self-care encompasses various practices aimed at holistic well-being, including physical exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness, stress reduction techniques, and more. Self-care and wellness is a personal and subjective concept but the underlying idea of taking deliberate actions to care for oneself physically, mentally, and emotionally remains central.
In 2018, Live Love Spa dedicated August as National Wellness Month to celebrate and inspire others to commit to their self-care. National Wellness Month encourages people to prioritize self-care by taking a pledge to habits of wellness, joining the 31 day Wellness Month challenge calendar and encouraging others to do the same socially. National Wellness Month encourages people to prioritize their self-care through taking a pledge to commit to healthy habits, joining the 31 day Wellness Month Challenge, and encouraging others to socially do the same.
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The original wellness spas, the Roman Baths were the original wellness spas. Bathing was a source of health, luxury entertainment and social gatherings.
Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago
World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." This set the stage for the broader understanding of wellness.
In 2018, Live Love Spa declares August as National Wellness Month, encouraging people to take time for self-care.
National Wellness Month Activities
Take the Pledge!
Take the “I choose wellness” pledge to prioritize your wellness and self-care this month and post to social to inspire others. Download your free copy at WellnessMonth.com or create your own!
Take the 31 day Wellness Month Challenge Calendar!
Incorporate wellness into your daily life with Live Love Spa’s 31-day Wellness Month challenge calendar. Each day is a prompt and idea to take care of yourself! Download it for free and jump right in!
Try new wellness treatments and activities
Visit a spa and enjoy a treatment or massage. Try a new fitness class or a new beauty product. Incorporate healthy habits into your every day life like walks, drinking lots of water and physical activity.
Share your wellness journey and habits with others to inspire everyone in person and on social media. Hashtag #nationalwellnessmonth and #livelovespa. Tag @livelovespa and @nationalwellnessmonth for a chance to be featured!
5 Habits For Self-Care
Drinking lots of water
The smallest act of self-care that can make a great impact is drinking lots of water every day. Stay hydrated and your body will feel better.
Get your sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to a decline in mental and physical health, commit to getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night as part of self-care.
Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Commit to exercising everyday for better wellness.
Try a relaxing activity
Activities like yoga, hiking, reading books, listening to music or painting can improve your mood and are a great commitment to improving your health and wellness.
Practice gratitude and positivity
You are what you think. Take time to practice gratitude and positivity when reflecting on life.
Why We Love National Wellness Month
It reminds us to care for ourselves
Often we get carried away with the hustle and bustle of life and work, forgetting to take care of ourselves. National Wellness Month is a reminder to take care of physical and mental wellbeing. Let’s prioritize our health!
It empowers us to achieve more
National Wellness Month was born out of the idea that when you feel better you can achieve more, if we are going to do big things in the world— build our careers, raise a family, further our education, create new ideas, and nurture our bodies — we need to take care of ourselves. Feel good, do good!
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