Welcome back to another week on the Wellness corner with Cassandra. I hope you are having a fantastic Fourth of July weekend celebration with loved ones! Please stay safe by practicing CDC guidelines for social distancing and always be mindful of your health and others' health.
This week I want to talk about finding Wellness through friendship. In a time where we are quarantined in our homes and isolated from family and friends, it is sometimes tricky to nurture these relations. However, with technology, we can host zoom appointments and face time sessions with those we love. Drive-by birthday celebrations, graduations, and anniversaries have also become prevalent trends over the last four months.
Typical day to day interaction has always been a staple for the American way of life. From crowded beaches, malls, amusement parks, stadiums, etc.
Great American pastimes have always centered around large gatherings with people we love. And in this season, it can be complicated for most to cope with the change. To keep some form of normalcy to your social regimen, I suggest creating designated times where you call, or video time close friends and family.
Get creative about where these phones call to take place. Go outside to the yard, favorite hiking trail, or the grocery store. Bring your friends and loved ones along with you so that these virtual visits feel more organic.
We are in this Together
There is a lot of uncertainty about when things will return to normal, however during this pause in our American way of life, choose to nurture and build your friendships. You would be surprised by how many people could use some extra love right now. Loss is something we have all had to deal with in this current season of life, from jobs, wages, business, travel, and people we love. Though we do not have control over a lot of what is happening, we can keep our friendships secure. By doing so, we increase our wellbeing by maintaining a source of consistency in our lives. Consistency reassures our hearts that there is hope and that we can look toward the future for better days.
This week, friends, I challenge you to reach out to an old friend and reconnect over a virtual cup of coffee or tea. Please keep aging and elderly friends in mind too! They might need a store run or even a delicious complimentary to-go meal. Please stay connected friends, and unified, as we make it through summertime and months to come. The more love and compassion you give, the more love you will find returned right back into your very own heart.
A Sweet recipe to make for a friend
Star Shaped M&M Rice Krispies
6 cups Rice Krispies
3 tablespoons butter
2 bags of M&M candies (separate the blue and red and set aside)
1 pack 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows
Star Cookie Cutters
Combine marshmallows and butter into a large microwavable bowl. Heat for 1 minute, stir and repeat. Remove bowl from microwave, add Rice Krispies cereal and stir. Remove mixture from bowl and add to wax paper. Use the star cut-outs to create star shapes with the Rice Krispies mixture. Place individual star shapes on a plate and decorate in your favorite patterns with the red and blue M&Ms you placed aside. Have fun, get creative, and enjoy!
Self-Care with Ajaba Naturals
This week I am excited about Ajaba Naturals soy wax candle entitled The American. The aroma of apples and bourbon creates a warm and savory scent that will fill your home or office with succulent summer vibes! This beautiful candle is layered red, white and blue, and has gorgeous accented starfish on top of the clear wax. It is aesthetically appealing, and also fosters a message behind its symbol of unity for ALL Americans. The candle’s message hopes to discard the divisive nature patriotism has been used for in the past, (that has disconnected and disenfranchised many groups), and instead create a conversation that is more inclusive, liberating, and loving in nature. The American represents ALL Americans, regardless of race, gender, or class. The American is you. The American is me. The American represents hope, unity, and the movement toward systemic change. Let it be the hope to light the flame inside you!
Buy one for yourself, and one for a friend. Choose a time of the day where you both light your candles at the same time and allow the harmonious scent to take you back to great times at cookouts and social gatherings together.
Create an atmosphere that elevates your mood and overall well-being, and keep working toward progressive and lasting change.