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Natural Awakenings Hudson County NJ

Letter from the Publisher

May 12, 2016 10:50AM

In our May issue, we focus on women’s wellness and thyroid health. Wellness is what we all strive for on a multidimensional level—to be the best we can be and think, feel and look good at every age. Our empowering articles include “Spark Up Your Love Life” to help you and your partner stay connected, which can be challenging when life is often demanding and leaves us with little time for intimacy. Spending tender times together or alone can help you re-energize.

Let’s face it, we all age, but let’s just do it as gracefully as possible, with a smile on our face. Christie Brinkley shares her tips on how she has managed to do that with a healthy lifestyle and protecting and nourishing her skin. In “Facial Fitness” we learn some quick exercises that can strengthen our face and neck muscles to reduce sagging skin and wrinkles. A regimen of 10 to 15 minutes a day to peel back five or 10 years naturally sounds pretty good to me!

I’m at the time in my life when my friends, family and I are thinking about where we might want to live in retirement, recognizing that our Golden Years will be quite different than those of generations before us. There are so many creative ideas abounding to increase connectivity in our later years and reduce social isolation, which is essential for long-term overall health. There are tiny-house communities, agrihoods (not just for retirement) and now a female retirement home in Paris (see “Women Power” on page 15). The trend is forging relationships between seniors and youth so they can learn from each other. In areas where housing is costly, younger people can save money by living among seniors, which is mutually beneficial. These are all great ideas, let’s keep them coming!

Because we are focused on the question, “How do we improve or continually improve our lives as women?” I think we must have a vision and believe in it strongly enough to overcome a multitude of obstacles, such as lack of knowledge, uncertainty and doubters. In my experience as a publisher, I’ve learned from so many of you that small, repetitive actions are some of the best tools we have to improve our life—or bring us down, if we’re investing the same effort in self-defeating behaviors.

As natural nurturers, women are equipped to handle most anything that is thrown our way, as long as we maintain our inner balance of peace and heart-centered consciousness. Wise women are forged of the vicissitudes of life, when each challenge is embraced as an opportunity for growth and continue to forge this path, ascending one step at a time into higher and higher consciousness. We must continue to align ourselves with the wellness model, rather than the illness model which is being marketed to the masses. This makes life not only easier, but more enjoyable. Be confident that Natural Awakenings magazine will be there every step of the way to assist on your wellness journey.

In health and happiness, 

claire

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