ERC's 2020 Year of Self Care

It’s a New Year and a New You!  ERC is presenting you with the Year of Self-Care. We invite our members, employees, and social media followers to join us in a self-care practice for each month of 2020. Each month, we will present a new practice that is a smaller, more manageable change that will lead you to a healthier lifestyle. The idea is to make changes bit by bit rather than all at once. ERC will be right there with you providing tips and encouragement for your practice.  We hope you find this enjoyable and helpful in making 2020 The Year of Self-Care.

Feb 10

February Self-Focus: Meditation

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 9:52 AM by Shalla Bennett

Meditation is a real buzz word these days.  You hear it everywhere.  There are classes and apps to help you meditate.  But, the great thing about meditation is that it is free.  It is a self-care practice that you can do on your own with no financial investment.  Plus, there is no wrong way to meditate.  It's just a way of relaxing and giving your brain a break from stress.  According to the Mayo Clinic article, "Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress," When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
Let's get started on meditation as a great self-care practice for the month of February.  Try out this 20 minute video on Mindfulness Meditation. Take 20 minutes at work, in the morning, or before bed to listen and to focus on yourself.

Feb 07

Focusing on yourself is Hard

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 3:58 PM by Shalla Bennett

2020 Year of Self Care: Are you finding it difficult to fit February's practice of 20 Minutes of Self-Focus into your daily routine? It sounds easy but with kids, a spouse, work and more it can be difficult to prioritize yourself. Maybe we can help you rework your schedule! We offer classes every weekday from 12:15 - 12:45 designed specifically for that lunchtime slot in your day. Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for Butts & Guts, a quick 30-minute intense body sculpt
ing workout concentrating primarily on strengthening the core muscles. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we offer Core Madness, a 30-minute class that will help develop core strength, longer, leaner muscles and teaches precise control in all movements. Our instructors, Janet and Carla are excited to welcome all new comers and would love to help you meet your self-care goals. Photo by Danielle Cerullo on Unsplash

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Feb 05

Time to Yourself

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 10:40 AM by Shalla Bennett

Photo by Fernando Brasil on Unsplash

Research is beginning to show that there are some real benefits to focusing on yourself and spending time alone. By doing this, a person can enjoy things at their own pace and in their own way. Being alone is not the same as being lonely and by spending time with yourself, you allow yourself to relax, reflect, learn and grow.