The year 2016 is over (finally) and all of us are ready to move forward. Many of us want to move forward and made commitments to get fit, stay healthy, and just feel better in our "skin". While these are great commitments for 2017, sometimes we get stuck and need help on how to keep these commitments.

Here are 10 fun,simple, and holistic ways that you can do to achieve wellness for your, mind, body and spirit in 2017.

Spend A Spa Day At Home - at least once or twice a month take some time for self-care at home. Select a time when it is quiet and no one is around to disturb you. Take a long bath with essential oils (Lavender, Sweet Orange) and perhaps your favorite bath salts. Put a special natural mask on your face, with cucumbers over your eyes and relax while in the tube. Light some candles and relax. Listen to your favorite relaxing music. Pat yourself dry and apply your favorite body butter. Give yourself a pedicure and manicure. Drink some of your favorite relaxing tea and read a good book. Take some time to stretch your arms, back, neck, and legs. Pamper yourself, say loving things to yourself as you pamper your mind, body, and spirit. (go to http://praiseworkshealthandwellness.blogspot.com/2... for more suggestions on how to have a great spa day at home)

Try Clean Eating - eating clean is not as difficult as one might think. Basically, clean eating is eating foods that are not processed or minimally processed, handled or refined. Give it a try. Start first with increasing your fruits and vegetables ( go organic). Then begin to plan meals that are not using any processed foods. Cut down on as much sugar as possible, reduce your consumption of anything that is white (more than likely it has been processed). Refrain from drinking sodas and drink unfiltered juice rather than filtered juice. Clean eating is basically eating healthy and being aware of any processed foods that you can cut from your diet. You will be surprised how much better you will fee, and as a bonus, you might drop a few pounds!

Natural Hair Care - There are so many things you can do for your hair that is natural and healthy for your hair. Using natural hair care products will lessen your exposure to chemicals, and is less damaging to your hair. Try some homemade hair conditioners and minimize the amount of heat you put on your hair. Try a hot coconut oil treatment on your hair, or try a homemade shampoo. You can find many natural recipes on YouTube, and on many sites on the web for all types of hair.

Visit a Salt Room - Salt Therapy or Halotherapy has amazing healing effects. Some of the benefits include but are not limited to: improving mood, respiratory challenges, lymphatic system, reduced headaches and stress, increased energy, improved skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Salt Therapy is very popular in Europe and is getting more available in the United States. Visit a Salt Therapy room at least once a month. You will begin to see and feel the benefits!

Add Essential Oils To Your Daily Routine- Essential Oils are so easy to use and should be an important part of your wellness routine. Essential Oils can be used for many health issues as well as emotional ones. Essential Oils can help with weight loss, hormones, Diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleeplessness, focus, anxiety, stress, increased energy and much more.

Add Herbs To Your Food - Instead of using salt or other salty spices to season your food, try herbs. Choosing to us herbs can add wonderful flavor to your food. Herbs also have medicinal benefits. For example, basil has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Turmeric can reduce inflammation. Garlic has antibiotic benefits and helps to fight cancer. Cayenne can increase circulation and reduce the risk of heart problems. Look for opportunities to use herbs when cooking. You will increase the flavor in your food and increase your wellness.Take Nature Walks -Take a nature walk at least once a week. Not only is taking a walk good for you but there are many mental health benefits to taking nature walks. This activity can decrease depression, improve well-being, lower stress and anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Being surrounded by nature has a calming effect. If possible taking a 15 to 30-minute nature walk after work or on the weekend goes a long way to helping you to relax and enjoy life.

Practice Gratitude - One of the most simple ways to increase your overall wellness is to practice gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal and list those things for which you are grateful. At the end of your day before you go to sleep think of the things that happened that brought you joy and made you aware of how blessed you are. Start looking for things to be grateful for throughout the day. The more you practice gratitude, you will begin to feel more positive. Your focus throughout the day will start to shift and you will find yourself looking for that positive, grateful periods throughout the day.

Do Something You Love Everyday - doing something you love every day doesn't have to cost anything. You might love reading a great book you have put aside for another time. Perhaps you love crossword puzzles or preparing your favorite meal. Whatever it is, make it a priority to do something that makes you happy, something that gives you joy, something that you love, every day.

Be Quiet and Stay Present In The Moment -In this busy, stressful world, it is hard to just be still and quiet. But that isn't true. We need to make the commitment that every day we will take the time to just be. Allow yourself to be quiet and still. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let it out slowly and JUST BE. Listen to the sound within your body; listen to the birds. Try listening to the breeze outside or feel the breeze going across your face. Relax and let your mind, body and spirit be present in the moment. Push back any thoughts about the future or the past. Just enjoy that particular moment in time. Allow yourself to feel the moment and relax. Being quiet and staying present for just five minutes a day can go a long way in relieving stress, giving you a sense of peace, and re-energizing your spirit.

To find out more about how you can increase your wellness, reduce your stress and increase your joy go to Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond Holistic Living Academy