A Wellness Coach Shares the 1 Daily Self-Care Practice That Helps Her Feel "Connected"

Although working out and eating a healthy diet are important parts of a well-balanced life, self-care is just as importantKym Ventola, a wellness and business coach and founder of Nine Women's Retreat, emphasizes the importance of holistic wellness to her clients, because if you don't feel mentally or emotionally healthy, you won't feel physically healthy either. To get some insight, we spoke to Kym and asked her about her own daily wellness practices. She shared one in particular that she just can't get enough of.

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Personal Finance at NINE

For so many of us, the mere thought of dealing with our personal finances is enough to make us cringe. Imagine what life would feel like if the opposite were true – if each time you thought of your money you felt deep calm, clarity, and confidence! That is the goal of this talk. When women embrace financial well-being as part of their definition of overall well-being, magical things start happening for her, her family, and her community.

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Giving Perspective On Boundaries | Kym Ventola

"A mentor once reminded me of this while I was trying to heal, but continued to focus on the wrong thing. She said I was putting my energy and attention on the wrong person. Why give energy to those who hurt me or those who don’t make me feel safe or empowered? I started asking myself, 'Why wasn’t I deserving of that energy?!' But I am, and YOU are too. You are deserving of the energy to GET well and BE well."

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I Got My Face Cupped (Yes, My Face!), and Here's Why It Was the Best Self-Care Ever

If you've never had cupping done before, it's an ancient practice that uses a cupping tool to create suction on the skin by literally sucking up air into the cup (sometimes heat or fire is used, but I've never done that before), which reduces inflammation and aids in circulation. It's often used in conjunction with deep tissue massage or acupuncture, and it's extremely relaxing. While I was at the Nine For Women Wellness retreat, I got my first session of face cupping done with massage therapist and visual artist Lara Plecas. I have to admit, I was freaked out by the idea of having some foreign tool on my face, suctioning up my skin. I was nervous I was going to walk out with hideous hickeys on my face or the tool would accidentally suck too hard on my mouth and leave me with a swollen, busted-looking lip. Also, I was just plain afraid it would hurt!

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The Self-Care Mantra That Will Change the Way You Think About Health and Fitness

We're always creating excuses for ourselves when it comes to eating well, taking care of health, and exercising regularly. We tell ourselves we're too busy, work is too hectic, our family is asking too much of us, our friends need us, etc. But rather than falling prey to external circumstances and convincing ourselves that it's out of our control, Kym encouraged us to take control and create the life we want to live — not turn ourselves into the victim.

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Lindsay Lennartson
The NINE Woman

I created NINE because I know what it feels like to be lost. Years ago, my life felt false. I didn’t recognize my face or my voice. I didn’t know how to set boundaries; I lacked confidence and a voice.  I was judgmental. I was angry. I was scared. I didn’t know how to love myself the way I loved others. On the outside, it looked like I had it together. Inside, I felt like I was slowly dying.

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