As a speaker, survivor and lifelover, I have a personal mission to…“inspire people to make a commitment to healthy living, turning hopes and intentions into the highest enjoyment of life.”
SO imagine how excited I was to present three wellness-inspired programs at a luxury spa with this exact vision!
Canyon Ranch is the world’s recognized leader in healthy living and luxury spa vacations, with destination spa resorts that have received countless awards and accolades for an innovative approach to health and fitness, and for the serene, relaxing and inspiring spa environments.
OK. So what does a spa have to do with mental health???
Taking care of yourself! Release the emotions by talking to a friend, therapist or life coach, exercising, drinking plenty of water, walking in nature or volunteering. Start a gratitude journal. Relax and watch a TV show. Smell a flower! What makes YOU feel good?
It was a great weekend, speaking (and performing!) on wellness, creativity, and joy — three of my favorite topics!
I also gave away some of my favorite creative secrets to building resilience
Canyon Ranch was an ideal spot for immersive performance… I got to perform excerpts of Gutless and Grateful in their beautiful library!
To say that the natural scenery that surrounds the beautiful Lenox location is breathtaking is one thing…but the art this was so thoughftully placed everywhere was exquisite, inspiring, and calming.
SO what turns a luxury spa into a total wellness Mecca?
Canyon Ranch has everything covered…
Thanks Canyon Ranch! This was truly the only wellness I needed this weekend!
Amy Oestreicher is touring “Gutless & Grateful,” her Broadway World-nominated one-woman autobiographical musical, to theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness to schools, hospitals, and international conferences. Learn about her art, music, theatre, advocacy, book, and inspiring story at or “tweet me at @amyoes!”
Today I was talking to someone, and we were agreeing how relapses often happen when things are going well, but we stray from maintaining joy in our lives. So when we come to a place of feeling totally joyless, we tend to relapse. I think we were touching on the same thing when you say we need a creative mindset to ourselves alive with a spark.
I’ve always tripped over the word “creative.” I’ve never quite grasped what that even means. I don’t feel like I’m creative.
How would you define creativity? What is it what makes things creative?
p.s. your art is AMAZING AND SUPER COOL!
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