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My pandemic do’s & don’ts… What are yours?


In addition to limiting the amount of negative news I digest & keeping track of what I’m grateful for, I’m also keeping a list of promises I’ve made to myself during this challenging time. I look at this list EVERY DAY! It’s there to remind me what my do’s & don’ts are while traversing the ups & downs of this pandemic. What do’s & don’ts have you implemented to keep yourself physically & mentally healthy during COVID? Let me know in the comments👇🏽Here’s my list ❤️⁠⠀
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DO:⁠⠀
👍🏽 Move your body for a minimum of 10 minutes per day⁠⠀
👍🏽 Continue to eat healthy⁠⠀
👍🏽Stay in touch with friends & family – Especially those who are living alone⁠⠀
👍🏽 At least 1 mindfulness exercise per day for a minimum of 10 minutes – Breathwork, meditation, etc.⁠⠀
👍🏽 Keep your brain active; read, puzzles, draw, play games, etc.⁠⠀
👍🏽 Brain dump every morning & every night before you go to bed – This is basically just stream of conscious writing in my journal – I set a timer for 3-5 minutes depending on how much time I have and I don’t stop waiting until the timer goes off⁠⠀
👍🏽 Get ready @ least 3 days per week – I do my hair and makeup like I’m going out & it feels SO good! It’s all about mindset!⁠⠀
👍🏽 Get outside!⁠⠀
👍🏽 Think about what you’re most looking forward to when this is over ⁠⠀
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DON’T:⁠⠀
🚫 Over do it with news⁠⠀
🚫 Get lazy⁠⠀
🚫 Forget there are ways to be social without being physically social – Houseparty, Zoom, etc.⁠⠀
🚫 Eat like crap ⁠⠀
🚫 Find yourself in a web of complaints & feeling sorry for yourself. You’re luckier than most! ⁠⠀
🚫 But also, don’t shove your feelings down either – It’s okay to not be okay – Just don’t allow yourself to live there for too long⁠⠀
🚫 Forget about your practice – Continue to do yoga, meditation, breathwork, mindfulness ⁠⠀
🚫 Focus only on the bad things that are happening⁠⠀
🚫 Develop bad habits – Mainly don’t be a couch potato⁠⠀
🚫 Smother your boyfriend or your pets, lol :)⁠

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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Gratitude Journal Writing Prompt

This week at YogiNest is all about gratitude, so I created this writing prompt to help you, during this mandatory pause, to do just that…to pause and think about what makes you tick, what makes you most happy and fulfilled, and what you’re most grateful for even when the world around you feels like it’s falling apart. Take a moment to ask yourself the following 5 questions 👇🏽Spend some time on this and write your answers down in your journal or on a scratch piece of paper. It doesn’t matter where you write it, what matters is that you’re taking a moment, for yourself, to think about the people in your life that make you feel loved, to think about what makes you happy & what you’re most looking forward to when this is all over. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and even though things might be lost or look different at the end of this chapter, there will still be glimmers of hope…what are your glimmers of hope👇🏽   ⁠

1. List 3 things you’re grateful for⁠

2. Name 3 people that make you feel loved. Why? Can you take a few minutes out of your day to reach out to them and let them know?⁠

3. List 3 things that make you happy⁠

4. What are 3 self-care things you can do today that could help you find relief from stress?⁠

5. What 3 things are you most looking forward to after quarantines have been lifted?

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

What are you grateful for?

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the depressing news, statistics, quarantine extensions & heaviness that surround COVID-19. All that stuff is important & we should absolutely stay informed, but we also need to balance the bad with good so we don’t spiral. This week, all I want to focus on is gratitude! In some way, shape, or form, we’re all being affected by this virus, but we also have things we can be grateful for too. This moment of pause has highlighted a lot of things for me. I’m lucky I have such a strong mindfulness practice or the negative thoughts would consume me, but somewhere in between & underneath all the pain I feel for everyone on this planet I’ve also discovered a great deal of things to be grateful for. What are you grateful for? What is keeping you sane during this absolutely crazy time? Here’s my list, I can’t wait to see yours 🙌🏽

⁠❤️My health. I have Lupus & feel lucky to have remained healthy during this challenging time.⁠⠀

❤️The health of my friends & family⁠⠀

❤️My boyfriend, who refuses to let me do anything that would put me at risk of getting sick. Thank you for taking such good care of me ❤️⁠⠀

❤️The roof over my head⁠⠀

❤️Food in my fridge⁠⠀

❤️My pets, no clue what I would do without them. They lighten even the darkest of times.⁠⠀

❤️My mindfulness practice, keeping me from the depths of sadness & depression. Teaching me how to stay balanced & process negative feelings as they come up so they don’t spiral out of control⁠⠀

❤️Pen & paper – Such a simple thing, but SO therapeutic! Writing, drawing, coloring, painting. Forever grateful to express feelings & emotions this way⁠⠀

❤️Books!⁠⠀

❤️Nature – Don’t worry, I’m not getting anywhere near another human, but don’t think I’m not walking my pup in our neighborhood. 10 minutes outside makes all the difference⁠⠀

❤️Technology – Without it I wouldn’t be able to talk to my friends & family near & far, let alone see their faces! I’m thankful for platforms that allow me to play games with my friends & interact during quarantine. It also allows me to continue to teach my clients, which is SO incredible!⁠⠀

⁠I could go on & on but I’d love to hear your list…your turn 😘Let me know what you’re grateful for in the comments.

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. You can sign up for your FREE consultation below. Be well & take care of each other ❤️

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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Navigating COVID-19 With An Autoimmune Disease

I want to talk about navigating a pandemic when you have an autoimmune disease. Living with an autoimmune disease on a normal day is challenging. Once you’ve been doing it for a while it just becomes part of your daily routine and you barely notice it anymore, but other people definitely do, lol 😂I wash my hands profusely. I can’t share food with pretty much anyone, ever. I can’t spend too much time in the sun, lay on the beach, take a hot yoga class, or camp when it’s too cold or too hot. I have to keep my stress levels low. Running makes my knees swell up like balloons, and I’m always afraid of flaring, ending up in the hospital, and facing a mountain of medical debt. Fast forward to pandemic… multiple all of this by 10,000 and then add a triple dose of stress & fear!

If you are struggling with an autoimmune disease the best advice I can give you is to find a way to keep your stress levels WAY down! I know this is scary, I’m feeling it too, but stress will greatly impact your immune system, and you need that sucker to keep you strong and healthy right now! 

Ways to reduce stress 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
Meditation, breathwork, move your body at least once per day, get plenty of sleep, journal, keep in touch with friends & family often, take a bath or hot shower, go for a secluded walk with a mask and gloves (stay away from other people), listen to music, draw or paint. What makes you happy? What helps you reduce stress? Don’t forget to do these things now more than ever.

Obviously you should also be very strict about social distancing & wash your hands! You should only go out when you absolutely must, otherwise have someone else run errands for you if at all possible. I have not entered a public facility since the quarantine. My boyfriend is running all errands, and he’s wearing a mask and gloves so he doesn’t come home and get me sick. If you’re on the Nextdoor app I’m sure you’ll find plenty of posts about people who are willing to do your shopping for you, I’ve seen it many times over the last few weeks. Find someone to help you and stay inside. Delivery services can be very helpful and I know a lot of pharmacies are offering free deliveries right now as well.

If you need someone to talk to send me a DM. I’m a good listener and I understand what you might be going through, you don’t have to do this alone ❤️

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time. Be well & take care of each other!

Photo by: @jessicaczarneckiphoto

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

Meditation: Embracing Uncertainty

In light of current events, I wanted to guide you through a meditation about embracing uncertainty. I don’t think there’s a single person on this planet that hasn’t been touched by this crisis and I’d like to help you find some comfort & ease in a time when that seems near impossible. All you need is a comfortable place to sit or lie down, with little to no distractions.

Carve some time out of your day to take care of your mental health. To ease some of the stress & anxiety that this crisis has brought into your life. I hope, if even for a moment, you can find calmness amidst the sea of troubling news. 

Take a moment to breathe & connect to your body! Stress can weaken the immune system, and meditation can help to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which can help you find balance.

Calm your racing mind and dive into a guided journey of self-reflection. What fears, worries, and uncertainties lay before you? How will you persevere? How will you navigate this crisis? What lessons will you learn from this? How will this trying time provide growth and strength for the person you’ll be on the other side of this? The world will look different when the dust settles & we will have to acclimate. This experience will also change you, you will not be the same person after all is said and done, but you will get through this. We will get through this. One step at a time.

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. I’d love to help you through this incredibly hard time.  

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Self-Reflection In Times Of Uncertainty

We are living in unprecedented times. Very few things in my lifetime have felt this overwhelming & uncertain. Every day the numbers mount & there’s never really any clear information about when this will end & what our lives will look like when things are back to “normal.” If there was ever a time to learn how to lean into and embrace uncertainty, it’s now. The reality is, before COVID, we already lived with a lot of uncertainty. Tomorrow has never been promised to any of us, but we woke up like we do every day, went to work like we do every day, and carried on like we do every day. So how can we bring that same attitude to this situation? Things will clearly look different, now & once quarantines are lifted, but what can we do right now to embrace uncertainty? If you live in California you’re familiar with the yearly fires, they can be devastating, but fires are also very cleansing. Many ecosystems need destructive flames to function properly. Forest fires have even been called, “nature’s cleansing act.” So what does this have to do with COVID & uncertainty? What I’ve learned about fires and what I’ve learned from some of the most intensely painful parts of my life is that the most beautiful transformations come from the most destructive experiences. Humans have lived through countless traumatic experiences, but we thrive and survive, hopefully a little smarter, wiser, kinder and more loving than we were previously. Times like this, when looked at through the right lens, have the opportunity to be the most profound learning experiences of our life! When faced with pain, turmoil & uncertainty, you can give up, or you can fight the good fight and make your life better, or someone else’s life better, or the world a better place to live in. This mandatory pause and unwelcome upheaval of our lives is an opportunity to learn, not only about who we are, but from the mistakes and missteps that have brought us here today. How can we lean into uncertainty and make life better once we’ve pushed through the rubble? What have you learned about yourself during this arduous time? What can you do to make your life better, or someone else’s life better? What can we do as a whole to make sure something like this never happens again? Will we take this opportunity to grow & learn & change? Can you turn this time of uncertainty into a time of growth instead? Food for thought… 

Together we will get through this xoxo

For the entire month of April I am offering new clients the opportunity to pay what you can for virtual coaching sessions in meditation, mindfulness, breathwork & yoga. Now more than ever we need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves both physically & mentally. Let me help you through this incredibly hard time. Wellness for all ❤

Book a session today! You may fill out our contact form, call us at 323-849-0039 or shoot us an email jenna@yoginest.com

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