Listen To Your Body

How often do you get quiet enough to truly listen to the signs your body is sending you? 

A great example is eating something that upsets your stomach over & over & over again…guilty 👋🏽 The upset tummy is the message!!! That’s just one example, but our bodies send us thousands, millions of messages all the time…begging us to slow down, eat, get more sleep, exercise, eat better, manage our stress levels, etc.

I learned a very hard lesson when I got diagnosed with Lupus. Your body will go to great lengths to get your attention if you won’t listen to all the little cues along the way. 

I had SO many issues before I finally fell flat on my face with a chronic disease that currently has no cure. I wish I knew then what I know now…

On Tuesday I posted about carving out just 3 minutes per day to focus on your physical and/or mental health, this is how I began my journey to remission. Not joking! 

I would set a timer to go off every day & for 3 minutes I would get quiet enough to reflect on how I was feeling that day & what I thought I needed more and/or less of. My 3 minutes started with journaling. Do not underestimate this technique, it was my daily journals that revealed a pattern in my symptoms & that documented pattern lead my doctor to the tests that ultimately determined that Lupus was causing 90% of my health issues.

Once diagnosed I bought 75 books on autoimmune diseases & got to work 🤪 To this day I still set a timer to go off every day but I spend more time focusing on my physical/mental health now. I started by bumping it up to 10-15 minutes, then 20-30, some days I’m even able to squeeze in a solid 60 min. The more important thing was that I was creating a healthy daily habit filled with all sorts of modalities that were making me better. 

Some days 3 minutes is truly all you’ll have, some days you’ll get a solid 60 minutes & that’s awesome, but what truly matters is that you dedicate time to take care of YOURSELF, every day! 

It took me 3 years to put myself into remission…but I AM IN REMISSION! How cool is that! It took time & dedication but I did it & so can you! 

Take care of yourself, today, tomorrow & every day!

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Confident & Happy In Your Own Skin!

How comfortable is it for you to be alone with your thoughts?

Confession – I used to think I was just an extremely extroverted human in my younger years. It was rare that I didn’t have plans. I filled every second with something; work, school, friends, insert distraction, insert distraction, insert distraction.

Years later & thousands of dollars in therapy 😂 I realized all I was trying to do was avoid, avoid, avoid. I was avoiding all of my uncomfortable feelings & emotions. It’s sad really. I often wonder how many people are living their lives like this & don’t realize their completely burned out by their own distraction tactics. I know I was & it took some digging, hard work & commitment to figure it out.

Truth -Today I can honestly say that I love hanging out with myself 🤣 and with very little distractions. In fact, I’m more introverted now than ever. I’m 100% comfortable being alone with myself & my thoughts & I owe this to my exceptional therapist, dedication & mindfulness.

More truth – Getting to this point was PAINFUL! It was not pleasant work at all 😩 Rummaging through all those neglected feelings & emotions was HORRIBLE (just trying to set up realistic expectations of the process, haha).

BUT…it was SO worth it! I’m so glad I stuck it out, ugly cried 1 billion times & cared for all those feelings & emotions that deserved my time & attention, because now they’ve been put to rest.

Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT perfect, FAR from it, but now when a sneaky upsetting feeling or emotion pops up I know how to deal with it in real-time & I’m over it in less than 24 hours 🎉

I’m here to ask, to beg you, to dedicate time to healing old wounds, nurturing painful feelings & emotions & making your mental health a priority! The payoff is priceless. Not only will you have an incredible relationship with yourself but all of your relationships will flourish because when you’re happy in your own skin it permeates every aspect of your life.

Do one small thing today, or sometime this week, to help you get closer to nurturing parts of yourself that have been longing for attention. Take care of you so you can be fully present for others ❤️

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Meditation & Mindfulness – Tip #1 – Start Small & Keep It Simple

When a new client comes to me and says, “I can’t meditate, I’ve tried and I just can’t do it,” the first thing I ask them is how long they’re trying to meditate for?⁠

⁠Almost every single time the answer is somewhere between 20-30 minutes! This is WAY too long for a beginner meditator and in my opinion, will absolutely set you up for “failure.”⁠

⁠So here’s my best advice, start small & keep it simple!⁠

⁠Use an app like Insight Timer or Headspace. Both of these apps have meditations for beginners. ⁠

⁠Choose a meditation that’s between 2-5 minutes MAX! You can filter this out in these apps, actually, you can tailor the entire meditation directly to your specific needs at that moment. ⁠

⁠For example, in Insight Timer, I can click on the search icon, type in what I’m looking for, we’ll use “beginner” for this example, hit search, choose “audio,” and then I can sort the results by rating, length, female or male voice, background music or none, etc. I believe personalizing your meditation experience like this makes it more enjoyable and easier to digest.⁠

⁠If you’d prefer not to spend time customizing your meditation experience so be it. On Insight Timer you can click on the home icon, choose “guided,” filter by time, and choose a meditation from the drop-down list. Headspace is similar, you’ll choose “meditate” on the home screen, click on the search icon, choose a category, let’s say “beginning meditation” for this example, and choose the first meditation under “start here.”⁠

⁠Once this becomes a simple habit for you consider adding either more time to your meditations or increase the number of times you meditate per week.⁠

⁠This technique has turned all my non-meditators into pro meditators.⁠

⁠If need any guidance or further suggestions please reach out 🤗

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Unplug & Regroup

It’s okay to put down all the things that feel heavy, all the things that aren’t currently serving you, all the things that are causing you mental distress.

It doesn’t make you a bad person. You’re no good to yourself or anyone else if you’re mentally drained and depleted. 

Put it down, unplug & walk away. Regroup and come back recharged, happier & healthier.

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Quote by @miss_mental0

Break Old Habits With Mindful Awareness

Did you know you have the power to change the physical structure of your brain, just by being more aware of how you talk to yourself, the quality of your thoughts & paying more attention to your breath?

Enter mindful awareness…

Would you talk to someone the way you talk to yourself? If you saw someone smash their knee into a coffee table would you say, you’re a clumsy idiot? My guess is no. If someone you loved didn’t get the promotion they were hoping for would you say, of course you didn’t, you’re not smart enough, you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve it? I’m gonna go with a hell no on this one unless you’re a monster!

Why do we talk to ourselves this way? Does it have something to do with the way we were raised? Or the way others have treated or talked to us? Is it so ingrained in us that we can’t help ourselves & it just comes out? No matter where this self-critical dialogue came from there’s hope. 

You have the power to change your experience with life’s stressors, anxieties, trauma & painful or depressing events & it’s easier than you think. Bonus, you can change the structure of your brain just by changing the conversation you have with yourself about your daily experiences. 

It’s this simple 👇🏽

Depressed Experience = Something caused me to feel depressed. This is an opportunity to learn more about myself; what makes me tick, what makes me happy, what makes me sad, what I need more of & what I need to let go of? This is an opportunity to learn…  

Stressful Experience = Being late is stressful. If I left earlier it would give me more time to combat the unknown & heavy traffic. If I leave earlier & plan better I will be less stressed. This is an opportunity to learn…

If you can implement this simple change in your daily conversations with yourself you have the opportunity to:

👉🏽 Break old/bad habits & build new ones

👉🏽 Develop healthier awareness & understanding of stressful/painful experiences

👉🏽 Learn & grow from stressful/painful experiences

👉🏽 Build a more loving relationship with yourself, which will help you…

👉🏽 Build better relationships with others

👉🏽 Open your mind to new coping mechanisms/perspectives

👉🏽 Rewire the brain’s neural pathways  

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Heal the root…not the symptoms!

On a scale of 1-10 (1 = little to no stress & 10 = max stress) how stressed are you right now? 

Did you know that roughly 7 in 10 people suffer from stress-related physical & emotional issues! 

COVID, politics, finances, work, relationships, the environment, global unrest, health & wellness, cost of food, access to food & water…these are just a few things that could be affecting your level of stress. It can be incredibly overwhelming, I see you & I feel you.

So here’s what I want to address today – treating the SYMPTOMS of stress/emotional pain vs. the ROOT CAUSE. It has become “normal” to cover up pain & trauma, or shove it down, instead of nurturing & healing the root cause of stress & emotional pain. That might look something like taking medication, numbing it w/ destructive lifestyle choices, or trying to ignore that it exists even though it’s still affecting us in a big way.

Imagine this scenario – There’s a water leak in your house & it’s begun to damage your walls & destroy the paint. Instead of getting to the ROOT of the problem, you decide to buy some pretty wallpaper & cover it up. This is an example of treating the SYMPTOM! The water leak still exists, it was never fixed. So every time it leaks it causes damage to the paint & the wallpaper & whatever you chose to do to cover up what the leak does to the brand new wallpaper. It’s never going to stop causing damage because the leak still exists!

Apply this to whatever root causes are creating stress & emotional pain/trauma for you.

It’s incredibly important that we dedicate time to understand what is causing our emotional/physical stress, pain & trauma. It’s not always a fun process, but it won’t just go away by covering it up with pretty wallpaper or paint. The world is noisy right now, it’s so loud! Take some time to be quiet with yourself, to explore your environment…is it safe, is it nurturing you, is it making you happy? Do you need to make some adjustments? Do you need to fix a leak?

This is the work of true healing. Focus on the root, not just the symptom.

Some ways to get started:
▫️ Therapy
▫️ Support groups
▫️ Mindset coaching – That’s me – I can help you ❤️
▫️ Meditating
▫️ Journaling

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