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

Healing Trauma Requires Consistency – Try This 6-Week Consistency Challenge

How would you define trauma?

I bet everyone has a slightly, if not drastically, different definition of trauma or opinion of what a truly traumatic experience would be. 

Merriam-Webster defines trauma as; an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent; a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset; an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma.

I would without a doubt describe what the world is going through as traumatic. I’m familiar with trauma, I’m a survivor myself & I coach my clients through past & present traumatic experiences via mindfulness, meditation, mindset coaching & yoga. 

No matter what your definition might be there’s 1 thing I know for sure; healing, growth & change require consistency. 

A consistent healing practice makes ALL the difference & right now we all could use a dose of consistency in our lives. The world feels like it’s gone mad and it’s hard to grasp or wrap your head around.

So here’s my challenge for you…

1st – Ask yourself what helps you find peace, calm & healing in times that feel overwhelming, painful, or traumatic? Make a list, of let’s say 10-20 things that elicit the above mentioned feelings. It might be therapy, a support group, meditation, going for a walk, taking a bath, journaling, talking to someone you love, the possibilities are endless.

2nd – Commit to incorporating at least 6 of these things into your schedule. Feel free to do more, but don’t do less than 6. I want you to actually put it on your calendar, like you would a meeting for work or an appointment with your doctor. Each week, for 6 weeks, I want you to do at least 1 thing from your list that brings balance, consistency, peace, calm & healing back into your life. 

You’d be surprised how healing a little consistency can be, how “normal” it can make you feel when the world around you is everything but, how much more balanced you’ll feel when you incorporate even 1 thing into your schedule that makes you feel a little less like you’re spiraling & are lacking control over traumatic experiences that are no fault of your own. 

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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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