How To Manage Stress In Healthy Ways

⁠Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. It’s part of the human condition. Uncertainties & an inability to fully control life events are something we all have to deal with. It’s not hard to get overwhelmed. In fact these days it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, worry, isolation & panic.⁠

⁠It’s imperative to cultivate inner resources for dealing with these feelings. I’m here to try to equip you with as many coping strategies for dealing with the aforementioned feelings & emotions as possible. ⁠

⁠One way to take more control of your stress is to track it & find coping mechanisms that work for you.⁠

You can start by making a list of 10 or more things in your life that produce feelings of stress & anxiety. List the stressor, then write a brief description next to the stressor. For example, if you said “Driving in LA,” your description could be, “the constant traffic & noise makes me feel claustrophobic.” Now rate this on a scale of 1-10. With 1 being very little stress & 10 being an extreme amount of stress. 

You’ll want to keep this list somewhere that you can come back to it roughly every 3 months or so. Set a calendar event so you can keep track of what stressors maybe disappeared (remove or lower rating), which ones intensified (adjust rating & coping mechanism), and add & rate new stressors that presented themselves (come up with a coping mechanism for new stressor).  

⁠You’ll need to find coping mechanism that work for you but here are some helpful suggestions; get outside, meditate, exercise, breathwork, therapy, journal, etc. I’ve also added some guided writing prompts you can consistently come back to help manage your stressors & track habitual patterns. 

For the entire month of May 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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Mindful Morning/Evening Guided Writing Prompts

Try this simple writing prompt as a way to incorporate more mindfulness into your daily routine. Guided self-inquiry writing prompts like this can help you start your day out right & end your day with more calm & peace of mind ❤️

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What Is Mindfulness, Anyway?

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating moment to moment nonjudgmental awareness into your daily routine. Mindfulness can help to reduce stress & anxiety and bring balance and peace into your life. ⁠

⁠“Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” – ⁠Thich Nhat Hanh⁠

⁠When working with clients I specifically focus on mindfulness & meditation techniques that allow them to bring attention to whatever is coming up for them physically & mentally in their day-to-day lives without trying to change, manage, or shape their experience. The goal is to observe & let it be. Eventually this practice will lead you to greater knowledge about the root cause of these feelings & emotions. Once you get there, you’ll have a full mindfulness toolbox to reach into. These tools, along with your hard work, will allow you to begin to heal.⁠

⁠An easy way to bring mindfulness into your daily life is to ask yourself some simple questions every day. Guided writing prompts can help you track patterns in your life that might go unnoticed without closer attention. I’ve listed some below to choose from but you can also purchase journals with built in prompts online. The one I’ve used the most is:⁠ 📚The Five-Minute Journal⁠.⁠

⁠Until you find a method that works best for you, here are some questions to get you started ❤️  ⁠

⁠START OF DAY 🌞⁠
🧐Choose three words to describe your current state of mind?⁠

⁠🧐If your body could talk to you right now, what would it say? What does it need?⁠

⁠🧐If your feelings & emotions could talk to you right now, what would they say? What do they need?⁠⁠⁠

⁠🧐What are you most looking forward to today?⁠

⁠🧐What small thing can you do to make today better? ⁠

⁠⁠⁠END OF DAY 🌜🌛⁠
🧐List 3 things that brought you happiness today? ⁠

⁠🧐What’s 1 lesson you can take away from the experiences you had today?⁠

⁠🧐How could you have made today better?⁠

⁠🧐What can you do right now to prepare yourself, physically & mentally, for whatever you have planned for tomorrow?

For the entire month of May 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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Mental Health Matters Too

I love teaching yoga. I started YogiNest because of the positive effects yoga had on reducing my symptoms from Lupus, but the thing that really gets me going is the brain. I love everything about the brain. I nerd out hard about the brain. Which leads me to mindfulness & mindset coaching. Multiply how much I love teaching yoga by 1,000 and that’s how much I love being a mindset coach! ⁠

Like many others I’ve suffered multiple major traumas in my life. When I was younger I had no idea what to do with my feelings and emotions. I REALLY wish I knew about meditation & mindfulness practices when I was younger, things would have been so different for me. I’m so grateful I know about it now and that I get to share it with others.⁠

As the days and months go by with this pandemic I’ve noticed a major uptick in stress, anxiety, and depression; and it breaks my heart! We need to wear face masks, we need to wash our hands, we need to keep our distance, we need to open our economy back up. This is all I hear about every day on the news, and it’s all true, but why isn’t anyone talking about how to maintain our mental health?⁠

If our brain isn’t happy & healthy nothing in our life is going to function properly, so why isn’t anyone talking about this? These feelings are tricky to traverse, even as adults. I see it every day. This is what I do for a living! ⁠

Here in LA things are still very much shut down & I’m really starting to see the negative effects it’s having on my clients & the people around me. I’m here to help in any way that I possibly can. ⁠

I will absolutely 100% continue to pepper yoga stuff into my feed, because movement is therapy too, but I want to provide as many mindset coaching tips as I possibly can right now. The world needs it!⁠

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed know that I am here for you. Message me, call me. I’m not a doctor but I’m a very good listener. I’m a shoulder to lean on. You are not alone!

For the entire month of May 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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Choosing The Right Exercise Plan For You

Did you guys know I have Lupus, I never talk about it so I wasn’t sure, lol 😂 Today I want to talk about my yoga/exercise experience while struggling with an inflammatory disease. Before we get started let me explain, my body is mad at me A LOT! I have built a very strong preventative medicine toolbox over the years & I feel better than ever but I’ve definitely struggled & still do from time to time. Throughout the years I’ve dealt with fighting kidney & pancreas failure, permanent muscle atrophy, chronic infections in my heart & lungs, confusion & memory loss, LOTS of body aches & pain & chronic inflammation in my entire body…to name a few things. Finding a form of exercise that doesn’t add to the physical & mental pain has been a STRUGGLE.  I can’t run, I can’t overheat, I can’t do anything high impact & let me tell you, yoga is not one-size-fits-all. 

It took a long time for me to test out a lot of different yoga styles & forms of exercise to find what works for me, so here’s my best advice…DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU & ONLY YOU! 

Block everything else out! I don’t care if someone else with Lupus can run, I can’t & it makes me feel like shit, so I don’t do it. Instead I do incline training. I can’t do Plyometrics, HIIT or CrossFit; but I can hike & do yoga & pilates. I can’t do hot yoga, but I can do all the Iyengar yoga I want. 

Everyone is different & we all need different things. I know there’s a lot of noise out there, lot’s of opinions, lot’s of advice, but I’m here to tell you, only my advice matters…just kidding, lol 😂 Jokes aside, all that matters is what feels good in your physical & mental body. Play with lots of different stuff, test it out, if you hate it & your body hates it move on to something else. I promise you’ll find something you love that also agrees with whatever “ailments” you’re dealing with, I did ❤️

This is a personal journey, don’t let anyone tell you any different. There are SO many choices to pick from, take some time to figure out what works for you & take care of the only body (home) you’ll ever have ❤️If yoga happens to be your #1 pick you should hire YogiNest to train you, I hear they’re the best… I had to 🤣

For the entire month of May 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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