2020 Stress Relief

2020 has tested me in ways I’ve never been tested before! How about you?⁠⠀

⁠Sometimes it can be hard to admit, as a wellness coach, that I too struggle with my thoughts & feelings. I’ve been challenged this year, I’m thankful for the challenge but’s it’s been a challenge nonetheless. ⁠⠀

⁠There isn’t enough space in this caption to tell you about all the things that have happened this year that ultimately changed who I am as a person. My guess is you’ve been through something similar, we all have. We’ve all been through so much, everyone, all over the world. Change is definitely coming but we still have a lot of work left to do. ⁠⠀

⁠That being said, I’d like to share 2 things that have helped me find relief from stress, anxiety & uncertainty the most this year. ⁠⠀

⁠✨ Be quiet, silent & alone as often as you need to in order to make sense of the craziness around you. There’s so much pressure to share all of our moments EVERYWHERE; Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, friends, family, etc., the list is never-ending. Kindly say no when you need time to yourself & do it without judgment of yourself or expectations from the world around you. I grow the most when I get quiet & then I come back to my world & the people in it a much better version of myself. ⁠⠀

⁠✨ Do the most simple thing you could ever possibly do, because you’re doing it right now… BREATHE, but do it with intention & concentration. The easiest thing you can do when you’re being tested like you’ve never been tested before is to come back to your breath. It almost seems too simple, right? Well, that’s because it is, you’re breathing right now, it’s a healing tool that’s accessible to you 24/7 & 365 days a year.⁠⠀

⁠Try it right now…⁠⠀

⁠😌 Take a great big inhale through your nose as you count to 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😙 Now let it all go as you exhale through the mouth, counting to 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😌 Inhale through your nose – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

😙 Exhale through the mouth – 1, 2, 3, 4⁠⠀

⁠Do this as many times as you need to. Do this until you feel your heartbeat slow down. Do this until you feel your body relax. Do this until you feel calm & collected & come back to it anytime you need to ❤️⁠⠀

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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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Mindful Movement & Yoga – Tip #1 – Explore

Think about exercise like dating…⁠

⁠EXPLORE! EXPLORE! EXPLORE!⁠

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I used to force myself to move my body in ways that did not feel good physically or emotionally. I did it because a friend did it and loved it and said I would too. I did it because it was the new thing. I did it because it was working for other people, but just like dating what works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for someone else.

So I started to explore LOTS of different options; yoga, pilates, cycling, weight-lifting, running, brisk walking, etc. etc. 

All this exploring lead to a healthy & harmonious relationship between moving my body in a way that felt physically good AND made me emotionally happy. 

BONUS…because I was happy, my body felt good, and I was seeing results I stuck with it! I wanted to work out, okay not all the time, but definitely more often than when I was forcing my aching Lupus joints to run in the blazing sun (two things that are typically big no-nos for people with Lupus) 😫 I looked forward to it because it was the right relationship for me. 

Instead of comparing my exercise experience with those around me, I stopped to ask myself what I wanted. I took some time to determine what I was looking for in the relationship. I was clear about what my goals were, how I wanted it to make me feel, how far I was willing to push myself to get there, and where my boundaries were. 

My advice for you is to make a list of types of exercises that seem interesting to you and then try them on for size. Ditch the ones that either don’t feel good in your physical body or leave you feeling bored, stressed, or anxious. The ones that feel good, excite you, stimulate you, and eventually lead to the results you were looking for are gold 👍🏽

Step 1: Find what feels good for YOU ❤️

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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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Benefits of Breathing Exercises

Breath = Life⁠ 🌱
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We must breathe to live, we must also breathe for our physical & mental well-being. Being conscious about the way in which we breathe can change everything. Take a moment today to take a few deep breaths for your health 😊😯
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Inhaling slowly & deeply through your nose. Opening the mouth and letting the breath go, along with any stress or anxieties that are keeping you from living your best life. Do this a few more times and feel everything external melt away, while also noticing that your internal self is relaxing and letting go 🙌🏽
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Any time you feel stress, anxiety, fear, anger or frustration grip you with all of it’s might come back to your breath and find balance and relief ✨
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Breathe…

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