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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YogiNest w/ For Love & Lemons – Meditation & Breathwork to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

I recently had the privilege of collaborating with For Love & Lemons for their IGTV series called #FreshlySqueezedSessions. In this video I’ll be guiding you through a deep breathing and mindfulness exercise to reduce stress & anxiety. Check it out!

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

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Today I want to talk about negative thoughts. I’m very passionate about this topic and have been for a long time. I think it’s especially important right now, with everything that’s going on, and all the feelings and emotions that may be coming up for you, for all of us. 5 years ago when I started my business I quickly noticed a trend, people were afraid to have negative thoughts. I wanted to know where this fear came from and scoured the internet. I noticed another trend whilst scouring, particularly in my field, a narrative about predominantly thinking positive thoughts in order to be happy & live the life you want. Before I say anything else, let me say that I fully encourage a positive mindset, I think it’s an incredible mindfulness tool, BUT YOU’RE ALSO HUMAN & IT’S OKAY TO HAVE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! 

Let me say it again for the people in the back… IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY!

When I coach clients about negative thoughts & emotions my line of thinking is this; let the thought come up, acknowledge it & then ask questions. You can learn a lot about yourself during this process of self-discovery. Why did I have this thought? Where did it come from? What’s going on in my life or in this moment to make me feel this way? Maybe you need a good cry. Maybe you need to scream into a pillow. Take a long shower. Have some time alone. Go for a long walk. Maybe you need to meditate, journal, or talk to a therapist. Thoughts will come and go, it’s part of the human condition, so let them come, acknowledge them, process them, and then deal with them in real time. For me, when coaching, it’s not about the thought, it’s about how long you live in that negative state. You can’t live there, that’s not good for health, but shoving all your feelings down isn’t good for your health either. You need to process feelings and emotions as they come up. So here’s how I do it:

I have a negative thought 😟

I acknowledge it – I see you… 👀🧠

I ask questions; Where did you come from? Why are you bumping around in my head? What’s going on in my life right now that bred this thought? Okay, I think I have enough information, now what?

I need tools to help me process these uncomfortable feelings & emotions. What tools are available to me, that will also work for me? 

PAUSE… I can give you a list of 10,000 incredible tools, but the trick is, you have to pick ones that resonate with you so you’ll do them, commit to them, come back to them & and they actually provide results for you. So find what works for you, the following are just a few suggestions…

You could process your feelings via journaling, meditating, physical movement, discussing struggles with a friend or therapist, getting outside, taking a day off to rest and recover, etc. There are so many incredible tools out there to help you process feelings in real time! Carve some time out of your day to find the tools that work best for you.

Moral of the story, IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY, especially right now! Give yourself the freedom to feel whatever you need to feel. Then process those feelings, and move on. You can be grateful that you’re not sick, while also feeling afraid of losing your job. You can be thankful that your fridge is full of food, while also feeling really sad that you can’t go to dinner with friends and family. It’s all okay. It does not mean you’re a demon spawn from hell, you’re just human 👽

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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