S.T.O.P

S = Stop⁠⠀

T = Take a breath⁠⠀

O = Observe⁠⠀

P = Proceed⁠⠀

⁠Anytime you start to feel stress or anxiety creep up use the acronym, STOP!!!⁠⠀

⁠Stop! Take a nice deep inhale through the nose. Notice how the air is cool as it enters the nostrils. Now take a nice long exhale out of the nose. Notice that the air is now warm. Take another deep breath in through the nose, but this time on your exhale open the mouth and let it go, finding release and relaxation. Observe where you are. Observe your thoughts and emotions. Observe how the physical body feels. Now proceed. ⁠⠀

⁠Use this acronym any time you feel the need to bring your body and mind back into balance.⁠⠀

⁠I have found that this simple little exercise has taught me how to respond to stress more effectively. It allows me to have more control over how I react and shortens the amount of time stress and anxiety has “control” over the present moment. ⁠⠀

⁠Save this blog post so you can come back to it anytime stress or anxiety starts creeping up, and share it with others that might find it useful. Happy Monday.

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You Are NOT Your “Disease”

When living with a chronic or terminal disease you have to talk about it a lot! I lived at the doctor’s office, I lived in hospitals, the dialogue was always about my disease. That eventually bled into all of my conversations with family, friends, people I had just met, etc. Two things happen, in my opinion, you get so used to talking about your disease that it just becomes natural to talk about it, and you become addicted. Just as someone gets addicted to a drug, or trauma, you become addicted to your “disease.” My disease, Lupus, became my crutch and excuse for everything, for all my problems. It was the reason I couldn’t do this or that, it was the reason I was a certain way, or acted a certain way…but it wasn’t. I was swimming in my own sorrow. Of course my disease is limiting, there truly were and are certain things I cannot do, but where did I draw the line… I didn’t.

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Rest & Recover

Rest is SO SO SO important. If I could workout 7 days a week I would BUT because I am a good yogi I allow myself one down day per week (typically Sunday), and one restorative day per week (typically mid-week, like Wednesday). Listen to your body! It will always tell you what it needs, you just have to listen. If you’re body is telling you that you need to workout like a maniac 7 days a week, be the boss and tell it to simmer down. When we overwork anything it becomes worn out, our bodies are no different. It needs rest to be healthy and happy. If you don’t give yourself time to recover from anything (work, illness, exercise) you will get sick, your body will eventually call it quits. So take one day off during the week, and also take one day to practice restorative work. That being said, take a look below for some easy restorative yoga poses. Practice safe my friends ❤ Continue reading “Rest & Recover”

A Gift Disguised As A Tragedy

I remember the exact moment of diagnosis like it happened yesterday. I remember the details explicitly; what I was wearing, who I was with, and where I was. My phone rang, caller ID said it was my doctor and my stomach flipped. I was waiting for results of a test that would determine whether or not I had Lupus. I raised the phone to my ear and she uttered results that somewhere inside I already knew where positive, I had Lupus. It was like everything you see in the movies. Everything around me slowed down, noises around me became faint, I took a deep breath, found a place to sit down and told her I’d call her back.

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