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Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here again and with it holiday stress.  Between the work that goes into getting ready, all the way through to your crazy relative shouting about politics at the table, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. It’s no wonder so many of us throw back the cocktails and overeat pie.  Despite the challenges Thanksgiving can bring, you have the ability to remain calm and relaxed when you practice these few easy steps. Continue reading Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed This Thanksgiving

Gratitude- How it affects you and why it’s so important

With 100,000+ hits on YouTube at last check, you may have already seen this adorable video of the little girl who is given a paperclip as a gift.  Beyond being seriously cute (almost as cute as the little girl that rules my house with glitter and tutus) it has a beautiful message about gratitude.   It got me thinking, why is gratitude so important? It feels good and doesn’t take much effort, but what is it affecting?

The answer is a lot, and it all relates back to your happiness.  Here are some of the big ones. Continue reading Gratitude- How it affects you and why it’s so important

Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety

anxiousFeeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety is a very personal experience.

In the past, when I had a lot of stress and anxiety in my day-to-day life, my stomach was always a mess.  Occasionally I would even have mini panic attacks. I’ll never forget the first time it happened.  I was on a business trip and had to pick up a rental car, something I had done countless times before.  There I was sitting in the parking garage when all of a sudden I felt completely overwhelmed. I couldn’t catch my breath and I had a tight feeling in my chest.  It was really frightening, but I was also embarrassed by my lack of control. Continue reading Fast and effective trick to beat stress and anxiety

How to handle stress with self-hypnosis

meditation made easyHow many times when you’ve been stressed has someone told you to ‘just calm down’ or ‘be more positive’?  Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows I love my inspirational quotes, but when you are truly feeling stressed out, it’s important to recognize it and take action.

Stress has a way of clouding your brain.  When you relax, it becomes easier to think more clearly, which can lead to better decision making. The more relaxed you feel, the more normalized other physical processes like sleep and digestion become.  Reducing stress can even increase your libido! Continue reading How to handle stress with self-hypnosis

Find Your Calm

calmWhen clients come to see me it can be for just about any reason.  Sometimes I think I’ve heard everything – that is until the next person walks in the door.  But there is one thing my clients have in common.  No matter what the issue, ultimately every person wants to feel calmer and more centered.

When we are calm it is easier to clear our mind, bring in peace, feel more connected and be happier.  It can even lead to greater health.

We are all guilty of checking out to unwind (Facebook anyone…?) If you are looking for a way to truly calm your mind, here are some of my favorite tips to help you find some inner peace.
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Meditation Made Easy

I wonder if there was one thing you could do to improve your memory, brain function, immunity, overall health, and happiness, would you do it?

What if it were free and only took 5 minutes?  Sounds too good to be true, right???meditation made easyWell it isn’t.  Meditation is scientifically proven to have all of these benefits and more.  So, with all of these amazing benefits with so little commitment, why aren’t we all doing it?

Before I started practicing meditation, I was convinced it was something I couldn’t do.  My mind constantly went in a million different directions. If I sat still for more than five minutes, I was either uncomfortable or asleep.  It was something I wanted to do, but I just didn’t think I could do.  And this is something I have heard time and time again from new clients. So, here is a very simple easy way to get started:

 1. Get Comfortable:  Begin by sitting with your back straight, either in a chair or on the floor.  You want to be comfortable, but not so comfortable that you fall asleep. There is no ‘right way’ to hold your hands or tuck your legs.  Just do what feels right for you.

2. Look Up:  When you are comfortable, you can close your eyes and internally look up at that spot on your forehead just between your eyebrows. If it feels more natural for you to leave your eyes open and focus on an object, that’s fine too.  Like I said –do what feels right for you.

3. Breathe:  Begin to focus in on your breath. Notice how you can allow yourself to breathe deeply, naturally and easily.  While you are doing this, thoughts may come up and that is perfectly natural and okay.  When this happens, just gently return your focus to your breath.

It really is that simple.

Doing this for 5 minutes a day is all you need to get started.  Many people will experience different sensations or even emotions at some point while meditating.  This can take some practice, but the best way to deal with emotions is not by reacting, but by paying attention to where the feeling is in your body and breathing through it. This technique works really well if you are antsy and are having a hard time settling in. And, if you are having a hard time settling in because you are truly uncomfortable, then try other positions.

Do you have any tips you can share for helping someone get started with meditation?  I would love to hear them!