People who know me know that I have spent a lot of time traveling and living overseas. There’s almost nothing I love more than being in a new place where everything is different. It is definitely not always easy, but it gives you a perspective you can’t really get in a 9-5 life.
One of the beautiful things I was lucky enough to experience while living in Thailand is the idea of sanuk. Continue reading Joy and Happiness as a Way of Life
How to turn a crappy day around.
Have you ever had a day when it felt like the entire universe was conspiring against you? The “everything goes wrong from dumping coffee in your lap to stepping in dog poop and smearing it all over the interior of your car while you drive down the road and almost have an accident because you’re desperately trying to figure out where the hell the smell is coming from” kind of day…and it’s only 8:15. Yeah. We’ve all been there. Some days can be pretty rough, but you have the power to turn it around. Here are my favorite quick tips to boost your mood instantly. Continue reading Quick tips to boost your mood instantly
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???Well 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!
The holidays are a time for peace, joy and love. For relaxing with your family. Creating wonderful memories of magical gifts and delicious meals. Everything perfect right??! Maybe not exactly.
It is easy to fall into the trap of expectations and the desire to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas. The reality of shopping, crazy relatives, running around, the extra cookies and cocktails, expectations from your family, not to mention the cost can create a lot of stress and anxiety.
Here are three important things to keep in mind this holiday season to help you feel more calm, relaxed, and able to cope with all the added stress that comes with this time of year.
Let It Go
No, I’m not encouraging you to go buy every blue Disney princess thing you can get your hands on. Trying to create the most magical holiday ever can really stress you out. It is important to acknowledge these feelings when they come up. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, take a deep breath in. Christmas can be an emotional roller coaster, so try to let go of your desire for everything to be perfect.
Take it Easy
There is always so much that needs to get done. All the shopping, decorating, parties and travel. This time of year we are often so focused on buying just the right gifts and making it perfect for the people we love, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Often the more you try to do the worse your anxiety becomes. The best way to deal with this is to make some time for yourself. Go for a walk, take some time to stretch, have an early night and curl up with a good book or watch your favorite film. Or you could even work out. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and you don’t have to wait until the 1st to get started on your resolutions! By taking time for yourself you will be able to be more calm and happy for yourself and others.
Ask for help
You may feel like there is an expectation to be happy and keep a smile on your face. The truth is when you are feeling stressed or experiencing a lot of anxiety, this expectation can make your feelings even worse. Take the time to talk to someone about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Don’t feel like hitting every party? That’s perfectly fine, just remember to take it easy and relax.
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