Here are a couple of articles to reference when you are experiencing a physical response to stress. Remember the mind-body connection?! Not only is it common for this kind of reaction to occur sometimes it is necessary. Thank your body for giving you these signals and allow the release and healing to occur!
I'm adding Holistic Health Practitioner to the resume! It is all interconnected...mind, body, spirit and emotions. I went through an amazing program called Nutritious Life since nutrition was the one area I had the least training. It has been fabulous adding this into the way I help others. Excited to share more!
Great article on becoming aware of our burnout signals, listening to them and adjusting where we can.
Metta meditation was brought to the West by renowned teacher Sharon Salzberg. It gives us an opportunity to honor our pursuit of self-resilience and renewal by offering ourselves blessings.
Select a time of day that works best for you to sit comfortably, in a relaxed way, with your eyes closed for five to ten minutes in a quiet space. Gently repeat these blessings to yourself with an intention to let go of analysis or expectation. Dedicating yourself to this practice for five to ten minutes daily will help sustain a strong foundation. Please feel free to incorporate these blessings in other moments throughout the day, when you have time for a moment of reflection.
May I be happy
May I be safe
May I be healthy
May I be at ease in my heart
This may feel awkward to you if you’re someone who’s self-critical and is always taking care of others, but as you build your self-worth, you’ll enhance your ability to serve others in a more fulfilling and balanced way. These blessings will also help you illuminate self-criticizing thoughts and challenge flawed theories of who you are. In the end, the practice of positive well-wishing may strengthen your will to show up for yourself and make healthier choices daily.
It will also begin to open your heart in a way that invites positive change. The blessings upend the negative script you’ve written about yourself, and eventually, the negative thoughts lose power—that’s what I wish for you.
In truth, the judgy voice inside you gets quieter, and from that state of positive self-worth, you’ll be empowered to make healthy choices.
Jolene Boris, MS, RD, CDN, NLC
What nourishes me?
Music-What songs lift me?
Thoughts- What ideas speak to me?
Experiences- What experiences rejuvenate me?
Friends- What people encourage me?
Recreation- What activities revive me?
Soul- What spiritual exercises strengthen me?
Hopes- What dreams inspire me?
Home- What family members care for me?
Giftedness- What blessings activate me?
Memories- What recollections make me smile?
Books- What have I read that changed me?
You may add more to the list. The idea is to get to know yourself and assess whether your're getting what you need in your current environment. If you are, celebrate! If you're not, prepare yourself to make some changes.
I was talking today with a client about the difference between joy and happiness. There is a distinction- don't you think? I think happiness comes and goes. Depending on our circumstances we can feel really happy about something or really not! But, our joy is deeper than our circumstances. Our joy comes from a different part of our soul. Joy is more of an internal attitude we live by. Joy is connected to our character and how we live in the world. Joy is seen throughout our big picture perspective. It is our internal fixed filter we see life through. We can feel very unhappy about a current time in our life but if we tap into our joy it can overwhelm that fleeting sensation. Joy is an inside job and not externally dependent. I think our joy comes from a strong spiritual force within us. We were made to live in our joy. Let this idea sink in a little bit. Which side do you find yourself? If the answer isn't joy - how can you tap into this more sustaining way of thriving in life? Don't settle for less when you were made for more. More JOY!
A great interview with an 11 year old girl that invented the Raise Your Hand patch in the Girl Scouts. Let's all be on a mission to keep our women voices being heard!
Functional Medicine focuses on the how and why an illness is occurring and restores health by addressing the root cause of disease for each unique person. This is a great article with links to more information on managing blood sugar, falling off the wagon with food choices, curbing sugar cravings and so much more!
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