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Practicing Acceptance: Episode 32



“ Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”

  ~ Epictetus

 

Acceptance is not giving up or giving in. It’s not weak or passive. Acceptance allows you to shift your power towards the things that you can control. This episode explores ways to practice living with greater acceptance, so you can experience more peace of mind. 

 

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Releasing The Need To Control: Episode 32



“ One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change ”

 

Trying to control things can work “for” or “against” you. Some sense of control may provide you with a feeling of power, structure and security, but more often, the need for control gets out of hand and causes resistance, pain and discomfort. Identifying how control shows up in your life and having the willingness to gain the ability to embrace the feelings and realities that come with any situation, is the first step towards releasing the need to control.

  

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Focusing On What Matters: Episode 31



“ The secret to change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ”

~ Socrates

 

You can choose how you experience life. As the year 2020 nears the end, you have the opportunity to reflect, reset, and reprioritize the things that matter most to you. Start the new year by gaining clarity on how you want to feel and committing to doing the things that support your vision. This episode offers you reflection questions to help set your intentions. Listen now.

 

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How to handle the dark sides of a narcissist: Episode 28



“Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others” ~ Paramahana Yogananda

 

Being around someone with significant narcissistic traits can be challenging and toxic. The best method for dealing with them is to stay away from them. When avoiding a narcissist is not possible, there are a few things you can do to self-protect and self-preserve. Check out this weeks episode.

 

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Raising Your Vibe: Episode 027



“ You are they sky, everything else is the weather” ~ Pema Chodron

 

Your vibe is how you show up energetically. It is often influenced by your mindset, perceptions and emotions as well as your physical state. There are ways you can instantly elevate your vibration and feel good, as well as attract positive experiences and abundance in your life. Episode 27 explores some ways to raise your vibe instantly. Check it out.

 

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Morning Wellness Rituals: Episode 025



“ With the rising sun comes a new beginning”

 

How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Establishing a few morning wellness routines can truly create positive changes in your life. The key is to identify what resonates with you best and create an easy, no fuss way to implement the practices.

 

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Your Brain On Food: Episode 24



“ A healthy outside starts from the inside”

 

What you eat matters for every aspect of your health, especially your mental health. Poor dietary patterns can increase the symptoms of depression, anxiety and decline your cognitive function. The food you eat affects how you feel. In this episode, I share tips on how to make simple adjustments to optimize your health and wellbeing on a cellular level.

 

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Overcoming Resistance To Change: Episode 023



“ When things change inside of you, things change around you “

There are times you may think about changing something, yet you resist taking the committed action towards making it happen. Examining your beliefs, values and feelings can help you develop a strategy to make the change occur. Today’s episode explores some of the top reasons why “change” can become complicated and what to do about it.

 

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Overcoming resistance to change checklist

Waking Up With Anxiety: Episode 022



” Self care is the love language of the body “

 

If you are waking up feeling anxious there are several things you can do to feel better quickly. Symptoms of anxiety can be physical, mental and emotional. Simple lifestyle adjustments can help manage and reduce the symptoms, while improving the quality of your life. Listen to this weeks episode to find out how.   

 

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Calm amongst worries



“Don’t worry”      “It’ll be ok”       “Just relax”        “Don’t think about that”

 

When you are feeling anxious, worried or afraid, you might receive some well intended advice to just stop worrying and the feeling will all go away.

 

As if it were so easy.

 

Rarely does it happen that way.

 

Many of us worry about all kinds of things: money, health, family, relationships, work.

Some concerns are valid, but many are unnecessary and quite frankly out of our control.

 

No matter what kind of worry you have, the response on your body is always the same: It increases your cortisol levels.

And long-term elevated cortisol level is something you definitely do not want.

Cortisol ( a stress hormone) compromises your immune system and as a result you will be more susceptible to disease, both physically and mentally.

 

Ever heard of “I’m worried sick?”

 

Luckily there are ways to shift your body from a stress response to a relaxation response, which will shut down increased cortisol production and make you feel way better.

Let’s start by getting clear on why you may be feeling stressed, worried, anxious or afraid. Is it that you are feeling uncertain or powerless.

 

I suggest getting a paper and pen and writing down your concerns.

 

Ask yourself:

 

What am I worried about?

What are my beliefs around this situation?

Is this circumstance a fact or an opinion?

What’s the evidence?

What part of this situation can I control or change? How?

If I cannot change the circumstance, am I willing to let it go?

 

This exercise will help you gain clarity and come up with possible solutions and let go of the things that you can’t change. By writing  down your stressors, you may feel like you are taking action by emptying your mind and you will start to relax as you feel lighter and less tense.

 

Next, develop a daily practice of diaphragmatic breathing. Repeat various times a day.

 

  1. Breathe in through your nose, slowly and deeply, for a count of 4 as your belly expands. The breath should originate from your diaphragm and belly instead of your chest.
  2. Hold that breath for 4 seconds.
  3. Exhale, out through your mouth, slowly for a count of 6.
  4. Hold. Wait a few seconds before taking another breath.

 

Others things that help:

  • Stretching (including your jaws and shoulders)
  • Exercise (even a brisk walk helps)
  • Acupressure (there’s lots of good points- google them)
  • Warm epsom salt bath (magnesium is calming)
  • Diffusing soothing essential oils or applying them with a carrier oil to the soles of your feet or the back of your neck.
  • Calming herbal teas such as chamomile or lemon balm.
  • Visualizing your happy place. Focus on the different sensory attributes present in your scene. For instance, if you are imagining a beach scene, spend some time vividly imagining the warmth of the sun on your skin, the smell of the ocean, seaweed and salt spray, and the sound of the waves, wind and seagulls. The more you can invoke your senses, the more vivid the entire image will become.
  • Meditation ( even if it’s just lighting a candle and staring at the flame)
  • Journaling
  • Watch a funny video. Laugh.
  • Listening to music
  • Sleep

 

The most important part of taming your worries is the mental piece, the story you tell yourself. By offering yourself alternate positive possibilities you begin the calming process. By creating a calm environment you further support your body ability to regulate.

 

Keep things in perspective and know that the more you practice these tips, the better you will feel. Think of it as a cumulative effect.

 

So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start taking those deep breaths 🙂