Posts in Self Care Sundays
podcast 9: what to do with overwhelm

There is so much going on, and there is too much going on. And it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of life's demands and distractions. But feeling overwhelmed doesn't have to be a normal way of life.

This week's episode offers some simple ways to give your overwhelm a hug and let go of what isn't needed.

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podcast 8: the ultimate un-gift guide

To counter all of holiday shopping hullabaloo, I created the Ultimate Un-Gift Guide, a list of more meaningful ways to spend your money and time this holiday season. 

Instead of giving in to the pressures of overspending and giving inauthentic gifts that your loved ones may or may not like, why not give something more valuable: your time, your presence, and meaningful experiences.

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come home to your creative practice

"The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time." Mary Oliver

During one of my most recent meditations, I got the nudge to begin writing poetry again. It's something I've done therapeutically ever since I knew what a poem was (and I've got the notebooks full of angsty boy poems to prove it). I even studied it in college and had a few poems published. 

But I've really let my creative practice go. I feel creative in a lot of what I do on a daily basis, but I haven't had something set aside just for me, just for the sake of creative expression. And dare I say, just for fun! 

Perhaps you can relate. When was the last time you created just for fun? Just for you?

These things get put on the back burner because with all of the things we need to do, it's hard to justify. But studies are now proving what we have already felt: creative expression is vital for a healthy mind and soul. 

For inspiration for my own practice, I've been reading one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, and I want to leave you with one of her poems. 

I'll let the poem speak for itself, but perhaps it could inspire you, as well. Perhaps it could be just the thing to call you home and follow the path within. 

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how to be your own guru

Remember that one actor in that one movie? I just saw it. It's that guy who used to be in, um, one of those hospital dramas I think. And he's got the hair? He's one of my favorites. It's right on the tip of my tongue! Ugh. I'll think of it later. 

Anyway, there's a lot of information out there. A lot of advice and programs and products up the wazoo promising to solve all of your problems. 

It's overwhelming and downright impossible to stay on top of it all and to feel like you have enough. But today I pose a solution to this by asking you a few questions. 

What if you already have everything you need? What if you already knew how to feel better and move forward in the healthy life you are wanting to creating?

You see, you know more than you think. And maybe, just maybe, that guru you seek could already be within, just waiting to guide you along. No pilgrimages or new products or subscription fees required.

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the best self care tip of all time

While self care is extremely personal, today I'm going to give you the best self care tip I can think of when you are in a pinch. My number one go to self care to-do. What I do when overwhelm and chaos strikes, and I don't know what else to do. 

Now, I could go on and on about the scientific data and personal experience as to why this is so important. Why we must make time for it. How much it can do to refresh and recharge your body and mind. How it will give you so much clarity on how to move forward with your healing journey. 

But that would be taking away from its beauty. Its amazingness. Its profound simplicity. So I need you to just trust me. 

And instead I will tell you this secret in just two words.


When you read it, be sure to act on it immediately. 

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No Pain, ALL Gain

In my early days as a Massage Therapist, a big macho male client would walk into my office wanting a deep tissue massage. He would look at my small stature and youthful glow (this is 10 years ago, mind you) and ask if I was capable of offering such a massage with the pressure they required. 

I would smile and assure him that it would be ok, while inwardly rolling my eyes and wishing I could dig my elbow in as hard as I could just to teach them a thing or two about the power of proper body mechanics! 

Though I did take the high road and not punish them with my deep pressure wrath, I did take a moment to tell them that "deep tissue" means getting deep into the tissue, not always using deep, painful pressure.

You see, the body tenses up when it doesn't feel safe. When we push too hard, be it with pressure, while we work out, or just in life in general, it can actually cause us to tense more, instead of releasing and relaxing. 

I see this a lot with stretching, as well. We want to rush and force ourselves into a certain stretch, but that force can signal a stress response and keep us from stretching further. Most of us are more flexible than we think, it's our approach that's the problem. 

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Q&A Time! Sharing Self Care, Self Care + Anxiety, Meditation Tips

I've had the idea for while now to do a monthly Q&A post, but I wasn't sure if it was something that would be helpful. But after my callout for questions, I was so happy to get your questions and have the opportunity to help you with your self care needs on a more personal level. 

I'm limiting myself to three questions because all of these could be their own standalone post. But the questions that I didn't answer today are in the queue for next month. So not to worry, dear readers. 

And please keep your questions coming. Don't be shy. I love to hear more of how I can help. 

So without further adieu, here we go!

How do we encourage friends or family to invest time in themselves when they are spread thin with running a family?

This can be a tricky one. Most of us have the best intentions when wanting to help our loved ones be happier and healthier, but the danger here is that it often comes across as criticism. And that never goes well. 

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Working Through The Healing Crisis

So you finally made time to get a massage, or try this new treatment plan with your doctor, or even cut out sugar. You saved the money, you've prepped the house, and you emotionally prepared yourself to make a big change. 

And then you go to the treatment, or you give it a good week or so, and instead of feeling better, you actually feel worse! 

While this can feel very defeating and like a waste of time and money, let me suggest that what you are feeling couldn’t be negative at all. It could actually mean you are on the right track, fulling engaging in your healing process. 

Say what?! I know that sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out. 

Now with this, there is a line here that you need to tune in to to determine. You will know if something really isn’t right. But before you automatically jump to that conclusion, there are some other things to consider. 

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Make Forest Bathing a Walk in the Park

When was the last time you laid down on a patch of grass? Not on a lounge chair or even a blanket. But directly onto the earth, relaxing as the sun bathes over you and breathing deeply with the breeze.

Ok, if that seems like a weird thing to do, how about simply going for a walk through nature? A place that is dense with trees and grasses and wildlife. A stroll without phones or music or any other modern distractions. Just pure connection with the nature around you. 

We all know that going outside is good for us and when we finally take the time to do it, it's so refreshing. But oftentimes we dismiss the profound benefits of daily intentional time connecting with the natural world. 

If you think that sounds boring, don't worry, the Japanese have turned it into a hip new thing that is now sweeping the nation, and it's called Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku

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