Category Archives: Stress Reduction
Words to Live By – 8/1/2022
This is a deep one for a Monday, but the Universe was very insistent that this message needed to be shared.
What kind of world would we have if we stopped and reflected on how what we think, say, and act impacts our HIGHEST good and the highest good of all?
Stop for a moment and think about what that would look like: a world full of people acting in support of not only their highest good but the highest good of all. Making choices that benefit everyone involved. Getting your cake, eating it too, and having enough to share with others.
Does it serve your highest good and the good of all others to flip off a driver you think is driving too slowly?
Does it serve your highest good and the good of all others to complain about your job, family, friends, or your government on social media?
Does it serve your highest good and the good of all others to judge the color of someone’s skin, who they worship, or whom they choose to marry?
Before you make your next decision or take your next action that involves yourself and others, stop, take a breath and ask your higher power: God, Buddha, a Tree Spirit, Mother Nature, or whom every you feel connected to as a guiding force, “What serves my highest good and the highest good of all”.
It will take practice and effort but the rewards you will reap will not only benefit you but all of us. It is worth it.
We can build a world where everyone lives in kindness, respect, and harmony. A world where we take care of each other and the planet. A world where we can all be happy being ourselves.
Isn’t THAT the world for which we are all looking ?
Words to Live By – 7/28/2022
The Universe’s message for today is short, sweet and simple.
Have a healthy happy day!
Words to Live By – 7/27
Make a list of all of the things you are grateful for: your family, friends, home, health, job, possessions, experiences, etc.
Then pay attention to how your attitude and your day change for the better.
Words to Live By – 7/25/2022
Lately, I have been working on connecting with my spirit guides and ascended masters through automatic writing, which I love and you should definitely try.
Through my “discussions” with these higher wisdoms, I have been encouraged to share some of what comes through in these messages.
The title of this and future posts, “Words to Live By” comes directly from their guidance and inspiration.
Think of them as social media fortune cookies and use them in whatever way serves your happiness and highest good.
Plan to Get Moving
As you plan out your days this week (you do plan your days, don’t you), make an effort to schedule at least 15 minutes everyday to do some type of physical activity or exercise.
Whether it’s a 15 minute walk to start your morning, a 20 minute yoga session, 30 minutes working in the yard, or 5 minutes scattered here and there throughout your day, it is important to get and keep your body moving.
Daily physical activity stimulates your brain, improves the quality of your sleep, improves circulation, and can help support your immune system.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure it gets your heart pumping a least a little bit.
Most importantly, enjoy this little moment of “me time”. You deserve it and so does your mind and body!
What is Reiki and How Can it Help You Lead a Healthier Life?
What is Reiki?
Reiki is defined as “ universal life force energy”. Reikiis a Japanese technique used to reduce tension and stress and to promote healing.
How does it work?
Ki” is the life force energy that flows through our body. When the flow of energy comes slow or stagnant, stress and illness can occur. In Reiki, a trained practitioner places their hands on or above the client and allows Reiki energy to flow through them and into the client.
How can you do a session if i am not there?
Because Reiki is a universal energy, it can be “ sent” to clients through a distance healing. Using a photograph or the clients name on paper, the practitioner can focus Reiki toward the client.
What can Reiki be used for?
Reiki can be used to help alleviate stress and tension. In addition, Reiki can be used to help create a positive environment within the body that can help facilitate healing. Reiki can help address physical, mental, and emotional conditions. It can also be used to encourage the release of bad habits and help accelerate achieving a goal.
Will Reiki cure my illness?
No, Reiki cannot cure a particular disease or illness. However, it can work in conjunction with traditional forms of healing to help enhance and speed up the healing process.
How will I know my session has been performed?
It can be difficult to know if a Reiki distance healing session has been conducted, particularly if you are distracted by daily activities, however many clients have reported a feeling of sudden ease or relaxation occurring while a session is being performed. In the hours and days following your treatment, you will notice that you have more energy, your mind is clearer, and you are better able to manage stressful situations.
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Declutter to Achieve Your Nutritional Goals – The Refrigerator
Back in elementary school, I had a teacher that frequently “reminded” us, “A messy desk means a messy mind”.
It turns out she was right, scientific research proves that clutter can have a negative effect on many aspects of our life, from our career, to our relationships, finances, and yes, even our health and wellness.
A cluttered home or workspace can lead to increased feelings of stress, depression, and unhappiness. Remember that time when you were facing a deadline at work and you had files, reports, and binders all over your desk? How much did you enjoy working on that project?
Clutter also has a negative effect on nutrition. Studies show that individuals with a messy kitchen are more likely to choose highly processed, fat and sugar laden foods. Also, if your cabinets and drawers are full of pots, pans, plastic takeout containers, broken measuring cups, and melted spatulas, it can be difficult to find the tools you need to cook a healthy meal. Additionally, if your fridge is loaded with jars of pickle juice, multiple containers of ketchup, expired milk, and a moldy mystery container, there is no place to put healthy fruits and veggies. And those 5 bags of potato chips in the pantry, well let’s just say they are not giving you a good return on your pantry shelf investment.
The point is, if preparing healthy meals in your kitchen is difficult or impossible, you are more likely to stop for take out, or binge on those chips in the pantry, neither of which supports healthy nutritional goals.
This month we are going to be working on decluttering our kitchens. Don’t worry. We will take it slowly. Over the next 4 weeks I will share a short project designed to help get your nutrition and your kitchen into tip-top shape.
This week’s task is to clear out and clean your refrigerator. You will need about 15-20 minutes, a large trash bag, and a recycling bin if that’s your thing.
- Go through your fridge and toss out anything that is expired, moldy, or otherwise unappetizing in appearance.
- Combine all of those partially empty ketchup bottles (you know you have at least 2). Repeat with the other condiments.
- If you haven’t used a sauce, salad dressing, or condiment in months, put it in your trash bin.
- Consider donating any unopened cans, jars, or packages of food to your local food bank.
- Look at each item left and decide if it helps support your nutritional goals, if it does not then into the trash it goes. It is ok to have a few small treats, I keep some chocolate in my refrigerator at all times, just make sure the majority of the items favor your goals.
- Once you have cleared out all of the old food, condiments, etc. give your fridge a good cleaning. Wipe down all of the shelves, drawers, and walls.
Now that your refrigerator is free from clutter, restock it with fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. Invest in containers that can neatly store precut vegetables, precooked grains, nuts, seeds, etc. The more organized and easier it is to find things in the fridge the more likely you are to use them to prepare yourself a healthy meal or snack.
I declutter my refrigerator every 2-3 months and it’s due for a good cleaning. Here’s what it looks like right now:
Check back next week to see what it looks like after I declutter.
Decluttering does not have to be hard work, it just takes a little time and the willingness to let go of things that are not serving your health and happiness.
Until next week: Happy Decluttering!
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Start Your Week with a Healthy Plan
- Take a walk after dinner every night this week?
- Eat more vegetables?
- Quit smoking?
- Devote 10-15 minutes to your meditation practice each day?
- Cut back on your alcohol intake?
- Take a yoga class?
- Eat slowly and mindfully?
- Get 6-8 hours of rest each night?
Feel free to share your answers in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.
3 Things to Stay Positive
Last week I encouraged you to make a list of 10 positive things that occurred in your day prior to going to bed each night in order to focus your pre-sleep mind on happy peaceful thoughts, read Think Positive, Sleep Positive for a review.
That exercise is a great way to prepare your mind for restful sleep and help you wake up the next morning in a positive frame of mind. It is also a terrific exercise for promoting a positive mindset throughout your day. Let’s face it, no matter how good your intentions are to maintain a positive outlook during your day, sometimes things come up that knock you off of your game: unexpected traffic, a difficult client, an argument with your spouse, or even missing your morning coffee. When this happens it is essential that you get back into a positive mindset as quickly as possible to prevent the rest of your day from spiraling downward into frustration, anger, or an inability to think clearly and solve problems.
No matter where you are in your mindset right now, take a few moments to do the following activity:
If you are in a good mood, this exercise can reinforce and stimulate more positive thoughts. If you are feeling irritated, overwhelmed, or stressed it can serve as a reset for your day, getting you back on track to positive thoughts and positive results.
If you have let yourself get too far into the negative thought process it may be difficult to think of anything good that day, but remember you’re not looking for bright shiny miracles, you are simply looking for a few good things. For example:
- You woke up on time
- Traffic was lighter than usual
- You heard your favorite song on the radio
- The barista made your latte perfectly
- A stranger smiled and said, “Good morning”
- A coworker complimented your work on a project
- You had a good idea
Taking a few minutes during your day to list the good things that have happened will reduce your stress levels, spark new ideas, heighten productivity, and help you flow through your day with ease. It is a small investment of time that yields tremendous returns!
Give it a try. I guarantee you will be glad you did.
Until next time, have a happy healthy day!