Category Wellness

Spending a Day with Fear (And Why We’re Now Friends)

For awhile, I thought fear was a real asshole – one of those toxic people that I just couldn’t have terrorizing my life anymore. Like, here I am trying to dream all these big dreams, do all this cool shit, and take big leaps, and fear’s gotta be all, “no you can’t”, “you’re not good enough”, “you’re going to screw everything up” and “get a real job”. And we’re not supposed to give those negative voices in our head a turn to speak, right? So I just shut fear up, which didn’t really work out so well because covering fear up is not only exhausting, but frustrating – like the pimple that no matter how much concealer you put on it, it just keeps breaking through, ugh! Then, in October I had the opportunity to attend the Fearless Warrior Yoga Conference. “Perfect!” I thought. “Teach me how to ditch my

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Less Stress, More Focus: Meditation for the Chaotic Mind

I am, for all intents and purposes, someone who is really, really bad at getting things done. No, really. It takes a special amount of motivation to get me to finish the things I start—from cleaning the kitchen, to making a schedule, to writing my novel. I have to be in the right mood; or at least in the right feeling. However, no matter how much I may not want to do something, life is such that I have to do things anyway (we’ve all been there). The biggest question I’ve had to answer for myself is this: how do I find more motivation within my life? How do I find more mindful productivity when the things I should be productive about feel more stressful than desirable? The clearest answer I’ve been able to find is meditation. To give myself time in my day to meditate, clear my mind, and

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When It Comes to Thinking About Your Intuition: Don’t

Intuition. I used to really hate intuition. Everyone can agree that intuition is a subconscious sense of knowing. Knowing where to go, what to do, who that person is, or what will happen next. I used to think some people were blessed with more intuition than others. I used to think I had a gimpy one. How completely unhelpful… Then I began living and studying yoga more intently and a certain amount of fog lifted, but most of it just changed colors. I could still hate intuition, but it’s kind of like shooting yourself in the foot. Hopefully, if you follow me down the rabbit hole here, you’ll join me at the end in a healthier perspective on the whole intuition-thing. As a yoga teacher, we reference chakras a lot. These spinning wheels of spiritual energy located in our bodies which correspond to physical nerve clusters and major organ centers,

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18 Foods to Boost Your Mood

The ever-so cheesy saying, “you are what you eat,” rings true. Eat a doughnut, you will feel like a doughnut (puffy, heavy, and oily), not quite the best option to boost your mood. Ugh! It is so easy to grab for that doughnut, when feeling sluggish and down. Sugar does give you a little energy boost and trigger that reward system in your brain telling you, “You should do that again!” So, you do. It’s addicting to feel happy. Don’t feel bad, it happens to all of us. Watch: How Sugar Affects the Brain and Why We Keep Reaching for It But, before you reach, please remember the gross feeling you have after the sugar crash. It can cause you to feel even worse than before you reached for the doughnut (all gassy and uncomfortable, getting you in a foul mood). Then you become this big ole grump no one

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Vacations and Travel: Good For Your Mind, Body, and Overall Health

Vacations and traveling are great for relaxing, clearing your head, and getting into a new space and environment for a change of perspective. But did you know that there are actually health benefits of going on vacation and traveling? As a weight loss coach for women, I’ve worked with thousands of women who have demanding careers, hectic family lives, and weight loss problems. Some have tried diet after diet, while others have been dumbfounded by the fact that when they go on vacation, they actually lose or maintain their weight. In fact, one of my clients lost 5 lbs in a week on vacation without restricting her diet and having a few cocktails! As her coach, I wanted her to feel free to enjoy her much earned vacation, unwind, and most importantly, relax her mind and body as she carried a lot of stress in her daily life that was

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The Get Off The Couch Playlist

Now that summer has arrived, we should all be jumping at every opportunity to get outside and be active, right?  Eh.  Maybe not so much.  While the sun and the warm weather certainly give me an extra incentive to be active, sometimes it’s just not enough.  So, what do I use to give me that little extra push?  Music, of course.  I’m sure everyone has their ‘go-to’ songs when it comes to being active, but I’ve compiled a list of fun, upbeat songs to help get your ass off the couch.  Feel free to insert your own choices where you see fit! Chocolate – The 1975 From the opening guitar riff, it’s clear this song is just going to be a joy to listen to.  From the music, to the melodies, to the lyrics, there really isn’t an element of this song that isn’t fun.  It gets your feet moving

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Just Add Friends: Why You Need a Workout Partner

Until you sweat with a buddy, or get your fit on with a workout partner, you won’t know what you are missing! I have worked out alone, with a buddy, and with groups. There is something truly special about working out with a partner for a plethora of reasons! Personally, I think I need a buddy in all areas of life including my workouts. I think it is in some people’s DNA to want to have someone with them while doing tasks or exercising. I say this because I noticed even my Dad has to take my mom with him everywhere he can, even if she doesn’t have a reason to go! So maybe that is where I got my “buddy gene.” Anyway, if you’re looking to switch up your routine, actually enjoy the time you spend on your workout, or keep yourself accountable, just add friends! First off, it will make

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Why Self-Doubt is Actually Necessary for Your Success

Everywhere you turn for inspiration there are these resources about how the power of positivity is going to make you 7 figures of income next month. If these people can do it, why can’t you? You start up a gratitude practice. Maybe dive into yoga. You’re trying SO. DAMN. HARD. to shift your mindset. But there’s this asshole in the way by the name of Self-Doubt. Self-doubt tells you “this is so stupid” when you try meditation for the first few times. It’s what makes reaching out to someone you admire seem nearly impossible. It’s what makes you constantly question your ability to do this whole “starting a business” thing. No matter how hard you try to believe in yourself and make the changes you need to in your life, self-doubt is nagging at you every step of the way; not whispering, but rather screaming in your ear, “THERE’S NO

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