Tag Meditation

15 Little Things Every Person With Anxiety Needs

Having anxiety is like having butterflies in your stomach for any and every given reason, only they’re not friendly, flirty butterflies, they’re more like angry bees. I was recording videos (for the first time ever) last week for From Struggle to Shine (a program where I teach entrepreneurs to strategize stories to build deeper connections with and more support from their audiences) and I felt like said bees were going to be the death of me. There’s physical discomfort – stomach churning, heart racing – topped with mental chaos, not one thought after the other, but all together to create a nonstop buzz.. What do I say? How many freaking times am I going to need to record this before I get it? Will my clients think I’m an idiot? Are my forehead wrinkles showing? I’m too young for forehead wrinkles. Do I really need to do video content? (Yes

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10 Things to Treat Yourself to This Month

It’s a precious time of year, one that we must be careful not to get swept away in and take for granted. A small, sweet space between the promises of a new year and the lessons (and stories!) from the one at hand. This month’s 10 Things to Treat Yourself to roundup is a beautiful balance of #GemFinds to help you honor the space between no longer and not yet to set a powerful, but present tone for 2017! 1.) A Statement That Says, “Let’s Cut to the Chase” I’m declaring 2017 the year of directness. No more sugar coating, no more dancing around someone else’s feelings, no more hiding your shine out of fear. The Cut to the Chase Necklace from 7 Charming Sisters is just the reminder you need to protect your own sparkle and not let anyone else waste your shine or your time! If this regal blue piece

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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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Fashion as an Unexpected Form of Meditation

Transitioning through the different stages of life can sometimes feel like New York City traffic. The looming frustration of road blocks and the feeling that everything is moving except for you. When you’re imprisoned in a chaotic mind, finding time for a mental recess is necessary to release the buildup and press the reset button. Whether you view it as meditation or not, everyone has a different tactic to disconnect from the world and take a breather. May it be a book, music or simply thinking about puppies, those “distractions” can sometimes not only pull you out of a rut but also inspire your decisions. RELATED: Combating Overwhelm – Why It’s Destroying Your Decision Making Process If you are looking to experiment with innovative ways to pull yourself away from a funk, give fashion shows a try. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. From the rhythm of the music

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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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6 Morning Habits That Are Sure to Lead to a Better Day

Whether you’re an Early Bird or a Night Owl, we’ve all got to get moving and get out the door. Planning out your day can even help you steal a few minutes of extra sleep. Heading out for the day can be made easier and even enjoyable by adding a few of these simple morning habits to your routine. Wake up to a Fresh Start Adopt Dr. Christiane Northrup’s theory of a Shiny Sink. It’s a downer to walk into a kitchen of dirty dishes. Wake up to a fresh, clean kitchen to get your day started new. You can dive into productivity and self-care straight away. Prepare the Night Before The less decisions you have to make in the morning, the easier getting out the door will be. Lay out the basics of your outfit. Set out your supplies for making the morning cup of coffee or tea. Do a light prep for breakfast; set

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Yoga for a Beautiful Life, Inside and Out

The practice of yoga isn’t just working out, meditating, or relaxing, it’s a philosophy. It’s the art of discovering to live with intention, self-compassion, and awareness to embrace a truly beautiful lifestyle physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. We call it a “practice” because it will never truly be perfect. You don’t perform yoga for anyone or practice to please anyone else – the sole purpose is purely to nurture only yourself. We inhale the future and exhale the past to live in the present. Yoga is learning to fall in love with taking care of yourself – your mind, body, and soul. Become Aware So often we feel the need to be active in every situation. Yoga teaches us mindfulness and encourages a shift in roles – we get to become the observer. By practicing nonjudgmental awareness, we start to notice patterns and habits in our behavior or circumstances that keep us stuck in

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Adding Hypnotherapy to Your Wellness Regimen

Does hypnotherapy seem a bit mysterious to you? You’re not alone! Thanks to the entertainment industry, many people incorrectly assume hypnosis is a brainwashing technique that can be used to make the most reserved individuals reveal secrets or give up control to perform humorous acts. Hypnotherapy is actually more like guided meditation. As my mind body awareness interest continues to grow, stemming from my passion for yoga, I was intrigued to learn more about hypnosis. So, I connected with Pittsburgh hypnotherapist Elizabeth Cessna, of Everyday Hypnotherapy, to get some more info.   Allyn Lewis: What sparked your interest in becoming a hypnotherapist? Elizabeth Cessna: I enjoy practicing Clinical Hypnotherapy using the Ericksonian method because it is always positive and future oriented.  Generally, we can deal with one issue in only three sessions.  My area of specialization includes all forms of anxiety.  I feel honored that a client will trust me to support him/her as they

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