Posts tagged ‘breathe’

June 17, 2013

STRESS……

How do you deal with stress? We all have it, just at different levels and we all have different ways that we deal with it. Some better, than others. There is no such thing as a perfect life, and there certainly is no such thing as stress free living. However, our ability to cope with stress is what separates those who crack under pressure from those who thrive. Whether its work , relationship, family, financial or whatever kind of stress life throws your way, there are different coping mechanisms to help you power through. 

 

1. YOGA-breathing, relaxation, stretching, and getting in tune with one’s body are all great ways to alleviate stress. Even if yoga is not something you already practice, starting now might be good for your stress level. 

2. Running-put those headphones in and hit the pavement. A long run can often clear the mind and allow you to find peace. 

3. Exercise-any form of exercise is going to help you release endorphins and get out some of that negative energy and tension. 

4. Music-there is a definite healing power to music. Whether its upbeat or slow jamz, you know what kind of music will alter your mood. 

5. Talk it out-whether its a friend, a clergyman, or a mental health professional, the power of words has a great impact on stress. 

6. Rest-just with anything else, when we are sleep deprived our bodies don’t have time to assimilate to its surroundings therefore making our stress level rise. 

 

Again, life will never be stress free, but knowing some tools for working around it will make you better able to survive the tough times in your life! Image

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April 27, 2013

Enhance Your Rest Time!

Hey busy momma, hurried corporate gal, and sassy working, college student–this is for you too! I don’t know about you, but I can’t decide which part of my wellness regime I love more: my long run days or my R&R days. I want to chat about the options for your rest and relaxation portion of your overall wellness focus. Many folks hear the words, “health and wellness” and automatically find themselves in the gym, hungry, and frustrated. Not the case, my sassy skeptics. Wellness is sexy, entertaining, and enjoyable. Your grandmother’s wellness strategies have no place in our new enlightened and energetic world. Your mother’s opinion of how to stay trim, fit, and lady-like has received a B-12 shot, and we are now collectively changing the way women care for their bodies, minds, and spirits. If we were chatting together right now, I would insist on a group toe-touch, in celebration.
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You’ve started implementing exercise and activity into your weekly routine. Great job! You’ve taken inventory of your pantry and refrigerator and are nourishing yourself with alkalinizing, anti-inflammatory foods. Go you! And you are supplementing with high-quality vitamins and products when necessary to give your body what it needs to optimally perform. High five, friend! Now, give it a rest from time-to-time! You are busting tail to sculpt your tail into its sexiest shape, and you’re finally fueling your temple like a princess. Let’s look at some ways to honor your hard work and give yourself the bear hug you deserve, wrapped in a big, Tiffany-blue bow!

1. Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: retreat to a private area of your home and soak or rub away the day with pure essential oils. Practice one of my favorite deep-breathing techniques by reciting the following: (breathe in) “I am grateful, thankful, and joyful.” (breathe out) “I toss out anger, hate, and shame.” Of course, this is your ritual and your day of rest so change up the words to fit your life’s blessings and challenges. The point is to breathe in goodness and push away toxic emotions. All the while, breathing in tantalizing collections of lavender, lemongrass, or eucalyptus depending on your personal favorite scents. Check out: www.youngliving.com for some fabulous pure oil options.

2. Dry Brushing: again, best if you find a relaxing, private area to brush, simply take a natural-bristle bush or loofah glove and gently rub away dead cells, circulate your lymphatic system, wake up your immune system, and support your circulation all while reducing cellulite and softening your skin. As the largest organ of your body, don’t you think it deserves some TLC? When your skin is unclogged, you’ll release more of those nasty toxins you’ve collected through the years.

3. Therapeutic baths: Find a practitioner you trust and enjoy an infrared sauna session or steam bath. You’ll be detoxing heavy metals, chemicals, and other poisons while stimulating water-based organs like your kidneys, bladder, and lungs. Consider an ionic foot soak (yours truly prefers the LectroChi Ionic Foot Soak from www.lectrochi.com) if you don’t have time to de-robe for a full-on body bath. I’ve have numerous lunch hour foot soak clients who simply need a quick re-energizing pause in their day. If you don’t have access to a practitioner, drop a few lavender essential oil droplets and some Epsom salts into your bath tub and crank up the Frank Sinatra, Adele, Enya, and Michael Buble’ playlist you titled “Me time.”

4. Yoga and Stretching: I just can’t get enough of this stuff. Carve out the time and make it count. Seclude yourself to a cooler, quiet area or room; light your favorite candle (does it get better than the scent “Breezy Beach?”); play some light-classical music. Practice your deep breathing when diving into each pose or stretch. When negative things come into your mind, say “no” and find a happy visual. Visualize a person or place that brings you joy. Set your mind thee and when it strays, simply whisper “no” and go back. When the pose or stretch is challenging, recite blessings as you hold the pose/stretch.

5. Sleep: Sometimes you’ve given all you can for the day and its time to hit the gluten-free biscuit. Why not dress in your favorite pajamas, and rub some essential oils on your pulse points. This will tell your body it is time to calm down, relax, and chat with the man in the moon a bit. Grab that fuzzy, girlie, eye mask that your husband and children make fun of and block the world (and stimulating light) from your sight. Goodnight, sweet friend!
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Honor your rest time. It’s part of your overall health and wellness, and will make those sexy muscles and your sassy physique look even more stunning! Joyfully, Lacey