DE-STRESS FEST! 30 Fool Proof Ways to Chill

30 Ways to de-stress

Stress. We all have it whether you acknowledge it or not. It is impossible to live in this crazy world and stay calm without making a conscious effort to diminish it.

The issues of stress and anxiety are brought to my attention everyday as people of all ages come into my office looking for some bit of relief from their often chronic anxious state.

Facts About Stress

As we know, the stress that comes with the Flight or Fight response is a safety guard to protect our lives but living in this constant state of hyper alertness results in imbalance, ill-health and disease.

2017 studies done by The American Institute of Stress shows just how widespread and detrimental stress is:

U.S Stress Statistics Data
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel they are living with extreme stress 33 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %

And according to National Institute of Mental Health approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder! This is serious people!

 Detrimental Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Stress

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  • Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
  • Memory lapses
  • Acne
  • Easily distracted
  • Less intuitive & creative
  • Worrying
  • Pervasive Negative thinking
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Tearful
  • Irritable
  • Mood swings
  • Extra Sensitive to stimuli and criticism
  • Feeling out of control
  • Lack of motivation
  • Angry
  • Frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aches/pains/Body SorenessEffects of Stress, 30 ways to de-stress
  • Chest Pain
  • Racing Thoughts
  • Frequent colds/infections
  • Allergies/rashes/skin irritations
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Indigestion/heartburn/ulcers
  • Hyperventilating
  • Dizziness/palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Strokes
  • Nausea
  • Physical tiredness
  • Menstrual changes
  • Loss of libido/sexual problems
  • Heart problems/high blood pressure
  • Prone to accidents, forgetfulness
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, smoking, caffeine, recreational or illegal drugs
  • Self neglect/change in appearance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Recklessness
  • Aggressiveness/angry outbursts
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Auto-immune issues: M.S., Lupus, Graves, etc.
Let’s reduce and even prevent all this nightmarish nonsense shall we? Here’s how.

My Favorite Ways To Shield From Stress

If you can prevent the stress from entering your life so much the better. Stress prevention is the ideal. Some of the items listed below will help you with this. I know though that it is not always possible to prevent stress or to even know what it is that is causing the stress. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing there that should be stressing you out and sometimes it feels like everything is causing the stress. Some of the items listed below will help you once the stress has entered your life to either reduce your reaction to it and/or to reduce the stress itself. Check it out!

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  1. Identify Triggers. Recognize what situations or people make you less than happy and do your best to avoid them. I would say this is my most trusted defense in the battle against stress/anxiety/depression. 

2. Exercise. Ideally your’e exercising 3-5 days/week. If you do this you will feel better, calmer and stronger inside and out. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. If you are unable to exercise regularly then at least try it when you feel particularly anxious or had a very difficult day. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is efficient and effective. There are free Apps to help you. Try Keep Trainer or SworkIT.

3. Sleep. The amount of sleep you need to function your best differs at different ages and between individuals but 7-8 hours is consistently recommended by scientific studies. Even if nothing is taunting you, you know you get cranky if you don’t have enough sleep!

4. Eat Well. You know what this means. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes. This item and some of the others on this list are shoring up your body, mind and spirit to be able to cope better with any discomfort that comes your way.

5. Vacation Often. It doesn’t have to be a grand vacation. Just a couple of days will do nicely but do it often. At least every 2 months at a minimum but more certainly will not hurt.  In America we tend to take merely 2-3 weeks of vacation per year and we save that up to take it all at once so we’re just waiting and waiting all year for that release time. Not good for the stress. I have learned over the years that I need to have significant down time at least every other month. Your thresh hold may be different but once you know what you need, make it happen and you will be so much happier and less stressed.

6. Meditate or be in stillness. Can you be in stillness? Quiet and alone? Try it. It might be scary at first but eventually it’s beautiful., calming and peaceful.  And if you’re not already meditating you might consider beginning a practice. Read here.

7. Gratitude Journal. When you’re feeling anxious try thinking about 1 thing you are grateful for. Write it down, write about it and then think of it throughout the day and especially anytime anxiety comes to call.  This takes the mind out of the negative spin that it tends to enter when we become tense. Learn more about starting a Journaling Practice.

8. Tap in to and listen to your inner guidance system.  Intuition, gut, psychic knowledge – we are all born with these gifts which most of us have lost over the years. To strengthen these important  skills you simply have to use them. Pay attention to what your body is saying to you and when you get brave enough start acting on that voice.  It takes a while to trust this knowledge but it will not steer you wrong and will ultimately lead you onto the ‘right’ path where stress will rarely exist.

9. Take actions toward your goals. Dreaming and imagining the life you want to live is an excellent first step but second, third and 4th steps, etc. must be taken to  prevent these dreams from becoming another sources of stress. Small baby steps each and every day will get you there and make you feel more empowered along the way. Just do something. One little thing! And another tomorrow and soon it’ll get easier and before you know it you’re right where you want to be.

10. Increase physical human contact. Yes, more sex will reduce that stress! Yay! If that’s not up your alley then at least hug someone every day and if touching humans is is unappealing then give some love to a pet.

11. Unplug. At a minimum shut your phone and computer and TV off at least an hour before bed. Too much stimuli, too much information bombarding us day and night! We don’t even realize how much it effects us or how much negative information we are exposed to by these electronic ‘miracles’. Have you tried counting how many times/day you check your social media accounts?! Or how much time you spend being exposed to EMFs? It is scary.  Try one day a week to not watch any TV or listen to any news radio or access any social media. It’s very peaceful.

12. Yoga Mudra. Mudras are just hand positions that control energies. The one I like best for relaxation is Vayu Mudra. Do it with both hands at the same time for 5 minutes or longer. If possible practice this with your spine erect but you can really do it anywhere. Use it to prevent stress from effecting you as deeply and also to reduce it once it hits you.Yoga Mudra for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress, reikiofgreaterboston

13. Yoga.  A yoga practice is key to maintaining balance and calm in the face of stressors. If you can hook into a class that is convenient to your home/work then I would do this. If time and money is limited then find some free on-line classes and if that is too difficult for you then at least practice Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) daily for at least 5 minutes. Upon going to be or waking up are convenient times of the day to practice: Yoga for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress

14. Reiki. Reiki resets, balances and aligns your body and its energies so that you are in the best state to heal yourself from stress or any other unpleasantness that comes your way. Read more about this healing energy here or book your appointment with me here.

15. Clear and Organize. Living in a messy, cluttered space is not conducive to maintaining a clear, calm state of mind. Get rid of shit that you don’t use, don’t like, don’t want (even though someone nice gave it to you). Keep only things that bring you joy! Taking this thought further you can set up a special place in your home for de-stressing. Read here and here.

16. Crystal Therapy.  To combat stress and anxiety the crystals that clients seem to find most helpful are: Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst. healing crystals for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stressOnce you get them you can wear them in the form of jewelry or carry them with you in a pocket or a bra, hold them in your hands while meditating or just sitting. They do need to be cared for so if this method of relaxation is of interest to you please text or email me and I will let you know where to purchase, more about how to work with them and care for these magical stones.

17. Supplements. These supplements have been shown to relax an anxious soul: Melatonin Magnesium,Valerian Root. Follow directions on the bottle. Try one at a time and give each a good 2 week shot before you assess its efficacy.

18. Essential Oils. I mention these oils and how to use them in ‘You’re Getting Sleepy’. Look there for more information. Lavender, Rose, Chamomile.

19. Listen to music or make your own music. I’d give you some music that I find relaxing (like this) but you may not find it so. Some clients tell me they find hard -rock, heavy metal or Blues relaxing and these make me more anxious so we are all needing something different. Identify music that calms you down and listen to it daily or specifically when you’re stressed. Making music may calm you too even if you’re not ‘musical’ you can bang on a drum which you can find inexpensively or if you already play an instrument do that or SING! Everyone can sing. You don’t have to be on key, just enjoy the beat, the rhythm, the emotion, the lyrics, etc.

20. Do things that make you happy and bring you joy. It makes me so sad when I ask people what it is that brings them joy and they really have no idea! If you don’t know, it’s worth investigating. These are things that make you feel free, light and joyful with not a care in the world. Engaging in these activities regularly (at least 1x/week but preferably daily!) will keep stress away. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but never tried or something you’d participate in if you had more time or something that you used to do as a kid that made you happy but you haven’t done it for years? Do those things and see how they make you feel.

21. Say No.  And say no regularly. Only say yes if you really want to, if what you’re saying yes to is going to add something to your life. Saying yes to every invitation you’re extended will likely be a waste of time and cause lots of anxiety.

22. Spend time with people who make you laugh/happy. If you don’t have any of those people in your life then you must find some but until then spend time alone instead of with people who add nothing or negativity to your life.

23. Forgive. Holding on to anger or resentment is a major cause of stress. Do yourself a big favor and forgive. Yes, they’re wrong and they should apologize but most times it’s not worth the effort to talk sense into these perpetrators. Move on for your own health. Read more on Forgiveness.forgiveness a way to de-stress, 30 ways to de-stress

24. Let Go of Control. Are you a control freak? I know it’s hard to let go especially when you’ve likely been trying to control things all of your life. It’s a waste of time because it takes much  more energy to control than to let go and most of the things you’re trying to direct are not worth your energy. Things will work out as they should. This does not mean that you can’t be involved with things that you care about and do your best and then let it go. This one can be complicated and involve many steps to get to letting go but at least start by acknowledging that this is an issue for you. 

25. Express Your self. Holding your feelings and emotions in is not ideal! Eventually these feelings will eat you alive. Somehow they will be released and not in the most productive way. Let them out somehow before they control you. Journaling is my go to release. If you are the artistic type draw or paint your feelings, dance it out or write a poem or song or maybe a letter to the person who you feel caused the feelings. You don’t have to give it to them but getting it out on paper will free you!

26. Spend Time in Nature. Ahhh. One of my favorite things to do to calm down. I understand that not everyone is the ‘outdoorsy’ type and if that is the case then being in deep nature may cause you panic with all the bugs and animals milling about you. Consider then just sitting on a towel on the beach and breathe in the salt air, listen to the waves. If you are open to the forest setting I would recommend going deep into the woods alone. Get lost even. Try Forest Bathing -retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere.

27. Herbal Teas. Try Chamomile, Lavender or Cup Of Calm (Traditional Medicines Teas).

28. Breathe. A 5 minute a day breathing practice will help you to learn to inhale and exhale completely training the body what to do should you begin to hold your breath in times of stress. If you do not want to commit to this daily practice then just implement complete breathing when you begin to feel anxious, making sure to release all the breath completely when you exhale.

29. Squeeze & Release. This method does nothing for me but some people swear by it. My anxiety prone clients recommend this Squeeze Toy. Squeeze away your stressIt has a harder consistency than most. Almost like a clay. Another option is to carry a small smooth stone with you. Whenever you feel tense, put the stone in the palm of your hand and then squeeze the stone and then slowly release. Do this a few times and feel the tension leave your body.

30. Let Only Good Thoughts In. This takes practice but along with #1 is most important for me personally in preventing stress, anxiety and depression. The moment you notice your mind spinning with a negative thought or image switch it out with a beautiful image or happy thought. You will have to do this over and over again until the positive thought state is your norm. This method will be supported by many of the other items previously listed especially limiting your exposure to negative people/situation and limiting your exposure to News through TV, Radio, Social Media, and to engage in activities that bring you joy.

Tests to assess your stress, 30 ways to de-stress

Here are a couple of fun Stress Tests you can take to assess your level of stress: 1. , 2. even though you likely already know!

Well, try some of my recommendations and let me know how they do for you!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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There Is Only One Rule For Creating Your Home Altar

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What is the one rule you must satisfy when creating your altar?

Your altar MUST PLEASE YOU!

Done, done, done. That is it. Your altar can look like anything and be placed anywhere as long as it makes you happy and encourages your peace of mind.  It does no good to follow Feng Shui rules of placing the altar facing the front of the house or the front door, or any other rules you’ve read about if the end result does not touch your soul.

You will hear advice about not placing sacred statues or items on or near the floor because it is considered disrespectful. What? The floor is closer to the ground, the ground is Mother Earth, Mother Earth is Sacred to the Max to me so I’ve got lots of my altar items on the floor. Plus I prefer sitting on the floor over a chair so placing items low in space is the perfect height for me. Go with your own intuitions. If it feels right for you then do it. If it feels uncomfortable then change it up.

I have lots of fun setting up altars. Get creative!  You might look at some of my altars and not classify them as such but to me they create a sacred space and serve to remind me when I walk by that there is more to this world than what we see. These mini-spaces remind me to go to my full fledged altar and/or to right now, as I walk by, get in touch with my spirit.  Altars are places where the divine and human worlds interact, a place to get back in touch with your authentic self as a representative of divine energy.

You do not need to believe in a God or gods to have an altar. You can have an altar to communicate and get in touch with your own higher knowledge, or a cosmic energy. If you do believe in spirits, saints, angels, deities, etc. this is the place to begin calling on them. The more you spend time at your altar space, the more peaceful energy will be infused there and soon it will be calling to you daily to come and spend some time basking in the peace.

A mini-altar at a window above my desk.
A mini-altar at my kitchen window.

A common definition of an altar is ‘Structure on which offerings are made to a deity’. This can be so but it can be so much more than that. In biblical times the offerings made usually involved slaughter. Well that ain’t happenin’ in my house. I do make offerings however. Offer whatever you have to give like the Little Drummer Boy. He played his drum for Jesus. So if you are musical you can share that gift at your altar. I do sing there sometimes. I offer flowers and herbs from my garden, beautiful stones or feathers that have come across my path. You can write/read a poem, share some art, etc. The options are limitless.

Some things to consider when creating your home altar

Remember the following are all just suggestions from my years of working with these spaces. In the end there are no rules other than the first one I gave you at the top of the page.
 
Choosing Your Space(s) 
  • Ideally this place will offer some modicum of quiet at least during some part of the day.
  • It can be outdoors or in.
  • Ideally a place that you will have easy access to.
  • That you can have some privacy in (ability to close a door, block it off or put up a screen).
  • That is comfortable (not too hot or cold, etc.).
  • Consider making a comfortable seat there either on a chair or a pillow, blanket, meditation cushion.
 Consider ‘Clearing’ the Space
It is helpful to clear the space both energetically and physically so tidy up the area trying to remove any ‘junk’, extra stuff that is really not needed there. De-clutter.
To clear energetically you can burn incense and/or sage/herbs, burn a candle (soy or beeswax scented only with essential oils), chant, ring bells or chimes.
Do this cleansing ritual each time before you spend time in the space or when you feel the air there needs to be lightened.
 
Choosing Items For Your Altar 
This is such a fun part of having an altar!
Choose items that speak to you, that you feel connected to in some way, that inspire you, make you feel happy, peaceful, etc.
Here are some common items I see used on altars:
  • Pictures of Saints, Angels, Deities
  • Pictures of family or pets either deceased or living
  • Items of Nature: shells, rocks, crystals, feathers, plants, flowers
  • Poems, Quotes
  • Holy Books
  • Inspiring Books
  • Journals
  • Candles, Incense
  • Tarot/Angel Cards
  • Runes
  • Prayers
  • Artwork
  • Bells/Chimes
  • Music
  • Pictures of Totem Animals
The list can go on and on. Do you enjoy sports? Perhaps you want a picture of an inspirational player or sports memorabilia on your altar. In love with a certain color? Lather it on your altar and enjoy. Really, it’s all about you. The more unique to you the better!
 

 Arrange Your Altar Items

any damn way you please! We have enough rules we have to follow in this world. Feel free here. It is your space – just for you.

Altar Themes

You can read a lot about altar themes but unless you have several altars you might just consider having a general purpose altar. That way you can use it for whatever you need at the time.

Here are some themes/needs people work with at their altars:

  • Meditation
  • Gratitude
  • Relaxation
  • Inspiration
  • Peace
  • Healing
  • Love
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Connection to Divine/Higher Powers
  • Joy
  • Communication

Below is my general purpose altar. It’s easy to get to (in my bedroom) so usually when I wake up I just crash down there and say hello to any spirits who might be there, set some intentions for the day and do a bit of breathing/meditation. It is my main altar partly because it is indoors and I can use it all year round.

My main, multi-purpose altar.
My gratitude altar.

Here to the left is an altar I use strictly for gratitude. Each day I say ‘thank you’ for something in my life and put a small offering on the rock in front of this angel. I sit there and breathe for a minute (or longer) letting the gratitude fill my body, mind and spirit. I must confess to ignoring this beautiful angel in the middle of winter but I still say a thank you daily just using another method.

 

 

 

You may enjoy working with altars so much that you create a Travel altar! I have one. Simply gather meaningful (but small) items, place them in a box with a lid and you’re all set to go.

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Travel/Portable Altar

Maybe you’ll feel unsure of what to do once you build your altar! I understand that. Again, do what ever feels right for you. Here are some of the things I do at my altar space:

  • Sometimes I just sit there and cry!
  • Ask a question and LISTEN for the answer (the answers for me do not always come in words so try to have all senses open. Also the answers may come upon you later in the day after you’ve closed your prayer session.)
  • Practice Breathwork
  • Practice Meditations
  • Journal
  • Do some yoga poses
  • Say Thank You
  • Pray for someone’s healing/happiness
  • Request assistance in healing certain clients that day
  • Sing
  • ‘Talk’ with Crystals
  • Write poems
  • Admire some of the items on the altar

Just start by sitting (or lying down if that is more comfy for you) and tune into your breathing. It does not have to be a long period of time. Start with 5 minutes. Soon things will begin to come to you and you will begin to trust listening to your gut here at your altar space and later in the world at large.

So in closing, Have Fun & Create and little by little get back in touch with spirit and intuition. This will go a long, long way in guiding your life, making you happy and healthy and allowing you to become the person you were put here on earth to be. So be it. Namaste.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Christmas Means Love

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you likely believe in some higher power. Yes?  The essence of all higher power is Love and Love is the meaning of Christmas to me so that is why I say to all of you, Merry Christmas!  Exude Love today and everyday.

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.” –Lucinda Franks

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‘Gut’ Instincts? Follow Them!

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Often I notice people doing what is expected of them, following their best laid plans or someone else’s and wearing it like a badge of courage, you know, doing their duty but just going through the motions.

I think the badge of courage should go to the people who follow their instincts even when it means breaking plans, disappointing people and rocking the boat.  In my mind those are the people with real strength.

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Go for it!

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3 ‘Scary’ Yoga Poses to Try on Halloween.

'Scary' Yoga Poses

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Most people probably have something like this pose (above) in mind when they read scary yoga pose but for me that is not scary but simply out of my league and much too challenging.  It’s so far away from attainment for me that it does not scare me at all.

Here’s the yoga that scares me:

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

matsyasana2The first time I tried maneuvering into this asana I was petrified. I was also surprised that this heart opener had me in a panic. I do not panic easily and I am above average in connecting with my body.  Watching my teacher demonstrating it I thought- no problem. And physically it was no problem. But the emotions that it evoked when my chest and vital organs were exposed like that were intense and very frightening for me. I could not stay in it for very long and it took me about a year of practicing before I could be ‘comfortable’ emotionally there. With mindfulness and introspection I discovered so many reasons why that unveiling posture pushed my buttons but now it’s my go-to pose whenever I’m sad or angry or feeling less than compassionate.

Physical Benefit:  Among other things this posture helps to reverse shoulders hunching forward from too much computer work!

Yoga Mudra (Yoga Mudrasana)

yseatedWhy this pose put the fear of god in me I still am not sure.  I was comfortable practicing many other poses with my head below my heart and with full pressure on my head or forehead. Again, physically, this one is easy for me but emotionally it sets something off making me feel confined and not in control all at the same time. I think it had something to do with bowing, perhaps igniting thoughts of my Catholic experiences in childhood. I have come to assimilate bowing but am bowing to my higher self or a gracious spirit, not a punitive figure.  

Benefits: Opens shoulders, stimulates crown chakra (sahasrara) to boost psychic gifts and encourage connection to the divine.

Lion Pose (Simhasana)

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Well I know why this one is scary for me. Look at it! No one looks attractive doing this pose (except a lion). In addition to that distorted face, you have to make a lion sound letting all kinds of stuff out of your mouth.  It is a great purging pose though and I do like the feeling of freedom it brings. Plus I like pretending that I’m a Lion.  Observing my fear of Lion pose taught me just how attached I was to my appearance, image , grace and composure. Ugh! How superficial. -Still working on this.

Physical Benefits: Relieves facial tension, loosens jaw, wards of sore throats.

Halloween is a great time to try a ‘scary’ yoga pose. So try some* of these physically simple postures and see if they challenge you emotionally like they did me. Or, let me know if some other ‘benign on the surface poses’ trigger fear or another strong emotion in you.  Although they are uncomfortable, I see these trigger points as learning opportunities. When I feel the fear on or off the mat I know it’s time to step back and take a deeper look at what is propelling that emotion. It’s always interesting and helpful to learn more about yourself and your motivations.

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Happy Halloween. I hope you scare yourself. You’ll be all the better for it.

*Please warm up back and neck before trying Matsyasana and neck and shoulders before Mudrasana.

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Seeking Tiny Bits Of Happiness

Make A Difference

I took my own challenge issued in my post A Different Way To Look At Success. Each day for a week I tried to identify when I was happy and what it was that gave me that feeling of Joy. This, I feel, was a worthwhile exercise! Here are my results:

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY

BrookThe sound of the brook as it makes its way through the boulders, stones and other impediments.  It’s crash causing a peaceful sound of resolution.

DAY 2 – THURSDAY

leaves2The smell, look and feel of the woods on a fall day in New England especially the surprising whoosh of brightly colored leaves blowing about a bright green lawn making swirls in the air like an animation.

seagull-rowA row of 4-5 seagulls sitting peacefully on a split rail fence overlooking the marsh. One of them started lifting his right leg and shaking it like he had stepped in gum. I don’t don’t why this struck me as funny but it did and it made me laugh out loud.  Just by being his silly gull-self, he brought me happiness.

DAY 3 –  FRIDAY

The smiling eyes of one of my Reiki patients as he was leaving the hospital.  I met him in the hospital elevator as he was being discharged as his son was wheeling him out.  I was manning the elevator and asked, ‘ Where ya’ going?’ meaning which floor can I press for you and he smiled and shouted ‘ I’m going home!’ and we all cheered and I pressed 1, Main Level that leads to Home.

DAY 4 – SATURDAY

RockThe rush of wind blowing over me, the ray of the sunbeam on my skin, call of the birds, the rush & rustle of the trees and solidness of the stone.

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A big pumpkin that looked like it could turn into a coach and carry the princess to the ball was in the middle of the hospital parking lot rotary.  It was so out of place – there were no other pumpkins or mums or other Harvest decorations around, just a big fat pumpkin in the parking lot. It might as well have been in the middle of the desert but it brought the place to life with color and holiday cheer and a sense of normalcy that can be sorely lacking in a hospital.

DAY 5 – SUNDAY       

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My kitty Amelia turned 1 today. She sat calmly on my lap for once and let me touch her soft fur.

 

DAY 6 – MONDAY

I went to a Shamanic Medicine training today and although I learned so much, what brought me joy was the simple beat of the drum. (Listen to some Drumming)

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DAY 7 – TUESDAY

hawk2I watched a hawk circle high and effortless on the wind. In my mind I said to him, ‘hello there’. He then flew right over to me in a bee line, hovered directly over my head and stared straight into my eyes for a few seconds. I was so mesmerized I did not have the capacity to snap a photo. I was able to experience the moment fully and have a meaningful connection with this wild bird.

Summary

Understand that my life is far from void of expensive gifts, trips and dining experiences but these items were not the items that made me feel that authentic, deep-down joy. What did give me that feeling, as you can see, were the simple, small and natural things. 

Each of my happiness sources  were being 100% authentic.. They did not know how to be anything else and so lost ‘themselves’ in the moment and that was their beauty. They had no need to please anyone or be anything different than they were by nature.

I noticed also this week was that when something didn’t go my way it was easier to accept it because I knew some fantastic little bit of love was going to cross my path soon that very day.  I was looking for it. I was expecting it.

I’m very excited to continue to focus on these little beams of light throughout my days with the intention of building a happiness momentum that will get me through the New England winter which usually finds me down.

So shine your light today! Be 100% you  and in so doing you will be fulfilling your purpose here on earth. However crazy, strange, weird or odd you may be, that ‘selfness’ may be just the thing someone else needs to make them better, happier, hopeful, motivated, inspired, successful! Go You!

Let me know if you try this exercise and tell me what you discover!

Love, Lisa purple_heart                                                                   no tagline-01

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10 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DEPRESSION

Depression Awareness Month

It is apt that October ,the month of Halloween, ghosts, witches and all things scary is the time chosen to broadcast information about this very frightening illness.

I thought I would do my small part in spreading awareness of this medical condition. It is more common than you might think and I’m sure that if you don’t suffer from it yourself, you certainly know someone who does.

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DEPRESSION STATISTICS

  • Globally 350,000,000 people are affected by some form of depression.
  • 11% of teens have a depressive incident by the age of 18.
  • The estimated annual cost due to lost productivity and health care is $80,000,000,000.
  • According to the World Health Organization, depression is projected to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020.
  • An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression.
  • Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined.

In general people affected with depression are sensitive empaths, people who think and feel deeply. I love these people! I am one of them! We are in good company. Here is just a smattering of the well-known geniuses afflicted with this disease:

ACTORS MUSICIANS ARTISTS SCIENTISTS
Woody Allen John Bon Jovi Edgar Degas Isaac Asimov
Alan Alda Kurt Cobain
Jim Carey Mary Chapin Vincent Van Gogh Charles Darwin
 Rick Springfield Eddie Veder
Billy Joel Isaac Newton
Gary Lightbody
John Lennon Buzz Aldrin
HEADS OF STATE WRITERS ATHLETES
John Adams William Blake Terry Bradshaw
Abraham Lincoln Mark Twain
Winston Churchhill Ernest Hemingway Serena Williams
Henry James
Tolstoy
Emily Dickinson

And of course Robin Williams who’s illness lead to death this past year.

Depression is Scary

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

  • Changes in sleep
  • Change in appetite
  • Poor Concentration
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling empty
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Hopelessness
  • Heightened pain
  • Enhanced addictions: drinking, social media, etc.
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Take an on-line screening test here. (If symptoms are persistent be sure to get professional assistance.)

CAUSES

There are myriad reasons for depression –chemical, hormonal, situational or a combination. Whatever the cause, it is not the fault of the sufferer and they cannot just ‘snap out of it’ as some people think!

 10 Natural Remedies For Depression

Of course if you are in it deep you need to get to a psychiatrist for evaluation for medication and to a therapist to work on relevant issues. During and after those 2 steps, or, if you get better but then feel that black cloud creeping back again try these natural remedies right away!  You may feel relief immediately with some of these remedies (especially with #’s 1, 4, 5 and 10) but if not, do not despair; try them for at least 2 weeks before you yell at me. 

1. MOVE!

Any kind of movement will do. Jump up and down on your bed (my favorite), walk, stretch in place, take a movement class, dance to some songs on the radio.

2. SUPPLEMENT*

  • St. John’s Wort
  • Fish Oil
  • SamE
  • Probiotics
  • B-12

3. YOGA POSES*

Yoga practice in general will help with depression by teaching you how to become a witness to your actions and thoughts and ultimately to the motivation for those actions and thoughts but if you don’t have the inclination to begin a full practice at least try these asanas to ease your sadness.

Head Stand (Use wall for support)

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Hand Stand (Use wall for support)
Handstand-Prep

Bridge Pose Bridge Pose, Yoga

4. BREATH WORK*

Breath of JoyWATCH My 2 minute Video Demo of this quick and simple breathing exercise that will bring you a bit of energy and happiness.

Breath of Joy Demonstration Video

5. FIND YOUR JOY

This is easier said than done and I am happy to guide you there when you come for your Reiki sessions but until then try reuniting yourself with an activity that used to bring you happiness when you were younger. Were you happy climbing trees, riding bikes, painting, drawing, singing, playing hockey, dressing dolls, playing with color-forms or etch-a-sketch. Whatever you loved doing before you were a ‘responsible adult’, try it again. Allow yourself this little treat and see if it gets your motor running again.

6. TWEAK YOUR DIET

The things I want to eat when I’m ‘crashing,’ like chocolate cake and cinnamon buns are not ideal as I’m sure you know. Yes they feel good emotionally in the short term but for longer term benefit try eating:

  • Protein (hormone free turkey, chicken, fish)
  • High in Fatty Acid Foods: Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon
  • Reduce the Caffeine

7. GET OUT!

Expose yourself to the sun and/or take some Vitamin D.

8. DETACH FROM MEDIA

Try not using your computer for a day. It will not kill you! It will feel like you are dying but you will be recharging your battery.

Shut your phone off as soon as you get home from work and don’t turn it on again until you get to work the next morning.

For one full week Do Not Watch Television. I personally do not watch, listen to or read any news. It makes me anxious and sad. The down side to this is that you are a bit more ignorant to events but the upside is worth it especially for sensitive souls.

9. SOCIALIZE

Although this works for many people it makes me retreat more so you’ll have to try it for yourself. Go out with one, a few or a group of friends may make you feel a part of something larger than yourself and give you some laughs or camaraderie.

10. REIKI

As a Reiki Therapist my belief is that illness, including depression is related in part to unresolved emotions. Over time these emotions cause energy blockages and a buildup of toxins. With Reiki treatments we move the body back to a neutral state so that it can heal. Several studies report  those who received Reiki treatment had significant improvement in their depressive symptoms compared to those who had no Reiki treatment and this improvement held when the participants were tested a year later. Consider adding Reiki to your ‘get happy’ toolbox to prevent, lessen or eradicate your depression.

*Please contact me with questions on dosages and modifications.

Love, Lisa purple_heart                                                                   no tagline-01

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