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On a scale of 1-10 what would your average stress level be? What about when you are at work? What about during the holidays?
I remember a time when my stress level was so high that I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I was running a marathon: heart pounding, sweating, and feeling intense anxiety.
IT WAS STRAIGHT UP AWFUL, thankfully I knew I had to make a shift and took action to do so!
Stress is a reality of life: the issue is how high our stress level gets and what we do to manage and reduce it.
The American Institute of Stress reports that 40% of people say that their job is very or extremely stressful......YIKES!
And since stress is a known contributor to many health issues and problems including: neck tension, back pain, headaches, digestive issues, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, depression and every major chronic disease it is VITAL that we take action to bring stress levels down.
Thankfully Yoga has a wide variety of tools...
What are you thankful for today?
Today and everyday, I am thankful for my health, my loving partner, my work, my freedom, my supportive community and....YOGA!
I'm thankful for Yoga because it helps me stay sane, healthy, strong and balanced!
I'm thankful for Yoga because it is the main tool that I serve my community with and through it am able to help you stay energized, healthy and centered.
I'm thankful that now through the YOGA AT MY DESK PROGRAM you are now able to access these amazingly powerful tools anytime, anywhere!
In honor of Thanksgiving, I am excited to announce that I am opening enrollment from Nov 26th until December 3rd only to offer this special deal:
40% off of the Annual Membership plus a special thank you bonus of a
20 Minute Posture Consultation (using a specialized Posture App) to customize the program for you to maximize your results (valued at $97)!
This year wouldn't you like to handle the stress of the holiday season...
Life can throw a lot at us, especially at work. And when we are in the thick of things with long TO DO lists, clients, and distractions it can be challenging to be grateful for all of it....am I right?
However, if we manage to keep our cool and approach each moment with an open mind and a willingness to learn we can. This approach, which is called the growth mindset, is a powerful lens to look through (and thankfully one we can develop and hone).
The essence of the growth mindset is to always be looking for the lesson in the situation so that we can learn and grow and become the fullest version of our self.
So by taking a step back and looking at the situation from a wider lens we can learn to ask better open ended questions such as: What can I learn from this? What is the universe trying to tell me? What tools do I have to handle this situation?
These are far different from the opposite fixed mindset that asks closed ended questions such as: Why is this happening to me?...
I'm proud to say that today is day 823 of my daily gratitude practice! What started as a suggestion from a friend over two and a half years ago is now a staple of my morning routine that I love.
The suggestion to start this practice came to me when I was in a dark period in my life, struggling with depression and lack of motivation. So I thought, why not give it a go? And I'm so glad I did.
The interesting thing that I have learnt since is that a daily gratitude practice is scientifically proven to help people with depression by increasing levels of serotonin, shifting their outlook and improving their mood.
Science tells us that in as little as 20 seconds a day, feeling authentically grateful stimulates a release of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin that helps you...
If so, you are definitely not alone and the truth is that way too many people feel this way!
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health and happiness, yet is something that far too many people deal with on a daily basis simply because they don't yet know what to do to ease the burden.
While some stress is helpful to get us up and motivated to take action, if left unchecked, stress can quickly take a toll on your body and your mind.
Take my client Emily for example: who when dealing with major family stress developed lower back issues and sciatica pain. Since it is very common for problems to manifest as physical symptoms it was essential that we integrated relaxation techniques plus stretches and exercises to help her feel like herself again and get out of pain. And thankfully she did!
Far too many people wait until they are in pain or are super stressed to take action because they think they just don't have the time, know how, or...
Have you ever said to yourself: It's not worth doing ______________
(fill in the blank with: Yoga or Stretching or Exercising) because I only have a few minutes?
If you have, you are definitely not alone! Learn more in this week's Vitality Tip!
It's funny how sometimes we use this logic on ourselves right?
By telling yourself: unless I have X amount of time, it's really not going to do any good or make me feel any better. FALSE!
The truth is: every little bit counts and does have the potential to make you feel better!
But the mind can be a funny thing sometimes. Talking you out of taking a few minutes to move, breath, and stretch by spinning a story about how its pretty much a waste of time unless you can do it for a long time......weird logic!
The truth is it is ideal to be moving your body frequently throughout the day, by getting up often, changing positions, moving around etc...all things that may not happen that often when you are working on a...
ARE YOU STRESSED? If you are like 50% of the population you just might be.
Stress, it seems, has become an epidemic, with many of you reporting in our recent survey that you feel stressed out at work more often than you would like.
But what can you do when you are dealing with long to do lists at home and at work, chronic tension draining your energy and no end in sight?
The mistake many people make is just to push through, drink more coffee, and take "unnecessary things" like exercise and mediation off the list of things to do.
It turns out that continually making this mistake is not only costly to productivity and happiness but can potentially be risky to your health.
Because it lowers immune function, increases chronic tension and increases blood pressure and cholesterol, stress is implicated in every major chronic disease from IBS, to heart disease, to obesity, to diabetes and cancer.
Ironically, the hustle and bustle pace of our busy lives means that...