Friday, December 15, 2017

Five Important Ways To Care For Yourself While Caring for Loved Ones During The Holidays

  5 Important Ways To Care for Yourself While Caring For Others During The Holidays
It is so easy to put ourselves on the back burner when caring for others.  In fact, it is not unusual for caregivers to find themselves getting sick while caring for others. 

We should never put ourselves on the back burner.  By the time we reach back to on the "burner" to do something for find it's hard to even find you on the burner. There is so much other stuff going on that you let take precedence over your own needs.  

The good news is that you can make up your mind to make a change.  You can decide that NOW is the time to put yourself on the front burner without any guilt or shame.  

Here are 5 important ways that you can start taking better care of you: 

Nature Yourself  - even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes each day you have to take a break and GO OUTSIDE.  Walk around the block, or just sit outside.  The fresh air (no matter how cold or hot it is) is invigorating.   Being outside will uplift your spirits and re-energize you.  Spending that brief period of time gives you a chance to reconnect with you. Try to do it the same time every day.  Make this a part of your self-care practice. 

Re-Connect With Friends -  caring for a loved one can be totally encompassing.  It doesn't take long to begin to feel isolated when you are a caregiver. Connect with friends who are positive and uplifting, friends that are a joy to be around.  You will find their attitude contagious and uplifting. 

Make Your Self-Care a Top Priority - even if it is something small like taking a break to watch your favorite program, or read a chapter from your favorite book,   It's important that you make it a priority to do something nice for yourself every day no matter how small. There are plenty of quick self-care things you can do for the holidays.. Drink your favorite hot chocolate, put on your favorite holiday music, take a ride and enjoy the beautiful lights and decorations of the season. 

Recognize The Triggers - you know yourself pretty well. You also know those things signs that you are beginning to get that overwhelmed stressed out feeling.  It is at those times that you must take heed and arrange for a break.  Keep handy a list of friends, family, and caregivers that can give you a break for a couple of hours or more so that you can get reconnect with your mind, body, and spirit.  Also, keep a list of things you can do that will help you de-stress. Sometimes we can get so stressed we can't think of anything to do..having a list handy can really help. 

Stay Present - it is easy during the holidays to start thinking about the ghost of Holiday's past. Instead, focus on what is good and thriving in your life ( yes there is good in your life too) . Be mindful during the course of your day and focus on what is working, what you can do, and other positive things that are going on in your life. 

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Keys To Emotional Wellness and Healing After Losing A Loved One

One of the key parts of our lives' journey is dealing with the loss of a loved one.  It is a fact of life that inevitably those we care about will make their final transition and move on to the next phase of another kind of journey.   When this happens what can we take away from this experience that can help us to grow?  How we do move forward with our grieving process? How do we heal is a way that we can find something positive from the experience?

August Pettigrew, Author and Mother shares with us her poignant experience of losing a daughter after a long battle with a terminal disorder.  Her story is not only beautiful, but she shares with us some key learnings that have helped her continue on after such a great loss.
On this particular podcast, I was struck by the strength and integrity of August Pettigrew.  To be able to write about her experience with loss, grief and moving forward after losing her daughter to a terminal disease, is inspiring.
We will all experience the loss of a loved one as we move further along our journey in life.  There is no way to prepare for such a hurt.  August shares with us in this interview,  that no matter how you deal with the loss, you can recover and you can move forward in life having been blessed with the wonderful memories of your loved one.  

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Does Your Soul Need To Be Healed? If so you must listen to this!!

We are the result of the sum total of our life’s experiences – both good and bad.  By the time we get to mid-life we have a lot of “hurt” baggage that has unpacked its contents in the depths of our soul.  How do we begin to pack up all that hurt?  Hiow do we heal the accumulation of years of disappointments, frustrations, hurt, anger, and loss? How do we heal our souls so we can move forward to living healthier and happier lives?

Dr. Katherine Kelly who is , Ph.D., M.S.P.H. is a licensed psychologist in her own psychotherapy and consulting practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina shares with us why it is important to heal our souls and what we can do to usher in a holistic form of healing for our mind, body, spirit, and soul.  In this interview, Dr. Kelly and I talk about the necessity to address the hurts of our soul as we move forward in life.  

There is no doubt that when we get to mid-life we have experienced a lot of  negative emotional baggage.  That negative baggage is embedded in our soul and the healing of the soul is an integral part of our overall  mind, body, spirit wellness. 

I have known Dr. Kelly for almost 7 years and there has never been a time when I have spoken with her that I have not walked away with a powerful message that has made a permanent change on how I encode my life experience.  Dr. Kelly doesn’t just believe in helping others to heal; instead, her mission is to help them to evolve.  Using her own integrative framework – the south Health Model- Dr. Kelly approaches her work with clients from a “psycho-spiritual” perspective.  She provides a uniquely progressive, yet down-to-earth approach to healing and is well-known in both the therapeutic and medical communities.  She strives to help clients reach what she calls “consciousness evolution” through a variety of self-designed methods.
I hope you enjoy this interview.  In fact, during the interview, I had an “ah-ha”, moment that has added to my own soul healing.  You may want to listen to this more than once… so much information is shared that will give you your own “ah-ha” moment

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rituals to Holistically Transform Your Life and Your Interior Space

When we talk about wellness for the mind, body, and spirit we sometimes forget that wellness encompasses all parts of our lives.  Our home and/or office environment is an important part of our wellness.  The colors we use, the positioning of the furniture, the aromas we smell, the kinds of pictures and paintings on the wall, the overall energy of the room can make an impact on how we feel in our mind, body, and spirit.  Sherry Burton-Ways, Principal Designer and CEO of SBW Aligned Expressions shares with us holistic ways we can make our living environment in a sanctuary of wellness for our mind, body, and spirit.

Listen as Sherry shares with us ways we can holistically enhance our interior space and our lives 

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Rituals to Holistically Transform Your Life and Your Interior Space

Sherry Burton-Ways is the Principal Designer and CEO of SBW Aligned Expressions. She coaches, designs and train her clientele using design psychology, color therapy, Feng Shui, and Eco-friendly design principles help them to understand what is blocking them in their lives by looking at the spaces they occupy.   Sherry’s develops strategies to create the results they want in their interior while simultaneously transforming their lifestyles.  The results of her work have been phenomenal and she is dedicated to helping her clients reach their dreams, goals, and intentions through their interior and lifestyle choices.  Sherry’s mission is to create alignment between the Aligned Expressions Design experience with beautifully-expressed, productive, nurturing and functional interior environments.   Her philosophy is that all interiors should evoke a grounding balance of function,  flow, and feel for all occupants and their space.   Sherry’s perspectives have been featured in, Essence Magazine, Popsugar, Organic Life Magazine, Buzzfeed and the Washington Post to name a few.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Relax and DeStress With These Moves, A Great Tasting Smoothie, and Music

As we head into the Fall we are also heading into one of the most stressful times of the year.  Back to school, the ending of summer vacations, and heading into the HOLIDAYS.

It is always a good idea to find ways to keep our stress to a minimum.  Research has shown that prolonged stress can cause an adverse impact on the immune system and even create an environment where cancer can grow.  Given that it is imperative that we find a way to reduce our stress. 

Lately, I have been on a break.  I actually took a break from my business for 6 weeks in an effort to relax.  It was wonderful to just stop for awhile and allow myself to just be.  But I realize that not everyone can do that, yet we still need to figure out how to release stress, how to relax, and how to refortify our bodies during stressful times. 

There are ways to release our stress without having to take pharmaceuticals, emotional eating, and drinking, or perhaps do something else that might give you short term gratification but not a long term solution. 

Here are three of my favorite things to do to ward off the impact of stress during the course of my day:

I love to move.  I was a dancer for many years and still dabble in dance from time to time.  I find that movement feeds the soul, all kind of movement.  These exercises are easy to do at your desk at work, or anywhere for that matter.  They only take about 6 minutes or so and you will feel a release in your body as you go through this brief routine. 

A wonderful 6-minute movement that you can do in your office or anywhere else to reduce stress

My favorite recipe for a quick relief in feeling "stressed" out, comes the form of a smoothie.  Try this recipe to help reenergize you and destress you at the same time.  (it will give you some energy too!!) 

a handful of kale 
a handful of blueberries
1/2 of banana
1/2 cup of mango 
i/4 cup shredded carrots 
1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic 
2 slices of fresh ginger 
tablespoon of omega 3 
tablespoon of chia seed
2 cup of unsweetend almond milk 

My favorite relaxation music for anytime but especially stressful times. 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Jumpstart Your Feel Good Happy Hormones with These Foods

Many of us have attributed our bad moods at one time or another to be "hormonal".  I know I have! Other times it is the stress that drains us and rob us of any good mood we may have had before the stress started!   

I used to wish I could have a happy pill to get rid of that "bad mood, cantankerous" feeling.  But,  I don't believe in using pharmaceuticals when it comes to enhancing moods (just my opinion).  I am always trying to find healthy and holistic ways to improve my emotional and physical health.  T

There are "happy" foods that are healthy and can help boost those feel-good hormones that sometimes get depleted.  Here are some foods that can help boost our happy hormones and put us in a "better mood".

  • Spinach - high in iron and magnesium, but also high in a class of chemicals that help us to feel "stimulated" These chemicals in spinach help to release Dopamine the same chemicals used for anti-depressants.  Dopamine gives you a sense of well-being and helps to stimulate happy and pleasurable senses in the brain.
  • Oily Fish - the fatty acids and omega 3  in oily fish stabilize our brains.  Salmon, sardines, trout, herring and mackerel are all examples of oil fish. 
  • Mussels - are not only delicious they are wonderful for helping your body regulate your mood.  The iodine, selenium, and zinc are very good for your thyroid which also can have an impact on your mood and overall health.
  • Asparagus - are great for enhancing the feel good hormones because they are full of serotonin (feel good hormone) and tryptophan which boosts happy hormones.  ( you can also  find it  in turkey breast) 
  • Egg Yolks - while they can be high in cholesterol ( so if you have high cholesterol you may want to skip this food) egg yolks are high in choline which aids in increasing your mental sharpness and positive attitude. They also contain trypotophan a happy hormone booster. 

Check out the Wellness Woman Holistic Living Academy - great online classes that can help you learn how to holistically reduce your stress and reduce your anxiety. The tips I share are all based on what I do every day to minimize the symptoms of having an Anxiety Disorder.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

10 Things I Have Discovered About Aging - And They Are All GOOD!

I know there are many women out there that don't like to tell there age.  I get it!  It's a personal decision. But when I first stared PraiseWorks and then later the brand Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond, I decided that I wanted to be transparent about my age.  I want to send the message that aging is not a curse, and it doesn't have to be a traumatic event.  Aging is a very beautiful part of life.  If you make a choice to look on the bright side of what aging is, you will discover a lot of surprisingly positive things about aging.  

You can decide how you want to age.  I am not talking so much about how you look, but how you feel about you on the inside.  Your self-love and self-care is crucial as you age.  Getting comfortable in the skin your in is a must.  Finding the part of your life that gives you a sense of excitement and adventure is important.  And...having the passion to pursue your dreams is what makes the aging process that much more exciting.

Try taking a positive approach towards aging. Here are my top ten reasons getting older is great! 
  • We finally have the time to get to know you! Now that the kids are grown and in some cases gone, you have can take moments of time to just be.  You can spend that quality and quantity time to get to know YOU again.  You can have those conversations with you without feeling your being selfish taking the time out to connect with your inner most self.  You can finally learn how to be a great person to hang out with. 
  • We can be comfortable wearing your signature look! There is no longer that pressure to make sure what your wearing is in style.  Sure we don't necessarily want to look like we are wearing something we bought in 70's  BUT we certainly don't need to go out an buy the latest fad fashion. When you are older you begin to feel comfortable in what suits you best. You can wear your own timeless signature look with confidence.  There is nothing sexier than the over 40, 50, 60, woman who is confident. 
  • We can wear those hips, gray hair, fine wrinkles etc...with pride! There are some physical changes that come with aging.  But we don;t have to be ashamed of them!!  Nor do we have to stress out trying to change them. What about embracing those changes. What about seeing those changes as a badge of honor  that we have lived, survived and thrived. Not everyone gets to see those changes...we need to celebrate the fact that we are blessed to still be here! 
  • We can bring back our inner child - While we were raising our children, climbing that corporate ladder, racking up materialistic milestones under our belt we got pretty serious.  We reigned in that inner child and perhaps toned down the silly part of our personalities. We became responsible. But guess what of the great things about getting older is we don't have to reign the inner child in any more. We can laugh, act silly, have "kid" fun and get re-acquainted with that part of yourself that got buried during our "formative" years.
  •  We no longer the small stuff... or even the big stuff - We have now reached a point in our lives where we have experienced just about every kind of pain, disappointment, failure, sickness and unfortunately loss of a loved one. We are finally at a place in our life that when stuff happens we know that "this too shall pass".  We know that when trouble comes, not to panic,but to use our life experience and wisdom to get us through. 
  • We can tell it like it  is- We no longer feel the need to play the PC (politically correct) game.  We can really tell it like it is and not worry about the repercussions.  We have so much more clarity of thought and life experience that gives us all the more confidence to say what we think and feel regardless of what others might think.  It is liberating! 
  • We learn to be present and live in the moment- We start to value our time more and no longer want to waste it lamenting over the past or worrying as much about the future.  Instead we begin to realize that life is so precious and each day is special. 
  • We can finally pursue those interest that we have put off for years - Since you start to have more time as you age (the kids are either grown or  gone, you are working less hours or have retired) you can take the opportunity to pursue those interest you never got to do. Perhaps you wanted to try ballroom dancing, or return to school, or perhaps take up painting. Whatever it is you have not had a chance to do, now is the time to do it. 
  • We have more wisdom and experience - No longer do you have to agonize over decisions. You have the life experience and smarts to make better decisions thank you did when you were in your 20's and 30's. You have better judgement as you age and you have less emotional decisions 
  • We can take more time with our loved ones -  Not only do we have more time for our loved ones (children, grandchildren, spouse, friends) we can choose when we want to spend that time and not have any guilt. 
And the main reason getting older can be great?  We are generally happier and more joyful. Studies show life looks a little rosier after 50, a new study finds. Older people in their mid- to late-50s are generally happier, and experience less stress and worry than young adults in their 20s, the researchers say. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Naturally Beautiful and Optimal Wellness Summit - Natural Solutions to Boost Your Health and Wellness!!

When I heard about this I had to share it with you! I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

This is really interesting: Our bodies give us clues when we’ve got lessons to learn whether it be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Have you ever had any type of DIS-EASE in any of these areas?

If you are human than most likely the answer is yes. We all come to this world without a manual for healthy living. Unfortunately, the majority of people do not know how to give their bodies and minds the best possible care. For the most part we only seek out education about how to heal when something goes wrong.

When we choose not to ignore the problem any longer we seek out help. It may be a quick journey or a long journey to get better. We start dealing with the symptoms and realize the best way to deal with the situation is to get to the root cause.

Any of this sound familiar? We need to do better. That’s why I’d like to invite you to come learn from me and 20 others that are the world’s top experts in the fields of nutrition and health in the Naturally Beautiful and Optimal Wellness Summit, our experts are sharing practical tips on how you can boost your health and wellness naturally starting right now.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

5 Tips To Get Motivated and Inspired to SPRING Into Wellness and Holistic Living

It’s hard to believe that we are almost half-way through 2017!  Where has the time gone?  Many of us always start the new year with some goals on what we are going to do to improve our health. We all start off with a resolve that this will be OUR year to breakout and breakthrough to a healthier lifestyle!  But what normally happens is LIFE gets in the way.  We find ourselves overwhelmed with the reality of just LIVING and bit by bit our resolve begins to wane and before you know it we are back to where we started.

Don’t feel bad …this is so common.  It happens to me too.   BUT, the good news is that it’s all about how you finish not how you start.  Here are 5 tips I want to share to help you get the motivation and inspiration to start and maintain your wellness goals.

• Set One Goal First …Work It, Achieve It, Maintain It – sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. When it comes to achieving a change when it comes to our health it easier to come up with your top five goals and then plan on achieving one goal at a time.  I know we are all wonderful multi-taskers but trying to achieve several goals at once doesn’t work. I know …I have tried. I learned in 2016 to write it all my goals down, prioritize them, and then select the first one and GO FOR IT.  When it comes to making lifestyle changes that will get you to a healthier lifestyle this is the best way to go.

• Get a Dream Keeper – Find someone you trust, who knows what your goals are, and asked them to be your Dream keeper.  Your dream keeper champions you, encourages you, helps to gently keep you on track without making you feel like, once again you are failing.  You share with your dream keep your goals, your frustrations with achieving your goals.  You Dream Keeper is the one you call when you feel like you are not making progress.  Your Dream Keeper is the on that uplifts you and celebrates you when you succeed. Trying to make significant changes in our lives without a dream keeper is more challenging.  Find that Dream Keeper and watch how more quickly you achieve your goals.

• Journal – I know you have heard this before but I must tell you that journaling is powerful.  It will help you to stay focused. Write down your successes. Focus on what you did, no matter how small that helped you achieve your goal. Journaling will remind you what you accomplished. Journaling will help you move toward accomplishing your goal.  You don’t have to write a book each time. Just perhaps a paragraph or so.  Journaling is one way to check in with yourself.  You will be surprised when you look back on what you have written in a month, how much you have grown.  and in many cases how quickly you achieved that one goal and are now ready for the next goal.

• Surround Yourself With Like Minds – If you are trying to increase your walking, or increase your intake of healthy foods you don’t want to hang out with sedentary snack food eaters.  Making a change to a more holistic and well lifestyle is an opportunity to find new friends who have similar goals.  This doesn’t mean that you leave behind your friends you have known for years, but it does mean that you whenever you make a change it’s an opportunity to make other changes in your life…like finding new friends who are interested in making the change with you.

• Be Kind To Yourself
– Many times the goals we set are challenging.  There are times when you might feel like giving up, or you might “backslide” and go back to habits that you are trying to break.  When this happens give yourself a break. Don’t beat up on yourself. Affirm yourself by remembering what you have accomplished, what you have done so far toward your goal. Making a change for the better in anything you do in life, is a process. Sometimes a long, frustrating, and difficult process, but a process that will inevitably change your life for the better.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

What's Inside You - Mind, Body, Energy - 4 Great Shows That Empower, Educate, Entertain

WOW - what a whirlwind year 2017 is turning out to be!  I had promised myself that I would blog once a week.  That was back in January and so far I have failed miserably!  But I do have an excuse...I have been busy with the production of my new podcast series "Whats Inside You - Mind, Body, Energy"  Every Thursday we air great interviews with people who have something to share about wellness for the mind, body, and spirit.

The last few interviews have been truly awesome and I wanted to share with you the last four interviews I have done that are also my top rated shows since the creation of the podcast..over 28,000 downloads per show!

The topics range from a man learning to cope with a serious Bi-Polar condition to how to live an orgasmic life!  An array of topics that empower, educate and entertain. Enjoy!

He placed the loaded pistol to his head and pulled the trigger...
An inspirational story of one man's journey of emotional healing and one man's determination to pursue life on purpose while helping others who are dealing with mental illness. Justin Peck shares his amazing story.

Following a TV appearance on Dr Oz, she was inudated with emails and calls from women wanting to understand why a woman should have at least three orgasims a week. 
 Dr Andrea Pennington, MD  shares The Orgasmic Prescription for women.  A wonderful interview on how to improve your sexual health and well being on several levels.

The good news is there are answers and solutions.  The answers and solutions we seek, the guidance we need, lies within us. 
Abby Gouch, Intuitive Success Coach shares tips on how to access that inner guide that we all have within us that will lead us to success.

A unique and breakthrough approach healing from chronic disease and other illnesses
Dr. Moshe Daniel Block shares a revolutionary form of counseling that helps the patient to discover their own healing by connecting the mind and body to reslove illness.

Tune in every Thursday for more great shows on "What's Inside You - Mind, Body, Energy" Be eductaed, empowered and entertained!

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