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Posted on June 20, 2016 at 3:12 PM Comments comments (5)

How many times do you check in with yourself a day? Once? Twice? Do you even know what it means to check in with yourself?

How is your stress level? Have you taken time to be still and assess your emotions, your body? Any aches? Any pains? Are you tense? Why is it important?

Lets talk about the mind-body connection. We have all heard stories of people who become sick, and decide they will not be sick, and guess what? They get better. We chalk it up to good luck, but what if your mind could tell your body to get well? It can. Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are!

Our body gives us cues. And our brain knows what to do when those red flags pop up. Call it good engineering. Our lives have become so hectic, that when our body is screaming and our mind is trying to pick up on the cues, we overwrite the program with stress, and homework, and work, and tv, you name it. The lines of communication get lost and what we have is a failure to communicate. We wind up sick and tired.

How do we fix this? 

Taking time to check in. Really check in. This is why yoga, meditation and reflexology are so important. Do not be a passive participant, but engage. Check in. How do you feel about today? How does your body feel? How do you feel about how your body feels? How do you wish it felt? See where I am going with this? Connect with your mind. Connect with your body. Connect.

Winter Doldrums

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 8:21 PM Comments comments (8)

As we gear up for the winter season, we think about all the warm fuzzies of the season. Family dinners, Christmas tree decorating, sugar cookie eating, gift giving and family traditions, no matter how obscure. Very rarely do we think about how the winter weather can affect how much we enjoy the festivities of the season. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a mood disorder that shows up when people who have typically healthy mental patterns most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in one of the seasons, particularly during the cold winter months. 

The reasons for the winter doldrums have much speculation surrounding them. Is it the weather? Lack of sunlight? Lack of exercise outdoors because of the weather? While we may not be able to pinpoint why we feel down in the dumps, we do know of a few simple changes we can make to our daily/weekly routine that can help perk you right up. 

  1. Exercise - You know, with the endorphins and all.
  2. Eating - The holidays can be a time of poor eating choices, which can affect how you feel physically and mentally
  3. Sleeping - The phrase “sleeping like a dog” has always been one of my favorites. How often do you see a dog unhappy. If you’re my dog, not often. And look how much of the day they spend getting some sleep. If your body is feeling tired, don’t fight it, listen to it. I’m not saying take naps at work, I am saying go to bed early enough to get the full eight hours in. 
  4. Reflexology- For all the physical and mental relaxation. To help stabilize serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain, leading to a better balance of mind, body and spirit.

Keep in mind that feeling down in the winter months is common, while the more severe SAD is less common. Changes in lifestyle can lead to positive changes in mood across the board. If you are experiencing extreme depressive moods, please seek medical counsel.

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