For some people exercise comes as easy as breathing, and for others of us, it’s a bit more effort. I’ve never been the person who gets stir crazy when I haven’t exercised, or who craves exercise and movement. In fact, I’m quite content with Netflix and my couch after a long day of sitting. Napping is one of my favorite past times. But movement is so important. Exercise helps lower risk of death, decreases risk of cancer, eases symptoms of depression, boosts energy, supports better sleep, and even improves your sex life!
Do you ever feel like your days are so busy you can’t think straight, and when you do take a moment to breathe and relax, you can’t turn off your thoughts? It happens to all of us. The simple routine of connecting with your breath and your senses can help bring you into the moment and reset your brain. Continue reading “Take in the Moment with Each of Your Senses”
One of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to be gentle with myself. It took years to learn, but its simplicity is life changing.
I was going through a difficult time in my life and seeking help. A beautiful Irish woman was placed in my journey. Her beauty was deeper than looks, she radiated something that I wanted, something in my life I didn’t have at the time. She radiated peace and serenity. In my version of the story, it was as though she was surrounded by white light like an angel and that her words were pure magic. She would describe herself in much more humble terms. It was true though; she was a ray of light in a time of darkness for me.
It took some time, but I eventually got up the nerve to talk to her. She became a spiritual role model for me, and today I’m lucky enough to call her a friend. No matter what happened in my day or week, good or bad, I would look to her, seeking a solution, a quick fix to feel better. But, the reply was always the same, a soft Irish brogue, “Be gentle on yourself.”
When was the last time that you asked yourself out? We live in a day where we are constantly connected to other people, our phones, social media, open floor plans at offices. If you’re single, you swipe right to meet someone. If you’re in a relationship, you’re synching your smartphone calendars to find a time that works.
It’s important to slow down the pace and have some time just for you. In my early 30s, I found myself single (again) and was given some of the best advice of my life – I was told to date myself. Mind-blowing.
Many of my relationships were doomed from the start because I was a stranger to myself. I hardly knew how to share my interests because I didn’t even know my own interests. Enter self. No one to hide behind or mold my interest to. What do I want for dinner? What movie would I like to see? What do I want to do?
Living with chronic illness or chronic pain is exhausting. The days when it’s exacerbated can feel overwhelming and never-ending. Here’s a tip: instead of fighting, accept and surrender.
When we think of illness, we almost always use the word “fight” because that’s what it feels like – a battle. It can be a battle just to get out of bed, to go to the store, to do the normal everyday things in life. But what happens when we stop fighting? Sometimes, when we surrender, our body gets what it needs to move forward.