Not having the time is the number one excuse we all use when we aren’t getting the results we want. I won’t argue with the fact that our lives are jammed packed with activity. For many of my clients it’s work, kids, house chores, and bed. If you are suffering from physical pain or IBS, that adds a whole new level of stress into your daily routine. Regardless of what you may be dealing with in your life, the difference between my clients who get what they want and the ones who don’t is time management. You can’t delete [...]
Topic: IBS and Pain Relief
We hear often in the self-help world how important self-care is. However, we don’t do it enough and it’s because we don’t know how. I think we have a perception that there’s a right way to do self-care.
I laughed inside when my client thanked me for not telling her to do yoga and pilates. That’s the funny thing about self-care; you don’t have to do anything. I notice a lot of people putting self-care into their routine as a forced thing. Then they feel tired out from it and forget the fun stuff.
The interesting thing is that self-care is [...]
Resistance isn’t always bad, in fact it can teach us crucial things about what isn’t working for us. However, when it gets in the way of allowing us to accept and move forward, it needs to be released.
This came to me when I purposely avoided creating intentions and decided to let the first few weeks of January sink in and let the intentions form themselves. Then when the time was right I decided I was going to create my intention in the form of a word this year and that word is: release.
When it came to me it seemed [...]
Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? ~Mary Oliver
That quote from Mary Oliver really got me thinking. I often talk to my clients about the importance of breathing but I’m not always sure if they fully understand the importance of it.
For a long time I didn’t either. I would do a short meditation and take quick deep breaths if I felt stress but I really wasn’t consciously aware of how I was breathing. It was actually through the process of being in pain that I became aware of the lack of air I was [...]
She talked about body language and how it affects our entire lives.
It got me thinking about how body language affects our reaction to discomfort.
She discusses successful people having higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol. And how the way we posture our bodies can naturally produce these two things. So high-power poses can produce good hormones, which equals feeling confidence and success where as low power poses increases our cortisol levels, which is our stress hormone. So staying in a [...]
How much time every day do you focus on your IBS?
Are you thinking about it all the time?
I know it’s hard not to, with your stomach acting all kinds of crazy and worrying if you’ll make it through the next meeting for class.
But what we focus on expands.
I know I’m not saying this is all in your mind and your creating yourself.
But I am saying placing your focus somewhere else can help you get through that next hour.
When you begin to worry about your symptoms move your thoughts to another place your body feels good: your pinky or even [...]
I am well.
I heard this from Wayne Dwyer at 3 am on a night when I had turned on the TV because sleep just wasn’t happening.
Three simple words yet so powerful.
For people struggling with IBS the words “ I am well” don’t often cross your mind. But they should.
You see if you focus on “I am well” you take your attention off what is wrong with you.
Simple yet so hard.
Because were so used to seeing what’s wrong with our body and trying to fix it.
And no matter how hard we try we can’t control our body.
But we can control [...]
It seems that everyone is looking to find something to make them feel good.
This came to mind when I heard how many people are reading 50 Shades of Gray. I’m not against people reading 50 Shades of Gray but it seems like people are looking for something make themselves feel good and take them away from what’s in front of them.
We all have our share of challenges over the course of our lives. What I have learned from my clients that successfully transition themselves in moments of challenge is that they understand the difference between giving up and giving in.
I used to think I had to give up and give into situations or circumstances I was uncomfortable with. In my mind giving up and giving in were the same thing.
Then I realized that I don’t have to give up to give in. It’s actually the complete opposite
You need to give in to heal a wound, accept a situation, or [...]
How much do you ask for help from others? If you’re anything like I used to be your answer may be never.
I spent too many years doing everything myself. Taking care of my basic needs, my emotions, and stressful situations on my own. Asking for help was not something I was accustomed to doing. In fact I avoided any level of help from others because that meant vulnerability.
But avoiding that vulnerability never made me feel good. But that’s not why I avoided it; I avoided it because it felt safe. I was free from judgment, shame, or whatever negative [...]