Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

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“Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders” – Andrew Weil, M.D.

In my last post, I talked about the importance of learning how to deal with panic attacks and stress. I shared some meditation videos and explained how helpful acupuncture and meditation have been for me in relieving stress and tuning in to my body. Today I want to share some breathing exercises that have been helpful for me. Dr. Andrew Weil has many amazing breathing techniques and you can read more about them here. Dr. Andrew Weil explains bellows breath, relaxing breath, and breath counting. I highly recommend taking a minute to review each of these breaths.

I personally love relaxing breath and do it a couple of times a day. In addition to this, I am also doing the meditation to rebuild the arcline that I shared in my last post. Remember that breathing is natural and the more that we learn to use breathwork to our advantage, the faster we can de-stress. Dr. Andrew Weil states that our breath should be deeper, slower, quieter, and more regular and this has certainly helped me to calm down.

Here is a great video of Dr. Andrew Weil leading a meditation:

What are your favorite breathing exercises for relaxing? Do you have something that works well for you when you are stressed out? Please share! Also, if you’d like more help dealing with stress and anxiety, working with a Certified Health Coach is a great way to discover new tools to help you manage your stress. You are not alone. Contact me and we will get you started with your free initial consultation today!

Meditation and Other Tools to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious at some point in your life. There are certain life stressers that raise our anxiety levels, such as our financial situation, finding a new job, moving, getting married, etc. While a little stress is normal, sometimes we become so stressed and anxious that our anxiety interferes with our day-to-day activities. If this sounds like something you are going through, you are not alone.

Recently, I have been more stressed out than usual. I have been relying on my usual stress-reducing techniques, but as my acupuncturist put it, my “tank is full.” As a result, I have been paying more attention to myself and making sure that I am taking the time to listen to my body, rest, and do things that are fun and enjoyable. I am thankful that I have an amazing acupuncturist who has been helpful, understanding, and an important part of my wellness journey for over 2 years (I wish I found her sooner!) and she is continuing to be soothing and reassuring now. If you have never seen an acupuncturist before, I encourage you to give acupuncture a try – what have you got to lose?I know that acupuncture has been helpful in relieving stress for me, and I am continuing to see my acupuncturist regularly. (Last time I was with my acupuncturist I told her I wished I could have acupuncture every day and she said, “come every week!” If I’m going every week, you know my tank is definitely full – and that’s okay :)).

If you have ever had an anxiety attack, you know that there are some physical symptoms that come with an attack. Because of these physical symptoms (racing heart, upset stomach, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, etc.) it’s easy to become convinced that you are suffering from a medical illness (and that’s okay too; anxiety attacks can be scary, but once you learn how to deal with them, they won’t be so bad). A great way to put yourself at ease is to visit a doctor and explain your symptoms. After you receive confirmation that you are healthy and not suffering from anything serious, relax, take a deep breath, and work on managing your anxiety. Since a doctor can rule out serious medical conditions, trust that you are healthy and are just experiencing normal symptoms associated with an anxiety attack. Additionally, psychologists are another great resource; taking time to talk about your worries with someone else can help put your mind and body at ease. Lastly, I recommend working with a Certified Health Coach who will give you tools to manage your stress and anxiety and will create a program specifically to help you be healthy, happy, and stress-free. A great book that I recommend to clients is Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick by David Carbonell, Ph.D (purchase this book here).

Throughout this stressful time, I reached out to Felice Austin, a hypnotherapist, yoga instructor, and therapeutic imagery facilitator. As it turns out, Felice has some great videos on meditating to help strengthen and rebuild the arcline, which is helpful in preventing panic attacks and depression. Even if you are not experiencing panic attacks and depression, these meditations are still great stress relievers. The first video explains tuning in (what we should do at the beginning of a meditation), the second video is a meditation to strengthen and rebuild the arcline (this is the video that will help with depression, panic attacks, and dealing with stress), and the last video explains tuning out (what we should do at the end of a meditation).

I hope these tips will help you as you are trying to relieve stress. If you are ready to work with a Certified Health Coach who will guide you and help you manage your stress by creating a program specifically designed for you, contact me so we can set up your initial appointment and give you the tools to be happy, healthy, and stress-free! Remember, you are not alone and there are ways to deal with anxiety and there are people who are trained to help. Be well and take care of yourself and if you have a story to share with everyone that you feel will help, please share! Xo

Slim Down with this Summer Detox!

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Hi Everyone!

I have been getting lots of questions about cleanses and detoxes; many people want to lose weight for this warm season, so I came up with a simple, easy to follow detox! I’m excited to share more about this with you.

This 15 Day Detox is going to change your life forever: you will detox & lose weight in the most fun & natural way.

  • Are you ready to recharge for the summer?
  • Are you ready to slim down for the summer months?
  • Are you ready to boost your Immune System?
  • Are you Ready to Detox & Lose Weight in a safe and fun way?
  • Do you want to say goodbye to sugar cravings and say hello to a new way of eating?
  • Are you ready to ditch the diets, stop counting calories and reboot your entire body?

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 Welcome to this incredible Detox!

 Have you been dealing with any of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Skin conditions such as acne
  • Insomnia
  • Eczema
  • Excess weight
  • Food Allergies

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Did you know?

Your body may be carrying around 5 to 10 pounds of toxic waste, which slows down your ability to lose weight & that means SLOW metabolism – oh no!

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  • Tone your body
  • Reduce the toxic load
  • Improve your digestion
  • Uncover hidden food allergies
  • Make weight loss fun & easy

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Imagine discovering your blueprint and  finding the foods to fuel your body.

You will….

  • Uncover hidden food sensitivities that are keeping you feeling blah
  • Learn what foods fuel your body
  • Rev up your metabolism
  • Release stubborn weight and reduce cravings
  • Say good-bye to sugar cravings
  • Reduce inflammation that leads to weight gain

Your Detox Experience Includes the Following:

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An 11-day, step-by-step meal plan – making this Detox super easy for you to to follow!

The Sensational Summer Detox Recipe Guide includes a grand total of 89 recipes – wow!

  • 11 Smoothies
  • 10 Juices
  • 6 Raw Delicious Dips
  • 5 Dressings
  • 12 Meals in the Raw
  • 5 Meals Cooked
  • 4 Raw Soups
  • 6 Warm Soups
  • 10 Snacks
  • 8 Desserts
  • 8 Recipes Plus 4 Desserts for the Transition Phase (the last 4 days of the detox)

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You will also receive:

The Sensational Summer Detox Food Diary & 11 Day Meal Planner
A Shopping List so that planning meals is fast, easy, and fun
The Sensational Summer Detox Handouts:

  • Journal & Vision Board Yourself to the Body You Deserve
  • Low Glycemic Handout
  • Find Your Carbohydrate Tolerance: Learn the difference between good carbs and bad carbs and eat what’s right for your body

When you have completed your adventure, your life will never be the same because you will:

  • Lose 3-5 pounds in a week
  • Ditch the diet mentality and kiss cravings and bloating good-bye
  • Feel endless energy
  • Have mental clarity and not “brain fog”
  • Learn simple techniques for detoxing and eating that you can use for a lifetime

You will be glowing!

You will transform!

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What are you waiting for?