Tips for Holiday Stress

Happy Holidays and Happy Solstice to you!  I wanted to share this as I know how stressful the holiday season can be for many of us!  Love and Blessings to you all during this time!

The Holiday season can be a joyous time of year and this season can also be tremendously stressful. Mass consciousness is busy making holiday treats and meals, decorating, shopping for (or creating) gifts, attending holiday parties, etc. while at the same time maintaining and living already full lives, working fulltime to pay the bills and provide for family, raising children, taking care of other family members, cooking meals, doing chores, keeping in touch with friends and family. Hopefully, by the end of the day, there is 10-20 minutes of down time before going to bed, only to get back up tomorrow to repeat the same all over again.

Many folks don’t take the time to acknowledge the extra stressors during the holidays.

Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand.  Because of the extra tasks, lists, and demands during the holidays, our brains’ prefrontal cortex may go into overdrive.  The prefrontal cortex is related to our executive functioning abilities (planning, organizing, making decisions, being attentive, managing time, remembering details and shifting focus).  On top of the extra demands of the holidays, this time can remind people of unresolved things in life, losses, or other emotional stressors.

With increased stress, physical symptoms in our bodies may increase, such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, general aches and pains, colds/infections, increased anxiety or depression. Luckily, holiday stress is short-term and is mostly gone after the new year, until next year’s holiday season.

Here are a few tips to help you make it through the holidays this year with a little more ease:

  • Exercise! Go for a walk outside, dance, work-out. This increases the oxygen to your brain, helps your memory, decision-making, and planning skills.
  • Eat healthy foods! I know this is a time of lots of yummy treats, AND make sure to add greens, other veggies and good proteins and good fats like avocado and nuts to your diet, while you’re eating the holiday cookies, cakes, and pies.  Your body and brain needs the good nutrition to function optimally.
  • Take 20-30 minutes to be still…do yoga, meditate, sit quietly, write, create art, listen to soothing music. This gives your body and brain a little down time to clear your mind.
  • Stay connected with people (and animals!) you love and trust. And, set aside your differences with them.
  • Have fun! Do some of the above mentioned activities with others too and keep it fun!  Dopamine is released in our brains when we have fun which makes us feel good and remember better.
  • Make a choice to let go of things that you can’t control. Focusing on what you can’t control creates un-needed worries that can ruminate in our minds and increase the stress in your body.
  • Realize that you can only do your best and that is good enough for right now.
  • Acknowledge your extra stress and get help from others if/when needed.

Blessings of Holiday Ease to you and your Family!

Susie

 

 

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Happy Spring!

HAPPY SPRING! I looked back at my last year’s spring blog and decided to revise and re-share. Enjoy!

Historically, spring was the natural seasonal time that welcomed opening up the home and cleaning all the dingy corners and washing down walls and windows to make things feel fresh again after having the house closed in and warm from the dark winter months. Today, we get that natural notion to clean, clean, clean our homes and our bodies. There are many ways of natural spring cleansing, including using local and organic plant food medicine(vegetables and herbs)!

Keep your body in shape! Get a nice long walk in everyday or some other form of exercise! Exercise promotes a healthy lymphatic system, which promotes a health immune system. And, on those nicer days, doesn’t it just feel great to get that needed Vitamin D after the winter months of darker skies? Get plenty of sleep! When our bodies get the deeper stages of sleep, serotonin levels are at their lowest, meaning our bodies are under no stress so the focus can be on healing.

Dry brush your skin before showering. Skin is the largest organ in our body and can hold onto toxins, especially environmental exposure. Be careful if you have sensitive skin; maybe limit this idea to once a week or less. The hard bristly brush can cause irritation to your skin.

Eat lots of healthy plant food medicine! Use fresh organic local produce. Make cleansing juices, using carrots, beets, a little celery, parsley and any other yummy veggies that sound good! These are filled with bioflavanoids, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need while also cleansing your body. This allows you to get the nutrients without the fiber and other food debris, so your digestive system can take a short rest.

If drinking fresh juices is not a good option for you, make yourself some cleansing vegetable broths or puree your cleansing veggie soups. These will also be gentle on your digestive system while allowing those nutrients to cleanse your system.

Here are a few noteworthy cleansing, nourishing herbs:

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica): If you’re brave enough and use gloves, pick the young shoots and lightly steam them in your food for cleansing, or substitute them for spinach. Infuse nettle in tea, or take it as a tincture. Nettle is highly nutritious (Vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, silicon, and calcium), and is a natural cleanser, anti-histamine(good prevention for allergies) and antioxidant.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Cut dandelion greens and add them to your salads, eat the flowers and dig up the roots, make a strong herbal tea or tincture them. Dandelion cleanses the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, promotes production and excretion of bile and stimulates digestion. What an awesome plant! Dandelion in combination with Burdock, Whispers of Nature ‘Internal Toner’, is an excellent cleansing and toning combo.

Burdock (Arctium lappa) is valuable for purifying the blood and has many minerals, especially iron, and is useful for many skin disorders, promotes kidney function, digestion, and elimination of harmful substances. Its diaphoretic property helps further removal of wastes through the sweat glands.   If you grow this in your garden, dig the root and be prepared to sweat as you dig this out – it can take awhile!

Use roots of dandelion, burdock, and nettle greens, carrots, beets, celery, onions, garlic, ginger and anything else you fancy, in your nourishing soups and broths during this time of year!

Abundant plant food medicine also available in spring are arugula, kale, and chickweed. Add these to your salad greens, along with dandelion greens. When wild harvesting, please ensure that you’re identifying the plants you’re seeking 100%.

Another good option is to make an appointment for a spring cleansing neurological integration system (NIS) treatment. This work recognizes areas in the body that are not completely communicating and can give you an electrical(nervous system) cleanse, opening up the nervous system circuitry between your brain and body.

Be well and Happy Spring!

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Liberation, February 7, 2017

Release what no longer serves you! Clear away the minutia that does not matter. Now is the time to release our old patterns, old belief systems, old thoughts, old emotions… that are no longer helpful for your life, your family, community, country, and ultimately, for all of life.

In English Oxford Dictionaries the word liberation means to “set (someone) free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; free (a place or people) from enemy occupation; release (someone) from a situation which limits freedom of thought or behavior….”

Years ago the foreign subtitled movie “Life is Beautiful” completely inspired me to see through Nazi occupation, deeper into Human Spirit.

Change is inevitable, whether we are ready or not, and change will continue throughout our lives. With change chaos may form. Ironically, amidst the pandemonium, some of the greatest transformation also can happen.

In making way for change, chaos, foreseeable difference of opinion, there is choice! We can choose to be alive within ourselves and proceed with knowing of freedom’s importance, or we will prefer to stay held captive by old patterns, beliefs, emotions that bog us down. We must pull ourselves out of the murky swamp and stand tall for ourselves, and the world. If we allow ourselves to be prisoners within our own skin, we can do nothing but what is required of us to maintain life as it is.

Maintaining life, as it is, if you feel at peace, happy, joy, love, etc…is like a child in a candy store! If we feel trapped, however, daily maintenance becomes droning, like automatic pilot.

Time is of the essence. We think we have ridded ourselves of old patterns, beliefs, emotions…and yet many are unhappy and dissatisfied with life.

Children are so impressionable. All of us can probably remember things, that, as a child were not helpful or supportive, which brought us feelings of fear, anger, frustration, anxiety… We are creatures of habit and routine. Those old patterns can oftentimes follow us through life and become triggers to old emotions and thoughts of the past. Now is the time to allow yourself, your body, mind, spirit to release those old patterns and habits, permitting yourself for more space within, for liberation, freedom, empowerment, for your highest hopes and dreams to be more clear!

Release yourself from your own imprisonment. Walk in nature, meditate, have morning quiet-time, pray, listen to your gut, play music, sing, dance, write, build, paint, walk a labyrinth, or do whatever brings you to center – come into alignment with yourself and listen to what is still with you that no longer serves you! Agree for yourself, mind, body, spirit, to be more liberated and free!

If we are truly free within ourselves no form of domination will keep us oppressed.

Think Globally, Act Locally!

Namaste,

Susie

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