Finding certainty in nature is one of the best ways to ground ourselves right now. We need only to look at the moon to be reminded that we have certainty, we have grounding, we have continuity that isn’t going away no matter how much the rest of our world changes.
How to Take Back Control: What I’m Doing to Stay Healthy During this Time of Uncertainty That You Can Do Too
During times of uncertainty, it is essential that we carve out things that we can control so that we aren’t choosing unhealthy patterns of control.
Salmon is simply brain food (and delicious and super easy to cook!). It’s ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) makes it anti-inflammatory. Reduced inflammation in the gut, reduces inflammation in the brain.
The best way to get out of fear and to build immune system resilience is to shift our breathing to calm our nervous system. I show you how in this 1 minute video.
Watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27% more likely to report having a bad day 6-8 hours later versus individuals consuming transformative stories of resilience, growth, possibilities, and solutions who reported having a good day 88% of the time!
Water is the most essential “nutrient” that our brain needs to function properly. It is estimated that about 80% of the North American population suffers from energy loss due to minor dehydration. Even mild dehydration of just a body water loss of 1% (which can occur through routine daily activities) impairs cognitive performance, resulting in poor concentration, decreased reaction time, and short-term memory problems, as well as moodiness and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can both be induced through low levels of dehydration!
Calm the body of anxiety, fears, overwhelm, and overthinking by self-stimulating two acupressure points I share in 2 video tutorials. These are points I stimulate using Medical Qigong practices with my clients but can also easily be self-stimulated through acupressure.
Given that our heart actually produces and synthesizes neurotransmitters that are specifically connected to our ability to upregulate our nervous system and calm down our nervous system – it is essential when working to overcome depression or anxiety that we also work on supporting our heart health. More on this in the video.
A cacophony of words, will, wants and whines.
And yet, willing the words to stop doesn’t work
So many times with depression I see uncertainty of a path crippling the person into not walking at all. The first steps through the uncertainty is the hardest – it’s like slogging through waist deep Colorado snow.
To hate or denigrate our family is to hate on ourselves which has the unanticipated effect of lowering our self-confidence, creating a perception of unworthiness, and promoting illness. When we loathe our blood family for the traumas they have inflicted, we also cast ourselves out and loathe ourselves because our flesh and bones come from them. They are a part of us.
We do have a right to be upset, to be angry, to be sad, etc. and we also get to choose whether to take that frustration out on the other person and to carry that upset with us through the rest of the day and all of the interactions that we have or whether to respond to the upset from a grounded place that creates change so the situation isn’t repeated and we can release it then in the moment instead of harboring the hurt in our body. We can’t control what other people do, but we can choose how we respond to them and how we internalize the event.
In this article, I share my story of finding my way out of reactivity to understanding and the 6 key takeways that we can all use, whether in a state of meditative bliss or upset and emotionally raw, to calm down our reactivity, frustration, or anger enough to be more open and aware with others.
Are you beating yourself up for not “doing enough”? For not getting through everything on your to-do list? Are you giving 100% while mad at yourself that your 100% doesn’t look like even more?
“Frankly it wasn’t satisfying- I wanted something bad for me, mainly because then I could focus on being sick rather than feeling like my world was falling apart. Binging on bad foods vs cucumbers and grapes.”
Grief and loss hits us so hard. It can feel like a complete dissolution of self as we navigate (or don’t) a new experience of being in the world without someone or something that greatly impacted us. All too often, we don’t grieve or don’t complete the grieving process and restore our sense of self post-change or loss and the effect can devastate our physical and emotional health. If you are dealing with a health issue that won’t lift or emotional turmoil that won’t resolve, you may have unprocessed grief holding you back.
One of my favorite quotes is by Robert Heller, which is “Fear is excitement without breath” which simply means that the experience of fear and the experience of excitement are almost exactly the same. The only thing that separates them is mindfulness around the experiences. When we are excited and forget to breathe deep into the experience our excitement can turn into fear. Likewise, when we are scared about something, if we can be present with our feelings and breathe into the experience, our fear can turn into excitement.
This simple meditation walks you through the steps to connect into the earth and ground your awareness there, as opposed to in your mind, thoughts or worries. In this way, from a grounded and connected place to the earth, as challenges come up during the day, you can more easily release the tension held in your body down into the earth where the earth can hold your worries for you and transmute tension and stress.
My private practice for over a decade was focused on digestive health and the gut-brain axis, with very left-brain pursuits of tracking food consumption, creating meal plans, and measuring and evaluating blood, stool, saliva, and urine tests. Oh and cooking classes, of course. I was a steadfast believer that the key to all health is based on what we choose to eat and that this health can be measured and tracked by lab tests. I was wrong.