Why You Should Get Regular Acupuncture Treatments

Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness regime, you may not have to rely on the family physician so much for those minor little issues. Let’s look at how getting regular acupuncture treatments can help you stay happy and healthy. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and TCM for Sprains and Strains

We’ve all heard of and maybe even experienced a sprain or a strain. But do you really know the difference? A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist or a blow to the body that forces a joint out of place, while a strain can happen from twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. continue reading »

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Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – What Are You Really Craving?

“When a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.” continue reading »

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Herbal Tonics for Allergies

An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen.  This could be anything from something you inhale to something you touch to something you eat.  An allergic reaction may cause sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, a running nose, a sore throat and rashes. In severe cases, allergic reactions can induce something known as anaphylactic shock, which can actually be deadly. continue reading »

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Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – I Am Enough

As many of you know, I was on an amazing trip last week (a Mediterranean cruise) with my favorite traveler partners – my kids. My favorite things to do are travel and spend time with my kids. You’d think I’d be over the moon the entire time…but I wasn’t. I had bouts of sadness.

I’m working on not resisting my emotions – especially ones that the “old me” would label as bad emotions. (There aren’t good or bad emotions.) Instead I tried focusing on the sadness as interesting data that is telling me something.

Some of the sadness may have been aggravated by my not bringing my vitamins and supplements, and not always eating 5+ veggies per day. If you think nutritional deficiencies may be impacting your emotional health, reach out to my friend Meg at Nourish Integrative Solutions.

Some of it may have also been a lapse of mindfulness. Instead of being present and enjoying the current moment, I was mourning the fact that it might be the last time that we all go on spring break together.

But as I kept digging into the cause, I think a key part was that I was struggling to feel “enough” without daily accomplishments. Every day, I do a mirror exercise where I look into the mirror and complete these 4 sentence stems with 7 responses for each –

“I am proud of you for…”

“I love that you…”

“I forgive you for…”

“I commit to you that…”

I was struggling to complete “I am proud of you…” without daily accomplishments. I still haven’t completely embraced that “I am enough” to just be and enjoy.

I am going to continue my quest to accept myself as “enough”.

1)I will continue my daily mirror work, and start listing things that are more about who I am than what I’ve accomplished.

2) I will continue to post reminders that I am enough. (My teens roll their eyes because I have it written in lipstick on our bathroom mirror.)

3) I will spend 5-10 minutes each day journaling about my feelings and emotions.

4) I will continue to be consistent with my daily meditation.

5) Maybe most importantly, I am going to make sure I make time every day that is NOT focused on accomplishing anything – so that I can practice accepting that I am enough even when I am not striving to get something done or complete a goal.

Please let me know what actions you’ve taken to own that “You Are Enough – exactly as you are”.

 

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