How to Use Self Compassion to Get Through Life's Obstacles

After 3 years in clinical practice, I found that my true passion was helping people on a deeper level live a holistic, meaningful, and balanced life. My goal is that my clients feel vibrant, healthy, and connected, both physically and mentally, from the inside out.

I recently got asked about the use of self compassion during times of crisis. I thought I would share my thoughts here. 

My most recent crisis was losing my mother to cancer last October. It opened my eyes to how I can view myself even during difficult times. I have had a pattern of being critical of myself throughout my life and not feeling good enough. It's something that I have worked on but during this hard time I found it coming back to the surface. 

Even after my mom passed away, I was guilt stricken with things I didn't do. "I didn't even walk with her on the beach." "I wasn't present enough with her." " I didn't know we wouldn't have more time together."

All of these thoughts tore me up. I...

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5 Easy Ways to Start Detoxing During Your Busy Day

Detoxing our bodies is so important for how we feel right now and our long term health. Keeping our body in a healthy balance and supporting our detoxing organs (skin, liver, kidneys, and colon) is of utmost importance because we need them functioning well, hopefully, for a very long time. 

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Did you know your skin is your body's largest organ? Things that we put on our skin get directly absorbed into our bodies and go into our bloodstream, having an impact on our body in a variety of ways. Often chemicals can disrupt our brains as well as our hormones. These are known as endocrine disruptors or neuroendocrine disruptors. (You can look up these words to find the exact chemicals that affect them for more information). 

Most people do not realize that every day we get toxic exposure whether it's through pollution, pesticides sprayed on the grass or on our food, chemicals in our household products, and even our own stress. 

Usually,...

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How Self Care Has Helped Me Get Through the Loss of My Mom

 

Losing someone so close to us and influential in our lives is so very difficult. It can feel paralyzing and overwhelming. It is a shock to our bodies physically and emotionally. 

 
This past fall, I lost my mom and it continues to be the most difficult thing I have ever dealt with and continue to process. 
 
Dealing with such a loss has made me passionate about helping others go through the grief process with self love and compassion. 
 
The love of yourself, your friends and family, and remembering your own strength and resilience are all helpful to getting through such a loss. 
 
At the beginning of this journey, I quickly realized that I had to utilize self care to function. I knew I had to put one step in front of the other to get through the day and where I began was taking care of myself. 
 
I wanted to share my most helpful self care techniques with anyone else going through such a loss to help them through...
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How to Utilize Innovative Technology as a Natural Way to Decrease Stress and Improve Health

Did you know that stress is the #1 underlying cause for the 6 major causes of death in the U.S.? 

This isn't new information...

Yet, it still continues to be a part of our culture to be busy to the point of burn out, push ourselves, and continue striving to, in the end, get the life we "want." 

However, what if with all of this pressure and feeling of never being enough or having enough, we realize that stress wins and we are left with physical (and sometimes fatal) issues?  Was it worth it? 

That being said, it doesn't have to be this way.

We can be efficient, productive, high functioning and balanced.

It all comes down to our perception of our lives, our thoughts, and how we choose to react to situations.   

For me, stress hits home. It's personal. Growing up, I was that kid who was continually worried. Due to a series of life events I had when I was younger, (more about that in future posts), my brain began to be wired in a way that my stress...

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Why Dry Brushing is Self Care and a Healthy Habit

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Dry brushing as a continual practice is such a beautiful way to honor your skin, body, and heart.  

It may seem odd, brushing your skin... but trust me it feels amazing. Using a dry brush with bristles in an upward, gentle, sweeping motion (always towards your heart) has a wide array of benefits both physically and mentally. 

 It is best to dry brush before showering (hence, dry ; )) . Trust me, I did this and I felt so reinvigorated during my shower. It's incredible how some simple self care can help you feel strong, powerful, and excited to seize the day. 

Here are the 5 top health reasons to start dry brushing: 

1) Naturally exfoliates the skin...

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Fresh Guacamole Recipe for 2 People in Less Than 5 Minutes

One thing we all look for is how to make healthy, delicious food quickly and for less money so we can stay within our budget.

This guacamole is great, easy to make, and is packed with nutrients for glowing skin, a healthy gut, and is anti-inflammatory.  It is great for a simple snack or as a side for burritos, tacos, or quesadillas.

All you need is these 4 ingredients:

- 2 Avocados

-1 Lemon

-2 Cloves of Garlic

-2 teaspoons Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Cut the avocados in half, peel, and remove the pits and put in the bowl. Mash lightly with a fork. Squeeze the full lemon on top of the avocado. Salt to taste. Mince the garlic and add to previous ingredients.

Mash and stir gently to get a great texture.

And that is IT my friends! Get this incredible heart healthy meal to have a couple times a week. I like eating this with organic blue corn chips with sea salt.

And if you want it, extra info about the health benefits:

-Avocados- contain heart healthy nutrients, helps...

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This Power Oatmeal Will Keep You Feeling Full and Fit

If you're like me, you look forward to yummy, healthy food in the morning. A great cup of coffee or a delicious meal awaiting can help us all jump out of bed and get ready for the day. We all want food that is healthy, tastes good, and also keeps us fit. Here is my amazing oatmeal that is packed with nutrients and fiber to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day. It is also gluten free and dairy free for anyone with food sensitivities. 

Additional positives:

  • Omega 3s (Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Chia seeds) for healthy hair, skin, and mood
  • Fiber for healthy digestion 
  • Cinnamon for healthy heart and lower blood sugar levels 
  • Banana for healthy blood pressure and mood
  • Chia seeds for healthy antioxidants and protein 

Ingredients:

- 1/3 cup Gluten Free Oats

-2/3 cup Purified Water 

-1/2 Banana

-1/2 Tablespoon Cinnamon 

-1/4 Cup Walnuts 

- 1/2 Tablespoon Chia seeds

-1/2 Tablespoon Flaxseeds

-Small amount of almond milk and maple syrup...

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How Having an Attitude of Gratitude Can Change Your Life

It is so easy for us to fall deep into our thoughts of life's happenings and what we are, or are not, doing or being. In our society, it can be easy to compare, to want more, and to feel like we need material things to have a "full" life.  

But let me ask you this, when you think about what makes you happy, what is it? Is it a person, a place, a thing? Is it a memory or a funny scenario? Or is it a certain type of feeling evoked by one of the above. 

For me, happiness often comes from laughter and joy with loved ones, and spending time with friends and family. Those times of laugh attacks or being silly with each other are times that I love reminiscing about and when I think about gratitude, I am grateful for those moments and those people that make my heart happy. 

What I urge you to do today is look around you.

What is in your daily life that you are grateful for? 

What might not be the most obvious choice, but you know it makes...

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How Living with Intent Gifts You Happiness and More Time

At the start of a new week, let us think about living with intent, also known as mindful living. Even when we have a lot going on around us, if we are able to take a step back and breathe, we are more likely to stay calm, focused, and have more time to get things done. 

Have you ever been running around in a hurry and did something that actually made you more late or made things take longer in the end? I think we have all been there. Stubbing your toe, dropping a dish, or not finding something the first time will only make things more hectic. 

In this alternative way of being, by slowing down, you can actually slow down your perceived reality and have more time to get things done. 

Not only will it help the situation for perceived lack of time, but by living in a calmer fashion, you will be able to enjoy the present moment and live with a clearer mind and a more open heart. 

We have all had times when stress gets the best of us and we are...

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Finding Faith in the Process

Have you ever wanted to get somewhere and just be there? I have. I'll admit it, I'm impatient. Or, I guess I'm working on being more patient. Life is interesting in that way, we want to have certain things, do specific things,  be certain things... all the while rushing to get there. Some of us (myself included) can have anxiety about when will it happen? What will happen along the way? Will it all pan out like it should? 

The more of my life that has gone by, the more I have seen that it all does actually turn out okay. Like the song, "every little thing is gonna be alright", honestly it seems too simple, but it is true. 

Every time we are resisting what is happening or fighting against reality, we are in a state of agony because we are not accepting what is. This is something my mom taught me, and still continues to teach me to this day. By asking what is this teaching me? And by saying yes and accepting what is, this...

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