In this time of COVID-19, stress is something ALL of us can relate to. We are not alone. This is affecting all of us, in one way or another. I recently spoke about stress with one of my closest friends Anita Lambert @holistichealthphysio on the podcast that she and @jessiemundell co-host. This was a big deal for me. Not only do I always love chatting with Anita (we’ve been friends since our undergrad and we were in each other’s wedding party), but I was deeply ho
Whew. Does anyone else feel like their life as they knew it is being deconstructed?!? At least we're in this together. We are certainly not alone. Well I mean, I hope we are relatively and safely, physically alone. But, not alone in experiencing this 😉 Metamorphosis is, in itself, a destructive process. This is a favourite quote of mine and I can't figure out who said it. Since things are breaking down anyway, maybe this is our chance to take stock of what works and what doe
Happy Valentine's Day!!! Maybe today (and ideally more than just that) can be a day that we show ourselves love and kindness. When we are in pain or our bodies and minds are not doing the things we want them to, it is so common for us to speak and think pretty mean things about them. Does this help? Or does it worsen our discomfort?
Dr. Kristin Neff has done a lot of research on self compassion (check out her research here: https://self-compassion.org/). When compared with s
BREATHE IN. BREATHE OUT.
Taking "deep and slow" breaths for 5 minutes has been shown to decrease sympathetic nervous (flight or fight) system activity; to decrease feelings of tension, anger, and depression; and to increase pain thresholds.
Most of us are living life, rushing around. This means that we are in flight or fight mode a lot of the time. This isn't always a bad thing. However, humans thrive on variability and the resilience to move into and out of
For viewing pleasure, turn the sound off. I was surrounded by kids (including my own) at the aquarium! Aren't they just mesmerizing!?! I could sit and watch the ebb and flow of their movement for hours.
For me, they represent how there needs to be rest as much as there needs to be effort. Jellyfish balance this so well.
They are a really cool model of how our diaphragm and our pelvic floor move with our breath. Try this:
INHALE and watch the jellyfish expand as our ribs w