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Beat Stress!

​​​​​​​February is heart health month and we would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to talk specifically about women’s heart health, considering February 12th was the International Day of Women’s Health, and March 8th is International Women’s Day.

So what, specifically, makes the difference in women’s heart health, versus men? According to the APA, approximately 50% of women experienced an increase in their stress levels in the last 5 years. We know diet, exercise and genetics play a tremendous role in heart disease, but don’t underrate stress as a contributing factor. Stress increases your blood pressure, can result in binge eating, and reduced energy.

Here are 6 great ways to beat stress in your life, and maximize your heart health in a completely non-invasive way:

  1. Take time for yourself. This could mean something as simple as an extra long shower, a few minutes alone in the car before you head into chaos, or tuning out the world with a pair of headphones and a soothing playlist.
  2. Ask for help. Oftentimes we try to take on too much to avoid inconveniencing anyone else. It takes a village!
  3. Be realistic. Maybe you’ve heard the saying “if you want it done right, do it yourself”. But maybe just getting it done is good enough. So the clothes may not be folded the way you like, but at least it’s done and out of the way. The dishwasher may not be loaded for optimal cleaning, but there are dirty dishes in there;  set it and forget it.
  4. Mindfulness techniques. We literally can not say enough about the incredible benefits of this simple activity. If you need help getting started, here is a great resource: http://bit.ly/2zSpOsI
  5. Exercise. I know, I know. But trust me. It is scientifically proven that exercise does wonders for your stress levels. You don’t have to go to extremes! Stretching counts too!
  6. Neurofeedback. If you’re looking for a long-term stress solution we have the answer! Neurofeedback results can last for as long as 40 years after treatment! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2y3jgp7

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Lost without the Internet

Ever been in a situation where you couldn’t get Internet connection? What were your immediate thoughts and/or responses? Maybe some worry and panic… some nervous tapping of the foot, perhaps? Whatever the case, we can bet they weren’t positive reactions, but is that really the way we should be reacting So the Internets down…THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END, right?! Surprisingly…no, its not, and that’s good news. If you can identify with any of the reactions pictured above (we know we can!), we have some positive resolutions you might enjoy: •       Look in the mirror, think of something that brings you joy. Now smile. Just because the Internet is down, doesn’t mean you have to be. •       Call your Internet provider. KINDLY and CALMLY explain the problems you’re experiencing. •       Stand in place. Take a deep breath in. Release slowly. Repeat this 3 ...

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Why Project Be Free is Important to me

Imagine, if just once a week, I gave my children and husband the same attention and presence to the moment that I give my clients. Imagine if I wasn’t always rushing through my time with them so that I could accomplish some other “to-do” item off my work list. Or if I wasn’t rushing them to bed so that I could answer emails or check my phone…or if we sat and talked without the distraction of phones, computers and TV. What if we all spent some time being present with each other?

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Don't Doom

Life with children is challenging. Period. Throw in work obligations, play dates, a significant other, your own social life, school work, your child(ren)’s social life, house cleaning, and all of the other jobs that exist throughout the day, and it is easy to become overwhelmed. As the day progresses, the kids ask for more and more as your level of exhaustion increases and your patience fades.  This is when parents tend to slip into what I call “Don’t Doom.” So what do we do?

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Get Ready for School: Feng Shui Your Children’s Rooms

Photo Courtesy: Pottery Barn Kids

September can be the worst month in a home with children. In the process of transitioning into a new school year, parents as well as children can be overwhelmed.  With a change in schedules, new schools, new teachers, new expectations, and new friends, this time of year can really test a family’s coping skills.

According to a study conducted by the APA (American Psychology Association) in 2006, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are concerned with the level of stress in their daily lives and those with children living at home were more likely to be concerned about stress than those without.

So if you’re stressed out, just imagine how your children feel!  Feng Shui does not come with a magic fairy wand (unfortunately, there is no “Easy” button like the commercials), but there are some things you can do to make their spaces a safe haven that will provide support and nurturing during these challenging times.

Some Basics

Be sure to check that your front door entry (both inside and outside) is welcoming. Check that it’s free of clutter, well-lit and attractive. A welcoming entry allows opportunity to come in and reach all the members of the home, so this is the first step to ensure your children have the best chance for success.

Feng Shui their Bedrooms

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