You Are Not Your Anxiety

You Are Not Your Anxiety

This is a guest post from Amy Brinton of amymbrinton.com The colors, the feelings, the sounds—everything about my first anxiety attack is still so real. It was Spring Break, and everyone else was at the beach, (or so it felt—social media was a regrettable source of envy for me at the time), and I was loading my four girls up for a trip to the library. All four heads of hair were done in simple, yet *still*, somehow, difficult ponytails; everyone had been offered a snack to fill in the […]

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

The rain comes down, steady. I open my windows wide – breathing in deep the dregs of summer and anticipating, slightly anxious, the cold, dark months ahead. The changes come, slow and subtle, but my body feels them all the same. A little less light, a daub more grey. My right hand aches with cold some days though the temperature shift is slight. Since its replacement, my hip no longer plays the barometer as it has since childhood but my body feels cold to the bone and shivers in anticipation. […]

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

I am regularly amazed by this simple truth: baby steps with consistency can lead to powerful results. We do not have to undertake a complete life overhaul to reap sustainable, life-changing benefits. No need to get overwhelmed. Release the all or nothing attitude. If you want to continually move towards greater mind-body health, as I do, consider just slowly adding in small shifts over time. Here are 5 Simple Health Shifts I made in 2016 that I think will serve you too. 1. I added in liquid minerals. Refined and processed foods, nutrient-poor soils, low […]

5 Ideas To Help You Love The Body You’re In

5 Ideas To Help You Love The Body You’re In

Do you love the body you’re in? Rarely do I meet a woman who can answer this question with a resounding yes. Or a consistent yes. But if we are to live with vibrant mind-body health, with joy, then we must come to the place of loving our whole selves precisely as we are. When we love ourselves we will continue to grow and mature and heal. Our bodies might change over time but what matters more is that our mindset change. That we begin to understand the depth of our worth […]

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Inside: We can decide, that whether life is easy breezy or downright horrible to choose joy and wear it like a garment. Here are 7 big and small ways to practice choosing joy. This is real life. Yet another sewer backup. Another friend in trouble. More financial stressors. A child going through a difficult time. Something’s up in your body and it hurts. Dealing with disingenuous people. Ugh. Sometimes life sucks and you choose joy anyway. Should we wait until life is calm and perfectly predictable to live with joy? Do […]

Move Your Body in Nutritious Ways

Move Your Body in Nutritious Ways

Do you like to move your body? I have never been an athlete and used to rather skillfully avoid sweat at all costs (gym teachers loved the O’Reilly girls). I am still too sedentary, largely due to hibernating much of the winter and have some limitations on my movement due to a hip replacement. But regular, JOYFUL movement is absolutely essential for maintaining my emotional and physical wellbeing. In addition to using a standing desk and incorporating ‘joyful movement’ into my life five times/wk for at least 30 minutes (I sometimes miss the mark), I […]

When You Get Off Track Get Back to Basics

When You Get Off Track Get Back to Basics

Maybe you’ve had a few sleepless nights, or job layoffs all around you are stressing you out, or your work-family-rest balance has evaporated into thin air, and you find yourself cranky, anxious or tired out. You are not feeling how you want to but this isn’t the time for a dig-deep life overhaul. Get back to basics. Sometimes all we need is to return to a set of tried-and-true ‘rules’ that support us in feeling clearer, emotionally calmer, and more energized.   But we also need to track these behaviors for a […]

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

There are times in life when I look back and marvel, gratefully, at how far I have come. I remember after the birth of my first child, close to 20 years ago now, feeling crazy happy but exhausted and craving sugar; I’d whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Rice Krispie squares with chocolate on top and eat the entire pan myself without breaking a sweat. When my son was little, if I started eating Halloween Candy (just 2 or 3 mini chocolate bars was the plan) chances were that I’d clear off the entire […]