Having legitimate, healthy, positive self-worth is necessary to thrive in our world, but it can be a bit of a catch-22; while it is essential for our opinion of ourselves to come from within, it also is strengthened when reinforced by affirmation from others. But what happens when other opinions don’t match what we see in ourselves?
If your springtime seems to have more showers than flowers, you might be experiencing burnout. There is good news, though! This burnout, experienced by many, can be treated. Even if none our external circumstances can change - the life stressors or other causes of burnout - there are safe and effective ways to support ourselves while we are coping with chronic stress.
Emotions are held in each of our cells, in every tissue, muscle, and organ. Our bodies will carry the emotions we have difficulty processing, expressing, or making sense of as we experience them. In a sense, our bodies try to protect our hearts and our spirits from these painful emotions. This is where the acupuncture points become really interesting.
Have you ever tried to make a decision, only to find yourself swaying back and forth over what to do? Part of you says to do the practical thing - the thing that makes sense. But that decision just doesn’t sit well with your heart. Your heart wants to try something different, but how can you risk the challenge, risk the pain, with no guarantees? Still that voice persists, telling you that doing the nonsensical thing would feel so amazing! Have you noticed that voice getting louder lately? Is it getting harder to hush? This could be a sign that your inner dreamer is trying to emerge.
You know that woman who has a great career, has no cellulite, has two kids in two activities each, can make no-fat/no-gluten/no-calorie muffins that taste delicious, volunteers in her down time, has the perfect doting husband, has regular women’s night outs, and is always smiling? You know, Superwoman? Well, guess what? She doesn’t actually exist! Everyone has their kryptonite, the woman that you think is Superwoman, is probably just better at hiding hers.
Did you know that every acupuncture point has its very own name? In addition to having physical functions, each acupuncture point conveys a message to the soul.
Have you ever been in a situation where someone told you to "stop and breathe"? Think about how you felt in that moment and what you were doing. Maybe you felt anxious, nervous, worried, or stressed out. Did anything change when you focused on your breathing?
In supporting mental health and brain balance, the simple things really do matter – sleep, exercise, and good nutrition. These foundational lifestyle aspects can have a significant and effective impact in balancing the brain and alleviating symptoms like depression and anxiety.
Do you wake up every night, night after night? Maybe it’s at 3am, or closer to 4am, or 5am? Early morning waking is a common sleep concern.