Feeling Angst?

“In this video, I’m going to show you how to use Tapping to 
access the deepest parts of your brain 
that have been limiting and sabotaging your success.
I’ll also show you how you can access your brain 
in ways you’ve never been able to before,
finding more creativity, more energy, more productivity, 
more of the REAL you in every way!
All those things that have been holding you back before today, all those limiting patterns, that self doubt, those
unconscious childhood traumas and overwhelming emotions… those aren’t the real you!
They’re just old programming that has held you back from becoming the full expression of who you really are.”  Nick Ortner  
This week I am moved to share with you a 15 minute tapping video from one of my favorite EFT teachers, Nick Ortner, with the Tapping Solution.
So many of you are telling me that you love our classes and you are not practicing tapping on your own at home.  Ahhhh…
Here is the perfect opportunity to sit down and tap on something that is important to you that is causing you ANGST!
I’d love to hear how tapping along with Nick’s video moves you to greater fulfillment and success.

Calming Down the Fight or Flight (or Flee) Response

  This week I thought we might practice calming down the stress in our lives.  There is plenty of scary stuff happening in our world and maybe not enough reminders to slow down, breathe deeply, move mindfully and ask for support.  Ahhhh…   Causes of Stress   The flight or fight response in the body is an automatic function designed to help us survive when we are in danger.   When every day experiences keep firing the stress response our immune system is impacted, which can lead to fatigue, insomnia, depression and illness.   I believe that we always have a choice about how we respond to life.   As we move into the fall and winter months, give yourself permission to slow down, nurture yourself with comforting activities and release anything that pulls you off of your center.   Activating the Relaxation Response

  • Mindfulness of your breath throughout the day
  • Meditation, yoga, tai chi, qi gong practice
  • Walking, swimming, biking or other exercises
  • Asking for support from family and friends
  • Tapping while focusing on stressful circumstances

Action:  Choose one practice or activity that feels really good to you.   Continue for several weeks and see how much calmer and rested you feel.  Be patient and gentle with yourself.  Ahhhh…   Here’s a link to more information for those of you who are interested in the full scoop on this topic:   http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response   This article from Harvard Health also includes terrific information about how to calm the Fight or Flight response and activate the Relaxation Response.  Yay!

Restful Sleep & Sweet Dreams

  • Are you having trouble sleeping sufficiently?
  • Is lack of sleep effecting your quality of life?
  • Does grumpiness get in the way of your JOY?
I hear you!  So many of my clients express their difficulty with sleep – either getting to sleep or getting to sleep and then waking up and not being able to get back to sleep.
Here are several suggestions to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep – leading to peaceful rest and sweet dreams.
1.  Turn Off the TV – To improve your sleep, you might consider improving your sleep environment. Clear your bedroom of your TV or other distractions, including computers, work materials, and any noises and bright lights.
Research also suggests that TVs and computers generate electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These may disrupt the pineal gland, the source of the hormone melatonin, which regulates the body’s circadian rhythms responsible for maintaining sleep cycles.
2.  Replace Worn-Out Pillows and Mattresses – I just realized recently that I can’t remember the last time I replaced my pillow.  We do enjoy our Tempurpedic mattress and it’s such a delight to sleep on new sheets and pillow cases.
3.  Reduce caffeine consumption and/or avoid caffeine later in the day.  For an all-natural energy-booster, try taking a vitamin B-12 supplement. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that this antioxidant is vital for energy production. B12 may also help to metabolize carbohydrates, fat and proteins, and promote healthy growth, cardiovascular and neurological health.
4.  Listen to relaxing music – Listening to relaxing music signals your mind and body that it’s time to slow down and sleep. A Journal of Advanced Nursing study found that soothing music had a very positive effect on the sleeping habits of adults.
5.  Bedtime routine is important – Your brain and body need to unwind before sleep can occur. That’s why you need to establish
bedtime “rituals”; take a bath, meditate, do some easy stretches or yoga — anything that lets the stress and chaos of the day melt away.

Perform your routine in the same way, in the same place, and at the same time each night. This repetition triggers your mind and body that it’s time to relax and sleep.
Also eliminate negative activities or items, which are associated with sleeplessness. For example, if looking at a bedroom clock makes you anxious about how long you have until you need to get up, move the clock out of sight.
6.  Acupuncture or EFT Tapping – Multiple clinical studies found that acupuncture may provide relief for insomnia. This technique involves inserting and manipulating thread-like needles into hundreds of “acupuncture points” on the body.  Or simply tapping around on the body points will relax and calm your body and mind.
7.  Stimulus-Control Therapy for insomnia:
a.  Go to bed only when sleepy.
b.  Allow yourself 15 – 20 minutes to fall asleep.
c.  If not asleep within 15 – 20 minutes, get out of bed, go to another room, and engage in a calming activity (such as reading) until you feel sleepy.
d.  Repeat steps 1 – 3 as often as necessary.
e.  Get up at the same time each morning, even if you had a difficult night.

8.  If All Else Fails – One of my favorite natural remedies is Bach Flower Essences.  I’ve used Rescue Remedy for years and they also have Rescue Sleep.  Both are available at Whole Food or Pharmica.