Category - Self-Care

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Four easy strategies for de-stressing and filling your cup
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Moms speak out: what Mother’s Day really means (+ giveaway)
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Musings on Mother’s Day

Four easy strategies for de-stressing and filling your cup

What mom couldn’t use some suggestions on how to feel more grounded, calm and peaceful? Craniosacral therapist Sally DiCesare of Your Blissful Journey recently presented a “Create Your Own Personal Oasis” talk to the Arlington/Alexandria Chapter of Holistic Moms Network, and this Thursday, August 21, she’ll be at the group’s August meeting on a panel about Supporting Children’s Emotional Health. Sally will share how craniosacral therapy can be used with children. But she also wants to remind moms that taking care of their own health is paramount in paving the way for family health.

Here’s a guest post by Sally:

“As Moms, we don’t often ask for help. Many times when we do it’s because we are drowning in overwhelm.

But who has time for a break. And kids’ camps, enrichment and sports aren’t getting any cheaper.

How do you get what you need? Because remember, if the well is empty there is nothing to give.

How do you fill yourself, support yourself, so you have something left to give your family?

HELP!

Fortunately, I’m here with some simple tips to squeeze into your day. Oh, and have your kids join you. They are stressed, too!

Simple Tips from Your Blissful Journey

1. Feeling overwhelmed? Give yourself a hug; an occipital hug.

Remember in the old movies when the man is sitting with his feet propped up on his desk and hands clasped behind his head? Gently place your hands, with fingers intertwined, behind the base of your head, behind your ears, at your occiput. Now just hold your head.

Notice anything? You may feel a pulse. Or take a deep breath or sigh.

This balances your Central Nervous System and is calming and centering.

If I wake in the middle of the night and my mind is working on something so I can’t fall back to sleep, this is my go-to exercise.

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2. Home Reflexology while you multitask

Why does a foot massage feel so good? It is known that certain areas of the foot can stimulate organs of the body. So massaging the foot can actually massage and support the organs and systems in the body. When done in a systematic way, this is called Reflexology. How do you multitask while massaging your feet? Use a tennis or racket ball. When you sit down for dinner, take off your shoes and roll the ball under your foot. If an area is tender, continue there till it feels better. Within a few weeks you will notice subtle improvements in the way you feel as your organs and systems respond to the stimulation and support.

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3. Bridge to calm

Wake up your internal organs by massaging all the nerves along the spine. This supports all of your body as the nerves innervate all of your organs. Lay on your back on a hard surface such as the floor. Bend your knees so your feet are comfortably close to your buttocks. Slowly curl your back off the floor starting with a pelvic tilt and curl your back off the ground from your pelvis up to your shoulders, one vertebra at a time. Slowly lower your spine from your shoulders to your tailbone. Repeat as often as is comfortable.

 

4. Instant mood lifter: SMILE.woman smiling

Yes, I mean it. Just smile. For better results, try laughing.

I took a Laughing Yoga class at Yogaville. What fun! I never knew there were so many ways to laugh or ways laughter expresses emotion.

Like the laughter of surprise at seeing a friend you haven’t seen in years on the street. Or the chuckle over seeing puppies play.

Practice belly laughs will your kids. See if you can come up with a secret family laugh. Imagine how a giraffe would laugh.

Whatever, have fun with it.

 

Bonus: Close your eyes!

Recover more quickly from illness by resting your eyes as often as possible. Seventy percent of our energy is used by our eyes. Conserve your energy for healing by resting your eyes when home sick by listening to books on tape instead of reading or watching TV.”

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Moms speak out: what Mother’s Day really means (+ giveaway)

For lots of us, Mother’s Day brings more than a bouquet of organic roses; it brings up a lot of emotion about our role as daughter, mother, partner and more. Other than Scary Mommy.com‘s hilarious take on what mothers really want, most of the emails I saw about the day from blogs and businesses were beyond cheery. If I watched commercial TV, I expect I might have been overwhelmed by images of silk and sweets. The richness and complexity of this day often isn’t given adequate space. Read More

Musings on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day buzz is everywhere. Crafts you can do, teas you can drink, meals you can prepare or enjoy prepared by someone else. Does any of it feel very inspiring?

What do you really want for Mother’s Day? What feels good and true? If the day brings up tough emotions, how do you cope?

My husband typically has his Ultimate Frisbee spring tournament on Mother’s Day, which also typically comes at the end of Teacher Appreciation Week. I used to be a high school teacher but am pretty clear I could never again handle the stress of that job. It’s really important work, and it makes me a little sad to feel like I can’t serve in the capacity I always wanted to without detriment to my health.

I sometimes I feel the same way about mothering!

So last year, with my husband gone all day on Mother’s Day, I was feeling pretty grumpy and sorry for myself.

But really, I was blessed. A friend offered to come visit me with her husband who helped watch my kids (and hers!) so that she could do some energy work on me. It made a huge difference and opened me up to joy that had felt elusive. It felt like the start of some real transformation. It was truly the best gift I could have gotten.

This past month I got into another funk with so many responsibilities hitting at the same time, and I got a respiratory  infection to boot. Elizabeth Shoop of Holistic Intuition is someone I met through that angel friend of mine who came over last year. Elizabeth has been a great resource for me, and last week, just when I needed it, she was kind enough to email me to tell me about an audio talk she found useful. It was a Healing with the Masters talk with Carol Looka practitioner who does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

I finally listed to the talk earlier this week, and it was like unzipping a dark cloud and seeing that the blue sky was behind it all the time!

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Carol Look is a licensed social worker and clinical hypnotherapist who combines Emotional Freedom Technique with Law of Attraction work in her Attracting Abundance practice. I got some great insights about self-sabotage and some wonderful clearing from the tapping protocol she led on the audio talk. Afterward, I instead of stewing about how much I had to do and how little time I had to do it, I actually felt like taking a walk in the woods, doing yoga, eating vibrant food.

The talk was a game-changer for me. It would be great for anyone feeling at all stuck, whether you’ve ever heard of EFT or not. I am going to listen to the audio again before it expires in three days! And I’m going to keep reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington, which is also inspiring me to be true to what really matters, and to return to the insights on being present and setting intention that I got from Abundant Mama Shawn Fink at a recent Lil Omm journaling workshop.

With all this support and wisdom behind me, I feel ready to take on Mother’s Day solo this year. The kids and I may head to Sun & Moon in Arlington for Family Yoga at 3:00, or I might try to find some kind of performance we can all enjoy. That evening 7-9 p.m. there is a great mother’s day yoga class at Lil Omm in NW DC.  Whatever I do, I’m going to try to hold onto the wisdom I have within me, and breathe.

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If you’re expecting or have recently had a baby, be sure to check out Beloved Yoga‘s Love Your Baby Day at the Reston Studio on Saturday, May 10, 1-4 p.m.!

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How do you plan to spend the day on Sunday? What feels good for you? What do you really want for Mother’s Day? What should other DC-area moms know about for a gracious day?

Please share in the comments or on Facebook!

 

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