Put Self-Care at the Top of Your List This Holiday Season


Every year around the holidays so many of my clients tell me they are stressed out and burned out from trying to be all things to all people. As self-care authority Eleanor Brown says, “Self-care isn’t selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” But especially at the holidays, we attempt to do just that,…read more.

6 Ways to Reset This Fall


August ushers in the busiest time of year in my office. Clients are stressed, tired, anxious and depressed. They report sleeping less and experiencing more headaches and general crabbiness. So, what’s the reason behind this uptick in negative moods, emotions, and health? The shift from summer to fall schedules. Whether summertime is a slower pace,…read more.

Tips to Start Your Day


How you start your day can inform the way your day goes. Do you rush into it? Jump on social media first thing? Turn on the TV and radio and find yourself reacting to what is often negative news? You’re not alone. This spring I began thinking about my morning routine. I knew it wasn’t…read more.

In Pain? Try These Tips.


On a beautiful spring day over Memorial Day weekend in 2010, I was getting ready to garden when I fell backwards onto a cement floor and broke my lower back. To heal the fracture, I spent 10 weeks in a back brace. To deal with limited mobility, stiffness and tightness that ensued, I turned to…read more.

Get Unstuck with The Four Agreements


I first read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz shortly after it was published in 1997. This powerful book came to me at a time when I was knee-deep on a path of self-awareness and exploration. I was attending conferences and reading everything I could about healing. My…read more.

How to Stay Centered During the Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us. Right around the corner are parties, gift exchanges and family gatherings. While these can be wonderful, they can also be stressful. So how best to cope? Meditation. For about two months, I had been rushing into my day. The minute I opened my eyes, my mind focused on my…read more.

Four Tips to Holding on to Hope


In last month’s blog, I wrote about the role of resilience in helping the brain heal from childhood trauma. That got me thinking about “hope” and how having hope can help us in our lives. Hope is an innate gift—just like love. Hope helps us trust. Without hope, we can feel disillusioned and dissatisfied. Hopelessness…read more.

How to Heal through Resiliency


What is resiliency and how does it contribute to health and well being? Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress…family, relationships, health problems, etc. Bouncing back from difficult experiences. American Psychological Association, www.apa.org Just like the resilient dandelion flower which keeps growing…read more.

3 Tips to Lessen the Symptoms of GERD


“It’s just heartburn.” If you suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), those are the last words you want to hear. This chronic digestive disorder can be exceedingly frustrating for people who suffer from it. Constant chest pain. Constant meal planning. What to eat; what not to eat. Worry about the drugs you’re taking—the long-term impact,…read more.

Mindfulness: Lazy River Technique


Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring. Lilly Pulitzer, American socialite and fashion designer I’ve lived in Iowa long enough to know that even though it’s 77 degrees today, it might actually feel like winter by the time you read this. But for today, I’m going to enjoy “spring,” even though it doesn’t officially arrive…read more.