Stress

How to Meditate

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Meditation is much simpler than you think. You don’t have to “clear” your mind. You don’t have to “make” yourself be calm, or centered or spiritual. You don’t have to be a Buddhist or a Hindu. You don’t really even need a teacher. What you do need is a willingness to do nothing for a little while. Because the goal of meditation is to just be present with whatever situation presents itself. All you need to do is be right where you are, right now. So here’s how you meditate. Sit down somewhere, preferably in a quiet place. Breath in for five seconds, hold your breath for five...

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Mindful Eating is Good For Me and Probably Good For You Too

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I’ve been trying to eat mindfully this week.  That means while I’m eating I’m not checking my phone, staring at my Facebook feed, or zoning out on television. It also means I’m actually trying to taste the food I am putting in my mouth.  I’m trying to finish one bite before I shovel another one into my face hole.   I’m trying to deliberately chew. Guess what?  It’s really hard.  After I’ve prepared my meal and about to sit down I get a little compulsion to make sure I have something to entertain myself like my phone or ipad.  I have to fight the urge. When I’ve been...

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The Hidden Causes of Adrenal Fatigue in Athletes

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In my Acupuncture practice I see a fair number of people suffering from symptoms of Adrenal fatigue, exhaustion and burnout.  Adrenal fatigue is a nasty set of symptoms stemming from a hormone imbalance in the body.   lack of quality sleep, afternoon tiredness, decreased sex drive, thinning hair and nails, weight gain, low grade depression or anxiety, headaches, or dry skin can be a result of the adrenal glands either overproducing or underproducing cortisol.   I prefer to call adrenal fatigue adrenal dysregulation as the real issue is production or underproduction of the hormone at the...

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Simple Tactics for Reducing Stress and Overcoming Anxiety

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1. Be Consistent The number one mistake people make is they don’t give things a chance! Choose a stress reduction technique.  This can be exercise, meditation, journaling, or anything of your choice that actually works!  TV does not count!  Create a schedule and stick to it.  I recommend embarking on a 30 day test period comittment.  This will guarantee results.  2. Learn to Breath Properly Most people breath with their chest instead of their diaphragm.  This puts undo stress on the chest, shoulders and neck.  If you learn to breath with your diaphragm your nervous system will...

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