All posts tagged: relax

Motivation Monday: Family Therapy

This past weekend I spent back east with my side of the family. We celebrated, relaxed, got caught up, entertained. It was a whirlwind of people coming from all over to celebrate Easter and also times when we were able to go on walks by the water and revel in the tranquility. I didn’t know how much I needed a long weekend with my family until I got here. I was obviously missing them crazy amounts, but sometimes we get used to our busy lives and forget just how incomplete they really are if parts are missing. Sometimes we just need a change of pace, different scenery and to be around those that have zero judgement and unconditional love. That is what I felt this entire weekend and was in pure relaxation mode. We started in New York City where we met up with a dear friend (who is practically family) and got to indulge in an amazing dinner and stay at the most beautiful hotel that was recently renovated. If find yourself in NYC I …

Motivation Monday: HoliDAZE

I aim to keep the posts this week short and straight to the point. Not because I’m uninspired or don’t have much to say (ha!) but more because I’m positive I’m not alone in feeling the pressure of the season and am down to the wire for holiday shopping and prep for this week’s festivities. I’d like my info/reading straight up-no chaser this week. You too? To keep focused and motivated this week I thought it would be fitting to include some motivational material to help rock out this week so we can get all our to-do lists complete and enjoy time with family and friends. 5 Things To Remember To Keep You Sane & Inspired You can’t be everywhere-unfortunately we aren’t able to send a clone to attend engagements/appointements in our place so for now we need to accept that choosing one thing and being present for it matters more than trying to squeeze in multiple events/appointments where you’re just thinking about the next thing You can’t be everyone-I’ve talked about choosing one or two …

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Cupping

This past week I indulged in some self-care and got some cupping done. This is something I have done from time to time when I felt like I needed a little more than a typical acupuncture or massage session. Most people that saw my back after a session would have a similar reaction, WHY?! It looks like it could be painful because of the bruise-like appearance cupping leaves behind, and most westerners were not aware of this eastern practice until it made headlines in the recent Olympics. Michael Phelps (USA Olympic gold medalist swimmer) had some markings on his shoulders and stories began flooding news circuits about cupping and the benefits it can bring. Athletes in particular look to cupping when they are looking to recover faster and to find some relief in tense areas of the body. For me, cupping has always been a spiritual cleansing-like ritual. I feel lighter when I leave and do feel a sense of relief from tension and stress. After leaving my most recent session, I felt compelled to …

Motivation Monday: MindFULLness

To start the week off, I thought it would be appropriate to touch on a topic that has been coming up a lot lately. Mindfulness. It is a word that seems to keep appearing in conversations, articles I’ve been reading, and even a group that was created at work. For those not familiar with mindfulness, it is simply the mental state of being aware and is something most look to achieve when looking to decrease stress, anxiety or unwanted habits. To live mindfully takes practice and deliberate steps every single day and is something worth working toward if you are looking to live a peaceful existence. In aligning with Monday Motivation and feeding our spirit side of health and wellness, I wanted to suggest 7 things you can implement this week to help you practice living a more mindful life. Living mindfully doesn’t need to be something difficult and should not add more stress, it should do the opposite actually. 7 Ways to Live More Mindfully Meditate- this can be perceived in different ways/forms, and there …

Feet First: A Look Into Reflexology

Some girlfriends and I recently visited a spa whose focus was on reflexology. The experience was too amazing not to share and is what inspired me to do this post. Reflexology has always fascinated me. Like I shared in earlier posts, there are numerous Eastern philosophies that I practice (yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc.) and although I indulge in massage therapy and BEG my husband to rub my feet at night, I didn’t give too much thought as to why it feels so good to have that physical contact, especially on your feet. After this last reflexology visit, I felt so energized and refreshed that I needed to find some answers to my questions. What are the connections with points in the feet to the rest of the body? Are there any studies or science that support these Eastern beliefs? First things first, what exactly is reflexology? Put simply, it’s the act of applying pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears which practitioners believe are points that connect to organs and areas throughout the …

The Mess with Stress: Why we need to relax

We live in a fascinating time. We are seeing technological advances that have dramatically improved our healthcare, daily conveniences, transportation and even communication. While many of these things are beneficial, they are also becoming increasingly destructive. Destructive in the sense that when you delve into the effects of too much stimulus and the fast pace we are now expected to maintain, our health is beginning to suffer. Fast food, fast cars, fast Internet, fast replies…the list goes on. While most common conveniences were invented to give us more time, it’s interesting that it seems it is the one thing most people complain about not having enough of. Case in point, electronics. The computer was first developed with the hopes to bring a modern convenience to an otherwise time consuming activity. Driving down to the library to research topics, walking over to a friend’s house to ask a favor, calling a relative to write down a recipe for a casserole, all became things of the past. Once we had the world at our fingertips, wouldn’t a normal …