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Yummy Yams

Photo by Craig Adderley from PexelsGarnet Yams

Now, for one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes—garnet yams. Again, this is super easy, and if you want to, you can do the initial roast ahead of time. I love garnet yams for their flavor, consistency, and versatility.
Now, you get to decide. Do you want super simple with nothing more added? The garnet yams can be just by themselves for the addition to your feast. Or do you want to go sweet or savory?

Sweet Garnet Yam Yumminess

This recipe will make enough for 8 to 10 servings (Though it depends totally on whether your folks eat it as a side dish!)
You can easily reduce the amount for smaller groups.
For 8 to 10 servings, use 5 pounds of garnet yams.
Put on a baking sheet and roast 50 minutes at 400° or until they are barely tender yet hold their shape (not mushy).
Let cool completely at room temperature. (You can do this up to 2 days ahead).
On the day of baking, remove skins and cut yams into ½ inch thick slices.
Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter. Arrange yam slices in the dish, slightly overlapping. Turn oven to 375°.
In a small pan, on medium heat, mix ½ cup your choice of syrup, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk to combine and pour mixture over yams.
In a small bowl, mix ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans, ¹/₃ cup flour (easy to use gluten-free flour),¹/₃ cup light brown sugar*, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Add 3 tablespoons butter and rub in with fingers until mixture is evenly moistened and forms clumps. Sprinkle over yams.
Bake yams for 35 minutes or until topping is browned.
Now, imagine making this with apple slices and blackberries. Absolute yumminess!

Savory Garnet Yam Yumminess

For 4 servings, use 2 garnet yams.
Peel and cut 2 yams into ½ inch thick chunks.
Put yams on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast 10 to 15 minutes at 400° or until they are barely tender yet hold their shape (not mushy).
In a large pan, sauté 4 to 6 slices of bacon cut into chunks. When getting crispy and brown, add 1 large onion (cut into ½ inch pieces or larger), and sauté until onions are soft.
Add 2 Granny Smith apples (chopped into ½ inch to ¾ inch pieces) and sauté for a few minutes. Stir in the roasted yams and sauté until they are cooked and starting to become crispy. (7 to 8 minutes)
Transfer to your serving platter and sprinkle with scallion greens and ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds or toasted almonds.

*A sweet tip from Judy Baker, the Badass Book Marketing Mentor and healthy cook

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Hope, Faith & Energy

Hope, Faith & Energy

Are you feeling at odds, unhappy, maybe lonely? Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what you should do next to clear the to-do list? Perhaps you’re also taking care of others, and you have their feelings and needs to look after, too.

If you have all of that going on and even more “stuff,” you might experience a sense of hopelessness, feeling that it’s never going to change. And, with all of that, you’re most likely experiencing some fatigue. Dealing with it is just too much!

Look at everything that is going on in this crazy world. COVID-19, social distancing, massive civil unrest, fires or hurricanes or flooding depending on where you live, evacuations, destruction, the election. Okay. The list is already too long, especially since each one of those can create stress and anxiety and the feeling that “it’s just too much.” No wonder we hear the phrase “pandemic fatigue.”

Kids are Feeling Stressed Out

What’s sad is that children are experiencing the same stress, overwhelm, not knowing what’s coming next, frustration, and sadness. They feel exhausted by social distancing, not being with their friends, and feeling hemmed in.

How do we cope and get on the other side of it? It’s super important to help our bodies get to that place. Otherwise, our bodies will think they are in constant trauma.

Trauma Adds Stress

Trauma and the effects of trauma bring us to a place of being on edge, wary, confused, even holding our breath. Energetically, trauma causes the energy pathways to get blocked and stuck. Energy needs to move, and it needs to change. Otherwise, our bodies will manifest “projects” that can cause unhealthiness and chronic fatigue. (Instead of problems, let’s use the word projects. They’re more fun to work with, and they have a beginning and an end).

Tips for Reducing the Effects of Stress

I have some easy-to-do ideas on how to get on the other side of it all.

Number One

We can help our bodies get out of confusion and create calm. You can do easy self-help acupressure to let go of fatigue and develop physical, mental, and emotional balance. It will help you sleep easily, feel healthy, be happy and joyful, have clarity and focus, increase self-esteem, and feel optimistic about tomorrow and beyond.  That’s where hope and faith come into the picture! (There’s a link at the end of the article to get you to easy self-help energy tips).

Number Two

I think we need to take Oprah’s advice that I read in her recent Inspiration Newsletter. We need to embrace hygge, the Danish art of coziness. Danes rank as the happiest people in the world, even today.  How do they get to that place?

Man smiling, crowned with flowers

Photo by Daria Rem from Pexels

What the Danes Do to Feel Happier

The Danish make sure that several essential elements are part of their daily lives, including relaxed thoughtfulness, meditation, and time spent with others. And, yes, we can spend time with others without actual physical contact. Now more than ever, we need to create time with others that create an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed, friendly, down-to-earth, close, comfortable, snug, and welcoming. It is like a friendly hug—but without the physical contact. In this situation, you can be yourself and relax completely. Therefore, the art of hygge is also the art of expanding your comfort zone to include other people.

So, I guess we have to do it with social distancing and maybe even over Zoom. No matter what, create the time for cozy togetherness! Our bodies, hearts, and souls hunger for it!

Another significant element the Danes bring into their lives is “living lights.” They make use of candles to bring light and create sunny smiles.

Maybe this year, we need to make sure we put up those holiday lights for the color and the sparkling lights that bring those big smiles. As many of you know, I love Christmas. What I also know is that I need those lights as the days get shorter and shorter. And, even though very few people will see my Christmas extravaganza, it just might be the year it all gets displayed.

Read more about Embracing Hygge:

http://www.oprah.com/health_wellness/how-to-embrace-hygge#ixzz6cNxufzLL

Hope and Change

Another piece we need to be aware of—change wants to happen, and it needs to happen. The body you walk around in is in constant flux because it’s energy. A body in energetic balance will quickly experience the change, and it will be a positive shift. The trick is to be creative in appreciating ourselves and find enjoyment within the shift. Maybe the difference is merely relishing an accomplishment.

Consider using this simple worksheet to help you see the changes that you can implement. It uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which uses your mind to notice the good stuff. It focuses on behavioral changes in your daily life, for instance, tracking your emotions according to your activities. So, it’s learning how to notice when your body is giving you a message.

behavioral-activation quiz

If you would like to learn more about behavioral-based therapy, visit the Therapist Aid website.

Your Key to Hope, Faith  & Energy

To help your body thoroughly experience change and get messages, go to my website and click on the purple button, “Learn the Daily Flow.” You will receive self-help acupressure suggestions that will help your body experience balance and harmony. Included is the Daily Clean Your House Flow® and energy tips to expand the breath, let go of frustration, achieve focus, boost motivation, and increase productivity. Now, those are some changes your body will appreciate!  And you are fully experiencing hope, faith, and energy. Enjoy the movement and the difference!

 

 

 

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Breath is the Key

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How is YOUR breath?  Are you feeling like you’re getting enough air into your lungs?

I love the fall. It’s one of my favorite times of the year with the changing of the light, the season’s colors, and the harvest of all that Mother Nature and my garden created. It also is the time to evaluate the first part of the year and determine what I need to take care of before the onset of wet weather and the end of the year. You know that thing called “getting all your ducks in a row?”

But 2020 has taken all of us on a crazy ride, and everything seems so disjointed and out of sorts. Like you get something started, and then it gets interrupted. It’s not procrastination; we are experiencing total disruption. It’s hard to experience safety, security, and accomplishments amid being enmeshed in all of the craziness.

 

The upheavals and stress of 2020

All of us are coping with so much. Depending on where you reside, you might live with the threat of wildfires, intense heat, or life-threatening storms. There is the pandemic and all the fallout, the underlying concern about whether one’s health is in jeopardy, and the violence that seems to run rampant. And, if you’ve experienced any loss, whether it’s the loss of a loved one or personal or property loss, your life is filled with figuring out how to handle all of it. No wonder so many people are experiencing depression.

Everything I’ve listed can too easily create anxiety, and anxiety can develop into “shortness of breath.” Many say that they can’t get their lungs to move the air. And, if you’re living where there is a lot of smoke in the air and intense heat, your physical body is in massive reaction. If you have preexisting respiratory issues, your body is even more sensitive, challenged, and stressed.

The all-important inhale

Stress can take our breath away, cause us to wait with bated breath, and cause us to wait for the next shoe to drop. And, when that’s the case, “held breath” brings about other “projects” that can affect physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

We all know how important breath is. We need expansive inhales to bring in the oxygen that gives us life and vitality. And we need the purging power of our exhale to make room for the new inhale. We can help our bodies always have space for the breath, no matter what gets in our way, what disruptions occur, what calamities take place. We can help our bodies prepare for whatever might come at them and for whatever we ask them to do for us. And it’s not telling them, “I expect you to be stuck and not be able to do this.” It’s telling them, “I love you being in the flow, and this is how we’re going to do it together.” Doing your self-help acupressure is about you being a partner with your body.

Let’s help your breath move! Bring on health and vitality!

Please share this information with others in your life, including kids. Self-help acupressure works for all ages.

  1. Do the Daily Clean Your House Flow®! You’ve heard me say that lots. But it’s a foundation that can create stability and ease and calm. So, do it at least once a day. You can see the step-by-step on my website at deborahmyerswellness.com. Click on the purple button to get a copy. And see the animated video of the Daily Flow in its entirety.
  2. Do the Jumper Cables (last step of the Daily Flow) whenever you think of it, or when your body tells you to do it! It will balance all emotions and feelings.
  3. Hold upper arms by folding arms across the chest
  4. Hold thumbs
  5. For respiratory distress – anxiety, holding your breath, lung tightness
  • Right fingers—hold the right base of the ribcage
  • Left fingers—hold the right chest below the collarbone
  • Switch hands and hold opposite sides
  1. Right hand—cup your sternum directly below the collarbone
    Left hand – hold fingertips in a vertical pattern below the naval

Whenever you do your energy balancing, visualize ease, calm, and strength for all parts of your body: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And picture the same flow for others in your life as well as for the rest of the world. See that same calm experienced and enjoyed by our environment, including our forests. They are just as hungry for peace, strength, and health.

I wish each of you calm and peace and lots of easy breath.

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Stay Fit and Healthy

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Stay fit and healthy while you are at home. Searching for an outstanding fitness class? Here are my recommendations:

BikerBarre Fit

BikerBarre Fit is located in Santa Rosa and offers virtual classes accessible anywhere you live. It is your one-stop-shop for strength, flexibility, and fun fitness. Someday soon, I’ll be back there in-person. Until that happens, I love their live stream classes. Check it out!  And my daughter Nicole is an instructor.

https://www.bikerbarrefit.com

Blue Door Yoga

Blue Door Yoga in Penngrove is an impressive yoga studio. The studio focuses on health, flexibility, and spirit and specializes in creating safe classes for all levels of yogis. They are offering a variety of online yoga classes. Be sure to check them out no matter where you live! My daughter, Nicole, is likewise an instructor at Blue Door!

https://ilovebluedoor.com

Enjoying Mother Nature

Being in the outdoors can feed your soul. Whether you wander, hike, bike, ride horseback, garden, stroll in the sand at the beach, climb a mountain, or sit and listen to the birds singing, allow yourself time to soak up the environment. It’s one of the best ways to discover breath, be in joy, and relax. Mother Nature will assist you to have a perfect meditation.

BreatheEnergy Tips for Getting & Staying Calm

Breath is the key! When we have full expansive inhales, our breath feeds us. And those inhales allow us to have full purging exhales.

So much of what has been going on the last four-plus months can affect our breathing. Stress causes us to hold our breath, to wait with bated breath, expecting the next shoe to drop. When our bodies are dealing with stress, anxiety, frustration, sadness, or fear your nervous systems can be on edge and fired up. Heightened arousal = burnout, irritability, fatigue.

Super easy energy tips for ease and calm:

  1. Hold fingertips on opposite upper arms and feel your breath (first step in the Daily Flow)
  2. Hold right fingers on right base of skull and left fingers on outside of right wrist
  3. Hold left fingers on left base of skull and right fingers on outside of left wrist
  4. Cup right hand at sternum below collarbone and hold left fingers on tummy.
  5. Hold right fingers on outside of right knee and left fingers on outside of left knee

Check out my Deborah Myers Wellness Facebook Page for videos of some energy tips while I give you a tour of my garden.

See the animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow, an Easy Self-Help Acupressure Flow that both kids and adults love and practice to create a foundation for health and wellbeing. Go to DeborahMyersWellness.com/covid19. It’s available to watch and use at no charge.

vegetables

Creation from your garden’s bounty or from the farmer’s market

Grilled Summer Vegetables

You’ll need a good-sized grill pan coated with a bit of olive oil.

Coat chunks of onions, zucchini, green beans, garlic, peppers, and whatever else you have with oil. (I enjoy using large slices so everything stays firm).

Season with salt, pepper, and any seasoning that complements the other dishes you’re serving. Then place them into the hot grill pan.

In a separate pan, have a single layer of mushrooms and dry grill (they’ll stay firm and are easy to mix with other veggies).

When veggies have finished cooking and still firm, dump into a large bowl, incorporate sizable chunks of fresh tomatoes and basil. I also add basil salt that I made from last year’s crop.

Stay fit and healthy

It is easy to do. Mind, body, spirit in harmony.

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Finding Joy and Ease Amid Our Topsy-Turvy World

green man defying gravityTopsy Turvy

It is not unusual to discover new crisis announcements every day during these troubled times. Dire proclamations provoke deep unease and may put you in a state of hyper-vigilance. And repeated disturbing news may create a sense of anxiety that takes your breath away. What happens if you burden yourself with anxiousness and dread? The trick is to acknowledge the sentiments that come up for you and help your body let go of harmful reactions.

I want to give you some of my favorite self-help acupressure tips to do that!

These easy-to-do acupressure movements will:

  • expand breath
  • let go of anxiety
  • reduce stress reactions
  • help you sleep even with so much on your mind
  • and boost your immune system.

Energetic Balance

Your body prefers to be in energetic balance. You need to help your body experience balance and harmony. You are training your body what it feels like to be in balance. When you do, your physical, mental, and emotional bodies will take better care of you.

Help Your Body

A daily practice of easy self-care acupressure helps your body. A balanced immune system can fend off anxiety and stress despite what is happening in the world.

Hold your fingertips on the following acupressure points with a light and gentle touch for several good breaths:

  1. Open up your breath. Give yourself a hug by holding your fingertips anywhere on your elbows or upper arms. You’re holding energy points that connect with lung and diaphragm breath. This will expand your breath. You will experience a full inhale followed by a purging exhale.
  2. Bring on better sleep! Hold your fingertips on the base of your skull and you will connect with a “sleep center.” Follow with jumper cables—cup and hold each thumb and finger with a light touch.
  3. Boost your immune system and it will better be able to take care of you!
  • Right hand—cup right shoulder with fingertips where neck and shoulder come together.
  • Left hand—hold fingers at left chest immediately below the collarbone.
  • Switch hands.

Prepare your body for difficult times

Make the Daily Clean Your Houseflow your go-to daily practice for balancing your energy. A daily practice makes your system more receptive to nurturing.  Many of my clients start and end every day doing the Daily Clean Your House Flow—a 9-step self-help acupressure flow that provides your body with a firm foundation. The flow supports all the organs and systems of the body. You are preparing your systems for performing at optimum levels—bringing stability, strength and vitality to your entire body.

You can find the Daily Clean Your House Flow on my website, deborahmyerswellness.com. Click on the purple button “Learn the Daily Flow” and you’ll get a PDF of the 9 steps, and more energy tips.

I encourage you to view the animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow. I created it for kids, and adults love it as much as any kid. Watch it in its entirety on my website at deborahmyerswellness.com/covid19at no charge. I want anyone who is searching for a way to let go of stress and anxiety to enjoy free access during this distressing, unnerving time. Do your body a favor and check out the video. You’ll see why kids, parents, and teachers love this 6-½ minute video for helping to create a more carefree and happier body.

Spending time every day taking care of YOU assists your body to get to that place of balance and harmony. Your body will know you are taking care of it. A daily practice might include self-help acupressure, meditation, exercise, walking, enjoying Mother Nature, gardening, singing, dancing, resting when you need to, reading, writing. The list of what could be part of your daily practice is up to you. Choose the activities that help your body feel better and more vital, including what brings a smile to your face.

My desire for you is to experience joy and ease!

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Free Wellness Webinar with Shiroko Sokitch

The dynamic duo of Dr. Shiroko Sokitch – MD/acupuncture and Deborah Myers – Jin Shin practitioner will share tips and tools for taking care of your health and your family’s health while in these stressful times.

Learn from these experts how to increase your ability to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit. These skills are tantamount to increasing your safety and longevity. Master these tools during this crisis and have them at your fingertips throughout your lives for ease and wellness.

We will cover:

  • Self-help acupressure routines.
  • Energy points for strengthening the immune system.
  • Connecting with the expansion of breath.
  • How we can assist our bodies in creating consciousness and awareness during this topsy-turvy time.
  • How to bring clarity and focus to our mind and body.

Click here to register for this free webinar!

Learn more about Shiroko Sokitch, MD, director of Heart to Heart Medical Center.

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Relieve Stress and Anxiety Free Webinars

We’re in a pickle. Many of us are at home. We are wondering how not to take on stress about life, about not knowing what is next, about health and the virus, about finances, about our kids, about what to do. Anxiety takes the breath away.
To get your breath back is all about showing your body how to remember the deep breathing that is possible. Self-help acupressure can do that!
I want to show you super easy self-help acupressure to breathe, to bring calm, to relieve stress, to get better rest and sleep, and to relieve discomfort and pain.
How many of you are having trouble getting to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night and getting back to sleep?? Let’s change that!
I am offering two online classes next week. Pick the one that works best for you.
Click on the video link and watch what we will cover in the webinar.

Relieve Anxiety and Stress — Free Online Class March 23, at 7:00 p.m

Join me next week on Monday evening the 23rd at 7:00 p.m. to discover easy-to-learn and easy-to-remember ways to get ahead of anxiety and stress. Register here for the free class. And, if you can’t attend the live class, you’ll be able to receive the recording.
Click here to register.

Relieve Anxiety and Stress — Free Online Class March 25, at 7:00 p.m

Join me next week on Wednesday evening the 25th at 7:00 p.m. to discover easy-to-learn and easy-to-remember ways to get ahead of anxiety and stress. Register here for the free class. And, if you can’t attend the live class, you’ll be able to receive the recording.
Click here to register.

Announcing Acupressure Sessions on Zoom

I’m offering sessions on Zoom
Whether you’re an existing client or a new one, let me know, and we’ll get you scheduled. I’ve done many such sessions in the past. I’ve just never offered it as an on-going option, but I’ve been getting calls from scheduled clients requesting that their private individual session be a zoom call. This crazy “shelter in place” is necessary, and many of us recognize that our bodies must receive a way to bring balance and harmony.
Zoom sessions
  • A 90-minute session is $150.00
  • A 45-minute session is $85.00
  • A series of six 90-minute sessions (prepaid) is $810.00. (comes to $135 per visit)
  • A series of six 45-minute sessions (prepaid) is $450.00 (comes to $75 per visit)
What you will receive during your Zoom session
If you’re a new client, I’ll get your history, and I’ll give you a description of your body as an energy system and how I make use of acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu to bring balance to the body.
I will teach you self-help acupressure to help your body let go of the condition/project.
Remote healing at the same time you’re doing self-help.
For current clients:
  • A check-in
  • Remote healing
  • Self-help acupressure suggestions
  • Combination of remote and self-help direction

Ways to Make Your Body Happy & Healthy

Of significant importance in strengthening our immune systems is helping our bodies NOT feel stressed. Let’s face it—we ARE in a world of stress. The trick is to help our bodies not take it on and then hold on to it.
Your body will be happier if you’re happier—to get outside and get lots of fresh air! That will help your whole body feel better. AND do things that bring smiles and laughter!
Your body will have a harder time being happy and not taking on stress if it isn’t experiencing energetic balance. Bring on balance and harmony by smiling and laughing. Reprogram and re-pattern your body with self-help acupressure. Give it new habits, and it won’t have a choice – it will want new ways of being in balance and harmony. And your body will be happier.

Doing the Daily Clean Your House Flow Will Reduce Stress!

This 9-step self-help acupressure flow (it takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to do) is super easy to learn and get around to doing because the benefits are noticeable! Your breath will expand. And you experience that relaxing feeling of “all is good.”
And, please note this flow connects with your immune, endocrine, and adrenal systems to add extra support and give them a boost.
Many people say that the Daily Clean Your House Flow is a built-in meditation practice — true even for folks who say, “I can’t meditate, my body won’t do that.” You can experience a feeling of calm without trying to make it happen. And you’ll replenish your body at the same time!

Get Your Printable Energy Tips and Daily Clean Your House Flow Guide

Click the purple button “Learn the Daily Flow! Get Focused Now” to get a printable version of the Daily Clean Your House Flow AND extra energy tips for expanding breath, releasing anxiety, increasing clarity and focus, and relieving pain and discomfort. All of that, by the way, is all about reducing stress!

Want to share this guide with friends and family members?

You can forward this message or
  1. Send them to my website, www.deborahmyerswellness.com
  2. Have them click on the button – “Learn the Daily Flow! Get Focused Now!”
  3. And they’ll receive a copy of this exclusive Insider’s Guide

Do the Flow Daily

And remember!! To boost your immune system—do the Daily Clean Your House Flow! It’s also available as an animated video. I created it for kids, but adults love it just as much. Let’s all get and stay as energetically balanced and healthy as possible!!
AND learn a lot more when you attend a free webinar on Monday 3/23 at 7:00 p.m. or Wednesday 3/25 at 7:00 p.m.
Contact me if you have questions!
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Corona Virus Prevention Recommendations

Virus ProtectionThis thing called the coronavirus is taking many folks to a worrisome “what is next?” place. Here’s what I want to suggest to you!

 

Utilize easy ways to boost your immune system so you can consistently stay on top of this and potentially prevent infection or at least minimize the severity. In essence, it’s all about immune resilience!

 

What follows are some prevention strategies. Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

The top of MY list to boost immune resilience is stress reduction.

Why? When the body is experiencing stress and holding onto it, the immune system will get affected. It’s a natural reaction.

 

How on earth are we supposed to reduce stress in the midst of all of this craziness? We’re questioning what we’re supposed to do. How can we best take care of ourselves and others and sort out misinformation? And how can we best NOT go into a place of fear that creates MORE stress?

 

Reduce stress by doing the Daily Clean Your House Flow!

This 9-step self-help acupressure flow (it takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to do) is super easy to learn and get around to doing because the benefits are noticeable! Your breath will expand. And you will experience that relaxing feeling of “all is good.”

 

And, please note this flow connects with your immune, endocrine, and adrenal systems to add extra support and give them a boost.

 

Many people say that the Daily Clean Your House Flow is a built-in meditation practice — true even for folks who say, “I can’t meditate, my body won’t do that.” You can experience a feeling of calm without trying to make it happen. And you’ll replenish your body at the same time!

 

Click here to get the printed version of the Daily Clean Your House Flow AND extra energy tips for expanding breath, releasing anxiety, increasing clarity and focus, and relieving pain and discomfort. All of that, by the way, is all about reducing stress!

 

Share this information

Want to share this with friends and family members? Send them to my website at www.deborahmyerswellness.com and have them click on the button – “Learn the Daily Flow! Get Focused Now!” And they’ll receive a copy of this exclusive Insider’s Guide.

 

And for a super quick and easy boost for immune and breath:

  • Right Hand – cup right shoulder with fingers at the top inside corner of the shoulder blade (near the neck); you’re holding an energy balance point that connects to the immune system.
  • Left Hand – hold fingers on the left chest below the collarbone; you’re holding an energy balance point that is all about lung breath and distributing that breath to every cell of your being.
  • Switch hands to do the other side.

 

More prevention strategies

 

1.    Take probiotics (and add fermented food to your diet)

2.    Reduce sugar and other sweeteners

3.    Avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics

4.    Exercise regularly – it supports cardio, respiratory and lymphatic health

5.    Get enough rest –restorative sleep allows your body to replenish the supportive systems in your body (immune, endocrine, and adrenal systems)

6.    Keep your body hydrated – make sure you’re getting adequate fluid; maybe add coconut water to your regimen

7.    Keep inflammation down –

  • Consider adding a high-quality omega supplement (essential fatty acids).
  • Determine whether you are getting adequate electrolytes. You may need sodium, potassium, and magnesium as food and supplements to create electrolyte balance.
  • By the way, magnesium helps reduce inflammation, and it’s available as an easy-to-use oil and oil spray).

8.    Have zinc lozenges available if you feel any cold-like symptoms beginning. Zinc can potentially reduce the severity of colds. But be careful. More than 150 mg/day may lead to zinc toxicity with side effects.

 

Preventative Actions

Here are the steps we’re hearing a lot about and are super important to be thinking about consistently:

  1. 1.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Have some in your car and purse
  3. After coming into contact with shared surfaces like doorknobs and car door handles, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze (do so into your elbow)
  5. Change your handshake to an elbow-bump
  6. Most importantly, stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.

Recommended Reading

I selected several articles that give tons of quality information to help us be better informed. The data will help us make intelligent choices that we can do to keep healthy. Each of us can be a partner with our bodies. We need to be consciously aware of what we can do to strengthen our immune systems!

 

The following article is by Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, a Certified Acupuncturist and Functional Medicine Doctor in Santa Rosa. Shiroko is a seeker of solutions and healing, and her words are indeed an amazing overview of how we can make a difference in our bodies. Her expansive knowledge of different healing methods have given her the reputation as an authority for patients with difficult, or impossible, conditions.

 

“How to Avoid Coronavirus, The Power of the Immune System”

How to Avoid Coronavirus

 

 

The following article by Dr. Bridge Somine is FULL of great insights and suggestions. Dr. Somine is a naturopathic health care provider at Farmacopia. Visit the Santa Rosa Integrative Wellness Clinic, where they operate an apothecary (both onsite and online). Lily Mazzarella, the owner of Farmacopia and her staff consistently impress me. They are significant assets that bring wellness to our community both near and far.

 

“Coronavirus – Holistic Strategies for Building Immune Resilience”

https://www.farmacopia.net/blogs/articles/coronavirus-holistic-strategies-for-building-immune-resilience

 

Boost Your Wellness

And remember!! To boost your immune system – do the Daily Clean Your House Flow! It’s also available as an animated video. I created it for kids, but adults love it just as much.  Let’s all get and stay as energetically balanced and healthy as possible!!

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

 

For additional information about using zinc lozenges.

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=228691

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Sleep Secrets

sleeping woman in the forest and lakeSleep is a magical space that gives our bodies on all levels (physically, mentally, and emotionally) the opportunity to be stronger and healthier and to have more vitality. That all sounds great!  But when you can’t seem to get to sleep or get back to sleep, what can you do?

Getting to Sleep

I pull my self-help acupressure tools out of my tool bag. One of the best is to:

  1. Hold your fingertips on the base of your skull,
    right fingertips on the right side and left on the left side.
  2. Then start jumper cabling — gently cup each thumb and finger, one at a time, beginning with the thumb on one hand and then moving to the next hand.
  3. Hold each for at least several good deep breaths. 

And, if you’re not asleep by then, start your jumper cables over. It’s all about helping your body break the old energy pattern of “no sleep” and bringing on a new way of being.

Belize 2020

Also, you can bring a dynamic change to your environment by bringing in the movement of water. Now, I just came from the waters off Belize. I was sleeping like a baby each night! In fact, for someone who never naps, I found myself taking snoozes during the day. Granted, I was on vacation, but this girl never takes naps. For me, water is the key — being around it and being in it.

Water is Nature’s Sleep Aide

The activity of swimming and snorkeling and hearing the surf while walking on the beach helps the whole body let go. Besides, floating down a river through caves and touring an ancient Mayan cave brought lots of adventure.

And holding the base of the skull and then doing your jumper cables brings your body immediately to that place of ease and openness. It connects with the “rivers of energy” that move vertically and diagonally through your body. When you hold your acupressure points, you are connecting with those meridians and channels that bring your body into balance.

For those of us who live near the ocean or the sea or a river, we are hopefully taking time to enjoy the beautiful blue space that mother nature gives to us. The sound of the blue space brings happiness, and it’s beneficial for the energy body to discover balance, harmony, and easy movement.

Bring Water to Your Sleep Routine

If you’re not near the water or don’t have enough opportunities to be there, bring water TO you. The sound of water moving in fountains, both outside and inside, can quickly help your mind let go, create space, and allow you to drift off as if you’re walking along the beach. It truly has restorative effects.

Studies have found that people who (at least occasionally) walk along the coast or along rivers experience a “significantly longer night’s sleep than those who don’t create the time to do so.”

The results may not be wholly surprising. The number of sleep aids on the market connected to the sea, such as CDs featuring ocean sounds, suggests possible links between the coast and conditions suitable for sleep.

Sleep, Blue Space, Green Space

“The Guardian” has some great articles about utilizing both blue spaces and green spaces for health and happiness.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/03/blue-space-living-near-water-good-secret-of-happiness?utm_source=WildQuest+Pod&utm_campaign=a2e0f4edaf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_22_08_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb128c7254-a2e0f4edaf-386103677

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/17/a-stroll-by-the-sea-will-help-you-sleep-longer-study-finds

The benefits of “blue space” — the sea and coastline, but also rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, even fountains – are less well publicised, yet the science has been consistent for at least a decade: being by water is good for body and mind.

Proximity to water – especially the sea – is associated with many positive measures of physical and mental wellbeing, from higher levels of vitamin D to better social relations. “Many of the processes are exactly the same as with green space – with some added benefits,” says Dr. Mathew White, a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and an environmental psychologist with BlueHealth, a programme researching the health and wellbeing benefits of blue space across 18 (mostly European) countries.

Even a fountain may do. A 2010 study (of which White was lead author) found that images of built environments containing water were generally rated just as positively as those of only green space; researchers suggested that the associated sound scape and the quality of light on water might be enough to have a restorative effect.

Lessons Learned

Both groups reported they felt happier, calmer, more alert, and slept better and longer after their walks.

But Ratcliffe, who herself has happy memories of childhood seaside walks and cycle rides at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, found that coastal walkers experienced a “significantly” longer night’s sleep than the inland group.

The results may not be wholly surprising. The number of sleep aids on the market connected to the sea, such as CDs featuring ocean sounds, suggests possible links between the coast and conditions suitable for sleep.

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Self-Care Workshops

Build a Sustainable Wellness Practice

2020 Wellness Workshops

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Kick off the year with a Twenty-Twenty Vision Workshop

  • You’ll increase your productivity and focus
  • Gain momentum
  • Discard obstacles in your way
  • Use the power of attraction to get more of what you want in your life
  • Reduce your anxiety and stress levels
  • And discover how to enjoy harmony and balance

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at coLAB

Tuition is $69 and includes your choice of one of my books:Easy Self-help Acupressure for Grown-ups orEasy Self-help Acupressure for kids and parents

The workshop will be held in Santa Rosa at coLAB, 427 Mendocino Ave., 95401

To register, go to the registration page or call me At 707-546-5692 to register.

Download a 2020 Wellness Workshop 2020 Vision flyer and share it with people you love.

heartsWorkshops are great Valentine’s gifts and I have gift certificates available.

Level One Wellness Workshop

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Put the power of wellness into your hands

When you want to go deeper into the benefits and practices of easy self-help acupressure, sign up for the next Level One Workshop. A perfect way for you to see and learn hands-on. A Comprehensive Workbook comes with  our registration.

Nine hours over three Thursdays evenings in March will set you up With the tools you need for a sustainable wellness practice.

3 Thursdays: March 12, 19, 26 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at coLAB            

Early Bird: $399.00 Tuition: $469.00 Review: $379.00

CEU’S available

To register online: http://bit.ly/DMWone20 or call me at 707.546.5692

Download the 2020 Wellness Workshop Level One Flyer V7 and share with your friends

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FREE COVID-19 ANXIETY BUSTER!

Click here to view the entire Daily Clean Your House Flow animated video.

And watch it whenever you want to during this COVID-19 crisis.

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