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How to Reduce Stress and Have Your Joy

Did you know that stress can steal your joy? Let’s change that picture!!

Happy multi-generational family in the snow

Joy is such a glorious experience. It’s a feeling that can bring you to a place of gratitude for what you have and allow you to experience a sense of wonder and delight in the possibilities.

I’m all about joy, especially during the holidays. The spirit of the season and the colors, lights, and sparkle make me smile. I love holiday magic!

Stress takes away the magic

weary mom with toddlers running in the background

Then here comes stress, that thing that lives on the other side of the proverbial coin. And, right now, the stress level is exceptionally high because of the holidays, the pandemic, travel plans affected, civil unrest, decision fatigue, interrupted sleep patterns, loss of vitality, too much computer time, the list goes on and on.

Stress can take away your juice, affect the quality of your life, and cause you to lose your appreciation of life. In that realm, how on earth can we have great expectations and be positive?? So, it’s no wonder that stress can affect your ability to communicate your feelings and thus influence your relationships. If it’s tough to be positive, it will show up in how you are with anyone, whether in person or virtual, on Zoom, or on the phone.

So, maybe that’s why it can be so tricky during the holidays to be with your loved ones, especially if you’re amid a stressful period. Sad to say, most of us are experiencing high levels of stress. Much of that is because we’re in a “not knowing state of being.” Humans want to know and need to know what’s around the corner. Most of us don’t want to admit that we don’t know! And yet we need to express ourselves.

You can choose to live a reactive or a proactive life

Are you in a place of wanting and maybe even needing to express some of your hidden emotions?? You are not alone!! Did you know that when you communicate your feelings, you will more easily let go of any stress you’re carrying? And that you can even help prevent burnout??

The trick is to recognize you’re feeling something and then acknowledge that you reacted to whatever was going on, whether it was a physical, mental, or emotional reaction. THAT is an awareness that allows you to be on a path of changing how you’re feeling. And then the stress can deconstruct and transform and help you strip away what doesn’t matter.

Changing the patterns of stress

  1. Look at what is “wrong,” what is stressful, and what you want to change. You’re capable of making it through these times. Look at what you’ve already been through in all parts of your life, what you changed to make it to where you are, and then KNOW that you can do it again.
  2. Change up negative self-talk. Once you’ve noticed that you’re doing it, you’ll recognize that you’re uncomfortable with it. THAT is the moment you can address the talk and change it up.
  3. When you’re in that better place of positive self-talk, those around you will notice it too. You will see evidence that you can more easily express your feelings and not hold things in. So, speak and be true to yourself! Be positive, and it will be easier to have gratitude live within you. And you’ll smile more often!
  4. Recognize that change is just that. And if you’re questioning your ability to change old ways, acknowledge that “you just don’t know how to do the “new thing” yet. You just don’t know yet how to do it differently from how you’ve done it before!! In that moment of realization, you are on the road to change.
  5. Get support. We rarely recognize how important it is to bring another voice into the picture. Ask for “a listening ear.” Maybe it’s a friend or a colleague who will be your sounding board as you unload. That process lets go of the mind chatter so you can get on the other side of “the voices inside.”
  6. Get some movement happening. Exercise, walk, garden, whatever you do will trigger a positive feeling, feel emotionally stronger, and lower stress.
  7. Create a daily practice that is super simple to accomplish. When it becomes a routine that you and your body discover is supportive and healing, you will FEEL stronger, healthier, more vital, and more prepared for whatever comes along.

Discover that rituals help your day begin with optimism and continue with joy

Woman with her face covered in tiny hearts

Have hope and faith that the changes you want in your body and life can happen! Embrace the possibility and relax with the process.
Balance emotions and habits, and you will discover how easy it is to be positive, be joyful, be proactive, and take control of your own well-being.

YOU are worth it!

Are you ready for a daily practice that is easy to accomplish??

  1. Do the Daily Clean Your House Flow, a nine-step self-help acupressure flow that is super easy to do and takes less than ten minutes to complete. As a nine-year-old so succinctly told me, “It is the Daily Flow, so of course I do it every day! And I do it more than that!”
  2. Keep your breath open. Feel the expansiveness of the inhale and the letting go during the exhale. Go to my website, click on the purple button “Learn the Daily Flow,” and you’ll get some energy tips that will expand your breath. Plan on doing them off and on throughout the day. There is no such thing as too much self-help!!
  3. Give yourself lots of love! The first step of the Daily Flow is giving yourself a hug. It opens up breath, shows your body you are taking care of it, and it connects with heart health.
  4. Throughout the day, manage your feelings so stress doesn’t have room to hang out.
    A super simple energy movement that allows you to express yourself.
    Right hand—cup sternum directly below the collarbone
    Left hand—hold your fingers on your tummy

 

By the way, I’m taking singing lessons, and I cup my sternum and hold my tummy a lot! It opens up my breath, softens my throat and vocal cords, drops my jaw, opens up my face muscles, and projects my voice. If I may say so myself—it’s astonishing how far I have come with my singing! Mostly when I had lost my singing voice after surgery.

Read more about letting go of negativity and stress:

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-let-go-of-negativity-and-stress-3145006

And see what Psychology Today says about stress and joy:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anxiety-zen/201804/springing-more-joy-and-less-stress-30-day-guide

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Keep Your Breath Moving!

Breathe the air today

The fire season is here. The holidays are on their way. This has been one crazy year and I bet you have been holding your breath.
 
It’s time to get your breath back!

 

You know those phrases we have a tendency to use after a crisis?
“It took my breath away.” 
“Waiting with bated breath.” 
“Waiting for the next shoe to drop.”
Those phrases describe our bodies without enough breath. And, our bodies have a memory of “not having enough breath.” After the traumatic experiences of the last year, it is easy to recognize that we need to revitalize our respiratory systems. With full breath, you will boost your immune systems, be more alert, and prepared for whatever comes your way.
$47 will secure your spot in the  90-minute workshop on October 6 at 6:30 pm PDT. What a deal!
Register now to secure your spot. https://bit.ly/DMWoct6
After you register, you will receive an email with the details for joining the workshop.
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Master Class: Energy Balance of Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

An Intensive Six-Month Guided Study Program with Deborah Myers

 

You will come away from this program with a deeper understanding of how energy pathways function. You will develop a practice of listening to your energy. Become adept at balancing the flow of energy. Learn why Jin Shin Jyutsu and acupressure work and how to make positive changes in your body. Improve emotional wellbeing, mental health, and uplift your spirit.

 

Are you ready to be a partner with your body? Let the adventure begin!

 

Jennifer Cody, Executive Coach and former Director of Program Management at Medtronic, describes the results of her journey:

 

“How can this Jin Shin Jyutsu be working? I couldn’t explain it, but I could FEEL it, so I signed up for Deborah’s Wellness Workshop to learn more about this mysterious technique and the magic way it was impacting my well-being. Now I have the magic recipe for creating balance in my life right at my fingertips. It is a simple and easy way to make an enormous difference in your well-being. Deborah’s self-help care program helps you regain control of the life you want.”

 

Calendar of Classes

The program takes place two Wednesday evenings a month for 90 minutes. 18 hours of live instruction over the six months via Zoom. You can join from anywhere in the world. Your investment is $737.00. Save $260 off the regular price of $997 when you act now.

 

What We’ll Study

We will explore hands-on techniques, based upon the basic principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu and related modalities.

1.     Decrease stress and tension-related discomfort

2.     Increase vitality and personal performance

3.     Recover from trauma

4.     Increase self-esteem

5.     Relieve pain

Learn how energy pathways can open to relieve allergies, fatigue, arthritis, insomnia, headaches, menopausal and PMS symptoms, fibromyalgia, and other discomforts.

Health care providers will master techniques to complement modalities they already offer clients.

What’s Included

For the first time, I’m combining my Level One and Level Two courses with fresh material. By adding in a lot of fresh information, and blending in coaching, this intensive will positively change your life. You will experience progressive changes over the course of the six-month program. Your body will understand the magic recipe for creating balance right at your fingertips!

And you can do all of this right from home or anywhere you have a quiet place and internet connection. Between classes, you’ll study, experience the transformations taking place, and integrate this life-changing practice. Your body will crave healing. You’ll want more of it every day—relishing the effects. Many students report they practice multiple times daily. There is no such thing as too much self-care.

Save these Dates

Mark your calendars: two Wednesday evenings a month for 1-1/2 hours. The first two sessions are Wednesday, July 8th and July 22nd. You’ll get the full schedule upon registration.

Your investment in this program that will bring you comfort, health, and joy for the rest of your life is only $737.00. The Energy Balancing Care Guide manual is included.

If you’ve taken my workshops in the past, this is an outstanding way to review.  If you’re new to my programs, let’s get started!

I’m thrilled to be offering this to you! And I hope you will join me!

An approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number CEP12833).

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Easy Stress-Busting Tips for Your Kids and You!

Stress-Proof Your Kid

In this free webinar, you will learn how to use self-help acupressure to get ahead of anxiety and stress. You will experience how to find your breath, ways to relieve stress, what to do to get better sleep, and boost your immune system.

Click Here to Register

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Reset Your Resilience Workshop Week 4

Be a Cool Cat and Reset Your Resilience!

Discover that you can make a difference in your own health and vitality during this challenging and stressful time. Learn easy self-help acupressure and discover how to be a partner with your body. Get ahead of stress and anxiety so you can manage it. Help your body be healthier and stronger.

Four Monday evenings: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Live Zoom meetings with handouts.

Register by clicking here

Replays of the live workshop will be available to registrants.

Your investment in your improved health: Only $89.00 for all 4 class meetings. You can also make two payments of $49.00. Pay online or by check.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

The price of the class goes up to $236.00 after May 5.

If you wish to purchase a complete Energy Balancing Care Guide, contact Deborah.

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Reset Your Resilience Workshop Week 3

Be a Cool Cat and Reset Your Resilience!

Discover that you can make a difference in your own health and vitality during this challenging and stressful time. Learn easy self-help acupressure and discover how to be a partner with your body. Get ahead of stress and anxiety so you can manage it. Help your body be healthier and stronger.

Four Monday evenings: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Live Zoom meetings with handouts.

Register by clicking here

Your investment in your improved health: Only $89.00 for all 4 class meetings. You can also make two payments of $49.00. Pay online or by check.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

Replays of the webinars will be available approximately 48 hours after the live event.

A few copies of the Energy Balancing Care Guides are available. Please contact Deborah to purchase.

The price of the class goes up to $236.00 after May 5.

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Reset Your Resilience Workshop Week 2

Be a Cool Cat and Reset Your Resilience!

Discover that you can make a difference in your own health and vitality during this challenging and stressful time. Learn easy self-help acupressure and discover how to be a partner with your body. Get ahead of stress and anxiety so you can manage it. Help your body be healthier and stronger.

Four Monday evenings: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Live Zoom meetings with handouts.

Register by clicking here

All webinars are live events. Replays will be offered afterward to those who register.

Your investment in your improved health: Only $89.00 for all 4 class meetings. You can also make two payments of $49.00. Pay online or by check.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

The price of the class goes up to $236.00 after May 5.

A limited number of Energy Balancing Care Guides are available for purchase.

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Reset Your Resilience Workshop

Be a Cool Cat and Reset Your Resilience!

Discover that you can make a difference in your own health and vitality during this challenging and stressful time. Learn easy self-help acupressure and discover how to be a partner with your body. Get ahead of stress and anxiety so you can manage it. Help your body be healthier and stronger.

Four Monday evenings: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Live Zoom meetings with handouts.

Register by clicking here

Registration closes April 10. 

Your investment in your improved health: Only $89.00 for all 4 class meetings. You can also make two payments of $49.00. Pay online or by check.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

The price of the class goes up to $236.00 after May 5.

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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!

 

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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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Catch Your Breath

Time to Catch Your Breath


relaxed cat

Considering our recent wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, and Southern California, it makes sense to remind all of you how you can “catch your breath.”

2019, like the smoky days of 2017,  brought high winds, intense fires, and intense emotions.

While we cannot control when and where fires erupt, we can control our reactions.

Your Breath and Self-Care Refresher 

  • how to reclaim your breath
  • reorganize your immune system
  • calm your nervous system
  • and reduce the stress your body and mind are experiencing

Those of us who were not directly in harm’s way from the fire were under stress from a loss of power, and sometimes water too. We were living with uncertainty about when we could resume our normal activities and if we would be safe from disaster.

At my home and office, we were without electricity which affected our water, as we are on a well. We could stay in our home, but it was as if we were camping out for the week, as we nervously watched and waited. They evacuated many of my friends and clients, some more than once. And I understand that some folks were without power for more than a week.

Help Your Breath

I know there is concern about the ash in the air. The dust and debris have triggered:

  • respiratory projects
  • fatigue
  • scattered thinking
  • sleep disruptions
  • feelings of being under threat
  • Loss of control
  • Anxiety
  • General disquiet

In California, we are living in fire season. We have been on high alert since the first dry winds in September. Extreme low humidity, dry conditions, lots of vegetation/fuel, unusually high winds, a convergence of meteorologic conditions that result from global warming, all have contributed to our current situation. Life is not business as usual.

What You Can Control

Take extra care of yourself and by using these energy tips, you can feel more like yourself now and whenever you encounter challenging situations, natural disasters, work stress, and family pressures.

Get more information and tips from Recovering from the Sonoma Fires

https://www.deborahmyerswellness.com/2017/10/

Resources for Victims of California Wildfires

Wildfire Resources – California Victim Compensation Board

California Wildfire Resources

Resources for Victims of Wildfires | Official Website …

Northern California fires: List of resources for victims …

2019 Fire Season Outlook | Welcome to CAL FIRE

California Fire & Evacuation Maps: Track Fires Near Me Today [Nov. 3]

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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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