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Feeling tired? 8 Reasons Why and What You Can Do

Feeling tired? 8 Reasons Why and What You Can Do

Several years ago, I had major sinus surgery to correct a rare condition I was born with. A few weeks post-surgery, I was frustrated as I was still tired and the pain lingered on. On the surface, I looked just fine, but what was out of sight had yet to heal completely. I remember thinking if I had a broken bone and had a cast, I would have been much more accepting of how I felt and kinder to myself as I healed as well. What can’t be seen, is no less important than what is visible. Feeling tired, fatigued, sluggish can mean that inside, out of sight, your body has a broken part that needs to heal. Here are 8 possible, out of sight, reasons for feeling tired… #1: Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is very common. If you have been under stress, your adrenal glands could very well be tired. If you are craving salt; find it difficult to wake up, are waking up in the middle of the night, have dry skin, are pushed to the emotional edge easy, experiencing mild depression or anxiety, I encourage you to have an adrenal test run with a holistic oriented physician or practitioner. *See the link at the bottom and take the adrenal fatigue quiz. #2: Low Iron. An iron deficiency can make you feel weak, tired, light headed, short of breath, irritable, sluggish and make it hard to focus. Iron deficiency makes you tired because less oxygen travels to your muscles and cells. Google iron rich foods and please get tested as well. If you are vegan or vegetarian, low iron could be your low energy culprit. #3: B12 Deficiency. The body needs B12 to make red blood cells....

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A Four Step Practice for Reducing Mental Chatter (aka clutter)

A Four Step Practice for Reducing Mental Chatter (aka clutter)

I am forever amazed at how I seem to end up, in exactly the place I need be to hear, learn, read, witness…something that cracks my mind open to a new way of thinking. This past Sunday, my husband and I headed off to meet friends for a day at the lake. I made the plans forgetting that we had committed to attend an informational meeting for a local non-profit on mindfulness started by a passionate mother, who lost her son to suicide. We spent a few hours splashing in the water and all too soon, had to make the 1 ½ hour drive home. The meeting turned out to not be what we expected at all – an informational meeting about the non-profit and instead we heard a presentation by two lovely women who created a certification program for adults to teach mindfulness and self-compassion to teens. Fabulous topic, but the little voice in my head was saying “I wish we would have stayed at the lake longer”. As the women began talking, my thoughts traveled back to age 19 and my own attempt at suicide. I have often thought that if I understood I wasn’t the only one struggling and that I wasn’t alone in feeling the way I was feeling, I never would have swallowed that huge hand full of sleeping pills. 35 years later my motivation for sharing ‘what’s real’ came from my belief that if I had heard other people talking about what was challenging them, the choice I made would have been very different. I began practicing mindfulness eight years ago. Mindfulness is a powerful transformational tool and with my increased self-awareness; my self-respect, self-love,...

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Wired to Go and the One Question to Ask Yourself

Wired to Go and the One Question to Ask Yourself

It’s officially been six weeks since launching my online business and I tell you what, there are old habits, old ways of ‘being’ that are loudly knocking at my door. I imagine it’s what it’s like for someone who has been addicted to a substance – they’ve kicked the habit, but eventually, the craving creeps back in. My ‘substance’ was being busy and running on adrenaline. I like that feeling when my energy is pumping and I’m buzzing and doing and moving and grooving. But my body and my spirit did not. My mind was running amuck – like an all-night party before the hangover hits. I kept my party going by keeping my adrenaline pumping. Adrenaline, or epinephrine, is a stress hormone secreted from the adrenal glands on the kidneys. It plays a major role in preparing the body for a fight-or-flight reaction in threatening environments. Adrenaline rush is a sudden increase in the secretion of adrenaline from the adrenal glands. Adrenaline routes all energy to our muscles and our minds become sharper, this is a good in an emergency, but… We’ve become a society addicted to adrenaline. Stress creates adrenaline, adrenaline is addictive. It’s a vicious circle that has become a billion-dollar industry. [i]In 1991 there were 1,065 specialty coffee shops. In 2015, 31,490 - wow! And that is just in the United States. Caffeine boosts adrenaline which sparks the feel-good hormone endorphins. We feel energized and ready to take on the world…until we crash. When I purchased my fledgling nutrition store back in 2005, I hit the ground running. In one year my sales...

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Awakening to Your Own Way

I remember my Dad once telling me “I had no idea what to do with you from age twelve on”. The truth is, I had no idea what to do with me, from age twelve on. The process of growing up is confusing. I still find it confusing, because by my definition of growing up (the discovery of who you are - what makes us tick, what makes us tock) I’m not done yet – and never will be. How I showed up in the world in my 20’s, does not work in my 50’s and I’m certain that what works in my 50’s, won’t feel right in my 80’s. Growing up is constant and ongoing and sometimes I forget this. And when I forget, confusion settles in and I drift away from ‘me’. Figuring out what to do with ‘me’ led to reading copious amounts of self-help books, taking a variety of webinars, tele-seminars, going to retreats, workshops and never stopping long enough to allow the new ideas and habits to settle in. Sure, I gained knowledge and a tool box full of self-help fixes, but I still felt overwhelmed. I now know I was looking outside of myself for ‘the answer’, ‘the fix’, for something that made me feel that I was enough, that I was safe, that I was liked. I never allowed myself to deeply feel my frustration, my depletion and instead I pushed forward, using all my ‘tools’ to stay positive and keep a smile on my face, while maintaining my busy lifestyle. I pushed to the furthest corners of my psyche, any thought or feeling that was uncomfortable. I was pondering this whole ‘growing up’ thing and thought, “what if the reason my dad had no idea what to do with me, was because I was...

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7 Truths You Need to Know

7 Truths You Need to Know

"The more distant we are from the unique spark of life in our soul, the more devastating and isolating the growing darkness and uncertainty in the world will seem to be." ~Michael Meade Had I read Michael’s quote in my thirties, I’m not sure it would have had an impact. I was too busy climbing the corporate ladder, raising my son, navigating an unstable marriage, building a house, volunteering, hosting dinners and doing all the ‘things’ that people are supposed to do, while keeping a smile on my face and working very hard at maintaining the image of someone who had it all together (not that I even realized I was working hard at maintaining an image). My outer world fit well with how outer worlds where supposed to look and as such, I fooled myself into believing all was well. It wasn’t. For many the cure to our “inner growing darkness” is ‘over-ing’. Over-drinking, over-drugging, over-doing, over-pleasing, over-yesing, over-giving, over-eating, over-committing and even over-exercising. ‘Over-ing’ has become how we numb out, stuff our feelings down and attempt to keep one step ahead of unhappiness. In my late thirties, the clouds lowered around me and a deep depression settled in. I was lucky. I recognized that I was in trouble and got help. Help came in the form of an anti-depressant that lifted the clouds, removed my anxiety and gave me a false sense, that all was well. It wasn’t. On I marched, through a divorce, being a single mom, moving, buying a little home for my son and I, landing a great job, meeting a wonderful man, getting...

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