Feel Your Best Tip: A Tool to De-Stress

Feel Your Best Tip: A Tool to De-Stress

8/23/16 — Many of us have perpetually tight necks and jaws. Chalk it up to chronic stress.

All that rigidity signals fear to the rest of our bodies which shows up in the form of exhaustion, irritability, cloudy thinking, an upset stomach, constipation, general anxiety… you name it.

While getting rid of that stress is a bigger conversation, there are some things we can do physically to stop that destructive train of events.

A big one is learning to relax the neck. That alone signals relief and relaxation to the nervous system, instead of the opposite.

A few times a day, take this simple neck stretch: let your ear fall toward your shoulder. Focus on the sensation in the lengthened side of your neck. Breathe deeply and soften. Then do the other side.

This is super simple, but it works. I find that a relaxed neck makes me feel more calm. It helps me think more clearly too. See how it makes you feel!

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Marci Izard is a yoga and meditation instructor in Houston, Texas. Her book, Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with Feelings uniquely categorizes recipes by how they make you feel: refreshed, peaceful, comforted, treated, or indulged. Izard encourages eaters to be present in their bodies to make authentic, healthy choices when it comes to food—and life overall. Her guided meditations can help on that journey within. Regularly $20 per session, she is offering three meditations as a free gift with the purchase of her book.

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Feel Your Best Tip: Notice the Voice(s) in Your Head

Feel Your Best Tip: Notice the Voice(s) in Your Head

8/7/16 — For me, those voices tend to be going at all times. The narrator in my head judges, assess, compares, runs through to-do lists…it doesn’t stop. And while it can be a helpful companion when it comes to getting things done, it also can out of control and destructive.

When I’m lost in my head or caught up in that internal dialogue, I’m not really listening or present. I’m also a lot more critical.

Take a moment now to see if you know what I mean. Listen to the narrator in your mind.

Having awareness of this is the first way to be less dominated by it. On top of that, I also highly recommend meditation to help build mental muscles and strengthen our ability to recognize that voice and not be so affected by it. Even just a few minutes a day can make a difference, and it’s really worthwhile to be able to enjoy life more and be less held back by our own devices.

Note: for a limited time, I am providing 3 guided meditations free with the purchase of my book (Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with Feelings has quick & tasty recipes sorted by how they make you feel). To get your meditations, go here.

 

Feel Your Best Tip: Meditate. NOW

Feel Your Best Tip: Meditate. Now!

7/27/16 — By this point, you probably already know that meditation is “good for you.”

Benefits include everything from a clearer mind, to better sleep, to enhanced immunity… reduced signs of aging… the list is long and impressive!

But perhaps you feel like it’s hard to find the time?

Well right here, right now, let’s take 5 minutes. Follow the guided meditation in this video clip:

Feel Your Best Tip: A Diet that Works For You

Feel Your Best Tip: A Diet that Works For You

7/19/16 — Do you ever feel unsure about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating? There’s a ton of conflicting information when it comes to food!

People ask me all the time if I’m gluten free, dairy free, caffeine free, vegan, vegetarian, sober, etc. They’ve often read articles or seen TV segments that make them feel like they should cut certain things out.

To these questions, I always say the same thing. I think it’s really important is that we consciously make our own choices based on what feels right in our own bodies, not what other sources say or do.

We’re all different. Our bodies, histories, and even climates often vary. There is no one-size-fits-all way to eat, or live.

On the other hand, I believe that as we each get present in our bodies and aware of how we feel, we gain authentic knowledge that helps naturally move us toward healthy choices in our own diets and lives overall.

So this is my approach. I don’t swear anything off. My focus is on staying connected.

If you want some guidance on how to move in this direction, check out my book Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with Feelings (which also has some of my favorite easy, tasty recipes) and my guided meditation album (both are on Amazon). Try a yoga or meditation class too.

This stuff really helps me. See how that makes you feel!

Feel Your Best Tip: How to Make an Intuitive Decision

Feel Your Best Tip: How to Make an Intuitive Decision

6/12/16 — You know those moments where you feel stuck, and you just don’t know how to proceed? Today I have four tricks for tuning in to our gut sense to make decisions that are aligned with intuition.

First: write. It’s amazing, sometimes I feel too lazy to do this, but when I actually start to journal, the answer that I’m looking for tends to show up on the page. While writing, I often arrive at exactly what I need to know.

Second: sleep on it. It’s easy to get impatient, but perspective changes when we take a step back and get some rest. Also, disengaging gives a deeper part of our brains a chance to bring the solution to our attention.

Third: see how your body feels. If that’s new for you, a great trick is to flip a coin. Your answer isn’t necessarily what you assigned to be heads verses tails. Your answer is in your immediate reaction to the coin’s solution. Notice if you feel dread, or relief, or perhaps a zing of excitement! If it’s some semblance of a positive reaction, consider moving that way. If it’s the opposite…well, that’s an answer too.

And finally: move. Get your blood flowing. Take a walk. Do some yoga. Go to the gym. Whatever! Everything happens on multiple levels, so when we shake stuff up in a physical way, we move and dislodge mental and emotional barriers to clarity as well.

If at the end of the day, you do all this and you still don’t know what to do, that’s okay. Give it time. From what I’ve seen, the answer always comes when we’re ready.