Routines for Coping with PTSD and Other Emotional Stressors

Routines for Coping with PTSD and Other Emotional Stressors

Experiencing PTSD or other emotional stressors is not fun. In fact, it is really hard. You might even feel like you are losing your mind or going insane. It may even be one of the hardest things that you will ever experience in your life. It is a condition that you want to take seriously and not go through alone.

To work with your PTSD symptoms, create emotional wellness routines for self-care. The following strategies can help to balance you out, slow down your symptoms and help you stay sane.

Helpful Family Evening Routines for You & Your Kids

Helpful Family Evening Routines for You & Your Kids

Having a solid night and morning routine with kids gives them structure, allows them to have an idea of what to expect each night after playtime, and can greatly improve their performance at school, as well as at home. Routine bed and meal times can support positive behaviors and moods, as well strengthen the relationship between parent and child.

This is also great for you as a parent to find helpful routines. Having a structured bed and meal time for the kids also makes sure you eat dinner at a reasonable time, supports family conversation, and allows for alone time once the kids go to bed. Maybe think of it like a mini-date every night.

Instead of seeing nighttime as another obstacle or box to check, try using nightly routines as an opportunity to transition into a time of peace and calm while taking advantage of family time after a hectic day.

Resting My Nervous System [VIDEO]

Resting My Nervous System [VIDEO]

Summer is a time of heightened activity and it can easily become overwhelming if we’re not taking adequate time to recover. The best way to calm the busyness in any season is to literally make time to do nothing. Our nervous system needs down time to reset after all we ask of it, so take a moment out of your day with this brief yet effective body scan to do just that. Dim the lights, lie down, and relax while our massage therapist, Krystal Meyer, leads you through a restorative body scan. 

The State in Which We Eat Affects Our Body

The State in Which We Eat Affects Our Body

I always tell my clients that restoration is never just about the food. Yes we can use food to restore gut health, and yes your body is amazing at healing, but we do need to think about not just the food but the state in which we eat! If we are eating in “stress mode” (fight, flight or freeze), then our digestion and absorption will be impaired. If we are eating with a sense of calm and inner peace (rest and digest), we will improve our ability for our nutrition to take healing action!!

Maintaining & Restoring Adrenal Glands with Vitamin B

Maintaining & Restoring Adrenal Glands with Vitamin B

Restoration is an important part of overall health and vitality. Especially with our modern busy lifestyles, it can be easy to forget to nourish and provide space for self care. Part of maintaining and restoring health involves focusing on your adrenal health. The adrenal glands are two small organs that sit on top of the kidneys, but don't let their size be deceiving. They are responsible for producing a multitude of hormones and in particular, the stress hormone, cortisol. We all experience daily stress to some degree and research has shown that chronic stress is detrimental to one's lifespan and overall health status.

Complications During Pregnancy or Delivery? Using EMDR to Restore Your Emotional Health after Childbirth

Complications During Pregnancy or Delivery? Using EMDR to Restore Your Emotional Health after Childbirth

Statistics report that as many as 18% of all women experience trauma related to childbirth, one third of whom experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Yet despite its widespread nature, the experience of birth-related trauma can be an isolating one, as mothers are encouraged to focus on their babies and quickly “get over” their birth experience. Trauma can affect a mother - and a partner’s - ability to connect with their baby, carry out normal activities, and impair breastfeeding.

Traveling with Chronic Illness & Less Stress [DOWNLOADS]

Traveling with Chronic Illness & Less Stress [DOWNLOADS]

With Summer here, many of us are ready to get out of town, if we haven't already. For those of us with chronic illnesses, traveling can be a bit tricky. But we shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun, even though our definition of fun might look different than others. Here are a few things that can make traveling with chronic illness less stressful.

5 Ways Adults Can “Play” Using Our Senses!

5 Ways Adults Can “Play” Using Our Senses!

As we grow into adults we build skills that help us function in the world socially, professionally, and interpersonally. Because of increasing demands, though, it’s easy to forget practicing what came to us so naturally as children, but it’s so important to experience the joy of being alive. It fuels our resiliency through life’s inevitable challenges and offers healing to our whole selves. Play is medicine, and it is our birthright.

Having a Healthier Relationship with Nutritious Foods

Having a Healthier Relationship with Nutritious Foods

More playtime in the kitchen with those you love is always a great way to encourage a healthier relationship with nutritious foods! By creating time together around food, and making it FUN to be together (smiles and laughing is the goal) we actually can expect more adventures with our eating. Both kids and adults are much more likely to expand food choices and try new varieties of foods when involved in the process of preparing it. From picking to washing, to chopping (age appropriate of course), to mixing and cooking, and finally to plating the food items, there are so many ways to engage your loved ones in the kitchen! When is the last time you played with your food with your friends and family?!

Experiencing More Energy & Playfulness in Life: 7 Ways to Dance Differently With Stress

Experiencing More Energy & Playfulness in Life: 7 Ways to Dance Differently With Stress

Stress is becoming an epidemic in our culture. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, stress is the number one health epidemic of the 21st century. While a stress response is a normal function for our bodies and we definitely need it in certain circumstances, being constantly stressed is not healthy and can make us sick. As hard as we try we cannot stop stressful things from happening in our lives. But we can learn to dance differently with it. 

Nutrition & Lifestyle Choices That Help Erectile Dysfunction

Nutrition & Lifestyle Choices That Help Erectile Dysfunction

In the spirit of Men’s Health month, let’s explore the topic of erectile dysfunction and how a man’s health and nutrition habits could be helping or harming it. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) has been thought of as an “older man’s” problem, but that isn’t necessarily the case. 25% of men under age 40 also deal with ED. It may be challenging to acknowledge that you need support in this department, but the benefits outweigh the effects.