Bringing the Light into the Season

Holiday Tree 2018Bringing the Light into the Season

I love the holidays. I have to admit that I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving, adorning the fireplace mantel with Santa, his reindeer, lights, and candles.  By the end of the day, the tree is covered with lights and ornaments. I find it one of the most heart-filled times of the season to see those shining, sparkling colors bringing a bright light to the room. And it does bring a smile to my face when a 4-year-old walks through the front door, is mesmerized by the tree, the Santas and the angels and asks whether I’m Mrs. Santa Claus too!

Helping the darkness become light

I wait for that day to be able to bring light and color into my home. It seems that once November is upon us and the sun is sinking into the horizon earlier each day, there is a darkness that is deeper and more enveloping as each day passes. For centuries, people have celebrated Winter Solstice by hanging bright lights and evergreen boughs to symbolize the continuity of life. The Solstice is the turning point when those dark, short days are going to start getting lighter. Well, I for one, do not want to wait!

For me, turning on the Christmas lights brings the joy of the Solstice into my home at the end of November rather than the end of December. Plus I do love Christmas.

The gift of breath and life

My Christmas gift to you is a way to experience more comfortable and more expansive breath, even during those times when you have so much on your plate you don’t know how you’re going to pull it off.  Give yourself a hug! Hold your upper arms with a light, gentle touch, and you will be reminding your body to create space for each breath. And then give yourself an even bigger hug by touching the outside edge of your shoulder blades. You are connecting with an energy balance point that is all about being complete. That which was is and shall be, to bring the full circle of life to every cell of your being.

Bringing the Light into the Season with your joy

I wish each and every one of you a delightful and joyful holiday season! And may you experience helping the darkness become light.

Happy Holidays

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Gratitude can change your life

Gratitude can change your life… And research has proven it!

HappinessWill you really be happier if you experience being in a state of gratitude? The studies say, “Yes!” And will your body be healthier if gratitude is part of your day? Yes! Your body can’t help but be stronger and more resilient when you live in a state of positive feelings and joy. And there are ways to encourage your body to get to that place of resilience.

You can check out a compilation of the studies at this website —

https://www.happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude.

So many Reasons for Gratitude

I cannot even imagine not having gratitude. Every single day is a fantastic experience of being alive. All I need to do is:

  • watch birds flitting around
  • listen to them singing
  • watch my kitties being cute
  • take a walk in my garden
  • take note of the signs of the changing season
  • watch the sun rise above the hills, feel my breath expand as I do my energy work
  • I experience my body strengthen as I do my Pilates exercises
  • recognize my accomplishments of the day
  • feel the joy of assisting my clients and students as they progress through their journeys towards health
  • watch my animated video of the Daily Clean Your House Flow with a group of kids.

My list can go on and on.

The next step is to express that gratitude, so you’re not keeping it all to yourself! Be the joy, say thanks, and show your smile. I love blowing bubbles as I stand on my deck and look into the garden. Now that brings smiles! I write gratitude notes and put them into a special jar. I connect with special people in my life. I say: “I love you and thank you” to the people I care about. I do my best to move through my to-do list, and I say, “Well done, Deborah” with each accomplishment.

Moving through Stress

Those gratitude moments can really be uplifting when we’re going through stress. We all know those times — too much to do, too many things going wrong, life throwing major curve balls, traumatic events that have taken your breath away, hearing about terrible events that others are going through. The key to helping you get through the stress is to find a practice that lifts you up and then continues to remind your body how to experience breath and a positive state of being.

Radio Show Interview

Voice of AmericaI had the opportunity to be interviewed on Express Yourself, a radio show for teens and hosted by teens. What a fun time to chat with Jack and Joven and share ideas on how we can have more happiness, better health, and an increased sense of well-being. The show is hosted by Cynthia Brian of StarStyle Productions.

Jack and Joven were intrigued that doing self-help acupressure can make a difference in our sense of well-being. As I walked them through a few of the steps of the Daily Clean Your House Flow they were amazed how they immediately experienced expanded breath and were more relaxed. If that can happen within a few minutes, imagine what can happen if we give ourselves 10 to 20 minutes a day to do our energy balancing. And, if that can make a difference, imagine giving yourself that gift off and on throughout the day. That is indeed the beginning of a gratitude practice — giving the gift of breath, health, and ease to yourself.

Jack and Joven especially loved that I created an animated video that kids of all ages can use in schools and in their homes. They’re excited that there is an easy and fun way for youth to learn how to better take care of themselves. And that doing the Daily Clean Your House Flow can be an easy way for all of us to experience health and wellness.

Listen to the episode at the Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/110626/gratitude-and-deborah-myers-wellness

Deborah Myers November 20th 2018Gratitude and Deborah Myers Wellness eCard

Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats - copyspace

Happy Grandparents sitting with their granddaughter on a pier, pointing out at the boats – copyspace

Gratitude helps us feel GOOD!

  • More happiness
  • Better health
  • Feel less pain
  • Deeper relationships
  • Increased sense of self-worth
  • Increased productivity
  • An increased long-term sense of well-being
  • More appreciative
  • Helps us make more friends than before
  • Makes us more optimistic
  • Stronger immune system
  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • Brings more joy
  • More compassion
  • Helps us bounce back from stress
  • Makes us more helpful, more trusting, more social
  • Improves sleep
  • Faster recovery from medical procedures
  • More resilient
  • Less likely to develop PTSD
  • More likely to grow in times of stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Encourages pro-health behavior like exercising
  • Encourages our paying attention to health risks

Gratitude Makes the World Go Round

When we are in a state of gratitude we discover our optimistic self. And the people in your life will notice. Help your body become healthier, stronger, and more resilient by walking around filled gratitude.

I would love to hear about your practice of gratitude. Share your comments on my new Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Myers-Wellness

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Getting Your Breath Back with Easy Self-Help Acupressure

firemanGetting Your Breath Back with Easy Self-Help Acupressure

Life can throw us curves of all sorts! We don’t plan on those, and we don’t necessarily see them coming our way. One such event was the October 2017 fires. And no matter how YOU were individually impacted, the experience most likely affected your breath, your emotions, your sense of well-being, and maybe your physical health.

Our Bodies Remember Trauma

As we get closer to the one-year anniversary of that terrible time for Sonoma County and Napa County, your body may be experiencing memories of distress. Also, it hasn’t helped that we’ve had other fires raging north of us.

People are using phrases like, “I’m waiting with baited breath” and “I’m wondering how much more I can take.” Some folks realize that they’re not processing information with ease, similar to what they were experiencing one year ago after the fires. And many are trying to figure out what they need to do to regain their vitality and productivity. Fatigue is running rampant because sleep isn’t restful and rejuvenating.

None of those symptoms are unusual after trauma and chaos. And when we re-experience the memories of the traumatic event, our bodies get even more stuck in the patterns of the symptoms.

Reduce the Impact of Trauma

We can help our bodies let go of the symptoms and the tendency to hold onto those patterns. By balancing our energy, we can create new patterns of balance and ease that our bodies will see as more desirable.

Self-help acupressure is a natural, effortless way to remind your body how to be in breath, how to let go of stress and anxiety, and how not to take on stress. You can relieve discomfort and pain, balance your emotions, boost wellness, and improve performance in your daily activities.

Daily Practice

A daily practice of balancing your energy allows you to become a partner with your body. Rediscover your breath, boost your immune system, improve your focus and clarity, increase your vitality, let go of overwhelming thoughts and handle your feelings. You will find that your body feels healthy and full of life when you get your breath and energy back.

Here are a few energy tips that will help you reach health and vitality: To open the breath and calm the whole system:

▪ Hold thumbs with opposite hands

▪ Hold index fingers with opposite hands

▪ Fold arms across chest and hold opposite upper arms

To relieve respiratory distress, such as holding breath or coughing:

▪ Hold the right base of the rib cage with right fingers

▪ Hold right chest below clavicle with left fingers

▪ Switch and hold opposite sides

To release jaw, mouth or throat tension, such as clenching or holding breath:

▪ Cup sternum directly below clavicle with the right hand

▪ Place left fingertips in a vertical pattern below the navel

I hope that you make use of these suggestions! to get your breath back. They can really make a difference!

Sonoma Strong Health Fair 2018Sonoma Strong

And to learn even more, join me at the Sonoma Strong Healing Fair on Saturday, September 29th at the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa. I’ll be presenting at 11:30, offering more suggestions on how to get your breath back.

I’ll also be teaching in the Kids’ Area at 1:00 and 3:00. I look forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, wishing you ease.

 

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April is Stress Awareness Month

StressIsn’t it crazy that we actually have a “National Stress Awareness Month”? Guess that shows a lot of people are dealing with some sort of stress in their worlds.

What is stress?

How do we best define it when it is so different for everyone? What can we do to reduce the effects of it so our bodies don’t go into reaction? And what can we do to actually have a sense of control so stress doesn’t seem to be running the show?

I’ll give you some historical background about how stress came to be recognized as a “condition” in our country. Then, I’ll share some easy-to-use self-help acupressure energy tips for changing how we can transform stress from a negative to positive. Transforming stress is a bit different from how Western medicine suggests we can manage it!  And, when we get to that place of management, we truly are partners with our bodies.

Stress Awareness Month

It has been held every April since 1992. Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to:

  • inform people about the dangers of stress
  • successful coping strategies
  • harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.

Medical Definition of Stress

In a medical or biological context, stress is a physical, mental or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response.

The state of mental or emotional strain or tension from adverse or very demanding circumstances can be so recognizable that others notice. We even hear comments like “he’s obviously under a lot of stress” and “she really needs to figure out how to manage her stress.”

Stress can cause or influence the course of many medical conditions. These include psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety.  Medical problems can encompass poor healing, high blood pressure, headaches and migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and many others. We now have “stress management” recognized as an effective treatment for many medical conditions.

To read more about stress and how the Western medical world defines it, go to

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20104.

Transforming Stress

Articles that include tools for self-assessment, resources, and programs, can be found on the website for The American Institute of Stress. The organization is all about awareness, education, and collaboration.

Go to https://www.stress.org/what-is-stress/.

Stress as a Project

Personally, I like to look at “stress” as a “project that can be transformed.” The term stress was coined by Hans Selye in 1936. He defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.  If we look at stress as “the rate of wear and tear on the body,” it makes sense that increased stress can actually accelerate the aging process.

And who wants that? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather walk around in a body that does not have major reactions to stressful situations. All of the experimental and clinical research confirms that the sense of having little or no control is always distressful, and that’s what stress is all about.

Energy Tips to Manage and Transform Stress

Here are my self-help acupressure energy tips that you can use to manage stress. They will allow you to be a partner with your own body.  Because stress can take the breath away and cause us to wait with bated breath, follow along to learn how you can have full expansive breath. You’ll be way ahead of stress and its ability to affect you.

To help let go of stress, open up breath, release tension and increase vitality:

1. Hold upper arms by folding arms across the chest

2. Right hand — cup sternum directly below the collarbone

     Left hand — hold fingers in a vertical pattern on your tummy

3. Right hand — hold the base of the right front ribcage

     Left hand — hold fingers on the right chest below the collarbone

4. Gently cup thumbs

More than an Ounce of Prevention

The Daily Clean Your House Flow helps you stay in balance and get in front of stress. Doing the  Daily Clean Your House Flow prepares your body for what you’re going to ask it to do now and for what might come at it (even major stressful traumatic events). Do the Daily Clean Your House Flow at least once a day. It will create a strong foundation for you to be able to be the best partner you can be with your body. I have been doing it daily for more than 20 years, as have many of my clients, friends, and family. This one practice is the best antidote to stress and you can do it anywhere, anytime. The more you do it, the better you will feel.

Do your part to Make Stress Awareness Month Obsolete

Share this post about the Daily Clean Your House Flow with the people you care about through your social channels, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You’ll be glad you did your part to lower the stress in the world.

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Heart, Romance and Recover

tulips and a plush heart with I love you embroidered on itHeart and romance

February is all about heart health, both emotional and physical.

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the fifth century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. No matter the history, it is the day that gives many a BIG reason to recognize and celebrate those heart connections with loved ones in their lives.

AND you still have time to get that extra special gift for that special person in your life!

February is Heart Health Month

This is the month we’re made more aware of how we can improve the health of our hearts so we can decrease the chances of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.

Read more about how to make a BIG difference in having a heart-healthy life.
https://www.theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-awareness-month/

Giving Service from the Heart

Here’s another “Heart Connection” — and it is doing something really big for the community.

Shiroko Sokitch, M.D.My dear friend and colleague, Dr. Shiroko Sokitch, director of Heart to Heart Medical Center in Santa Rosa, has created an amazing event that is FREE and available online to help you deal with physical and emotional challenges after a traumatic event, like a disaster, an accident or a death in the family.

This event is entirely at no cost and it will be yours to keep when you sign up for it. It’s all about being able to heal no matter where you are or what is going in your life. Register to hear talks by healthcare experts February 12– 19.

The Disaster Recovery Online Summit

This event is here to help those who have endured the disasters we’ve recently experienced—fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and others—to help them heal and overcome, physically and emotionally, the impacts of living through a disaster.

After a traumatic event, people begin to go back to their daily lives, but it doesn’t mean they’ve completely healed. And, far too often, there are very few resources that address the emotional difficulties and latent health issues that such events can cause.

Health care experts will provide advice on helping children cope, anxiety, mindfulness, self-healing, mold toxicity, even disaster recovery itself.

Get complimentary access to these talks about traumatic recovery now

These 32 talks are yours FOREVER! Meaning, you’ll gain access once they’re unlocked on February 12, and retain it for whenever you need to address trauma for yourself, or anyone else.

No purchase required and no commitment necessary for you to participate.

My interview with Dr. Shiroko on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm

I’m honored to be participating in the Disaster Recovery Event! Dr. Shiroko will be interviewing me on Facebook Live Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm (Pacific Time). Tune in to hear my suggestions for how we can make use of Easy Self-Help Acupressure to help deal with the stress and challenges of traumatic events. I’ll give you energy tips that can make a big difference in the quality of life.
Go to Dr. Shiroko’s Facebook Page.

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