Habits Get a Bad Rap

 I think habits get a bad rap. Quite often when someone is mentioning a habit they are talking about something “bad” they want to change. I try not to use the word “bad” anymore because it feels like I am inviting that energy in and making it stronger. When I remember to re-frame my thinking I will look at what I might label a “bad” habit as an excellent teacher. For instance I will objectively watch myself and simply notice what I seem to do all-the-time that I want to change. I will then do a kind of self-interview and ask…

  • Why do I do this habit?
  • How does it serve me?
  • What prompts me to do it? (like an association from someone or other activity)
  • Do I have a belief that is the driving force behind it?
  • Last I will ask, what would be the opposite of this habit and do I want to find out a way to have that in my life instead?
My most recent experience of changing or shifting habits was watching less TV in the hope I would get back to doing my watercolor painting which I actually love more. I am using a tip I got from Martha Beck called “Ridiculously Easy Steps” It works like this. Instead of berating myself for doing the “bad” habit item I simply notice it, allow and accept that this is the best I can do right now AND in the next moment I can do better. So I begin to add my new better step in small “Ridiculously Easy” measures.
Instead of attempting to watch less TV I simply add in the time I want to paint. I have discovered it works best at the end of my day. If I am tired I will pull out one of my art books and read it for 15 minutes or I will literally just sit in my art studio for 5-10 minutes. I created a whole list of baby steps and commit myself to doing one EVERY day. That’s the key to changing or building on a new habit. I think it’s best to let go of the changing a habit and just think of it as shifting or adding in something you want more.
Many of us cringe and get our dander up when we think there is something about us we need to change.  If you want to make a permanent change do your new activity for 21 days In A Row! That’s how long it takes to form a new habit. Once we do something for 21 straight days it becomes embedded in our psyche.
I have done this 5 minute “baby step” practice before and usually by the time the 21 days are up, I find I am spending more time doing my new habit and almost effortlessness the new habit is formed.
How do you fell about the word habit? Is it a positive energy word for you or a negative one? Do you have new habits or routines you would like to add to your life? Pick a time and the activity then make it really really easy to do and see if you can build on it over time. Martha Beck writes in her book that to build the exercise at the gym habit her first Ridiculously Easy step was to simply drive to the gym and park her car. She didn’t even get out for the first week. Gradually she did and now she is amazingly fit and trim.
It’s like pennies – we think they are not worth much but when you stop to consider that a million dollars starts with that first penny you begin to see that even the smallest effort can move mountains!
’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

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Do You Need to “Re-boot?”

Do you need a “time-out” or a “re-boot” during your day? If you have energy glitches like these the answer is “yes!”

Four Personal Space Energy Lessons I learned from my computer and TV
One:
Pain ReliefComputer: While happily typing along, suddenly your computer sends up a warning that it has to shut down and you better hurry and save stuff or it’s gonna be lost.
Personal Version: This might look like a sudden shocking event in your life, like a death in the family or a layoff from your job. You quickly stop what you are doing in life and switch gears to deal with the crisis at hand.

Two:
Computer: While in the middle of a project the computer suddenly freezes up and won’t budge even if you hit “escape” or “refresh.” So you do a “hard” re-boot to get it working again.
Personal Version: This is like “brain fog” where you forget what you were about to do or say. Overwork, multi-tasking and fatigue trigger this symptom and only a “get away” break will revive you. Taking a break, drinking water, getting fresh air, and eating a snack are all “hard” re-boot examples for us to follow.

Three:
Computer: In response to your request for help with technical issues IT will say; “well, did you try re-booting it?” This is one of those “if all else fails turn it off and on again” event, or close your browser and re-launch it.
TV: While watching the TV something upsetting comes on so you change the channel.
Personal Version: This happens frequently in social settings. For example you are having lunch with friends and one of them is droning on and on about a subject; you can change the channel by changing the subject. It’s quick, painless and almost unnoticeable.

Four:
TV: The “pause button” on our TV is a great space creator by freezing time until you are ready to engage with what you are watching.
Personal Version: A nap is a good example of a “pause” or a break from your work. Both stop the flow your life is currently going in, which allows you time to reassess, refresh and empower your energy. When we re-emerge from this re-booting process more than likely our focus will be changed and our direction improved.

A word of warning; watch out for the common mistake to look at the need for a re-boot as though something was wrong with you. It’s not! This is simply a natural human need for a clarity boost and totally natural for everyone. Even the weather does these sudden shifts of unexpected direction and energy shifts which “clears the air.”
Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived as it comes. Surprises are the spice of live. So go ahead and re-boot, pause, change channels as necessary, you’ll be happier for it.

Write back and tell me about some of your recent personal space re-boots and what you gained from them.
‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

Stored Energy in Our Furnishings

Have you ever notice how emotional moving our furniture can be? Even if we are excited to make the decorating changes or move to a new location, we will have grief surface because one thing has to end before the new thing can begin. It’s the energy of transition we feel and when we move our furnishings our “roots” get disturbed. There is another reason grief arises when we are moving our furnishings, the energy that is stored in the items we own gets stirred up when we shift them around or pack and move.

11-2012 Sedona Election Trip (245)This is how it works. You have items that are in plain sight but you don’t notice them anymore because you are used to them. When you move them to a new spot suddenly you see them with “fresh eyes” and you might not like what you see. Memories of who gave it to you, or when you bought it surface and suddenly you are overwhelmed with emotions like joy, sadness or repulsion. Now these feelings are great in that they help you to know if you want to keep an item or not, but they can be overwhelming at moving time. If possible try to review all of your possessions before you move and eliminate the ones that you won’t want in your new space. This way that old energy doesn’t move with you.

Next you have items that are special keepsakes and you most likely have them boxed up. High school yearbooks, photos of vacations, mementos etc. As you open them to see what you have and where it will go in your new space, you suddenly are swamped with memories and emotions. If your life is going great then your reminiscing will be a little depleting but sweet. However if your life is not quite where you thought it would be “by now” you might compound your moving grief with self-judgment. Again going through everything before you move will help alleviate this and you can grieve and release in your old home so your move itself is less stressful. However if you can’t to that then I recommend you give yourself permission to leave some things boxed up and slowly go through them over the course of a few months.

I have a three part method for sorting through all my possessions;

  1. Set up an area for “give-a-ways” where you can collect items and then donate
  2. Set up another for “maybe keep items” – this is to give you time to process if you want to keep them or donate them
  3. Keepers- when you know for sure you want an item, put it where you want it to be as soon as possible. If I do this before I move I will label my floor plan with the furniture piece so I can tell the movers where it will go.

Take the “give-a-ways” to the thrift shop each time your car is full. Keep moving this stuff out. Don’t even think about having a garage sale unless this is a thing you love to do because you won’t get as much money as you think you will get, and this just adds to the to-do-list that you already have too much on.

What can be done to dissipate and heal all the memory energy in our possessions? I like to use smudge sticks. I will light a scent that has the energy I want to apply such as sage for purification and I will waif the smoke over the items and hold the intention of letting the old memories go. If I am keeping items I will then use another scent that puts a blessing on my items. Your local metaphysical store will have more information on how to do this. Also my favorite author on this topic is Denise Lynn. Check out her books and website for more energy healing information.

Energy is an invisible component to our lives and understanding how to work with and manage it can really help our overall health and vitality. Good luck with your next moving or clutter clearing project!

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

 

 

Book-ending Your Day

I bet you are wondering what in the world is she talking about now? I don’t blame you-lol  This is the best term I could come up with to describe the way I manage my Personal Energy so that I have the best day possible every day of the week.

It came to me one Sunday when I was having a quiet moment in my Private Spot. My energy for Sunday always feel so good to me and I knew it was because I took all the time I wanted to sit in my quiet area, writing in my journal, watching the birds in the trees and just “be-ing” me. I was wondering how I could create this feeling on a daily basis and it occurred to me that I tend to rush around Monday through Saturday but on Sunday I “mosey.” I never have a moments peace until my Sunday routine of doing nothing. Feet Relaxing

I began to wonder if I could “start” and “stop” my day the same way each day…sort of frame all my activities like book-ends frame and support the books on my shelf…perhaps I could give myself better energy and have that content, satisfied feeling I get on Sunday – every day!

So I set out to first notice what I was doing already every morning and every evening to see if any of it was routine….you know like shower in the morning, put your pj’s on at night, that kind of thing.

Next I looked at what I did on Sunday and decided to add mini parts of this to my morning and evening routine and what I came up with is a 15 minute practice before I head out for the day and a 15 minute practice I do before I crawl into bed at night. And it worked!! I began to feel better during my day. If I found myself rushing around like a chicken-with-my-head-cut-off, I’d catch myself and literally stop and repeat the word “mosey” in my head. This usually makes me laugh because it’s such a silly word but it does the trick. I still get everything done without rushing AND I actually get more done and am happier all day long. I also don’t turn to food (chocolate) to comfort me anymore because I don’t need comfort…I start with comfort and end with comfort and all day long I maintain my comfort level almost magically.

In my next blog I will give you a list of tips to apply if you want to try this daily practice out for yourself.

’till next time
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Habits Get a Bad Rap

I think habits get a bad rap. Quite often when someone is mentioning a habit they are talking about something “bad” they want to change. I try not to refer to anything as “bad” anymore. When I remember to re-frame my thinking I will look at “bad” as an excellent teacher. For instance I will objectively watch myself and simply notice what I seem to do all-the-time that I want to change. I will then do a kind of self-interview and ask…

– why do I do this habit?
-how does it serve me?
-what prompts me to do it? -like an association from someone or other activity
– and do I have a belief that is the driving force behind it?

– next I will ask what would be the opposite of this habit and do I want to find a way to have that in my life instead.

Painting HabitMy most recent experience of changing or shifting habits as I prefer to think of it, was watching less TV in the hope I would get back to doing my watercolor painting which I actually love more. I am using a tip I got from Martha Beck called “Ridiculously Easy Steps.” It works like this. Instead of berating myself for doing the “bad” habit item I simply notice it, allow and accept that this is the best I can do right now AND in the next moment I can do better. So I begin to add my new better step in small “Ridiculously Easy” measures. Instead of attempting to watch less TV I simply add in the time I want to paint. I have discovered it works best at the end of my day. If I am tired I will pull out one of my art books and read it for 15 minutes or I will literally just sit in my art studio for 5-10 minutes. I created a whole list of baby steps and commit myself to doing one EVERY day. That’s the key to changing or building on a new habit. I think it’s best to let go of the idea of changing yourself and just think of it as shifting or adding in something you want more. Many of us cringe and get our dander up when we think there is something about us we need to change.  Next we do this for 21 daysIn A Row! That’s the behaviorist key for habit forming. Once we do something for 21 straight days it becomes embedded in our psyche. I have done this before and by the time the 21 days are up the time I spend doing the new activity actually increases and the new habit is formed.

“Life is what happens when we make plans” is a famous quote so from time to time I check my daily routine to see if “life” has forced new habits on me and have I lost something I love like my daily painting routine. It seems to be a frivolous activity (I am not a pro after all) yet it is very important to my souls energy and I have learned never to discount what my soul longs for.

So how do you feel about the word habit? Is it a positive energy word or a negative one? Do you have any new habits or routines you would like to add to your life? Pick a time and the activity then make it really, really easy to do and see if you can build on it over time. Martha Beck writes in her book that for her to develop the exercise at the gym habit, her first Ridiculously Easy step was to simply drive to the gym and park her car. She didn’t even get out for the first week. Gradually she did and now she is amazingly fit and trim.

It’s like pennies. We think they are not worth much but when you stop to consider that a million dollars starts with that first penny … you can see how it all adds up and one penny worth of effort will make your dreams come true!

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Community Boosts Personal Energy

I have been studying Personal Energy for decades trying to understand what makes people tick and what I can do to live a happy life. I think we all do this actually but due to my unconventional upbringing I have had great practice at being an observer of others. Now to be self-observant well…ha! That’s another story. Only in the last 20 years… and I admit I did so very reluctantly… have I become adept at self-observation. Cooking Armor

One of the best questions I ask myself (I usually only get around to this good question once I have stopped berating myself) is “What can I do now that will help?” This puts me in an entirely different frame of mind- one that is open minded vs closed minded because my method of action that “should” have worked in fact did not work. Or sometimes what I have been doing has run its course and all the good results I can glean from it are finished and I must move on to Plan B. I don’t like Plan B. For some reason I always think Plan B means I have failed, but as a wise minister told me years ago about my “failed” marriage… “it was not a failure, the relationship was just complete.”

Today’s Personal Energy lesson is actually how “community” feeds us energy if we let them. Community can function as a backup power source we can tap into when we need an energy boost. Now community can drain us as well (the doom and gloom TV news is an example) but if we align ourselves with positive-minded people, their contribution to our energy will be empowering.

Case in point: I have been working since 2011 to drop the obesity I have been carrying for many years. I maxed out at 280 lbs in 2011 and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (surprise!-NOT) so I decided to go on a healing journey. My first Plan A step was to get cleansed, but I didn’t know how and this is where community came to the rescue. As “luck” would have it I was scrolling the TV stations and landed on PBS and there was a doctor talking about how you can heal diabetes with diet and not drugs. I knew instantly that was for me. So I did some research and ended up working a program called “Clean” by Dr. Alejandro Junger and dropped 50 lbs and healed the diabetes!!

Then I hit a long plateau. I didn’t soar up or drop weight for over a year. This is when community showed up again. I was frustrated and wondered how I could heal myself without great expense when again while surfing the TV on PBS I found “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy. I did fairly well the first month but since I needed to drop another 100 lbs I knew I needed to get more focused. It’s a clever diet that is a bit tricky to manage due to the varied style of eating, but it works!! That’s when community popped up again in the form of Fitness Friends, a private Facebook group my new daughter-in-law Shelly created. It was just what I needed and I found I was reaching my goal of getting below 200 lbs for the first time in 20 years!

In this community all we do is leave messages of what we are up to and then the friends in the group will respond back. It’s very low key and completely supportive. Well, the other night after a long and exhausting day, I didn’t want to eat my required food menu…no way!! I really wanted an item that was not on the menu and I actually meant to eat it but while I was making dinner I just automatically made it according to that day’s required food menu. I ate it and enjoyed it and then sat back and realized I hadn’t fudged my diet after all. Where did the energy to stick to my plan come from? First it came from me allowing myself a break. I learned this over the years to never beat myself up, but to watch myself and do better next time, or I would end up doing a major pity party binge.  But when I was making my dinner I was thinking of my Fitness Friends and how much fun it was to post my Thanksgiving miracle this week that I had dropped 2 lbs and made it to 200 lbs. I am now working on my second goal of 170 lbs. Their supportive energy gave me what I didn’t have myself in that moment and I was able to continue on doing my best.

We all need a cheering section at times and its excellent for our Personal Energy to both receive and offer support. Sharing our best energy, like compound interest will bloom and multiply and create a happier life for all.

Leave me a note; I’d love to hear how your experience with Personal Energy has been helped by your community.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Take An Adult Time-Out

Have you ever wondered why we have a yellow light on our traffic light system of green-yellow-red? It is because we humans are not computers or light switches that can stop or shift gears on a dime. We need that “in between time” to adjust and connect. Interestingly the “in-between time” is also considered by the ancients as the magical space. For instance the space of a doorway between one room and the next, or the moment between sun-up and sun-set or the entrance step into the forest from the meadow. Transition is magic and if we can stop and pause in the transition phase we can access the magic of life and the magic we each hold inside of ourselves. Yet we humans don’t seem to have time for such nonsense as doing “nothing” or pausing.

Yellow LightI find this curious because is would seem by our actions that we treat our tools better than we do our bodies. For instance would you expect your car to run without gas or oil? What about running your car for hours at high speed and it overheats would you just shame it and scold it and call it a wimp and tell it to “man up” and keep going? Nope. You would stop and cool your engine and take care of  your cars’ needs …in fact you wouldn’t let it get that bad unless it was an emergency to do so. But does your life run on emergencies? I don’t’ think so but we act as if it does by pushing the envelope day after day and never giving ourselves time to rest, regroup and stop in the “between” work and sleep moment. Now I am not knocking sleep but sleep is a separate function and in fact if you don’t spend time in the rest phase, sleep can end up being not as reviving as you need.

Even your computer will need time to boot up (a between moment) and time to shut down ( a between moment) and in these moments what is it doing? It’s accessing and organizing all the knowledge and wisdom it has stored inside. Shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves?

Tips for an Adult Time-Out

  • Give yourself regular “time outs” and pause frequently during your day to reassess how your day is going. Set your watch or phone alarm to remind you to take a break and walk away from your work for 5-15 minutes. Go outside if you can; fresh air always enhances our energy.
  • Consider other options for the plans ahead and adjust if needed. If you feel overwhelmed ask yourself for each item on your to-do list… “Does this need to be done today?”If not, make a list and choose a day for doing it and put it away until that day.
  • Stop the runway train energy in its tracks by staying aware of when it surfaces. I have been known to walk to the furthers bathroom in my office building just to give myself an extra moment to decompress. Others I know will take a break in the stairwell since no one uses them.
  • If at the end of your day you realize you stayed in stress mode and ran like a runaway train stop and notice how your evening evolves… how are you feeling …do you have energy for fun after work or on the weekends or are you too tired to relax and have fun? These answers will motivate you to take charge and stop being an adrenaline junkie at work.

I remember one year we went on a two week family vacation…or we tried to. My husband at the time was working 60 hour weeks and he just couldn’t relax and enjoy his time off and we ended up cutting the trip short. Did he have to work like that? Well he told himself he did so he did. But in Truth did he? No, but what we tell ourselves ends up being true for us and since he never stopped to rest in between work and sleep he couldn’t access his wisdom. Addictions result when we avoid our personal magic. This happens because sometimes we don’t want to uncover the pain that is blocking our magic. But the funny things is all we have to do is confront the pain once and its gone – poof forever! Yet our magic and wisdom just grows and enhances the more we honor it by giving it time and space.

Every day on the road as you travel you see yellow lights…let them be a reminded to yourself to take a Time Out and reboot and refresh during your day…you will find you have more energy for life and joy if you do.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Do You Feel F.I.N.E.?

How are you feeling today?

Take a BreakDo you feel F. I. N. E as in “freaked out, insecure, neurotic and emotional?” I borrowed this from the movie “The Italian Job.” The first time I heard it I laughed, but then I realized it really was a clever way of describing how we feel when the non-stop monkey mind of the ego is at work running our life. It would be one thing if only our mood was affected when the monkey-mind crazy self defeating thoughts kick in but our thoughts also affect our body. How we feel on any given day usually involves not just our physical body but also our mind as well. If we are in a good “state of mind” we can handle body pain more easily but if we are not in a good state of mind we can actually cause our body to hurt….such as getting a stomach ache, or a headache.

I began to wonder what would be the opposite of F.I.N.E and came up with W.E.L.L. “wonderful, energized, light and limber.” At first when I look at this it seems I am only talking about how my body feels while F.I.N.E. is all about how we are feeling emotionally but the two work together and the choice of how we feel in any given moment is completely ours. If we watch how we react and catch ourselves we can shift our response.

Say a coworker forgets to bring the document you needed for your presentation…you can Freak Out or you could put that emotion on pause for a minute and find something to feel good about -Wonderful about – then take a deep breath and ask “I wonder how I can solve this?” Just because your first preference didn’t happen doesn’t mean all is lost. When you choose to “wonder,” you remain open to new ideas and sometimes an even better option. Look at the word wonderful = wonder + full. When we wonder we allow ourselves to fill up with new ideas and options. Keeping our mind open will always result in better energy and solutions.

To be Energized vs. Insecure is a matter of monitoring your self-talk. If you choose to “assume positive intent” when you are dealing with people instead of going with your insecure feelings your energy will soar. So the next time you pass a co-worker and they don’t smile at you, assume they are having a tough day instead of thinking they are mad at you. Then go about doing what you can to help them if you want.

Feeling Light  means to take life lightly like a butterfly would knowing in the next moment things will be different. Humor is a great tool to use when you need to “lighten-up” and feel better. Even if the subject at hand isn’t funny you can take a break to watch or read something funny and then your perspective will shift and the issue that was making you Emotional will feel better. To feel and respond to life Emotionally is a very heavy feeling that weighs you down and makes it hard to shift, adjust and think. Now I am one for saying to feel what is real in the moment but to act on Emotional feelings can only cause us trouble. Take a time out and process the emotions and then return to manage the issue going on.

To be Limber vs. Neurotic is to be able to go with the flow. When we get neurotic we constantly doubt ourselves and the events around us and we cling and hold on to the way things are. This gets us into trouble because “things” are always changing and to cling will only upset us in the end. Be agile in your thinking and feelings to bend with the changes and you will have excellent energy. It takes a lot of energy to maintain neurosis for this means clinging and gripping and clenching. If when in a neurotic state you need to double and triple check to be sure things are “right” then you are going to be exhausted at the end of the day because “right” is just an illusion. Right for now is how life works and in the next moment things change.

So try playing with these two acronyms and see if you can switch from feeling F.I.N.E to feeling W.E.L.L. when a crisis occurs and your energy will rebound as well.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

Boost Your Energy – Moving Tips

Have you ever wondered why you are so ridiculously tired after you move from one space to another? Of course not! You are too tired to have the energy to wonder!  However understanding the hidden components to your fatigue, and what tips you can apply to relieve this seemingly unending fatigue, will help to shorten the duration and even the depth of your fatigue.

RestingBesides the obvious reasons for being so darn tired; such as you are lifting and carrying boxes and furniture and are using muscles you don’t normally use, you are also “carrying” emotions. The emotions of grief are the most predominant. You might say “What? I am not grieving – I wanted to move to my dream house” But grief isn’t just about feeling sad because you lost something you wanted. Grief is the feeling we get when we make big shifts and changes. You went though grief when you graduated high school, when you got that promotion, and when you got married. You might not have realized that was what you were feeling but it was. Simply put, grief is the “transition” feeling from one way of living to another. Grief is neither good nor bad but it is a major component in the feeling of an exhausted body and mind.

So what tips do I recommend to manage your grief until the transition is finished? Well I bet you already know this one…its TLC – Tender Loving Care. Funny isn’t it how that is the one behavior we all seem to pitch out the window when we are making a big change. You think, “Oh I have to make a good impression in my new position I can’t rest now, or I have to get this new house all fixed up my friends want to see it.” The problem is that your body can’t take the stress and if you push you might find you don’t like your new job or your new home as much as you thought you would. Fatigue can really mess up our perspective.

Tips To Conquer Grief Fatigue

Tip #1:  Stop and question your attitude if it goes negative. How tired are you, and when was the last time you took a rest, or a break for a sit down meal? When did you last laugh and do something fun like watch a movie?

The July (think 110 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona) I divorced my husband, sold our family home, bought and moved the three of us to a new townhouse half the size of our home and my daughter went off to college, I thought I was going to lose my mind! Funnily enough having a young child saved me. Due to needing to meet my son’s needs I ended up taking breaks, making good meals and having some fun. To this day on my home’s anniversary I watch the movie “George of the Jungle” because that’s what we did when we needed to get away – it was in the theater that summer and really helped boost our energy to laugh at this silly movie.

Tip #2: Makes Lists – make the BIG list and then each night make a separate list of what you might tackle the next day. Cross off what you got done and save the list!! Refer to it when all you can think of is what you didn’t get done yet. It will cheer you up.

Top #3: Daily List – Look at your daily list and highlight ONE item to do for sure and let the rest go. If you get more done that’s gravy but no pressure- pressure is stress which aggravates your grief and will add to your healing time.

Tip #4: Take A Break- or Three – Schedule in rest breaks, sit-down food breaks and entertainment events for every day. Be sure to eat and drink favorite foods but don’t go overboard on the caffeine or sugar. Notice how much water you drink and make sure you get at least your regular amount.

Tip #5: Communicate – Tell your friends and family you love them and when you feel up to a party you’ll be sure to invite them, but for now the best gift they can give you is space or perhaps drop by with take out and help clean. (You’ll find who your really friends are)

Tip #6: Listen – No matter what is on your list or what time frame you are under; check in with yourself often and listen to what your body and mind are telling you. If you need to leave for a day – do it! You will find the next day you return to moving work you are most productive than ever.

I’ll have more on this subject in my next post. Good luck with your big change; whether it is a move of a whole home or just a few rooms, and remember to be your own best friend throughout the whole process.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

Pain Relieving Tips – Part 2

Hello again – here are more pain relieving tips that have helped me to feel better – I hope they help you as well!

Journal for HealthMassage – just using your hands to rub away an ache is a highly powerful self-love technique which sends the message to your body that you are present, aware and caring for yourself. If you have a hand-held massager this is also helpful and of course if it is in your budget a professional massage by a trained therapist will work wonders toward renewing and revitalizing your health and well being.

Heat – there are many forms of heat therapy to choose from such as a hot bath with Epsom salt, soaking your feet in hot water with Epsom salt and moist heat packs like physical therapists use. I use an electric hot pad on my back and hands and will add a wet wash cloth to give it the moist heat benefit. Jacuzzi baths are great if you have control over how they are cleaned – otherwise public ones can be a health hazard.

Rest – nothing better than good old fashion REST! I mean come on – this remedy is almost never recommended on ads because corporations can’t charge for it. Stopping to eat is a form of rest, stopping to visit with a friend is a form of rest, pull over at a park on your way home and just sit for 15 minutes. Get to bed earlier if you can and sleep in on the weekend. Look at a typical day and how you spend your time. Now look it over and notice how often you STOP to do just one thing or nothing at all? Give it a try you’ll love it!!

Fresh air – again the park idea for a break or lunch, walking or sitting on a bench is great. Notice what Mother Nature is doing all around you. I take fresh air breaks at least twice a day because I have found it clears my head better than any other remedy. Keeping your windows open is great but going outside and being in the vibration of nature is even better.

Watching or reading something funny – we tend to take our life and ourselves way too seriously and when we do we clench and tighten up both in body and mind. If you want a solution to come to you, you have to let it surface and laughter will do that extremely well. First it opens you to feeling good, and second it takes your mind off the “problem” long enough for the solution you were holding back to arise, surface and be realized.

“Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive!”
Elbert Hubbard

Listening to music – I often think that there is such a wide variety of music created simply because each unique Soul needs to ‘sing out” in its own unique manner. I love music, especially happy rhythm tunes but what I like best is that no matter what my mood is I can find a type that will speak to me and lift me out of my closed perception. Have you ever been moved to tears by a song? What about find yourself tapping your leg to a beat while driving? I have to be careful what I listen to while driving because I will go along with that speed! Let music move you if you are feeling stuck or in pain and let a new rhythm (answers) enter your life.

EFT – “emotional freedom technique” I mention this one often because it really has helped me over some major hurdles. I came to EFT late in my healing journey but it has helped me unlock some pain I couldn’t get access to. Again check out Nick Ortner at The Tapping Solution. It is something you can try on your own and then work with a practitioner if you need extra help.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

 

 

 

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©