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Soul Nourishing Support of Self (SOS): Self-Care Planners

Join my next Soul Nourishing Support of Self (SOS) on Self-Care Planners. No, this is not your brother’s keeper or a caregiver deal. It’s about learning how to schedule some much needed TLC for yourself each & every day. Every single person I have worked with or spoken to slips up on this, myself included. But it is one of the keys to our success for wellness, no matter what you are dealing with!

You’ll get a worksheet to begin filling out & take home with you. We’ll discuss Soul Nourishing Self-Care Tips & how you can begin to handle daily stress better with more self-compassion. You are worth it!

Please join us at Mon. Jan. 19th at 6:45pm to mingle and the discussion will be from 7-8pm. Please note the front door of the office building may be locked for security so please register & come early. Free meeting but love donations accepted.

Preregister with this link: http://www.meetup.com/Soul-Nourishing/events/219538021/

I look forward to meeting you! 210.218.2075 or egarland@soulnourishing.com.

In love and light, Betsey
Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, GRS

Founder & Personal Development Coach of Soul Nourishing, LLC

MeetUp Facilitator of SOS, Support of Self

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright 2015 Soul Nourishing, LLC

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Managing Stress Holistically

I was invited to teach my Stress Management class to a group of case managers a few months ago. I have to admit, it was a thrilling moment for me. What I learned from this select group was that although they had some really unhealthy behavior patterns, they realized it themselves that afternoon in the class. Following up with them a couple months later I was pleased to discover that several were following the strategies discussed and felt a decrease in their stress. As role models, I think this is a tremendous win for all, because if the case managers feel good, they will manage their daily tasks better and this will impact their clients and peers.

Everyone has stress, it is not biased to one career path. Let’s be real – we ALL have some bad habits we would like some help with. We simply need an accountability partner to help us reach our goals; so it’s good to begin identifying what they are. And some folks have actually accepted that stress is a way of life, which it does not have to be. When you begin to recognize that you have a choice, you begin to make better choices. I’d love to help you do that! The first step is to look at what are you doing, see if it is or is not working, and then discuss how options may fit into your life.

How do you currently manage your stress? I ask all clients and students this question. The responses will vary from, “Happy hour”,  “Golf”, “Yoga”, “Watching TV”, “Sex”, “Dancing”, “Family”, & “Night out with friends”. But generally they aren’t a very long list. My clients are adults and most people aren’t shy about admitting they drink to relax. Some do use exercise or other coping skills. A few will mention other people such as their friends, family or loved ones. The response of sex usually brings some laughter to the room, as it should, because any healthy adult would be enjoying consensual sex.

This is when I remind everyone that all of their responses are OK. And ask them to consider these alternate choices as well:

  • Good Nutrition
  • Cooking Classes
  • Walking
  • Running Clubs
  • Adventure Clubs
  • Dancing Classes
  • Quality Time with Pets
  • Crafting
  • Hobbies
  • Book Club
  • Swimming
  • Painting
  • Gardening
  • Massage
  • Thai Yoga
  • Yoga (whether it is Hatha, Bikram, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra or any other type)
  • Thai Chi
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Essential Oils
  • Learning a Musical Instrument
  • Singing
  • Enjoying Live Music
  • Laugh – A lot!
  • Spiritual Centers
  • Community Volunteering

I could go on and on, but I think you get a general idea from this list. We have some discussion points about the different items listed above and what is in their local area, have they ever participated in anything like that, has it helped with stress, lifted their mood, etc.

What happens is most people begin to remember the things they forgot about as choices, and for some they have new choices to begin using now in their daily life as new coping tools. Find something on the list and ask a friend to do it with you this week!

These are simple things we can do for each other. They do not require medication, it does not have to be expensive and it brings so much joy and peace to our collective world.

Won’t you try it for yourself? Please let me know how you do in the comments below.

In love and light,

Betsey

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, CGRS, ICF Member

Founder and Personal Development Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

Copyright 2014-2015 Soul Nourishing

 

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Slowing Down & Saying No

  I had unexpected surgery lately. I’ve been wanting to jump back up into the saddle & be my old self, have my old routine, but my body just is not allowing it, & luckily for me, a supportive group of friends & volunteers are gently reminding me to slow down too.

Slow down. Listen to your body. Pay attention to the signs. Learn to say no so you can say yes to the right thing later. What’s the rush?

  I know they are right. And they love me. In fact, being as stubborn as I am, it is easier for me to see this trait in another than to admit in myself. But isn’t that true of everyone? One or two individuals were trying to help me & literally falling asleep on their feet, working nonstop, making bad decisions, & that’s when I had to step in & say to them:

 Slow down. Listen to your body. Pay attention to the signs. Learn to say no so you can say yes to the right thing later. What’s the rush?

  This massive change of pace has given me time to rest. I could not clean the garage, drive the car, lift heavy files, focus on too many details for too long due to the medication & pain I was in (thankfully weaned off that stuff!). But I still am healing & processing. As I do this, the same mantra keeps repeating:

Slow down. Listen to your body. Pay attention to the signs. Learn to say no so you can say yes to the right thing later. What’s the rush?

And then it dawns on me. The hurried rush was Ego. Ego is always in such a hurry, wanting everything yesterday & needing attention to boost self-esteem. So, once I acknowledge that Ego is like a puppy needing a chew toy, I can calmly go about my healing meditation, relax & make proper choices.

Slow down. Listen to your body. Pay attention to the signs. Learn to say no so you can say yes to the right thing later. There is no rush.

Blessings!

In love & light,

Betsey

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, CGRS

Founder and Personal Development Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

Copyright 2014 Soul Nourishing

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Practice Makes Perfect

Everyone is talking about goals right now, or perhaps just the folks I am around. I've heard from more than a few people how they need to become more "disciplined" in order to improve their lives. Other people are complaining and beginning to "resent" these "obligations" they've imposed on themselves. Why so much conflict over personal growth? I suggest replacing the word "practice" for the word “discipline”. It is kinder, gentler and for some may have a more healing or spiritual tone to it. When one realizes with self-compassion that they are accountable only to themselves to show up daily to do whatever it is they want to improve for themselves – they do it.

For example:  If I want to lose weight so I can feel better, look good and fit into my pants, eventually I do one of two things – begin to meet some wellness goals regarding food and exercise, or go buy new pants. However, if my financial goal was to avoid spending money on clothes, then I have another conflict and have to be accountable to that. Is it more rewarding to eat the hamburger and fries, sit on the couch and buy new pants? or is it more rewarding to eat the apple, go exercise and fit into my existing clothes? Powerful and connected choices to be aware of. More importantly, WHY did I establish a wellness and a financial goal in the first place? I am taking personal responsibility for myself today and in the future. There is no family or corporate structure to depend on for these. As a single woman, it is vital to do this for myself. Ignoring it is not an option, but facing it does not need feared; resources such as compassion, creativity and coaching help. Yes, knowledge and direction from experts in Health and Wellness, Exercise, Business, Finance, etc. We all may need coaches at different times in our lives when we are ready for positive growth!

I do what I can to enjoy every moment of today, but I think of my future when I want to take shortcuts and this helps me reframe my thoughts/actions to make better choices. Hence, we begin to create self discipline for our own daily practice(s) because it we have now given value to them and they are not just obligations or tasks. They are promises to our future selves. Mastery is 10,000 hours of a particular craft, skill or practice. Keep at your goals, no matter what they are and you will become the Master you seek! Please keep in touch with your progress and if you ever need help, I'm just an email away! Good luck!

~ Betsey

 

In love, light and gratitude,

Elizabeth Garland, M.S., CPLC, MNLP, GRS

Founder and Personal Development Coach with Soul Nourishing, LLC

www.soulnourishing.com

210.218.2075

Copyright Soul Nourishing 2011-2014

 

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