Speak Your Truth

Have you noticed that having something on your mind can be exhausting?  All that processing and analyzing drains precious resources.  Speak your truth to let go of what’s on your mind and shift the energy.  When you speak your truth, thoughts in the mind and emotions in the heart are released and rebalanced.

Speak Your Truth

Finding and using your voice is not an invitation to recklessly share everything on your mind or in your heart.  It is important to be appropriate with expression.  Choosing the right time, place and person with whom to speak your truth is vital. Brevity is best. If you are not able to use a calm, confident tone, it may be a good idea to pause and wait.  Notice the difference when speaking about pain (or hurt) instead of from it.  Conversations that are emotionally charged will not necessarily provide a release.  Speak your truth with compassion.  Not everything has to be said.

In situations where it can be challenging to verbally speak your truth, there are alternatives.  Writing in a journal, walking outside (near the water or under a big sky), or visualizing speaking your truth are all helpful.  Electronic communication–text, email and social media–is not recommended as it disrupts human interaction and displaces the healing power of live conversations.

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Stress Strategy: Relationship with Animals

Studies show that relationships with animals can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). One study found that interaction with a dog provided better support than a friend during a stressful situation.

I’ve personally benefited from my own canine companion (pictured here). It’s hard to be stressed when she’s doing silly things like carrying a (dead) horseshoe crab during a beach walk.

Relationships with animals

Although pet ownership may not be practical for everyone, there are ways to get the stress reducing benefits. Volunteer at a shelter, offer to walk or sit for a friend or neighbor’s pet or simply take a few minutes to enjoy an encounter with an animal. My dog never seems to grow tired of affection (in the form of belly rubs) from strangers. Perhaps the benefits go both ways.

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Stress Strategy: Animal Companions

Stress Strategy: Animal Companions

Studies show that relationships with animals can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). One study found that interaction with a dog provided better support than a friend during a stressful situation.
I’ve personally benefited from my own canine companion (pictured below). It’s hard to be stressed when she’s doing silly things like carrying a (dead) horseshoe crab during a beach walk.

Stress Strategy: Animal Companions

 Although pet ownership may not be practical for everyone, there are ways to get the stress reducing benefits. Volunteer at a shelter, offer to walk or sit for a friend or neighbor’s pet or simply take a few minutes to enjoy an encounter with an animal. My dog never seems to grow tired of affection (in the form of belly rubs) from strangers. Perhaps the benefits go both ways.

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Monthly Playbook September 2017

The Monthly Playbook summarizes how scheduled and spontaneous play has enriched my life. A full and busy life can make finding time to play challenging. However, the more I play, the less stressed I feel.  My commitment to chronicle my experience playing each month will help me continue to prioritize play and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

Monthly Playbook September 2017

I must confess that I didn’t write an August Playbook.  It wasn’t because I didn’t play.  Quite the opposite, actually.  I ended up taking a lot of time off last month.  September has been all about getting back into a routine.  Playtime has been a bit more subdued but still a very important part of the the routine.  I hope to be a lot more intentional about play next month.  Meaning, selecting and making time for activities that I really want to partake in.

Scheduled Play

Concert: I love a good show.  Attending this concert was the first time I spent the night in the big city since moving to the sandbar.  Although it was great show and super fun to spend time with my brother and his girlfriend, I did not miss the traffic and congestion that comes with city living.  My dog tagged along and it was apparent that she’s a full on country dog now since she seemingly forgot how to do her business on concrete.  Towards the end of the show, I was delighted by the appearance of the heart (one of my symbols) on the back drop.
September Playbook

Island Day TripTook a day trip with a friend to an island nearby.  We attended a festival that we went to last year.  By the time we arrived I wasn’t feeling too well.  We ended up cutting the day a bit short and caught an earlier ferry home.  Although it wasn’t quite the day we had hoped for, I was grateful for the opportunity to get out of town and have a change of scenery.

 

 

 

Spontaneous Play

Paddle boarding and clam digging:  In Summer’s past I have paddle boarded quite regularly.  It has not been something I have prioritized recently and I miss it.  The stars aligned over Labor Day weekend and I was able to get out on the water with a friend who was visiting.  Combining paddle boarding and clam digging was doubly playful.

September Playbook

Wellness Pros Meet Up: Since the move, I’ve been slowly building a new professional community.  You may be wondering what this might have to do with play.  On a whim, I recently attended a local meet up of wellness pros. The small, spontaneous gathering ended up being super fun.  Even though this was technically a business networking event, I am including it in this month’s recap because I was completely lost in the conversation and ended up losing track of time.  Sounds like play to me!

How did you play this month?

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Stress Strategy: Pleasure

Stress Strategy: Pleasure

Stress Strategy Pleasure

Want to reduce stress? Ditch what’s practical and prioritize pleasure. Activities that the body and mind find pleasurable can relieve stress. So, hit the dance floor, spend some time outside or read a book. Work and chores can wait.

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