Being with (and Easing) Unpleasant Feelings

Sometimes when we’re feeling angry, annoyed, sad, embarrassed, or any other generally unpleasant emotion, we just want the feeling to go away. Here’s a simple practice to try the next time you are feeling a difficult emotion at work or at home. This method will help you safely go into the feeling, which will allow your own self compassion to rise gently within you. And slowly but surely, it will release you from the suffering, or at least gradually diminish the intensity. (It’s more effective than ignoring it, pushing it down, or wishing it wasn’t happening!)

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Get your Veggies! A Time-Saving Salad Tip

If you’re like me, you love a fresh healthy salad for lunch in the summer but you’re too busy to make one every day. It’s a pain to cut and chop and clean every morning as you’re trying to get yourself and your family out the door. And paying $10 for a fresh salad from the local salad bar just won’t do. So what to do?

Here’s my favorite preparation tip that adds those delicious fresh veggies to your week while saving you time and money.  The salad assembly line: 10 minutes for a week’s worth of nutritious homemade lunches.

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The Words We Say to Ourselves Matter

I just had a session with a client who started by telling me she had just woken up from a midday nap. She’s rightfully absorbing the last few days of being on her own schedule, before starting a new high profile, high stress job in 2 weeks.

“Oh how amazing!” I reflected back to her, noticing my own envy at the thought of a nap.
“I know, it’s so self indulgent,” she quickly followed in a self-critical tone.

Wait, what? She went from a moment of real self-care, allowing her body to recognize what it needed, and giving it just that, to a biting criticism of herself.

Sound familiar? Maybe you let yourself briefly experience the pleasure of a day off, a decadent dessert, a promotion or raise, and suddenly just as quickly as you enjoyed it, you subconsciously follow it with self criticism, which knocks the joy down a notch. As in…

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Moving Away From Doing it All…

When you’re overwhelmed and realize there’s too much on your plate, you need to prevent more things from getting on our list in the first place, by setting boundaries.

Having good healthy boundaries means you won’t be cracking under the pressure of too many deadlines and too many hours of work to finish in a day. You won’t be utterly exhausted, irritable, crying at work (or after work.) You’ll have time for your health, your morning yoga, lunchtime jog, after-work acupuncture/ massage/ dinner date. And, since you’ll have the time for adequate rest and replenishment, when you get back to your work, the work itself will be more fulfilling, you’ll be more pleasant, and actually do better work.

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Pause and Breathe, Before Saying “Yes”

“I’m so overwhelmed, there’s way too much on my plate. I can’t get it all done well, and my life is out of balance.” That’s the kind of complaint I’m hearing quite often from my clients these days. Even after they’ve prioritized and delegated, there’s STILL too much to get done in a week while attempting to stay healthy.

Maybe you can relate. You’re highly skilled at what you do. People rely on you because you are dependable and take a high level of accountability for the success of your projects. Being smart, driven, hard working and people pleasing has gotten you where you are, but you’re stuck because these skills alone won’t get you to the next level. In fact, you’re burned out and it’s no fun for you anymore.

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Savoring Life’s Sweetness without Sugar!

In an effort to shake off that winter heaviness I’d been feeling, I’ve been eliminating added sugars and processed foods from my diet for the past two months. I have much more sustained energy throughout the day, less brain fog and anxiety, and I sleep more soundly at night. In my quest for satisfying blood sugar balancing snacks that have protein, fiber, fat and natural sweetness, I created what I like to call “Apple Pie Palooza.” It works for breakfast on-the-go, for an afternoon pick-me-up, or an after dinner alternative to ice cream and cake. (It’s even kid approved!)

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Kelsey Lowitz
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Oakland, CA 94606