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35 Ways to Unplug from Too Much Screen Time

Posted on February 19, 2021

laptop phone office supplies

We’ve all been dealing with an increase in screen time with our multiple devices and platforms for a while now, and the effects of the pandemic have taken this to new levels.

Maybe you’re experiencing Zoom fatigue, or perhaps you’re addicted to your smart devices as a way to zone out or suppress stress and anxiety?

I’ve been hearing from clients, friends, and acquaintances about the various negative effects they’ve been experiencing, and have been giving them personalized recommendations to help. This prompted me to put together a guide to help you create your own customized recipe for releasing the negative effects of too much screen time. I hope this list gives you many creative ideas to make your own recipe so you can feel more vital and vibrant and in alignment with who you truly are.

Here are some of the top complaints I’ve been hearing, and some of the effects you may be noticing and experiencing:

  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Fuzzy or foggy thinking
  • Vision problems
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Loneliness or a sense of isolation
  • Stiffness or tension from too much sitting
  • Inability to exercise
  • Weight gain and/or increased snacking or unhealthy eating
  • Lack of motivation

 

Maybe you can relate to some of these?

This post is for you if:

  • You’re a workaholic or find it hard to unplug and stop working at the end of the day
  • You have Zoom fatigue with back-to-back meetings online
  • You’re a solopreneur or freelancer and work from home
  • You’re a student and have to adapt to online learning away from a more traditional in-person classroom setting
  • You’re juggling family responsibilities alongside working from home
  • You’re feeling isolated because of diminished opportunities for in-person socializing

 

This is a comprehensive list of 35 easy, powerful things you can do to improve how you feel while you’re working or learning online.

The healing tips, tools, and resources listed below offer an extensive range based on how much time you have and ways to best manage your time; ways to clear negative energy and bring more positive energy into your soul, mind, body, and outer environment; and suggestions so technology can actually help you cultivate more balance and inner/outer harmony. Let’s go!

7 Super Quick Ideas for 1-Minute Breaks

7 Ways to Soulfully Schedule Your Day

7 Ways To Clear Negative Energy

7 Ways to Energetically and Soulfully Enhance Your Environment

7 Ways to Use Technology to Take Good Care of Your Soul, Mind, & Body

7 Super Quick Ideas for 1-Minute Breaks

Need a super quick break between meetings, classes, or tasks? Here are 7 ideas that only take one-minute to do:

1.  1-Minute Dance Party

Pick your favorite songs and create a 1-Minute Dance Party playlist so you have fun songs already lined up and ready to go. Hit Shuffle for variety and spontaneity. Here’s a dance-party playlist created by one of my amazing clients.

Bonus: dance with someone (in person or online).

2.  1-Minute Shake It Up

Shaking resets our nervous system, releases excess energy, and gets us out of our heads and into our bodies. Shake your arms and hands, each leg, your head (you may notice it’s hard to relax and drop the head), and your whole body.

3.  1-Minute Pat Down

Patting or tapping is done in many martial arts practices like Tai Chi or Qi Gong and is another effective way to move energy. Start at the shoulder and use the cupped palm to pat down the inside of the arm down to the hand, then the outside of the arm. Repeat on the other arm. Next start at the hip and move down the outside of the leg down to the foot. Then the inside of the leg. Repeat on the other leg. Pat the top of the head 50 times lightly (this increases blood flow—notice if you’re able to think more clearly after trying this). Tap the chest (think Tarzan—you could do it with gentle fists), and then the backs of the upper shoulders (this is usually a much-needed place in the body).

mom and daughter stretching

4.  1-Minute Stretch

Reach up to the sky, reach to the left, then to the right, bend down toward your toes. Imagine any excess or negative thoughts emptying out the top of the head and releasing into the earth to be recycled. Roll up slowly. Think of your feet connecting down toward the center of the earth like the roots of a huge tree. Then bring your awareness to the crown of your head and imagine a string pulling you up toward the center of the universe. Lean very gently, almost imperceptibly, back into the spine.

5.  Tailbone Circles

This is another Qi Gong practice: bring your awareness to the tailbone and make the tiniest circles you can with it. Several times in one direction, then the other. This will probably feel a little strange and quite deep as it opens up the energy in the entire pelvic basin and extends up the spine into the rest of the torso. It will bring energy into the first three lower chakras, or energy centers in the body, again helping to ground you.

glass of water

6.  1-Minute Water or Tea Break

Staying hydrated is a good practice no matter what. Here are a few more tips. Make it a mindful experience, use your favorite mug or glass, try warming it in a kettle and notice how your body feels with the warm water feels vs. cold. Many healing traditions suggest warm water is best, and never to drink cold water so see what you notice.

There’s a famous Chinese proverb: “When you drink water, think of the source.” Where does your water come from? Give gratitude for this life-giving source as you think of everything involved through human effort and Mother Nature for this humble glass of water.

Bonus: Add flower essences to your water or tea (see below for recommendations for flower essences that can help with too much screen time.)

colored pencils

7.  Use A Coloring Book

Coloring has been shown to reduce stress and it’s a fun way to practice mindfulness. Here are 25 of Oprah’s top picks for adult coloring books—there is something for everyone.

7 Ways to Soulfully Schedule Your Day

Experiment with creating different rituals to anchor your day; a ritual can be a powerful way to bring presence to your soul and connect to the world around you.

8.  Start the Day Off Right

Pick something to focus you before you officially start your work day or study: journal, connect with your intuition by picking a Tarot or Oracle card for daily guidance, light a candle (safely!), say a prayer, pick an affirmation… just do something magical that helps you center yourself.

Bonus: I adore Alana Fairchild’s oracle decks to help me connect to my intuition. (Confession: I have her Wild Kuan Yin, Mother Mary, and Isis decks and they are all gorgeous and offer beautiful wisdom.)

9.  Five-Minute Journaling

This has long been a client favorite and is a fast and easy way to change negative thinking and retrain your brain. Based on research in positive psychology, the 5-Minute Journal is a guided journal that helps focus your attention on the good in your life. I’ve been using it for years and highly recommend (and it doesn’t take even take 5-minutes).

10.  Express Gratitude

I also create a Gratitude Jar to keep track of memorable moments each week. It’s one of my favorite annual rituals and is a simple way to cultivate gratitude and increase happiness.

11.  Go On A Mindful Mini-Commute

Working or going to school from home? Try a mini-commute. Go for a walk around the block. Listen to your favorite music or make it more of a mindfulness walking meditation and notice the sounds, sights, and smells around you. Pay extra attention to nature—birds, trees, the sun, the sky…

12.  Take a Lunch Break

This goes without saying, try not to work while you eat lunch. Set a time to eat, reset, move around, you know what to do!

cup of tea

13.  Drink a Cup of Tea

The British were on to something with their afternoon tea time. Make a cup of tea as a ritual to reset at the same time each day. I love Tulsi tea (Holy Basil)—it’s referred to as the “Queen of Herbs’ in India, and is balancing and calming to the nervous system.

14.  Close Out the End of the Day

Pick a time of day when you are officially done with work and do something to signify this. Take a walk, close your laptop, clean up your work area, do something to anchor that you’re done for the day. Hint: there are 35 ideas to choose from in this post!

7 Ways To Clear Negative Energy

Here are 7 ways to clear your mind and body of stress and negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anxiety, depression, self doubt, fear/worry, etc.

15.  EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping

This is one of my all-time favorite stress relieving techniques (and you can use this as another one-minute reset). Tapping on these powerful acupressure points while venting about what upsets you, quickly resets and rebalances the nervous system. Working or studying at home is definitely a bonus in this case, because you can do this in the privacy of your own home. (Although I did see an Olympian use this technique on camera right before his race.) Here’s more info about what EFT is, how it works, and how to use it.

16.  Take a Bath

This could become part of your end-of-the-day ritual. If you don’t have a bathtub, visualize the water during your shower washing away any stress, negativity, etc. down the drain. Or create a luxurious foot bath and massage your feet afterwards with lotion or massage oil.

Bonus: Add sea salt, Epsom salts, and/or essential oils as a powerful reset to release anything you no longer need.

Bach flower essences

17.  Use Flower Essences To Unplug

Flower essences are different than essential oils or herbs; they don’t have a smell or taste, have no contraindications, and traditionally are taken orally. They are a vibrational healing system (similar to the way that Reiki works) and are a powerful yet gentle way to balance negative emotions.

You select flower essences based on how you feel, and how you deal with how you feel. You can take them orally and/or add them to a small spray bottle with essential oils if you like. Here’s more info on what flower essences are, how they work, the potential benefits, and how to use them.

18.  5 Specific Flower Essence Recommendations

While everyone deals with too much screen time differently, here are 5 of the most common recommendations for flower essences to unplug from too much screen time:

  • Olive for physical fatigue and exhaustion
  • Hornbeam for mental exhaustion, especially when you’re tired of doing monotonous work
  • Walnut for major life changes such as a new schedule working from home, or going to school online
  • Holly for frustration, irritation, and anger
  • Willow for resentment, like having to stay home during the pandemic

 

Again, everyone responds differently to the stresses of too much screen time, so if you need help selecting the right flower essences, you can get a personalized recommendation as part of any 60- or 90-minute virtual session with me, or book a 15-minute virtual Bach flower consultation.

Rescue Remedy

18.  Try Rescue Remedy

Rescue Remedy includes the top 5 flower essences Dr. Bach (the creator of the system of Bach flower essences) put together for stress and emergency situations. It’s always a good place to start if you want to try flower essences, and it’s easy to find at most health food stores and some pharmacies.

My favorite brand is Healing Herbs, although it’s a little harder to find. You can purchase it here (it’s called Five Flower Remedy and it’s the same formula as Rescue Remedy). Among other things, Rescue Remedy can help with:

  • loneliness, sadness, grief, and trauma (for example, dealing with the pandemic);
  • impatience;
  • anxiety or panic;
  • feeling spacey, foggy, or ungrounded (for example, from being online too much);
  • obsessive thinking or overanalyzing (again an example of too much energy in the head, and not grounded in the body).

 

Yarrow Environmental Essence FES

19.  Use Yarrow Environmental Solution by FES

Yarrow Environmental Solution is a flower essence blend created specifically to counter the negative effects of too much screen time. It was designed to protect and strengthen to better equip you to handle the hazards of a technology-dominated life, as well as other toxic environmental influences.

good news network

20. Go on a News Fast

Many people are very aware of the impact of what they eat and drink on their health, but may not be as conscious of the news and social media they imbibe and digest. Doing a news detox can help you become more aware of the effects of media on your physical and mental health.

This is not saying put your head in the sand and be oblivious to current events; it’s about finding balance and seeking ways to be informed without unnecessarily amplifying fear and anxiety. See what you discover.

Bonus: Subscribe to The Good News Network. I also highly recommend social activist and spiritual teacher Terry Patten. His work helped me discover that reading long-form articles that go in-depth with an exploration of nuance and complexity, works better for me than the nervous-system triggering headlines of watching the news or getting news alerts.

feet in grass

21.  25 Additional Ways to Get Grounded

Technology amplifies the energy in the head, and can make it harder to fully inhabit your body. Give yourself a foot massage (or getting someone to give you one) or use some of the DIY reflexology foot gadgets. Here’s a list on 25 easy techniques to stay grounded in the mind and in the body, using the power of nature and certain foods, etc. This list is especially useful if you’re an empath and find yourself easily taking on the feelings of others.

 7 Ways to Energetically & Soulfully Enhance Your Environment

Our environment can greatly influence how we feel. When we spend more time working and studying at home it’s even more important to take good care of the energy of where we live. Here are some ideas to try:

Edens Garden Stress Relief Essential Oils

22.  Use Essential oils

Our sense of smell is the oldest part of the brain, and it’s a fast way to change our mood and emotional state. Make a spray bottle and spritz it periodically to enliven your workspace or overall home, use a roll-on on your temples or pulse points, or go for it and get a diffuser. I like Eden’s Garden because it’s high quality and budget friendly. Focus, Focus, Focus & Study Buddy essential oil synergy blends are both safe for kids (and yes, I use them on myself!). Here’s useful tips on different ways to use essential oils safely.

flowers next to laptop

23.  Decorate Your Workspace

Have something pretty or inspiring to look at in your workspace. Get fresh flowers or a little plant. There’s been a fair amount of research on the relaxation effect of looking at flowers (even if it’s a photo). Get a candle or put some twinkle lights in a mason jar. Get creative and freshen things up by periodically making changes to your workspace or home in general, perhaps related to the current season or a holiday.

Bonus: Keep the oracle card (mentioned above) where you can see it for inspiration throughout the day.

crystals

24.  Best Crystals For Grounding

This counts in the something-pretty-to-look-at category, but crystals can help ground us (after all, they come from the Earth). Some specific crystals to counter too much screen time include: shungite, selenite, and black tourmaline, but the most important tip is to pick stones that you’re drawn to (rather than what you read specific crystals are good for). Shells or regular stones, particularly from places you’ve been to, can be wonderful and grounding as well. I like these online crystal shops:

Voice of the Stones (they can also be found at a fabulous seasonal flea market in Woodstock, NY)

Energy Muse

Rock Star Crystals (also a shop in NYC)

record player

25.  Music To Work By

Some people find background music helpful, while others need complete silence. If you fall into the later category, listen to music during breaks. You can create playlists for different moods, time of day, or specific tasks: Wake Up, Background, Cool Down, Dance Party, Focus, Create, etc.

Bonus: Share playlists with your friends and loved ones as another creative way to connect and provide variety.

26.  Sound Healing with Binaural Beats

Create a healing field of high frequency and vibration through music and mantra. Binaural beats or hemisync is a powerful way to relax the mind and body after work or study.

Brilliant hypnosis teacher and musician John Overdurf has created some amazing music using binaural beats.

27.  Sound Healing with Sacred Mantra

Here are 3 of my favorite healing mantras:

The Love Peace Harmony Healing Mantra

This powerful mantra is offered as a free app or download. It’s also a Feng Shui transformer, and can create a healing field in your home.

I have it playing at very low volume or on mute 24/7. One of my clients is a first-year teacher for students with special needs. She’s been playing it in her classroom at very low volume and shared this feedback: “I love the Love Peace Harmony mantra! Some of my coworkers have come into my class and said ‘it feels good in here.’ One of my students who has autism said she ‘feels comfortable here’ and sometimes doesn’t want to go home at the end of the day.”

White Tara Mantra

This Tibetan Buddhist mantra is associated with compassion and protection.

 

Om Mani Padme Hum

This is one of the most widely used mantras in the world.

 

fireplace

28.  Cultivate Hygge

Embrace the Danish concept of hygge, which the dictionary defines as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)”. Key elements of hygge–candles, twinkle lights, comfy socks, soft throws, warm sweaters, hot drinks–basically anything that makes you feel cozy.

I liked this book by Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge.

7 Ways to Use Technology to Care for Your Soul, Mind, & Body

There are many ways we can use the power of technology to help us with self care:

29.  Stop Staring

I got this idea from a therapist who found that creating a similar set up to the way he sat with clients in his office worked well online and helped avoid Zoom fatigue. In his office he positions his chair diagonally at an angle from his patient.

We make eye contact with each other periodically during a conversation; we’re not usually sitting super close, face-to-face directly staring at one other. Turn your laptop (or other device) at an angle so you’re not facing your screen directly head on. I’ve been doing this with all my client sessions and find it helps mimic an in-person set up and is less tiring.

smartphone

30.  Use Your Devices To Remind You To Take Care

Set a reminder at the same time every day. It could be to take a deep breath, to have a 1-minute dance party, to make a cup or tea or get a class of water—use it for any of the tips shared in this post. And here’s a guide on ways to optimize your phone for productivity, focus, and longevity. 

Weng Ar Hong Free Meditation

31.  Free Weekly Virtual Group Meditation

The healing benefits of meditation are amplified when we meditate together, and I started a free, 15-minute meditation for grounding and balancing emotions (9pm EST on Thursdays). Don’t worry no one will see or hear you–you’ll only hear my voice guiding you and you can access by phone or the internet.

32.  Create a Virtual Nature Backdrop

Turn on a crackling fireplace or play nature shows on your TV. For example, Amazon Prime has different nature scenes; sounds of waves, spring rain, and waterfalls; and beautiful forest bathing that play for 8 hours, and other streaming services have similar content. Here’s one on YouTube.

Insight Timer

33.  Use the Insight Timer for Daily Meditation

I love this free meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations, or simply use the timer. Join the 365 Days Together group and commit to a daily practice–even if it’s only for 1 minute a day, that counts. (They give you gold stars for meditating!) You can also listen to healing music; check out the Solfeggio frequencies for deep balancing of the brain.

Uncommon Knowledge Hypnosis Downloads

34.  Listen to Hypnosis Recordings

Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. They have hundreds of recordings for releasing phobias and negative behaviors, amplifying peak performance,  there’s even one for digital detox (basically if you can think of an issue, they likely have a recording for it). While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as a one-on-one hypnosis session, it can be helpful between sessions, and to prolong the effects of your one-on-one sessions.

woman having a virtual hypnosis or distance reiki session

35.  Schedule a Virtual Hypnosis or Distance Reiki/Tao Hands Session

Need additional support? Schedule a Virtual Hypnosis or Distance Reiki session. And even though the session is virtual, I promise it will be very different from a business meeting or class lecture via Zoom (for one, you probably don’t get to lie down with your eyes closed and relax deeply). Some clients prefer phone so there’s no need to use Zoom for the session–it’s up to you. Discover how virtual healing sessions can be more potent than in person.

hot air balloons

There are so many ways to unplug and make working from home or learning remotely work better for you. Again these are my top 35 ways to balance your energy, reconnect with your soul, and disconnect from your devices. Mix and match and experiment with ones that you’re drawn to or intrigued by. You’ll create your own unique recipe for unplugging. (And just like you would get tired of eating the same meal over and over, you can revise and update as needed.)

Know someone who’s struggling with working or learning remotely? Share this post.

Wellness Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Posted on December 8, 2020

It’s that time of year, and I wanted to compile a heart-centered list of health and wellness gifts for the season. I’ve seen other wellness gift guides, but they seem mostly centered around fitness, so I’m taking it in a different direction.

From reflexology tools, books on spirituality and health, to Tarot and oracle cards, to flower essences and essential oils, these are some of my personal favorites that help me find health and balance and connect to my intuition. I hope you find them helpful (and fun) and perfect for someone on your list (or perhaps something for yourself!).

Giving and receiving can be a beautiful cycle, and here’s to opening up to this, and connecting with loved ones in creative ways during the holiday season.

Hope you enjoy!

Here are the categories I cover for the best gifts for stress relief and relaxation:

For Reflection: Journals & E-Courses
For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools
For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards
For Emotions: Essential Oils & Sprays
For the Taste: Teas & Spices
For the Feet & Body: Reflexology Tools
For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates


For Reflection: Journals, E-Courses, & Games

5 minute journal

5-Minute Journal
Using the principles of positive psychology, this journal helps you cultivate gratitude, promote inner growth and self reflection, and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day—sounds like one of the top gifts for stress relief, right? I’ve been using it every day for over a year and noticed a huge difference in my mindset.

Here’s more about my personal experience using it.

Journal Your Life
Susannah Conway offers a range of beautiful e-courses to help you connect to your intuition. (I’ve taken all of them, I think.) This course offers guided inner reflection, which can be especially helpful at the end of the year and start of a new one. Her free Love Letters (her e-newsletter) are wonderful, too!

Poobah
This is a great game to bring families together (they’re in the midst of a kickstarter campaign). Research shows that family conversations are good for the spirit, brain and health. Developed by one of my lovely clients!

For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Gabby Bernstein offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. The book makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).

The Tapping Solution
This book by Nick Ortner provides a great foundation about how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as tapping) works, as well as chapters that cover how to use it to alleviate pain/illness, lose weight, create healthy relationships, make money, and eliminate phobias. It’s one of the most powerful tools I use with clients and among my favorite gifts for stress relief.

Here’s a past post I wrote about how EFT works and tips to make it more effective, as well as a part two addressing frequently asked questions on EFT from clients.

Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs
This a cute EFT book for kids. Kids are people, too, and I love that they can learn at an early age how to manage stress and worry.

Greens Glorious Greens

Looking for gifts for healthy eaters? I love this cookbook with more than 140 delicious recipes for beautiful, leafy greens. It gives me creative (yet easy) ways to incorporate more veggies into my meals. Yum.

The Book of Awakening 
I recently started reading this beautiful book. Mark Nepo wrote the book in response to his journey through cancer, and it led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone. I highly recommend this daily companion to read throughout the year.

The Artist’s Way
In sessions, I will often recommend writing a letter, journaling, or finding other ways to tap into your creativity through the written word. Julia Cameron’s classic book, The Artist’s Way, continues to stand the test of time. The book’s premise is that creative expression is vital no matter your profession. She guides you through a twelve-week program to recover your creativity from various blocks such as limiting beliefs, self sabotage, guilt, fear, and addiction.

Rise Sister Rise
A few of my Reiki III students recommended Rise Sister Rise to me and I highly recommend it to you. Rebecca Campbell offers tools, rituals, and questions to consider to help you access your own feminine wisdom, intuition, and power. (No matter our gender, we each have a masculine and feminine side so this isn’t just for women).


Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business

So many people I know are making big career changes. Looking for gifts for new business owners or know someone in your life who wants to become a wellness practitioner of any flavor (Reiki, reflexology, massage, acupuncture, hypnotist, or life coach, etc.)?

I wrote Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business to help practitioners find clients in person and online, market to their ideal client base (even for those practitioners that think they don’t like marketing), put together creative packages and promotions, and avoid burn out.


Want more book recommendations? I’ve compiled best book lists in the past, and you can read them here and here.


Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues (some of their most popular help with exercise motivation, procrastination, self esteem, focus and concentration, weight loss, insomnia, and even drinking less wine!). I like their recordings and approach a lot (and even bought one for my Dad for Father’s Day to help improve his golf game–after all, most professional athletes use some form of hypnosis for peak performance).

While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as one-on-one hypnosis sessions, it can be helpful between sessions or to try hypnosis out and see if it’s something you can benefit from. These recordings are fabulous gifts for relaxation.

 

For Balanced Emotions: Flower Essences & Essential Oils

Essential oilsWyndmere Essential Oils
Wyndmere oils are high quality yet affordable, and I’ve been using them for years. The sense of smell is one of the oldest parts of the brain and therefore one of the fastest ways you can change your state of mind.

Some of my favorite blends include Serenity, Anxiety Relief, and Stress Relief.

I also love the Neroli hydrosol (orange blossoms), as well as the Rose Garden and other roll-ons. 

Eden’s Garden
I recently discovered this essential oil brand and fell in love. Some of my current favorites are Frankincense & Myrrh for meditation and relaxation, Cedarwood Spruce for grounding, and Fighting Five for immune support. Very holiday and season appropriate.

Alaskan Essences
This flower essence brand includes a combination of essential oils and flower and gem essences. They are more delicately scented than regular essential oils.  The sacred space gift sets are lovely and Calling All Angels Spray is my absolute favorite (everyone I’ve given it to loves it) The Combination Formula Kit also offers a wonderful range if you really want to dive in.

Here are more of my favorite flower essence companies:

And here’s more info on what flower essences are, how they work, and the potential benefits.

Bonus: Contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.

Alpenglow Lotion
I visited Alaska with my family last year and bought a bottle of Alpenglow body lotion. I loved it so much I continue to order it online. Their products are super moisturizing, organic, and handmade from scratch (and include Alaskan snow as an ingredient). I plan to try it with my reflexology clients.

 

For the Taste: Teas & Spices

Rose Tulsi Tea is part of my morning routine. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has stress relieving properties. There are many delicious flavors to choose from, but my inner-grandma adores anything rose.

Genmaicha Green Tea with toasted brown rice is my go-to afternoon tea at the office. It’s much more subtle than most green teas. 

(You can also find both brands of tea at Whole Foods and health food stores. Perfect gifts for tea drinkers as these flavors are distinctive and go beyond the everyday black tea.)

Cinnamon Hill
This company sells fresh cinnamon you can grate yourself. I use cinnamon every day (delicious and super healthy). 

 

For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards

Quan Yin Oracle Deck   Tarot
This deck speaks to me every time I use it—full of gorgeous images, as well as powerful messages in the accompanying book by Alana Fairchild.

The Fountain Tarot
I love this modern adaptation of the Tarot—clean and sleek. And the accompanying booklet breaks down the meanings in a way that deeply resonates with me. I even used it with my mother-in-law—isn’t she the coolest?

The Devas of Creation
This deck illustrates the concept of the invisible energy patterns in the universe—wow, right? These cards are magical and can be used in many ways—for journaling, meditation, or daily guidance.

These decks are all powerful gifts for relaxation and self-reflection.

 

For the Feet & Body: Reflexology & Other Tools

My list of health and wellness gifts would not be complete without my top picks for reflexology tools.

Wooden Foot Roller
The tried and true wooden foot roller: simple, inexpensive, and effective.

Foot Rubz Ball
This ball can be used on both the hands and feet (see this article on how to use it).

The Stick Foot Wheel Massager
Quite a name, eh? Karen Ball, a wonderful reflexology teacher, found this reflexology tool (if you know me, you know I’m ALWAYS looking for new gadgets to try and my feet are pretty happy about this). I’m putting this one on my Christmas list.

Magic Weighted Blanket
I finally bought this weighted blanket and find it incredibly restorative for my nervous system. I sleep more deeply and find it incredibly calming. I’ve recommended it to clients, too.

 

For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates

No health and wellness gifts guide would be complete without including gift certificates for a healing session.

I’ve had clients request gift certificates from their loved ones—what a great idea (yes, I’m biased!) Of course, they also purchase certificates to give to others.

Give gifts for relaxation and stress relief with a Reiki and/or Hypnosis session gift certificate.

You’ll receive an emailable Gift Certificate that you can forward to the recipient. Super easy! 
Less stress for you in terms of shopping, and you’re helping by giving gifts for stress relief for your loved ones.

P.S. And contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.

 

Whew! Quite a range of health and wellness gifts, eh? I hope this helps you find something special and heart-centered for your loved ones.

Need easy tips on how to handle holiday stress?

Happy holidays!

 

Wellness Tips & Tools For Challenging Times

Posted on March 30, 2020

I compiled a list of my favorite wellness tips & tools, especially for challenging times. It’s lengthy so feel free to dip in and out.

Self-Care Tools
Now more than ever is a great time to make changes in your daily routine. Here are some simple ways to stay grounded and centered.

I love Donna Eden’s 5-minute daily energy routine.

Book Recommendations
Have some extra time for reading? Here’s are some past book recommendations and a few more here.

I just started reading this powerful book with healing meditations (includes online practice videos for healing the 5 elements in Chinese medicine, as well as the 7 chakras, and more).

Virtual Yoga 
I was talking with a client about what a difference it made to take a live yoga class even though it wasn’t in person. A friend signed up for a class with me and it was *almost* like meeting her in person to take a class together. See if it helps you feel a sense of community. Here are some places I like if you don’t already have a studio:
Hari Kundalini Yoga (includes some donation-based classes)
Harlem Yoga
DoYogaWithMe.com (these are recorded free classes)

Braco
Braco is offering additional free online healing. Many people have had remarkable results.

Free Energy Tools from David Sun Todd
I love his beautiful art and deep connection to the healing and wisdom of the Redwoods.

Flower Essences for Emotional Healing
Here’s a post by the lovely Rose Todd on what flower essences you may need in dealing with anxiety in challenging situations. (If you want a personalized recommendation we can discuss at your next session, just let me know.)

And Rose wrote a wonderful book: Simply Bach Flowers–it’s an excellent resource for beginners to learn about how to use Bach flower essences for emotional healing. (I did the full practitioner training with her and she knows her stuff!) You can purchase Bach flowers here.

and I’ve fallen in love with Lotuswei’s flower essences (This past week I’ve been using Fierce Compassion and Game Changer a lot).

Essential Oils for Immune Boosting
Eden’s Garden Fighting Five is budget friendly and high quality.

For Creativity
I love Susannah Conway’s love letters, and her free and paid courses. She does a free photo challenge each April.

A New Career in the Healing Arts
Many people are using this time to rethink their work. I wrote Building a Powerful Practice to help people making a career transition into the healing arts. Friend and colleague Shauna Cummins interviewed me as part of her Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis–here’s our recent interview on practice building.

Improve Your Relationship With Money
I mentioned Sarah McCrum before; she had a very extraordinary experience that has given her a unique insight into what money really is and how it works.  Sarah shares five of the most surprising and beautiful characteristics of money that have already helped many people transform their business and their life (including me!).

Here is a recording of her live online event from this past week, Activation for Collective Healing, which includes Morning Grounding, Activation, Evening Grounding, and Transformance.

A Powerful Healing Mantra
The Love Peace Harmony free app is a powerful healing mantra and one of my favorites. You can download it or play the app 24/7 (even on mute) to create a healing field in your home, office, etc.

One client is a first-year teacher for students with special needs. She’s been playing it in her classroom at very low volume and sent this feedback: “I love the music player! Some of my coworkers have come into my class and said ” it feels good in here.” One of my students who has autism said she ” feels comfortable here” and sometimes don’t want to go home at the end of the day.”

Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as a one-on-one hypnosis session, it can be helpful between sessions, and to prolong the effects of your one-on-one sessions. (My Dad even used one to help improve his golf game!)

I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Don’t be misled by these 2 signs.

Meditate with the Insight Timer
I love this free meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations, or simply use the timer. Join the 365 Days Together group and commit to a daily practice–even if it’s only for 1 minute a day, that counts. (They give you gold stars for meditating!) You can also listen to healing music; check out the Solfeggio frequencies for deep balancing of the brain.

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