Stress Free in 30 Seconds!
Famous Last Words: “I’m just stressed”
Do you minimize the impact of stress? Suffer through it until your next vacation? Compete with your co-workers about who is most stressed?
We may take it lightly, but stress is no laughing matter. In the body, stress increases inflammation, which causes the body to make more cortisol and taxes the adrenal glands; potentially leading to blood sugar dysregulation, insomnia, stubborn weight, digestive issues, joint pain, and immune dysregulation (can suppress or fire up-auto-immune). Stress has been shown to worsen or trigger diabetes; accelerate aging and decrease sexual desire.
In the workplace, stress makes us irritable, forgetful, impatient, and prone to errors. It affects productivity, employee turnover, health care costs, frequency of medication errors and patient satisfaction.
In any moment, stress is intangible and non-descript. Unlike a headache or an allergy attack, we can’t directly define the ailment of stress or take a pill for it. Until we end up with resulting symptoms that cripple us, we ignore it. Even as we feel it building, we make excuses, such as time and money, to not treat or even acknowledge it.
But, we can do something about stress that takes no time or money!
The innate wisdom of your body can be used for self-care and preservation!
The body is your built-in ally. It informs when something is amiss, holds unresolved emotions and also influences how you feel about yourself and the world. Yet tragically it is often intentionally or habitually disregarded. The body is a tool for you to use, at no charge. Instead of listening to and thanking your body, too often treat it gets treated as the enemy. We use words like ‘my back is killing me’ on a regular basis, when in fact, your back is just responding to something you’ve done or not done, and is trying to send you a helpful message.
Most communication is non-verbal, and when there is a discrepancy between words and body, look to the body to tell the truth. The body communicates what it is thinking and feeling to others through gesture, sound and posture. In the same way others pick up messages from your body, so do you. You receive signals from your body constantly about how to feel.
We all know how important self-care is. If you’re a helping professional, you probably emphasize this to your clients. Yet, you dismiss or ignore your own advice because of a scarcity of time. External self-care activities that take time away from what feels more urgent are postponed, sometimes forever. Sacrificing self for others becomes a way of life.
Sacrifice is not the answer!
You can care for yourself in every moment through body awareness, posture, breath and subtle movement. Caring for yourself is the highest service you can offer the world. How you treat yourself becomes the model for how you treat others and who you are in every interaction.
External stressors are going to happen, like it or not. How you respond to those outside influences is up to you. And, how you respond is largely influenced by your body and your breath.
We can all learn to listen and use the body in easy and compassionate ways. Melanie’s background as a body-oriented psychotherapist supports a gentle, non-threatening approach to the body. She teaches how to use the body as an ally, how play and movement can inform and transform, and how letting go can support having.
Concrete, inspirational and stimulating, Melanie’s speaking creates genuine interest, response and discussion which supports growth and insight unique to each individual.
In an uncertain and ever-changing world, nurses and other health care workers are consistently being asked to adapt, meet adversity and ultimately succeed. Melanie facilitates this occurrence by awakening the spirit of employees, stimulating the resilience of the individual and the organization.
Melanie expertly employs her Sedona Method training and Somatic Psychotherapy Masters degree, along with her professional counselor license and EMDR and Hypnotherapy certifications to effectively motivate and move audiences. Listeners of Melanie’s presentations are able to immediately employ the tools offered to reduce stress and embrace joy.
Melanie expertly employs her Sedona Method training and Somatic Psychotherapy Masters degree, along with her professional counselor license and EMDR and Hypnotherapy certifications to effectively motivate and move audiences. Listeners of Melanie’s presentations are able to identify and step beyond whatever it may be that blocks the path to true success and enjoying life.
The Art of Letting Go from pain to peace
The Art of Letting Go (17133 KB)
Is the attitude of popping pills to handle problems all of us face at one time or another just a cop out or truly a vital part of managing our lives and the everyday stress we encounter? Listen to the radio show.