Does anyone else out there set alarms on their phones for everything? My husband asked me last night, “Heather why is your phone always beeping, I thought you turned off your notifications?” I had to tell him that those are notifications of people trying to message me, those are my alarms going off, so I don’t forget to do stuff.
I set alarms for meetings, to remind me of my word of the year, to remind me that I have a tea date, to take food out for dinner, and you name it, if I can set an alarm for it, I do.
Why do we have issues with this brain fog? And why is it showing up more right now?
According to Dr. Lily Brown, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, this may be because our fight or flight is in overdrive lately. When our limbic system is consistently triggered by stressful information or events it overrides the executive functioning part of our brain, which is where rational and clear decision-making occurs. The more that override happens, the more we struggle to focus, motivate, think clearly, or control impulses.
We also see brain fog show up when we're engaging in less physical activity than usual during the day and/or experiencing poor sleep. Both of these deficits also happen to be a result of stress.
I spent most of my career in fight or flight. I had an extremely stressful job, plus add all of the stresses at home. I think I may have been addicted to the adrenaline that was rushing constantly. But guess what? That didn’t just make me sick then, it continues to wreak havoc on my body now, even though I don’t have much stress in my life. I was so hard on my body back then; I am still paying the price now. I have the most sensitive adrenals. One bit of stress, and I mean barely anything, and my adrenals act up. I get middle back pain, and feel exhausted, not just tired.
So, what do I do to combat this brain fog? Well seeing that life is constantly busy, I better remember these things I can do to help my brain.
- Sleep. Getting enough sleep is so important. Rest is when our body does most of its healing. So, getting a good night’s rest can really help my brain fog.
- Balance. I love the book Oola. It reminds me of the 7 F’s to living a balanced life. Am I unbalanced? Too much time spent with work and not enough with friends, faith, fitness, fun?? Time to pay attention or pull out that book again.
- Exercise is great as long as I haven’t gotten myself into full on brain fog, also knows as Adrenal Fatigue. When I am in this mode, I need to rest my poor body. And short slow walks only. It’s time to slow everything down and give my body the time to heal.
- Set those alarms on my phone. Sorry hubby, but if this annoys you, too bad. I am a no problem, powerful woman who does what she says and shows up to meetings and events when she says she is. And so I am not ok forgetting appointments. It is easy and helpful to know my phone has my back.
- Be healthy! Eat well, drink well and of course oil up! There are so many amazing essential oils for this issue that work. Hey, I wouldn’t be the crazy oil lady I am today if it weren’t for me Googling natural support for adrenal fatigue. Make sure you have the right brand of oils, or it will be a big waste of your time. I have an incredible oily routine that works fast when my Adrenals are acting up. And there are some great blends to diffuse while you work, play or sleep that can support that tired brain of yours. Just ask and I’d be happy to share some great tips.
- Boundaries. Say NO! I started saying no to people and things and boy does that ever help! Just make sure you are doing it without any thoughts of feeling bad, or it just won’t work. Making you #1 means, putting you first and your health first…
How do you deal with Brain fog? I’d love to know some of you tips and tricks.
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First of all, what is a Cheerleader?
“an enthusiastic and vocal supporter of someone or something”
When we think of a cheerleader we usually think of a sports team, right? Well, what if we thought of it as something we all need in order to live our most Fabulous life?
What if we realized that without a cheerleader we would fall back into our old ways, old thoughts and those monkeys would start to chatter and tell us we aren’t good enough.
And what if we found a way to find cheerleaders who would cheer us on.
Now I am a firm believer in reciprocal relationships so in order to find one you must be one.
I like to practice being a great cheerleader for the people in my life. I love to tell them how great they look, how proud I am of them, how they make me feel or just plain old “love them up.”
It’s easy really. And it feels so good for them, and you.
Now comes the next part that is hard for some of us. What if now we get to sit back and let others love us up. Let them tell us how awesome we are and how great we make them feel. Can you do this? And can you do it without saying things like “thanks, but….” I mean really take what they say and go for gold.
In our lives we look for ways to score, get a touchdown, slam dunk, beat the buzzer, go for the gold medal and we need a cheerleader just like those sports teams. Hey, they wouldn’t succeed if they didn’t have someone cheering them on so how about us?
So now, how do we get cheerleaders. Be A Cheerleader.
Practice complimenting others. Practice being that girl with her pom poms. Write love notes, send inspiring messaged and most of all be that “no problem women”.
And just watch all the pom poms arrive for YOU.
And if you are looking for a group that is full of cheerleaders, feel free to join my fun private group by clicking here:
What is it like to live a Fabulous Life?
Well first of all, I can tell you what it is like to Not live a Fabulous Life.
Before Fabulous, my life was full of Fatigue, pain, anxiety, and loneliness even though I wasn't alone. I didn't ask for help, was afraid of being vulnerable, didn’t trust, and was afraid to surrender. Because at that time for me it meant I had lost my power. And who wants that. But what power? The power to be sad, tired, and knowing you weren't living your purpose? I was looking to find my power but by not asking for help, not being vulnerable, not being grateful for all I had and not surrendering meant that I was STUCK.
And being stuck isn't fun. It's a place of not growing and learning. And where you are is who you attract. And so, it seemed everyone around me was stuck too.
I had so many tools to get out of the Fatigue place but had forgotten how to use them and knew I needed more tools.
I started a Facebook group called Fatigue to Fabulous because I wanted a place where women (and me) could go to remind of us that we don't have to live in Fatigue. We don't have to be tired, sick, or stuck unless we choose.
I wanted to have a place that reminded me to be grateful, practice things like forgiveness, and gratitude. A place where I could remember that "I am she and she is me". We don't have to do this thing called life alone. Others have been where I am, and I have been where they are most times. So why not have a safe place to ask for help and remember where our power lives...it lives in us. It lives in all of us. It sometimes just gets buried until we remember to reach out.
I like to think of my Fabulous tools as a backpack metaphor: I have all of these tools in my backpack and sometimes some get stuck in the very bottom of the pack. I have to reach far to find them. And if I forget about them a woman can remind me to go back and look for them. And even better she can give me a few more tools to add to my pack.
So what is Living a Fabulous Life?
Balance, surrendering, being imperfect, asking for help, living a balanced life, forgiveness (of ourselves and others) and having fun.
I love the Book Oola – Living a Balanced Life and love teaching it (cuz I get to remind me) about the 7 F’s to living a balanced life. Fitness, Friends, Faith, Finance, Field (work), Fun, and Family. I also love that it reminds us of the Oola Blockers and Accelerators (tools)
Gratitude, Love, Discipline, Integrity, Passion, Humility and Wisdom accelerate us Living our Best Ooola-la Fabulous Life.
If you are a woman who wants daily reminders of our special gifts and tools. If you want a place to remember who we are and how far we have come. And there is always a place for new friendships, huge shifts, and Big miracles when we are in a place of surrendering and being around others who remind us of how amazing we all are.
Feel free to join my private group if you'd like some extra love, reminders, maybe some new tools and new friendships.
It's a beautiful place to hang out.
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After my mentor Gary Young passed away, I was longing for higher purpose work. I wanted to give back to him and honor his life's work. And then all these signs started coming my way. I saw Raindrop Treatment info every where I turned. You know when you buy a red car and then all you see is red car? It was kinda like that. There were social media posts, books and people talking about it all around me. But what really was it?
I dove in and those tingly goosebumps were full on.....which means it is what I needed to do.
I researched and fell in love and then wondered how I could get trained from Vancouver Island? There was training down in the US but it wasn't for 6 months. I wanted to learn now. And so I found a way. I did more research and came to find a woman on the Mainland who was trained by Gary and now trains in Vancouver as well as in China. I called her and asked her if she could train me. She gathered others from her area and set a date for training. The training was going to be over 2 weekends. And I didn't care what it took, I was going to be there.
And...guess what. I was the only one who showed up. So I got her all to myself for 2 full weekends. This was so meant to be. I learned so much from her and her training from Gary and just knew that this was part of my purpose and passion.
So if you are still wondering what Raindrop Technique here you go:
The Raindrop Technique is a method of using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy, massage techniques, and essential oils applied on your spine and on the feet. High quality essential oils are placed on the reflex points on the feet where the spine is represented. The Raindrop Technique is designed to bring balance to the body with its relaxing and mild application. The Raindrop Technique is a gentle application of essential oils and massage without using hard pressure or trying to force the body to change, which should never be done.
There are Numerous Benefits of Raindrop Therapy; Here Are Just A Few Of Them...
- Invigorates the Mind
- Balances Body Energy
- Pain Reduction
- Reduces Inflammation
- Improves Circulation
- Shields from Pathogens
- Helps with Structural Alignment
- Relieves Stress
- Improves Immune Function
- Promotes Respiratory Benefits
I have just re-opened my Covid Friendly space to provide these well needed treatments in my community.
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions or would like to book your appointment. I also provide Foot Detox Bath Treatments as well.
I look forward to loving you up with this treatment. You will be amazed! I promise.