Recovery from high functioning PTSD and my Eating Disorder: What I didn’t know and how it helped and hindered me

I have spent my life keeping busy. At the height of it I was working 70-80 hours a week, volunteering over 1200 hours a year, over and above being a married mom of two. Five years ago I left this lifestyle, I even thought I had completed this part of my life. And now I can see, I have spent my life keeping busy because then I never had the time to deal with the pain, the thoughts, the emotions, the trauma. I was filling the space up to not feel.

The rest I didn’t know I deeply needed

We live in a society that is focused on productivity, high producing, and achieving behaviors. We say things like “do more with less” and “sleep when I’m dead”. We see people who are busy as productive, stressed as up to big things, and achievement as the only important measure of success.

The result is we are experiencing significant increases in chronic fatigue or its more recently introduced name, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). A 2017 survey shows some 560,000 Canadians report that they have the disease, a 36.7 percent increase over previous results from 2014. The number also suggests the disease may be more common than breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis combined.

Since March of 2020, we are seeing significant experiences of compassion fatigue, lockdown fatigue, and pandemic fatigue.

Yoga Nidra: Release stress and tension with this practice

I remember the first time I experienced a Yoga Nidra practice. My sister was sick, and I was filled with worry and stress. As I settled into the familiar home of Savasana, I allowed my awareness to settle into the voice guiding me to deepen my breath, settle, and through the systematic meditation travel through the pancha maya kosha.

To do it all, or not to

These past weeks or so has been difficult for me. So many things have happened and it has left me in need of a change. Let’s start at the beginning… I’ve Continue Reading

Beating holiday stress

As the holiday season begins it can bring with it additional stress. Our desire to make everything perfect, to do it all, to be it all. The pressures of fitting Continue Reading

8 Tips for Holiday Mindfulness

So often when planning for the holiday season we can get stressed. Whether dealing with family dynamics, planning to navigate holiday parties or fitting in family time in busy holiday Continue Reading

It’s okay to say NO!

So often I find myself saying yes and then being frustrated soon after. Why did I say yes, when I knew I didn’t want to?

What we see in people is really like an iceberg

I have found that when I grew the most was when I was the most vulnerable and there was someone there who really truly took the time to get to really know me and provide authentic support.

My favorite new healthy and oh so yummy recipe – Vegan Banana Bread

Here is my absolute favorite. Vegan banana bread. Now before you get turned off by how healthy it sounds let me assure you. I have never had a better banana bread and I must say since I love banana bread and have eaten more than my fair share I can confidently say it is the best I’ve ever had.

Finding the right decision in a sea of choice

I believe when we open ourselves up to change, are truthful with ourself about our values and goals you will inevitably attract the right opportunities. There is nothing more true for me right now.

Giving yourself space

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I have found myself very focused on space. How we are consistently giving and take it from ourselves and from others. When was the Continue Reading

How I know I’m good enough

I have spent a good deal of my life stuck in a rut where I was the reason I felt that “I’m not enough” feeling.

A healthy lifestyle

When you choose the goal to live a healthier lifestyle, you are enevitably entering a complex world to navigate.

Why I’m glad I got sick

As I went through my own journey to wellness I had hundreds of conversations with people who like me have gotten sick or faced something traumatic that changed their lives Continue Reading