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Wellness
Published Monday Aug 19, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress

Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Meditation

Stress. Everyone has it—and it’s a seemingly universal consensus that we all want a whole lot less of it. That’s why we’re all about eliminating that pesky visitor.

It all starts with alignment. Most people think they are stressed from being too busy, but the reality is they are unaligned. When we are aligned, it really doesn’t matter how busy we are because our time is spent productively. In this case, productive means in alignment with our goals, our values, and our authentic selves. When we aren’t spending our energy in ways that align accordingly, resistance builds. 

To reduce stress, we first want to observe if energy is being blocked or if we are “busy-ing” ourselves, rather than using our time and energy meaningfully. Important side note:”meaningfully” looks different for everyone and will change for each of us in different phases of our lives. 

Here are four ways to be better aligned and less stressed: 
 

Elimination.

Eliminate conversations, foods, choices, and decisions that come from a place of “should.” These typically come from guilt, shame, worry, fear, comparison, and lack. We can’t grow in these spaces and energy spent there is energy away from growth.

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Elimination.

Eliminate conversations, foods, choices, and decisions that come from a place of “should.” These typically come from guilt, shame, worry, fear, comparison, and lack. We can’t grow in these spaces and energy spent there is energy away from growth.

Communicate clearly.

Too often we are afraid to assert our needs, expectations, goals, or perspective or we assume others know what they are. Remember, people aren’t mind readers. So, if there is something you want to accomplish or a boundary that you want observed; communicate it. This can actually be a great way to build and strengthen relationships—whether personal or professional.    

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Communicate clearly.

Too often we are afraid to assert our needs, expectations, goals, or perspective or we assume others know what they are. Remember, people aren’t mind readers. So, if there is something you want to accomplish or a boundary that you want observed; communicate it. This can actually be a great way to build and strengthen relationships—whether personal or professional.    

Think beyond the moment.

Take a step back (or two) and remember; nothing is urgent unless we attach urgency to it. Think big picture. How does this relate to your authentic goals and values? Does this need to be top priority? Or does something else better align with what you want and need? Getting out of the moment prevents kinks and prevents damage control down the road.

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Think beyond the moment.

Take a step back (or two) and remember; nothing is urgent unless we attach urgency to it. Think big picture. How does this relate to your authentic goals and values? Does this need to be top priority? Or does something else better align with what you want and need? Getting out of the moment prevents kinks and prevents damage control down the road.

Quiet your mind.

Try to dedicate three minutes to yourself each day, without your phone. Maybe it’s in the shower, in bed before you get up, in the car, on the train, during a run. Just find 180 seconds to check your alignment. Is how you are spending your time, your thoughts, and your energy aligned for you? If not, what can you shift? Watch how your life can change from just three minutes a day.

 
Want more wellness tips? Check out Move with Mooch and Mel, and follow them at @move.withmm on Instagram! 
 

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Quiet your mind.

Try to dedicate three minutes to yourself each day, without your phone. Maybe it’s in the shower, in bed before you get up, in the car, on the train, during a run. Just find 180 seconds to check your alignment. Is how you are spending your time, your thoughts, and your energy aligned for you? If not, what can you shift? Watch how your life can change from just three minutes a day.

 
Want more wellness tips? Check out Move with Mooch and Mel, and follow them at @move.withmm on Instagram! 
 

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Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.