Keep the Lights On

As we enter into Autumn, it is important that we take care of ourselves- especially those who suffer with anxiety, depression and/or trauma. Here are some tips for keeping your head above water

  • Don’t Isolate

Even if you’re an introvert, be sure that at least once per week you are spending time with others. If this means attending 12 Steps or a Meditation Class, keep your cup full so you don’t feel alone

Trap- spending time at a mall alone.

Solution- Be in the company of like-minded people that lift you up

  • Meditate
  • It’s important to change your brain chemistry and create new neuropathways. Having a private meditation practice is essential, but so is meditating with others. There are #MaxMeditation classes literally all over the world that will help you do this.
  • Trap- thinking that meditation cannot be successfully done in a group
  • Solution –try it- it’s dirt cheap and you’ll get a lot out of it
    • Take really good care of yourself
  • Self care is really tough for those who suffer with depression or ACE’s. Even the simplest act of making your bed and taking a shower can really help improve your mood.
  • Alanon teaches the acronym HALT– don’t get too Hungry Angry Lonely or Tired. Whether you have an Addict in your life or not, this is great advice!
  • Trap- eating junk food and not keeping a regular bedtime will mess you up faster than anything.
  • Solution-Even if you’re going through a period of time where you don’t sleep well, get up at the same time every day, shower or bathe and attend to your day. This will help you if you choose to do it. Eat fruits and vegetables and proteins
    • Keep coffee or tea dates

    If money is a problem, do an exchange with someone who lifts you up. Once a week meet at each other’s homes and switch off.

    Trap- believing you can’t because you have no money is a lie you’re telling yourself. You two can meet and drink water. The important thing is human interaction!

    Solution- make a call or send a text or email today, right now, and get out there!

    There is ALWAYS a way to get through the tough times- always.

    Keep the Lights On

    As we enter into Autumn, it is important that we take care of ourselves- especially those who suffer with anxiety, depression and/or trauma. Here are some tips for keeping your head above water

    • Don’t Isolate

    Even if you’re an introvert, be sure that at least once per week you are spending time with others. If this means attending 12 Steps or a Meditation Class, keep your cup full so you don’t feel alone

    Trap- spending time at a mall alone.

    Solution- Be in the company of like-minded people that lift you up

    • Meditate
  • It’s important to change your brain chemistry and create new neuropathways. Having a private meditation practice is essential, but so is meditating with others. There are #MaxMeditation classes literally all over the world that will help you do this.
  • Trap- thinking that meditation cannot be successfully done in a group
  • Solution –try it- it’s dirt cheap and you’ll get a lot out of it
    • Take really good care of yourself
  • Self care is really tough for those who suffer with depression or ACE’s. Even the simplest act of making your bed and taking a shower can really help improve your mood.
  • Alanon teaches the acronym HALT– don’t get too Hungry Angry Lonely or Tired. Whether you have an Addict in your life or not, this is great advice!
  • Trap- eating junk food and not keeping a regular bedtime will mess you up faster than anything.
  • Solution-Even if you’re going through a period of time where you don’t sleep well, get up at the same time every day, shower or bathe and attend to your day. This will help you if you choose to do it. Eat fruits and vegetables and proteins
    • Keep coffee or tea dates

    If money is a problem, do an exchange with someone who lifts you up. Once a week meet at each other’s homes and switch off.

    Trap- believing you can’t because you have no money is a lie you’re telling yourself. You two can meet and drink water. The important thing is human interaction!

    Solution- make a call or send a text or email today, right now, and get out there!

    There is ALWAYS a way to get through the tough times- always.

    Just Breathe


    Speaking as someone who knows, (I have asthma)breathing is pretty important. What we forget in this day and age is what happens when we don’t breathe.

    I work with adults and children who suffer with Anxiety, and guess what?  The first thing we talk about before we get to work is breathing. When I lead a #MiniMeYoga 2 Hour Workshop for Grownups, we talk a lot about breathing.

    Children and adults who have suffered a traumatic event, or events (the root cause or causes of Anxiety), all have breathing issues. I’m not talking about Asthma, but I am talking about breathing.

    When you live in “Survival Mode” where your brain is functioning as Survival Brain, your breathing is very shallow. You live in a state of “High Alert” think “Danger Will Robinson”. Your brain is asking your body to stay prepared at all times for danger and trouble. That is no way to live-literally.

    You need deep breathing for both relaxation and brain activity. according to an article in The Guardian:

    “The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance their functioning, according to a new study by researchers at Northwestern University. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggest that breathing does not merely supply oxygen to the brain and body, but may also organise the activity of populations of cells within multiple brain regions to help orchestrate complex behaviours.”

    In other words, you don’t do your most complex problem-solving when you’re freaked out. If you suffer from Anxiety, you tend to be freaked out a lot.

    One of the most important things we can teach young children is diaphragmatic breathing, or deep-belly breathing.  By teaching them this alone, we are giving them a way to regulate their emotions. We tend to calm down much faster and sooner when we are taking slow deep breaths.

    For more information about the Mini Me Yoga 2 Hour Workshop for Grownups:

    https://heathermccrae.com/mini-me-yoga/2hourworkshop/


    The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/neurophilosophy/2016/dec/23/breathing-modulates-brain-activity-and-mental-function

    Mindfulness, Mini Me Yoga, and Body Image

    As a Culture, we have a real opportunity to make changes from the ground up, and that means starting with our children. Countless studies have shown that Meditation has positive effects on both the brain and the whole body’s ability to deal with stress. This isn’t even bringing Spirituality into the conversation. Meditation is good for you. I am both the Mini Me Yoga Ambassador for Canada and a Certified Facilitator of The Max Meditation System TM. 

    I have stated in all the information I give to potential clients, that our program is a gentle, heart-centered program that is not rigid. We don’t want or need the kids to do “Perfect Yoga”. We want them to be able to enjoy it and feel safe exploring! For many children, Mini Me Yoga is their first experience with Yoga and we want them to enjoy it so the principles of deep belly breathing, relaxation and meditation stay with them! 

    I fell in Love with Mini Me Yoga when I first attended my Facilitator Training. I was relaxed, happy and open. I have giggled so many times, when adults have told me the same thing when I’ve taught Facilitator Classes.  I’ve had requests for Adult Mini Me Yoga Classes! We have a Yoga portion, but also a Meditation portion too. Giving children a chance to gently connect to their bodies and souls is so important!

    The reason our program isn’t rigid is that we are in the Love Business. We want our children breathing, and relaxing into their Hearts and bodies without fear, shame or guilt.  We want the children loving and accepting themselves, just as they are when they come to class.

    As you may see from my profile picture, I don’t have a “standard yoga body”-whatever that means. I am short and curvy, like many women and girls. Kate Bartram-Brown, our founder, is committed to Mini Me Yoga as a safe space for everyone to come and be exactly as they are, and know they are enough. I am on the same page as my good friend, Kate! 

    My Mission for Mini Me Yoga in Canada is the same as it is in 23 other countries around the world. We want kids relaxed, happy, joyful and loving themselves!

    We also want the adults who attend Facilitator and Ambassador Training to know they are enough and just the right size, shape, and kind to teach Mini Me. What matters to us is that you are a Heart-Centered person. I will not train anyone who isn’t. 

     

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