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Speaking Personally: My own Digital Detox results

Imma get a little personal up in here.  Why?  As a health coach, it’s my job to create a safe space for vulnerability because it’s only when all the cards are out on the table that we can truly start the healing process. 

In corporate, we say ‘You can’t change what you can’t measure’.  In my personal life and Ayurvedic coaching practice, I say ‘You can’t change what you can’t be real about’.   So, in that spirit, I’m going to get real with you. 

Back in May, I honestly thought my life was falling apart.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably noticed that I pretty much fell off the face of the planet during that time.  I told my Facebook group (the Worn-Out to Warrior Sisterhood) that I needed to take an indefinite hiatus from admin duties and would likely be off all social media for the foreseeable future.  Thankfully (and not surprisingly because all the women in that group are amazing), everyone was supportive and told me to do what I needed to do to get well.  

So I went dark.  For a full month, I was off social media 100%.  I deleted the FB app from my phone.  And didn’t check it via desktop.  Facebook was the primary way I engaged with my clients, put myself out there in hopes of engaging with new people who’d benefit from my work, etc. so there was a huge risk to my business doing this…but I knew it was necessary.

And you know what happened?

Everything.  

I felt myself become lighter.  A lot of people report withdrawal symptoms when they do a Digital Detox for the first time (especially with social media) but I didn’t have any of that.  I was more of the ‘Burn it all to the ground’ mindset which helped.  But I felt myself a lot lighter, energetically.  And I started to notice a few things:

  1. More juicy connections with friends & family.  With social media off the table, I began to reach out to people via email and text to schedule time with them and hear about their lives in real time.  You know, old school IRL hang outs.  Most people were thrilled and I started to wonder if we all hid behind social media because we’re scared of either being an annoyance or being rejected.  
  2. I stopped waking up instantly anxious and depressed.  I realized that the first thing I did every morning, even before getting out of bed, was check my social media and email to see if my clients needed anything from me.  But, overtime, I spent more and more time on Facebook and all the stories of the latest horrors filled my freshly awake eyeballs and psyche. OMG this is such a terrible habit and, for me, it set me on a path to white-knuckling through the day…all day.  My intentional Digital Detox broke that habit right quick.  But here’s the key, I didn’t just sleep longer to fill the time.  I filled that time with meditation, more time with my dog, some yoga, whatever felt good in the moment.  It’s not enough to cut out bad habits…you need to replace them with sustainable nourishing NEW habits so you don’t revert back. 
  3. My confidence came back.  Most of us can cope with one crisis at a time.  I had about 5 happen all at once.  And I just about lost it.  I thought ‘What am I doing coaching others out of burnout when my life is falling apart?  I’m a fraud!’  No, I wasn’t a fraud…I just had the Universe deal me a really rough hand and temporarily lost sight of my own wellness and self-care practice. I knew I had to double-down on the methods I knew work (meditation, yoga, good food, setting boundaries, etc.)  If anything, being real about all this made me a BETTER coach because I had a booster shot of empathy for people when we first start working together.   Over time, my confidence came back.  I’m far enough away from those events that I can see the silver lining (but would prefer not to go through that again!).

All of that just from deleting FB and staying off social media for a month?!  You betcha.  

Everyone’s Digital Detox needs are different but if any of the results I shared above are enticing, I encourage you to get in touch with me.  Don’t let the pride of being a badass boss keep you from giving yourself the gift of health.  We all need a hand now and then.  I’ve got TWO for ya! 🙂   

You can schedule a complimentary consultation here:  www.katiemeyer.com/schedule  Or if you’re ready to dive in to the work, schedule your 90-minute customized appointment via the same link!

Much love,

Katie

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3 Ways to Jump-start a Digital Detox

(Apologies for the weird formatting!  WordPress is not my friend today.  haha!)

Happy Fall!  Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the leaves are starting to change, the air is a lot crisper, and I’ve brought my sweaters out.  It’s glorious. 

The change in seasons has inspired a change in focus for my Ayurveda work and I’m excited to share the details with you!

You can read all about the changes on my FB page, but here it is in a nutshell:

As a busy corporate warrior myself, I find Ayurveda absolutely essential to maintaining balance and making wise choices about where to focus my fire power.
 
 
I am finding myself more and more drawn to working with powerhouse professionals who know they are capable of achieving more but need a little boost (and practical go-to skills) to quiet the noise, get focused, and learn how to triage in the workplace without spending all their social capitol (or putting their health at risk).

One of the best ways to jump start this work is with a Digital Detox.  

It’s time to take a stand and make your tech work for YOU instead of the other way around.

Here are 3 things you can do right now to free up brain space:

              1.  Turn off push notifications for all non-essential apps on your smartphone.  

              2.  Schedule at least one 15 min. break in your calendar.  (Mark the event as ‘private’ if you are concerned about push back.)  And then TAKE THOSE BREAKS.  Use them to meditate, breath, etc. 

             3.  Put your phone on silent when you know you’re not on-call.  Vibrate mode is still disruptive (not just to you but also your loved ones!) so I encourage my clients to put their phone on silent when not on-call.  You’ll be amazed at the brain space this frees up!

Keep an eye on your inbox for more tips, relevant articles, and challenges soon.  

(Spoiler Alert: I’m prepping a 5-Day Digital Detox Challenge for launch in the next few months!!)

I challenge you to reject the glorification of burnout.  If you’re ready for a new paradigm, get in touch with me asap.  www.katiemeyer.com/schedule

To your success,
Katie

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Elderberries: Not Just for Insulting Invading Hordes

First off, who gets the reference in the title?  And if you get it, can you NOT think of Monty Python when someone mentions Elderberries?!  I know I can’t.  For those not in the know, please see this classic clip from Monty Python & The Holy Grail below:

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Elderberries for real.  And how they can be a great tool in your anti-cold arsenal.

I can hear you saying it now though: ‘Katie, aren’t Elderberries from Northern Europe?  How can they possibly be Ayurvedic?”

That’s an excellent point/question and first, you’re correct.  Elderberries originate from Northern Europe but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have Ayurvedic properties.  In fact, EVERYTHING has Ayurvedic properties so we can view anything and everything from the lens of Ayurveda.  Remember, Ayurveda is simply a practice of bringing your doshic imbalances back into balance (to keep you healthy) so whatever works, right?

So, what’s so great about Elderberries?  In short, they’re cute little berries that pack quite a punch.  Quick summary:

Elderberries are high in antioxidants, specifically, polyphenols, carotenoids and flavonoids.  These all helps protect our cells from damage (self-imposed or environmental).  They’re also high in vitamins A, C and E.   All good things for fighting off colds and keeping you healthy.

Ayurvedically, they balance all three doshas.  (hint: this is good!)  More Ayurvedic nerdery here (courtesy of Blue Lotus Ayurveda):

“Effect on Dosha: VPK=
Taste: berry-sweet, sour, bitter/flower-slightly bitter, pungent
Energy: berry-neutral to cooling/ flower-cooling
Post Digestive Effect: berries-sweet/flowers-pungent

Tissues/Dhatus: plasma, blood, muscle, fat
Systems/Srotas: respiratory, immune, digestive, circulatory, urinary
Properties: antioxidant, immune tonic, astringent, expectorant, diaphoretic, digestive, carminative, relaxant.
Indications: coughs, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, congestion, respiratory infections, asthma, fever, flu, gas, allergies, abdominal discomfort, inflammation, high cholesterol, poor eyesight.
Preparations: infusion, tincture, syrup, winter cordials, medicated wine, food preparation.

Precautions: None for flowers. According to the Botanical Safety Handbook* the unripe and raw fruit contains sambunigrin, which may cause nausea, vomiting or severe diarrhea. Avoid elderberries that are red in color. The fruit is commonly cooked to avoid digestive upset and possible toxicity or the fresh fruit. Sambucus nigra is the variety most commonly used in herbal medicine and is considered to be relatively safe, especially when cooked.”

So good, right?  And if you’d like to make your own Elderberry Syrup, check out the recipe below:

Homemade Elderberry Syrup (InstantPot)

(they say the spices are optional but if you to maximize Ayurvedic goodness, don’t leave them out!)

And, as always, I would never recommend forgoing flu shots or ignoring your doctor’s advice for what’s best for you and your family.  This recipe is a great supplement to all the other evidence-based measures you’re already deploying! <3

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