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Should I panic?

How many times have you asked yourself this question?

Whatever the answer, know that you’ll be ok.  Panic and anxiety are everywhere these days and it can be hard to know when our nervous system is helping us get out of danger or has simply been hijacked by an untrue narrative.

I’m going to be honest with you for a moment: I still struggle with anxiety and panic. It’s not an everyday thing but it creeps up when I least expect it and there are times when I feel like I’m suffocating.

In those moments, I rely on tools and practices that I know will calm the mind and body…and I love myself enough to actually deploy them.  No shame.

Here’s a short list of my personal anti-panic/anxiety tool kit:

  • Meditation.  Even something as simple as following my breath or a guided meditation when I’m really ‘out there’.
  • Body Sensing: It’s been clinically proven that focusing on objective reality (the touch of the air on your skin, etc.) reduces panic attacks and anxiety symptoms.
  • Essential Oils: Lavender for day.  Sandalwood for night.
  • Ritual: Lighting a candle and doing a body sensing exercise, chanting a Sanskrit mantra, moon salutation, etc.  All these things are rituals that I know by heart and can draw upon to ground myself when anxiety and panic want to take over.
  • Music:  Good In/Good Out, right?  It can be very helpful to listen to relaxing music (and take deep breaths) in a time of panic.  (as a special gift, you can listen to my latest anxiety-reducing playlist HERE)

And, most importantly, I resist the urge to fight the anxiety.  It’s awful and of course we want it to be over asap but fighting against it won’t make it go away any faster.  Feel what you need to feel.  Cry it out.  Yell if you need to (into a pillow).

My gurus have taught me that there are no good or bad feelings….they are all messengers and it’s better to feel them, metabolize, and learn.  Otherwise they become lodged inside and it’s a lot harder to get them out. 🙂

If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone.  I invite you to be brave and build your own anti-anxiety tool kit.

If you’re looking for some expert guidance getting started, I’d be happy to talk to you.  Simply schedule a consultation HERE and we can form a game plan for your own healing. 

With all my love,
Katie
Founder, Worn-Out to Warrior

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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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Beware the B*#@S*%&: Essential Questions When Looking For A Holistic Health Provider

[Sunday Rant!]

A client of mine has been suffering from vertigo, anxiety, and a whole host of other things for years and has seen ‘doctor’ after ‘doctor’ with no results.

(I’m guiding her through my methods of mindfulness-based stress reduction but I feel it’s important for her to have someone local she can meet with regularly)

I finally said ‘Ok, who are these people? I want to research them!’ and found that they were all quacks! Seriously, one guy said he could cure cancer with his own ‘proprietary blend of microbiome enhancing supplements’ Oh, he also had a skin care line.

No. Just no.

It is EXTREMELY important to know how to navigate the alternative medicine world and learn how to spot the BS early and often.

Why?

There are people out there who will prey on your desperation to feel better. They’ll say all the right things but when you get down to the nitty gritty, their methods are flimsy (at best) or dangerous (at worst).

What really bites me though are people who’ve actually gone to medical school but then switch to ‘alternative health’ and use the social proof of their medical degree (although their license may have lapsed) to manipulate people into buying their junk.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m all about alternative medicine. I think our western medical mindset can often miss the connections between symptoms and it’s important to find a practitioner you trust to help you interpret data and offer more natural therapies.

But you need to know how to spot the snake oil.

So as I’ve been looking for practitioners in my client’s area, these are the questions I’m asking:

1. Are they board-certified and if yes, by whom? If offering lineage-based teachings (like spiritual-based meditation), who is their teacher and what is their lineage? An ethical practitioner will be happy to tell you all about their mentors and lineage.

2. Do they have any peer-reviewed articles published? If yes, are they linked? If they link to research, is it solid research that’s peer-reviewed (instead of self-published)?

3. Are they enthusiastic about a collaborative care model? It’s a red flag when a practitioner (of any kind!) is unwilling to collaborate with others to help you feel better. ‘My way or the highway’ does not a happy healthy person make.

4. What does your gut tell you?

That last one is really important. Listen to your gut.

Does it seem weird that this person is listed as a cardiologist but he’s selling vitamins and skin care and telling you he can cure cancer? (seriously, that’s what this guy had on his website)

Do they make wild promises that seem too good to be true?

Will they have a quick phone consult with you to ensure they’re the right fit for you?

And more.

Step into your power place. Let got of ‘being nice’ and don’t stay silent because you are ‘afraid of hurting someone’s feelings’. Ask questions and get more information.

We are our own best health advocates and it’s super important that we build the RIGHT team around us to support our wellness.