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0 In Ayurveda/ Balance Restore Rejuvenate/ Life

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

0 In Ayurveda

Anxiety & Physical Pain: It’s Not In Your Head

You know the feeling.  That feeling when your adrenaline begins to climb.  Your heart rate speeds up.  Your breath becomes shallow.  Your jaw begins to clench.  You begin to sweat…but remain chilled to the touch.

This is our old pal anxiety and if you’re like the nearly 40 million people in the US suffering from chronic anxiety, you know what I’ve described all too well.   

But did you know that chronic anxiety is often responsible for physical pain that usually lingers FOR YEARS?  

Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, and Back Pain have all been connected to chronic anxiety and, after years of neglect, severing of the mind/body/spirit connection, and just ‘getting through it’, people are often left needing powerful pharmaceuticals, or worse, self-medication with alcohol just to simply exist.  

My intention is not to scare you…it’s to put the connection between anxiety and physical pain in very blunt terms.  There’s no way to get around it: your chronic anxiety is likely responsible for your physical aches and pains.  And it’s hurting you on more than a physical level.

So, what to do?

Ayurveda classifies anxiety as a Vata imbalance, meaning there is too much air and space in the pranic body.  My Ayurveda mentor, Dr. Vasant Lad, once said ‘Space is freedom’ and what he meant by that is…space is possibility but it is also ambiguity.  

Ambiguity can be scary so we will  fill that space with negative self-talk, mindless mental chatter, and what I would call ‘pacifiers’.  Anything to save us from the discomfort of ambiguity and space.  This leads to anxiety and physical pain because it is not a sustainable way to live.  Your adrenals will become exhausted and your body will begin to believe that chronic adrenal spikes are normal.  

Thankfully, there is much we can do to bring Vata back into balance and it starts with first loving on yourself and acknowledging where you are at this very moment.  Release the ‘could have/should have’ guilt of past choices and simply see your body and mind where it is in this very moment.

Begin to notice the pain signals your body is trying to get you to pay attention to.  Where is the pain in your body?  Breathe into that.  

Nourish your body with healthy food, give yourself a warm-oil massage, begin a meditation practice.

These are all natural pain relievers but will also begin to re-train your brain and adrenal system so that proper function may be restored.  

Shocker: we are not meant to live in Fight/Flight our entire lives! 🙂  

If you are someone with chronic anxiety and physical pain, I hear you.  I acknowledge that your pain isn’t ‘all in your head’.  Ayurveda does not subscribe to the idea of separation between body, mind, and spirit.  All are one and intimately connected (and impacted) by one another.

If you would like to learn more about the connection between anxiety and physical pain (from an allopathic perspective), I encourage you to visit the Anxiety & Depression Association of America’s website.

And if you would like to explore how Ayurveda can help you reduce your anxiety and heal your chronic pain, I encourage you to reach out to me.  You can book your FREE 60-Minute breakthrough session HERE.

Much Love & Namaste,

Katie

0 In Ayurveda/ Balance Restore Rejuvenate/ Life/ Seattle

Shall we get to know each other?

Well, hello there!  If you’ve found your way here, you’re likely already feeling the call and spark of natural healing and thinking ‘There has to be MORE’.  And it’s that MORE that I’ve experienced in profound ways and strive to guide you towards as well.  But first, let me introduce myself and explain how I got here…

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and had a rather chaotic childhood.   I was always an anxious kid living in fight or flight and experienced my first depressive episode when I was 16 but lacked the support and resources to get a diagnosis and a real handle on it.  In college, I began experiencing debilitating panic attacks and had a depressive episode that nearly forced me to take a quarter off.  Thankfully, I had better access to health resources and found supportive therapy.  I was finally diagnosed with depression and PTSD and thus began my journey towards healing.

I’ve tried a lot of things over the past 15 years!  Zoloft, Wellbutrin, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, exercise, diet, you name it…I probably tried it (or tried to try it). And you know what?  Some of it helped!  But still, the depression was always looming behind me.  The panic attack just a few heartbeats away.

Then finally, I got sick of being ‘sick’ and wanted to find a toolkit that would help me heal without expensive drugs, the thousands of dollars I’d spent on therapy, and drastic lifestyle changes.  Someone recommended I explore Ayurveda and I’ve never looked back.

I found an Ayurvedic health coach here in Seattle and worked with her for about a year and saw HUGE results!  Ayurveda doesn’t just care about your symptoms.  Skilled practitioners look at the whole you.  I was asked questions about my spiritual life.  My diet.  My sleep patterns.  Even my bowel movements! (yes, Ayurveda is very interested in your poop) And things began to change.  I began to feel empowered to tackle my own wellness.  I began creating self-love rituals like rubbing my feet with sesame oil at night.  I learned the meditate (finally!).  I learned mantras.  I set up an altar.  Oh, and I ate better.

My experience was so profound that I felt called to learn all I could about this ancient wisdom and help others.  So I did!

Look, I’m not here to promise you that I can cure cancer with Ayurveda.  But what I can promise is that we can equip you with real-life right-now tools for your optimal wellness.  Ayurveda is amazing!   I’ll help you spice up your life, literally, with new ways to bring cardamom, turmeric, and cinnamon (the list goes on…) into your diet.

Let’s help you get better acquainted with yourself.  YOU are the healer.  I’m just here to help guide you.

Love and blessings,
Katie

PS: here are some photos of my fur-children!

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Zoro! My first fur-child. You’ll be seeing him a lot in my posts.

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My adorable Rottweiler, Josie. She’s a living breathing reminder to stay present!