Had to follow Mark Twain, I explained. He looked around. Did I miss signs for the Mississippi? To obtain the air the angels breathe, you must go to Tahoe, I recited, paraphrasing Twain. Ah, that's nice. Wish I could just up and do that, move here, he said, head back, filling his lungs with mountain air. Man, I would love that. Then do it, I advised. I can't risk it. Have you ever heard the saying, Motherhood is the new high school? It's so true! Over the years, I've worked with many clients who are smart, capable, and strong mothers who collectively have felt at times as if they've been put in a time machine and transported back to the cliques of high school. They feel insecure, want to fit in, and want to be included in a mom group. Motherhood is more complicated than high school; Women can handle being rejected or excluded--it is part of life. But when it happens to their child? Well, that can plunge mamas into a whole new depth of pain and anger, opening up old high school social wounds once forgotten but currently relived. The shadow emotions of feeling excluded can be very painful and result in multilayered reactions ranging in intensity from isolation to loneliness. I've been with countless moms in session who have been brought to tears because they were left out, or because there was an interaction with another mom characterized as bullying, or because their child was bullied, excluded, or treated in an unkind way. Before you prepare for your session, make sure your pet is nearby.

If your pet is a lap warmer, get him or her settled on your lap before you begin. Next, go through your usual preparation. With your pet at hand, turn your attention toward them. Stroke their fur slowly and gently, feeling every sensation. Note how soft and fluffy they are, or how smooth, or how wiry their hair is. Open your eyes and look at your pet. Study their face and notice the details, like the color of their eyes, their eyelashes, and the hairs around their nose. When you look into their eyes, open yourself up to the love that they have for you. You should be able to see it easily reflected back at you! Roberta's Story Roberta R. She is retired and depends on Social Security/Disability. She has been hospitalized four times for major depression and bipolar disorder. Her first hospitalization came when she was living in Illinois and working for a freight company. My nephew was living with me, she recalls. I left work one day and when I got home, I told him I didn't remember how I got there. I said, `You have to take me to the hospital. The company where I worked filed Social Security for me, and I got it, but it was a huge cut in my income. I had to file for bankruptcy. The evaluation and improvement of your sleep is a meaningful and necessary step in managing your chronic illness.

Chris Kresser says it perfectly--sleep is not optional. If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, are tired upon waking, or feel sleepy or fatigued throughout your day, it is clear you are in deep need of implementing some better sleep hygiene and/or troubleshooting your barriers to sleep. Sleep problems are prevalent in our culture, and what most people consider normal sleep is anything but. It is safe to assume that everyone has steps to take in improving his or her sleep. Excess inflammation, less cellular regeneration and repair, lowered immunity, and imbalanced hormones can be the outcome of too little rest. Even if you have addressed dietary issues and made other lifestyle changes, they won't be effective if you aren't sleeping properly. In this article, we'll be covering the basics of sleep as well as giving you some practical tips to integrate into your healing routine.WHAT IS SLEEP? Despite the fact that everyone sleeps to some degree or another every night, the exact reasons why you sleep, as well as what exactly happens while you sleep, largely remain a mystery. While sleep was originally thought of as a dormant, inactive state, it is becoming increasingly understood that your body is active during sleep, with many important functions occurring only when you are sleeping. In the last decade, many studies have found that specific components in breast milk--namely certain prebiotics (soluble fiber, for example)--act as fertilizers that encourage the proliferation of beneficial intestinal microflora, namely Bifidobacteria , and offer some protection against obesity. Research indicates that most Bifidobacteria and some Lactobacillus strains offer protection against obesity, diabetes, and inflammation.A study of teenagers found that those who were breast-fed for at least six months weighed less and had less belly fat than their peers who were bottle-fed formula as infants. In fact, more than ten years ago, a German research team tracked 1,314 children for five years and found that infants who were exclusively breast-fed for six months had significantly lower body fat than their bottle-fed counterparts. In 2011, the CDC endorsed breast-feeding as a prevention against obesity, suggesting that nine months of nursing can reduce the odds by 30 percent that the child will become an obese adult. Less than 15 percent are still nursing at six months. This is unfortunate since research shows that lack of breast-feeding appears to play a role in the fact that one in three American children are overweight or obese. Breast-feeding may also transfer immunity to the baby and provide hormones--leptin, adiponectin, and ghrelin--that assist in energy balance and storage. Research suggests that the presence of these hormones in early life regulates growth and programs energy balance later in life. Pasteurized infant formula obtained from grain-fed cows probably doesn't contain the same quantities of metabolic hormones. Another salient event that alters gut microflora early in life and leads to obesity later is antibiotic use. Repeat, this time gliding your hand up their forearm as you bend their hand forward, providing a forearm stretch.

Basic Massage: Acupressure (light pressure, 1 to 2) Hold PC6, the point that is three finger-widths down from the crease of the wrist on the inner forearm, in the center between the two thickest tendons. This point relieves pain and fullness in the chest, anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, motion sickness, and wrist pain, and, particularly, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Advanced Massage: Friction (medium to firm pressure, 2 to 4) Warm up your partner's muscles using one or more of the basic massage techniques before moving on to friction. Place your partner's hand on the table, palm down. Find a taut band of muscle tension that resists your pressure in the forearm, and use the friction technique (here ) to release it. Once you feel the muscle release (the band softening), use gliding strokes to warm out and relax their muscle before moving on. Repeat the friction technique on all areas of muscle tension in the forearm that you can find. Do not completely strip your skin of oil and moisture. An acneic skin that sticks solely to foaming cleansers and oil-free products is nearly always - always - reddened with inflammation and sensitivity. Alkaline soaps and foaming washes that contain SLS will contribute to the breakdown of the acid mantle of your skin and take your skin to the wrong end of the acid/alkaline scale. It's called acid mantle for a reason. Remember litmus paper from science classes? Alkaline skin is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Do not pick red cysts. A whitehead can be popped in the correct manner (see here). A cyst is going nowhere and will always, always prevail if you battle it. And then it will scar, just to teach you who is boss. Soon, you will be pushed through the birth canal into the light of day.

Affirmations I am in the process of being reborn. I can sense the light at the end of the tunnel. Just when all seems lost, help arrives. I call on the Universe and am lifted to safety. I am never given more than God and I can handle. Your own ____ Words to Consider Enlightenment begins on the other side of despair. He shook his head. What's the risk? Up and move to a place just because I want to? I have obligations--you know, my work, kids, he said. I glanced at the two bodies between us. What do you think these are, mannequins? He grinned, but shook his head. I'm not a trust-fund baby. I tried not to laugh, although I'm sure I snickered. I grew up in Nebraska on a farm; The negative dynamics happen in playgroups, neighborhoods, children's sports teams, parent-teacher organizations, and workplaces.