What burner are you on?

What burner are you on? I have a love-hate relationship with this question.

Being a momma of a newly 8 year old and a soon to be 4 year old, I will admit I often find myself on the back burner. Let’s face it. There’s a bit of a shift when you birth beings into this world. You kinda have to take the back seat for a little bit, don’t you?

Yes…and no.

Yes, our kids, our partners and our families are going to be a priority for all of us. It’s natural to be on the backburner when you’ve got kids and a household to manage. But, when the scales tip too far or for too long, the imbalance can have an effect on everyone’s health and happiness.

And no, being on the front burner all the time isn’t where it’s at either. Ever been around someone who only cares for them? It gets a little old after awhile.

The key is balance.

We all struggle with this from time to time. But the key to keeping it sane amidst all of the action is really in finding the middle road. The place where you’re feeling satisfied and you’re able to dole out some TLC.

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Here are my 5 quick tips for finding the middle burner:

1. Schedule “ME” time Yep, you got it. Whip out your week’s calendar and make a date for yourself. Block off a little time for a quick walk, a gentle bath, or a date with your best friend. Do something once a week just for you.

2. Practice saying no Everyone’s life gets wonky from time to time. Saying “no” is a true art form. You don’t need to be ugly or aggressive. Just be honest. The best part about saying no to something is that you’re really saying yes to what you really need. When saying no gets hard for me (because it can), I focus more of my energy on what I’m really saying yes to.

3. Turn off the technology Technology can soak up all sorts of time. If you feel like you don’t have enough time in a week to grant yourself some “ME” time, then try and cut back on your screen time. Those minutes add up pretty darn quick and soon you’ll find yourself getting back to a few things that you really love.

4. Make lists, (and realize that you don’t have to complete ‘em!) Lists seriously up my productivity, but they can also make me a little anxious. There’s nothing like looking at a piece of paper with a whole lot of to-do’s to get my heart racing. So now I make lists, but I’m totally ok with not finishing them. My lists just roll from one week to the next and I don’t have any expectations as to when my to-do’s need to be done.

5. Plan only 40% of your time. If you’re feeling over scheduled and over committed, think long and hard on this one. There really is no need to jam-pack your day. Believe me, the time is going to get filled one way or another. Might as well have a little “cushion” for some spontaneity or even a little solitude. You’ll feel better by the end of your day, and more relaxed by your weekend.

Tell me, how do you get back on track? When things are getting all loopy and crazy, and you can tell you’re giving a whole lot more than receiving, how do you find the middle road? Leave a comment here. You never know who you might inspire.

~ Kristin

Why do my boobs hurt so bad?

It’s that time of the month again, and you’re feeling a little bloated, a little cranky. And what the heck, now you’re really wondering, “Why do my boobs hurt so bad?” Yes- we’ve all had PMS from time to time, but it can happen. Your cycle can be gentle, easy and pain free. It might take a little bit of time, and a little bit of focus. But you can do it, and I can teach you.

In Chinese medicine, we follow the cycles of nature. Nothing connects us more to the tides of nature than our menstrual cycles. I know, some gals feel their like period is a curse because it's painful when we're out of whack. But when your cycle is “in the flow”, it can be a time of deep rest and renewal.

Those painful, swollen boobs are not here to haunt you. They’re here to remind you that something is out of balance. From a Chinese medicine perspective, swollen painful breasts (especially when it’s the sides of your breasts) usually point to a liver imbalance.

When your liver gets all stagnant and stuck, pressure starts to build in your system. Your liver is a huge workhorse for your body. It is in charge of over 500 different metabolic reactions. It just so happens that your liver is a big help in metabolizing hormones. So, when your liver just can't handle the workload anymore, the pressure builds and your boobs tend towards the tender side.

So, what’s a girl to do? Here’s my top, three tips to turn the tide on a stuck liver. These three tips may not solve all your liver challenges, but they sure can get it running a little better.

1. Drink apple cider vinegar with your water. Just a splash or two in a glass of water. Use a brand that’s raw and unfiltered, like Bragg’s. You want all the good stuff to be in that vinegar to help mobilize your liver and get ‘er going again.

2. Walk, don’t run. Walking is your best exercise for the liver. The liver needs gentleness, to soften out the edges. I see too ladies in my practice who over exercise. I know, there’s nothing like a quick run to burn off some anxiety, but your exercise should leave you feeling lighter and fresher, not run down.

3. Rub ‘em. Yes, you heard me right. Rub ‘em. When your liver is stuck, it needs a little help to get the energy flowing. Rubbing your breasts can really help relieve some of the backed up pressure. This doesn’t have to be super fancy. Just start under your arms, cup your breasts, and rub them in a circular fashion. Practice this a couple times a day when they’re really sore.

I’ve been celebrating some pretty big successes wit my clients. In 10 weeks time, we’ve had one woman start cycling regularly, another gal has come out of the energy swamp and is feeling like a total champ, and one of the other participants is happy to report that she is no longer having hot flashes. Getting your hormones on track is not some crazy, dirty little secret. All you have to do is follow nature’s rules…. 

~ Kristin

What to do when Life throws you a curve ball

From time to time, even I get into a slump. Since the flood in Boulder, my attention has been on “other” things. I’ve been carpeting my basement, juggling the kids and school, and sharing more of my work on-line. Every now and then life gets a little topsy turvy and sometimes those things that are so necessary to keep us running smooth go to the bottom of the list. Things like eating well, having some down time, and breathing fresh air. So what’s a gal to do when the self-care takes a dip downward? I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ve been using to get myself back on track.

1. Put your self on your list. I live by my lists. I am a forgetful cat and my lists really help keep me on track. I separate my list into different categories. One part of my list is for work, another for my art, and a third is for my family. When my self-care slips, guess what I put on my list? Yep- I put myself right on top! I don’t need oodles of “away” time, but a little alone time can go along when we need to get back on track.

2. Schedule myself in. Number 1 and number 2 might look like the same thing, but they’re not. Every now and again, I‘ll put my on my list and I still don’t take the time to get away. That’s when I have to make some dates and put myself into my schedule. Sometimes a simple tea or a massage is all that I need to right my head and get back in the flow.

3. Dress Up. Have you ever noticed that it’s hard to wallow in yourself when you’re looking sharp. I can easily slide down the sweatpants and t-shirt path. Who doesn’t like to be comfy? But dressing up does have its benefits. When you look good, you feel good. And it’s a whole lot easier to take care of yourself when you’re feeling good. So now, I’m really curious. How do you get yourself righted when life is throwing you a curve ball?

Come on the ride with me and learn how to boost your thyroid and balance your hormones. And I’m looking for just the right gals who are ready to dive-in and change their health for good. Whether you live in Boulder or not, I’ve got the answers that you’ve been waiting for. Check in with yourself, maybe it’s your time to sign-up and make the commitment to your health. Believe me… you won’t regret it.

~ Kristin