6 things to do when the going gets tough

Many people are struggling right now and barely keeping their heads above water. I was visiting with a dear friend yesterday who is battling depression. “It comes and it goes. But when it returns, I often freeze and forget what helps me most; all my great self-care practices fly right out the window,” she said. […]

5 ways to reclaim the rest you need

A psychologist friend of mine recently shared that every time we hear our phones ding–or our neighbor’s phone vibrate–our cortisol levels rise and our heart rate increases. In the 24/7, wired world we now occupy, most of us are living in a perpetual fight or flight state (we see a triggering text and our body […]

7 ways to practice radical self-care

I’ve been navigating some rocky parenting terrain over the last couple of months and the challenges I’ve been facing have really taken a toll on me, physically and emotionally. Last week though, I had a big realization. I’ve been trying to do business as usual—running my coaching firm, preparing for travel/speaking events and working with […]

Are you stingy with your love? (+Win a retreat!)

This spring marked the 19-year anniversary of my mom’s passing. Healthy and active, she died at age 60 from congestive heart failure as a result of a sudden, serious case of the flu leaving behind six children ages 19 to 34. She’s been on my mind–and in my dreams–a lot lately. I really miss her. […]

5 self-care strategies when the going gets tough

This past weekend I found myself inert on the couch, trying to find the energy to get up and get moving. In addition to not sleeping well, I was navigating a whole slew of work and parenting challenges. I was exhausted. And, I know I’m not alone. Over the past month I’ve watched many of […]

How often do you abandon yourself?

Once while facilitating a women’s retreat at Esalen, I shared my definition of self-care with the group: the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires moment to moment. Then I asked the circle, “Do you feel safe with yourself?” The room grew silent. Only one woman raised her hand, nodding her head […]

Why I do yoga and maybe you should, too

This past weekend I was visiting with some friends who have been navigating recent loss and trauma. My friend Elena turned to me and asked, “Renee, what do you do when you feel shaken to your core?”  I thought for a moment about all the hard times I’ve endured since my twenties and answered, “I […]

Struggling with self-care? Start here

“Self-care—the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires, moment to moment—is not about adding something to your to-do list, it’s about cultivating a new way of being with yourself.” – Renee Trudeau Last week I spoke at a women’s life balance event and afterwards I visited with an attendee who asked, “I know […]

5 positive ways to start your day

I’m in the middle of my busiest speaking time. I just finished two engagements and am preparing for two more. While I love to travel, break routine and “do it different,” going for extended periods where I’m eating new foods, sleeping in hotels and flying, can be hard on the body. So the one thing […]

5 ways to find rest & renewal this holiday

Yesterday I spent an hour with my December calendar–not penciling things in, but cancelling pending events and making choices that supported a more open, spacious, restorative winter schedule. Does the thought of hanging lights and attending holiday parties make you want to grab your sherpa blanket and run for the nearest cave? It would be […]