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Me: I am so tired. I feel like I should go back to bed. Not sure what I should do. My husband: Go back to bed. This is a text between my husband and me yesterday morning. I had slept OK, was not sick AND had a full day ahead of me, yet…
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After facilitating a retreat at the beautiful 1440 Multiversity in the Santa Cruz mountains last week, I had a rare 24-hours in Carmel to relax and play with my dear friend and teaching assistant, Val. We considered visiting a local thermal…
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I recently attended two professional conferences back-to-back. The first was packed with managers and employees discussing resiliency, mindfulness and how essential self-care is to working sustainably. The programming—which emphasized the…
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A couple of months ago, the yoga studio where I have been practicing yoga for almost 15 years went bankrupt. They were bought by another Austin studio and rebranded (new owners, teachers, vibe, etc.). This studio was my second home. While practicing…
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Sometimes I feel like a broken record, constantly advocating the benefits of self-care and how this practice has transformed my life over the last 18 years. This past week confirmed for me that this message is one we all need to hear, again…
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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;…
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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 has the same reaction it SHOULD have when we see a bear!).
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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.
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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.
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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?"
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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 do yoga."
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Last week I spoke at a women’s life balance event and afterwards I visited with an attendee who asked, “I know self-care is important, but I have no idea what I need and I’m not even sure where to start!” Can you relate?