Top Stress Busters to Manage COVID-19

We are living in uncertain times with things changing rapidly.  This turmoil over COVID-19 can take its toll on our mental and physical health.  We must do all we can to survive and thrive during these troubling times, especially for our loved ones.

Involve your children and teens.  They need these same stress busters.  And all of us can practice patience and to expect that children and teens may act out.  We’re all being challenged to cope.  Let’s take extra time to allow in more ease and ways to practice self-care while practicing social distancing.  April also happens to be stress awareness month.

It’s also important to know that stress and anxiety can quickly escalate and affect us in negative ways.  When we’re in stress-mode, we’re not thinking clearly and may not act our best.  As you may know, stress and anxiety is harmful to our immune system, too.  The opposite is also true; if we take time to be still and meditate, focus on our heart, the studies show our immunity builds. 

Check out my best ways for practicing self-care during this difficult time.  Since National Stress Awareness Month is in April, here are 7 great tips from my new book Inner Power NOW to help you and your family thrive.  Are you ready to release stress and worry?

When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to  put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child.  Please enjoy my favorite  7 Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.

1. Breathe slowly and deeply. 
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.

2. Get outside for a break 
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.

3. Move your body 
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.

4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.

5. Give yourself a good laugh 
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.

6. Count your blessings. 
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart.  Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things.  Make sure you also write them down.

7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term.  Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her coaching to Master your Mindset.  As a Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

 

Breathe for Calm-Reduce Anxiety

The world is full of uncertainty right now. The news can feel overwhelming! Many of these world events are out of our control, but what we do have full control over is our reaction to them and how we choose to feel.

As the Coronavirus spreads, so does panic and fear.  It’s important to stay informed as how best to stay safe.  But the more news we hear, anxiety begins to take over.  Studies have shown that high levels of stress and anxiety can weaken your immune system.

Learn this Breathing Technique to Reduce Anxiety and Stress 

One way to release anxiety is to breathe, using a calm and mindful breath.  One of my favorites is known as the “Box Breath” or what I call 16-Seconds to Bliss.  In researching my book, Inner Power NOW, I discovered that the U.S. Navy SEALs use this breathing technique for calm and focus.  If this technique is used before and after every important mission by these elite warriors, then we can use this same breathing for our own stress and anxiety.  You can also teach it to children.

Click on this link at InnerPowerMindset.com to learn how to “Breathe Like a Navy SEAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One more thing, when we’re in stress-mode, our brain and heart are not in sync, so it’s more difficult to think straight and make decisions.  Always know that love is stronger than fear.  Come from your heart and strength inside.  Know that all will be well in the end, even if times are difficult now.  Practice this Breathe Like a Navy SEAL for a few minutes whenever you feel anxiety and stress, especially during this time of uncertainty.  It’s one of the most popular techniques that I teach.

Stay Safe, Healthy and BREATHE!

Namaste!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is a bestselling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct “Ignite Your Success Mindset” workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families to reduce stress and pain to thrive.  If you’re needing extra help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “Breakthrough Stress and Anxiety” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

100 Gratitude List

Today is my birthday and I’ve decided to focus on a 100 gratitude list — the many wonderful things to be grateful.  When you focus on gratitude, negative thinking melts away.  You also feel more connected to your big life and stop worrying about the small stuff.

A few years ago, I began this tradition of making a list on my birthday and I’ve decided to do this gratitude exercise again today.  I invite you to do the same and wake up to the miracles in your life.

What are you grateful for and have you completed your list of 100?  Something to ponder on your next birthday or any day.

100 Gratitude List

  1. Spiritual connection to the Divine
  2. The love of  Universal Power
  3. My husband and soul mate, partner, and friend
  4. My two sons who are blessings
  5. Putting my family’s health in Divine hands
  6. My beautiful family and wonderful extended family
  7. My wonderful mother who was so loving and giving
  8. My Dad who was fun but had a hard life
  9. Great sisters whom I cherish
  10. My dearest lifelong friends
  11. My Lovelies Book Club and Mastermind Group
  12. My new friends to grow and nurture
  13. Meditation and the peace that it provides
  14. Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization
  15. My fans and readers–YOU–thank you!
  16. The successful launch of my book Inner Power NOW
  17. All coaches and wonderful illustrator who made my book come alive
  18. The wonderful clients and patients I’ve worked with over the years
  19. The beautiful teachings of each beautiful soul that I meet
  20. The sea and sands if beautiful beaches especially Kauai Island
  21. Moonlight walks with a loved one
  22. Hiking and feeling peace in nature
  23. Dance, all forms
  24. Mountain views of any kind
  25. Sedona Red Rocks
  26. Chocolate
  27. Wine
  28. Relaxing Whirlpools
  29. Scented Candles
  30. Message
  31. Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Tapping)
  32. Classical Music
  33. Great Rock n Roll
  34. Jazz and Smooth Jazz music
  35. Fun loving pets and puppies
  36. Laughing smiling babies—so much joy to appreciate
  37. The Universe inspiring for our good
  38. Knowing that life loves you and me
  39. Life’s challenges (but not too many) that help us grow
  40. Rising above those challenges, taking one step at a time
  41. Great people who gave me opportunities to work with them
  42. Great collaborations for my work and projfects
  43. Creative Work creating video and audio programs that make a difference
  44. Working with wonderful clients to help solve problems
  45. Working with a team that makes our programs better
  46. My soul-soothing voice, my gift to share
  47. Creative muses who help spark ideas
  48. Acts of loving kindness
  49. My beautiful warm home
  50. Fireplace and a crackling fire
  51. Great coffee and coffee houses
  52. Hearing live music that’s uplifting
  53. Teas of any kind, especially Vanilla Chai
  54. Vacationing in the Caribbean, meeting new cousins
  55. Weddings that spark new hope of love
  56. Family vacations to exotic fun spots
  57. Good health, much to appreciate
  58. Mindfulness, remembering to breathe and be present
  59. Fun loving movement as exercise
  60. Varieties of great cooking and different ethnicities
  61. Sweet anything, except when I overindulge:)
  62. Spending quality time writing in my journal or on my book
  63. Morning alone time to get centered and calm
  64. Fun new adventures like kayaking or jet skis
  65. Good night’s rest of 7 to 8 hours
  66. Fun shoes and new boots
  67. Himalayan salt lamps that glow and give off positivity
  68. Wise Teachers who have taught great lessons
  69. Clients who teach me more than they will know
  70. Neighbors who watch out for one another
  71. Community who comes together after heartbreak
  72. The wonders of my body, much to appreciate
  73. Wonderful soothing showers
  74. Long soaking tubs
  75. Poems and words that inspire
  76. Great books that keep us engaged with great storytelling
  77. Captivating movies that teach and enrich our lives
  78. A smile that lights up the world
  79. Great authors who inspire us to be and do more
  80. More than enough money to enjoy life (even though I worry over this)
  81. Lucky to be alive and born in the United States
  82. Community who cares about the future of this great nation
  83. Freedom of Speech
  84. Mother Nature and all her glory
  85. All the great plants, animals, and creatures on earth
  86. Beautiful weekend getaways
  87. Comfort food
  88. Comfort clothes like yoga pants and leggings
  89. My space heater for chilly days, keeping me warm and toasty
  90. Rays of sunshine with the hope of new day
  91. Books like “Love is Letting Go of Fear”
  92. Air transportation for quick travel
  93. Dancing and yoga for fitness, strength, and joy
  94. School teachers who encourage, especially my theatre teacher
  95. To have acted in great plays and musicals
  96. Art and Artists who teach and challenge us to think
  97. Those in health care, so many angels to thank
  98. Days of rest to kick back and chill
  99. This life, may I choose wisely for health and happiness
  100. All of you who have touched my life…I say THANK YOU!

Vicki Atlas Israel is a best selling author, mindset coach, and speaker.  Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Mastery workshops to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Strategy Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

 

Stress Relief for Teachers

Wonder what stress may be doing to our favorite teachers?    Do you know that the stress levels of teachers are tied with nursing?   A recent gallop poll finds 46 percent of teachers and nurses are both tied with high levels stress on a daily basis.  Many of us owe a great deal to teachers who have impacted our lives and those of our children.  We may help teachers cope better by providing more support and ways to help them de-stress.

 

What Are Major Stresses for Teachers?

Teachers face enormous pressure from developing academic lessons to handling classroom behavior and administrators who demand high academic performance of students.  Then, there are children who come from trauma, or with behavior problems, special needs, and the threat of school violence.

Chronic stress impacts a teacher’s mental and physical health—from headaches, to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and anxiety.   Stress also depletes mental stamina. Common symptoms include irritability, mood swings and exhaustion.  In the latest research by the University of Pennsylvania, teachers reported these symptoms of high stress.

One teacher told me the majority of teachers she works with are on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds just to cope.  More consideration needs to be on how this high stress affects our kids, educators, and learning in the classroom.

 

Schools Can Provide More Stress Relief

More school districts could help teachers’ stress levels by providing more professional development keeping “Wellbeing” in mind.  One of my favorite groups to train with my Empower a Success Mindset programs are educators.  I give handouts so that all breathing exercises and mindful activities can be passed on to students and to their families.  In the teacher trainings I’ve conducted, educators report they’ve used these helpful mindful breathing in their classrooms, and it’s really helped their students to chill, especially at test time.

Students learning to visualize can also benefit their imagination, self-esteem, and learning.  And mindfulness has been shown to help build focus, compassion, and emotional resilience.  In my next article, I’ll focus on the benefits of creative visualization with children.

 Contact us if you’re interested in scheduling a Professional Development Day, bringing “Inner Power Learning:  Empower a Success Mindset” to help educators and students thrive.  Let’s chat!

 

5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress

These stress relieving tips are great for teachers.   Let go of perfection and enjoy more peace!

  1. Take time for you.  Make sure to do something that will recharge your soul and your energy.  Take a bubble bath, listen to music, or phone a friend
  2. Do some deep breathing.  I teach the Box Breath which is also used by the elite Navy SEALs for calm and focus.  Just like the four sides of a box.  Breathe in for 4 seconds.  Hold for 4 seconds. Breathe out for 4 and hold again for 4 seconds. It’s that pausing in between the breaths that send a signal to the brain and body to relax.  Keep repeating this breathing for a few minutes.
  3. Find a sympathetic ear. Talk to a colleague or friend who you can share your burdens to lighten the load.  It helps to vent and release feelings.
  4. Laughter can help relieve stress. There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals.  Share laughter with your students. Schedule joke time once a week.   Also, find ways to not take yourself so seriously.
  5. Take a little breathing space. Close your eyes for a few minutes each day and visualize a relaxing scene by the beach, or by a crackling fire in the mountains, or inside your warm comfy bed–any place where you can feel a sense of getting away from it all. (Listen to one of my guided meditations.)

These tips are especially helpful at holiday time when we feel overloaded by demands and things to do. Maybe do a little less this holiday season and find time to take a few deep breaths to center yourself.

Warm wishes,

Vicki

Organizations hire Vicki to conduct Inner Power Mindset Training to help teachers, health care providers, and families thrive.  If you’re a teacher or health care provider needing help with stress, anxiety, or better sleep, contact Vicki for a FREE Empowering Session, “From Stress to Be Your Best” at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com. 

Embrace An Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to having a successful and fulfilled life.” 

                                                                                                    – Jack Canfield

We often think of gratitude at this time of year with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming soon.  Having an attitude of gratitude is one of the best ways to open your heart and feel more present.   In my book Inner Power NOW,  I talk about how scientific research in Positive Psychology is showing the benefits of gratitude. 

According to Dr. Robert Emmons, Author of “Thanks,” A gratitude practice reduces perceived stress by 28% and depression by 16%. Gratitude is related to 23% lowerlevels of the stress hormone cortisol. Writing a letter of gratitude reduced feelings of hopelessness by 88% in suicidal inpatients and increased levels of optimism in 94% of them. Simply believing you are grateful for blessings does not bring more happiness. An increase in well-being is brought about by an actual practice of gratitude.

Finding Three Good Things

How about “Finding Three Good Things” for you and your family? This practice will help you focus on the good in your life. Take a moment to find three good things. Noticing and being grateful for the small things, as well as the big, helps you can find things to be grateful for each day. Fill out each day until you’ve completed one week.  You may begin on any day.

  1. ___________________________________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________________________________

Continue finding three things that you’re grateful for each day and continue this practice for at least two weeks.  You’ll see how your focus will soon begin to shift.

Gratitude Meditation

This is one of my favorite meditations for opening your heart.  Find a quiet place, get comfortable sitting in a chair or lying down, and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and begin to release any tension in your body.  Now place your attention on your heart. You may also put your hand on your heart.   Breathe in and out a golden light in your heart. Be thankful for your heart center.  Keep breathing in love and breathing out gratitude. Feel your heart expand to someone you love or loves you unconditionally.  Stay here for a few moments. Now feel in your heart some of the things you are grateful for:  like the abundance of nature, the beauty of life, so many blessings. Just breathe in love and breathe out gratitude. While in this stillness, spread gratitude to your loved ones… then expand out into the community.  Continue to sit in stillness for a little while, saying “thank you.” After several minutes gently bring your body back to the room where you began.  Remember to carry this gratitude for yourself and to all you meet throughout your day.

With Love and Gratitude,

Vicki

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family thrive.  She’s a Mindset Coach, certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.” Contact Vicki at InnerPowerMindset.com for a FREE Inner Power Discovery Session at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.comVicki also conducts Inner Power Mindset Training for teachers, therapists, and those who work with children. 

 

 

Can Meditation Slow Down Aging?

Do you wish you had a magic wand to turn back time?  One answer to looking and feeling much younger is to meditate.  Yes, meditation has been proven to have anti-aging benefits.

When I give presentations and workshops, people always seem to be amazed when I mention how a regular practice of meditation can actually prevent Alzheimer’s.  Studies have shown that meditation can slow down or even stop the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  By increasing alpha waves and training the brain to be more resilient, we can improve memory and create new neuro-pathways for a more balanced mental state.

Another youth enhancer has to do with Telomerase – a relaxation enzyme in your brain.  A study showed that just 15 minutes of daily meditation helps increase telomerase production. Raising our production of this enhances our ability to relax and be more resilient. In fact, anything that helped trigger the relaxation response helps with telomerase production.

Another reason that meditation reduces aging is that it reduces the production of cortisol – a stress induced hormone.  Too much cortisol sends blood sugar levels through the roof.  When sugar binds to these proteins, it makes our skin look like we have spent 30 years in the sun. Meditation trains the brain to feel connected. When we feel isolated and separated, one particular brain region (the “parietal lobe”) becomes overheated. To calm down, practicing meditation on a regular basis can help this process.

Meditation also helps boosts creativity and brain power. Brain imaging studies have shown that highly successful, massively creative people use both brain halves in a much more balanced and integrated way. A regular meditation practice can help create a whole thinking, success mind-set. Professional sports teams now hire mindset coaches to bring out the best in each athlete on their team.  Why not do that for your business team?

Remember that in addition to being an author and best mindset coach, I am also a dynamic speaker and facilitator.  Click here to check out my custom coaching and workshops to empower teams. Refer any new client or friend to me, and if I am hired for a paid speaking gig or coaching package, I will reward you with dinner on the town with a $50 Gift Card now through October 31, 2019. Trust that I will take great care of your friends and clients that you refer.  Plus, you’ll receive a special thank you gift.

Hope to be hearing from you soon!

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you be your best with Unleash Your Success Mindset.  She’s a Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, Media Specialist and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Top 6 Benefits for Group Meditation

Group Meditation for Deeper Connection with Friends and Family

Do you experience anxiety and have difficulty creating a bubble of calm in your life?  Do you crave a deeper connection with your wise inner guide?  Then, group meditation may be for you.  When you experience deep relaxation with other like-minded friends, a bond is created that is more powerful than any connection you have felt before; a unity that transforms your life and brings you inner peace.  Here are the top six benefits for inviting your friends to experience a group meditation.

 

#1  Get feedback: Group meditation allows you to learn from other people’s experiences. If you are uncertain about how to meditate, your meditation group will model the way to physical and mental peace.

#2 Group activities are valuable to connect: We feel better when doing group activities because we create connections with others, tapping into the same silence and source of peace as your meditation mates can make you feel at peace, comfortable, supported and safe.

#3 Brainwaves can synchronize, so the connection you feel with your meditation partners is not only emotional, but physical.

#4  Reduces loneliness: Loneliness permeates our society. Despite electronic devices and the ease of communication, we lack a feeling of being part of something greater than ourselves.  Meditating with a group creates an environment of acceptance and belonging.

#5 Spiritual support: When you meditate with a group, you achieve a group synergy which uplifts the participants to achieve more spiritual awareness.

#6 Research shows that group meditation creates a ripple effect of inner peace which permeates the environment of the meditators enhancing the benefits of the meditation.

If you’re interested, I have a few appointment times left for creating a group mediation with you and your friends.  Book one today at HeartTalkNow.com. or if you want to join an upcoming group meditation for families, Click HERE.

Wishing you peace!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

 

Top 3 Benefits for Kids and Teens to Meditate

Teach your children to meditate for many benefits. As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified in Guided Imagery, I work with families at a pediatric hospital.  A young boy who had been taught meditation and guided imagery was faced with a medical procedure that scared him.  He told his mom who said, “What would Ms. Vicki have you do?”  The 10-year-old said, “Go to my happy, safe place.”  And that’s what he did. The mom told me this story later as she smiled and reported how the procedure went well, and her son had stayed calm.

Research shows Children who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention and self-awareness. They have better self-control and make wiser decisions.  They also learn to be more in charge of emotions and behaviors.

1. Social-Emotional Development  

One study found that a social-emotional learning program used with mindfulness was more effective than a classic “social responsibility” program.  Kids in the former treatment had greater empathy, perspective, and emotional control, compared to the control group. They were also more “social” and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than in the control group.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C) has also been shown to help improve attention and behavior problems, and reduce anxiety in kids who started out with high anxiety levels.

2.  Attention and Focus

Grownups are concerned about kids and attention. Studies have shown meditation helps children with Attention Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD.   One 2004 study found that children with ADHD who learned meditation with their parents twice weekly in a clinic setting, and kept practicing at home, had better concentration at school, among other benefits. A study in 2013 showed that in boys with ADHD reduced hyperactive behaviors and improved concentration within eight weeks..  

3. Self-Awareness and Self-Control

Mindfulness is intimately connected to self-awareness and naturally to self-regulation. If children learn to be more aware of thought processes and reactions in the present moment, kids learn to manage their own internal conflicts better. And the research has backed this up: one study found that kids who learned mindful awareness practices (MAPs) had better executive function after eight weeks of training twice a week.

Children continue to feel stress at home and at school. Our kids deserve to be equipped with tools to help them better cope. As for parents and teachers, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children often feels overwhelming. Parents and educators deserve to know and practice mind-body tools, as well.

If you want to learn more about an upcoming workshop series for Children, Teens, and Families, Click HERE.  In our next segment, we’ll talk about the benefits of Group Meditation.   

Wishing you peace!

 

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for individual coaching at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Which Voice Will Win?

Two Voices Inside:  Who will Win? 

When you set a huge goal like writing a book or other dreams—resistance will show up in a big way.  Steven Pressfield who wrote the book War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, points out that your biggest dream will be met with the most resistance.  There’s an old parable that illustrates how to listen to the two voices inside.

An elder Cherokee Indian is teaching his grandson about life and says, “My son, a fight is going on inside people.  He goes on, “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves that live inside of us.  One wolf is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Energy Flows Where Your Attention Goes  

Feed the voice of expansion and do more to contain the voice of fear and doubt.  Both wolves will always be there.   I’ve noticed as I was getting ready to launch my new book Inner Power NOW and new website, I had a tendency to feed the dark wolf of fear and it became paralyzing.  “What if I fail?  I don’t know what I’m doing?”

If you keep giving into the first dark wolf, it may stop you in your tracks.  But what if we act in spite of those negative feelings or doubts.  Keep moving forward and begin feeding the right wolf, which is also your higher self.   Plant more positive expectations like, “All is well and will be well,” or “I’ll learn from this, no matter what.”  When we act “as if” and expect great things, despite these fears, worries, and doubts you’ll be feeding the white wolf.

Feeding Both Wolves Is the Best Approach

In the Cherokee tradition, there’s another version of this story, where the older Cherokee tells his grandson:

“If you feed them right, they both win.” and the story goes on.  If you only choose to feed the white wolf, the black one will be hiding around every corner waiting for you to become distracted or weak and jump to get my attention. He’ll always be angry and fight the white wolf. But if you acknowledge him, the dark wolf will calm down and be happy.   The white wolf is happy, and we all win.”

“The black wolf has many qualities like tenacity, strategic thinking, and being strong-willed,” explains the grandfather. These are the qualities the white wolf lacks. But the white wolf has compassion, caring, and recognizes what’s in the best interest of all concerned.”

We need to feed both sides of our internal voices.  Acknowledge the black wolf by saying thank you for sharing and trying to keep me safe.

Here goes.  Are you listening — my two internal wolves?  Let’s work together to help bring more stress relief and peace with my new book and programs for Inner Power NOW.  I need both of you on my side, working as a team, to create the highest good for all concerned.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her speak at your next event.  As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

Top 7 Stress Busting Tips

April is National Stress Awareness Month 

In honor of my book being published this month during National Stress Awareness Month, here are 7 great tips from my new book Inner Power NOW to help you and your family thrive.  Are you ready to release stress and worry?

When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to  put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child.  Please enjoy my favorite  7 Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.

1. Breathe slowly and deeply. 
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.

2. Get outside for a break 
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.

3. Move your body 
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.

4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.

5. Give yourself a good laugh 
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.

6. Count your blessings. 
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart.  Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things.  Make sure you also write them down.

7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term.  Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.

Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki 

Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”  Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her speak at your next event.  As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families.  You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com

 

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