Posts Tagged ‘stress relief’

Yoga, Flow Yoga

During the spring and summer I walk to and from work, it’s around 5 miles a day, about 20 miles a week. I feel completely amazing during this time – the walking gives me time to clear my head, relax and just be. It also has the added benefit of keeping me in shape 😉

Once the weather turns cold, I stop walking as the sidewalks get icy and it’s just to hard to carry all the gear needed in Boston in the winter. But then I start feeling fat and unsure what to do about it (its to cold to walk, I hate the gym, I’m feeling stressed, etc).  To help with this my husband introduced me to Gentlel Yoga a few months back and the most amazing yoga teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. While I enjoy her class immensely, it wasn’t a strong enough workout to replace the 20+ miles I would walk in a week. So Monday night I agreed to try Slow Flow Yoga with my cousin Rachel. She goes three times a week (total rock star) and was telling me how much better she feels, etc. I was really nervous to try as I have this thing about hot rooms (actually anything that feels remotely sauna-like sends me into a mild panic) but I went anyway. I think the room was around 85 (and I did panic about 4 times and had to just sit on my mat for a minute) and when they say ‘flow’ they really mean it! The class moved the entire 75 minutes and it was a killer workout! I am still sore today but am going back tonight for another class! I have a feeling I’m still going to have a hard time with the heat but as Rachel said “maybe it will be good for me” 🙂

What are your thoughts on Flow Yoga? Any tips on how to navigate the heat?

It Worked!!!

I’m back today from my trip to the West coast and I’m SO excited to share that my trial worked! The combination of stuff I put together did the trick and I was able to do two flights from East to West and West to East without any of the crazy medication!!

I’m really excited and feel a sense of freedom that I was able to take control over this situation and turn something that has been so negative in my life into more of a positive. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly jumping at the chance to repeat but I do feel like I’ll have less stress around this moving forward.


Flying, Planes, Flying, Planes….

I am traveling to the West coast on Sunday. Traveling via plane is a very stressful and emotional thing for me as I have hereditary motion sickness. It’s been so bad in recent years that I’ve started taken heavy drugs to completely knock me out for the duration of a flight so that I don’t given myself the opportunity to get sick. The issue with the heavy drugs is that while they work for the flight, I’m then completely out of it on the other end for at least 24 hours – can’t drive a car, don’t remember things, and most certainly can’t work. Because of that, I’ve been leaving for work trips a day or two in advance just to get over the meds – not ideal and not something I want to continue.

So for the first time in 3 years, I’m going to try a flight without the heavy meds. I’m feeling very stressed and anxious about it but I also need to find a solution that doesn’t put me out for so long on the other end of the trip. I’m choosing to believe the combination of stuff I’m going to use will work and if it doesn’t I’ll just have to take it as it comes (no pun intended 🙂 )

Here’s a list of what I’m planning to use:

3-4 days before the flight I started taking:

Shaklee Stress Relief. This is to help me stay calm around the anxiety I have around flying without the meds.

Shaklee Stomach Soothing Complex. A side effect of my anxiety is that my stomach gets funky which then cases me to stress more. I’ve found that if I take the stomach soothing complex I don’t get the sick feeling in my tummy. The Complex is also supposed to be good at stabilizing your system for motion (good for woman who are pregnant and feeling sensitive to motion as well).

Day of the flight I am planning to take:

Shaklee Stress Relief

Shaklee Stomach Soothing Complex

Shaklee Performance.  This sports drink helps calm the stomach and I’m planning to sip it until I go to the airport and then again when I’m on the plane. It also works to stabilize your system for motion and has the benefit of keeping me hydrated on the plane as I tend to not want to put anything in me while in flight.

– Travel Eze Wristbands. You can get these in most drug stores and they are something I carry around in my purse for when I find myself in a motion situation. You wear them on your wrists where they hit a nerve which acupressure experts believe when stimulated with pressure reverses motion sickness.

Hyland’s Motion Sickness Homeopathic Formula.  I love this. I use it all the time on trains, in cars, etc and while sometimes I’ll still get a small attack, I’ve had a really great track record using this product. For some reason I’ve never thought it was strong enough for a plane so trying that out now.

So that’s it. I am choosing to believe I’m going to have a successful trip and will feel so good on the other end that I’ll be able to get off the heavy meds. I’ll let you know how it goes and if you have any natural solutions please do share.