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Lisa Gold

Wellness Bytes – First You, Then Me

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Wellness Bytes #10

Tomorrow morning I’m transporting food from our local Shoprite store to the Putnam Community Action Plan, a neighborhood food bank.  This planned activity got me to thinking that I’ve spent a great deal of time discussing ways we can care for ourselves, but not so much about caring for other people.  

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Wellness Bytes – The Super Fun List

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Wellness Bytes #9

It’s Friday! Woo Hoo! What are you doing tonight? What are you doing this weekend? What DO YOU DO for fun, anyway?

I have been thinking about fun over the past few months. Some of us can get pretty serious when wrapped up in work and responsibilities, and there are others who just naturally know how to incorporate fun into their day.

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Hit the pause button; a gift for you

Feeling a bit under the weather today, I decided not to write an entire blog article, BUT… I want to leave you with a Friday gift.  This is a brief mindfulness of breathing exercise that I recorded.  I must credit Duke Integrative Medicine with the written version of this exercise.  It is just over 6 minutes long, so can be integrated into your day or evening if you choose. 

I find that just spending a few formal moments each day, to pause and be present in our bodies, makes a big difference in how the day plays out.  We may still have to contend with things we may not like or feel comfortable with, but after days and weeks of taking a specific time out, the discomforts are more likely to just flow through and not hang on to us. 

Now, the difficult part is to just find a moment alone to listen.

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Let’s Get Serious About Chronic Stress

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Wellness Bytes #8

Relocating from Atlanta, raising 4 children while attending grad school, working as a health practitioner and running a business have certainly exposed me to chronic stressors.  We are all potentially vulnerable.

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Wellness Bytes – Step into Love

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Wellness Bytes #7

Do you have days when stress becomes distress? Use this exercise to turn down the volume of distress so that you can focus and find a moment of joy.  Practice for 5 minutes at home so you can integrate it into your day.

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Wellness Bytes – Eat to Savor

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Wellness Bytes #6

How does eating and food affect you and your life?  Do you have rituals around mealtime?  Do you quickly inhale your meals and run on to the next activity or chore?  Do you eat while reading or watching TV?  Are you curled around your favorite snack or dessert, blanking out the unpleasant day you’ve had?  Are meals a special time for you or just something that must be done?  Or do you tend to skip meals? Is there a way to completely savor your food?

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Wellness Bytes – Laugh it up, Chuckles….

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Wellness Bytes #5

Listening to my daughter struggling with our hoses while washing cars made me burst into laughter today. First the connection didn’t work right, then one of the hoses ripped and I heard screams as the cold water was spraying out. This all occurred during a time of intense study and concentration for me. The “laugh attack” put me in a more open and relaxed state of mind. This led to a decision to write about laughter this week.

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Wellness Bytes – May you be happy, May you be well, May you be connected…

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Wellness Bytes #4

This weekend, my brother- and sister-in-law came to visit with their 3 adult children. We have not really had time in the past to connect for more than an evening out or for a family party. Unlike our previous times together, we spent four days having meaningful conversations, laughing, and sharing outdoor and indoor fun. I came to know and to appreciate our family in a deeper way, and after they left, instead of feeling depleted and stressed, I felt energized, loved, and connected with them in a new way.

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Wellness Bytes – Lets Get A Massage!

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Wellness Bytes #3

Last week I had the wonderful pleasure of a massage with Virginia Delaney, LMT, in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.  I had not gone for this treatment in over a year.  As soon as I sank down on the table in the peaceful, low-lit room and listened to the soft music, I asked myself Why don’t I do this more often?

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