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Get Over The “Pain In the Butt” High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Hamstring Tendonitis is a real pain in the butt. Here’s what I’ve learned about getting rid of high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and helpful tips on how to heal your body and return to the sports you love.

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

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Have you ever had dull, aching, pain in the butt? Pain right where the hamstring attaches to the butt muscle? You feel it when you walk, you definitely feel it when you bend forward, and the idea of running faster than a shuffle sounds almost impossible.

I’ve been there. High Hamstring Tendonitis. It’s a major bummer. Major.

Hamstring Tendonitis pain is a bad injury for anyone to deal with, especially for active people who need those hamstring muscles to be working correctly to do what we love the most, our sports! The hamstrings are an essential muscle group that help us move our best.

I had my first encounter with High Hamstring Tendonitis in 2012. I was an active runner and yoga student at the time. I’d run a few times a week and attend Vinyasa Flow classes with the best teachers in SF (we are very spoiled in the Bay Area when it comes to incredible yoga teachers – this place is a mecca of talent, knowledge, and skill!). I loved it until things started to hurt.

It all began with  a vague, aching soreness high up on my hamstrings and deep into my buttock muscles. It felt like a big knot I needed to massage out and I knew something was off. I probably just have “tight runner hips”, I thought, “I must need more stretching and foam rolling”. So I did more of that.  But it didn’t seem to help. In fact, the pain got worse.

The next thought was to stop running completely until things get better. So I retired my running shoes and spent more time doing yoga, still with the idea that stretching out my “tight runner hips” was the solution to my hamstring pain. I was wrong. What was causing my hamstring pain? Why wasn’t it going away with more resting and stretching?

High Hamstring Tendonitis

High Hamstring Tendonitis Source Yoga International 

For many people who practice yoga, hamstring injuries develop over time, usually where the hamstring attaches to the sit bone. This is a tendon injury, and unlike a muscle tear, it doesn’t happen suddenly. Instead, it is “death by a thousand cuts”: each tiny rip in the tendon is relatively minor by itself, but because it does not fully heal, repeated injuries accumulate over time, until an ill-considered bit of overstretching or an overly aggressive adjustment from a teacher finally puts the injury over the edge.

To give you a visual: if my hamstrings were a hair rubber band, over stretching had forced the band to rip and fray, causing them to lose their elasticity and no longer work to hold things together. Because it was so loose, my body had to fight to hold on and was in pain.

I didn’t need more flexibility, I needed stability. My hamstrings and hips had become so overstretched they could no longer support the demands of movement. The repetitive stress of countless downward dogs, forward folds, and hip openers on my already bendy body was ripping my hamstrings apart.

Stretching was actually causing my pain. What I needed was strength.

I stopped stretching and picked up the weights. I worked to realign my spine and regain strength in my butt, hips, and core. Squats, stability ball hamstring curls, Deadlifts (with good form!), and kettlebells were my best friends. I avoided all forward folds, downward dogs, and hip openers. A consistent strength program and a moderate rate of progression helped me heal my hamstrings. I was very lucky to have several incredible colleagues and coaches to help guide me through the process of figuring out what helped my hamstrings feel better and what didn’t. But real talk here: Your Body Is Your Business. Others can give you information to help you grow. But the only person responsible for figuring out what you need for your body to heal is you. 

Have you had high Hamstring Tendonitis or are working through hamstring pain? Here are a few more details on high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and an exercise video that can help you gently get your hamstrings to work again.

Causes of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

  • Repetitive stress particularly from activities like running, jumping, kicking, and yoga which can involve excessive lengthening of the hamstring muscles
  • Weak hamstrings, hips, glutes, and core muscles
  • Muscular imbalances, especially between the hamstrings and quadriceps
  • Overstretching of the hamstring, hip, or butt muscles

How to get rid of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Always consult your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any exercise routine.

I am not a doctor, but have successfully overcome high Hamstring Tendonitis pain as well as helped many others heal from the condition through my work as a fitness professional. I share my story and what I’ve found helpful to give you insight and hope that you can heal from High Hamstring pain and return to the sports you love.

For me, strength training has been an essential piece of recovering my hamstrings to full health. At first I was scared to do any movement, but I discovered that smart strength training and a moderate rate of progression helped me put the bounce back into my muscles and heal from pain.

Unlike most injuries, you can not get over high Hamstring Tendonitis by resting. It actually takes a lot of work to physically change what is causing the issue. You want to Keep Moving Mindfully! A muscle in tension stays in tension until you change its position. Functional movement is the key to healing strong and mobile muscles. Get a support team of trusted health professionals to assist you in your healing process. Trust me: you and your body are worth the investment. But no matter what, remember that you must heal yourself. Everything and everyone that helps is just an “assist” to your body’s own healing capacity.

For me healing from high Hamstring Tendonitis was a process of trial and error: noticing the exercises that helped get rid of pain (hello stability ball hamstring curls!) and noticing the exercises that caused pain (goodbye forward folds!). I encourage you to work slowly, listen to your body, and notice what helps you feel better and what you need to avoid to heal. I always say to my coaching clients, “you only have time to feel good”! So keep the exercises that work for you and avoid the ones that cause you to hurt!

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

Exercises to Help High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Since High Hamstring Tendonitis pain can result from bodily imbalances and misalignments, these basic exercises can relieve hamstring discomfort by realigning the hips and the knees.

However please keep in mind that everybody’s body is different and no exact program found online will address your specific needs. I want to offer you a general menu of specific hamstring exercises that I found helpful in healing my hamstring and relieving pain. Consider adding this exercise video to your High Hamstring Tendonitis rehabilitation program. I believe if you do the following exercises once a day you’ll be able to bring some relief to those hamstrings. The exercises you’ll do in this video include:

Double Leg Glute Bridge: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Slowly bring the hips back down, then lift back up or hold this position for 10-60 seconds.

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Single Leg Glute Bridge: Same form as the above double leg glute bridge but with one leg instead of two.  Hold this position for 10-60 seconds or lift hips up and down for 10-15 reps.

Side lying clamshell: Lay down on the side of your body with your legs bent in 90 degrees. Lift the top leg up and down, with the foot facing forward. You should feel this on the side of your butt and in your hips. Perform 10-20 reps and then switch sides.

Hamstring curl: Lie down on belly on your mat with your legs extended straight. Lift one leg off the floor and curl your heel towards your butt using your hamstrings, glutes, and core muscles. Repeat 10-15 reps and then switch sides.

Front Plank: Lie on the stomach with elbows close to the sides directly under the shoulders. The palms should be facing downwards. Now, engage the abdominal muscles. There will be a sensation of tightness around the ribs and lower part of the body. Now, contract the thigh muscles and straighten the legs and flex the ankles. Now, slowly lift the torso and thighs off the floor. The legs need to be kept as rigid as possible. Try maintaining this position for about 10 seconds.

Ready to get started? Pay attention to the alignment cues and have fun! I hope this hamstring exercise video helps you feel better.

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Injury is a great teacher, most often arising from patterns and habits of movement developed over long periods of time. Injuries awaken us to these patterns–and to new ways of moving and being within our body.

Many people don’t believe me when I tell them that too much yoga can be a bad thing. In the mainstream culture Yoga is seen as something that is safe to do everyday. But too much of anything is never a good thing. Have you ever suffered from High Hamstring Tendonitis? Have you ever had an injury from too much flexibility? What did you do to help your body heal? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your story and what has helped you.

For more reading on yoga injuries and high Hamstring Tendonitis, check out these posts:

I hope this post serves you in feeling your very best. Here’s to keeping our hamstrings healthy and happy for life!

With love and squats,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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Foods and Supplements To Help Heal From a Bone Fracture or Injury

Foods and Supplements to Speed Healing From a Bone Break or Injury.

What are foods and supplements you can take to help speed healing from a bone break or injury? Here are some of the foods and supplements I’ve used to help my body heal.

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As some of you know I fractured my Sesamoid bone in July 2016. When it happened, I had no idea how serious of an injury it was. I thought I’d be back in no time. I was wrong. I later learned that a Sesamoid injury can often be a lifelong struggle for many athletes and active individuals. But recovery IS possible and I am determined to be one of the success stories.

Recovery from a bone break or serious foot injury like the Sesamoid is a long, tortuous process. It is often an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs; good and bad days. Taking a proactive approach to healing has helped me stay positive and focused throughout this challenge. It helps me to know I am doing everything I can to be good to my body and promote healing. This means making sure to follow all of my physical therapy exercises, listen to my body’s needs, eat a nutrient rich diet, invest in healing supplements, rest, and work on keeping my mind in a peaceful place. The mindset piece of injury recovery really is the hardest part – staying positive, patient, and focusing on what you can do to make progress really helps.

I filmed several hurt foot workout videos for my Youtube channel throughout this recovery. These exercise videos are safe to do with a foot, ankle, or toe injury. Creating this content helped me connect to others who are experiencing the similar pain and frustration of injury. Knowing I could contribute in helping someone else through a challenging time lifted my spirits and reading the kind comments below the videos is often the fuel that keeps me moving forward. It’s a full circle – the best exercise for the heart is reaching down and lifting someone else up. I am so grateful for my community online and off who has been my support system throughout this process.

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I hope to use all of the valuable experiences I’ve gained from this injury to help others through my work. I feel that the lessons I’ve learned (and continue to learn) can help others who face a painful injury in life. 

If you are struggling with an injury right now I want you to know: you are not alone. I know how you feel and my heart goes out to you! I want to share the foods and supplements that have helped me in healing from bone break injury in hope that my story can help you in some way.  Of course, everyone’s needs are different, so always consult with a doctor / nutritionist before changing your diet or adding supplements. These recommendations are based off my own personal bone break injury recovery experience. I share them with you with the hope that the resources below help you stay positive, make progress, and recover to full health.

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Foods and Supplements to Help Heal From Bone Break or Fracture

Following an anti-inflammatory, high quality, nutrient rich diet is a powerful way to support your body in recovering from a bone break, fracture, or injury. There are also a few specific foods and supplements that can further aid in the process. Here are the foods and supplements I have found to be most effective.

  • Vitamin D. The jury is still out on whether or not vitamin D supplementation actually leads to bone healing after a fracture, but evidence suggests that a vitamin D deficiency often plays a role in broken bones. In that way, vitamin D does play a role in bone healing, at the very least indirectly. If you have a broken bone, getting out in the sun is ideal because getting vitamin D directly from sunlight is really important for bone growth. I did this a lot with my injury in the beginning – I made an effort to go out by the pool and get sunshine! During the wintertime, investing in a Sun Therapy Lamp can help in healing (and seasonal depression).  You can also take 5,000 IUs of vitamin D twice a day for three months to help heal broken bones fast.
  • Calcium. Calcium is an essential structural component of the skeleton, which makes it vital for both health and bone healing. That’s why a calcium deficiency can contribute to broken bones — and why eating more calcium rich foods can aid bone healing naturally. You can get calcium from green leafy foods like spinach, broccoli, kale, arugula, and raw fermented dairy products. In addition to eating calcium rich foods, I like to take a calcium supplement to ensure I’m getting enough. 
  • Magnesium. In order for your body to even use calcium, you also have to have magnesium because research shows magnesium and calcium metabolism are closely related. Eat magnesium rich foods like green leafy vegetables, Flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, Grass-fed beef, Swiss chard, Almonds, Avocados, and Black beans. You can also add a magnesium supplement, I take the Source naturals magnesium daily. 
  • Vitamin C. Many studies tout the benefits of vitamin C on bone healing. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like vegetable juices, orange juice, true oranges, lemons, bell peppers, kiwis, broccoli and asparagus.
  • Protein. Getting enough protein is always important, but especially when you are healing from an injury. Bone is made of living protein upon which mineral crystals are implanted. By volume, about 50% of bone is protein. When a bone fracture takes place, the body starts collecting protein building blocks to create new bone. Increasing protein consumption promotes growth factors such as insulin like growth, which has a positive effect on skeletal integrity, muscle strength, immune response, and bone renewal. Make sure you know and work to meet your daily protein requirement with high quality nutrition. I follow a healthy, clean diet and supplement extra protein in recipes with all natural, plant based Vega protein powder (its my favorite). Getting enough protein ensures that your body has what it needs to repair and restore.
  • Collagen. I was really skeptical about collagen at first, but then I purchased a bottle at Whole Foods Market, and have been hooked ever since. Collagen is the mechanical strength of bone. It helps to build bone matrix, repair connective tissues for improved elasticity, improve blood vessel circulation, and promote wound healing. I take 6 capsules of Super Collagen+C Type 1 and 3 in the morning before breakfast. I also put Nunaturals collagen in my morning bowl of oatmeal for an extra dose. It doesn’t have a taste, but makes the oatmeal super thick!
  • Turmeric. Turmeric supports a healthy inflammatory response and heart, joint & liver function. You can add turmeric spices to foods / recipes or take a supplement to promote healing. I take the Gaia herbs turmeric supreme 3 times per day with meals. I’ve also tried taking Curamin (main active ingredient in turmeric) directly. I feel both have made a difference in my healing. 
  • Bone broth. Bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation. It is a rich source of chondroitin sulfate, which has an anti-inflammatory effect and has been found to also help alleviate joint pain, improve blood circulation, promote intestinal healing, help in calcium- or- magnesium-deficiency-related insomnia, irritability, fatigue and anxiety. I prefer this brand because it’s low in sodium, but there are a lot of options to purchase at your local market and healthy ways to cook up your own at home. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is considered to be a potent remedy for illnesses and overall health. You can read all about it’s diverse and incredible health benefits here. I drink an apple cider vinegar detox drink every day and swear by it’s magic powers.
  • Epsom Salt. Taking regular epsom salt baths has been powerful for me in dealing with pain and promoting recovery. Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfates which help flush toxins, improve absorption of nutrients, help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins. I take a hot bath several times a week to promote circulation and healing. 
  • Arnica. Arnica functions as anti trauma aid and can be taken immediately after fracture.
  • Zheng Gu Shui. You’ve probably never heard of zheng gu shui but let me tell you: it’s a game changer. Zheng Gu Shui  translates to ‘mending bone water’ in English. Zheng Gu Shui is a liniment especially designed to relieve pain associated with fractures, bruises and other types of mild trauma. I put the ointment on my foot nightly and also found it helpful with sore muscles, aches, and pains.

A quality bone healing diet consists of lots of nutrient dense anti-inflammatory foods, vitamins, and minerals. It’s important to stay away from foods that tend to be overly acidic, conventional meat and dairy products, alcohol, excess sodium, and sugar (which is the DEVIL and creates inflammation). Those will acidify your body and actually leach minerals out of your body and cause your bone healing and growth to slow down.  If you want even more insight in how to fuel your success, I highly recommend JJ Virgin’s work. This video is one of my all time favorite resources to share with clients.

Exercise can also Speed Bone Break Fracture Healing!
Exercise is an important way to accelerate fracture healing. The healing process requires good blood circulation, and a satisfactory flow of nutrient replenishing blood to the bone break fracture area. However, your exercise choices need to be SAFE and not put ANY stress on the bone break fracture. Check out my hurt foot workouts to help get ideas on exercises you can do with a hurt foot or injury. 

I know how incredibly frustrating and challenging dealing with a bone break or an injury can be. It helps to stay positive, patient, and focus on the steps you can take right now to move forward. It’s a long, slow, process but I know this for sure: you will grow stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually from the injury challenges you face. Have faith, practice patience, trust the journey, and take small steps in healing every day. Be kind to yourself and treat your body, mind, and spirit with love. If you need more tips to help keep your mind in good shape while you heal, read “How to Stay positive with an Injury”.

Your turn: Have you found these foods or supplements helpful in your own life? What have you found to be most effective in healing from injury?

I hope this post serves you in feeling your best. I want you to know that I am cheering for you.

Stay strong and stay positive my friends.

Love,

Caroline

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The #1 Secret to New Year’s Resolution Success

Want to be a New Year’s Resolution success? Read on for my top coaching steps on how to be a New Year’s Resolution success and the #1 secret to make your positive resolution results last. 

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Did you know only 8% of people that set a resolution actually achieve their goals?  92% of people have good intentions but just abandon them after a few weeks or so.

We can do better than that. I know it.

And 2017 is the year to make what you want HAPPEN.

I want to help you succeed and make your goals a reality! I want to help you be the person you want to be. What do you want for your life in 2017? Here are my top coaching steps on how to be a New Years Resolution success and the #1 secret to make your positive resolution results last. 

Steps for New Years Resolution Goal Success:

  • Create a clear vision. Creating a clear vision helps you choose where you want to go in life and motivates you even when the going gets tough. What is the outcome you want from your resolution? What will your life look like if you achieve your goal? That is your vision, the positive end result. 
  • Make a powerful visual reminder. Creating vision boards is considered by many to be a vital step on the road to success. Since positive, focused thinking is the key to achieving goals, pinpointing what those goals are and having something tangible to symbolize them is an essential part of the process.Read my guide on how to make a Vision Board for goals that have lasting power. I make one for every new year and swear by it’s magic powers.
  • Pace yourself. There’s no better way to get sick of something than to do it too much, too hard, and too often, to the exclusion of other pursuits and activities. Take your time and don’t hurry things. There’s no need to do several marathons in your first year of running or become fully sugar free in 30 days. Slowly build upon layers of learning, growing, and small wins. With that approach, you’ll be able to accomplish your resolutions without burning out.
  • Get SMART. Goals make resolutions real. Your resolutions need to be SMART to work: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time Bound. When helping clients set goals, I always tell them to act like a news reporter. If your goal was on the news, what would be the who, what, when, where, and why? Cover all the bases when defining and describing your goal. For example: Goal: “I want to get strong”Specific goal: “I will complete a strength routine using 10 to 20 exercises, targeting all my major muscle groups, for 20 minutes at least twice a week to build strength and fitness”Goal: “I will be less stressed.”Specific goal: “Every workday at 3:00 p.m. I will take a regular break to get outside, go for a walk, and de-stress.”Goal: “I will eat healthier meals.”

    Specific goal: “I will make a grocery list and shop every Saturday morning for at least five days of meals and snacks per week.” Or “I will use eatingwell.com for meal plans, grocery lists, recipes, and guides.”

    Having specific and measurable goals will lead to success, because the goals are attainable. It’s easier to make progress when you know you are making progress.

  • Avoid quick fixes and extremes. Quick-fix solutions like a “30-Day Diet,” “Fit in 5,” or “10 Days to Calm.”  are typically not sustainable long term and can lead to negative outcomes. When we expect immediate results or it’s too much to handle all at once, we get discouraged, burnt out, and quit. It doesn’t have to be that way, you can accomplish your resolutions without resorting to extremes. Just go about it in the right way. Customize your approach to your resolutions by setting SMART goals tailored to your personality, prefrences and unique lifestyle. Use chapter one of  Balanced Body Breakthrough to help you.
  • Come up with solutions for potential challenges. Think about what has gotten in your way in the past or potential excuses that might prevent you from achieving your goals. Forgetting? No time? Losing interest? Not knowing where to begin? Write down foreseeable challenges and create strategies in advance for dealing with them. That way you won’t get sidelined or lose forward momentum when they arise. Think ahead and be prepared to overcome obstacles on your path to success.
  • Drop the “all or nothing” mindset. This mentality sets you up to feel guilty eventually and is why so many people struggle to succeed. Expecting to stick to a structured plan for an extended period of time without ever deviating is unrealistic. Things happen and life can get in the way – through illness, other obligations, exhaustion, different opportunities, etc – it is impossible for everything to go “perfectly”. Let go of the black and white thinking and make achieveing your goals about progress not perfection.
  • Embrace mistakes. You can’t make positive change if you beat yourself up every time you mess up. Mistakes are part of the process. Whats important is what you choose to respond from slipups. Learn, grow, and pick yourself up. Mistakes are proof that you are trying and as long as you choose to grow better from each one, you’ll make progress. Remember it doesn’t matter if you fall down, it matters if you pick yourself back up.

All of the above will help you be a New Years Resolution success. But what’s the #1 key that will make all your positive accomplishments last?

Support 

This is the key.

When it comes to achieveing goals, people are generally accountable only to themselves and often that isn’t enough. Having a strong support network helps ensure that you will remain on track and maintain positive changes in your life. What people, resources, systems, and environments can you draw on to help you realize your resolutions, overcome challenges, and sustain positive change? Communicate your goals to your network and ask them to support you. Choose to surround yourself with people who have a positive impact on your lifestyle and goals. No person is an island, it’s truly challenging to accomplish goals or live a positive life without a community supporting your success.  Find your tribe and make your support network. You do not have to do this alone.

Every month, I host large events to help you connect with other positive people who can support your mental, physical, spiritual health. At these events you’ll meet others who can support you in your resolutions and in making 2017 healthy, happy, and fulfilling. Some of my closest relationships have come because of these meetups. My next event is January 10th 2017, a “ROCK YOUR RESOLUTION” workout to give you what you need to get 2017 started on a high note. Join the party and connect to those who can help you make the New Year better for you. Register here. 

What do you think is the #1 key for achieving a New Years Resolution goal? Let me know in the comments below. 

When we set out to achieve a New Years Resolution, change a habit, or bring a dream into being, ultimately we are involved in a bigger act of conscious self-creation. Rather than being stuck with the way we are now, we can actually choose the habits of the mind and the qualities of the soul we wish to be. We can consciously choose the behaviors and skills we wish to learn, the life we wish to have, and follow through to a successful conclusion. In this way, creating a new habit brings us to precious spiritual gifts: hope – that our future will be brighter than today through the efforts we make – and faith: that we can bring into being more of what we desire in ourselves and in our lives. What more do we need to weave a life of meaning, purpose, and beauty?

And while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too. Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow till our very last breath. Keep going. Keep growing. Keep creating a life you love. I’m cheering for you my friend.

Wishing you a happy and blessed New Year,

Caroline

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Easy Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer (and Help Make the World Brighter)

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“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” Buddy The Elf

The world could use a little holiday cheer right now.

Ok, maybe more than just a little.

And we can help with that.

Well, we probably can’t help everybody or save the world overnight. But we can intentionally spread some holiday cheer and make the world a little more bright. And if we can cheer up one person’s day, maybe their smile can cheer up one more.

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You can make an impact simply by giving the gift of a smile or a happy moment with little random gestures.  The best part? It’s so easy to give, costs nothing, and the time you invest does a world of good for happiness. Lets join together, pay it forward, and spread holiday cheer. Here are a few easy ways to make the world brighter: 

Easy Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer (and Help Make the World Brighter)

  1. Smile at strangers ( I love this one. Smiling is my favorite )
  2. Leave a large tip
  3. Pay for the person behind you in line
  4. Hand write a letter of gratitude and appreciation
  5. Help someone get active.  There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand.  Offer to go walking or running together or join a gym together.  Check out your local Active activities.
  6. Call your grandparents / relatives just to say hi.
  7. Give an authentic compliment to three people.
  8. If someone you love really likes something (a meal, a favor, etc.) give it to them when they least expect it.
  9. Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
  10. In the madness of holiday shopping: make eye contact with the store clerk. Ask about their day. Give them a smile.
  11. Be compassionate. Ask about people’s stories. Listen. Be a good neighbor. 
  12. Hold the door open for others.
  13. Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.
  14. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Your old is someone else’s new.
  15. Write a positive Yelp review about a local business you like.
  16. Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything.
  17. Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.Locate your nearest blood drive.
  18. Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc.  Get outside of yourself and help others.  Check out Volunteer Match.
  19. Invite someone without local family to your holiday gathering
  20. Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
  21. Surprise a new acquaintance with a gift
  22. Send flowers or bring one for everyone in your office
  23. Bake healthy treats and share with a neighbor, colleagues, or fitness instructor 🙂
  24. Listen to someone’s pain and help them find a path through it.
  25. Hug a friend.  Let them know how important they are.
  26. Let someone go ahead of you in line or give up your parking spot
  27. If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting around on a book shelf, give it away to a friend.
  28. Attend an event for a good cause (like the 10th Anniversary ALIST ‘Passport to the World’ NYE Spectacular )
  29. Invite someone out for dinner
  30. Dance. Everywhere. 
  31. Go Christmas caroling
  32. Forgive someone (or yourself)
  33. Leave a nice comment on a blog or Facebook post
  34. Collect and donate prom dresses for underprivileged youth.  Check out the Princess Project.
  35. When you’re eating out, buy an extra meal for a homeless person.
  36. Stand up for someone.  Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.
  37. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.
  38. Decorate your office or work space with festive holiday candles and decorations
  39. Bring a little thank you gift for the coffee barista, delivery truck man, or local store owners you visit often.
  40. Teach others how to make a difference in this world by setting a good example every day.
  41. When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward.

The quickest way to find happiness is to help someone else find theirs. Remember, cheerfulness and love is contagious. We probably can’t change the entire world with these little gestures. But we can still intentionally seek to add life and cheer to the people around us. And as a result, make this world a little more wonderful.

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What would you add to the list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s make this world a little brighter with our love and positive energy.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday full of health.

Caroline

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Struggling with the Holiday Blues? You are not alone. Here’s How to Cope.

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Struggling with the Holiday Blues?

You are not alone. Here’s How to Cope. 

The holidays are hard.

Wait, did I just say that?

I know it’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of year”, but I’m just going to be real with you. They can be hard for me. And hard for others too.

Sure on Facebook, everyone’s holidays look perfect. Shiny things and families smiling. But that’s just social media for you. Everything looks like a good time when you scroll online. Let’s be real. No one’s life is perfect like a Christmas card and sometimes a smile signals great strength despite life’s obstacles.

The holidays can trigger sadness, anxiety, stress, and depression for a lot of people (eight out of 10 Americans according to the American Psychological Association). I’m one of them. As a recovering perfectionistic people pleaser, the holidays often challenge me to stay well mentally. Over the years I’ve learned how to better work with the season and created self-care strategies to help me stay grounded, positive, and present (which I go into deeper detail in my book). But that doesn’t mean the holidays are a walk in the park.

For me, it helps to identify and be mindful of triggers to seasonal sadness so that I can better move through the holidays in health. Some “holiday blues” triggers include:

  • Financial Stress. Not enough money, fear of not having enough money, guilt around spending money, or feeling like you can’t afford to celebrate or give the gifts you want to give.
  • Too Much To Do. The added stress of events, shopping, and planning when you’re already overworked and tired can feel overwhelming. We try to fit everything into an already tight schedule which can be exhausting. When my plate is too full it makes me feel frazzled and burnt out. I feel defeated when I feel like I “can’t keep up with it all” or “half-ass” on commitments I want to be there for.  
  • Loneliness and Grief. Missing those we love, reminiscing on past memories, or facing deep emotional feelings. Tis the season. 
  • Interpersonal Relationships. There’s no such thing as the perfect family or relationship. The holiday’s can serve up a lot of psychological or emotional stress in dealing with complicated family/friend relationships.
  • Divorce/Breakup. If you’re newly divorced, the holidays may remind you of happier times and accentuate your grief. It’s especially difficult for children of divorce who have to balance seeing two sets of parents. The stress is multiplied for married children who have three or even four sets of parents to visit.
  • High Expectations. Expectations of a magical holiday season can create physical and mental stress. High expectations of a happy family gathering can end in disappointment. We put pressure on ourselves to make the holiday “perfect” and when it doesnt turn out the way we expect it to, we feel let down or sad. 
  • People Pleasing. Trying to be there for everyone and everything – can make you feel guilty and like you’re not doing enough.
  • Holiday Travel. Having to deal with airports, traffic, hotels, and getting from point A to point B during the busiest season for travel can be exhausting. Not to mention dealing with jetlag and maintaining your health while on the road.
  • SAD. Many people experience the blues during gloomy weather due to decreased sunlight, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I am absolutely one of those people! Summer is my favorite holiday 🙂

Do any of the above factors make you feel stressed, burnt out, sad, sick, or depressed? Well let me tell you, you are not alone. I’m right there with you. But you can make the holidays easier on yourself by following the below tips for success.

Here are a few ways I’ve learned to handle holiday stress triggers and manage the season without losing my marbles:

  • Set reasonable expectations and let go of perfection. Don’t try to do too much or match some ideal of the “perfect” holiday. If you’re comparing your holidays to some abstract greeting card ideal, they’ll always come up short. Strive to keep expectations in balance and drop the need for perfect. The best moments happen when you stop to enjoy them and real is so much better than perfect.
  • Commit to self care. Whatever it takes, take care of yourself. When you are traveling make time for exercise. Commit to getting enough sleep as much as possible. Make time for rest and for yourself. Remember the old airplane order: You put your oxygen mask on first before you can take care of everyone else.
  • Don’t overbook! Leave space. It’s tempting to fill in every waking minute of the season with events.  Don’t do this to yourself.  Leave space. Not feeling overbooked and having space will significantly reduce your stress.
  • Practice healthy drinking habits. Alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate feelings of stress and sadness. Too much alcohol can also interfere with healthy sleep and interrupt natural sleep cycles.  Not to mention, getting too drunk at your family event might not help you improve relationships. If you accidentally overdo it, read my “holiday hangover cure” here.
  • Move Your Body to Move Your Mood.  While the physical benefits of exercise are great, I exercise to keep my mind in good shape (especially during the holidays). Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce depression and anxiety, decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Endorphins really are the best natural happy drug in the world and even a short daily walk can have a big impact. If it’s too cold in your area to enjoy a walk or run, check out a fun group fitness class or press play on my youtube videos for effective, no-equipment needed home workouts. There are also dozens of smartphone apps that can also guide you through a workout and I include my favorites in my book.  
  • Nourish Yourself. There’s nothing that spells mental meltdown faster than going too long without a real meal (sorry, cheese and crackers at the holiday party do not count as a balanced diet). Make sure to get a solid breakfast, eat all the healthy vegetables you can, and commit to quality nutrition during this time. For me this means eating light, eating clean, and eating often. Keeping myself well fueled with real food helps me maintain my energy levels and keep stress at bay.  I have snacks on hand and prepare healthy dishes to bring to events so that I know I’ll have options.  Real food = happier mood and staying well fueled = keeping your cool.
  • Kick sugar to the curb. Processed white sugar is known to contribute to depression and can exacerbate the holiday blues. Plus sugar is toxic and causes stress on the body (no one likes a sugar hangover). When you begin to notice how what you eat affects how you feel, it becomes easier to make smarter choices with sugar. Being mindful of your sugar intake during the holidays can significantly help manage anxiety and boost your mood.
  • Budget your bucks and get creative with gifts. Overspending during the holidays can lead to continued stress down the road. Set spending limits and stick to them. Or get creative and give gifts that you can’t buy in a store (experiences, memories, homemade crafts, etc).
  • Limit Social Media. Even though you know that most people only post their happiest moments on social media, it’s easy to lose perspective and get a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Comparison is the thief of joy and you can’t compare yourself to others’ highlight reels of their lives. Limit your consumption of Facebook, instagram, snapchat, and instead  reach out to your close friends via phone or text message when you feel like connecting with people. You’ll get more satisfaction from spending real, face time with people rather than scrolling down a feed of tons of people you haven’t seen in years.
  • Create time for yourself during family gatherings. This one is huge for me. I love people and get a lot of energy from social events, but if I don’t have mini breaks, I lose my sh*t. Take a walk outside, find a quiet corner in the house, or make a quick trip to the store to gather your thoughts and relax.
  • Reframe Your Holiday. If you feel isolated, it’s important to remember you’re still in charge of your life. The way to bring more abundance into your life is to give first. Find opportunities to volunteer. Meet people. Attend events. Instead of feeling left out of others’ holiday plans, think of the break as free time to do whatever you wants — even if that means spending the day at home making vision boards or watching movies.
  • Eliminate stress by pre-planning. Plan any shopping, errands, and cooking in advance. Setting a schedule and making priorities will prevent too much from piling up at the last minute.
  • Set Aside Differences. Christmas dinner at Aunt Maud’s house doesn’t have to be the annual free-for-all or tension-filled affair as in past years. Make a pact with yourself to accept family members and loved ones for who they are without any expectations. Hopefully, they will do the same for you. But if they don’t and someone tries to pick a fight, just smile and wish them a Merry Christmas. This is not the time to air grievances, although it might be a good time to walk away.If there is someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, send them a holiday card. You don’t have to say anything other than “thinking of you and wishing you well.” It will make both of you feel better.
  • Talk to someone. If you are feeling down during this time of year, seek support. It’s totally OK to ask for help and talk to someone.  Infact, if you are struggling with anxiety, sadness, depression, or your mind, talking to someone may feel like a huge breath of fresh air. Lean on a friend or family member you trust, or seek out a mental health professional. You can try an online service like Reflect, an incredible online talk therapy resource.
  • Renew Your Spirit. Wellness is so much more than being fit, it’s being fulfilled in spirit. Take the time to connect to the people, places, and things that help you feel most alive and find purpose in your life. If you need some guidance, read the Spirit section of my book which is filled with suggestions, tools, and resources to lift you up.

It took me a few years to personalize healthy lifestyle habits that help me manage seasonal stress and feel my best. So if you are struggling this year, take some solace in the fact that no one’s life is perfect and you are not alone. It can be the most bittersweet, highly charged time of year (even though that’s the part that we don’t talk about). But I’m positive that this can be your best holiday yet if you are open to changing some of your old traditions that bring you down and trying new holiday habits that can lift you up.

Want more tips so you can keep your mind in good shape no matter what life brings you next? Check out my new book  Balanced Body Breakthrough. There is an entire section of the book dedicated to mental wellbeing with tools, resources, and suggestions to keep your headspace in good shape. Wellness starts in the mind and spirit. Pick up your copy here and help your mind feel better.

Do you struggle to cope with any of the above? Are the holidays challenging for you too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday full of health. Always here for you –

Caroline

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You can help someone start their fitness journey, be successful in their goals, make healthy habits that stick, find balance, beat stress, and live a vibrant life with this book. Paperback on amazon or Inkshares. Order your copy at the links below!

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Thank you for your support with this book and for helping me share my message of wellness with the world! I believe everyone deserves to feel good and live lives they love. This book is a tool that can help you. I cant wait to share this resourceful read with you and support you in living well.

Here’s to your health and a full, vibrant life.

Love, Caroline

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Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and What I’m Grateful For.

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The last 2 years have been quite the adventure….

On October 18th, 2016 I published my first book, Balanced Body Breakthrough, my wellness coaching guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

The journey was filled with ups and downs, challenges, lessons, a whole lot of personal growth, and took me 2 years to complete from start to finish. One of the hardest things I’ve done in my life and also one of the most rewarding. In fact, I’m already starting to want to write a book again…

I vividly remember the day I got the inspiration for Balanced Body Breakthrough in my head. I had the idea during an acupuncture treatment (great things come from those tiny needles) and I remember jumping off the table excited, “I am going to write a book!” I told all my friends and family. I started writing right away. From that point on I couldn’t stop. I put aside nonnegotiable time each day to work on it. Exclusive “book only time”. No phone, no email, no meetings, no facebooking, or innocent instagram checking. Just me and writing. I loved it. 

I completed the first draft within 6 months. 278 pages. I was pumped, I had finished writing my book! Then I started to research the next step: getting it published. I read, watched Youtube videos, interviewed authors, put out queries, googled, googled some more… and then I started to get really discouraged. Damn, publishing a book is expensive and hard. Like really hard. Unless you are famous, rich, or Kim Kardashian, getting a book published will take some blood, sweat, and unicorn magic. I spent about 4 months researching to figure out the best course. I didn’t want to go bankrupt in trying to publish it, but strongly believed in the book’s purpose and powerful content.

The truth is: stress and burnout have become extreme health problems in our world today, and exercise, nutrition, sleep, meditation, and relaxation dramatically help. According to the World Health Organization, the cost of stress to American businesses is as high as $300 billion and unless we change course, this will only get worse. Over the last 30 years, self-reported levels of stress have increased 18% for women and 25% for men. This has tremendous consequences because of the role stress plays in a wide array of illnesses; like high blood pressure, which afflicts nearly 70 million, and which costs $130 billion a year to treat. Or diabetes, which 25 million Americans have.

I know firsthand the negative impact of stress. I’ve been burnout, depressed, lost, overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, sleepless, and broken. I recovered my life and rediscovered the joy in it.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a world where people are getting sick from stress. I wrote Balanced Body Breakthrough because I wanted to share my story and help people beat burnout to find success through health. Getting sick and burnout should not be an expected side effect of life.

I knew I couldn’t give up. This work was needed, I had to make this book come to life. Then I came across Inkshares, a reader based crowd funding publisher that works off book pre-orders. I decided to go for it and run a pre-order kickstarter campaign on the platform. I had to sell 250 pre-order copies of my book to get it published. I hustled hard. I asked for support from my community online and off. My friends and family generously donated their time and help. I started the campaign at the end of September 2015 and reached my goal January 2016 (great start to the year!). From there, the publishing process began with Inkshares. I worked with their editing team on the manuscript through a million structural, copy, digital, and interior edits (did you know how many versions a book goes through before it becomes real? a LOT). I worked endlessly on edits and took regular walks to give myself computer breaks. I shot book images with Mark Kuroda of Kuroda Studios and designed the book cover with graphic designer Lexie Tiogngson.  

Then all of a sudden it was time to set a date to publish the book. I planned a launch party on the official book “Pub Date” and Equinox generously opened their doors to host. Everyone was invited, my community of clients, colleagues, and friends from all walks of life. We sampled treats from my generous partners including Suja Juice, PurePharma, Zico Coconut water, Clearly Kombucha, Perfect Bar, Vega, NuNaturals, Fitbit, and Rothy’s. The event was a night full of love. I walked around with stars in my eyes and happiness in my heart. When I see the book on the shelf I think of all the people who made the dream possible and fill my world. To share a publish date party with my community was a memory I’ll always hold close to my heart.  

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View all of the book launch images on the Balanced Body Book Party photo album here.

I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to see this long term dream come to life. It’s like climbing to the top of a huge mountain, admiring at how far you’ve climbed, how much stronger you are, and sitting back to savor the view. One of those, “Wow I did it!” kind of moments where you recognize that all the effort was worth it and are renewed with a deep sense of purpose and appreciation for life. 

Today one of my biggest goals is to use the book as another platform to support my corporate and public wellness work. I want to see it succeed as a tool and resource for company + individual health. I also plan to host events that incorporate the book’s content of mind, body, and spirit wellness. I am on a mission to help people develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds quality to their lives. This book is a tool that helps me empower others to create a life that feels good on the inside and to live every moment with wisdom, well-being, and gratitude.

I am so excited to share this book with you and support you in beating stress, finding health, and LOVING life. You can order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough here.

If you feel so inclined and would be so kind to leave your review of the book on Amazon, I’d greatly appreciate it! Amazon reviews are a key ingredient in having the most successful book launch possible and helping others live a balanced life they love :
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That’s where I’ve been over the past two years and where I’m going next. Now, what am I most grateful for? YOU. You are my community, my tribe, my people! You join me in living a positive life, making moments that count, and enjoying health. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. I want you to know how much I appreciate you and how excited I am to share more adventures with you in the future. 

An adventure I will always cherish shared with people I’ll never forget. Thank you. I love you. Here’s to you and here’s to loving life.

Caroline

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Burn More Calories When You Sit Upright!

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Did you know that sitting upright daily will help you burn up to 350 more calories a day?! Burn calories while you sit? Yes. I like it.

When I was working on writing my first book, I started to notice my body hurt. My back would be sore. My shoulders would feel tight. My hips would get all out of whack. I started to wonder why my workouts weren’t feeling as hot. And then it hit me. I was spending a lot of time sitting. A lot. And my posture was not on point.

Growing up a dancer and fitness instructor, I wasn’t used to spending so many consistent hours on the computer. But I had become so excited working on writing my book that my posture took a hit. Once I realized I was slouching, I decided to take action and work towards counterbalancing the negative effects of all that sitting. Posture is EVERYTHING. It effects how you move, perform, and feel. Not to mention you just look better when you stand up tall. Now I’ve come to truly appreciate the value of good posture and keep my posture in check using these lifestyle hacks:

  • Work it OUT. Follow a balanced exercise program that incorporates corrective exercises for good posture. Do exercises that stretch and open the front of your body (chest, shoulders, hip flexors, and quads) and strengthen the back/core of your body (upper back, lower back, abdominals, butt, hamstrings).  Stretch the front, strengthen the back. Simple right? If you are not sure which exercises to do, I’ve put together a few posture perfect workout videos for you on Youtube. These exercises are a sample of what you can do to improve your posture and look as tall as you feel. Press play and let me know if you feel taller after.

  • Time it. Human beings are not designed to sit in an office all day,  we are built to move!  Every hour, get out of your office chair and move. Even 1-2 minutes of simple exercises and stretches can work wonders.
  • Think up! If you feel your head or shoulders jut forward, pull them back and act as if a string were pulling you up from the top of your head.
  • Sit Tall.  Establish good posture at your desk: Sit with your back against your chair and feet flat on the floor. When you look at a computer screen, your eyes should be level with the center of it. If they aren’t, raise or lower the monitor.
  • Use Tech to help. Need more help keeping your posture in check? Use your smart phone with a posture training app. Try game changing wearable posture devices like UPRIGHT, a Smart Wearable Posture Trainer with Free IOS and Android App. UPRIGHT is a device that attaches to your upper or lower back and accurately detects when you are slouching with unique technology. It vibrates when you slouch and reminds you to sit upright. Through it’s device and app training program, it allows you to gradually train your core muscles and build muscle memory, so eventually you will be able to maintain an upright posture almost entirely subconsciously. I’ve been using the UPRIGHT device to help me sit tall, you can watch me demonstrate how I use it in this video: Learn more about UPRIGHT at http://www.uprightpose.com/

Now that I’ve got my posture back on point, my body is feeling so much better about life. And I’m about ready to start writing another book! This time, I’ll make sure to remember to sit tall and whistle while I work 😉

Do you work on your posture? What things to you do to make sure you stand tall?

Keep shining my friends,

Caroline

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Are you ready to unleash your inner badass?

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Hi my friend, 

I’m excited to share a resource with you today that I think could make a big difference for you if you want more freedom and badassery in your life. If you find yourself getting in your own way, are longing to break free of what’s holding you back, and want to step up your game in every area of your life, you need to check this out.

Too many people settle for mediocrity, become victims of their circumstances, and simply complain about the way things are. I don’t think that’s you, though. I think you are someone who sees the value in investing in yourself, training your mind, and taking responsibility for your life and the world around you.

That is why I said yes to participating as a guest expert in my friend and colleague, Sandra Possing’s, virtual training, Unleash Your Inner Badass. 

Sandra has rounded up a group of personal development and entrepreneurship experts – coaches, speakers, authors, and business mentors – to share their personal stories along with practical tips and tools you can use to accelerate your success.

If you want to:

  • start letting go of what’s holding you back
  • learn to be more unapologetically you
  • start building a new, more badass, reality for yourself 
  • Own who you are
  • Create a kickass life you love

Then, I hope you will join me for this virtual training. You can grab your spot here.

See you there! You can also join us in Freedom + Badassery, the facebook group where we’ll be supporting each other and jamming on these topics before, during, and after the event.

P.s. The interviews will only be up for a limited amount of time, so don’t wait. Jump on this opportunity now. 

I have so much respect for Sandra Possing. She is a one of a kind woman, a coach who walks her talk and lives a bad ass life! Our interview was so much fun and I cant wait to re-inspire my spirit watching all of the other videos in this series. I am truly honored to be a part of this free online resource and inspire others in living with confidence, courage, and strength. Can’t wait to see you online and watch you continue to unleash your inner badass. 

Here’s to you, living a life you love,

Caroline

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On the Dr. Larry Burchett Show! Here’s What It Takes To Beat Stress and Find Balance.

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Hi Friends,

Life has been such a whirlwind since the Balanced Body Breakthrough book launch last week. The launch party was a huge hit and the book has been off to an incredible start since. I‘ve received some incredibly thoughtful Amazon reviews and kind comments from friends, colleagues, and community all around the world. I truly feel this book is blessed and am positive it will help readers in beating burnout and finding balance. My hope is that I can make a positive impact and empower Balanced Body readers to live lives the love.

This past week I had the opportunity to be on the Dr. Larry Burchett show for a book interview. Burchett is a board-certified Family Physician who has worked with thousands of patients regarding their health, including diet, exercise and weight management. Along with touching lives as an E.R. doctor, he now regularly appears as a guest on the Today Show and has published his own book, The Gentleman’s Diet, a guide to a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Burchett is as entertaning as he is intelligent, I had an incredible time on his show talking about stress, health, and living well.  Tune in to this quick 3 minute clip from the show as we discuss secrets to success in fitness, health, and living your best life.

One thing I found really interesting in this interview was talking to Larry about how many doctors suffer from burnout due to lack of self care throughout their career. I come from a family of doctors and I’ve heard stories about the long hours of medical school, lack of sleep, or time for self care. This always blows my mind. Doctors positively impact the lives of SO many. How can they be expected to perform their best when they dont get downtime to rest or have a few minutes to eat a nutritious lunch? It makes me sad when I hear people say, “oh well that’s just the way it is”. Look, I understand changing the system would take a lot of time. But I also want a doctor who feels his best so he can help others with a clear, present, mind. Why can’t the “way it is” be changed? Wouldn’t that be better for the health of everyone? I’m just thinking out loud here and voicing my opinions in this space. I truly believe in the “Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others” statement. And I don’t want a doctor that is running on empty or hasn’t slept for more than 4 hours in weeks. I have so much respect and admiration for those who work in medicine. They have positions that heal and powerfully impact lives. And then I think of all the other careers where working on lack of sleep or self-care is just an accepted part of the job. All I’m saying is I think people would make better decisions on more sleep and it would result in powerful results. I wonder what the world would function like if we all got more sleep and self-care time was an accepted, non-negotiable, part of career success. 

Would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this topic below.

I’m on a mission to help the world find success through health. Lets beat burnout and live well together. Order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough here:

Inkshares: https://www.inkshares.com/books/balanced-body-breakthrough

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Balanced-Body-Breakthrough-Caroline-Jordan/dp/1942645112

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It’s time for us to stop working harder and start working smarter. You deserve to feel good and live a life you love. I cant wait to share this resourceful read with you and support you in living well.

Heres to your health and a full, vibrant life.

Love, Caroline

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