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Deepak Chopra: Take a Journey Into Healing

The Chopra Center invites you to attend this rare opportunity to expand your understanding of mind-body healing, Ayurveda, and integrative health care. “Journey into Healing” features sessions with Chopra Center founder Deepak Chopra, M.D.; the Chopra Center’s expert integrative physicians and master educators; and world renowned guest speakers.

Each day of “Journey into Healing” combines daily sessions of experiential learning, interactive sessions, lectures, and group activities, offering unique opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals from around the world. In addition, Journey into Healing includes:

  • Instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation and daily group meditations
  • Morning and evening Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga classes (all levels)
  • The science of Ayurveda and a mind-body perspective on health and disease
  • The role of emotions and the mind in health and well-being
  • CME credits for physicians and other health care practitioners

Learn how to enhance your health, balance, and well-being at Journey into Healing, August 22-25, 2013!

Will “Obamacare” Improve Access to Preventative and Integrative Medicine?

The StethoscopeAlthough passed into law back in 2010, The Affordable Care Act (ACA), a significant government expansion and regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, is beginning to gain media attention once again as the October 1st enrollment date approaches.

A significant number of people (40% of Americans) not only don’t understand this legislation, but cannot even confirm that it is, in fact, law. Although I am at least with it enough to know that it exists, I admit that the details of the ACA and what it will truly look like in practice is a source of confusion for me. If you want to try and make sense of the ACA for yourself, you can find information here, here and here.

As a health professional, I support the idea of accessible healthcare. As a naturopathic doctor, I also believe in the power of a preventative and integrative approach to medicine.  It’s with a belief in this approach that I am most interested to see how the complete roll-out of the ACA will ultimately make a mark on health, both financial and physical, in this country.

A specific clause of the ACA, Section 2706, is at the heart of both the preventative and integrative medicine debate. This clause requires that insurance companies “shall not discriminate” against any health provider with a state-recognized license. Again, coming from the perspective of a naturopathic doctor, this is a compelling statement. Although I’ve been licensed and recognized as a primary care physician in California since 2005, participating as a provider though major health insurance plans has not been an available option for me. Most plans cover traditional providers: MDs, DOs and perhaps RDs. This means that although I have valuable, largely preventative and low-cost treatments to offer, they are out of reach to most people. A $90, 30-minute visit is quite reasonable…unless you’re used to paying a $10 co-pay.

Given what I have been able to tease out of the research I’ve done on the ACA and Section 2706, it seems a more integrative approach to health options will largely be up to interpretation by each individual state. Hopefully, overtime, and assuming the ACA survives long enough to truly become successful, best practices will emerge and states will adopt a more consistent approach to the delivery of preventative and integrative services.

A recent piece in The Washington Post interviewed a leader within the naturopathic community, Dr. Jane Guiltinan, about her predictions and hopes for the future of healthcare in our country as a result of this piece of legislation. In the piece she quoted an often referred to belief in naturopathic care,

Health is more than the absence of disease.

If we really want to shift the status of health in our country, it seems a mental shift by insurance companies, state government and society at large may be required first.

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Why Women Don’t Get What They Want

01 (340)Are you happy about the money you made last year?

If the answer is no, and you are a woman… read on. Trust me, sister, if you aren’t thrilled with the digits in your bank account you are not alone. The reason women aren’t getting more money is so simple and easy to correct that it might make you scream. But that doesn’t make it any easier.

Go Find The Culprit

I you don’t like how much money you are making stop reading this article right now. Go and look at yourself in the mirror. Gaze deeply into your eyes and say, “The reason I didn’t get what I wanted is because I didn’t ask.”

It is fascinating that even the most accomplished women are hesitant to ask for what they want. (Could that be you… it’s OK we are in this together.) Many women find the arena of asking a scary one. They are afraid that they will appear as aggressive if they ask for what they want. So, they avoid asking. Women are trained that being liked is more important than being successful. Part of this is due to our evolutionary pull to put our own well being second to our children’s needs. Asking for what we want feels counter intuitive. The result that following our feeling in this arena are devastating.

The 32% Woman Discount

Our bank accounts, businesses, and relationships pay the price. Women who don’t ask for the salary stand to lose more than $500,000 by age 60. (Men are more than four times as likely as women to negotiate their first salary.) In the current economic climate many women are so grateful to be offered a job that they accept what they are offered and don’t negotiate their salaries. She reported that women’s salary expectations between 3 and 32 percent lower than those of men for the same job. Hold up. Think about that for a minute.
The woman in the equation thinks that the value of her work is 32% lower than the man doing the same job.

Women Business Owners Get The Crumbs

Linda Babcock, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, conducted research which confirmed what my experience working with women entrepreneurs. Lesa Mitchell has a superb column about the glass walls that are hindering women business owners.

Here is a statistic that is so shocking to me that it is hard to type: Women own about 40 percent of all businesses in the U.S. They receive only 2.3 percent of the available equity capital needed for growth. Male-owned companies receive the other 97.7 percent.

Women’s business guru, Ali Brown seems to be on a mission to change that statistic. Her article, “Are Women Less Tolerant of the Bullshit That Comes With Success” is a battle cry for women to empower themselves and get their business going.

See It To Be It

I am not the only expert seeing this phenomena. Professor Babcock taught negotiations and dispute resolution for years. She wondered why women weren’t achieving the same results as men. Then she had an epiphany. “It kind of hit me over the head,” said Ms. Babcock, who went on to research why women were much less likely to initiate negotiations.

Are you all riled up? Good.

Go Find The Change Agent

Go back and look at yourself in the mirror. Gaze into your eyes and say, “I can turn this around this around. I’m going ask for what I want at least once this week. ”

This could be very new territory for you. To help get you started here are 3 of my
inner marketing strategies to put to the test:

  1. Set Yourself Up To Win. The answer is no if you don’t ask…at the right time. Set up an appointment to talk before you ask them for what you want. They will be more receptive, and more likely to say yes.
  2. Men’s Magic Three + Three. Men love it when you ask for what you want. Most women don’t know how to ask. Be direct and give them your exact request. Include where, when, what. Leave out the why. It clouds your request. A great guy wants to help you; save you trouble and be your hero. Use the words help, save or hero and he will be even more likely to say yes.
  3. Play It To Say It. If you are asking for a big raise, write a script and rehearse. Use a flip camera to record your request to see how you come off. Rehearse it until you are comfortable.

What is something you have been avoiding asking for? How have you overcome your fear of asking? What advice would you give other women who are scared to speak up?

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids (and Yourself!) from the Flu

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The season is changing and we have finally arrived at that bittersweet time of Daylight Savings.  I always feel like this simple one-hour time change throws me into a pretty significant physiological shift.  For me, it also marks the beginning of the flu and cold season.

Ever wonder why the winter months are when we get sick the most? While many experts have their myriad reasons, the culprit is not as simple as “it’s cold outside.”

There are few steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from what seems to be the inevitable flu. The guardian of the health of our body is the immune system.  While intangible and challenging to identify, the immune system has very specific signs and symptoms.

For a moment, put aside the traditional considerations for assessing your child’s health.  Instead, I’d like you to consider some new approaches and angles that will provide you with insight into the likelihood that your child will stay healthy or get sick this winter season.

1. Sugar and processed foods impact the immune system.

Studies have shown that through a complex system of chemical processes sugar and processed foods depress the immune system. There exists a direct link between the amount of these foods that your child consumes and his/her health.

Obvious foods such as sodas, candy, cookies, ice cream, and potato chips are the big guns that should be kept concealed.

Even more disturbing are the foods that you think are healthy for your child that hide sugar and many refined ingredients: yogurt, and yogurt drinks and “pops;”most cereals; juices; fruit roll ups and “leathers;” “healthy” cookies and treats, soy ice cream and frozen treats. While being marketed as healthy choices, these foods aren’t much better than the obvious poor choices. Work hard during flu season to keep these foods away from your children.  Read ingredient labels and watch out for:  corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup or “HFCS,” brown rice syrup, fructose, sucrose, barleymalt and the obvious, sugar.

2. Fresh foods offer the highest quality vitamins.

It’s shocking to me how often I see people turn to orange juice for vitamin C in an effort to fight off a cold or flu.

It is important to understand that the majority of vitamin C in orange juice is added after processing. Vitamin C and others like zinc, vitamin E, and magnesium help to support the immune system and are a great defense during flu season.

Choose better by having kids eat fresh whole foods such as cherries, berries, and apples, and vegetables such as spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes.

I know you probably hear this suggestion all the time, but it can’t be stressed enough. It is imperative to find creative ways to prepare vegetables so that kids will actually eat them.  Sautee, roast or grill vegetables with olive oil or real butter, add some fresh sea salt or sprinkle with organic low fat cheese and kids will be more likely to eat.

3. Sleep will boost the immune system.

At night while we rest, the body is working to rebuild the immune system.  Deep sleep allows a complex set of hormonal changes that recharge the body so that it’s resilient the next day.  Be diligent and ensure that kids get a full night sleep of 8-10 hours.

Mandate bedtime despite protests and stick to a regular schedule. These are the times that mom and dad really need to be the boss. Resist the temptation to allow your child to stay up late and watch his or her favorite show. At the end of the day when you are tired as well, it’s easy to give in to your child’s vigilant campaign.

Remember: Would you rather avoid the confrontation tonight? Or deal with a sick kid tomorrow?

4. Fatigue is the first sign of a distressed immune system.

As already stated, the immune system desperately needs sleep to keep the body healthy.  When the immune system is fighting to keep your child healthy, it requests that the body get extra rest to help in the fight.

If your child seems more fatigued than usual, it could be a very strong signal that your child is on the brink of getting sick.

The best way to fight off a cold or flu is to act immediately and get extra rest. Pay attention to the health of others around you such as those at work or your child’s school.  If you hear of a bug “going around” and you notice that your child is tired, there’s a good chance that extra sleep will ward off the cold or flu.  This is the time to allow extra television and require a mid-day nap.

5. Wash hands frequently, but avoid antibacterial products.

This seems counterintuitive, but the best way to kill environmental germs is to use soap and hot water and scrub hands thoroughly. Bacteria live all around us.  They are on every surface we touch and in every breath we take. Without bacteria, our immune system wouldn’t learn to be strong.

Our internal bacterial system fights off invaders and thereby gets more effective at winning the battle.  It’s just like working out:  In order to become stronger, you must work hard in the gym.  Your child’s body is a bacterial gym.  Again, this comes back to the immune system. If you foster a strong immune system, your child’s body will fight off invaders and therefore become more resilient to future battles. While it is imperative to wash hands frequently during flu season, remember that the hands are only one very small way that germs enter your child’s system. Killing off the germs on hands with antibacterial products is futile and weakens your child’s- and the world’s- future ability to confront germs.

 

Originally Published in 2008

3 Tips to Get Over a Bad Break-Up

Being in a relationship is a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, not all wonderful experiences are meant to last. In fact, more often than not when a relationship ends it is typically over faster for one person than the other. The worst relationship breakups occur when one person just wants out and the other person desperately wants to stay in.

No matter how hard you to fight to keep the relationship going if the other person is out they are out. There is no amount of pleading, begging, crying, chasing, bargaining or threatening that will make them come back. But, for some reason, you are not willing to let go. Have you ever thought about why you can’t let go? Why are some people unable or unwilling to accept the end of a relationship, even if it wasn’t that good for them in the first place?

Often the reason that people cling to a bad relationship or a dead romance is because they have a real internal fear that they can never achieve another interpersonal relationship connection. Sometimes this thought has evolved over time and with influence from the other person in the relationship. If this is the case the last thing you need is another relationship at this time. You are already a prime candidate for finding a partner that is at best likely to be very controlling and at worst abusive.

The best way to get over a bad breakup or a relationship that you desperately wanted to save is to get out of the dating game and focus in on yourself. To do this try at least one of the following tips to controlling your own destination and getting your life back on course.

Tip 1: Set A Personal Goal

This needs to be a non-romantic or dating goal. Pick one area of your life that you want to improve and set a “do-able” goal in that area. Maybe you want to learn how to skydive or you want to take a ballroom dancing class. Maybe you want to run a 10k or take a photography course. Whatever it is make it something you want to accomplish for yourself.

Tip 2: Determine What Makes YOU Happy

Stop and think about all the things in your world that make you happy. What do you enjoy doing, what is important in your life and what makes you smile? Then, start to think about how your want your next partner to represent those things that make you happy. Make a list of what the new partner needs to have as their personality traits and characteristics.

Tip 3: Think Positively About The Future

Stop focusing on what didn’t work and what you wished had happened; that is all in the past. Instead, focus on a positive future with the right partner that is as in love with you as you are with them. See this relationship as a truth in your world. See your future as positive, happy and, when you are ready, full of the love that you desire.

Only by making these personal changes will you be in the right emotional and spiritual space to make the most of a new relationship. You will have dealt with the past and moved into a new era of making choices based on your own positive future.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at  www.sherrygaba.com  Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio. Are you a Love Addict? Take Sherry’s quiz for a free eBook Filling the Empty Heart:  5 Keys to Transforming Love Addiction.

 

Breathing, Mindfulness and Addiction Recovery

Sometimes when people are walking their pathway toward recovery from an addiction they tend to look only towards the big picture. This means that they miss out on the small details that can help in the day to day issues that everyone faces when making life changes. One of the most overlooked aspects of personal care in recovery is managing the stress, anxiety and inner tension that can be triggered by any number of given events and situations.

Let’s look at this in a step by step fashion. Understanding your options to relax using controlled breathing is a major breakthrough for most people and it all starts with being mindful of changes that occur in your body when you are put in a stressful or anxiety provoking situation.

Step 1 Understanding Relaxed Breathing

The first step in being able to know when you are reaching a level of stress or anxiety that is problematic is to first know how your body acts in a relaxed and stress free state. To do this take a few minutes when you are not frustrated, worried or tense and close your eyes. Feel the way that your breathing pattern naturally occurs. Visualize the air moving into your nose, through your airways and into your lungs. Notice how your lungs expand in inhalation and contract when you exhale. Your breathing is deep and long and very soothing.

Step 2 Learn How To Take A Complete Breath

In “The Law of Sobriety” I provide a detailed explanation of taking a complete breath, also known as Pranayama. Start by lying down with your eyes and mouth closed one hand on your chest and one on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose and feel your lungs and chest expand. Hold the breath for a moment and breathe out feeling the lungs empty. Hold this for a second and then breathe in again. By increasing the duration of inhalation with relation to holding and exhaling you can increase your energy levels. Exhaling slowly and longer will increase your feelings of relaxation.

Step 3 Breathe With Mindfulness

Once you have practiced complete breaths in a quiet location you can start to use the technique anywhere. When you notice your breathing patterns change to become quicker and shallower you will recognize that is a sign that you are starting to feel anxious, nervous or stressed.  When this happens you can immediately practice complete breathing to provide natural stress relief. This, in turn, allows you time to stop, think and relax, assisting you to continue on the positive path to recovery from any type of addiction.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at  www.sherrygaba.com  Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio

3 Questions to Clarify Your Relationship with Food

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When people think of the damage that an eating disorder causes, they usually focus in on health concerns as a result of dramatic changes in body weight. Depending on the type of eating disorder, a gradual and continual increase in weight may be a key symptom or people may become unhealthy after rapid and dramatic weight loss. Additionally there are those that tend to go through periods of weight gain followed by rapid and very unhealthy weight loss.

While these physical issues are the visible symptoms of an eating disorder, there are profound ripples throughout an individual’s social, emotional and relationship areas of their life. Individuals that have eating disorders, which may include binge eating, anorexia, bulimia or other condition, have a higher risk of depression and related mental health disorders. In a study at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center ,it was found that 24% of people with bipolar disorder were also dealing with an eating disorder. Other research shows that individuals with anorexia nervosa are 50 times more likely to commit suicide than non-eating disordered individuals.

In fact, eating disorders, like any type of addiction, can have profound impact on your ability to interact with others. In my book, “The Law of Sobriety” I dedicate several chapters to the devastation that low self-esteem and ability to see the good in yourself can cause in your emotional life. This feeling of dissatisfaction with self can also be a major factor driving the addictive behavior of the eating disorder. To understand how an eating disorder, a food addiction, may be impacting your life consider the following:

  1. Have your thoughts about your body changed your feelings about yourself for the negative?
  2. When is the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and felt satisfied with your weight and body image?
  3. Are you uncomfortable, embarrassed or even afraid to meet people because of what you perceive as their impression of you based on your weight?

Talking with a counselor that is familiar with food addictions and eating disorders is the first step in understanding how this issue is creating difficulties in many areas of your life. It is also the start of making meaningful changes and bringing positive energy back into your world.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at  www.sherrygaba.com  Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio

Medication or Meditation

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down” — Lily Tomlin, Actress and Comedienne

We tend to take our bodies very much for granted and our health even more so. As a result, when something goes wrong, it can be alarming, even frightening, as if we had been walking around inside a stranger and suddenly discover it has a mind of its own. Becoming stressed or and physically distressed until we are overwhelmed and out of control is like a steam cooker coming to full pressure. And although we are the only ones who can turn down the heat, unfortunately we often feel powerless to do so. As Richard, a participant in one of our workshops, told us, “I don’t get stressed. I wake up stressed.”

Not me, we think, I don’t get that stressed. Yet most conservative estimates suggest that 70 to 90 percent of illnesses are either affected or caused by stress. As such, it is a major problem. On top of that, there is no medical cure that can alleviate stress. Prescription drugs cannot lighten our workload, change our life conditions, or alter our belief systems.

What we believe colors our every thought, word and action. The idea that it is our work, family, or lifestyle that is causing us stress, and that if we were to change these then we would be fine, is seeing the situation from the wrong perspective. Rather, it is the belief that something out there is causing us stress that is actually causing the stress. And although changing our circumstances certainly may help, invariably, no matter what we do, it is a change within our belief system and our perception of ourselves that will make the biggest difference.

For, although we may have little or no control over circumstances, we do have control over our reaction to them. The ability to keep our peace and maintain an even-balanced state is one of the great gifts of meditation that we can bring to every situation, to our thoughts and feelings, behavior and actions.

Meditation gives us a sense of being steady in a world that is constantly demanding and challenging. We never know what is going to happen or when—nothing is predictable, permanent, secure, controllable, or dependable. Everything is subject to change in every moment. We can ignore this fact and live with the delusion of permanency and predictability, or we can embrace impermanence and unpredictability with awareness and dignity.

It is easier to see the connection between stress, relaxation and meditation, than it is to see how meditation could help someone who is very sick, perhaps dealing with such issues as cancer or AIDS. At such times, we are often more prone to self-pity or dependency on caregivers and doctors, and less able to help ourselves. Yet meditation not only reduces stress-related physical problems but also moves us out of negative mindsets so that we can be at peace with what is happening.

“Mortality led me to meditation. Addicts talk about being ‘scared sober.’ I was scare into sitting,” writes author Mark Matousek in our book, Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World. “Being diagnosed with a then-terminal disease at age twenty-eight, I was forced as a survival mechanism to pursue an inner life. By learning to sit through bad moments, an invisible, metaphysical muscle seemed to strengthen in the stillness. Running from pain or fear made the badness worse, whereas when I stopped in the midst of it all, took my seat and let the feelings burn deeply through me, clarity slowly took the place of hysteria. Sitting was a place to empty out, grieve, refill, to remember the face behind the mask, simply by stopping and being still. That was twenty-plus years ago. My health crisis passed but the practice stayed. Meditation is on my shoulder, a reminder of beauty, truth, fragility, sorrow; a voice that whispers: ‘Remember to love.’ If my outer world had not been threatened, I would never have looked for an inner one.”

Meditation invites us to make friends with both ourselves and our world, to know deeply that all things pass, and not to take ourselves too seriously!

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Meditation Is Not What You Think

A 4-week, one night a week, webinar starting July 9th, with Ed and Deb Shapiro. Discover the greatest gift you can give yourself: meditation. Clear your mind, open your heart, and dive into the wonder of your own true self.

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Volunteer Your Way To Abundance

The summer is finally here! As we welcome the warm weather, the sunny sky and the thought of vacations and exciting times with our friends and family, we need to take a small step back. Even though your mind may be racing with positive thoughts and energy because the sun is shining, not everyone is abundantly blessed. For most of us, the summer time gives us a few more hours per month to kick back and relax. Have you thought about investing that time and energy into something that will reap benefits far beyond what you would normally expect? When you invest a few hours of time into a charitable activity you are volunteering your way towards personal abundance.

We know that The Law of Attraction tells us that the energy we release to the universe comes back to use many times over. When we volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to us, without the thought of personal gain, you will experience that energy in return. How does this work? It works because giving generously and without thought of self is one of our obligations to the planet and our fellow people.

When we experience great hardships such as being homeless or not being able to eat healthy because groceries are too expensive, people quickly lose hope. The loss of hopes fosters negative energy. Individuals become jaded, upset and extremely angry that they are living hand to mouth. What bigger gift can you give to a human being that is suffering than a renewed belief that people do care?

Our volunteer efforts not only give material resources to those in need, they also give them the spiritual and emotional resources they may not know they need. In my case, I support treatment centers that provide services to those that do not have the financial resources to enter addiction recovery treatment.

I work one-on-one with many clients who need help but simply don’t have the money or insurance that cover addiction recovery treatment. Many are not aware that there are a large percentage of individuals struggling with addiction that want help, but they are turned away. Many treatment centers won’t take insurance, even if the insurance covers the treatment services. These struggling individuals are turned away right when they need help the most.

I’ve spoken and worked with many people in recovery whose drug and alcohol use escalated because they couldn’t receive the help they needed. By investing my time and energy towards helping these individuals, without the thought of self-promotion, I have gained an abundance of positive aftereffects. This is a prime example of how giving positive energy, along with material resources to those in need is rewarded. The reward of abundance by volunteering is the way the world says thank you.

Simply put, the summer often allots extra time. Use those hours to give back and experience an abundance of positive energy.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at http://thelawofsobriety.com/store/   Contact Sherry at for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio

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3 Tips to De-Clutter Your Life

As we approach the summer season, we all should take the time to de-clutter our lives. Think of your life as your would your home. Consistent housecleaning and organization is necessary to keep your household running smoothly. How often do we get caught up in our outside environment while where we live becomes disheveled? We lose time trying to find objects that have been put in the wrong place. We barely notice the rooms of our abode when we return from a long and tiring day of work. When we dedicate an hour or so to cleaning our home, we regain our sense of calm and balance. In a similar fashion, we need to de-clutter our mind, our body and our soul as well. Consider these tips for de-cluttering your life.

Mind

How many of us have scripts that run full force and non-stop throughout the day? For many of us, this hamster wheel train of thought hits us when we are trying to fall asleep. One of the best ways to de-clutter your mind is to make sure you are unplugged at least an hour before you go to bed. This includes: reading emails, surfing Facebook, sending texts, talking on the phone and even watching television. These activities, while on the surface, may seem relaxing; in truth they are continuing to keep your brain heavily stimulated. Try unplugging a half hour before bedtime and increase the time as weeks pass. Soon, you will find your mind at ease. You will not only begin to sleep easier, your sleep will be more rejuvenating.

Body

If we aren’t careful, we keep our bodies continually active. From the time we get up until we try to fall asleep, we are pushing our bodies as far as they will take us. We clutter our bodies by pushing past the natural ‘walls’ that we encounter that would naturally allow us to relax. Taking time before you call it a night to meditate will give your body much needed rest. Limit your strenuous physical activities as the day progresses. Our bodies need ample amount of down time in order to function properly. Allowing your body to rest will help prevent getting burned out. You will also notice that you will have more success evading illness.

Soul

The biggest area that we neglect is our spiritual wellness. How do you relax your soul? Our soul  becomes cluttered when we continue to internalize massive amounts of stress and negative energy. Similar to a computer that needs to be reset, our soul also needs a control alt delete. The best way to de-clutter your soul is by doing something that you really enjoy. This could be a day at the Spa, spending time engaging in religious activities such as church or by giving your soul a time out to just ‘be’.

How you choose to de-clutter your mind, body and soul is entirely up to you. The key is to remember that life is about balance. If you don’t take time to de-clutter, the balance scale of your overall holistic health will tip against your favor.

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at http://thelawofsobriety.com/store/   Contact Sherry at for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio

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