Practice ‘Self-Love’ This Valentine’s Day

 

 

Valentine’s Day is About LOVE. Here’s a reminder to be sure to love the most important person in your life – YOU! What is one thing you can do to shower yourself with love today? 

Studies show that self-love, self-acceptance’ and self-compassion are good for mind, body and spirit, including –

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Health-promoting behaviors
  • Greater levels of happiness
  • More frequent health-promoting behaviors.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

— Dalai Lama

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Just Breathe …

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Feeling overwhelmed or worried? Breathe …, and experience the calmness and release of tension. The simple act of breathing can slow us down physically and mentally and allow us to be more present in this moment.

Meditation becomes as simple as following the breath; a form of mindfulness.

Photo © Karen Pischke/ Niles Beach. Gloucester MA.

Mindful breathing can be done quickly and easily and offers positive physiologic and behavioral benefits. Benefits include decreased blood pressure, decreased stress, relief of tension (emotional and physical,) improve memory, focus and attention, improved mood, increased immune response, improved relationships, increased empathy and compassion.According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress. Mindfulness meditation, breathing and other forms of relaxation can elicit the relaxation response and decrease symptoms of stress.

One study concluded that carrying out a simple mindful breathing meditation for an average of only 10 minutes per day for a period of 16-weeks improved neural functioning that is indicative of improved focused attention. Just Breath ….

Remember, in this face-paced world of high technology it is important to take time for yourself, slow down and enjoy life more.

Contact Us if you would like to learn more about stress, relaxation techniques and how to better manage stress – info@dreamtimewellness.com or phone 978-283-4258.

Best in health,  Karen

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Sources and More Information:

  • APA Journal Psychotherapy. What are the Benefits of Meditation: A Practice Review of Psychotherapy-Related Research. Davis, D. and Hayes. July/August 2012, Vol 48, No.2., 198 – 208
  • American Psychological Association (2017). Stress in America: The State of Our Nation. Stress in America TM Survey.
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience. Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Moore, A. et al. February 10, 2012.

 

 

 

Go Red: February is National Heart Month

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

February is a Big Month for ‘Heart Health’ Awareness  – 

  • Women’s Heart Week – First week of February.
  • ‘Wear Red’ Day – Friday. February 2nd.  #GoRedWearRed
  • National Heart Month – the entire month of February

‘Get Your Red On’ and Help Spread the Word – Heart Disease is the #1 Cause of Death for Men and Women. (Deaths from cancer, a close second.)

Prevention, symptom awareness, early intervention and treatment of heart disease helps save lives.

Dreamtime Wellness™ is offering FREE Blood Pressure Screening and Simple Relaxation Technique during the month of February. Contact us to set up an appointment. Healthy lifestyle management and decreased cardiac risk factors lead to healthier hearts and lives.

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Meditation and Reiki Fundraisers for the Grace Center: January 31 and February 6th.

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

‘Relax and Renew’ while supporting a great cause! The Grace Center provides food and shelter for those in need. These two events promote relaxation and self-care in peaceful, quiet settings. A great break from the every day hustle and bustle of life! Learning simple, quick relaxation techniques is good for mind, body and spirit.

‘Blue Moon’ Meditation and Reiki (Circle) Mawashi 

Wednesday, January 31st.  5 – 8 pm.  Gloucester MA

Contact us for details and location: info@dreamtimewellness.com or call 978-283-4258. No meditation or reiki experience necessary. Guided, instructed meditations will be offered along with a reiki circle. Great for relaxation and stress relief. ‘Peace and Healing’ is the focus of the evening. Offered in a quiet, peaceful setting. Learn a new self-care skill and feel relaxed, refreshed and renewed. Tomorrow should be good weather for viewing a super ‘full’ moon that has appeared full twice this month which occurs infrequently, hence its name – ‘blue’ moon. Space is Limited! 

Community Reiki Share Tuesday, February 6th. Manchester-by-the-Sea MA

 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm at the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. On the MBTA Train line. Convenient Parking. Wheelchair accessible.‘By Donation.’ $20.00 suggested donation. ($10.00 for Seniors, Veterans, those in treatment for cancer.)

Together We Can Do More. Partnering with charitable causes to help others in need.

Advance Register on Our Website OR Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com or call 978-283-4258.

Join Us in helping to bring ‘peace, comfort and calm’ to those in need.

A portion of this month’s Reiki Share proceeds will be donated to the Grace Center, Inc.

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Preventing the Flu

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

How to Prevent the Flu – Important information from the Centers  of Disease Control (CDC ) on flu prevention:

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. *Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a balanced meal plan of healthy, nutritious food. 

Talk to Your Doctor! Ask for their recommendations regarding flu vaccinations, prevention and treatment.

The Flu Shot and more information about the flu vaccine from Mayo Clinic.

Myths and Misconceptions about the Flu Vaccine – “the vaccine does not cause the flu.”

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FREE Hypnosis Lecture

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Hypnotherapy; Make Positive Changes Easier. Part of the Common Crow Natural Market ‘Wellness Wednesday’ Series. Wednesday. January 24th.  6 – 7 pm.  At Tree Top Yoga, 3A Pond Rd. Gloucester MA

Free, but Advance Registration Recommended to guarantee your space. To Register Contact – Common Crow Natural Market  at 978-283-1665. For More Information About Hypnosis Contact – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com.

Resolve to Make Change in this New Year. The new year often brings renewed commitment to make positive lifestyle changes. Hypnotherapy and the use of self-hypnosis can help make it easier to get motivated to make changes, and then make it easier to also stick with the changes.

In this lecture you will learn – About the natural state of hypnosis, hypnotizability, and what to expect in a session. Case studies and evidence-based research will be presented. Questions answered.

How Can Hypnosis Help? What are Your Goals?

In my practice, these are just some of the conditions and issues my clients have sought hypnosis for:

  • Behavioral Changes – Stop Smoking, Reduce Weight, Exercise More, Eat Healthier
  • Personal Growth – More Time For Self, Change Jobs, Learn a New Skill or Language
  • Overcome Fears – Flying, Public Speaking, Test Taking, Stage Performance
  • Improve Athletic Performance – Golf, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Tennis
  • Health Improvement – Stress and Pain Management, Better Blood Pressure
  • Adjunct to Medical Care – Hot flashes, Asthma, Itching, IBS, Prepare for Surgery

Join me for this fun, informative, interactive and relaxing lecture. Everyone that wishes to will have a chance to enjoy relaxation techniques during the presentation. Space is limited. Reserve today!

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‘Holiday Blues’ and What You Can Do Improve Your Mood

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy Holiday! 

Unfortunately, the holidays are not always a joyful time for everyone. According to one survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), people may experience mixed emotions and increased stress during the holidays.

  • Positive Emotions at the Holidays: Happiness, Love, Connectedness, Higher Energy
  • Negative Emotions at the Holidays: Fatigue, Stress, Irritability, Sadness, Feeling Isolated

Increased Stressors at the Holidays May Include:

  • Overstretched for time/money
  • Pressures of gift giving and family gatherings
  • Staying on a (healthy eating plan)
  • Travel

56% reported they experience the most stress at work.

Social Isolation Can Add to Holiday Blues.

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