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I help high achieving women put themselves at the top of their own to-do lists. A lot of my course members tend to be caregivers who wrestle with self-care feeling selfish. I help them to dismantle that mindset and recognize that when we prioritize the essential habits of self-care (including self-compassion), we're best able to show up for everyone else in our lives, and our work in the world.
I've been a Licensed Acupuncturist empowering people to align their lifestyle and diet with ancient principles of health and balance since 2003. In addition to being national-board certified in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), I hold teaching certifications in Healing Qi Gong, yoga, Aroma Acupoint Therapy, and in Holistic Health Coaching from from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
One client with fibromyalgia was struggling to exercise, meditate, or have any time to herself in the morning because she often didn't get out of bed until 10am. As a freelancer, she had the freedom to do this, but then felt the pressure to get working rather than taking care of herself. She thought of herself as "a sick person," and this belief was limiting her possibilities.
I helped her shift her bedtime earlier by 15 minutes a night to make it easier for her to get up in the morning. As this process was underway, we talked about her big Why: being more comfortable in her body. She knew she felt better doing her PT exercises and some yoga in the mornings, but was only doing that on weekends.
I had her start with just 5 minutes of PT or yoga, and if she had more time, she could do more if she wanted to. Just making it non-negotiable but modular helped this new habit to take root. By week seven of the program, she was getting up at 7:00am, hydrating, meditating, doing yoga, and her PT exercises and no longer identifying as a “sick” person, because “only sick people are allowed to sleep until 10.” Massive identity evolution!