Month: November 2016

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Create Your Personal Sanctuary

Juggling family, career, friends, and just plain daily stress?

You need to create a personal sanctuary.

I had the best time hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve yesterday and in the midst of all that natural beauty and calming space a topic came up. My single mom friend and I began discussing the importance of making our homes our personal sanctuaries.

Making personal space a sanctuary when it comes to creating a relaxing, self-loving environment for me and my daughter is so important. But what about when it comes to dating? That to me is when creating a sanctuary becomes more important than ever.

My home is a place of safety for me and my daughter. When I bring in different people (whose energy and agendas may or may not be in line with mine), when we create expectations and forge bonds, we are setting ourselves and our kids up for disappointment if we allow bonds to form too quickly or do so without careful thought.

With this in mind, I never allow dates to pick me up at home, invite them over, or allow anyone in my home that I know is toxic to our sanctuary.

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I take it even a step further…

…by not having my mail delivered to my home, ever. I choose to get my mail elsewhere. When I sit somewhere and open my mail it is away from home, so that if there is anything that may cause me stress, like bills, I am dealing with it in my car or in the Postal Annex and not bringing it into my personal sanctuary.

When I sit somewhere and open my mail it is away from home, so that if there is anything that may cause me stress, like bills, I am dealing with it in my car or in the Postal Annex and not bringing it into my personal sanctuary.

To take your personal space seriously means creating an environment where you can rejuvenate from the stresses of life outside of those doors and walls.  That means get and stay organized, set boundaries, and surround yourself with the things you love.

It is up to you to create a place you can feel resiliency take hold in, inhaling scents that make you feel relaxed, or lighting candles and sipping wine or tea as you relax.

It is up to you to create a place you can feel resiliency take hold in, inhaling scents that make you feel relaxed, or lighting candles and sipping wine or tea as you relax away the stress of life.  Even with kids at home, take the time to create a sanctuary with bubbles and light music when the house is quiet as your skin sinks into warm water.

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Make the time.  

Back in the days before computers, people went to work and came home, leaving all things related to their job back at the office. Now is it front and center in our sanctuary all the time. TV, computers and video games all bring a different energy into

Now is it front and center in our sanctuary all the time. TV, computers and video games all bring a different energy into the space and I am as careful as I can be, as sensitive as possible, to that disrupting the entire way I want my sanctuary to feel.

Bottom line…

Create Your Sanctuary

Creating a space that supports love, warmth, security, peace, joy and caring is a big part of living a resilient life.

Are you treating your home like a personal sanctuary?

Are you taking it seriously? If not, maybe it is time you change that.

Cheers to your success, and your relaxation!

Michelle Renee-Founding Partner

Michelle Renee

Founding Partner

VERB Media Group

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15 Ways A Dog Can Improve Your Life

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That soft fur, those floppy ears, that quizzical look, how could you not fall in love?

1. Dogs increase your mood dramatically! 

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Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab a toy and spend some time with your pup! That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face.

2. Having a dog may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Studies show that talking to and petting your pooches are often accompanied by lower blood pressure, and that means a lowered risk for a myriad of different illnesses.

3. Step aside, kitties! Dogs protect children from skin conditions and allergies.

Puppies can improve your life

Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of developing eczema than those who have cats or no dogs at all. Yes, it’s true! In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog.

4. Having a dog improves your physical wellbeing and encourages a healthy fitness routine.

Of course! Your dog requires daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners carry the responsibility of playing with and working their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active.

5. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses.

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Dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than non-dog owners. In fact, humans with pooches who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without!

6. Dogs make excellent service and alert animals. 

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Canines make excellent service companions when trained properly for people with disabilities. They can be trained to bring medication, alleviate a stressful situation for their human, and even detect an approaching epileptic seizure.

7. Children with dogs in their household miss less school.

Yes, it’s true. We all know that children absolutely adore pups, but research has shown that children from dog-owning families have better school attendance due to better overall health and less sickness from having a pup at home.

8. But wait, there’s more (for your kids)!

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Having dogs has actually been shown to improve a child’s self-esteem, and makes issues that cause stress easier to handle.

9. Simply put, they are a human’s best friend.

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Because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unexpectedly strong. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.

10. They make excellent watchdogs.

How dogs can improve your life

From puppyhood, dogs innately learn to watch and be aware of anything rotten coming your way. Potential burglars are put off by a barking or watching dog in the window. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers are among the top watchdog breeds, but even my fluffy American Eskimo dog is known to be great at alerting families of anything odd or suspicious!

11. Dogs help increase social interactions.

Yes, not only do dogs need care and playtime with their humans, but they need time to socialize with other pups too! This means that their humans will have a chance to socialize while they oversee the puppy playdates. Those of you with pups know that even going on a walk in the neighborhood can bring many friends and start many conversations!

12. There’s never a dull or boring moment.

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Have you ever found yourself sitting at home, wondering what to do today? There are so many things you can do with your dog, whether that be taking a trip to the park, training, playing, running, or just watching them chew a toy. It’s all fun, for both of you.

13. Dogs may save your life.

Our lovely canine friends seem to be able to detect the smell of cancer in human bodies. There have been stories of pups who continued to lick and sniff at moles or lumps on their human’s bodies, who eventually found out that those skin conditions were cancerous. In fact, since humans made this discovery, dogs have even been trained in just 3 hours to detect cancer!

Dogs can change your life

14. Stressed at work? Let me prescribe you one adorable puppy.

Notice the increasing trend in workplaces allowing dogs to come to work with their humans? There’s a reason for that! Studies have shown that people who take their dogs to work have lower stress levels during the workday.

15. Having a dog makes YOU a better person!

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The responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that comes with having a dog makes us stronger, all-around better people.

The dog-human relationship is a two-way street. We’ve heard the phrase, “Who rescued who?” and it’s certainly something to consider. Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us.

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