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When we feel any kind of stress, for instance from being late to an event or from being in a plane crash, the body releases cortisol. Cortisol is released by our adrenal system, which manages several hormones. It also manages epinephrine, which is the other major stress hormone. Every time the body releases cortisol in a minor stress situation, it is completely useless. It gives us a rush, a feeling of risk, fear, urge and later a crash. The more cortisol released, the less resilience our body has, and the more tired we are. As you can see, no good comes from that, but you already knew this.

What maybe you didn’t know is that all of these daily small cortisol releases get trapped in our fatty and muscle tissues. They keep reminding our brain that there is cortisol in our body while creating something called “cortisol resistance”. Cortisol resistance is when our body can no longer distinguish if it is stressed or not. Our body says “you are stressed since there is cortisol in your tissues.” The body simply feels the effects of stress all the time. Cortisol goes to work by weakening every organ and tissue in our body. It doesn’t leave anything out. The problem with stress or cortisol resistance is that often it appears as something else like anxiety, depression, or phobias. If you think you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, ask for help. We can’t do everything on our own.

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Mental Health Month: Depression

Antidepressants are widely prescribed medications that are being given to people for far too long.  The medication eventually stops working and then the doctor prescribes either another antidepressant or another kind of drug to support the first antidepressant.  During this time, patients can develop other collateral damage from all the medication they may be taking on a continual basis.

If you or a loved one have been on this type of a treatment cycle, it can be devastating. Depression doesn’t go away, but emotions and your health can also be at risk. People diagnosed with depression get tired of being called depressed, or worse, they begin to believe that they will always be depressed. Many are afraid to ask their doctor to reduce their medications as they can be insecure and feel that everything is an effort requiring a lot of energy that they don’t have. Eventually, they decide to take control of themselves and their lives and make a decision to try a different form of treatment.

If you have been taking medication for your depression for years and are ready to try a different form of treatment, ask your doctor to start reducing the dose of your medication. Depression has many faces and looks different for everyone. Consider the possibility that maybe your brain is struggling with mineral or vitamin deficiency or hormonal imbalance. Addressing these is a total new ball game. Ask for a complimentary consultation with one of our coaches and go from there.

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Mental Health Month Starts Today!

It seems like people talk about mental health a lot, but not enough to make things change drastically. We still live in a society where there is too much suicide, too much depression, anxiety and stress, too much drug addiction, alcohol and food addiction, too much prescribed medication addiction….It’s too much for far too long!

As an advanced society, we should take care of our own people. Sometimes, it seems we do as individuals, but as a society not so much. As a society, our health priorities are all wrong. How is it possible that we can buy a $1,500 cellphone, but we can’t sign up for a gym membership? Why can we go and buy cooked food at a restaurant for at least $15 a meal either once or twice a day, but we find it expensive to spend $100 a week on produce and protein? Why is a $30 bottle of wine okay to buy, but we complain for the price of quality water? All these things affect our mental health and we resist giving these up. Our mental health depends on our choices; food, water, sleep, exercise, spiritual and intellectual lifestyle. When we neglect either of these pillars, we are decreasing brain and mind effectiveness. If the choices we make include adding drugs, alcohol, prescriptions, envy, stress, rage and isolation, we are setting ourselves up for catastrophe sooner or later. Why do we fear giving up the things that are hurting our mental and brain health? Why is it so difficult to make better choices? We are emotionally attached to the things we do daily and it makes it very difficult to stop doing them. Guess what? When you take care of your routines, eating habits and invest in your health education, you are changing all the odds of your health in the future. It makes it a thousand times easier to get better control of your mental health. Our complimentary workshops are for this. We provide you with a free open education to teach everyone that wants to do better. Ask us for our next workshop and invite a friend to join. You will change your and your friend’s health outcome.

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Reading and writing develop thousands of neuro-pathways in your brain.

Only then will I decide if I need a deeper understanding of the subject. If I do, I will apply the knowledge to my daily life, that’s how you get understanding.

Today is St. George’s Day. In Catalonia, where I am from, we celebrate St. George as Book day. We buy books and we give them. 

The story of St. George is passed from generation to generation and celebrated by everyone. It’s a book and rose party. Men get a book from a woman and women get a rose from a man. It’s a one-day celebration where everyone gets a gift from a loved one or someone that wants to be.

I have always been a book nerd. I am not trying to be a smart ass. I am someone that reads for fun to keep my mind occupied in something productive when there is a worry. It is what I do and what I have done for years, and it works!

To me, books have acquired more interest in the last 4 years or so. I love gathering knowledge of all sorts. Don’t get me wrong, but what I use books for is for self-serving purposes when things get tough.

Yes, you heard me. When there is a stressor and I am having a hard time focussing my mind into thinking of what I want, I distract my mind with a book. I read, for the most part, books from thinkers, the classics or science. I do love science and I always try to get a hold of the latest release of a scientific book. The reason is because I am also a very spiritual person. I know it might sound weird to some, but science and spirituality are closer than you think. The one thing I like to do when I am reading is to find my own scientific approach to a spiritual book or find the spiritual approach to a scientific book. I always find it because these two are closer than most people think.

I have a “go to” book to keep my mind occupied, The Hidden Power from Thomas Troward. I then combine this with something entertaining or lighter. My last one is, The God Equation from Michio Kaku. I loved this book. Even though many people would think that these two books and authors have nothing in common, I can for sure see the similarities.

Spirituality and science have been holding hands since the beginning of time even though many resist to believe that. I am not going to try to convince anyone about anything, what I would like to do is encourage everyone to try to find time in their day to read and write a bit. Five minutes of writing and ten minutes of reading daily. If you are a beginner, this will make a big change in how you envision your possibilities in life. If you already read and write daily, challenge yourself in finding a way to blend your two passions in life. That way we’ll never have to choose, we can have it all!

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Lost in Connection.

Young adults created a lot of discomfort for everyone, they resisted to stop seeing their friends and hang out with them in some way. They were the “resistance” and they stuck to their guns, not that I agreed or disagreed, it was a fact. Teenagers had a harder time since most of them depend on their parents to go places and do things, if their parents said “we stay home” they stayed home! Today they are collective with the higher levels of anxiety and depression in our country.  They came back to school recently. They were craving their friends and the close relationship they have with their BFF. Teenagers, especially girls. Girls neuro-psychologically speaking they need close conversation, emotional engagement, and the role models they look after. Boys tend to communicate differently and they do better by themselves if they have their fathers in the house, the father is the role model they look after. Now,…

little children, grammar school children, are the new generation that will have a later struggle. In their case there is not so much anxiety or depression, their struggle will be fear. Fear to confraternalize with peers, they will be used to the isolation that will create a different set of emotional deficiencies such as germaphobia, physical touch, social distancing, and emotional distancing. Brain mirror cells need to be worked to enhance performance, all this distancing keeps mirror cells dormant to the point it is more difficult to have empathy and compassion for others. 

I am not judging, I want to raise awareness to the mental health of little children’s mental health, they don’t know how to express emotions this is something they learn from being with others, many, that way they have a big range of emotions to pick from, while in isolation these won’t happen. 

People need people of their own age range to learn as big as emotions range to operate in all areas of their life. That way we can call adults to be “emotional maturity” otherwise adults behave like children when they get triggered for whatever reason.

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What’s right for you might not be right for everyone else

Perspective is one of our mental gifts. We get to choose how we see or experience life from choice. 

Perspective runs everyone’s beliefs. We apply it everywhere, from politics, race, social status to our own body. Freedoms change depending on the perspective. 

How can you change your perspective to change the way you experience happiness?

The short answer to the question is, choice. We choose to experience our relationship positively or negatively by choosing unconsciously how we experience our interactions with that specific relationship. It can go from enjoyment to suffering and all the in-betweens depending on what we tell ourselves about the person we have in front of us. It doesn’t matter whether we know the person or not. Oh yes! We have an opinion about someone regardless if we know the person or not which is very unfair. It’s unfair not for that person. That person doesn’t care. It is very unfair for us because that limits our enjoyment in the present moment which is not good for us. 

I remember a conversation I had one day with my brother about a memory we had about our father.  The memory was exactly the same, but the experience at the moment was completely different. He had a perspective and I had the opposite perspective of the same event. Neither was wrong, it was just different. Mine was much more positive than his, after giving him my perspective, he totally changed his. He just didn’t think about it in another way.

When you are capable of experiencing life from one perspective and still open to listening to others perspective, that might just catapult you from being okay in the present moment to feeling happy. This is how important it is to be in the present moment and listen to others.

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Spring is the perfect time to create

I am sure you at least remember one story of your childhood where imagination was the rule to play. I certainly do! Imagination the biggest Universe there is. It is as big as you make it and has no limits or boundaries. It only depends on your limiting beliefs.

The good news is that imagination is flexible. It stretches, grows and morphs into anything you want. It can take you to the past or the future and can create your best self. Imagination can travel, build, transform or spread like gunpowder. Imagination is the power of your mind, your thoughts. It’s the safest most sacred place that only you have access to. 

I remember when I was a kid around 4/5 years old (yes I do have really early memories), I would close my eyes and disappear in my mind. I truly believed I was totally gone to the point that I didn’t feel my body. I remember the day I learned I could fall and not feel the pain on my knees because I made the pain disappear by closing my eyes.

As an adult I had to learn how to exercise the imagination muscle. I lost the power of disappearing for many years. Today, through the power of imagination, I choose to be present at all times, this is my superpower. When my clients talk to me, I am only there. This is the same with my students, friends, children, family and acquaintances.  When someone talks to me, I listen because I am genuinely interested. If I am not, I would let them know. Imagination brought freedom of choice into my life and I am sticking with it forever.

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Food for your soul, why not?

Your brain and body are the reflection of what you put in it. If you are eating “junk” food, what do you think will show on the outside? If your thoughts are negative, doubtful, self-judging or criticizing, what do you think your attitude would be on the outside? How do you think others will receive you?

We get what we give. I am not talking about giving things, I am talking about giving quality of one-self, giving one-self. Every time we have an interaction with someone, there is an exchange of energy. It is only a matter of the attitude from both individuals to make it a pleasant or a difficult interaction or something in between. It took me many years to master my attitude. It is not easy. I am still working on it every day. The good news is that it becomes easier everyday.
My attitude work starts at 5:50am when my alarm goes off. Instead of being upset, my first thought goes towards being grateful for getting up healthy and ready to workout with no shade of laziness.
It keeps going when the workout is exhausting or challenging. I will do my very best all the time with a smile on my face.
I prepare my breakfast and can’t wait to eat it. It looks so delicious, healthy and boosting. It is my favorite meal of the day.
I write my gratitude and my goals on my dream book, well that is just awesome!

Showering is always a pleasure. It feels so good and powerful. I can’t wait to start my working day. Every day at this point, I will have a message from more than one loved one…that pumps up my day!
My assistant Cindy always greets me with a “Good morning Gemi” and a smiley face message. I am so grateful for her and would not be able to handle everything without her.

Then I see my clients, and here is my top of the top of the day. I love my clients and students so much. My gratitude and love is unconditional. They are the BEST!
…..the list goes on and on until the end of the day when I get in bed, that right there is heaven.

What attitude are you going to put out there right now?

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Your brain can be tricked into happiness

Everyone wants to be happy, no question about it. Some people don’t seems to find their way to happiness and other people seems to always be happy. Why does happiness seems so difficult for some of us and so easy for others? Stick with me here, it’s worth it.

When I was married to my son’s father, that was for almost 10 years, I was terribly unhappy. I was in a very abusive marriage and I stayed in it for this long, I was unhappy and I couldn’t see a way out. The point is, during all that unhappy time I always felt everyone else was unhappy too. I even thought people were faking happiness but indoors they weren’t.

Needless to say I was totally wrong. I was unhappy and my brain made me believe the rest of the world was too. The strong force of survival kicks in when we are stressed at any level. Survival also wants you to belong and for that your brain creates a very complex chemistry to trick, not only your brain also your mind. This phenomenon makes the unhappiness barrable, it made me feel I belonged. Of course thought is involved, you want to survive so you believe it, your reptilian brain believes it, your subconscious mind believes it and you are even capable of making others believe that you are okay. All of this happens when our brain chemistry is so dominated by cortisol and serotonin and dopamine are basically absent. At this point we learned how to ignore the fact we are terribly unhappy.

Now here is the good news,  if you ever felt this way, you can totally undo it! Creating new happy brain cells to replace the unhappy cells is not only doable, it is fun! Here is the potion:

  • Laugh everyday at least once (big teary laugh)
  • Hug your loved ones or your pets
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes everyday
  • Go the bed before 10pm
  • Listen to music
  • Talk to a friend
  • Have sex, lots of it!
  • Eat clean food
  • Drink 40oz water
  • Love, love, love everything you do

If you can practice at least 3 of these I can assure you, your brain is going to transform into a bundle of joy and it will leave the murky atmosphere unhappiness so behind that you won’t be able to see it. 

Try it!  What do you have to lose?

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What Matters to You

We all sometimes feel like the last kid on the block. Everybody goes before us and when it is time to take care of ourselves we feel we don’t have the energy anymore. Does it sound familiar to you? It happened to me!

Not anymore though. One of the most valuable things I learned is the fact that life will happen all the time, bad things, good things, normal things, boring things, life will keep happening always.  What matters the most is how you react towards those things and what you do with the hand that has been dealt to you.

If you want to live a more fulfilling life, a healthy and long life, you want to stop yourself before you complain when something challenging happens to you.

I used to complain about all sorts of things that happened to me. Today, I am grateful for those things that have made me the person I am today, a happy one!

Problems come, illness comes, this pandemic comes…there is nothing we can do when these issues sneak into our lives.

The one thing we can do is to see there is a learning opportunity for us in every hiccup in life. It only matters what you do with it and remember –

You can do, be and have anything you want in life.

Why not be happy today, just today!!