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How Breathwork Saved My Life

We tend to set expectations for ourselves that are beyond human capacity. We live in a society that is constantly encouraging us to keep pushing, keep doing, and keep going. Burnout, exhaustion can be worn as a badge of honour. But, it can also wreak havoc on our immune systems.  Less than 2 years ago, a friend asked how I was, my response - “I’m good”. In reality, I was caught in a stress cycle. I was emotionally and physically exhausted. But, I kept myself busy tucking away the feelings and emotions I didn’t want to bring to the surface.  In the Summer of 2019, my partner and I decided to renovate our main bathroom. The day we started the renovation, my husband’s surgeon called to let...

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Who Am I?

What is my hue, my essence in life? I had to travel through years of darkness to find myself.  Here is who I am.  I discovered myself at the age of 32 after spending years in the dark and feeling alone. The birth of my children pushed me deeper into the dark, a place I thought I never would be. The dark was a place I hid from everyone, including my beloved.  The feelings and emotions ripped me apart, I felt confused and scared and unworthy. The dark nights were filled with tears, depression and feelings of exhaustion. Thank goodness my husband started to catch on. “I know you are in there, you are not your thoughts, it’s OK. I love you!” Just when I felt most alone...

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Self Reg Sundays: Step 5 – Respond – 3 min read

What is Self-Reg?  Self-Regulation is understanding the stressors in our lives and learning how to manage our energy and tension. Shanker Self-Regulation is a five-step, non-linear framework that has transformed my life. This is not a program, but rather a framework that will shift your perspective on behaviours and how we manage stress and energy. One can’t truly teach and share with others until they are practicing it themselves.  Today, I’d like to share how I practice Step 5 - Respond, and how this step provides resilience for myself and my family. You can also integrate this step with your students and colleagues! Respond: Respond is about being proactive in strategies of restorationRespond focuses on energy and tension and their awareness to adjust these states regularly.Respond focuses on strategies...