• Heal Yourself

    Can’t go out?

    You can always go *within.*

    “And do what…?” you ask.

    Allow me to suggest! A healing meditation 🙂

    Specifically, this 5-Part Healing Meditation.

    I do this everyday. I invented it for myself. To heal myself.

    Check it out:

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    The 5-Part Healing Meditation

    Here are the steps:

    1. Take 5 Deep Breaths

    Sink into the meditative state

    2. Feel All Your Emotions Authentically

    Give your self a safe space to feel your real emotions for once

    3. Follow the Energy

    Follow your energy inside and outside your body – wherever it goes!

    4. Be in Your Body

    Do a sweep of your body: Feet to head!

    5. Be in the Now

    Spend a moment just existing.. in the now 🙂

    That’s it!

    What do you think about healing yourself?

    What do you think about healing yourself with these five steps?

    –> Hop over to the comment section on this YouTube video and share your thoughts!! I’d love wait to hear from you 🙂

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    Best of luck on your #selfhealing journey.

    I am so proud of you!

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • Change Your Life with Meditation

    Do you think meditation is boring? It’s a sign: You’re ready to level up! Here are 6 meditation skills to level up your mind + reality! You’re not a beginner anymore (trust me). Here’s 6 ways to take your meditating to the next level.

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    Here are the six skills to learn to move from a beginner meditator to an intermediate one! Read the post below or watch the video above.

    1. Get out of the Stress State

    The stress state is a particularly damaging state to remain in. Learn to unravel the stress state while meditating. The idea is to pinpoint stressed feelings first, then calm them and release them. It only takes about 5-10 mins once you get the hang of it. And you’ll feel amazing after. The goal: de-stress whenever you want.

    2. Re-experience Memories in a Safe Space

    Create a safe space in your mind for unwanted re-occurring memories to surface. Let them play until they run out. Know that you’re safe the whole time you re-experience this. Acknowledge the feelings you have. Allow them. Learn from them. Then release them. As opposed to letting your mind run wild and control you, this skills allows you to gain control of your mind.

    3. Do a Future Visualization

    Visualize a positive outcome for your future. Feel the good feelings that come with experiencing the positive outcome. Start with small, regular, simple things that you know you can do. Like washing your hands to drawing a doodle. Then work up to larger dreams like passing a test or giving a wonderful speech. Then wake up and bring that future to life.

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    4. Have a Conversation with Yourself

    In this skills, you let the inner part of yourself speak. This inner pat can be called many things: our inner self, true self, higher self, inner child, superego, super conscious, etc. You likely even have multiple inner selves, which is very normal. So get into meditation and just start asking yourself questions. Listen for your own “inner” answers in a non-judgmental way. Have a conversation. Become more in touch with yourself. Because you’re amazing.

    5. Do a Healing Meditation

    When do we ever heal non-physical aspects of ourselves that have become worn and damaged? Basically never. In meditation you can heal your hurt non-physical self, for example, your Emotional Self and Spiritual Self. While meditating, bathe yourself in healing waters. Feel the waters healing you washing away anything negative you want to release. Or try a healing light meditation, or a color meditation! Bathe your being in your favorite color – why not? You’ll feel amazing after, trust me.

    The sixth way to level up your mediation skills: find your chakras. Image shows locations of chakras going up the spine!
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    6. Find Your Chakras

    Babe, it is time to find all 7 of your energy centers. You want to locate them, open them, and close them to healthy balanced level. Think about it like an adjustable light. You’ll learn about a whole new inner world (of you!) and gain the basic skills needed for working with these powerful chakras.

    So there you are! The six meditation skills I recommend you learn to move from a beginning meditator to an intermediate mediator.

    I highly encourage you to level up your mind and reality by manipulating the crazy amazing mind – brain – conscious system that we have!

    Video: 6 Meditation Skills that will Change Your Life

    What do you think about leveling-up your meditation skills?

    What do you think about leveling up your meditation skills with these six abilities?

    Have you tried any of these? Are you curious about any of these? What would you add? I would love to know!

    –> Hop over to the comment section on this YouTube video and share your thoughts!! I can’t wait to hear from you 🙂

    And for even more room in your consciousness, try the Consciousness Challenge, which I made just for you! Details below. ↓

    Here’s to your success upgrading your #meditationskills

    I am so proud of you!

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • Raise Your Consciousness

    Raising your consciousness raises the quality of your life experience. It levels you up – right now! Why should you raise your consciousness? To feel more alive. To be more alive! First we’ll see what consciousness is. Then, we’ll talk about 3 ways to raise it! Let’s go!

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    WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

    Consciousness goes by many names! Here are a few:

    • Awareness
    • Your own personal perspective of reality
    • Awakeness
    • Attention
    • Knowingness
    • Focus
    • Energy state
    • Quality of experience
    • Being in the moment
    • Your real true self
    • The underlying nature of reality

    Consciousness is like the piece of paper that our reality is printed on. Usually, we only care about the words. But without the paper – we wouldn’t – and couldn’t – have any words at all. This is what consciousness is like. It is the underlying nature of our reality.

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    WHY RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

    Why should you raise your consciousness? To feel more alive. To be more alive! Your regular sensory abilities will be extended! Your overall life experience will be deeper and larger. You will be able to:

    • Take in more information
    • Experience more of your environment
    • Experience a higher quality of senses
    • Smell more deeply
    • Taste more deeply
    • See more clearly
    • Hear more
    • Feel more of your body
    • Be calmer
    • Feel a wider range of emotions

    3 WAYS TO RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS:

    Here are 3 tried-and-true methods for up-leveling your conscious state!

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    1. MINDFULNESS

    A great technique for raising your consciousness is Mindfulness!

    In this exercise, you go about your regular business very attentive to each specific thing you are doing.

    A popular method is to light a candle. Pay attention to the flame. Stay focused on the flame. When your mind wanders (and it will!) gently guide it back to the flame. Do this for 5 minutes. This will seriously up-level your consciousness!

    It doesn’t have to be a flame. Any similar thing – of your choice – will do the trick!

    With mindfulness, you are training your consciousness to do what you say. And that is to stay focused on something.

    Being able to choose where your consciousness goes up-levels you. Why? Because the world is constantly bombarding you with things to distract your attention! This pulls your conscious into many small pieces.

    But focusing your energy on one task intentionally allows you to gather a greater amount of consciousness in one place.

    The result? More life! 🙂

    2. BE IN THE NOW

    Being in the Now will majorly up-level your consciousness.

    Here’s how it works:

    We are constantly living in the future or the past, mentally.

    The Now is what we actually have. And the Now is what we are burning up when we are focusing on these other places.

    Right Now is always here. And it is a very powerful place.

    Let’s try it now. Fully enter your life. BE IN THE NOW. Right now. Go!

    ~ You are in the now ~

    Well done. If you are ever missing a part of yourself, look for it in the Now.

    3. MEDITATION

    Mediation is the third tactic for expanding your consciousness. And it is amazing.

    I like to say – Meditation allows you to calm the water bowl of your mind. Here’s the analogy:

    Usually, the waves of our mind are fast and high. In this case, not much can stay in the water bowl. But if we slow down, the waves are lower, and we can fit more into the water bowl (without water splashing out).

    Meditation helps you to calm things down. When things are calmer you can have more water in the bowl. And by water, I mean… consciousness! 🙂

    To get started, I made you a 1-minute meditation.

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    DISCOVER WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

    I hope these ideas inspire you! But the real inspiration comes from within.

    So I encourage you to go figure out what consciousness-manipulation methods work FOR YOU. That’s right. I’m giving you permission to purposefully move your consciousness!

    I promise some things will come easily + naturally to you. Here are some suggestions:

    • Move your consciousness down over your body
    • Go into nature and expand it out from your body
    • Become conscious of your internal world
    • Go to a beautiful place and become hyper-conscious of it
    • Attend to your emotional world
    • Become conscious of the everyday physical world around you
    • Try a guided meditation

    I am so excited for you!

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    WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RAISING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

    I am super curious – what do you think? Would you try these techniques? Do you already do these things to raise your consciousness?

    Hop over to this video on YouTube, leave a comment, and let me know! I can’t wait to hear from you 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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    I’ve made a challenge for you!

    It is a 7-Day Challenge, in which you try these 3 consciousness-raising techniques for one week. It is based on a worksheet. I designed this specifically to encourage you on your consciousness journey! Go you. 🙂

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  • Don’t Get Played in the Dating Game

    Hey babe – are you a toy? No, you are not.
    Do you exist to be played with? No, you do not.
    Do you deserve to be manipulated? No!

    But… in the dating game… you may be!

    In this video, I talk about how people manipulate each other in today’s dating world.

    I’m revealing the game! How it is played. And – most importantly – how to get out. ↓

    Why is dating called “the game?” Understand the game so you don’t get played.

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    Why is dating called “the game?” Why do we say “don’t hate the player, hate the game?”

    The answer is that dating is not always a game of love. Some people play a very different game. And it is harmful to the person who is getting played. In this video, I call that person “the toy.”

    In the game, the player gets the toy to give of themselves – or their heart – as much as possible. This is often measured sexually, but it can also be emotionally, energetically, or monetarily.

    Once the toy has given a lot of themselves to the player, the player leaves. They end the relationship, disappear, or simply withdraw their time, attention, and affection.

    In this case, the player has won. They have won affection, sex, money, declared feelings, or the toy’s heart. Meanwhile, they have not gone so far. They have not given their heart in return.

    In removing themselves quickly from their target once the game is up, the player proves that they “got” the other person. What do I mean by got? I mean got to take the relationship – and their feelings – past the neutral zone. While this happens, the player themselves stay cool, neutral, free, and unattached.

    By revealing the game and how it is played, my hope is to give you the tools to break down this very damaging system.

    Bye toxic masculinity! Let’s get free.

    #notatoy

    Did you know – You are not a toy?

    What do you think? Does your experience resonate with my description of “the game?” How have you gotten free?

    –> Hop over to the comment section on this YouTube video! + Say what you think! 😉

    Thanks for watching!

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • Energize when Coffee Fails

    Here’s what it feels like when coffee fails me. I’ve been drinking coffee for hours, just to keep my eyes open. I feel like I’m trekking to the ends of the earth. My heart rate is heavy, my mind races, I’m dizzy and weak. Yet I also feel like shooting electricity from my fingertips? And not in a badass evil-emperor kind of way. More like a pathetic zombie-listlessly-searching-for-brains kind of way. (I thought this stuff was supposed to HELP.)

    THIS, my friend, is what happens when coffee fails. When the miracle beverage is no longer “doing its job” of keeping you alert, awake, and kind of manic.

    Why does this happen? Here’s the biological reason.

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    Coffee Doesn’t Give You Energy

    The truth about coffee is that it triggers your body to burn its energy stores. The stimulation we feel from drinking coffee doesn’t actually come from the beans. It comes from us. From our bodies.

    Whaaaat?

    Yep. Coffee isn’t PROVIDING anything. Rather it is a trigger. A signal. A catalyst. Coffee tells your body to go into its reserves and light that stuff on fire! It does this by activating your fight-or-flight reaction, otherwise known as the stress response. One study found increased cortisol levels – which is the stress hormone – appeared in people all day after having their morning caffeine. And for those who hadn’t had caffeine in awhile, the substance boosted their cortisol considerably. Bam!

    Long story short, coffee doesn’t bring any nourishment on its own.

    Ever noticed how satisfying it feels to eat something sugary with your coffee? Or sugary AND fatty? Well, there’s a reason for that. Whether you pour it into your drink or eat it on the side, sugar and cream provide quick energy. That way, the coffee has something to help you burn. Often, this will give you with a big burst of energy.

    But that burst is not going to last forever. And once the energy is gone, no amount of caffeine is going to replenish it, because that’s not caffeine’s jam.

    So THIS is why drinking coffee when you’re already tired seems to “do nothing” (and maybe even makes things worse). Because it is lighting you on fire, even when you have nothing to burn.

    So you’re NOT running out of coffee energy. You’re running out of personal energy. Then you become a zombie. Blurg.

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    When Coffee Fails, Actually Your Energy Fails

    In my last year of writing my dissertation, I pushed myself over the edge. To a place where not even coffee could help me.

    I felt obligated to spend every moment of my waking hours working on my PhD defense. Yet I knew it wouldn’t be enough.

    I needed to be on point. At all times. I needed to be awake and INTELLIGENT. Not just barely able to prop myself up at meetings. My most intelligent self! [Insert expletive here]

    To Sumarize:

    • No time could be wasted.
    • Coffee ran out of energy boosting power and left me weak.

    I started to panic.

    Geez, was I desperate. I was willing to try anything. And that’s when I figured something out. How to keep my brain in “I woke up like this” mode all day long. How to not need coffee at all. And I’m actually going to tell you what it is right now 🙂

    The Solution: Replenish your Natural Energy (8 Ways)

    Alright, so you’re going to be shocked (I’m sure). But my actual solution for when coffee fails to uplift you is to replenish your energy like nature intended – naturally! Or rather not deplete it doing stupid things. Here are my 8 favorite ways:

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    1. Eat Some Super-Healthy Food

    Eat very healthy, raw, nutrient-dense food. This gives you real, pure energy that will burn for awhile, leave you feeling refreshed. Some favorites:
    • Almonds
    • Broccoli
    • Strawberries
    • Banana
    • Avocado
    • Chia Seeds *

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    2. Do a Five-Minute Workout

    This gets your nervous system bumping AND even helps generate brain tissue growth. Fantastic options:
    • Walk around the block
    • Do sit-ups or an ab workout
    • Yoga poses (think: 1-2 sun salutations)
    • Run in place
    • Dance party to one song!

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    3. Meditate

    Meditating for just 1-5 mins is great for anti-anxiety, it calms your mind, and truly gives your more time and mental energy. I like:
    • Anti-anxiety meditation
    • Deep breathing
    • Grounding meditation
    • Color meditation

    4. Eliminate Distractions

    Things like social media pull your energy away. Here are the top things to stop giving your energy away to:
    • Your phone
    • Other people
    • Media & news
    • Fears of the future
    • Social Media in all its forms

    5. Do Your To-Dos and NOTHING ELSE

    Okay, this one really comes in handy before coffee fails you. (So you don’t get to that point.)

    It is just so nice to hyper-focus because 100% of your available energy is on the tasks at hand (hypothetically). Once something is done and checked once just MOVE ON. Don’t keep re-reading what you did. Just focus on checking things off and that’s it. Believe me, its more powerful than it seems. You’ll get done faster. And won’t need another doubleshot. 

    A nice tall glass of clean water6. Drink TONS of Water

    If coffee fails you, perhaps you don’t need more. Although “basic,” some nice clear cool water may be just the thing for your tired brain! Heres’s some fun ways to get more of the life-giving stuff into your system (so that it can function properly):
    • Infuse your water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or mint
    • Try a sparkling water
    • Chug 8 ounces of water (see my post Mental Health Trick: Keep Dry Skin Happy for my quick-hydrating technique!)
    • Fill a big water bottle and drink it over 1 hour

    7. Stand Up to Work

    I know you’ve heard of the standing desk craze. Well yes, it is more healthy for you. But you know what else? It is also more energizing than sitting in your chair like a lump. Get up on your feet, blast some upbeat tunes, and watch yourself kill that to do list baby!

    8. Have a Quit Time – and Obey It

    To keep you motivated and avoid procrastinating (which also just drains your energy), have an absolute quit time (and not at midnight either). I’m talking a good old end-of-day stop time. With this in place, you won’t be quite so tempted to spend your energy on non-critical tasks and chit-chat. And without those things, you’ll have more energy to spend on what you consciously deem important.

    My Philosophy: Only Coffee-Up When You Have Energy to Spare

    Am I 100% against drinking coffee? Absolutely not.

    Am I 100% against drinking coffee when you’re hungry and dead-tired? Yes. 🙂

    If you need to get things done, taking care of yourself is a WAY better option than drinking coffee. Counter-intuitively, some self-care actually works to boost your energy. Believe me, I finished my PhD using these tricks. Ultimately, I couldn’t do it without my health. ♥

    Much Love,

    Erienne

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  • Let Things Slide

    What REALLY happens if you let things slide? When you check out of your life?

    Not that much, I found.

    Actually, taking a vacation from being a try-hard was a nice restoring break. (Although I did have to rediscover my fat pants).

    Here’s my late night “Confession.” What happened. Why I stopped caring. Why I let things slide. And what I learned.

    WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE (I told you it was a confessional.)

     

     

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    In Summary:

    Taking a break, letting things slide, or checking out of your life TRULY isn’t a big deal. 

    Life goes on. 

    Everyone is busy with their own things. 

    We all need times of relaxation where we can recharge. 

    However, sometimes we don’t let ourselves recharge for a very long time. In this case, a planned break in the future may not do it for you. Instead, you may need to take a break NOW.

    That is what I mean by “checking out of your life.” I mean NOT CARING NOW. Doing things at 50% rather than 100%. Saying no to freaking everything. Resting

    Let things slide when you have nothing in the tank. And I promise, you’ll benefit from it.

    💚

    What happens when YOU let things slide?

    What happens when you let things slide? Have you ever tried this?

    Hop on over to this video post on the Fresh Philosopher YouTube Channel to leave me a comment. Let me know! I need to know. 🙂

    Happy sliding!

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • Keep a Gratitude Journal

    Have you heard of a gratitude journal?

    Gratitude journals are a physical space dedicated to being grateful.

    It is a notebook, or other pad of paper, where you take time on a regular basis to reflect on what you’re grateful for. 

    But more than that – gratitude journals help us cultivate the internal state of gratitude.

    Gratitude is a mindset. By cultivating it, you increase your mental capacity for positivity – without changing anything in your external world. It is pretty powerful 🙂

    In this post, I show you the basics of gratitude journaling so you can begin one for yourself!

    The Gratitude Journal Method

    Allow gratitude journaling to encourage you to grow a positive mindset by listing a few things that you’re grateful for every day (usually 3). That’s it!

    Here’s how to do it:

    1. Choose a journal, notebook, or other pad of paper. Dedicate this space to gratitude journaling only.
    2. Choose an interval of time: every day or once a week
    3. Set a reminder to write in your journal
    4. When it is time, open your journal!
    5. Write out 3 things you are grateful for…
    6. If you feel like it, write more!
    7. Spend a moment feeling grateful for each thing… at least 20 seconds each
    8. Close your journal and put it in a special place, so you can easily find it next time
    9. Enjoy your feeling of gratitude all day 🙂

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    Gratitude Inspiration

    Maybe you’ve got the journal out, pen in hand, but no inspiration comes? 

    Something normal – is to feel writer’s block. You’re not sure what to say. Then you think negatively of yourself for not knowing how to be grateful on command.

    Here are a few questions to get you started:

    • What am I grateful for today that’s new?
    • What has positively changed my life recently?
    • What makes me feel glad to be alive right now?
    • What are my greatest positive influences?
    • What has changed my life for the better?
    • What is good about my life?

    A Grateful Mindset

    Gratitude is a feeling. 
    Feelings are connected to thoughts.
    Thoughts lead to behaviors.
    Behaviors create more feelings.

    By stimulating positive feelings regularly, we begin a cycle of living more positively overall.

    What the gratitude journal does specifically, is encourage the link between positive feelings and positive thoughts. 

    Write what you feel grateful for. Naturally. Effortlessly.

    Then allow yourself to think about it. 

    This puts us into a mindset inspired by the grateful feeling. 

    That mindset – in turn – will lead us to create a life of actions, people, situations, and things that inspire more gratitude and positivity!

    This is the power of the gratitude journal. 

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    The Should Trap

    One trap we can fall into is writing down things we aren’t actually grateful for. 

    Why would we do that? 

    Because we think we should feel grateful for it.

    And by writing it down… maybe… we can force ourselves to like it. Maybe we can feel… how we think we should feel.

    Alert! This is something you want to avoid.

    Why? Because it won’t work. 

    Why forced gratitude won’t work:

    Why won’t forced gratitude journaling work? Because it is counter-productive.

    In order to cultivate more positivity throughout your day, you have to stimulate the feeling. 

    When we write something we aren’t actually grateful for – we stimulate a different feeling. 

    That is, instead of inspiring gratitude, it will inspire more of something else. Perhaps resentment, confusion, dislike, or general negativity. 

    Ew! 

    And in the Law of Attraction, this will simply create more of what you’re ungrateful for in your life. 

    What to do instead of forcing it:

    If you find yourself writing things you aren’t actually grateful for, just use the gratitude journal to explore this further. 

    Ask yourself:

    • Why do I think I should feel grateful for this?
    • Why don’t I feel grateful for this?
    • Why might it be okay for me not to feel grateful?
    • How can I change my life to encompass more things that I’m actually grateful for?

    With any luck, you can have a personal breakthrough 🙂 Now that’s what I want to use a journal for 😉

    Happy Journaling!

    For me, personally, gratitude journaling has stimulated positive benefits in my life: emotionally, mentally, behaviorally, and physically. 

    It even inspired me to journal more, and now I’m hooked. 😉

    What is your gratitude journaling status?

    → Hop over to my FacebookInstagram, or YouTube Channel and drop a comment sharing your own experience! 

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    I wish you all the best on your gratitude journal journey!

    Love,

    Erienne
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  • Vanquish Energy Vampires

    What are energy vampires? Are they even real?

    Energy vampires are people who suck. Literally!

    Energy vampires suck out your energy, keeping you in a negative state. They are not blood-sucking vampires, they are life-sucking vampires: people in your life who drain you (and give nothing back).

    In this video, I talk about the 4 types of energy vampires I’ve encountered. I share how to deal with each one! 

    Energy Vampire 1: The Talker

    The talker type of energy vampire gets off by talking… and talking… and talking… and they never stop!

    This sucks the life out of you by draining your listening energy and cutting you off from expressing yourself.

    How to deal: Stop listening! Direct your attention elsewhere. Cut off their source of energy (which is you).

    Energy Vampire 2: The Downer

    The downer type of energy vampire gets off by making sure that everything is negative all of the time. They put everything down. 

    This drains your energy by turning your positive energy, news, or activity into something negative.

    How to deal: Call them out, and leave. Then stop going to them with your good news. Stop sharing your positive vibes with them. Find new people to share your life with. 

    Energy Vampire 3: The Therapy Vampire

    The therapy energy vampires drain you of life by dumping their problems all over you.

    Generally, being a shoulder to cry on is a good thing. Right?

    But the therapy vampire exploits this by never fixing their problems. They always have problems, and they are always worse than yours.

    How to deal: Stop giving them therapy. Tell them you support them getting help or fixing their own problems. Wish them luck. Then walk away.

    If they aren’t an energy vampire, this will help. If they are, they’ll be back with the same un-fixed problem and negative energy. Remember, it isn’t your job to fix them. 

    Energy Vampire 4: The Drainer

    This fourth energy vampire works on an energetic level. They can suck the life out of a conversation, a room, or a party super fast.  

    How to deal: If you notice this type of vamp, you are sensitive. Use your sensitivity to seek out spaces that aren’t draining.

    If you are momentarily stuck, put up a shield. Turn away from the person. Seek out a different seat or conversation. Put out your own positive vibes. After, clear yourself of any negativity you might have absorbed. 

    Reminders:

    Remember:

    • Their source of energy is you
    • It isn’t your job to fix them
    • You never want to change the energy vampire
    • Your energy belongs to you (and no one else)
    • You can shield yourself, clear yourself, and heal yourself

    I believe in you!

    How do you deal with energy vampires?

    → Hop over to my FacebookInstagram, or YouTube Channel and share your own experience! 

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    Much love,

    Erienne
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  • Build a Mental Health Kit

    So it’s cold. It’s gray. It’s dark. And I feel lame. Do you ever feel yucky when the weather is bad? What about fully depressed? I sure do. That’s when I open my mental health kit!

    Where’s the Sun?

    Some days, there’s less sunlight than I’d like. I love the sun’s ability to make me feel bright, engaged, open, activated, and tuned-in. So when my bright friend is hidden behind clouds for the *$@%ing fifth day in a row, I start to feel a little puny.

    My cure? Immerse my mind in something.

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    I have a theory that my brain loves the sun because of the type of state it gets me into. An immersive one. One where it is easy to pay attention to and enjoy something for a while. When I’m immersed, I can’t think of anything else.

    So, when I don’t have the sun to help me, I engage in activities that allow my brain to fall into the same deep, engaged state.

    The trick is to find immersive activities. Then actually do one!

    Go back into your memories, and pick out some things that feel great to do! Things that when you do them, you can’t think of anything else. Immersive activities that will truly activate your brain. Here is my winter blues mental health kit!

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    Mental Health Kit

    To help stimulate your noggin, I’ve got a checklist of activities for ya! A mental health kit, if you will. These are things that can activate your brain and uplift your mood. And they’re simple. They are things you might do weekly anyway; things that you probably already have the materials for.

    1. MIND-OCCUPYING TASKS

    Here are some activities guaranteed to take you in:

    • Get out your art supplies and doodle, draw, or paint
    • Organize something (junk drawer, vanity, pantry, etc. – very satisfying)
    • Pre-chop some vegetables (soothing and helpful to your future self)
    • Color in your adult coloring book (I know you have one)
    • Work a puzzle
    • Look at pet memes
    • Knit (okay I don’t know how to knit, but I heard its lit)

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    2. TRANSPORT YOURSELF

    Take your mind to a new place. See different things. Feel different things. Do it actively, not passively.

    • Go for a nature walk (Otherwise known as a nature bath -nature is magical in any season.)
    • Treat yourself to a nice meal at a cute little restaurant (You know, the one that makes you feel like you’re back on that amazing trip)
    • Hit the thrift shop (Go pop some tags baby! Buy a weird kimono for $5 that makes you feel like a goddess. Then send me a pic.)
    • Walk around the block (This is so easy and instantly effective at resetting my mind)
    • Go for a stroll around the mall (Lots of activity, people, and free samples)
    • See a movie in the theater (Pick something weird)
    • Play a video game (Suddenly you can fly and shoot lightning bolts!)
    • Try the free meditation introductory class (You know, the one you always see signs for? It will be AMAZING.)
    • Visualize a beautiful, calm place
    • Plan a dream vacation (Not a realistic vacation)
    • Read a book in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, or History (Personally, I would never read history. But some people say it’s dope.)
    • Read a story to kids

    3. PLAY WITH YOUR NEUROTRANSMITTERS

    Try drinking a different type of caffeine than your usual. Caffeine works at the neurotransmitter level; new caffeine causes new activity. Drinking it will give you a brain boost (and maybe some antioxidants). I like to have one of these when the sun goes down (and I get sad about it). Just one cup 🙂

    • Green tea (get those antioxidants baby!)
    • Matcha latte (way more antioxidants)
    • Earl Grey tea (You fancy)
    • A piece of dark chocolate and fruit (super yum with raspberries)
    • Espresso (whip your pinkie out!)
    • Chai latte (black tea)
    • Mocha
    • Tip: Do something FUN after you drink this. Not something you hate.

    4. JUMP AROUND

    Time to shock your system awake. Shake it up. Shake it off. Whatever, just move your body (vigorously, baby).

    • Sing an Alicia Keys song loudly
    • Dance party in the kitchen
    • Go for a quick jog (wearing your brightest workout clothes)
    • Watch dance vids on YouTube (I’m obsessed with JoJo Gomez’s choreography)
    • Do yoga for 20 mins (I just do 10 sun salutations then lay in corpse pose)
    • Workout to one little video
    • Try a new dance class (I HIGHLY recommend African dance)
    • Watch a sporting match or reality show that makes you get up and yell at the screen

    5. EAT SOMETHING THAT FEELS GOOD

    If you feel lousy, maybe your sugar levels are too low, or you’ve been eating junk? Fresh, delicious, genuinely nourishing food helps me feel like a functional human again. These always make me feel better:

    • Berry smoothie (antiox alert!)
    • Hummus (mmm… lemon & garlic is my fave)
    • Granola bars (these homemade ones might change your life)
    • Chili (I feel emotional just thinking about chili)
    • A juicy piece of fruit
    • Beans (how are these so satisfying?)
    • A few carrots (v classy)
    • A nice tall glass of water

     6. BODY KINDNESS

    Aww. When I feel low, some TLC feels wonderful. You probably need to do one of these right now:

    • Take a long, hot shower
    • Rub your feet on a tennis ball
    • Rub your hands
    • Head massage!
    • Clip your nails (if that’s not self-care, I don’t know what is)
    • Moisturize your skin (Check out my blog post Winter Mental Health Trick: Keep Dry Skin Happy for 10 amazing and weird tips)
    • Massage (DIY, or ask someone who loves you to rub your back)

    So there you go! Lots of ideas. Pick one. Try it out. Then write up a list of more.

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    Make your own Mental Health Kit

    What would you add to the list above?

    To make your own mental health kit, simply make a checklist for yourself, and put it somewhere you can easily find it!

    Some people even fill a box with mental health kit items to help themselves on down days, such as tea bags, art supplies, cute toys, pictures, lotion, aromatherapy, etc.

    If you’re feeling down, and the weather is not helping, I feel for you. I suggest stimulating your mind. It works well for me 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Erienne
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  • Recover from Crying (Your Eyes Out)

    I just cried

    Like, a lot…

    And I might cry again!

    Any second now… here it comes… watch out!

    What is going on??? That’s right! You guessed it! I’m having a crying jag. And all I want to do is stop crying.

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    What do I mean by a “Crying Jag?”

    Oh, a crying jag is a lovely emotional state. Also known as bawling, weeping, sobbing, blubbering, wailing, grieving, crying, or mourning.

    Familiar with the sensation?

    I like to describe it as crying my eyes out. Because I seriously think they might pop out out of my head. It is that serious.

    You know the drill. Once you get started, you practically can’t stop. The tears keep flowing. I personally make pitiful sounds that never end – boo hoo hoo hoo hoo. My face begins to resemble a ripe tomato. Nerves get all twitchy. Breathing is rapid and gasp-y. And everything and anything seems to make me cry more!

    My ability to function? That’s gone. The feels have taken over!

    Here’s how I make it stop.


    Stop Crying Step #1: Drink Peppermint Tea

    Omg have you tried this??

    Peppermint tea will un-swell your face lightning quick.

    Peppermint tea is able to do this because it is anti-inflammatory. Drinking something anti-inflammatory will physically counteract your inflammation reflex. This is the reflex that makes you puffy, swollen, red, constricted, and achy. It makes me feel like my blood is pounding in my head, face, eyes, pillow, etc.

    As soon as you realize you’re in stuck in a crying loop, do the following:

    1. Fill a tea kettle with water and set it to boil.

    2. Pick your favorite mug or teapot.

    3. Open up a bag of peppermint tea. Smell it, if your nostrils will allow. It is lovely: somehow soothing and sharp at the same time! Ahh.

    4. Place the

      tea bag

      in mug or teapot. Top with boiling water.

    5. Sit down with your face over the cup so the steam flows onto your distraught visage.

    6. Wait 5 mins. Take some slow deep breaths of the steam.

    7. Remove the bag. Your tea is now ready to enjoy!

    8. Take a sip. Adjust the temp. If the tea is too hot to drink, add a splash of cold water or an ice cube.

    9. Drink it slow and feel your swelling go down, breathing stabilize, nostrils open, and redness dissipate!

    10. Sit in awe of this wonderful drink.

    Seriously effing amazing.

    Peppermint Tea Tips:

    1. Here’s my current favorite Peppermint Tea.

    2. Peppermint tea is lovely with any type of milk.

    3. Any anti-inflammatory tea will do. I’m also a big fan of turmeric tea with honey, lemon, and black pepper.

    Stop Crying Step #2: Lightly Stretch your Body

    You probably don’t want to move. But you wouldn’t you like to stop crying and feel human again? This helps a lot and works AMAZINGLY well.

    1. Stand up

    2. Stretch your neck

    3. Roll your shoulders

    4. Arch your back all around

    5. Grab one foot at a time for a nice thigh stretch.

    6. Lunge to get your calves.

    7. Roll each foot in a circle – clockwise and counter-clockwise.

    8. Stretch or massage anything else that feels good!

    Voila! Now you’re standing, and even have control of your body. Aw, look at you! 🙂

    Stop Crying Step #3: Move your (newly stretched) Body

    For me, nothing resets me from crying my effing eyes out like getting my blood pumping.

    Working out stops the crying wheel because you’re giving your body new bio-feedback.

    You’re actually creating new signals to your body that say: “Hey! Time to regulate a different system!”

    For real, I’ll do this even if I’m still crying like boo hoo hoo hoo. And by the time I’m done, I feel so much better.

    Some options:

    1. Pick a short workout video on youtube. Jump around to a flamboyant dance routine, get your pilates on, or see how many situps you can do.

    2. Go walk around the block. The fresh air, new sights, and rhythm of your body will all transport you to another set of feels.

    3. Do some cardio, like run or ride your bike. Hey, if you expend your energy exercising, maybe you won’t have any

      left over

      for crying. (?)

    Best part? Now you can feel good that you exercised. Yes, this counts as exercise. And under tough conditions, too!

    You’re a major boss.

    Stop Crying Step #4: Do your Favorite Thing

    Okay, now that you’ve taken a bit of advice from me, it is time to follow your own too.

    What do you usually do to help yourself feel better? What is it?

    Do a bit of that. Go to sleep. Read a book. Eat some ice cream. Or binge watch that one show. Maybe you get some weird joy from organizing your spice cabinet, or throwing empty cans at a wall?

    Whatever it is, just do it. You’ll feel better.

    Obviously, I’m not judging.

    (Please try not to end up in jail tho. Or run up a huge bill. Or hurt yourself. You know what I mean. Oh, you won’t do those things? Okay, thanks yay!)

    Step #5. Breathe

    Just keep breathing  – and remember – It won’t last forever.

    And then we’ll laugh about it together. 

    I’m so proud of you. Good luck and breathe. You got this.

    Much love,

    Erienne
    Dr. Erienne Weine

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  • Cure Migraines Naturally

    VIDEO: In this video, I share how I cure my migraines without prescription painkillers.

    I’ve been getting migraines since age 8. Let me tell you, they come with lots of weird symptoms, which I describe in the video below.

    My story is that in my early 20s, I was treating my migraine symptoms with prescription painkillers. Regularly. Often. Too often. So I made a decision to treat my migraines without pills.

    It has taken me about 10 years to develop all of the methods and tricks that I use! But to be honest, I can now confidently say that I cure my migraines, alleviate my pain, and regain functioning. And all of this is without painkillers (pills or otherwise).*

    I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but we are currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. I personally believe that sharing how I treat pain without heavy painkillers is one of the best things I can do to help prevent it spreading. <3

    So, without further ado, here 7 things that I do to cure my migraine pain naturally. Enjoy!

     
    [*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. This does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to substitute for medical advice. If you are in acute brain pain, PLEASE seek help IMMEDIATELY. Do not just sit here and watch my video. Brain pain can be a symptom of more severe conditions such as a stroke or seizure. So, seriously, if your brain hurts a lot all of a sudden, get help, my friend.]
     
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    What do you think? Would you try any of these tricks?

    Hop over to this Fresh Philosopher video on my YouTube Channel and let me know! 

    Wishing you the best in your own healing journey.

    Much love,

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  • Stop Criticizing Everything

    Criticizing others. Ah… Now here’s something I’m good at!

    Haha, jk.

    Seriously tho, being critical is DEFINITELY something I have the capacity to do. That is, even though I don’t want to judge, sometimes I teleport into a criticism mindset. All of a sudden, I notice myself “hating on” everything in sight.

    “That gutter smells! Why is it clogged? The city shouldn’t let that happen!”

    “Her shoes DO NOT match that outfit.”

    “My neighbor’s bushes are OVERGROWN. I can barely walk on the sidewalk!”

    Wah wah wah. Etc. Omg, girl. Chill.

    WHY AM I CRITICIZING?

    What is going on here?

    Deep down, I DO NOT want to criticize other people. I DO NOT want to look at my fellow humans and immediately generate a list of things I don’t like. And I especially don’t want to look at the entire world that way.

    I want to be understanding. At peace. Positive. Full of joy. Ready to share a compliment.

    So, what makes me fall into this particular negativity trap? To answer that question, I’d like to explore the hidden origins of judgment overload.

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    WHAT IS CRITICIZING, REALLY?

    Criticizing is really:

    1. Noticing something wrong, off, or out of place.
    2. Bringing the mismatch to light so that it can be fixed.

    Judging something as a poor fit is actually a good human capacity to have. It gives us the ability to notice issues before they become a problem. By spotting and correcting potential probs, it helps us find harmony and balance in situations where there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle.

    I mean really. Do I want to leave the house with mismatching shoes? No. My neighbors and I all appreciate clear sidewalks so we don’t get run over by cars. And clogged gutters? Gross! That’s a sign that SOMETHING is not right. And it ain’t gonna unclog itself.

    When I notice things I don’t like, I’m really noticing things I wish were different.

    So criticizing is actually not a sign that “everything sucks!” Rather it is a sign that “things could be better. And I can imagine exactly how!”

    Noticing problems, with the intention to correct them, is a good thing.

    Criticizing, with the intention to criticize some more, is a recipe for negativity and mental fatigue.

    Do you really dislike the way that the world is around you? Okay. That’s alright. But if you don’t take action to do anything about it, you’re just running on negative for no reason.

    Let’s face it. I’m not really going to deliver a perfect pair of matching shoes to that stranger. I won’t be trimming my neighbor’s hedges this weekend. And I’m DEFINITELY NOT reaching my hand down in that gutter. Just nope.

    So why does this happen in my brain?

     

    I CRITICIZE WHEN I DON’T LET MYSELF CREATE

    If I criticize EVERYTHING, my inner voice is yelling! But my inner voice is NOT REALLY trying to tell me these shoes suck. It is saying I suck.

    When I am in a super judgmental mode, and nothing seems good, my inner voice is actually NOT pointing out issues with the outer world. It is pointing out problems with my inner world.

    My inner voice is saying: “I have a million ideas.” It is saying, “Hello Erienne. Good morning. Wake up! What are you doing today? Are you making our dreams come alive? Or are you going to avoid me again? I’m your dearest hopes and dreams! I’m counting on you!”

    My inner voice is actually being critical of ME. It wants me to listen to my heart and follow it.

    Wait what? Me? Oh yes. My inner voice is saying, “I don’t like that social media binge so much. Are you spending our precious leisure time carousing? I thought you were going to meditate! Weren’t you going to set up that meeting? Or write that blog post. Time to shine your light on the world!”

    Oh. Really? I guess I can see why that is kind of hard for me to hear…. It is a bunch negative stuff about how I’m ignoring my calling. I don’t want to hear that. So I shut that inner voice down. And I do something else with my creative power instead. I let it fester. And it gets all grouchy and negative.

    Picture of Iris flower still in the bud but about to burstTHE INNER TRUTH

    The truth is, being critical is a reminder of my inner power. I have the power to change the existing structures around me.

    I have the power to create.

    So, critical but not creating?

    The cure for judgmental mode, for me, is to let my creative ideas flow. To allow the ideas the bubble to the surface and come all the way up. In other words, to listen to my inner voice.

    When I give my ideas permission to exist, I give myself permission to exist too.

    Suddenly the world seems like a brighter place.

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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