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Reduce allergies annoying eye and nose symptoms with this simple sequence.

A few days ago Catrin asked me about allergies. Catrin is a participant of one of my Women’s Breathing Hub and has also become one of my Essential Breathing Trainers. She suffers from allergies during spring and has often chosen medication to sooth it.

But this year she wanted to do differently, because medication makes her feel exhausted, sleepy and with a weird feeling in the head. So she asked me how to reduce the effect of pollen on her nose and eyes without taking medication.

I shared with her some of the things I do to reduce the sneezing, the blocked nose and the tiers. Here is the video with the details.

These four things helped me reduce drastically the impact of allergies and increased my quality of life. I hope they serve you well.

7 ways to create effective breaks in the middle of your work to recharge your energy.

I have to confess…I am a total workaholic.

I love my work and could keep skipping appointments with friends, parties and trips to be creating around it all day and night long.

So it has been a big deal for me to walk the talk when we talk about making pauses during the day to break the cycle of chronic stress.

To not overwork myself is always a minute to minute decision. It’s a state of awareness that I have been training on for years now. Is not a decision that I took once and that now I’m done with it. It’s an hour to hour decision.

The tricky thing is that there is always that moment where we say “just 10 more minutes to finish this” and those minutes become 2 hours, or 3, and we skip eating or drinking water or stretching in the name of “10 little minutes”. And then again, and again another ten extra minutes here and there…at the end of the week we are exhausted or sick without understanding how.

Well, is quite simple: Your body can’t be in alert mode all day long, nonstop.

In alert, we are basically under stress hormones. The blood tends to go to the extremities to help us run faster or freeze, and the blood in the brain goes from the frontal lobe to the reptilian brain at the back. So we are ready to hunt and solve frenetically any problem. Our brain waves are in Beta and so we spend huge amounts of energy thinking things through. A bit of this is so good. Can propel us far. But constantly being in this rhythm is unsustainable for the body, mind, and emotions.

The body needs breaks to enter into a restorative mode.

I have a set of things I do to get the best of those breaks. In this video, I share some of them. You can create your own sequence. And if you do something that is not in this sequence please share it in the comments. I would love to add it to the set.

The important question to ask yourself first thing in the morning for a successful day.

When we plan our projects we often think of all the resources we need to make it work: the financial resources, the people, the time we will be investing in each stage and the results we want to obtain. But almost always an essential element escapes us that gives another dimension to our work, to our life.  We don’t include in the equation our emotions.

We all have different ways of reacting when we experience triumph, defeat, and obstacles, and very few of us know yet how our emotional cycles work. And that’s how over and over we are victims of our emotions in an unconscious way. And suddenly we find our self saying phrases like: “I shouldn’t have gotten into this project”, “nothing I do goes well”, “what a stressful situation”, “this is too much for me”, “I’m alone with all of this”.

And we ask ourselves, “What happened? At the beginning everything had such a potential for success?” And of course it had the potential, and it still has it. The thing is that you didn’t think of planning one of the most important elements: How do you want to feel while developing your project? Do you want to feel joyful? satisfied? vital? creative? Do you want to go through it from a place of inner calm when you will be facing the storm of obstacles that every project brings?  Or do you want to repeat the patterns of stress that take you always to that emotional extreme? You decide.

To define how do we want to feel doing an activity marks a big change in any process. It gives us a stable base and a a clear north to navigate the current even when the waters get a bit agitated. Not to lose the focus on this can really make a difference between a successful project (that makes us happy) or a failed project which happens either because we didn’t achieve our goals or because we had a very bad time achieving them.

It’s not about not feeling uncomfortable negative emotions, but it’s more about not staying in that emotional place too long, because the emotional goal is clear. And this clarity serves us as fuel to keep moving forward.

Emotions change our perception of situations. When you know how you want to feel, you stop being a prisoner of your emotional habits, and of the distorted perception you have of reality because of them.

I invite you to practice an exercise that I have been doing for a while.  It is inspired in the Desire Map Book by Danielle Laporte. I did a video to facilitate the explanation. I do this exercise every morning and it helps me re-align with what I really want.

It allows me to bring into my everyday life this calm state of inner peace that I get into during the morning meditation.

Remember that if you don’t practice there won’t be any result. So start from now and you will see how your life starts to change. The quality of each moment will improve and you will feel happier and fulfilled.

And when the hard moment comes you will have a more clear north. And please share your experience with this exercise on the comments below. I love to know about your explorations.