Happy New Year from OMBE! Relaxing Rituals for the New Year
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….
Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help combat the affects of chronic stress. We know via research that acupuncture sessions increase the body's natural endorphins, boost the immune system, and have the potential to reduce both inflammation and cortisol levels.
However, we thought that we would begin the year with a little extra R&R in the form of some stress-reducing rituals that are easy to adapt regardless of your post-holiday status. Here are a few to get you started:
1. ADOPT A MANTRA:
Positive thinking has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The words you say can bring out your best. Make up your own personal slogan for the day or try one of the following.
“I am doing my best and that’s good enough.” OR
“I will breathe and stay focused in the moment.” OR
“I will travel through my day peacefully” OR
“I will treat myself and others with kindness and patience”
2. YOU HAVE MAIL
It is virtually impossible these days to not stay in touch but maybe you need a break. On a daily or weekly basis, turn off your phone, resist checking emails, text messages, tweets etc…and take a time out. If it’s important, they will leave a message. Give yourself a media break as well-turn off the TV and stop reading the news.
3. BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST
Before bedtime, take a moment to acknowledge what hurts. It is easy to get caught up in the day and ignore our bodies so tune in and listen. You can ease some of your discomfort or just relax by massaging some of these tender spots. Try your eyes, scalp, face, feet or hands. This is also a great pick-me-up at the office or in the car.
Spend 5-10 minutes each week or month adding to a journal. You can make this task as formal or informal as you want. Try writing for 5 minutes continuously without editing and you may be surprised at what your subconscious reveals. This can also be a great way to take time out to reflect on where you’ve been in the last few months and where you are going. If you are too caught up in day-to-day events, use this journal to make and set goals for yourself.
5. BE AN EXPERT DRIVER
You are racing around to finish errands when someone cuts you off and slams on their horn! Don’t let rude drivers get to you this year! Lay off your horn unless there is a real emergency or danger on the road. Try to make eye contact, smile and wave hello at the offending driver. You will be surprised at how much better you feel and you may get a few smiles in return! If you’re in Boston, their surprised reaction might be worth a laugh.
Find a quiet place where you can’t be disturbed. Meditating is simply the act of focusing your mind on one thing. Close your eyes and practice your breathing. Visualize bringing positive energy through the top of your head as you inhale and releasing negative energy through your feet as you exhale. Count to four for each inhale and exhale. When your mind wanders, tell the interrupting thoughts, “Later!”. Focus on a mantra or phrase, a color or image. If you have always wanted to meditate, but can’t seem to find the time, try practicing the first 5 minutes after climbing into bed.
Need a few more relaxing rituals to start the year? Check out our next blog.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.