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Reduce Stress Using Acupuncture and Healthy Sleep

I'm very excited to offer today's blog post, courtesy of sleephelp.org

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress afflicts eight in 10 Americans according to a recent Gallup poll. Often women, parents, younger generations, and those with lower household incomes experience stress at a higher rate.

Although stress is a natural reaction designed to help you face short-term threats, feeling stressed on a regular basis can have a negative effect on your health. Fatigue, heart disease, and slower recovery from illness are just a few of the consequences of chronic stress.

But reducing your stress levels can offer relief and alleviate some of the health risks of stress. While it's not always easy to stop stress from entering your life, you can better manage your reaction to stress and focus on stress-relieving measures.

Sleep and stress often go hand in hand. When you're stressed, you may find it difficult to fall asleep. And when you're sleep deprived, you may struggle to manage stress healthily. Research indicates people who are sleep deprived experience greater subjective stress, anxiety, and anger than those who are well rested. In other words, your threshold for dealing with stress is lower, and you feel more stressed out when you're short on sleep.

Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Alleviating stress can help you sleep, which may further reduce your stress levels.

 

  • Identify and avoid stress whenever possible. Keep a journal and highlight the times of day and activities that make you feel the most stressed. Consider whether you can eliminate these activities, or plan ahead and take steps, so they are less stressful. For example, if you struggle with getting to work on time, consider shifting your bedtime earlier so you can wake up with enough time to leave.

  • Seek acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture treatment can be a good choice for treating stress you can't shake off, so talk to your practitioner about alleviating stress with acupuncture. In a meta-analysis of acupuncture for anxiety disorders, researchers found acupuncture can be used to treat anxiety and offer fewer side effects than conventional treatment such as medication. Acupuncture was also found to improve sleep, depression, and stress in the elderly.

  • Make sleep a priority. Sleeping well puts you in a better position to manage stress healthily. Be sure you're making time for adequate rest every night, and talk to your doctor if you struggle with sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Carefully consider your sleep environment, choosing a mattress that contours your body, and making sure your bedroom is a calm, relaxing environment free of distractions that could keep you from sleeping well at night.

  • Focus on relaxation throughout the day. Acupuncture can help you mitigate the effects of stress, but it's not the only option. Consider other activities that can help you shake off stress, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and reaching out for support from friends and family members.

  • Talk to a mental health professional. If you're unable to manage your stress or you feel overwhelmed, a mental health professional can help you better deal with stress.

Stress happens, but it doesn't have to affect your life negatively. Use acupuncture, sleep, and healthy stress management techniques to alleviate stress and improve your well being.

Now Enrolling! Fertility Empowerment School

Happy Summer Solstice!  How are you feeling these days?  I'm grateful for being able to put in several hours of work and still have plenty of time to spend outdoors; what a gift!

I wanted to tell you about the current state of my practice.  Some of you are aware that I am evolving into the Wellness Coaching space, and am working with clients differently than I used to.  I still have my Acupuncture practice and see patients clinically, but my passion lies in coaching!  What this means is that I now work with clients globally and am here to serve them while they are trying to reach their highest potential in their health and well being.  My clients report that coaching is the missing link that they did not realize they needed.  It's a system that is designed to serve and support, while allowing the client to work through their own resistance, coming out stronger and more empowered than ever before.

Speaking of Empowerment, I am excited to announce that my latest group program, 'The Fertility Empowerment School', is going to launch soon.  This program has been in my head 10+ years, and is the result of my observations while working with fertility patients in a clinical setting.  Many times, these patients came to me after several months or years of trying to conceive, and they were so burnt out by the process.  They were often stressed and in a constant reactive state, which made conceiving a baby complicated and unnecessarily difficult.  Stress symptoms often resulted such as poor sleep, anxiety, depression, and digestive imbalances, making it difficult for the body to respond in a homeostatic, (balanced) state. 

My goal with this program is to help women become empowered in their journey to fertility.  Whether they conceive immediately or take longer, they will have the tools to practice resilience so that they will come out of the process with an awareness and a sense of empowerment that they never knew they had.  

Some topics will include: 

  • diet and how to recognize your body's own nuances to processing foods, and how to feed your body what it needs. 
  • learning about the menstrual cycle and your body's own individual signs
  • how to handle a bad day or bad news with grace, so that it does not't stick with you for long
  • learning about how to elevate your body, mind, and spirit long term so that you are prepared in every way for any outcome, at any time.  

If this sounds like a program for you or someone you know, please email me with the words, 'tell me more', and I will keep you posted.  It is my goal to serve with an open heart, an open mind, and empower my clients so that they can live the life of their dreams.  

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you know, and keep an eye on my website for more information.  In the meantime, have a look at this video, which gave me a big boost when I really needed it.  As Gabby Bernstein states, 'when you feel you've surrendered, surrender some more'.  

Spring and Yin-Yang Balance

Springtime has arrived!  Here in New England, spring is gradually making its’ presence known, between the warmer temperatures, greener trees, and the increase of bird species at the feeder.

For many, spring is a time of anticipation and fondness for warmth after the cold winter season.  The energy of spring brings an excitement for getting outside and back to our gardens.  The sunny, longer days give us motivation to fire up the grills or meet friends for an evening stroll or an outdoor dinner on the deck.

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Boston is Closing at the End of December 2017

This is a difficult and also exciting post to write.  I knew this day would come, but it is still hard to make this announcement public.  It means it is real.  For those who are married, you might remember the feeling when you dropped those invitations in the mailbox.  Holy heck, this thing is happening!  

Ok; I'll just spit it out.

I have decided to close my Boston office at the end of this year.  This will give me the opportunity to focus on my Acton location and new projects that are underway.  

Yes. I'm excited and also really, REALLY nervous.

And sad. 

Sad because most of you reading this know me from my Boston location.  So many of you have been coming for years, and followed me from Copley, to the South End, back to Copley again.  How dedicated you are!  We have history.  You have told me you're pregnant, you're not pregnant, about your joys, your sorrows, your diagnoses, your wins.  

You sent me your baby pictures after months or years of struggling with fertility.  My oh my, those announcements warmed my heart. 

You came in after you ran marathons, completed triathlons, charity bike rides, or after a hard day at work and the most annoying co-worker has been driving you crazy. 

You just flew in on a redeye, and are exhausted, but you are so excited because your child skied her first black diamond while on vacation.  You needed to adjust to the jetlag, so you came in for acupuncture.

No matter what your story, your challenges, your celebrations, I feel honored to have been the person to listen, work with you, and know that acupuncture has helped you on your path.  

We will always be connected, and you are always welcome to drop me a line, (or come visit me in Acton!)  

My last day in Boston will be on Friday, December 29, 2017; a month from today.    

I have a team of local acupuncturists who I am working with to make sure you have care once I leave.  If you would like an introduction, please reach out and I'll connect you with a great practitioner.  All of the people I am working with are people I have known and worked with for years.  They are people that I love and have trusted with my patients when I go on vacation.  You will be in good hands.  

But, I am not closed yet!  Schedule your appointment now if you want a treatment by me between now and December 29.  

I hope that you keep in touch.  I have some pretty exciting ventures planned and I'll be writing more about it soon on social media.  Stay tuned...

Love and health, 
Angela

 

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RIP

RIP Nicholas Abraham. You helped me so much while I was still waiting tables before and in the beginning of my practice. You mentored, listened, and provided me with work while I was going to grad school. It's because of you that I have my practice and office in Copley Square. You also mentored my sister and helped her get her business started. I'm sorry we lost touch. My thoughts and prayers go to your family and all your friends who will miss you terribly. May heaven welcome you with many paintbrushes and a wide, open canvas. 🌈♥️♥️♥️

 

Beauty Through Rain

Took the dog out this morning on this very wet and rainy day in New England. I suited up from head to toe in rain gear, and unambitiously loaded the dog into the car. I was tired, and would have preferred to have another hour or two inside. But, 'the dog needs a walkin', and I kept moving. It turned out to be a beautiful walk, the air was clear, and I decided to explore an area that we usually don't go to. I was very happy to come upon these very brilliant green clusters of mosses, and I immediately thought of Ireland and how it is weather like this that makes Ireland so green. That is what is keeping me going these days, and what I remind my patients when they are down about not seeing the ☀️☀️☀️ It is these rainy days that make the beautiful days more beautiful, the blooms more fuller, and laughter more infectious.Dive in, my friends...💖

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My Windows are Dirty!!

Healing is not always butterflies and rainbows. Like every path in life, it is a journey.

Good morning, (or good afternoon, or good evening)! Welcome to my blog.

I have been in this position many times. 'Today, I will start to blog'.

I go strong for many days, sometimes weeks, then, I fail.

But, what I've learned about failure is that you learn from failure. My pattern up until now is to get discouraged and give up, quickly. But, thanks to the many people out in the world who want to make a difference, (like Reshma Saujani in her awesome TED talk on bravery and girls), I've discovered that it is ok to scuff your knees every once in a while, or perhaps even break a limb. Because, it is through pain that we learn, that we grow, that we become brave. And it's these lessons that are meant for us as individuals to hear.

(Oh, goodness, if I'm going to start this blogging thing in my dining room, I NEED to clean these windows).

Sorry, I had to include my ADD insert; my windows are very dirty. On a sunny day like today, it's downright disgusting to look at them.

So, this new blog, even though it's on my acupuncture website, will consist of many topics, I think.

I thought about having separate blogs for different topics, but who am I kidding. The perfectionist in me thinks this to be a realistic feat, but no, it's a recipe for disaster.

So, bear with me as I figure this out. I will post about health and wellness, primarily, in all its' glory. But, if you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that my idea of health and wellness, (and I believe this is a universal thought, not just mine), has many facets. And selfishly, I will often post about stuff that makes me happy, because after all, happiness=health, right?

Ok, my 20 minute writing timer is almost finished. My first day of writing is complete. Setting a timer, by the way, is a great way to get things done. I've amazed myself with how quickly I can get the most-dreaded things done. (By the way, I'm a huge procrastinator, I will post about that later). So, at 2:35 minutes to go, I am going to wrap this blog post up, edit it, and post. Day 1 is a success.

Yours always in health,

Angela