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31 10, 2016

5 Ways to Reduce Election Stress

October 31st, 2016|Categories: blog, Pam Butler, Return to Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Election stress is real! As we approach the days leading up to the election, more and more people are finding it difficult to deal with their anxiety and stress. In a recent poll conducted by ABC News, 46 percent of voters describe the election as a source of stress…roughly equal numbers of both Clinton and Trump supporters. Nearly a quarter of people, in both candidates’ camps, say the stress is serious. In our busy day-to-day lives, we sometimes get so caught up in our work, to-do lists, and activities that we forget to simply pause. Stress, anxiety, and depression can quickly catch up with us if we aren’t able to find balance. There are a few key ways you can manage election stress before it gets out of control. Here are five tips: 1. Stop, Drop, and Breathe – Remember as a kid when your mom or dad would put you in a time out during a tantrum? This is an adult version of a time out. If at any time you feel like you’re overwhelmed, irritated or annoyed by election talk, take a time out. Hit the floor and breathe. Take nice, deep slow breaths and exhale out the stress and tension in your body. Breathe in through the nose for the count of 5, hold the breath for the count of 5 and exhale through the nose to the count of 5…repeat this cycle 4-6 times. Grounding yourself into the floor for a few minutes can make a big difference. Stop, Drop and Breathe … take your own adult version of an election time out. 2. Get Up and Move – During exercise, several different chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, are released [...]

27 10, 2016

4 Ways to Awaken to Happiness

October 27th, 2016|Categories: blog, Pam Butler|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I certainly found that to be true in my own life. The more I focused on helping others, the more my depression retreated and the more my life—body, brain, and soul—got back into balance. It was another monumental shift in my life. As I look back on that shift and ask myself why service has made such a difference in my overall sense of wellbeing, I’ve been able to break it down into a number of very powerful benefits. I first learned about something called the “Four A’s” in a Chopra Center seminar on how to “Awaken to Happiness.” In it we discussed the four things that all human beings really need to achieve happiness (or what I call bliss!). Those four things are: Attention: To be listened to deeply by someone who is present and open to understanding our perspective, even when they don’t agree with us. Appreciation: To be valued for what is unique about us and to have that value expressed by others. Affection: To be cared about deeply and to have that caring expressed through words, touch, and/or actions. Acceptance: To feel like we are being completely seen and accepted for who we are, warts and all. Focusing on these four ways can make a big difference when we’re interacting with the people in our lives. Even if serving others isn’t a direct part of your job description or daily duties, even if you don’t have time to be a volunteer, everyone has relationships that they maintain at home, at work, and in their communities. Enhancing the interactions you already have with [...]

3 10, 2016

3 Easy Journaling Exercises to Reduce Stress

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: blog, Pam Butler|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Researchers in recent years have found that journal keeping can actually benefit our health and wellbeing. Various studies have shown that it helps us relieve stress, set and achieve goals, enhance memory, improve relationships and communication with others, and more. There is even evidence of some direct health benefits. Through research done at the University of Austin, psychologist Dr. James Pennebaker found that writing regularly boosted immune function in study participants. When it comes to starting a journal, it’s important not to judge yourself. A journal is simply a tool you can use to record what’s happening to and around you, to release your thoughts and feelings, to try out new ideas, and even to make promises to yourself. This is a safe space for you and you alone, so keep that in mind as you begin your journal-keeping practice.  I like to think of journaling as a “mind dump”…dumping everything out of your head and onto the paper. Journal Prompt #1: Name Your Fears Fear often stands in the way of us making a change in our lives. Too often those fears remain vague, but are a powerful force in our heads that we feel, but never take time to understand. This writing exercise aims to give those feelings a name. Begin by simply creating a list in your journal of what you’re afraid of. When you think about making a change in your life, what fears start to bubble to the surface? It’s important not to judge your thoughts, or yourself, as you write. Just name the fears that come to mind and then write them down. If a thought or two comes to you about each fear, like where the fear comes [...]

23 09, 2016

Free Mindful Meditation on Monday featuring Pam Butler

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Meditation, Return to Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Pam Butler wants to help others find inner peace. The Fort Lauderdale resident found healing through meditation after months of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from a near-death childbirth and the death of her father five days later. Now, the Chopra-Certified Mediation Instructor wants to help others at the free "Mindful Monday Sundown Meditation" at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort on Monday, September 26. Pam Butler leads a free meditation on Fort Lauderdale Beach. "Come with an open mind and an open heart," Butler says. "It's more just really taking the time to unplug and disconnect from our busy days. I teach very simple, very easy comfortable breathing techniques and tools that people can implement throughout the day." Butler says no prior experience is needed at this all ages event. Read more: http://www.southflorida.com/events/sf-mindful-meditation-hilton-fort-lauderdale-20160923-story.html