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Tips to Bring Balance During the Autumn Equinox

Posted by Candie Wright on September 6, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Autumn Equinox is on September 23rd, and is the one day of the year when day and night are equally balanced. It represents the change of season from summer to autumn, when the leaves change color and fall from the trees and the days get shorter. The thought of less sunlight and impending weather conditions can be saddening to some. For others, summer's end can knock life out of balance.


There are several things we can do to help ease the transition and maintain balance as we move from the summer (a time of outward reflection) to fall (a time of inward reflection).

 

  • Appreciate Your Accomplishments. In this fast-paced world we spend so much time focusing on the next project that needs to get checked off our "to do" list that we loose sight of all the great things we've actually accomplished. Take time out to reflect on what you've done. Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back for everything you've accomplished this year!
  • Let Go of the Things Undone. Still have more tasks on your list that haven't been completed? Take time to reevaluate your list and reprioritize. Have you been realistic in your time allotment for the amount of things you have listed? If not, are there things you can safely put off until a later date? While it would be nice to get everything done, the world surely won't fall apart if the car doesn't get washed! 
  • Spend Time Outdoors. Fall is a time when we move from light to dark. As the temperature drops, we tend to spend more time indoors than out. Be mindful to enjoy nature and sunshine as much as possible before the harsher weather arrives, even if you have to bundle up to do so. A nice nature walk or hike will help you stay rooted and connected to the earth.
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing. Balance is a physical, mental and emotional state. Alternate Nostril Breathing is the perfect way to bring physical symmetry to the analytical side and creative side of your brain. It also helps strenghten your immune system just in time for flu season!
  • Meditate on Balance. Meditation keeps the mind, body and spirit aligned. Meditate on slow, even breaths, or focus on the beauty of the changing colors in a leaf during a quiet sit. Or you can follow the below guided meditation to release stress and introduce a stronger, more balanced self.


Meditation for Autumn Equinox 
  1. Find a quiet place where you won't be inturrupted or distracted. Outdoors works well for this meditation, but it can be done inside as well.
  2. Sit in a comfortable position keeping your back straight. Lean your back on a chair, wall or tree if you are not used to sitting without back support.
  3. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Do not control it; rather enjoy the motion as it slowly moves in and out.
  4. Give your body a mental check for stress. Do you have any tension in your neck, shoulders, lower back? If so, concentrate on releasing the tension with every exhale. Feel the stress melt away as you willfully remove it from your body.
  5. Take a few moments to reflect on your accomplishments and your greatness. Tell yourself that you are a valuable being worthy of love, and that you love yourself.
  6. Now focus on a single green leaf in your mind. You notice that you are holding it in your hand; a perfect, healthy leaf. As it changes colors to orange or red, you are in awe of its beauty. Realize that as it transforms, it is still a leaf and more beautiful for its ability to transition and adapt to changes around it. Take your time to enjoy the leaf.
  7. Now you release the leaf and watch as it glides to the ground, where it lands on other leaves all in vibrant fall colors.
  8. Take a deep breath.
  9. Look around you. Notice that you are standing near a strong, tall barren tree. At its wide base is a small sapling. It becomes clear to you that the great tree was once a sapling, grown on a bed of fallen leaves. It is the circle of life, the give and take of nature and of all things.
  10. Breathe in and exhale slowly. Sit quietly, contemplating change and growth.

 

10 Tips to Prevent Eye Strain

Posted by Candie Wright on July 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

If you spend hours a day doing activities that are taxing to the eyes, you are probably familiar with eye strain. The most common activity to cause eye strain is staring at the computer, but other tasks such as reading, watching television, crafting and driving can also be strenuous to the eyes.


Eye strain comes with symptoms like a burning or aching sensation in the eyes, blurry or double vision, and dry or watery eye. In addition, you might experience a sore neck, headaches, irritability and tiredness. Difficulty concentrating or getting motivated are also signs of tired eyes. So what’s a person to do about eye strain?


Here are 10 helpful tips to keep your eyes relaxed and strain-free:


1. Avoid activities that can cause strain.

Instead of watching tv or surfing the net during your down time, try changing it up a bit. Taking a walk or playing board games are just two examples of less eye intensive activities that can relax your body and mind as well as your eyes.


2. Take a break.

If you can’t avoid tasks that cause eye strain, take a break every hour. Close your eyes and focus on the black space behind your eyelids for a few minutes. This will help induce relaxation and release eye tension.


3. Don’t stare at the screen.

How many times do you sit blankly staring at the computer while you’re thinking about solving a problem, changing the wording of a letter or document, or just trying to think about what to do next? If you close your eyes while you’re thinking, the info on the screen isn’t going to disappear and you might just find it easier to concentrate!


4. Don’t sit still.

Keeping your head still while reading a screen, book or magazine can cause undo work for your eyes. Moving your head left to right as you progress, using your nose as your guide, will help decrease the workload!


5. Don’t forget to blink.

Oftentimes we get involved with what we’re doing and, believe it or not, we forget to blink. Blinking keeps our eyes moist which helps reduce strain. So make it a point to blink often while doing tasks that are strenuous to the eyes.


6. Just breathe.

Eyes need oxygen to function properly and remain healthy. When your eyes start losing focus or feel a bit strained, take a few deep breaths. Feel the air pass through your body, and watch as things become clearer before your very eyes!


7. Wear those shades.

Squinting is a leading factor of eye strain. If you like spending time outside in the bright sunlight, make sure to keep your sunglasses handy.


8. Humidify.

Dry environments make our eyes work overtime. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and to our eyes. Another method is to keep a pot of water on the stove at a low setting. Add some lavender oil to the water to create a relaxing atmosphere.


9. Use drops.

If it’s unpractical for you to humidify the air, using artificial tears can help. Look for drops with no preservatives that can be used as often as needed throughout the day. Drops with preservatives can be used as well if you make sure to follow the directions on the label.


10. Get a good night’s sleep.

Your eyes are part of your body, so if your body’s tired it will affect your vision. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly for a well-rested, healthier you.


Eye strain can sometimes be a symptom of underlying issues. Visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis can help determine if you have an underlying issue or if you need glasses for certain activities like reading or computer work. For most people 40-65 years old, every couple years is sufficient, although you should check with your eye care provider for the frequency that best suits your situation.


Consciously using the above tips will help instill them in your daily routine, and before long they will become habits. These habits will help keep your eyes and your body strong, healthy and happy.

 

Dancing Through the Decades

Posted by Candie Wright on July 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We're getting ready for this year's dance to benefit our oncology program, Annie's Helping Hands. This year we've changed venues and will be at the beautiful Exeter Inn!


We're also changing the event up a bit. Instead of a dance with some raffle prizes, we're going to incorporate a silent auction! We'll still have our popular 50/50 raffle and a cash bar, and this year the hors d'oeuvres are being provided by the Exeter Inn - yum!


Here's the flyer with the details:



We're so excited! I just can't wait - it's going to be so much fun!!


Empty Your Mind of Thoughts...Not Likely

Posted by Candie Wright on August 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The most common misperception about the practice of meditation is that it requires you to empty your mind of all thoughts. This idea, in fact, surpasses the "not likely" state and goes straight on to impossible. To understand why, we must first take a look at what the mind does.

 

The mind's main function is to process thoughts. It is an automatic function of the organ, no different than the heart pumping blood or the lungs processing air. It will happen, like it or not. Since it's an impossibility, why do people believe that meditation requires the mind to stop functioning?

 

The idea of emptying the mind stems from a misinterpretation from the original Sanskrit writings describing the practice of meditation. Information was passed from language to language and generation to generation, and something was lost in translation. What, then, was the original concept?

 

The original concept was quite a bit more realistic and achievable. The practice of meditation does not call for one to empty thoughts, but for one to control thoughts. Thoughts are waves of perception that ebb and flow, just like waves on the ocean. Through meditation, we learn how to let the thoughts flow in and out, not stalling on any one thought that can cause tension or stress to build up in our bodies. We realize that the thought is temporary. We learn how to let go, how to contol our thoughts and emotions instead of letting them control us.

 

The result is a peaceful, quiet state inside the mind and body. Not a thoughtless state, but a calm state. In this state, it's easier to look within and reconnect to the true self, the self that is not worried or stressed about thought and emotion overload. This inner peace and serenity in turn creates a healthier and happier overall life. 

Seacoast Scene

Posted by Candie Wright on August 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Rejuvenations Helping Hands was featured in this week's issue of the Seacoast Scene newspaper. Reporter Chris McCarthy did a wonderful job summarizing the hour and a half interview she conducted with Karen from Rejuvenations, Aimee from Aimee Nicole Esthetics and, of course, me. The end result was a beautiful article that really captured the essence of our oncology program. And the pictures came out pretty good, too!

 

The Seacoast Scene can be found in many locations directly on the seacoast (Hampton, Seabrook, Rye, Salisbury), as well as many communities a little more inland. In addition to the newspaper, Chris McCarthy will also be posting the article on Pitch.com sometime this weekend.

 

Our thanks go out to Chris for taking the time to get to know us and for representing us in an honest light!

 

For more information on the massage portion of Rejuvenations Helping Hands, go to RejuvenationsPT.com.  For more information on the esthetics portion of Rejuvenations Helping Hands visit AimeeNicole.SkinCareTherapy.net.

At the Hop!

Posted by Candie Wright on June 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night was our Sock Hop to benefit Rejuvenations Helping Hands oncology program. The Camelot room at The Holy Grail in Epping was transformed into a 50s dance hall, complete with pompoms and megaphones. Poodle skirts, polka dots and retro hairstyles were back in force. The music kept our bobby socks moving all night, and the raffles were a popular addition to the evening.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors: Honda Barn of Stratham, Pom Express of North Hampton, Happy Days Hot Rod Rentals of Amesbury, Chris Ugo of Portsmouth, and DJ Matt McElroy.

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in making this a sucessful event. The Sock Hop was amazing, and plans are already underway for next year's dance. We look forward to seeing everyone then!!

Do You Meditate? You Might Be Surprised...

Posted by Candie Wright on May 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people think they don't meditate when in fact they are practicing meditation techniques on a daily basis. How is this possible? To fully understand, we must first take a look at the the act of meditation.

 

Meditation helps you reconnect with the inner self, or the true self. To do this, we must put aside thoughts that interfere with our happiness and our ability to be blissful. This doesn't mean empty your mind and stop thinking - that would be impossible. However, it is our choice whether we want to dwell on certain thoughts and let them control our emotions or just let the thoughts ebb and flow like waves on the ocean.

 

While the word 'meditation' often brings to mind images of people sitting cross-legged in a quiet serene location, quite a few of our hobbies or daily activities are actually meditative practices. Things such as dancing, knitting or crocheting, running, gardening, fishing, and even patting a dog or cat can help our minds concentrate on the motions at hand and leave unnecessary thoughts or worries behind. Although they are unconventional meditation techniques, they still leave us feeling more connected with our inner selves. That's why we feel relaxed, rejuvenated and rested after these and other similar activities.

 

So, do you meditate? Consider your hobbies and daily activities before you answer. You just might be surprised!

Women's Expo

Posted by Candie Wright on April 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was my first outting as Serenity Meditation.  I went to Portsmouth with some of the crew from Rejuvenations Helping Hands to participate in a women's expo.  The proceeds from our services went directly to our oncology program while the proceeds from the table rental went to fight breast cancer.

 

We had a wonderful day.  Our table was across from an open doorway, and the cool breeze coming in kept Karen and Sara comfortable while they were providing chair massage.  Aimee was met with enthusiasm as she applied Twin Peaks lip gloss to attendees of the expo.  I was kept busy handing out brochures from Rejuvenations Professional Massage, Aimee Nicole Esthetics, Rejuvenations Helping Hands, Annie's Angels Memorial Fund, and, of course, Serenity Meditation.

 

The day was made complete when, near the end of the expo, we took our seats and enjoyed a beautiful fashion show.  The models were stunning in outfits ranging from skimpy nightwear to full-length gowns.  Even more impressive than their enthusiasm was the fact that all of the participants were breast cancer survivors, including the one gentleman that was there to show that breast cancer afflicts men as well as women.

 

All in all, it was the perfect first outting for Serenity Meditation.

 


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