How I am coping with anxiety.

Times are a bit stressful right now, eh? How are you coping? Well? As good as you can? Terrible? Piece of cake?

This is my first experience with “social distancing”. It may be the first in all of our lifetimes. Fingers crossed that it’s the last. Something tells me it won’t be the last time though. I watched a TEDtalk given by someone that studies epidemiology. Her opinion is that the more we encroach on wildlifes habitats, the more we are risking picking up their diseases. Yikes!!

I have to admit, I’m afraid. I’m afraid of the future and the unknown. I’m afraid that people close to me may get this disease and not recover. As an uninsured person, I’m afraid that I will get the corona virus and not have access to medical care. So, I’ve been feeling quite a bit of anxiety, especially the last two days.

I almost lost my cool when my 88 year old neighbor asked me to take her to H & R Block to get her taxes done. She was aware of our current threat and wanted to get it done before things got worse. Her peace of mind is important, so I agreed to take her. But I waited in the car. Same at the post office and the bank. Maybe I was over-reacting but I would rather err on the side of caution than to under-react and Clarita gets the corona virus. Ya know?

Then yesterday, I had a bad toothache. Of all things. I haven’t had a toothache in a couple of years. But yesterday was my day.

To cope with my anxiety, I am making sure to keep my meditation practice alive and well. I played a sound bath in the background for hours yesterday. I’m eating a lot of produce and trying to cut out processed foods. I’m drinking lots of water. Lots and lots of water. And I’m practicing breathing techniques.

Here’s some tips for easing anxiety naturally, drug and toxin free.

Are you familiar with sound baths? Go to YouTube.com/soundbaths. It should be easy to find one that you like. They are very soothing and they raise your vibration.

Eat more produce which naturally crowds out the processed food. Your body needs nourishment in times of stress.

Get outside. Preferably in the sun. Preferably barefoot in the grass. (It’s not just a movie, lol).

Pick a time and one or two sources of news/updates. Leave it alone outside of your chosen time.

Unplug from electronics at least part of the day.

And take some time to indulge in your hobby! I love adult coloring. I will be pulling out my Sharpies as soon as I hit publish on this blog post. What’s your favorite hobby?

Tell me, how are your coping with “social distancing”?

Can your car run on sugar?

Of course not. It’s a simple machine that runs on gasoline. It can’t run on anything else – water, sugar, soda, preservatives, oil, plastic… You get the picture.

Where our bodies differ is that we are not simple machines. We are a complex system made of smaller complex systems. Our bodies run on water and oxygen. Not gasoline, plastic, sugar, or oil, but water and oxygen. You’ve heard the statistic, right? Our bodies are 60% water. We. Need. Water. Just like we need oxygen (the O in H2O, see how that works?)

A car engine is a simple machine, made to do one thing, turn the tires (very basic idea yall. I am FAR from a mechanic.) If you ask it to run on anything other than gasoline, the effect is almost immediate. It’s not going to run right. Sometimes it won’t even start. The quality of the gasoline counts too. Bad gas will make the engine grossly underperform.

So, how are our bodies different? Because we are a complex system of complex systems. We have built in systems to help us mitigate the effects of running on bad gas, or on plastic, sugar, vegetable oil, etc. But is that the best use of our bodies?

Shouldn’t we honor our body and treat it like the magnificent gift that it is? Don’t we want to give it the absolute best gasoline available? Don’t we deserve the best?

For our bodies, water and oxygen are the best “gasoline”. Our bodies deserve water. Pure, clean water. Not soda. Not sugar. Not oil. Not plastic. Water. Clean, pure water.

Sure, we can run on soda, but not anywhere near as well as we can run on pure, clean water. Some of our systems (namely our digestive system) are so busy flushing out the bad gas – the toxins or the overload of sugar – that it just can’t keep up. That’s when you end up with pain, or exhaustion, or chronic illnesses.

Thank goodness that’s it’s an easy fix!! Find a way to add in more water. Begin crowding out the bad gas because the good gas is sooooooo good. You will immediately begin to feel better. You will have more energy, better memory, less pain, better sleep and more.

As a wellness guide, I’m here to help you. I have created a program – I Quit Drinking Soda – to guide you in your efforts to ditch the soda drinking habit.

Do you want to know more about the program? Leave a comment and I will send you a link to my Facebook page – I Quit Drinking Soda. Or simply go straight over there now and “like” the page. Turn on all notifications to stay in the loop.

Any questions? Any ideas? Comment below. I would love to hear from you!!

Cheers

Tapping Could Very Well Be Just Right For You

Have you heard of Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)?

“It is a remarkable healing modality based on the same principles that have been used for thousands of years in acupuncture—but without the needles.” – Brad Yates

I first experienced Brad Yates and his teachings about a year ago while doing personal development as part of my network marketing income stream.

One of the top leaders of my company is an avid believer and practitioner of tapping. She partnered with Brad Yates and developed a packet of 31 days of tapping devoted to stressors specific to network marketing. We got a tapping session about not feeling qualified, not feeling deserving, worrying about what others think, procrastination, fear of being pushy and more. It was incredibly helpful. Amazingly helpful.

But obviously tapping/eft isn’t just helpful for network marketing. What about fear of going to the dentist? How about test performance anxiety? Or performance anxiety in sports or art? Would you like some help around quitting smoking? Or how about abundance mindset? The list goes on and on and on and on.

Seriously yall, sometimes a person needs some help. AmIright?

If there’s something you want, but can’t seem to get, why not? You’ve no doubt heard it said many times before…
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.
In order to get different results, you need to do different things – or, in some cases, do things differently. You’ve got nothing to lose by trying something new or different.

Want to learn more about tapping? Here you go. And here.

In full transparency, I am an affiliate marketer for Brad Yates. By clicking here, you are helping me financially and I can continue to bring helpful healing modalities to you. I wouldn’t recommend a practice that I don’t endorse or practice myself. I highly recommend Brad Yates and his stress reducing techniques.

Thanks for reading and learning yall. I love learning. I bet you love it too.

Do you love your j.o.b.?

Tools of my trade

Instead of me talking to you this week, I would like for you to talk to me. Comment below, or respond in an email (address below or you can go to my contact page.)

Do you love your job?

If yes, CONGRATULATIONS!! Life is good, right? What do you do for a living?

If no, what is keeping you stuck there?

Let me know your answer. Comment below or send me an email @suzannehorrockswc@gmail.com

Thanks!! Cheers!

I look forward to hearing from you.



Nose to the grindstone

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Are you ready for spring? It’s snowing here today. I’m ready to get out of the house and onto some hiking trails, or at least some walking paths.

But, my nose is to the grindstone. Writing a blog post is one of my Wednesday assignments. And today, I can’t think of a single thing to tell you. Do you ever have those days? Where you have an assignment, but the motivation just isn’t there?

The joys of entrepreneurship. (That’s a hard word to spell, btw.) Being an entrepreneur sure isn’t the easy way out. Of course, I could just give myself the label and never produce any work, but that serves zero purpose, imho. So here I go brain dumping on yall. Thank you for reading this!! I appreciate it more than you know.

Tomorrow is #NoPlasticThursday. My plastic consumption is down pretty far. I’ve been working at it for a while. My only obstacle is packaging. I was in a Whole Food Market a few days ago. I absolutely love looking at their pastries and baked goods. Hello fresh baked sourdough bread. Sliced. Yum. Anyway, I was looking for a baked chocolate dessert. Have you noticed that most of that stuff is packaged in single use plastic? And not just a thin bag. But a hard plastic container with an equally hard plastic lid. There’s more reasons to cook at home. Bake in this instance, I suppose. Anyway, the packaging become as important as the baked good. (It had to be chocolate. If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert in my house.) I finally settled on some bite size brownies. They were in a hard container, but, it is reusable. As a matter of fact, it’s in my fridge right now with some leftovers in it. Which leads me to ….

Warning – do not reheat your leftovers in the microwave in a plastic container! While a single instance of warming plastic in the microwave may not be harmful, repeating this practice is where the danger lies. Think heating your lunch five days a week. For more info about the dangers of heating your food in plastic, read this link. Manufacturers and retailers are in tune with demand, so you can find reusable glass containers in your local home good store. They usually come with plastic lids, but at least the bowl is glass.

In other news –

My new favorite drinking glass

In other news – this is my new favorite drinking glass. It’s a quart mason jar. A quart!! I only need to drink four of these to get in one gallon of water. How cool is that? Discovering, or re-discovering, your favorite drinking container (glass or stainless steel preferably) is a fantastic way to get more water into your body. After all, water is the first medicine. In fact, most modern day medications suggest taking it with water. Not with soda, or coffee, or whatever. But take with water. It’s the first medicine. I would love to see your favorite water glass. Tell/show me in the comments. Or on social media by tagging me and using the hashtag #myfavoriteglass. Showing your stuff may inspire others to find their favorite glass and fill it up with the first medicine aka water. That’s a win for everyone, right?

One last thing before I go, here’s a reminder for ya.
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I am a wellness guide. I help women heading towards retirement take better care of themselves so they can live a good long life.
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Contact me if you want help in quitting a soda drinking habit, or if you would like to switch and ditch the chemical filled products with some natural essential oil based ones.

See ya on social media!! Thanks for reading this. I would love to read your comments.


No Plastic Thursday

#NoPlasticThursday

I wanted to write about reducing plastic today because tomorrow is #NoPlasticThursday sponsored on Instagram by Blue Haus. It’s a fantastic idea.

While I don’t believe that the problem will be solved simply by reducing, reusing, and recycling, I do believe that if we demand differently, remove the consumer demand, change will happen.

So, are you up for it? Are you willing to spend each and every Thursday without single use plastic?

The Zero Waste Chef has some excellent suggestions. You can read them here. But here’s a breakdown of how to get started.

Top three ways to breakup with plastic (according to the Zero Waste Chef)

  • Eat real food, not food wrapped in plastic. Processed food, convenience food and to-go food almost always come in plastic wrappers and containers. Real food you cook yourself does not.
  • Refuse single-use plastic. Say no to plastic shopping bags; plastic straws and stir sticks; plastic utensils, plates and cups; and other disposable plastic items.
  • Ban the bottle. Stop buying water, soda, energy drinks, juice and other beverages packaged in plastic bottles.

The Zero Waste Chef goes on to give 50 ways to be plastic free. Here’s a link to her post again. Yes, it’s that good. You should read it.

Plastic trash

On a personal level, I try to do my part. I very seldom eat out, especially fast food. I counted the pieces of trash from one meal one day – it was 11. And that was just for one person. Not all of it was plastic, but at least half was. Between the plastic lid, the plastic straw, usually a plastic cup, plastic utensil, plastic ketchup holder, etc, it adds up quickly.

We like to walk for exercise and one day I accepted a challenge to pick up five pieces of trash. Within the length of a football field from our front door, we had picked up 15 pieces of garbage. Perhaps you live in an area that is fairly clean. Do you? If so, can you help clean up another neighborhood?

We went talking again the next day and decided to pick up more trash. Because frankly, it felt tragic how much trash was just thrown out of people’s car windows! My guess is that 98% of trash we picked up was either food wrappers or drink containers.

I had to wonder, why is so much complete junk being sold – and bought?!?! It hurts my heart. This planet is our home. We should treat it better.

Another thing I’m doing to help reduce our demand for single use plastic is to help people stop drinking soda. From the picture above, you can tell how much plastic is used with just this one habit. If you want help quitting, click on the shop tab above. Or email me for more info.

So, what does soda have to do with it?

So, what’s soda have to do with it? Better yet, what does quitting drinking soda have to do with living well?

Good question. One that I need to answer besides the obvious – it’s bad for you. It’s got too much sugar, all 101 reasons that I’ve already researched.

How else will quitting drinking soda improve your life? By being the first step. By showing the Universe, God, your Higher Power, Angels, whomever is your guide, by showing them that you care about your body. That you care about the gift that was given to you at that moment that you became you. You have to start somewhere, right?

I’ve been where you are. I’ve had issues that didn’t require medical intervention, but I knew those conditions weren’t something that I just had to accept. You know, things like depression, low energy, low motivation, chronic pain (or daily pain), sleepless nights, gets cold easily. You may have these issues too.

I also knew I wasn’t a “health freak”. A “goodie two-shoes”. I wasn’t “like that.” Basically, I was afraid that I would have to give up my lifestyle completely to be “healthy”. I was afraid that everything I did/thought was wrong and “they”, those healthy people, were smarter, more disciplined than me. They had something that I didn’t, and never would, have. They had stuff that I didn’t want, but I did want to feel good all day everyday. Not just some days, or some parts of the day. I wanted to feel good all day – every day.

By giving yourself the gift of wellness guidance, of accountability, and of support, you can quit drinking soda, thereby taking the first step. You don’t have to take any more steps after that. Just one. Do this one thing and God/theUniverse/yourHigherPower will notice. He/she will reward you. She/he will give you the next step. It will be gentle. It will be graceful. It will be painless. It will be easy.

With my guidance, quitting drinking soda will also be gentle, graceful, painless, and easy. Believe me, I have done it. If I can do it, you can do it. You can take the first step. That’s all you have to do right now. Take the first step.

To join the program, click here . I will add you to the Facebook group in a hot minute. (The program is on Facebook.) Then you can start the work anytime.

Got questions? Comment below or email me. I want to help you. You can take the first step. You can do it. You can quit drinking soda.

What do I do now?

I show up for myself. That’s what I do now.

I have dreams and goals. I want them now. Like, right now. I call her my spoiled little bratty self, but that’s not how I would talk to anyone else. So I am learning to not talk to myself, or about myself, with that kind of mean girl language. She’s actually my inner child. She doesn’t have a lot of patience. Haha, understatement.

Anyway, this dream/goal is taking more “work” than I imagined when it was simply a dream. It’s fairly easy to dream, right? Unless you have killed your dreams because of disappointment. I hope that’s not the case, but that’s an issue for another day. In our dreams, the result has already happened. The desire is fulfilled. It’s the stuff in between that stops a lot of people in their tracks. The “work” is real.

By “work” I mean showing up every day whether it feels good, feels in alignment, feels inspiring, or not. Showing up for myself – for my dream – means creating a blog post even though I don’t have a topic picked out. Or it feels like I will just be rambling on about nothing. It is these small building blocks that will make the platform sturdy. It’s the little things.

But you know what I think it is mostly? For me anyway? It’s the discipline. It’s about taking action, imperfect action. It’s the commitment – and the discipline to honor my commitment – to my own dream! Jeez. It seems like a no brainer to show up for my own damn dream.

I’m lucky. I have the determination. I have the drive. I have the heart, the brains, and the courage. I will keep going because the alternative kills my soul. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

What about you? What’s your dream? Have you started working towards it? I would love to know that I’m not alone. Tell me in the comments.

Peace, friend.

You are worth it

Do you often say no to things that you should probably be saying yes to? Do you deprive yourself because you either can’t see the value in the item, or you don’t feel worthy enough to get it.

I would like to address some objections now, if I may.

Money – this is the biggest reason people say no to things. For a lot of us there is no disposable income. Every dime is accounted for. We may have to shift our spending to make room. It may require looking at your cable TV package and asking if that is the best package for your needs. It may be that you have to put something on a credit card and make monthly payments. It could be that the money is tucked safely away in a sock drawer for a rainy day.

What you may not see at the get go is the value of the item. Take the I Quit Drinking Soda course as an example. The cost is $25. (This one is easy.) How many cases of soda do you drink in a month? How much does one case cost? Is it one case a week at approximately $7 per case. In one month, you spend $28 (plus tax) on soda. $28 every month.

Need – do you need it? Let’s go with IQDS again. You know you shouldn’t be drinking that stuff. It may taste good (that’s all the sugar), but you know it is bad for you. But part of your brain doesn’t like change. Part of your brain likes your comfort zone. That part of your brain doesn’t know how bad soda is for you. It doesn’t have reasoning capabilities. So you question – do I really need it? Your logical brain says yes, but the reptilian brain has a lot of experience over-riding logic. You may have to sink into your heart to say yes.

Timing – To this objection, I have a question. What makes it a bad time?

Value – This aligns with the need and the money. If the value is there, the yes is there too. To address this objection, I ask you to consider what are the benefits of the product? And what are the consequences of saying no?

As a wellness guide trying to market a coaching program, I wanted to address these issues. They may be the blocks that keep you from taking an proactive approach to your health and wellness. These are uncomfortable topics for sales people. I suppose that’s what turns a lot of people away from providing services. Thank you for reading this and allowing me to address potential blocks to you living your best life.

If you have been able to overcome your obstacles and would like to enroll in the self-paced I Quit Drinking Soda course, click on shop at the top of this page. I will contact you to get started in a jiffy.

Cheers!

Worst. Advice. Ever.

Ever feel like this?

If building a business was easy, everyone would do it. Truer words never spoken.

When I first started building my wellness business, I was hungry for advice. Since it’s 2020, the “Information Age”, I was always on the internet, especially social media. After all, it was there that I found my wellness path. Surely the business experts were on there too.

I’m a complete newbie at this yall. My collar is blue as blue can get. Although I had always had dreams of creating my own thing and being completely independent, I never did it. I gave a few pathetic attempts, but it was like throwing rocks in the dark expecting to hit something.

Wanna hear the worst advice I ever got? Don’t spend your time doing work that isn’t “producing” income. Ummmm hello. Only 20% of my effort produces any income at all. The other 80% supports the 20%. I kept glossing over the 80% and feeling like shit because I wasn’t getting anywhere.

I finally decided/learned/wised up that organizing my work space was hugely important. Writing in my journal was very important. Keeping up with a planner (even if all it says is call the bank and exercise) is important.

It’s making me feel comfortable. It’s making me feel good in my workspace. Not guilty, but good.

I love to say that my space is a “no guilt trip zone”. I should take my own advice more often. Do you do ignore your own advice?