How Your Posture Is Impacting Your Health

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Last year when I ran my annual Chakra Healing Class, one of the most interesting topics came up.

On of the participants (thank you Steve!) mentioned that he noticed becoming more short of breath when his posture slumped.

That brought on a wonderful discussion of all the different ways that poor posture literally physically affects your health… everything from dry mouth and dental issues to decreased oxygenation, decreased sleep quality and even increased ADHD symptoms.

 

But posture affects more than just our physical body… it affects our spirit.

 

 

 

In class I shared a link to this really awesome oldie-but-goodie TED talk where Amy Cuddy explains exactly how your body’s posture actually helps to shape your personality, your demeanor and even affects the people around you.  If you haven’t watched it yet I think it’s worth a listen.

But posture goes even further than that.

Your posture truly affects you at your core — on your deepest energetic level.  The spine naturally curves into the fetal position as a mechanism of protection and to self soothe during times of stress.

  • Have you ever noticed that when life gets you down or wears you out, whether the stressor is big or small, your shoulders slump and your head hangs forward?
  • Do you notice your lower back round out when you’ve had a long hard day?
  • Have you ever faced a traumatic incident by wrapping your arms tightly around your chest or stomach?
  • Have you ever been so worn out from life that you curled up in your bed in the fetal position, knees curled up towards your chest…
  • …or felt so broken that you laid on the floor of your shower curled into this protective posture, letting the water and heat envelope you?

 

I have.

I bet you have too.

 

 

 

It’s totally natural to go into this comforting position when stress surrounds you.  This because the fetal position is the position we are in while we are nurtured in the womb.

In fact, when infants are born they only have one curve to their spine — the C shaped curve of the knees-to-chest fetal position they had while held inside their mother’s body.

As we grow and learn to stand and ambulate under the forces of gravity, the spine develops three mature healthy curvatures in order to maintain a positive and productive center of balance.

But when we are traumatized, stressed, or upset, it is very natural for our body to tuck in tight, ball up, seek the fetal position and try to survive.

Surviving stress and trauma leads to physical health changes that ultimately affect our posture, our sleep, our mood, our digestion, our breathing, our pain levels, and even totally stress out our adrenals.

 

 

 

 

But how does posture affect our health on all of those levels?

 

The answer lies in our chakra energy flow.  Posture affects our chakra alignment which in turn affects our body from head to toe.  To make this visual for you, I set out to paint a painting to illustrate exactly how our spine lines up with our chakra system.

So today I wanted to share the process of creating this with you here so that hopefully I can inspire you to take stock of your posture, take deeper breaths, support your internal alignment and truly feel your powerful internal energy centers radiate out from all directions in perfect concert with each other!

 


Step 1.  Taking a page (literally!) out of my 20 year old med school anatomy book, I drew the spine on the middle of my canvas:

 

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2.  Then I filled in the background color…

 

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3.  …and added some white spirals at the level of each of our 7 core chakras:

 

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4.  Next I darkened the background to create more contrast and added even more spirals radiating out of each chakra center:

 

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5.  I then re-outlined the spine to bring it on top of the background and make it more visible:

 

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6.  After that it was on to color!   I added spiraling energy at each chakra level, radiating out from the corresponding point on our spinal column:

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7.  And then I re-outlined the spine and filled the bones in with white to help them stand out:

 

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8.   At this point I started feeling like this Chakra Anatomy painting would be a fantastic daily reminder for those of us who could use a visual to remember to check our posture throughout the day and sit or stand a little better… so I added the words “stand tall.”

And I mean that both metaphorically and literally.

Literally take that deep breath and stack your vertebra up in a nice line.

And energetically… hold your head up high.

You are who you are.

And that is a beautiful thing.

 

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9.  With some extra tweaks on the energy circles and a few more touch ups on the letters… you have one of my favorite chakra paintings I’ve done:

 

 

 

Hold that head up and know that every moment you are here on earth flowing your unique soul energy through your unique physical body, you are doing important work that can be done by no other.

So sit straighter, walk taller, and SHINE.

This painting is my attempt at a daily reminder to vibrantly radiate your core energy by standing tall.  If you could use a reminder too, hop over here to grab a print of this artwork! Totally fantastic for a yoga or meditation area or even in your closet to see as you get dressed each morning (I have mine hanging above my desk because that is where I tend to slouch the most!)

Here are some more of my favorite chakra paintings that I’ve painted for you over the years:

 

 

You can find prints for all of my original healing paintings right here.

 


 

 

Life is hard enough to navigate.

 

It helps to meet all external stressors with internal core strength.  Chakra alignment is an invaluable tool to sustaining your health and remaining centered during life’s storms.

I’ve seen over and over folks with strong internal chakra alignment affect powerful external change in their life.

If you’d like to go further and deeper with this concept, join me in optimizing your energy flow in my upcoming online Chakra Healing Class. which starts next week!

 

 

 

 

In this Chakra Healing Class I’ll help you translate chakra alignment into physical health,

and help you finally understand what your body is telling you.

 

Everything you experience throughout your day — any obstacle and any blessing — feels so much more powerful when you are meeting it from a place of deep internal balance.

I’ll help you get there.

Together we will align your core from the bottom to the top, building upon your inner strengths and releasing any resistance you have built at each level.

 

It all starts next Monday, April 5th!

 

Sign up now so I can ship your goodie bag to you right away!

I can’t wait to work together with you to have you feeling centered and aligned… all the way to your core.  I’d love you to join me by clicking over here to sign up and reserve your spot today.

 

Stand tall my friends!!!

xoxoxox, Laura

Background Noise Costs You More Than Just Your Peace & Quiet

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Chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you… it actually impacts your long term health.  

By more than you think!

Chronic levels of noise found frequently in modern society have been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation.  Not to mention upping your risk for insomnia, a huge health crisis in-and-of itself!

And it doesn’t stop there.

Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes.

Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history, age, blood pressure, and weight.  Here is a printable medical study you can take to your physician to get them to take noise pollution seriously in evaluating your true cardiovascular risk.

 

 

Small noises are an issue.

What is interesting is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too.

So it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, and they all up your risk for metabolic disease too.

Noise pollution is no longer about loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  It’s not even about loud noises at all any more.  We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.

The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue.

Look at the table below (taken directly out of this medical study) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health.  55 dBA and above is considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):

 

Every 10 dBA increase in noise increases your heart attack risk by 6%, arterial calcification by 8%, and stroke risk by 14%… starting at only 50 dBA!

This is why the World Health Organization has now lowered the noise pollution threshold to only 55 dBA:
  • So normal conversation (at 60 dBA) can, over time, contribute negatively to health issues… increasing both heart attack and stroke risk by 6% and 14% respectively.
  • The normal sound of cars driving/traffic, doubles that — increasing heart attack and stroke risk by 12% and 28% respectively.
  • Listening to a telephone ring repeatedly increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 18% and 42% respectively, and on and on.

Clearly, working in a high noise industry (like on an aircraft or in construction) is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant, or working a the mall, or any other environment with constant conversation and music playing adds to your cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.

We now understand that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.

 

 

 

Think about your day:

  • Do you hear traffic constantly (especially consider if you hear traffic where you sleep at night?)
  • Do you work in an area where there is chronic talking (such as a hospital, a hotel, a store or a restaurant?)
  • Do you work in an area where there are phones constantly ringing (such as at an office?)
  • Do you work in an area that has music playing constantly?
  • Do you sleep with music or a television on?

 

If so, your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, stroke, cognitive impairment and more is much greater than it has to be.

 

 

 

As a physician, I can tell you that this is an even bigger problem for the millions of people who have noise sensitivity.

These health effects from chronic background noise affect all of us, whether we find the noise irritating or not.

But imagine if you had trouble filtering out background noise, as literally millions of folks with auditory sesntivitivy (hyperacusis) do.  Many conditions cause people to be sensitive to noise, including autism spectrum disorders, folks with chronic ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and shift workers.  You almost assuredly know someone who noise sensitive (and please forward this article to them so they feel your support!)

In fact, medical studies have found that almost one out of every ten people — 9% of the population or about 630 million people worldwide — have issues with noise sensitivity.  And this medical study found that those who are most likely to be affected are children, the elderly, the chronically ill, shiftworkers, people with mental illness, people suffering from tinnitus, and people with neurodevelopment disorders.

If you have hyperacusis, on top of the long term health impact of chronic background noise, it also affects your immediate ability to think, process, focus and react to the world around you.

You might want to consider the impact of noise sensitivity if you or someone you love has:

  • Autism or autism spectrum disorders.  Neurodevelopment issues such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) makes it harder to localize the source of a sound and creates added difficulty in understanding speech, which gets exponentially worse in noisy environments.  Children and adults who have ASD find their sympathetic nervous system gets hyperstiumlated by noise.   This medical study found approximately 70% of patients with ASD had noise hypersensitivity.  And this medical study used MRI imaging in ASD patients to directly reveal that the brain has has difficulty distinguishing social input from non-social auditory input.
  • Tinnitus.  Tinnitus can dramatically increase the risk of noise sensitivity.  One study reported about 80% of patients suffering from ringing in the ears report hyperacusis.
  • EMF sensitivity.  As I blogged about for you here, the overwhelming EMF exposures that most of us now live with assault our central nervous system day in and day out, and can contribute to hypersensitivity.  One of the most common diagnostic indicators of electrosenstivity is having tinnitus and dizziness in response to EMF exposures.  I think the fact that our brain is already hyperstimulated by these chronic EMF exposures exacerbates even folks who would not normally be sensitive to noise.  Hypersensitivity to multiple exposures (such as chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities, auditory sensitivities and electrohypersensitivities) play off each other and can actually bring about a huge decrease in our ability to function with normal activities of daily living.  While addressing chronic auditory noise (like we are in today’s article) can be extremely helpful, if you feel you have electrosensitivities that might also be contributing, I invite you to join into my upcoming Electrosensitivity Releif Online Class right here.


 

So now that we are taking noise pollution more seriously, what can you do about it?

Here are 3 actionable steps to safeguard your health:

 

 

 

1.  Protect your sleep.

 

The worst damage to your health occurs when noise levels are chronically present while you are sleeping at night, so the first thing to think about is where you lay your head to catch sleep.  If you live in an area where you can hear cars driving by every night, or other constant sounds, you may ultimately want to consider moving.

Short of moving, it can help to follow these simple guidelines to help improve your sleep hygiene:

  • Install noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.
  • Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take.  If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
  • If you have a yard, consider planting a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
  • Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
  • Wear ear protection designed to minimize disruption from noise while you sleep.
  • Reduce EMF exposures in your sleeping area to decrease the over all environmental toxicity of your bedroom (click over here to read more on electrosensitivity and reducing your exposures to EMFs.)
  • Deep sleep by wearing blue light filtering glasses in the evenings, like these.  You can find blue light filtering glasses almost anywhere, but make sure they are dark yellow to orange, not light yellow, in order to block enough blue light that it actually makes a noticeable difference in your ability to fall asleep.
  • Ground while you sleep at night to dramatically deepen sleep, improve your brain’s sleep patterns and give your body some restorative down time before facing another full, noisy, busy day.
  • Take probiotics. Research published in 2019 in Frontiers In Psychiatry showed that after 6 weeks of taking probiotics, participants has significantly improved sleep quality.  You can read this article right here. I have these waiting for you, along with the other supplements (like magnesium) I suggest for a good nights sleep, in one easy Sleep Restore Protocol that is waiting for you right here.
  • Listen to my podcast on 14 holistic tips for improving sleep.  I recorded a 20 minute podcast for you all about a recent medical study on sleep, and run through all of these tips plus a few extra bonus tips (for a total of 14 holistic steps to your best night’s sleep yet!)  Hop over here to listen in and please be sure to subscribe!  Intuition Physician Updates is a brand new podcast I just launched and I’ll be adding new episodes on the latest holistic health news all year long.

 


 

 

 

2.  Wear simple, effective ear protection

 

You can wear these simple, soft, effective silicone ear devices to decrease irritating noise while at the same time, helping to clarify important noises that you actually want to hear.  Calmer sits barely visible in the ear and uses revolutionary, non-electric technology to reduce mid and high frequency distortion without having a detrimental effect on our hearing.

Calmer reduces stress by removing distortion that would usually trigger the human ‘fight or flight’ response.  While this response was a vital part of our evolution to alert us to the slightest sound or threat, in today’s modern world where we no longer need to be alert to the snap of a twig, this added resonance is loading us with unnecessary stress.

Calmer specifically helps reduce noises that causes stress and anxiety.  They do this without reducing the volume so you don’t feel disconnected from the world, and you can hear what you need to hear clearly. The result is a natural way to minimize today’s constant barrage of environmental noise stressors which have a negative impact on our mental and physical well-being.

 

 

 

 

While this will decrease stress for anyone, whether you are sensitive to noises or not, it can be a game changer for those with Hyperacusis, for example those with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, tinnitus, or other hypersensitivity issues.

You can wear these during waking and sleeping hours.  The help to relieve stress while at home, at work, at school, on commutes, while traveling, at restaurants, concerts, or all night long when you want to deeply relax.  They are very discrete and you can still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… but at much safer volumes that protect your long term health and decrease your immediate stress.

When you wear them you not only protect your stress levels and ability to process communication in the short term, but protect your heart and brain and metabolism for the long term, too!  Tell your friends, fellow students, co-workers, anyone who ask about them how wearing ear protection can actually decrease heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed!

Learn more about how these ingenious, simple ear protective devices work right here.

 

 


 

 

 

 

3.  Decrease other stressors

 

Like with everything in life, health is a balance.  Even when you can not do anything to change one stressor, decreasing other stressors in your life helps decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.

It’s absolutely reasonable and recommended that you consider stress when choosing an occupation, a living location, your commute, a relationships, a friendships, forming relationships with coworkers, etc… Toxicity from these ubiquitous sources are every bit as important to consider as it is to reduce more obvious toxins like the ones found in the food you eat, the water you drink, choosing non-toxic household and personal care items, etc…

And on the flip side, increasing and optimizing any other aspect of your health will go a long way to protect your over all long term wellness.  Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins & minerals you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, go outside and get your body grounded to the earth as often as possible, and on and on.

Read through this list and find one (or several) ways that you can focus on what you can control, which will help mitigate the stressors you can’t control:

  • Decrease toxic burden.  Go through your pantry, bathroom, and laundry room and remove synthetic, chemical laden foods from your pantry, toxic artificial body care products, oral care products and hair care products from your bathrooms, remove chemical laden home care and cleaning products as well as artificially scented and chemical laden laundry products, and never use toxic chemicals on your lawn.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Eat clean whenever possible.  Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods whenever possible.
  • Want to improve your nutritional intake?  Supplement with high quality antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage, potentially decreasing over all burden of stress on your body.
  • Don’t drink enough water?  Put a water filtration system right out on your kitchen counter and drink a big glass every single time you walk by it.
  • Don’t exercise enough?  Start and end every single day with a walk outside in fresh air.  Daily movement helps deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Worried about your EMF exposures?  Join my upcoming Electrosensitivity Class and get those dramatically reduced.  You will feel immediate relief.
  • Want to meditate but can’t get the hang of it?  It only take 3 deep breaths to literally boost the function of your heart and other crucial internal organs — take 3 deep breaths right now.  It’s a mini meditation that literally boosts your health instantly.  Use a chime routinely to remind you…  I walk you through it right here in this video.  Feel that?  Do it daily.
  • Start reading books at night instead of watching TV.
  • Stop multitasking and let your brain focus on just one task at a time.
  • Start taking nightly epsom salt bath soaks.
  • Sauna each week to relax tense muscle and boost your health (as I blog about here, routine sauna increases life span!)
  • Join a spiritual support group or get serious about finding a church or synagogue or meditation center that feels right the moment you walk in the doors.
  • Stop using social media and reach out to your real life friends to set up a weekly date.
  • Need a reminder to incorporate these healthy daily routines into your life?  Hang this dry erase board up in your home and transform how you treat yourself and put a priority on your health.

And on and on and on.  There is always something you can do to feel better, and better and better.  There are always actionable steps you can take to boost your health.

One simple one, that you can do today, is to evaluate your background noise and reduce it, or protect against it with ear protection.

Yep, it’s that simple!

 

To your resilient, constantly re-setting and improving health…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

A Free Printable Tool To Give You Inner Clarity When Making Difficult Decisions

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I recently was supporting a participant of one of my online classes with help making a tough medical decision.  One of the things I shared with here was this simple tool on how to get clarity around making a decision that feels aligned on all levels of your health — body, mind and soul.  I know right now there are quite a lot of health related decisions that we all need to make, and I thought this would be the perfect time to share it again with my blog readers.

It’s one the best things I learned from a recent two day medical conference called Transforming The Future Of Medicine was a simple decision making tool that I wanted to share with you here.  Although this was presented as a great way to help guide patients in making difficult health decisions, it could really work for any decision you are facing that feels overwhelming.

And let’s face it, there are so many huge, daily changes in the world that require huge, important decisions to be made, and lots of overwhelm to be had, day in and day out.  So today, hopefully, I can help make one of the tough choices you are facing a little more approachable.

I created a free printable worksheet for you to help walk you through it.  Simply print it out and then click the 9 minute video below and I will personally talk you through filling it out.  Clarity, ease, a sense of relief, a meaningful choice that actually excites — instead terrifies — you into moving forward…  that is my goal in sharing this with you today.

 

 

If you love it, feel free to save this worksheet as a file on your computer to use whenever you like, forever more.   Print out as many copies as you want, whenever you want.  Or bookmark this blog post and I’ll keep this link active on my website indefinitely.

If you don’t want to print it out, it’s a very easy acronym that you can easily remember and think of any time, any where, and it can help you make basically any decision on earth:

 

The acronym is BRAIN:

B = Benefits (what are the benefits?)

R = Risks (what are the risks?)

A = Alternatives (what are the alternatives?)

I = Intuition (what does your intuition say?)

N = Nothing (what if you do nothing?)

 

Let me explain it to you in the video below — just hearing it one time will allow you to always have it in your mental toolkit to use whenever you need it.   I guarantee if you run through this exercise just one time with me today, you will remember it forever.  In the future, you’ll be able run through the acronym in just seconds, without ever writing a single thing down.

And of course, share it with any loved ones who are making difficult decisions too — we could all use a little more support these days.

Created for you, with love, from me.

xoxox, Laura

 

 

 

 

Click the image below to watch the video on my YouTube channel:

 

 

The Secret Behind A “Grounding Detox” — What Your Symptoms Are Really Telling You

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I get questions all the time from readers who are told that the negative symptoms they feel while grounding are a “grounding detox.”  They are told that the tingling electrical sensations they  feel, or the resultant restlessness, anxiety, insomnia & headache, are all part of the grounding process and that if they continue, it should go away.

But then it doesn’t, and they email me asking for advice.

So today, I want to share what I tell these folks — there is no such thing as a grounding detox.  What you are feeling is a measurable, palpable AC current that is running through your body, and that having symptoms from this simply means you are electrosensitive.  And believe it or not, that is a good thing.  I’ll tell you why below.

And not only is being electrosensitive a good thing, but luckily there are lots of ways to continue to reap the enormous health benefits of being grounded while removing the AC current from your body.

All it takes is an understanding of what electrosensitivity is and how to address it.  I’ve got you.  And it’s actually fascinating… so let’s dive in!

 


 

 

 

What is the ‘tingling and stinging’ you feel from unfiltered grounding cords?

 

Many people felt uncomfortable sensations when they are grounding with regular grounding cords.

It’s been described as ‘tingling’ and ‘stinging’ on many pages such as Earthing’s: “Why do I feel a stinging or tingling” and Earthing Institute’s: “I feel a kind of shock or an uncomfortable stinging, tingling in my hands.

The most common symptoms are:

  • stinging or tingling sensation
  • headache
  • decreased concentration
  • vertigo/dizziness
  • tinnitus/ringing in the ears
  • skin reactions
  • insomnia
  • mood changes, including anxiety or depression
  • fatigue
  • heart palpatations
  • muscle pain/tension

 

Many non-medical grounding advocates will tell you these symptoms are a “grounding detox” and that you will eventually get used to it if you keep grounding through their products.

But what is it, really?

If you’ve seen my previous posts and videos you know the difference between the natural direct current (DC) flow of electrons that is necessary for the natural, earth mediated grounding process, and the harmful alternating current (AC) electricity that is only from unnatural, man-made electrical power and EMFs.

What people are feeling with the stinging and tingling is the AC current flowing from EMFs through the sensitive parts of their body as the circuit is connected with a standard ground cord that has no filter in place to stop an AC current from traveling through it.  You don’t need the AC current to get grounded, since grounding is a purely DC mediated process.

There are way more people that can feel this AC current than you might think.   If you can feel these “grounding detox” sensations, you are absolutely not alone.  It turns out that some people are more sensitive to this AC current than others, and in today’s post we’re going to explore how prevalent that sensitivity is.

 


‘Perception’ levels of electricity

 

In the electrical safety community, where they study what levels of electricity can hurt or harm you, the amount of electricity that people can start to feel the tingling is called the ‘perception’ level.

100 years ago, back when electricity was being developed as a power source, people conducted a lot of experiments to determine what these different levels of electricity are.  And those findings are still being used today!

The most commonly cited source of electricity safety is the The Electrical Safety Manual of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety [1].  The sources for the levels they use can be traced back to a series of key experiments conduced in the 1950s [2].

 

 

Photos from Dalziel’s testing in the 1950s

 

Photos from Dalziel’s testing in the 1950s

 

The main set of experiments conducted for electricity levels involved hundreds of men and women subjected to different levels of electricity. They tested all sorts of levels of current in various ways, including a ‘gripping’ test where the subject starts off holding a metal probe and AC current was slowly increased until the person could start feeling it, as well as a touch test where the subject repeatedly touched a metal plate as the electricity was increased until they could start feeling it.

What did the researchers find?

 


 

 

There is a big range of sensitivity!

 

They found many things from these tests, and I’ll show you the data right now so you can see it for yourself.

First, there was a wide range of sensitivities – the data follows a traditional bell curve, showing a middle where most people are but also long tails on either side.  The least sensitive people couldn’t feel AC electricity until levels three times the most sensitive people!

Also, women were more sensitive then men, which is a fact that is further confirmed in the medical literature on studies about electrosensitivity — more women than men are electrosensitive, and this data shows us exactly why.  Women have a lower threshhold to perceive electrical current than men do.  But that doesn’t mean if you are a male that you are not electro sensitive — not at all.  Many men (and even more women!) all around the world are electrosensitive, and we will get into those numbers next.

Another thing that researchers found is that touching an object with current (touch tests) were more sensitive than gripping. In other words, if you touch an object that with AC current in it, you will feel it at a lower threshold than if you are holding onto the item as the current increases.  One reason they feel this happens is that during an initial touching event a very small surface area — for example, your finger — will make first contact, so all the electricity will be focused on that area, making it easier to instantly feel.

Another reason test subjects could perceive current more acutely during the touch tests is similar to the boiling frog analogy you are likely familiar with: a frog placed in water that is slowly heated will not perceive the temperature increase and will stay in the water until it is cooked to death… whereas a frog placed in water that is preheated will immediately jump out! Similarly, if you touch a grounding tool you may be able to feel symptoms from AC current at much lower levels than if you have a current slowly introduced into the grounding tool.

This is why I say that being electrosensitive is a good thing!  If you can perceive the current entering your body when you touch a grounding tool, you’ll know immediately how to protect yourself — remove the source of the current.  If you can’t feel it, and you need a much larger current to be able to perceive it’s presence, then you will blindly allow a current to run through your body unaware.

 

 

Current perception levels for men and women using the gripping test (adapted from Dalziel, 1954)

 

 

Touch tests on the same range as gripping

 

 

 


What Does This Mean for Grounding?

 

This type of data can be used to examine the sensitivity of people to grounding.

First, we will use the touch test since the grounding tool will already be connected when you first touch it, so EMFs will already have induced a voltage on your body and you when you make initial contact with the grounding tool it will feel similar to the touch tests.

Second, we will convert the x-axis from current to AC body voltage – the kind you can measure with a voltmeter.  This is done by multiplying the current by the resistance (V=IR) found in most grounding cords (100k Ohms).

Third, the y-axis will be converted from a probability distribution value to number of people in the US and world.

Last, we will focus on the lower ‘tail’ of the bell curve to examine more sensitive people.

 

 

Close-up of sensitive tail of original tapping data, converted to AC body voltage and population sizes (adopted from Dalziel, 1954)

 

 

This shows us that there are millions of people who are sensitive to low amounts of body voltage when grounding!

In the video I created for you right here (to show you the difference between grounding through an unfiltered ground cord (known as a standard ground cord) and a filtered ground cord (known as the PureGround cord) I show you that have an AC body voltage of 4.57, and man could I feel it!  In fact, by the time I had finished recording that video for you, I had a pretty bad headache from that exposure.  As you can see in the graph above, I’m not alone.  At a body voltage reading of 4.57, more than 3.5 million people all over the world would feel this as well.  And unfortunately it is not uncommon to find body voltages shown on the graph, and even higher.

It also shows that at very small voltages there will still be people who will experience uncomfortable sensations; these people could now be diagnosed as ‘electrosensitive’ in the modern medical community.  In medicine we call feeling sensations at this level of exposure Electrosensitivity.  In the non-medical community, grounding companies will call this a “grounding detox.”

But these tests clearly show that theses are real symptoms, not a “detox” effect.  People who sense electrical currents at very small levels are simply more sensitive to electrical stimulae, and there are millions of us.

Non-medical grounding advocates will try to convince you to keep grounding through a standard ground cord, allowing this AC current to run through your body — they are counting on the fact that when you continue holding on to an electrical current, you become less sensitive to it — turning from a ‘touch test’ to a ‘gripping test’ as we talked about above.  Prolonged gripping allowed test subjects to be desensitized to AC current and it took a higher current to reproduce the same symptoms that were immediately felt during a touch test.

But in medicine, we do not want you to become desensitized to AC current and to numb yourself to the sensation of it.  We want you to remove this exposure from your grounding experience entirely. This is why we developed the. PureGround cord, so that now you have a solution to remove AC current from your ground connection.

Read on for more ways to get grounded without having an AC current running through your body.

 


 

 

 

We can make a few conclusive statements from this data:

 

  • 1 in 750 women can detect 5VAC body voltage
  • Over 7 million people worldwide can detect 5VAC body voltage
  • About 1 in 10,000 people can detect super small levels of body voltage, like 1VAC
  • This means almost 1 million people worldwide are that electrosensitive
  • In other words, if you are feeling symptoms of a supposed “grounding detox”, you are not alone

 

Even going with the lowest commonly agreed upon prevalence of perception (0.1% of the population, or 7 million people) this is roughly the same worldwide incidence of many other illnesses that no one would brush off as a “detox” reactions.  A quick look through the WHO Global Burden of Disease report shows that this incidence is similar to the incidence of stroke, for example.  Electrosensitivity is more common than congestive heart failure.  It is more common than Parkinson’s disease.  It is more common than breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer combined.

So yeah, let’s not ignore this huge population of electrosensitive individuals who want to improve their health by connecting to the earth.

In fact, I think electrosensitivity is vastly under-reported, as the data from the touch and grip tests on electrosensitivity suggests there are people who can sense extremely small amounts of electricity, well below the threshold that we’ve been talking about in the above charts.  The original tests report that people with cuts on hands or fingers could detect voltage “almost too small to measure.”   It turns out, many skin conditions such as micro abrasions, rashes or other issues that cause a break in skin integrity, as well as different moisture levels and dry, cracked skin (common during winter months, common for those who live in arid environments, common when folks are dehydrated, etc.) means it is entirely possible that there are people who can detect electricity in very small, almost unmeasurably small, amounts.

The researchers also found that other parts of the body can be more sensitive — such as the neck.  This is one reason I don’t advocate grounding through a pillow (besides the fact that sleeping with a cord at the head and neck area is an obvious choke/entanglement risk — not a good idea when unconscious.)  I am always shocked when other grounding advocates try and sell grounded pillowcases!  The neck is one of the most electrosensitive parts of the entire body.

Recent medical research has found this to be true — millions of people are affected by electrohypersensitivty [3] and in population-based surveys, the prevalence of electrohypersensitivity (EHS) ranges from 1.5% of the population (found in Sweden) up to 13.3% (found in Taiwan) [4].

So these numbers fall well within those ranges and explain, clear as day, what a grounding detox really is.  It’s simply the ability of electrosensitive people to detect an AC current when grounding through an unfiltered ground cord.  Because it is so common that it affects millions of folks all around the world, we set out to upgrade a standard ground cord into a filtered ground cord so that electrosensitive people can still reap the positive health benefits of being grounded, without the negative experience of receiving an AC current.

 

 


I think I am electrosensitive… what can I do?

Here are three great ways to get started in protecting your conductive health:

 

 

 

 

1.  Learn more.

 

First of all, know that it is an actual diagnosable and treatable condition.  In every other country than the USA, that is.  Jeez.  I don’t know why we are so late to formally diagnose and treat EHS, but throughout Europe and in Canada, you can get a formal diagnosis and even disability support, including letters from your physician to request employers and schools to accommodate your needs (and your children’s needs) to reduce EMF exposure and safeguard your health.

Physicians can write:

  • letters requiring employers to provide you with a hardwired ethernet connection
  • recommendations to your employer to have you work in a place that is furthest from the wifi router
  • letters to school educators to seat children in the class seat that is furthest from router
  • letters to school educators to create a cell phone free classroom, with all cell phones put on airplane mode at the beginning of class
  • letter to school educators requesting they allow students intermittent times to go outside and ground to the natural energy of the earth to help offset EHS symptoms

You don’t have to wait for your local health care professional to get on board with diagnosing and treating electrosensitivity, because I will be your healthcare advocate and help you.  I developed a class to teach you everything you need to know about your conductive health — including both positive ways to boost your conductive health through safe grounding practices, as well as ways to protect your conductive health through lowering your EMF exposures.

In this online class I will even walk you through how to get your own, in person physician comfortable with diagnosing EHS and writing those recommendations listed above on a Rx for you to hand to your employer or you child’s teacher.

It’s absolutely possible to be EHS and safeguard your health, while still living in the modern world.  I walk you through exactly how to do it, starting with a self assessment tool that will help you figure out if you are electrohypersensitive (EHS) and walk you, step by step, through all of your living spaces to making them safer for you and your entire family.

Plus I give you tons of encouragement and additional tools to boost your health, decrease the reactivity and inflammation in your body, as well free printables and worksheets that you can keep forever, as well as lots of medical literature to validate exactly what you are experiencing and why.

No longer will you be brushed aside and told that your legitimate, valid ability to perceive electrical currents and EMF fields imposed on your body are simply a “detox” to ignore.  Nope.  In this 7 day online class we will go over together:

  • Day 1: What is electrosensitivity and how to assess if you are electrosensitive
  • Day 2: Removing the exposures you can remove (I’ll walk you through it!)
  • Day 3: Reducing the exposures you can further reduce (let’s do it together!)
  • Day 4: Shielding from any remaining exposures: key concepts & actions to take
  • Day 5: Grounding to rebalance your conductive health with natural earth EMFs
  • Day 6: Boosting your body’s resiliency to mitigate the symptoms you may already be feeling
  • Day 7: How to talk to your physician about further in person diagnosing & treatment of EHS

 

Reserve your spot today and take action to protect your well being (and forward this to your family and loved ones so they can take it with you!)

Taking this with an accountability buddy is a great idea so you can encourage each other and stick with it.  And I’ll be your ultimate accountability partner, walking beside you the entire way:

 

 

It absolutely doesn’t have to be overwhelming, I’ll break it down for you into easily actionable steps that will leave you feeling empowered, not scared.

 


 

 

2.  Switch Your Unfiltered Ground Cord To A PureGround Cord

 

The second action I highly recommend taking is to replace all standard ground cords with PureGround cords.  The PureGround cord blocks AC current so you can get the benefits of the healthy direct current from the earth without experiencing any uncomfortable tingling or stinging from EMFs.

You can order this AC filtering, EMF shielding ground cord right here, and start grounding again with confidence.

 

 


 

 

 

3.  Offset Man Made EMFs Indoors with Natural Grounding Outside

 

The third thing I highly recommend you do is, even if you ground indoors through grounding tools (and a PureGround cord) head outside for at least a few minutes daily to rebalance your conductive health.  It doesn’t have to be for long — grounding is as instantaneous as flipping on a light switch.  When you turn on a light, the entire room is illuminated — and that’s exactly what happens when one cell in your body becomes grounded: your entire body becomes grounded.

While there are cumulative benefits over time to grounding, there is really no time too little for grounding, either.  I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you stop at a street crossing, or lean against a tree while you take a break during lunchtime, or when you stop for a second to pull a weed out from a garden bed.

Within seconds your skin surface conductance has changes throughout your entire body and your muscle tension has decreased.  As seconds turn to minutes, your brain and vagal tone have gotten a calming boost from grounding, and you might notice pain decreases and mood lifts.  Over time, as minutes turn to hours, your metabolic processes get a boost and your circulation (which supports every single organ system in your body) is running more smoothly.  Grounding day after day means nighttime sleep is more restorative, stress hormones normalize, inflammation decreases, and health benefits begin to accumulate, often resulting in noticeable health benefits on a large scale.

Grounding daily to reset the conductive health of your body is ESSENTIAL — it is not enough simply to remove EMF insults, you must replace those toxic frequencies with the natural healing frequency from the earth.

 

 

To help you with that, I wrote a book for you:  The Earth Prescription.

This book will fill your mind, heart and spirit with exciting ideas on how to get grounded to support your particular health goals best, whether you want to sleep better, get more energy, feel more spiritually connected or even boost your creativity.

My goal in writing this book is to give you tons of solutions on how to get outside no matter what the weather, no matter what the season, no matter where you live, no matter if you have a yard or not, live in a city or not, nothing can stop you from resetting your conductive health with the earth you live on.  I’ll also inspire you with hundreds of uplifting ideas on what to do once you get there:

 


 

 

 

 

The Bottom Line:

 

In a nutshell: electrosensitivity is a well defined, identifiable, treatable, and preventable neurologic disease.

And awesomely, the human body is an incredibly resilient force of nature and we naturally go back to vibrant health when we allow our body to bounce back by giving it time to heal between insults.

The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.  Your body simply needs time and space, away from a constant toxic onslaught, to do so.  This is even more crucial for those of us who are electrosensitive.  I truly hope today’s article helps to reassure you exactly what you are feeling when you notice symptoms of electrosensitivity, to give you a fuller understanding of what is really happening when you are having a “grounding detox”, and tons of solutions to help release those symptoms and feel better than you’ve ever felt.

To your incredibly resilient health!

xoxo, Laura Koniver, MD

References:
[1] The Electrical Safety Manual of the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-113/pdfs/2009-113.pdf
[2] C. F. Dalziel, “The threshold of perception currents,” in Electrical Engineering, vol. 73, no. 7, pp. 625-
630, July 1954, doi: 10.1109/EE.1954.6438873.
[3] Belpomme, D.; Irigaray, P. Electrohypersensitivity as a Newly Identified and Characterized Neurologic
Pathological Disorder: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent It. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 1915.
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21061915
[4] Hedendahl L, Carlberg M, Hardell L. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity–an increasing challenge to the
medical profession. Rev Environ Health. 2015;30(4):209-15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26372109/

You Have The Healing Power Of Breath Inside You Right Now… Here’s 5 Ways To Use It

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In medicine, we know it only takes three deep breaths to significantly support vagal nerve tone, which helps modulate your autonomic nervous system.  Meaning your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and brain all get calmed and centered and soothed… and pain significantly decreases as well.

Because we can actively control our body’s air exchange through intentional breathing, there are lots of awesome ways you can play around with using your breath to calm you, invigorate you, increase your focus, decrease your anxiety, decrease your pain, increase your oxygenation, decrease stress and muscle tension, and more.

Although unconsciously most of us will default to holding our breath when feeling stress, or tension, or fear, or anxiety, intentionally taking a few deep breaths is a deeply healing way to give our body the message that we are okay.  Because we can override our default brainstem breath pattern with an intentional, more powerful, deeper breath, focusing on breathing gives us a unique ability to actually modulate our neuronal activity with intention.

We typically can’t go in with our brain and override our other autonomic nervous system functions — like intentionally slowing a pounding heart rate or intentionally decreasing a spiking blood pressure — we CAN actually go in and intentionally take deeper breaths, which then allow that heart rate to slow down and that blood pressure to alleviate… naturally.

This gives us an amazing tool for natural biofeedback.  And we can do this as often as we want, anywhere we want, and even be totally in public and still privately practicing this healing biofeedback tool of intentional breathing.

 

 

I have done tons of research for you — from personally attending live Transcendental Breathing events to workshops on yoga breathing techniques to more traditional medical training in lung physiology, respiration and oxygenation patterns, experience in using respiratory interventions like incentive spirometery and lung percussion, years and years of hands on lung auscultation, as well as decades of reading the latest medical literature.

And after all that, I can report back to you that I have four favorite, simple, fun, and effective breathing tips.  I’m going to share them with you, right now.  So stop holding your breath during times of stress and illness and tension and transition, and instead use the power of your breath to help you instantly transform it.

Here’s how:

 

5 Ways To Use Your Breath To Feel Instantly Better:


 

 

1.  Use the power of three:

 

It truly only takes three deep breaths to boost vagal tone, slow your heart rate, boost oxygenation, calm the mind, increase focus and productivity, stimulate digestion, and reduce stress.

Just three deep breaths — just 3! — try them right now.  You will instantly give your body a mini-break and your brain a mega-boost.

One of my favorite ways to take three breaths is to use a 4-7-8 pattern.  This exercise is simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
  • This is one breath. Repeat the cycle two more times for a total of three breaths.

The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is what is important here… spending twice as long exhaling as inhaling.

If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing medications, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice.  Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension.

 


 

 

2. Incorporate grounding:

 

To relax into a longer breath-work session, it is really helpful to incorporate movement — in this case, walking.

And here is the key to make this breath work even more powerful: do it grounded.

Walking barefoot on the earth during walking meditation is the hands-down easiest way to drop out of your monkey mind, calm your thoughts, and center your awareness down in your heart (or even better — down at your feet!)

And being grounded naturally boost vagal tone, so along with your breath work, you are exponentially calming your central nervous system, releasing stress and anxiety, calming your heartrate, lowering blood pressure, boosting your circulation and oxygenation, releasing muscle tension, brightening your mood, and giving your body a head-to-toe fresh start.

Grounding supports your vagal tone so well that it actually helped premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to improve outcome.  Read this article on my blog right here to find out more about that important study.

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or from any other stressor (and who isn’t?) support your recovery and release by simply doing ten minutes of grounded walking.

If you have never done a walking meditation, you are in for the biggest treat.

In the video below, I sneak you into my favorite walking meditation — using a labyrinth!  I also share with you some super easy ways you can create your own labyrinth, so even if you don’t have access to a labyrinth (and even if you don’t have any of your own yard space to create one)  you can still do a walking meditation.

Watch me as I do a walking meditation for you and then let’s plan out a way for you to do it too:

 

 

Literally drawing a spiral with a piece of chalk on a sidewalk square, or simply walking up and down a line on your driveway, or using tape to create a line or spiral in your garage, all of these ideas can create a grounded walking meditation path that will literally transform your day.

  • Any cement, sidewalk, concrete surface outside is grounded, so anywhere you can kick your shoes off and walk a line or a spiral on a sidewalk or concrete will get you grounded without ever getting your feet dirty!  For example. Walk up and down a sidewalk slowly.  Walk back and forth across your driveway slowly.  Draw a chalk spiral on your cement basement garage or basement floor to walk on.  Or get fancy and use tape to create a labyrinth in your garage or basement on the concrete floor that you can use forevermore!  This video shows how you can create a labyrinth out of masking tape, in just minutes.
  • Of course, any dirt path outside would make a fabulous grounded meditation path, just slowly walk it up and back.
  • If you love the feeling of grass on your bare feet like I do, you can always walk on any safe green space in a grounded walking meditation.
  • Most garden paths and patio walkways are grounded, because slate, tile, brick, even gravel is all grounded when they are lying on the earth.  So almost any outdoor walkway is an instant grounded meditation spot when you walk it barefoot.  In this video I show you 15 different outdoor surfaces that will ground you, beyond just grass.
  • And if you are lucky enough to have your own yard, you can even spray paint a little spiral on your grass to use it for several days in a row.  If you love it you may be inspired to create your very own labyrinth path by laying stones or brick to create a personal labyrinth in your yard or garden.  I know this is on my bucket list to do one day!

If you can take ten minutes to do this walking meditation daily — grounded — I believe with my whole heart it can change your perspective on your entire life, fill you with a sense of hope and fresh positivity, and help you feel physically better too.

 


 

 

3.  Use a chime:

 

If it’s absolutely not possible for you to go outside for a grounded walking meditation today, don’t worry.  It’s a little too cold for me to go barefoot yet this year too, so in the meantime I lean heavily on my favorite chimes.

Using an auditory cue, like a chime, to focus on while you take three deep breaths, allows you to reap similar benefits, any time and any place, even inside your home or office.

In the 15 minute video below, I share with you 3 easy ways to remember to take a few deep breaths throughout your day… click the video below and come do it with me!

Together we will experiment with using a bar chime (my favorite,) a tuning fork, and a wind chime.

For bonus points, do this outside.  One thing I love about a bar chime is that it is very small and lightweight, so you can easily slip your bar chime in your purse, backpack or pocket… and head outside to get grounded.   Using a chime for breath work outside grounded combines tip #1 (taking 3 deep breaths) with tip #2 (doing it grounded) so you can reap the benefits of both very, very easily.

I also love having the wind chime out on my desk to help visually remind me to take a few deep breaths throughout my work day, and I also find it helps give me a focus (and is especially helpful for auditory folks!) to help distract my mind from taking over with thoughts.

You can grab the different sound healing tools I use in the video right here:

Meanwhile, watch this video now to give it a try and let’s breathe together:

 

 

Click here to watch this video directly on my YouTube Channel, where I have lots of healing videos waiting for you:

 

 

As I mention in the above video, the work of Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D. paved the way for understanding how the brain actually improves performance when you take breaks during stressful tasks.

 


 

 

 

4.  Add a mantra:

 

In the video above I also mention a study that was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018,  that found that short sessions of repeating a mantra actually helped resolve PTSD symptoms in veterans even better than traditional talk therapy did.

Wow!  Here are the details:

  • 173 veterans were enrolled in the study, 89 of them using mantra therapy (focusing on a repeating a mantra) and 84 using talk therapy (with a focus on problem solving) for an hour long session once a week for 8 weeks straight.
  • They were randomly assigned to each group and the assessments were done blindly (meaning the therapist did not know which patient was doing which therapy when assessing symptoms and monitoring progression) before treatment, after treatment on week 9, and at the two months follow up after the conclusion of the study (week 17.)
  • The results showed that focusing on a mantra provided a clinically significant, meaningful improvement to the veterans PTSD symptoms that were sustainable, and worked particularly well for insomnia… better than the talk therapy did.
  • Patients from the mantra group actually had larger improvements to their insomnia and equally impressive improvements to other symptoms, such as depression and anger.

 

The results showed that the mantra results were as robust as traditional talk therapy treatments that were trauma-focused.

That means, that even if you have resistance to focusing on the actual traumatic event to work through your trauma, you can have every bit as meaningful recovery when you focus on a mantra as opposed to the trauma!

This is huge news.

And equally exciting, the improvements from mantra therapy were sustained for months after the treatment ended, with more patients being PTSD free after mantra therapy than traditional talk therapy (60% of mantra patients were PTSD free at 2 months after intervention, compared to 40% of the talk therapy group.)

This study is so incredibly valuable I feel, because as someone who admittedly has a very difficult time with meditating for any length of time, I feel that knowing that just repeating a single word has literally been clinically shown to make a significant difference in improving quality of life and treating insomnia, anxiety and other PTSD symptoms is such a relief.

Slowing down your thoughts and practicing sustaining a point of attention on just a single repeated word or phrase was shown to help patients cope with daily anxiety, fear, anger, depression and insomnia.

You can practice a healing mantra any time, any where.  Here are my favorite two suggestions.

I actually have this printed on the medication card in my Healing Focus Cards, so if you like these you can grab a card set for yourself here, but feel free to come up with your own word or phrase that centers you best:

 

 

breathing in:  I am lovable

breathing out:  I am loved

or

breathing in:  I am safe

breathing out:  I am strong

 

Take a minute long break to use your breath to center you when you feel your stress increase sharply — it’s simple, it’s convenient, and it’s free.

As a huge advocate for grounding therapy, you know I am a big fan of free therapies that allow patients to take control over their own health.  So knowing that you can take a few mindful breaths, or repeat a healing mantra, or ring a chime, or even head outside for some grounded breath work as you do a walking meditation… is such an awesome thing.

Each one of these suggestions will measurably reduce stress in the body and give your health a boost,

Breath work is very private and very powerful.

 


 

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5.  Use Healing Artwork as a reminder:

 

I believe in the healing power of the breath so much that I painted a painting of it to remind me daily.

This is my reminder to:

Stop.

Grow Still

Take A Deep Breath.

 

It occurred to me, when I was working with a patient on his breathing issues, that our lungs remind me very much of wings.  I told him to take a big deep breath of air as if he were stretching out his wings behind him, imagining his lungs filling, his shoulder blades growing wings, and his arms reaching out and up as if he were about to take flight.

I liked that image I had in my mind of our lungs filling and turning into wings so much I wanted to paint it!  So I did.

I grabbed my medical school anatomy book (hard to believe I used that 25 years ago now!  Wowza how time flies!) and got to work, sketching out the lungs and trachea on a canvas.  After that, I added an outline of wings behind the lungs:

 

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Then on to painting… first I filled in the background with a layer of deep grey:

 

 

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Then I wanted the energy to feel like it was pouring down over you, swooping in, urging you to breathe in deeply and receive the life giving air directly into those precious lungs of yours:

 

 

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I added some divine purples and pinks to the background color, and began to paint in the wings with whites and light greys:

 

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Once I got the background and wings how I wanted them, I outlined the lungs again for contrast:

 

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And then painted them in with a pinkish orange:

 

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Working back in some additional highlights, I painted some shadows and highlights on the lungs with white and light purples, and added some more white energy coming in from above:

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Lastly I added the mantra: breathe deep.

 

I wanted this image to be wonderful, healing, anatomically based but spiritually expansive reminder to be the best you possible today and every day.

At least I know I could personally use the reminder to stand up straight, hold my head up as I meet the stress of each day, and stop to take those long deep breaths that feel so good.

 

 

 

 

If you could use a reminder too, you can order a Giclee archival quality print of this image right over here.  Watermark does not appear on the Giclee prints, don’t worry!

I have the original hanging in my own bedroom and I just can’t part with it.  But I’d love to think you had the same artwork in your own bedroom as well, reminding you to breathe deeply as you fall asleep and as you wake up again each morning!

 


 

 

 

So here are some suggestions to implement these tools today:

  • start the day with a few deep breaths while you breathe a self selected, calming mantra in and out
  • have a tuning fork, a wind chime, or a bar chime or in your work or living space to use throughout the day whenever stress hits, or simply re-play the video I share with you above where I hit the chime for you and breathe right along with me
  • get grounded outside, walking mindfully in a straight line or along a spiral for 10 minutes during a mid-day break
  • stand outside under the stars after dinner or before bedtime each night, looking up at the moon and stars and taking 3 more grounded deep breaths in and out, slowly
  • hang this healing mantra artwork in a doorway, your bathroom, your kitchen your office or your bedroom to remind yourself throughout the day to stop and take those important deep, centering, healing breaths
  • breathe a self selected mantra in and out for a few deep breaths each evening as you lay in bed before sleep, or while soaking in a relaxing epsom salt bath soak just before bed

 

And if you don’t think breathing impacts your health, you should try a transcendental breathing class… now there is a great way to feel more expansive and more free than you have felt in a long, long time!

There is a reason why, when we come into this world, everyone waits for the baby to take that first breath of air.  That’s the breath of life!  That’s the sign that we are healthy, that we are strong, that we are alive!

It only takes a few minutes to start to reap the benefits of using your breath to boot your health… and the results can be maintained sustainably for the rest of your life.

To your health and your inner angel wings, that are just waiting to fill and support you… don’t forget to lean on them when you need to!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Electrosensitivity and Grounding: How To Protect Your Conductive Health

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With modern society’s rapid and persistent rampage on creating ever stronger and stronger electromagnetic fields that affects our body’s ability to function, I want to make sure that our connection to the earth stays as safe as possible.

Because even as our environment declines, we must find ways to preserve our healthy connection to the earth outside.  After all, your conductive health is your biggest ally in healing and maintaining robust wellness for a lifetime.  Connecting to the earth is the most natural form of healing there is!

In fact, the very thing that makes grounding so powerful is that we are fully conductive human beings, with every single cell in our body completely conductive and ready to receive the earth’s healing energy.

But that is the very thing that makes us so susceptible to EMF exposures — precisely because we are fully conductive human beings, with every single cell in our body being completely conductive, we are affected by the electromagnetic fields around us.

So even though exposures to mandmade EMFs are causing increasing health issues, it still remains true that exposures to natural sources of EMFs (the Schumann frequency, from the earth) is an absolutely crucial component of maintaining long term health in living tissues.

Conductivity is literally the basis of how our body functions.

Everything from your thoughts to your feelings to your sensory experiences to your heartbeat to your breath to your speech to your digestion to every movement you have ever made is all only possible because you are conductive.  So while natural earth EMFs soothe and heal you, bathing your conductive body in supportive energy fields, manmade EMFs disrupt and sicken you, artificially imposing polarized disruptive radiation fields around you.

Here is a great diagram, taken from this great article published in Science Of The Total Environment in 2019, showing how we need earth’s energy to be healthy, while manmade electrical fields make us sick:



Navigating this is actually simple: reduce exposures to man made electrical environments in your home and work space, and increase exposures to the earth’s natural energy fields by grounding.

The only reason this gets confusing at all is because some grounding advocates say that while you are grounded, you are magically “protected” from manmade EMFs.  While I wish this were true, it is not.  You still have man made EMF exposures affecting your body, whether you are grounded or not.  When you are grounded, if you are electrosensitive you might literally feel these man made EMFs as tingling, headache, muscle tension, or irritability.  The solution to this is for electrosensitive folks to reduce the manmade EMFs around them if at all possible, or add shielding to protect the body while you are grounding.

Unfortunately the grounding advocates who say you are magically protected from EMFs when grounding and who don’t believe in (or don’t understand) that electrosensitivity is real, tell you these symptoms are a “grounding detox” and ignore them.  That’s doesn’t work.  No one should feel worse while they are healing… healing should feel like a relief (especially grounding!) and help you feel better and better and better!

So if you have felt negative symptoms when grounding through a standard ground cord, I want you to know that you are not crazy — there are legitimate medical reasons you are feeling symptoms — and you are not having a “detox” reaction.

Women tend to be more electrosensitive and can feel symptoms at even lower levels than men do, but men are also able to pick up on currents flowing into their body at the level that a standard ground cord allows.  Most average levels of human perception cited include:

  • 0.7 mA is average perception in women
  • 1 mA is average perception in men
  • 10mA can cause muscle paralysis
  • 75mA can cause ventricular fibrillation
  • 100mA for 2 seconds is lethal!

These are averages and many studies have been conducted to determine these levels across many participants.  Not surprisingly there is wide variation on perception, which means a decent amount of the population can perceive levels much lower than the averages.  Experienced electricians could even detect sensations as at 0.1mA or less!  Small cuts, punctures and breaks in the skin’s integrity drops this threshold even lower — so if you notice increased symptoms in winter when your skin is dry and cracked, this may explain a lot for you!

This means there are many people who can perceive current flowing through their bodies while grounding.  And these folks are simply electrosensitive.  I find it sad that thousands (if not millions) of grounding customers that feel ill effects from EMFs that run through a standard ground cord are being told that they are either imagining the symptoms or that if they allow the symptoms to persist, eventually they will get used to it (a so called “grounding detox”.)  I don’t want you to get used to the dizziness, pain, fatigue, headache and irritability that an AC current running through a standard ground cord is causing on your physical tissues.

 

 

The human body is a beautiful, electrically sensitive system, and it is a medical fact that we can pick up on (and have symptoms from) a current that is introduced to the human body.  You are not imagining it and it will not go away, unless you stop the current from running into your body (which is what the PureGround cord does.).

Many electrosensitive folks have trouble grounding thorough a standard ground cord.

To help explain why, I created this video for you, to give you validation to your electrosensitive symptoms and to show you, through the use of a multimeter and other testing devices, exactly why you feel the way you do:

 

 

 

Click the image below to watch this video directly on YouTube:

 

 

 

We want to deal with this ever-increasing, ambient, background electrical smog that we are exposed to every day by protecting ourselves from it.

And here is the good news… we can.

By employing these strategies, you can dramatically decrease your exposures to man-made EMFs and increase your exposures to healing earth EMFs, dramatically protect your conductive health and boosting your well being.

 

Let me walk you through it:

 


 

 

1.  Remove:

 

Go through your living and work space to see what man made EMF exposures you can simply remove.  Removing a source of man-made radiation beats shielding from it every day of the week.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Put your cell phone on airplane mode when you are carrying it on your body or in your pocket or purse to totally deactivate it as a source of radiation all together
  • Decrease the quantity of other radiation exposures in your home: gaming systems, baby monitors, computer printers, home surveillance systems, etc… examine the absolute necessity of each.  Sleeping in a family bed is infinitely preferable to using wireless baby monitors, for example.  Only install home surveillance systems outside of the home, or if you have a multi-level home, keep home monitoring to the first floor and not near any bedrooms
  • Do not use an electric blanket or electric bed frame, do not use electric heating pads, switch to using hot water bottles for soothing warmth and therapeutic heat
  • Turn off your WiFi at night if you can
  • Shut off the electrical outlets in your bedroom at night (as opposed to simply turning off your bedside lamp — a plugged in appliance still has EMFs radiating out of the cord near your head all night long, even while it’s turned off.)  To make this simple, unplug appliances or simply using an outlet kill switch like this one to turn appliances (light your reading light) on and off without unplugging them.
  • Make car time cell phone free time — this is a great rule to instill in children of all ages as well!  Give them supreme rights to choose what music you listen to (yes even if you hate their music, let car time be music time, not screen time!)  Make drive time for radio only (or playing music playlists with cell phone on airplane mode) and talking… trust me, when they become teenagers and are starting to drive, you’ll be so glad they have not coupled car use with cell phone use
  • Institute family game nights weekly that use board games instead of electronic gaming systems.  Yes, there are some families out there that still play board games, Jenga, cards, etc… my teens still do!  Yes I have to initiate it.  Yes I do initiate it despite eye rolls…
  • Make sure every single person in your family — kids and adults alike — nurtures at least one non-electronic passion… from reading physical (paper!) books to playing basketball outside to painting to gardening to joining in on a Zumba class at the local Y

 


 

2.   Reduce:

 

Reduce any exposures that can not be turned off or removed.  Reducing radiation is easiest when you simply increase your distance from the radiation source — simply moving EMF pulsing items out of the bedroom, for example.

Here are some more ideas:

  • If you can’t remove or turn off your WiFi router, then make sure your router is installed in an area of the home that is as far away from all bedrooms as possible and cover it with a Router Guard to decrease the strength of it’s radiation output, while still keeping it functional.
  • Move gaming systems out of bedrooms, placing them in living areas & eliminating them from sleeping areas
  • Same with computers and cell phones — moving all charging cords out of your bedroom… placing them in living areas only and never charge or store them in sleeping areas
  • Use speaker phone & text — never hold a cell phone up to your head to speak on it.  Holding your cell phone at arm’s length is infinitely better than holding it up to your head
  • Use laptops and tablets on desks, not directly on your lap
  • Move your main seating and sleeping areas 2 ft away from wiring in the walls. For example, position your sofa in the middle of the room instead of against a wall, move your kitchen table into the center of an eating space instead of against a wall, and use a headboard to create distance between the wall and your pillow.  Two feet is ideal, but any space put between the wall and your body is helpful

 


 

 

 

3. Shield:

 

Now that you’ve removed sources of EMFs as much as possible and increased your distance from the ones you can’t remove, you can go further to decrease your exposures by shielding.

Shielding works.  There was an impressive medical study, published in 2017 in Immunologic Research, that followed 64 patients with autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and multiple sclerosis) while they slept shielded with a silver based sleep cap over their heads, for a total of 8 hours of shielding in a 24 hour period.  The results? 90% of the patients reported a significant decrease in their disease symptoms.

Making small, simple changes like that that can dramatically reduce your exposures — for example, if you literally just place your cell phone behind a cell phone shield like this one while it is charging, you decrease over 90% of the radiation from that direction.

Here are some more ideas on shielding for you to consider:

 


 

4.  Ground:

 

While shielding from man-made EMFs is wonderfully protective, simply removing radiation sources does not actually nurture and strengthen your own health, it just removes a toxic irritant.  The way to boost your conductive health and increase your conductive well being and resilience is through grounding.

Grounding daily to reset the conductive health of your body is essential — it is not enough simply to remove EMF insults, you must replace those toxic frequencies with the natural healing frequency from the earth.

Grounding means touching the earth outside to get a daily boost of healthy, soothing, natural EMF exposures, or using an indoor grounding tool to get grounded.  If you are electrosensitive, you should select a PureGround cord to use with all of your grounding tools, so that you are protected from AC current and EMF’s in your indoor environment from acting on your ground line.  Watch the video at the top of this article for details on how the PureGround cord works to protect the electrosensitive.

To keep your motivation to go outside and get naturally grounded up year round, I wrote a book to help you:  The Earth Prescription.  I wrote this book to fill your mind, heart and spirit with exciting ideas on how to get grounded to support your health goals best, whether you want to sleep better, get more energy, feel more spiritually connected or even boost your creativity.

My goal in writing this book is to get you aching to go outside and to inspire you with hundreds of ideas on what to do once you get there, no matter what the weather, no matter where you live, and no matter what the season:

 


5.  Boost:

 

Boost your health in other ways.  Your health is multifaceted, so even though there will likely be EMF exposures that you can’t totally eliminate, you can boost your health through many many different approaches that allow you to be resilient despite less-than-ideal living situations.

By focusing on what you can immediately do to boost your health and resiliency with high quality sleep, high quality food, high quality water, fresh air and exercise… you become internally healthier and better able to withstand stressful outer environments.

As the 2016 EUROPAEM EMF exposure guidelines state:

“Anything that supports homeostasis will increase a person’s resilience against disease and thus against the adverse effects of EMF exposure.”

To that I say AMEN.  So if you feel overwhelmed or depressed by thinking of how to navigate shielding from all of the man made EMFs and other things in the world you can’t control, focus on what you can control.  What you can control is boosting your own personal health in many different ways.  Read through this list and find one or two ways that resonate with you and feel good about instituting them:

  • Go through your pantry, bathroom, and laundry room to remove toxic, synthetic, chemical laden foods from your pantry, toxic artificial body care products, oral care products and hair care products from your bathrooms, remove chemical laden home care and cleaning products as well as artificially scented and chemical laden laundry products, and absolutely never use toxic chemicals on your lawn.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day
  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods.
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage, potentially decreasing risks from EMF exposures.  Glutathione, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), folate, and even melatonin are all powerful antioxidants that help slow or even reverse damage from oxidation.  I have all my favorite, very highest quality supplements in the world waiting for you in my EMF Mitigation Protocol right here.
  • Don’t drink enough water?  Put a water filtration system right out on your kitchen counter and drink a big glass every single time you walk by it.
  • Don’t exercise enough?  Start and end every single day with a simple walk outside in fresh air.  Daily movement helps deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Don’t sleep well?  Take immediate measures to change that — put on blue light blocking glasses after dinner and wear them through bedtime, take melatonin at dusk every evening, use a light box every morning to reset your internal clock, and even go see your physician for a sleep study to see if a CPAP machine (or other sleep intervention) is right for you.
  • Need to lose weight?  Join my upcoming Weight Release Online Class and I’ll help you reach your goals in a very uplifting, easy way.
  • Super stressed out? Join my upcoming  Trauma Healing Class to let go of deep, buried and old emotional and physical wounds that are affecting your current health.
  • Notice you are breathing shallowly? It only take 3 deep breaths to literally boost the function of your heart and other crucial internal organs.  Take 3 deep breaths right now.  Use a chime routinely to remind you…  I walk you through it right here in this video.  Feel that?  Do it daily.
  • Start reading books at night instead of watching TV.
  • Stop multitasking and let your brain focus on just one task at a time.
  • Start taking nightly epsom salt bath soaks.
  • Start going to your community sauna each week to relax tense muscle and boost your health (as I blog about here, routine sauna increases life span!)
  • Join a spiritual support group or get serious about finding a church or synagogue or meditation center that feels right the moment you walk in the doors.
  • Stop using social media and reach out to your real life friends to set up a real date.

And on and on and on.  There is always something you can do to feel better, and better and better.


 

More resources for any who thinks they may be

Electrohypersensitive (EHS):

 

Most people are not quite sure if they are electrosensitive or not.  And unfortunately for most, their physician has not asked about EMF exposures or taken EMF exposures into account when addressing health issues.

So… when will physicians become serious about the diagnosis and treatment of electrosensitivity?  Soon.

There is a huge movement of physicians who are becoming aware and clear on how the non-stop onslaught of EMF exposures are affecting the physiology of the human body.

To help immediately, even before the field of medicine makes an EMF inventory a routine part of a health check up (this will absolutely happen one day, I promise you) I created an online class to help you diagnose and treat any EHS symptoms you may be experiencing.

Today, I invite you to join me in my upcoming Electrosensitivity Relief Class:

 

 

It’s absolutely possible to be EHS and safeguard your health, while still living in the modern world.  In this class I will walk you through exactly how to do it, starting with a self assessment tool that will help you figure out if you are electrohypersensitive (EHS) and following up with a full week to walk you, step by step, through your living spaces to making them safer for you and your entire family.

This 7 day online class includes:

  • Day 1: What is electrosensitivity and how to assess if you are electrosensitive
  • Day 2: Removing exposures you can remove (I’ll walk you through it!)
  • Day 3: Reducing exposures you can reduce (let’s do it together!)
  • Day 4: Shielding from remaining exposures: key concepts & actions to take
  • Day 5: Grounding to rebalance your conductive health with natural earth EMFs
  • Day 6: Boosting your body’s resiliency to mitigate exposures you can’t control
  • Day 7: How to talk to your physician about further in person diagnosing & treatment of EHS

 

 

Plus I give you tons of encouragement and additional tools to boost your health, decrease the reactivity and inflammation in your body from any EMF exposures that you can not decrease…

…as well as tools to give you the confidence to address EHS with your own in person physician, with free printables you can hand them to get the conversation started.

Reserve your spot today and take action to protect your well being, and forward this to your family and loved ones so they can take it with you!  Taking this with an accountability buddy is a great idea so you can encourage each other and stick with it.

And I’ll also be your ultimate accountability partner, walking beside you the entire way:

 

 

It absolutely doesn’t have to be overwhelming, I’ll break it down for you into easily actionable steps that will leave you feeling empowered, not scared.

Please share this article with any friends or loved ones that you know that may be electrosensitive, which honestly in my opinion is pretty much everyone.  We are all electrically conductive human beings that rely on conductivity for our health.  Which means we all are dependent on grounding to the earth to boost our health, and reducing our exposures to manmade EMFs to protect our health.

If you are electrosensitive, than that’s actually awesome, because it simply means you are more aware of (and therefore can be more alerted to and protect yourself better from) these EMF exposures that so many folks are totally oblivious about.  Let’s turn your electrosensitivity into a positive!   I’m here to help you do it.

Looking forward to it…

xoxo, Laura Koniver, MD

 

The Healing Role Of Play, Right Now It’s More Important Than Ever

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I truly believe that even with the stress of everything we are facing right now, we can still feel healthier than ever if we intentionally set up supportive, comforting and deeply healing health routines.

So all winter long, I’m going to be giving you a weekly blog post full of uplifting ways to improve your health, and every single idea is something you can do right in the comfort of your own home.  Social distancing approved.

It’s a new mini-series I’m releasing for you to help boost your health over these next three winter months.  Forward this newsletter to a friend or a family member so that they can take part in this healing mini-series with you!

The series so far has been:

Today’s topic is perfect to wrap up this mini-series with a little fun… and that’s the topic of play.  How does focusing on play fit into a health and wellness blog?  Perfectly.  Here’s why:

 

 

The Connection Between Play & Health

 

Play is not only a relief and a respite from the seriousness that stress, illness and trauma bring to our lives, it is actually therapy.  I can think of no better time to remember the importance of play than in the midst of a pandemic that has created stress and uncertainty in our lives for more than a year now.  Play is something you can incorporate into your daily life even if you are home, even if you are alone.  

Play time is therapy time.  Child psychologists use this healing tool often, because play is a child’s way to express and release any inner turmoil or fears that the child doesn’t even consciously know they have.  But it isn’t only therapeutic for children, it’s therapeutic for adults too. 

In fact, I would argue that engaging in some form of play daily is one of the best things you can do to safeguard your physical health.  From physical play (whether through dance, playing a sport like golf tennis or bowling, painting, playing a musical instrument, bird watching, hiking, you name it!) to mental play (such as crossword puzzles, chess, sudoku, reading and discussing books, watching plays, learning a new language, etc…) many studies have proven there are mental and physical health benefits from time spent in play.  

 

Just look at the animal world — play is huge!

 

 

 

A study published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology in 2001 on animals and animal behaviors found that the size of the brain of the animal species is directly correlated to the amount of time they spent playing (per body ratio) and a higher complexity of play. 

So animals that had small brains engaged primarily in feeding and other survival behaviors, while larger brained animals spent more time in play and they play the engaged in was more complex.  This applies to humans as well!  We have huge brains compared to our body size and we are meant to spend time in play.

Another study found that play behaviour, not tool using, relates to brain mass in a birds.

These researchers found that brain mass in birds correlated to how playful their behavior was… but not correlated to their ability to use tools to complete tasks.   It seems it is play that warrants a larger brain, not problem solving or task completion.  Social play was associated with both the largest brain mass to body mass ratios and with the longest lifespans of these birds.

 

 

The medical literature in humans is just as clear — play can help save your brain and protect your health, even lengthening lifespan.  One recent study show that being playful, doing crossword puzzles, taking a new route home, enjoying long walks, exercise, traveling, having new experiences and learning new skills, exploring new artistic avenues of expression, and continuing to learn throughout a lifetime drops Alzheimer’s rates by 64%, just by learning new things and being playful and being interactive and retaining a sense of plasticity to the brain. 

Play keeps the brain young and actually helps to prevent dementia… and it’s never too late to begin.  Taking a class on photography, learning a new language, joining a book club, so many ways to learn and grow and play can be done almost any where and at any age. 

A study published in Neuroscience Letters in 2003 showing that play stimulated neurotropic growth in several parts of the brain.  As Dr. Stuart Brown says in his book Play, “when we stop playing we start dying.”  But I would say the reverse is also true, when we start playing, we start living! 

 

 

 

 

I know that at times of great stress in my life, it was ever more crucial for me to have avenues to release that stress.  For example, during medical school anatomy class, when we were dissecting human cadavers — a process that was intensely uncomfortable and psychologically stressful —  I relished my time spent playing intramural soccer, and I also picked up a paintbrush and painted my first painting on a canvas. 

A large study published in Leisure Sciences in 2014, backs up my experience.  They analyzed students in rigorous educational paths from three different universities, and found that the more playful the student was, the more successfully they coped with the high levels of stress.

Play may also be brain protective as we age.  The Journal of the International Neurophysiological Society published a study in 2011 that showed simply doing crossword puzzles was enough to significantly delay the onset of memory decline. And Geriatrics and Gerontology published a study in 2019 showing that almost all forms of playtime activities prevent cognitive decline (some examples were: reading, playing board games, music, art, handicrafts, crossword puzzles, even learning computer skills) and that activities that involved intellectual stimulation and communication was particularly effective.

 

 

 

Physical play, activities that gets your body moving and reduces sedentary time, has been shown to decrease the risk of death, prevent the development of certain cancers, lower the risk of osteoporosis, and ultimately increases longevity.  

The European Journal of Humour Research published a study in 2013 showing that the more playful an adult was, the higher they rated their physical and mental well being.  As you intentionally welcome play back into your life, you’ll notice that through play your optimism, your smile, and your sense of humor returns. So it’s very important during times of increased stress to specifically carve out space in your life to allow for play.  

 

 

 

When you give yourself time to play, it gives your body a time to repair and recover.  Play gives you a period of time where stress hormones can decrease, for you to relax and shift out of stressful mind-frames, and even release unhealthy coping mechanisms.  

In fact, replacing unhealthy coping mechanisms with play can actually keep your brain plastic and flexible, ward off mood disorders, and even strengthen your relationships with others (if you choose play activities with a social component.)

A study published in 2008 in Therapeutic Recreation Journal found that leisuretime activities were so powerful in helping to cope with stress that they recommend incorporating play and leisure activities into a therapeutic healing plan.  

A study published in Leisure Sciences in 2013 found that the more playful an adult is, the lower their levels of stress were and the less they utilized negative, avoidant, or harmful coping mechanisms.  

While there are so many stressors in life that you can’t control, one thing you can do to bring more satisfaction and well being into your life is to prioritize play.  So be intentional about creating welcoming a time for play into the structure of your daily, weekly and monthly routines.  It’s important to have space for things you actually enjoy!  Pare down stressful obligations to make space for activities, whether mental or physical, that you truly enjoy.

 


 

Figure Out Your Play Personality

 

Need help remembering what brings your inner child out?  Read through these different Play Personalities below to help you discover… or re-discover — what activities might bring you joy. 

Remember back to childhood as you circle the play personality that is closest to your play style growing up.  Then read through them again and put a check beside the one that is your play style now.  Under this list are a few simple follow up questions to get some insight into activities you might enjoy bringing into your life right now!  These are the play personalities suggested by Stuart Brown, M.D. in his book: Play, How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination, and Invigorates The Soul.

 

Play Personalities:

  • The Joker: primary enjoyment is being class clown, practical joker, goofy fun, going for the laughs 
  • The Kinesthete: enjoyment comes from pushing physical limits, feel the result of movement and often enjoys play in the form of physical competition
  • The Explorer: enjoyment comes from discovering the world, searching, traveling, researching, understanding, experiencing
  • The Competitor: enjoyment comes from play centered around winning games, keeping score, outwitting others, interaction, usually very social
  • The Director: enjoyment comes from planning and executing events and interactions, relationships, satisfaction from a job well done
  • The Collector: enjoyment comes from obtaining objects or experiences, either alone or with groups, enjoys social interaction and clubs based on common interests
  • The Artist: enjoyment comes from making things, creating things, experimenting with different forms of expression, color, decor, visual arts
  • The Storyteller: enjoyment comes predominantly from imagination and expressing the imagination, written word, spoken word, communication

 


 

 

 

Journal Questions To Inspire More Play

 

Questions for reflection:

  1. Do you have the same style of play personality now that you did as a child?
  2. Growing up, when did you feel most free to do what you wanted to do, and what did you choose to do during those moments of freedom?
  3. Do you do anything similar to this in your life, in any form, right now?
  4. Are there new hobbies or interests that appeal to you as an adult?
  5. Do you make time to do them?  Why or why not?
  6. Do you feel more free to play with your spouse, with your family, with a child, with a pet, with your friends?  Which relationships in your life allow the most room for play and fun?
  7. Are there new elements of play that you would like to begin to incorporate into your life now?
  8. If you had to pick a physical way to play, a physical movement for your body (i.e. taking a walk, dancing, tossing a ball with your dog, playing team sports, etc…) which would be the most fun for you?
  9. If you had to pick an intellectual way to play (i.e. playing a board game like chess,  drawing, discussing a book in a book club, learning a new language, etc…) which would be the most fun for you?

 

Commit to carving time each week towards one playful activity that feels uplifting, fun, interesting or even simply relaxing.

Once you figure out what style your play is, you can start incorporating similar activities — whether through social groups or alone — that allow you to access to the type of play that appeals most to you.  I highly encourage you to make play an uplifting part of your monthly, weekly, and even daily routine!  

 


 

 

To Summarize:

 

Today try to remember what lights you up inside and brings a smile to your heart.

Whether it is dusting off an old pair of rollerblades, or heading outside for a game of catch with your dog, to crafting or creating something, learning or playing an instrument, dancing to your favorite music, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, heading outside to watch the sunset, blowing bubbles in your living room, singing songs around a campfire, going on a walk,  playing a pick up game at a park with friends, playing card games with your family, doing a jigsaw puzzle all week long, riding a bike, laying down to look up at cloud shapes in the daytime or twinkling stars at night, writing poems, learning how to sew, creating a scrapbook, practicing photography, and on and on and on…

…know that time you devote to playing is every bit as healthy for you (& let’s face it, probably even more healthy) than the time you spend in serious mode, tackling things like chores, work, emails, and catching up on the news.

 

 

 

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To your naturally resilient, astoundingly incredible human body!

xoxox, Laura

xoxo, Laura