3 One-Tank Trips That Will Help You Unplug and Unwind for a Happier, Healthier You!

Sometimes you just need to go off the grid and get your soul right – livelifehappy.com

Sometimes we just need to Unplug, Unwind and Recharge. Sometimes we just need a break from the fast-paced world.  Sometimes, we need to go offline, clear our mind and rejuvenate the senses. It’s important to unplug at various times to make time to appreciate real things. Real life is so much more beautiful. We need less mindless consumption and more mindful choices. I continue to strive for balance in my life. It’s not something that happens; I have to remind myself to stop, unplug and LIVE.  My Mantra this year, has been to get out and actively participate in my own life!  I want to take advantage of my free time and fill it with intention – intentions of living a healthier, happier, more balanced life.

Needing to recharge has inspired me to take my one tank road trips to destinations that will be good for the soul!   Below are 3 of my future destinations, 3 local B & B’s.  I can’t wait to start clearing my mind, relaxing, and enjoying the ones I love!

The Villas at Gervasi Vinyard

This is my favorite destination to simply rejuvenate!  The grounds are absolutely breathtaking.  Each Villa provides a Tuscan experience perfect for a weekend of relaxation.  You can stroll the vineyard, dine in one of three Italian inspired restaurants, shop the marketplace or simply unwind with an outdoor yoga class.  I recommend adding this to your list!   1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio 44721, http://www.gervasivinyard.com

Pine Lakes Lodge

 This “Log Cabin Palace” is the perfect place to get away from it all!  You can relax atop a beautiful ridge overlooking Ohio farmland or even enjoy a Swedish massage. I plan on reserving a space during the fall to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and fireplace.  61680 Buskirk Ln, Salesville, Ohio 44378, http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/oh-salesville-pine-lakes-lodge

The Lakehouse Inn

 This beautiful Lake House sits on 2 acres overlooking Lake Erie.  It is also, located in the heart of wine country.  You can take a long walk on the beach, through the vineyards or simply catch up on your reading lakeside.  Be sure to catch a sunrise and experience their full-service spa, 5653 Lake Road, Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio 44041, http://www.thelakehouseinn.com

Whatever you do or wherever you go, unplug, disconnect and take in the fresh air. Enjoy the companionship or time alone. Practicing presence will increase your joy and cut your stress!

So what are you waiting for?  Make a plan.  Go get some fresh air. Unplug, unwind and rejuvenate.

Check this out for an interesting read: www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2014/06/03/why-going-offline-makes-you-smarter-healthier-and-more-attractive/

Joy Vale
July 26, 2017

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“The Lakehouse Inn.” The Lakehouse Inn in Geneva On The Lake, Ohio | B&B Rental. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2017.

Reading is #1 Thing that the Most Successful People in the World Do! How You Can Get These Benefits When You Really Do Not Like to Read


I should admit I wasn’t much of a reader growing up, I loved having someone read to me. I would beg my sister to read to me every night before I went to bed. She read all the Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books to me. I would have to get up often to fetch her more water as I would beg her to read just one more chapter. As I grew older I would read for school but that was about it.

In my early 20’s, I started my first business and realized that I needed success required a lot more information. I had a great mentor and I noticed he was an avid reader. So, I asked him what some of his favorite books were and why he read so much. He told me knowledge is power and that with the fast pace world and technology changing things so quickly it was his only way to stay up to date on what was going on around him.  Since he was 30 years older, I thought I don’t need to read all those business and self-help books. But I did remember how much I loved being read a good book and since my sister wasn’t close by, I picked up a book.  Soon, I became an avid reader.

I love biographies & memoirs and history books. They are still my favorites although I’ve added some mystery books into the mix.  5-6 years into owning my business, I realized I needed more help.  We were steady but not growing and I had to take a hard look in the mirror and realize if I wanted us to grow I was going to have to change and lead my team. I checked back in with my mentor and asked him to recommend my first business book.  Any guesses on what it was???? How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It really changed my life and recommend that everyone read this book at least once a year! I soon asked my entire team to read the book also. I bought each of them a copy and during our weekly staff meeting, we would discuss different parts of the book.  I don’t know if they all read it but I know that some did and it made a difference in my business.

But a woman does not survive on business books alone!  I remember my Mentor telling me not to read just business/self-help books. When you do this, you run the risk of getting tired or bored and will stop reading. He said read one fun book and then one self-help or business book. This was fantastic advice and something that I practice regularly.

I’m a firm believer that if you want succes in business or in life, you must read. You also need to take what you read and put some of it into action. It’s great to have all the knowledge but if you aren’t willing to get started, it’s not going to work. For example, I recently read a book that said successful people make their beds every day.  It’s a task but you start off every morning accomplishing something, which starts your day off with a bang.

For more on the relationship between reading and success check out this article.  https://www.themuse.com/advice/20-books-that-the-worlds-most-successful-people-read-and-recommend

Here is a list of my favorite books:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

You’re a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson M. D.

A Life Well Played by Arnold Palmer

What On Earth Am I Here For? Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson and Ron McMillan

Leading With My Chin by Jay Leno

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips

Over the last 25 years, I have read a lot of books. There have been times when I just stopped reading but when I would start to struggle I would realize I’m not reading and I need to pick up a book. It is so easy to find a book on a topic that interests you.  You can go to Amazon, type in your search and have it downloaded or at your doorstep in a couple of days. Or, just visit your local library.  I’m also an audio book fan, alternating between one “fun” book and one book that is going to help me grow.  On my nightstand, right now – Lovely Traces of Hope by Kathy Burrus. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book.

Nancy Boardman
July 12, 2017

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Do You Know What is In Your Expensive Coffee?


The Most Expensive Coffee in the World is Brewed from Beans Partially Digested and Defecated by the Asian Palm Civet

untitled-design-92The world’s most expensive coffee, kopi luwak (literally, “civet coffee”) is brewed from coffee beans eaten and partially digested by the Asian palm civet, a catlike wild animal.   The beans are harvested from the droppings of the civet and washed, and can be brewed into an aromatic coffee renowned for its low bitterness and excellent flavor.

According to coffee critic Chris Rubin, “The aroma is rich and strong, and the coffee is incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy.  It’s thick with a hint of chocolate, and lingers on the tongue with a long clean aftertaste.”  A pound of kopi luwak can cost anywhere from $100 to $3,000, and a single cup may cost as much as $80.

Traditionally, the coffee was so rare because harvesters had to scour the rainforest floor looking for civet droppings that contained coffee beans.  In recent years, some people have started caging wild civets and feeding them the beans directly.

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4 Questions to Consider if You Struggle With Anxiety, Depression or Other Brain-Related Condition”

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The Link Between Chiropractic Care and Brain Function

You may have heard of a vertebral subluxation and may even know that a good chiropractor can help with that. But, did you also know that a subluxation can impact brain function?

What is a Vertebral Subluxation you might ask?

A vertebral subluxation is a vertebra that has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to its existing vertebrae. When this occurs the surrounding muscle, ligaments, and discs start to weaken much more readily due to compensation and overuse.

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Subluxations can be caused by a physical, chemical, or emotional entity. A physical vertebral subluxation can occur due to acute trauma, disc degeneration, curvatures, spondylolisthesis, structural abnormalities, imbalanced spinal musculature, repetitive motions that affect the spine, bad posture, among other things. A chemical contributor can be in the form of poor nutritional habits, dietary changes, toxins, alcohol use, and drug abuse. The last factor is the emotional aspect, which includes stress. Stresses can deteriorate normal functions within the body creating a weakened immune system leading to greater risk of injury and disease.

How does this relate to our brain?

Heidi Haavik, Kelly Holt, Bernadette Murphy, along with others undertook a recent study published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity. The JOURNAL OF NEURAL PLASTICITY! “The research shows that when we adjust the spine, we significantly increase activity in the prefrontal cortex. “The study showed a change in brain function by almost 20% on average. The prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain where higher learning and cognition happens.” A chiropractic adjustment already helps with sensorimotor function (for the prevention of falls), improved joint position sense, improved muscle strength, better pelvic floor stability, and the ability to perform mental rotation of objects. We now know that along with all of this we can also improve our eye movements, spatial awareness, behavior, goal-oriented tasks, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, the process behind pain, autonomic function, and motor control.  So… in turn getting regular chiropractic adjustments for spinal subluxations can help with brain function/activity.

How does this link with neurofeedback training?

This comes full circle when we combine chiropractic care with neurofeedback training. Along with the adjustment affecting the prefrontal cortex, the neurofeedback training conducted in clinic helps to fire off the different lobes and pathways in our brain as well. A good analogy in understanding neurofeedback is when comparing it to physical exercise. We challenge our body by applying various exercises and weights. Neurofeedback is similar in the sense that we are challenging our brain to learn and function better by focusing our attention on a goal-oriented task and training our brain to move away from undesirable states like anxiety and depression for example.

Dr. Kristy Narsinghani
Chiropractic Intern
August 28, 2016

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Your Mom!

Every Mother’s Day, I struggle to find the exact right gift for the Moms in my life.  While gift cards are always appreciated, I like to be a little bit more personal in my gift-giving.  I thought I’d share my research with you this year.

Do you or your Mom like the TV show Shark Tank?  These are the 10 best Mother’s Day ideas from the show.

How about home-made one-of-a-kind gifts at all price levels? Try Etsy and Pinterest 

Check this site out for really unique gift ideas.

And, who could forget Amazon (my favorite website)?  Not only do they have some great suggestions but you can get it delivered really quick!

According to Women’s Day magazine, these are the 40 best Mother’s Day presents under $50.

Then, there is always chocolate!

Happy Hunting and remember all that your Mom really wants from you is a big hug (even if its a virtual phone hug) and a little bit of appreciation for all that she does!

Do you have any great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts?

Caroline Boardman
May 4, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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15 Tips To Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul

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feng shui (Pronounced “fung shway”)

The practice of feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement which facilitates the flow of energy within a person’s home environment.  Proper placement helps to enhance one’s personal energies and create a positive atmosphere to live.  Feng shui has been proven to create a calmer more harmonious home which can carry over into every aspect of one’s life-including personal health, marriage, friendships and work.

 Is your home’s energy contributing to your everyday stress? Try paying attention to how you feel when you enter your home or even one room at a time.  Are you overwhelmed, or unable to make a decision, anxious, upset, sick, worried or tense?  Low and stagnant energy can contribute to these feelings.

Below are a 15 of my favorite Feng shui tips for clearing and raising the energy in your home.  It’s time to spring clean for the mind, body and soul. So get busy!

  1.  Freshen Up every day. Fluff your pillow, make your bed.  Put things back where they belong.  Clean as you go. Close the toilet seats. Keep a clean kitchen and always keep a clean fridge.

2.  De-clutter:  they say a clean house is a lucky house! De-cluttering is the easiest thing you can do and is key to good Feng Shui.  [Click the Link to Tweet]  A cluttered room can cause anxiety and stress when entering. Clutter also blocks the flow of energy. Take some time to purge your unwanted things.  Give to a good cause or simple throw out to the curb.

3.  Open the windows. Allow the natural light and air to flow through.  This is both cleansing and stimulating and is sure to lift your spirits.  Windows are the eyes of the soul of a home.  Use soft window covering so that the light may shine through.

4.  Add mirrors. Mirrors bring more light, joy and energy to a space.  When perfectly placed mirrors may even enlarge a room.

5.  Add natural genuine scents. Bring in Nature. Grow fresh herbs in the kitchen, add flowering or dried plants.  Add an essential oil diffuser.

6.  Hang pictures of those you love. Hanging pictures of those you love will give you the feeling of being loved and supported in life.

7.  Always keep a clean bathroom. Make sure all of your linens are fresh and counters free of clutter.

8.  Take all electrical devices from the bedroom. Your bedroom is a place of relaxation, rest and restoring.  Decorate with warm colors, clear the clutter and get rid of under the bed storage to promote a flow of energy as you sleep.

9.  Add water features. The energy of water is associated with wealth and can bring about a very soothing sound. They can also drown out noise pollution.

10.  Play music that makes you feel good! It’s good for the soul.

11.  Add living things to your home. Add vibrant plants, palms, ferns, rubber plants, ivy, aloe, peace lily or bamboo.  Add a fish, a dog, a cat or a bird.

12.  Add Wind Chimes. Use sound therapy to instantly feel at ease.

13.  Add candles to set the mood. Candles strategically placed can promote a calmness in any room.

14.  Let there be light! Invest in beautiful lighting fixtures. Make sure to have installed with a dimmer so that you may create your own mood.

15.  Add a salt lamp they are known to create a healing energy.

A few small actions a day can lead to a more balanced and harmonious life.

My Zen moments are relaxing in a clean house.  I want to create a space for my family to come home to and restore.  I continue on my journey of living an intentional life.  These are a few of my favorite things.

How do you Feng Shui?

Joy Vale
April 6, 2016


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“Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” Feng Shui Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.

“Cómo Fortalecer La Salud Y La Familia Según El Feng Shui.”http://www.comohacerpara.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

How the Easter Bunny Came to Be – 4 Easter Reveals


The Origin Of Our Favorite Easter Traditions

Why is there an Easter bunny and not a chick, or squirrel or goat for that matter?  Why isn’t there an Easter Man or Woman?  And, what does the Easter Bunny have to do with the life and death of Christ?  Why do we color eggs?  Sure they are pretty but how did someone come up with the idea to change their color?  And Easter baskets full of candy and toys and, of course, the aforementioned colored eggs – did a clever child who was denied sweets except on special holidays create it? Finally, why is Easter called Easter?  Here are some fun facts and legends for you to ponder on this Easter:

The Name – Easter

Although there are varying myths, I think most historians will agree that many of our Easter traditions started in Germany.  The word Easter is “believed to be a derivative of Ēostre, the name of the ancient German goddess associated with spring, rebirth, and fertility.”[1] According to Bede (“The Venerable”), a late-seventh-century historian and scholar from Anglo-Saxon England, Easter is celebrated around the vernal equinox “to coincide and replace the pagan celebration of spring.”[2]   This is why Easter has no set date on the calendar.  “Instead, it’s calculated to fall on the first Sunday [after the] first full moon after the spring equinox.”[1]

The Easter Bunny

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There are two theories on this one:

One myth suggests that the “the goddess Ēostre had a thing for rabbits — some legends even describe her as having the head of a hare.”[1]  Since Ēostre was the goddess of fertility, and bunnies, as we know, are known for their ability to populate, this makes sense.  “According to some twists on Ēostre’s story, the goddess once transformed a bird into a rabbit, which helps to explain why the Easter Bunny is also associated with eggs.”[1]

The 2nd myth is that the Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.  “Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient”[3] at the start of the Easter season.   Much like Santa Claus, the Easter hare rewarded good children with an Easter egg hunt.[4] [Click the link to Tweet]

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“Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, [Click link to Tweet] then eat them on Easter as a celebration.”[5]  “[E]arly Christians dyed eggs red to represent the blood shed by Jesus Christ.”[1]

“Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.”[5]

Easter Basket


“Easter is the culmination of a long Christian season of celebration and reverence. For 40 days [before] Easter, many Christians choose something to go without for Lent. Food, such as meat, eggs or dairy, is usually chosen for this fasting period. The large feast typically served on Easter celebrates the end of this fast and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In early Christian times, the Easter feast was served in the churches. Food was brought to churches in large baskets and blessed by the clergy before being served. Easter baskets filled with treats originated from this tradition of bringing baskets to church on Easter.”[6]   “The tradition of chocolate eggs [as part of the Easter basket] began in 19th-century France and Germany and soon spread to the rest of Europe and eventually the United States,” says Katherine Tegen, the author of The Story of the Easter Bunny.  Many Christians are also eager to eat chocolate on Easter because it’s a common modern-day sacrifice during Lent, says Anne Kathryn Killinger, the author of An Inner Journey to Easter.  

So there you have it.  Enjoy your Easter, this beautiful day, your families and friends and, of course, all the great Easter traditions!

Caroline Boardman
March 27, 2016


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] http://www.bustle.com/articles/150292-why-do-we-celebrate-easter-5-facts-about-this-holidays-origins
[2] http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/why-easter.html
[3] Cross, Gary (2004). Wondrous Innocence and Modern American Children’s Culture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195348133.
[4] http://mentalfloss.com/article/21411/where-did-easter-bunny-come
[5] http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols
[6] http://classroom.synonym.com/origin-giving-easter-baskets-10802.html

The Most Powerful Tool In Your Personal Toolbox

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Retrain Your Brain

Smile Your Way to A Better Life

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We all have fondness for the grump: Grumpy Cat, Oscar the Grouch, Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, Aunt [fill in the name of your family member]  and, of course, Scrooge.  They make us laugh (most of the time).  But, how effective are they in life?  Do you respond better to a smile or a frown?  Does your project or chore flow better when you are grumbling or smiling? This article is not intended to instruct you on how to live your life like Pollyanna.  There is real and scientific power in a smile. [Click to Tweet]

When you experience a positive situation, “neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face.  Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy.”[1]  In fact, “[s]miling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.” [1]  Smiling actually produces the same type of happiness as when you exercise “in terms of how our brain responds.” [1] Smiling creates a happy cycle:  when your brain feels good, you smile and when you smile, your brain feels good. [Click to Tweet]

Also, did you know that your brain keeps score?   “It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in therefore.” [1]

“Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies. And smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only does so 20 times.” [1]

At University of California – Berkeley, a 30-year longitudinal study  analyzed “the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above.” [2]  Why is this important?  Smiling reduces stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.

Have you ever noticed that people smile more often when they are around children? “Two studies from 2002 and 2011 at Uppsala University in Sweden confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles.” [2]  In other words, smiling is contagious!

Did you know that you are “actually better looking when you smile[?] When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.”[3]

To sum it all up:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When others smile, they look good and feel good, too

So, how do you perfect the art of smiling? Practice!  It sound silly, but practice your smile in front of the mirror.   Developing a better smile starts with being very comfortable to smile a lot. [Click to Tweet]

Mother Teresa Smile
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

“So now, whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your marriage, or reduce your stress…or whenever you want to feel as good as when you’ve enjoyed a stack of high quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, or as if you randomly found 25 grand in the pocket of a jacket you hadn’t worn for ages…or when you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…SMILE :-)” [2]

I would love to hear your stories on the power of your smile.  Please comment below and share your happiness.

Caroline Boardman
February 17, 2016


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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[1] https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture
[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/03/22/the-untapped-power-of-smiling/#d7a171020d8b
[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile

Finding Your Peace of Mind: Guided Imagery in 3 Parts

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Uncover Guided Imagery

There are a lot of people in the world that are constantly on the go, never allowing their bodies and minds to rest. Rest is very important for both our physical and psychological state. Guided imagery can help give your body the peace of mind it craves and deserves!  Regular practice of guided imagery also improves the effectiveness of treatments like neurofeedback.

I love the idea of meditation, but like many others I find myself lacking the time and discipline to meditate daily. I have always been attracted to guide imagery because you are in control of the experience and can visualize anything you want. After talking to a lot of patients, friends, and family it seems like the most common theme people like to visualize is a beach setting. For me my peaceful place is a brisk snowy night! There is no limit to what you can visualize. The best thing to do is let yourself get into a relaxed state and starting focusing on positive thoughts. Those positive thoughts will eventually lead you to a positive experience. Some people like to think about their children, watching them play or holding them as a baby. Others examples could be playing with pets, reliving a memorable moment from the past, imagining a successful achievement that you’ve been working towards, white blood cells cleansing your body of disease, etc. In this blog I have outlined some of the basics about guided imagery. I could talk about it all day, if you have any more questions please leave a comment and I would be happy to help.

What is Guided Imagery?

Most people think that guided imagery only involves your visual senses. This is not true, guided imagery techniques actually involve all 5 of the senses.[1]. [Click to Tweet] This fact is important to know because only around 55% of the population is strongly wired visually. Do not be discouraged from guided imagery even if you are not a very visual person.  When you are practicing, you involve your whole body and work with all of your senses to achieve the most powerful experience.

Guided imagery is one of the easiest form of relaxation in which you can take part. Although it is a form of meditation, guided imagery is easier for most to use than deep, mindfulness meditation. Guided imagery requires far less time and discipline but still allows participants to develop a high level of skill.

The 3 Key Components of Guided Imagery

The three most important parts of guided imagery are mind-body connection, altered state, and locus of control, [Click to Tweet] according to author Naparstek who wrote Staying Well with Guided Imagery and Invisible Heroes.[1]

  1. The Mind-Body Connection:

    One of the most important factors is a person’s mind-body connection. For example, whether you see food, reads about food, hear or smell food cooking, your mind has the same response. Your mind thinks food! You may even salivate from the thought of food. When you involve any of you senses, you trigger a mental response. The purpose of guided imagery is to use this mind-body connection to develop a positive and empowering experience.

  2. Altered State:

The second part of guided imagery is developing an altered state. The best way to describe a successful altered state would be a relaxed focus with a kind of calm but energized alertness.[1] Attention becomes concentrated on one thing or at least on something very narrowed down. It will cause a heightened sensitivity to the object of focus, and a decreased awareness of everything else that is going on in the external environment. It is in the altered state that we are capable of more rapid and intense healing, growth, learning and performance.[1] In an altered state we are even more intuitive and creative. Our brain wave activity and our biochemistry actually also shift when we are in this state.

3.  Locus of Control:

The third piece to guided imagery is locus of control, or the state of feeling in control. Now, this may seem like the simplest task to some but others may find this very hard to do. The bottom line is there has been years of research that shows a direct connection with feeling in control to gaining higher optimism, self-esteem, and ability to tolerate pain, ambiguity and stress.[1] On the other hand, feeling out of control or helpless will actually lower self-esteem, omit the ability to cope and lose optimism about the future.[1] If you find it hard to convince yourself that you are in fact in control of a situation, instead of stating you are in control ask yourself this simple question: “Why do I have such strong control over this situation?”

Guided Imagry Picture 2 More Interesting Facts About Guided Imagery
  • Because of the brain structures involved it often heightens emotion, laughter, sensitivity to music, openness to spirituality, intuition, abstract thinking and empathy.[1]
  • Women and children tend to have a natural advantage with achieving guided imagery
  • It can considerably reduce blood loss during surgery and reduce the need for morphine use post-surgery.[2]
  • Decreases headaches and pain.
  • It can increase skills such at skiing, skating, tennis, writing, acting and singing.[2]
  • It accelerates weight loss or aid in quitting smoking. [Click to Tweet]
  • It has been proven to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy, especially nausea, depression and fatigue.[2]
  • There are no known risks.[3]
  • Relieve stress, anxiety, depression by 65%.[3]
  • Insomnia relief, improve sleep 85%.[3]

Take some time to study and apply guided imagery in your life, let us know what powerful ways it has affected your life!

Missty Klinger
February 7, 2016


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  1. Health Journeys. (2015). Staying Well with Guided Imagery. http://www.healthjourneys.com/WhatIsGuidedImagery
  1. U-M Health System. (2016). http://www.mcancer.org/support/managing-emotions/complementary-therapies/guided-imagery
  1. Guided Imagery Inc. (2015). Sleep, Stress, Anxiety Relief, Relaxation, & Guided Imagery CDs. http://www.guidedimageryinc.com/


** http://www.councilonrecovery.org/experiential-treatment-at-the-council-on-recovery-guided-imagery/

**** http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/visualization-can-help-you-succeed.html