Good Stress Bad Stress – Kyczy Hawk

Good stress, bad stress – distress finds redress. The word stress comes up over and over again at this time of the year as the seasons change from Gratitude (Thanksgiving) to Shopping (Christmas.)  We move from being grateful for all we have to the sales and promotion influences of needing more.  This can cause pressure. We may anticipate the coming together with family with both the joy of expectations and the sorrow of remembrances. This collision of social stories and the reality of our personal lives may be in conflict, creating friction which can also result in strain. I find that this time of year can pull at my time, my talents, my abilities, and my finances in a lot of different directions. I have a full load of various jobs and while I delight in buying and making gifts, this adds another level of “to dos” to my list.… Continue reading

Spirituality – What is it?

The world, it seems, is in the midst of revolution. The numbers of people waking up and seeking truth and breaking the shackles of repression, both on a personal and societal level, are rising daily. Never has the word “Spirituality” been uttered so frequently and it appears that everyone I meet is on a path to obtain self realisation in one manner or another. So many avenues to take, so many faiths and belief systems to choose from; one can get quite confused by the masses of information we can find on spirituality and obtaining self awareness. But what is it we really seek from this elusive spirituality? Is it a means to obtaining the supreme health of body and mind? Is it the latest trend and all the cool people are doing it? Or maybe you’re not sure, but something inside you is calling you to a place that… Continue reading

Holiday Depletion or Restoration; Finding a Balance – Kyczy Hawk

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! These words can strike anguish and fear, or excitement and anticipation. Or all of the above.  There can be feelings of gratitude and generosity, grief, guilt or anger. My childhood, my memories and my dreams can color my hopes for the upcoming six weeks. It takes attention and intention to avoid depleting my energy in frenetic preparation and to find moments to restore my mind, body and spirit to sanity. Yoga, meditation and breathwork help immeasurably to help me identify feelings of exasperation, excess and exhaustion. Any one of these, and any two together, much less three throw me out of balance and into a dangerous condition of pre-relapse mode. This is where I lose my allegiance to my recovery and let myself become emotionally intoxicated. When that happens I act in ways I used to behave, and lose my ethics, morals… Continue reading

Natural Therapies to Treat Depression – Nicola O’Hanlon

Depression is described as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. That simplistic explanation doesn’t really cover it though. My own experience of depression has, at times, left me completely dysfunctional and unable to perform the smallest task. It can and has in my case, lasted for weeks, months and even years. I’ve done extensive research on the causes and cures. I’ve had many treatments since I was 15 years old for depression and anxiety, but never found one thing that has made it disappear. Well, alcohol and drugs did a pretty good job for a while. But then there’s that whole dependence issue and ruining your life – so that had to stop. The one thing I’m sure of, having explored every avenue of wellness for myself, is that chemicals of any kind, illegal or prescribed do not work for me. I’ve… Continue reading

Yoga to Combat Depression – Kyczy Hawk

““Yoga gives us an active role in healing. And by slowing down mental chatter through breath work, it helps facilitate self-acceptance,”  – Yoga International What a lovely promise. Depression hurts so much it would be wonderful for there to be a simple answer to healing and avoiding it. Simple but not easy is what we learn in the rooms of recovery. Self-care and self-acceptance sound straight forward, but the effort is overwhelming if you start the process when you are deep in depression. A key is practice. Three actions to help with depression: Practice self-care for prevention Return to self-care before an emotional “emergency” Use three forms – so you can have them to choose from (anytime and anywhere) Breath Meditation Hatha – pose or asana practice Addiction and a familiarity with depression often go hand in hand. Some say addiction is a process of “self-medication” for symptoms of anxiety,… Continue reading