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Holistic Prescription for Reconnecting with Lower Abs, Pelvic Floor, and Womb Area + Meditation Video

A woman’s body goes through many changes throughout her lifetime. One of those changes is the waning or lack of connection — mental, physical, and spiritual — to her lower abdominal, pelvic floor, and general womb area.

There are several reasons why this decrease in connection may happen, some of which are: having children, the linea alba tearing or stretching, a groin hernia, sexual trauma, lack of sex, muscle weakening, aging, past-life trauma, mental aversion, and neglect.

No matter the reason for the disconnect, I offer this holistic prescription — therapies that address the mind, body, and spirit — to help any sister who may have use for it to  reconnect, strengthen, and heal the relationship to her womb area.

READ: I make no claims to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any disease, physical or mental. I am not a medical doctor, licensed psychologist, or psychotherapist. Persons with psychological or physical illness that require a medical doctor, psychologist, or psychotherapist should contact licensed practitioners. I offer these holistic remedies as a certified fitness professional and life-coach. If you use my therapy suggestions, then you do so taking full responsibility for your well-being.

The Physical Component

Physical disconnection to the lower abs, pelvic floor, and womb area can stem from pregnancy, extreme physical fitness, injury, surgery, disease, and other reasons. Here are two examples of exercises that can help reconnect and improve neuromuscular efficiency in this part of the body.

One of the best ways to reconnect physically to your lower abdomen and pelvic floor is to do the Kegel exercise. The Kegel is an exercise to strengthen your PC muscles (pubococcygeus) also called your pelvic floor or pelvic diaphragm named after its inventor, gynecologist Dr. Arnold Kegel.

The exercise is fairly simple, but it does take some getting use to. The more you do this exercise, the better your motor control will be of your pelvic floor, but since it’s quite difficult to isolate these muscles, you end up doing isometric contractions of the surrounding muscles and so you inadvertently improve your connection and control over your lower abs and butt  muscles too. Click here to learn how to do the Kegel and try to do your Kegels everyday.

Another helpful exercise is to do palpitations and gentle massage on your lower abs and womb region. This method increases the mind to body awareness, improving your mind’s ability to recognize this area. Through touch, while mentally thinking of this part of your body will help the mechanisms that send and receive information to the brain. The more often you send these signals the better the effect. Perform this treatment a few times a week.  An optimal time to do this is before bedtime as it will help you relax priming you for a goodnight sleep.

When your brain is able to communicate to your lower abs, pelvic floor, and womb area more efficiently, the better your relationship is to the area which goes on to improve health, function, and movement. A lot of what happens inside the body goes on without your knowledge or conscious help, but like a manager to a project, you can provide guidance and a “list of expectations” (what you want your body to do.) Your ability to influence your body depends on how “aware” and “connected” you are to it. Improve your connection and awareness and increase your ability to guide your body to optimal health.

The Mental Component

Our mind is a powerful influencer. Thoughts and past experiences that are replayed in our mind influence the health of our body. Stress from bad memories, trauma, and fear of any sort can manifest itself into physical ailments. It’s best to heal these experiences so that you can give your body the best chance at being healthy.

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If there is an experience or thought in particular that comes to mind that is affecting your relationship to your lower abs, pelvic region, and general womb area, then  my suggestion is to find a doctor or therapist that specializes in that area to help you deal and heal the troublesome thought or experience. In my last post, I spoke of Matrix Reimprinting as one of the therapies that I use to help me heal bad thoughts, traumatic experiences, and limiting beliefs. You can read more about that by clicking here.

The health of a woman’s womb is vitally important. Not only is it the place that nurtures and carries new life, it’s an area where many women feel is what makes them a woman. A woman’s abdomen, uterus, and vagina are not just arbitrary physical parts of the body. These physical aspects of us are special, sensitive, and have great significance. Care for this area of your body like you would care for your daughter’s body.

The Spiritual Component

I present the following 10 minute meditation on connecting to your lower abdomen, sacral, and womb area. It’s easy and gentle and can be done anywhere you feel comfortable relaxing. In the video I use crystals to aid in my focus and to help raise the vibrational frequency of the heart and sacral chakras — it is not necessary to use them — but they are helpful (and pretty!)

This holistic prescription that I have offered — treatments that focus on the mind, body, and spirit — can contribute to the healing process of reconnecting to your lower abdominal, pelvic, and womb region. It’s very important to note that it does not replace the advice or help of doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, or any other Western medicine. Holistic prescriptions should be used as complementary aid to existing measures that are provided by licensed doctors or therapists.

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If you would like guidance in your health and well-being, then check out my life-coaching services.

Be well my sisters and ROAR!

Your coach,

Jeanne

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Interview w/ Feminine Embodiment Lifestyle Coach, Ali Schueler on Feminine Power and Ageless Living

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Ali Schueler.

Ali is a Feminine Embodiment  Lifestyle Coach. She is also the blogger for GaiaScouts.com.

I came to know Ali and her blog Gaia Scouts when I was searching for women who were making a difference in the lives of other women.

Gaia Scouts is about empowerment and the embodiment of what it means to be a woman.

In one of her latest posts, Ali speaks about being the queen of your life which really resonated with me because my motto has always been,

“I’m the protagonist in my life movie; I am the driving force that makes things happen. I wear the heels, I get the guy, and I save the day!”

And though I don’t say the word queen- I think the theme is the same. Which is, I am the boss of me!

I’ll be speaking with Ali about feminine power, our feminine cycle, and of course, ageless living.

Here are the questions I asked Ali. Watch the interview for her insightful answers!

1. What’s the biggest tip you can tell our female viewers about how to be “the queen” of their life?

2. Tell us the story of how you came to be a feminine embodiment and lifestyle coach?

3. Why is it so important for women to have a menstrual cycle when it comes to owning their feminine power, and how does having or not having a harmonious or regular cycle effect that power?

4. Speaking about our period cycle and the changes we go through, since Inspire Youthful is about ageless living, how does losing your menstrual cycle change us? Particularly, how does it affect our self-perception about growing older and what does that mean to our feminine power?

5. Inspire Youthful defines ageless living as a life with good health, vibrant energy, spiritual fulfillment, and possessing an ageless appearance.  How do you stay healthy, beautiful, and ageless Ali?

6. Finally, is there any additional thing you would like to share with the audience with what’s coming up on the horizon for you?

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Youthful Movement Series: Core, Legs, Chest with Handstand Practice Part 4

My Youthful Movement Series is about moving with grace, bending with ease, and creating vibrant energy.

A youthful movement practice strives to make a strong, agile, flexible, balanced, and energetic body to support an ageless lifestyle.

The exercises used are meant to carry over into real life; helping one to be more healthy, efficient, and less stressed.

This particular series focuses on legs, core, chest, and handstands!

Click here if you missed part 1 and to learn why inversions are good for you!

Click here for part 2!

Click here for part 3!

Remember, if you are feeling bad, don’t do the exercises.

If these style of movements are new to you, take it easy, listen to your body, and practice caution.

Ask your doctor if these types of exercises are good for you.

All the exercises can be done for time or reps. Choose the method that’s best for you.

I advice to do the routine 1x a day or at the least 3x a week.

Make sure to check out the whole series because each exercise builds on the moves learned in the previous video!

  1. Warm up 10 each – wrists, shake, shoulders, neck/head, reach, side bends, knee ups, cross toe touch
  2. Squat pose – 1 minute
  3. Panther into single leg balance – 1 minute
  4. Spider cross-crawl push-up – 1 minute
  5. Kneeling lunge with double arm back bend  – 30 secs
  6.  Elephant arabesque & plank – 1 minute
  7.  Plank – 30 secs
  8. Plank to wild thing – 1 minute
  9.  Capoiera lunges with alternating crouching lunges – 1 minute
  10.  Crouch and single leg arabesque – 30 secs each side
  11. Lunge into single leg knee strike – 30 secs each side
  12. Floor hollow body – 30 seconds
  13.  Wrist work – 30 seconds
  14.  L shape – 30
  15.  Flush wall handstand – 30
  16.  Kick ups into handstand hold – 4-5x
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Youthful Movement Series: Core, Legs, Chest with Handstand Practice Part 3

My Youthful Movement Series is about moving with grace, bending with ease, and creating vibrant energy.

A youthful movement practice strives to make a strong, agile, flexible, balanced, and energetic body to support an ageless lifestyle.

The exercises used are meant to carry over into real life; helping one to be more healthy, efficient, and less stressed.

Click here if you missed part 1 and to learn why inversions are good for you!

Click here for part 2!

Remember, if you are feeling bad, don’t do the exercises.

If these style of movements are new to you, take it easy, listen to your body, and practice caution.

Ask your doctor if these types of exercises are good for you.

All the exercises can be done for time or reps. Choose the method that’s best for you.

I advice to do the routine 1x a day or at the least 3x a week.

The next video in the series will build on the moves learned each week. Each video will be posted on Sat for the month of February.

  1. Warm up 10 each – wrists, shake, shoulders, side bends, cross toe touch, knee ups, hip circles
  2. Squat pose – 1 minute
  3. Panther pose right and left hands up – 1 minute
  4. Spider crawl push-up – 1 minute
  5. Single leg kneeling with single arm camel back bend – 1 minute
  6. Elephant & plank – 1 minute
  7. Plank – 30 secs
  8. Side plank to side plank – 1 minute
  9. Alternating back lunges – 1 minute
  10. Single leg mini-squat and stork balance pose – 30 secs each side (1 minute)
  11. Hamstring stretch – 30 secs
  12. Floor hollow body – 30 seconds
  13. Wrist stretches
  14. L shape – 30secs
  15. 135 shape – 30sec
  16.  Alternating kick ups 3 each leg
  17. Wall hand stand with bent knees hold for time
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Youthful Movement Series: Core, legs, and Back with Handstand Practice Part 2

My Youthful Movement Series is about moving with grace, bending with ease, and creating vibrant energy.

A youthful movement practice strives to make a strong, agile, flexible, balanced, and energetic body to support an ageless lifestyle.

The exercises used are meant to carry over into real life; helping one to be more healthy, efficient, and less stressed.

Click here if you missed part 1 and to learn why inversions are good for you!

Remember, if you are feeling bad, don’t do the exercises.

If these style of movements are new to you, take it easy, listen to your body, and practice caution.

Ask your doctor if these types of exercises are good for you.

All the exercises can be done for time or reps. Choose the method that’s best for you.

I advice to do the routine 1x a day or at the least 3x a week.

The next video in the series will build on the moves learned each week. Each video will be posted on Sat for the month of February.

  1. Warm up: wrists circles, shake body, shoulder circles, neck bends, side bends, cross toe touch, knee-ups, and hip circles
  2. Deep resting squat pose – 1 minute
  3. Panther pose right and left with side kick – 1 minute
  4. Quadruped mini-pushup and back kick – 30 secs each side
  5. Kneeling squat single arm camel back bends – 30 secs
  6. Downward dog & upward dog – 1 minute
  7. Plank – 30 secs
  8. Kneeling run and prayer twist – 1 min
  9. Alternating kneeling half star pose – 30 secs
  10. Runner stance back kick and stand – 30 secs each side
  11. Cow & camel stretches – 30 secs
  12. Hollow-boy hold – 30 secs
  13. Wrist stretches – 30 secs
  14. L shape on wall with single leg raise – 15 secs each side
  15. 135 shape on wall – 30 secs
  16. Kick ups with L shape to the wall 3x each leg
  17. Wall handstand in tabletop position hold for time 2-3x
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Interview with Author and Speaker, Katrina Mayer on Ageless Living

Recently I had the privilege to talk with Katrina Mayer. Katrina is an author and motivational speaker who speaks about health, happiness, and longevity.

Her first book, The Mustard Seed Way is a top seller in Amazon with reviews like, “The mustard seed way is the everyday way.”

Her second book called, Wholarian Vision has garnered her a Facebook following of over 33,000 followers.

I learned about Katrina when I was researching who were the top influencers out there in the field of ageless living.

More importantly, who was doing it in a holistic and natural way that incorporated spirituality. Because at Inspire Youthful, we believe health, happiness, and an ageless lifestyle begins with a nurtured spirit.

I’m very happy to be able to speak with Katrina and have her share with you all her deep insights about health, happiness, and ageless living.

The following were the questions I asked Katrina, please watch the video for her insightful and informative answers.

1. What’s the biggest tip you can tell the viewers about how to live an ageless lifestyle?

2.  Tell us the story of how you came to be a health and longevity expert?

3.  Certain buzz words pop up when one begins to discover information about longevity and ageless living. One of those words are telomeres.

Can you tell us a briefly about telomeres. What they are, what they do, and how they affect aging?

4.  Can you tell us your thoughts about the difference between biological age vs. chronological age?

5.  Some of the reasons people are interested in ageless living is so that one, they can look ageless, two, be healthy and disease free, and three, be energetic and vibrant.

Will you tell us, as an ageless lifestyle advocate, what it is like in a day in Katrina’s life? What do you do to look, feel, and be your best?

6. Finally, is there anything you would like to share with the viewers about ageless living, you, or anything new on the horizon?

What do you do to look and feel your best?

Share on the comment section below.

 

Here is the link for telomere testing: http://www.spectracell.com/clinicians/products/telomere-testing/

Visit Katrina Mayer at: www.KatrinaMayer.com

Cut Your Age in Half! Online course: https://www.udemy.com/cut-your-age-in-half/

Youthful Movement: Inspiring an Ageless Body with Exercise and Inversions

When I started this blog a few months ago I always had the intention of adding fitness videos as one of its components. Because of injuries and other delays, it has taken me some time to put the special fitness program that I feel helps one to achieve an ageless body together.

As it happens, my injuries were a God  send because they gave me time to reflect on my personal fitness goals which in turn became the basis to the fitness program I designed for Inspire Youthful.

As an elite personal trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pilates professional, and dancer I have had the privilege to learn many methods of exercise. To boot, I have dabbled in  martial arts (kempo, tai chi, muay thai) with the fluid and power moves coming natural to me.

With my movement experience I wanted to create a system of exercise that promoted my ageless lifestyle. I knew this fitness program needed to keep me strong, agile, flexible, balanced, energetic, and it had to be fun.

I also knew that I didn’t want to get injured, feel too sore to move, or suffer any aches and pains from doing it.

At 40 years old, my fitness goal is to have an ageless body. 

I define an ageless body as a one with functional strength, agility, flexibility, balance, and vibrancy.

Furthermore, an ageless body is free of disease and chronic-pain.

Therefore, along with youthful movement, to have a truly ageless body, one needs to also have a health-healing personality, practice intuitive-eating, and do ageless beauty maintenance. I call these the four pillars of youthfulness.

For the month of February I invite you to join me in a fitness challenge to promote an ageless body.

I’ve designed 4 workout videos consisting of 10 mins of body weight exercises and 5 minutes of handstand practice to promote youthful movement.

I have a feeling your eyes popped open with the words “handstand practice?!” But hear me out.

I believe one must do inversions — where the head is below the heart — daily to have an ageless body.

Here are the 3 reasons why:

1. Inversions improve blood flow throughout the body.

Increasing blood flow will bring healing nutrients, oxygen, and encourage the removal of waste and toxins in the body.

2. Inversions are a de-stressor.

In order to have an ageless body one must handle stress well.

Stress ages the body like no other. It makes the body systems work harder, causing disharmony within the body and unnecessarily aging the organs, tissues, and cells faster.

Next time you feel under pressure or stress, get into childs pose, downward-dog, standing toe-touch,  and / or head-stand and feel how your body is put at ease almost immediately.

3. Inversions keep a person playful.

Maintaining a sense of playfulness in one’s life promotes an ageless lifestyle. Never lose your ability to play and be silly because those young at heart, almost always look young in person!

So get upside-down daily and see the world in a different perspective!

Here is the first video of  the series:

If you are feeling bad, don’t do the exercises. If these style of movements are new to you, take it easy, listen to your body, and practice caution. Ask your doctor if these types of exercises are good for you.

The exercises can be done for time or reps. Choose the method that’s best for you.

I advice to do the routine 1x a day or at the least 3x a week.

The next video in the series will build on the moves learned each week. Each video will be posted on Sat for the month of February.

  1. Warm up: wrists circles, shake body, shoulder circles, neck bends, arm swings, side bends, cross toe touch, and knee-ups.
  2. Deep resting squat pose – 1 minute
  3. Panther pose right and left – 1 minute
  4. Quadruped contra-lateral reach and touch – 30 secs each side
  5. Single arm reach with supported camel back bends – 30 secs
  6. Cat and cow – 30 secs
  7. Plank – 30 secs
  8. Torso twist  – 30 secs
  9. Kneeling run – 1 min
  10. Runner stance back kick  – 30 secs each side
  11. Standing toe touch stretch – 30 secs
  12. Wrist stretches – 30 secs
  13. L shape on wall – 30 secs
  14. 135 shape on wall – 30 secs
  15. Kick ups to the wall 3x each leg
  16. Wall hand stand hold for time 2-3x
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What’s in My Makeup Bag that Promotes Youthful Skin and an Ageless Look

Today is going to be a total “girls” video because I’m sharing what’s in my makeup bag!

Before I do the reveal, I just want to give a brief history of when I changed my makeup products and beauty regiment, why I did it, and what’s been happening to my skin and overall health since then.

My why…

I’ve gone through different periods of makeup styles; times when I wore a lot, and times when I wore less.  I would say makeup is a way to express yourself and at times could speak volumes about your state of mind.

I grew up not being allowed to wear makeup. In junior high I remember vividly girls telling me if I wore some makeup I could be prettier so I started wearing lip-gloss. By the time I was in high school I was drawing in my eyebrows like Groucho Marx because my best friend at the time had these beautiful thick eyebrows and I guess I wanted to look like her. I looked pretty silly.

Then of course I went through having no eyebrows, just lines drawn in that made me look like I was surprised all the time. (The eyebrow memory lane is so embarrassing!)

In my late twenties I went through a phase of wearing no makeup and wearing sweats all the time. You could probably could imagine my state of mind during that period.

It was in my thirties when I really discovered my look and found comfort in my own skin. I started to appreciate what was beautiful about me, on the outside and inside.  I think it’s something all women go through; no matter how others view you, you’re always a harsher judge on yourself.

I believe many women easily discount their good qualities and are quick to focus on their flaws and failures. To this regard, I can only say that finding yourself, discovering your inner beauty, and uncovering your outer beauty is a journey worth taking. And that journey begins when you start making spirituality a bigger priority in your life.

My thirties were defined by my quest to be healthier in mind, body, and spirit. I started to eat better, workout more, and get back into meditation and prayer.

It was during this time that my skin care and beauty regiment also shifted. I had stopped wearing makeup for about 3 years and when I was ready to wear some again, I thought the makeup I owned didn’t represent me anymore. I also thought, “Does makeup have an expiration date?” And they do.

So I cleaned up my makeup drawer, through away tons of stuff and started over.  There’s more to the story, but that’s the gist of it.

Now I wash my face with brown sugar and olive oil. Brush my teeth with neem toothpaste and try to be as natural about my makeup as I can.  I was reborn a hippie and thank God for that because natural is the way to go.

Going natural, like using olive oil for my face and body moisturizer I believe is the main reason I have clear and youthful skin at the age of 40.

Using products that are toxic chemical free, I feel like I’m protecting my body from unnecessary exposure to things that may cause me harm. Supporting companies that create healthier products for women really makes me feel good because our dollars and our demand is what informs the industry of what we want. And we should want to tell them that we buy and demand healthier, well labeled, and sustainably made products.

To learn my full skin care regiment checkout my video on the benefits of olive oil.

What’s in my makeup bag =)

I’ll show you the makeup products in the order that I use them.

  • My primer of choice is Amazing Cosmetics Anti-Aging Primer.

After my olive oil moisturizer has been absorbed by my skin I apply a natural primer around my eyes and face. Primer helps to keep makeup in place. This particular primer also has anti-aging benefits. I’ve tried many primers and this is the one I’ve used for the last few years and I am very happy with it.

  • Then I apply a bareMinerals tinted moisturizer all over my face.

I like bareMinerals because it does not have:

 – Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

I choose to wear a tinted moisturizer instead of a full coverage foundation because the latter just looks too heavy for me. Also heavy foundations can make you look older, settling  in your fine lines, although a good primer will prevent that from happening.  I’m not averse to foundation, I would opt for it for a special event where I wanted to look flawless, but for everyday use, in my opinion it’s a lot.

  • Next I use concealer by Josie Maran to cover up any dark circles and imperfections I may have.

All her products, from ingredients to packaging are natural and socially responsible. She has created a beauty line that is a wonderful and an effective alternative to the usual makeup and I love buying and supporting her brand.

I use her concealer just underneath my eyes, next to the nose area, as well as the nose and upper lip area. I set the concealer with loose powder, applying powder only on my nose, eyes, and upper lip area.

concealerAreas

I do not wear powder all over my face as I think it can make you look older and too made-up.  I may use more powder when I go out at night, but most of the time I don’t.

  • My powder of choice is bareMinerals because again, they are made without harmful chemicals.

  • My favorite makeup product is bronzer also made by bareMinerals.

If I was stuck on an island with only one piece of makeup, it would have to be my bronzer.  It just makes you look so healthy and vibrant looking. Aside from my skin, it’s the thing that I get the most compliments on.

bronzerAreasI apply bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks, and a touch on my chin and forehead.

  • My next favorite makeup is my blush by Laura Geller.

I don’t know how popular this brand is, but it was a lucky to find for me. It has the perfect blend of pinks and golds that create the youthful glow I love.

blushAreasIf you want to look youthful and alive-looking, don’t leave home without some blush. I place it on the apples of my cheeks, maybe a touch on my eye lids and voila instant pow! You look alive! I know that may sound weird, but women know exactly what I’m talking about.

  • Then I thicken the look of my eye brows with my Anastasia brow pencil and highlighter.

Anastasia products are not known to be chemical free, and it’s my goal to change it. So if any of you have a healthy eyebrow pencil alternative please share it with me.

For now I don’t feel so bad using it because supporting her brand also means supporting the charitable organizations her company supports which are many, most of which improve the lives of women and children around the world.

But, I would switchover to support a brand that was natural and Eco friendly so that it will show companies like Anastasia what is important to me.

It’s important to have an eyebrow shape that compliments and adds lift to your face to help achieve an ageless look.

  • Next I will put on a little eye shadow to create brighter looking eyes with my Josie Maran eye-shadow kits.

Lighter colors in the insides of your eye lid area, draws the attention of people to your eyes and adds to the brightness of your face.

  • I use Tarte eye-liners.

Tarte is another cosmetic company that chooses to create natural and Eco friendly products. I use the their clay pencil for my day look and now they just came out with a liquid liner that I will use for my evening look.

catEyesI like to draw my eyeliner like cat-eyes because it creates the appearance of lifted eyes, enhancing an ageless appearance, and I think it’s pretty.

  • Finding a natural mascara that works can be tricky, but I finally found one. It’s Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out.

It’s 100% free of harsh chemicals, synthetic fibers, parabens, GMO’s, synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances, cruelty free, and recyclable brush.

Curling your lashes and wearing mascara helps to create bigger eyes, and helps you to look more awake. To me, looking “awake” is youthful because looking tired and sleepy does not.

  • Finally, my look is put together with what I think is my “signature” look- my pink lips!

First I use bareMinerals lip balm then I apply my Tarte lipstick called Foxy and voila– forty and fabulous!

pinkLipsLipstick is the one piece of makeup that to me really expresses how you’re feeling. You can be bold with red, seductive with nudes, and playful with pinks. And as a girl you can be all these things!

 

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How to Prevent, Minimize, and Reduce the Signs of Aging In and Around the Eyes

Today I will be sharing with you how to prevent, minimize, and reduce the signs of aging in and around the eyes.

I will be sharing with you my holistic approach which consist of preventative, maintenance, and mindful measures to keep your peepers looking their best. I’m also going to give a few make-up tips to enhance your ageless beauty.

10 different signs of aging that can appear in and around the eye area are:

1. Reduction of vision

2. Crows feet

3. Dark circles underneath the eyes

4. Dryness in the skin around the eyes

5. Loss of elasticity in the skin

6. Puffy eyes

7. Eye dryness

8. Redness around the whites of the eyes

9. Sad and worried eyes

10. Vacant eyes or zombie eyes

Preventative measures that will keep the eyes as healthy and beautiful as possible

1. Keep your vision quality by doing eye exercises.

Eye exercises improve eye strength, the ability to focus, eye movements, and stimulates the vision centers of the brain. Eye exercises will not help people with nearsightedness or existing eye conditions, but it has been shown that eye exercises can force the brain to see through the amblyopic eye — lazy eye — which can improve vision.

The 3 exercises I personally do are:

  • Changing focus from near to far, then back to near again. For example, I might be reading from my kindle and then to rest and refocus my eyes, I will look at a wall clock or something far off for a few seconds then return to my reading.
  • I also like to practice reading far away text with one eye at time. It’s something I’ve done since I was a kid and it’ just a game to me. But I have been told by the doctor that I have 20/15 eye vision and so these games must be working.
  • And finally my last exercise which is a game I think many families have played on long road trips, is testing yourself to see how far you can see by reading the signs on the road.

If you exercise your eyes just like you exercise the muscles in your body, you will keep up your eye strength and in some cases, improve eye strength.

2. During the day, when outside, always wear sunglasses.

Protect your eyes and skin around the eyes from the sun, glare, wind, pollution, and particles that are floating in the air. Sunglasses protect  your eyes from harmful UV radiation that can cause damage to the cornea and eye lens as well as the skin around the eyes.

Sunglasses shield the eyes from wind and environmental pollutants that can cause irritation, drying, and the creation and perpetuation of crow wrinkles from squinting. Keep a pair in your purse and in your car and never be outside without one.

3. Get plenty of rest for your eyes.

Get a good night sleep to properly rest the eyes and body. The length of time for a good night sleep is different for everyone.   A barometer of health is that a person should feel energized when they wake up. If you feel sluggish after waking, and can’t function without copious amounts of caffeine throughout the day, you are not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep will contribute to eye fatigue, dark circles, puffiness, eye redness, and the possession of zombie looking eyes. Zombie eyes is when you look dazed, lost, and about to fall over from tiredness.

How to keep up healthy and beautiful eyes:

1. Pay extra care moisturizing the skin around the eyes.

Use natural oils to moisturize the eye area such as olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, or argan oil. Everyday I use olive oil as my eye moisturizer, but towards the end of the week or after a particularly hard day at work, I will cut open a vitamin E capsule and mix it with my olive oil to give my eyes some extra moisture, nutrients, and love.

When applying eye cream make sure to tap and pat. Try not to pull or stretch the skin around the eyes.

2. Reduce eye fatigue, dark circles, redness, and puffiness with techniques:

  • Our eyes work a lot and they need breaks just like a waiter in a restaurant. In fact, you can apply employment labor codes 512 and 226.7 of the CA labor code to your eye resting regiment. ^.^

Every four hours of strenuous eye work and concentration, your eyes should get a 15-30 minute break. Close your eyes for a 1-3 minutes taking deep breaths, apply gentle pressure on the eye and forehead area with the back of your hands or forearm, or take a nap.

  • When available, place caffeinated wet tea bags, sliced and chilled cucumbers, or a cold eye mask to rejuvenate the eyes.

The caffeine from tea has blood vessel-constricting benefits to minimize  the appearance of redness and puffiness. Caffeine and any tea in general has antioxidants that fight against oxidation damage in the body caused by free radicals which may be the cause of aging.

Chilled cucumbers are said to reduce swelling and increase hydration of the skin around the eyes. This is most likely because of the cold effect of the cucumber- it’s similar to putting an eye mask ice-pack. And the hydration is probably attributed to the fact that cucumbers are 90% water.

  • Do a lymphatic facial flush which only takes 2-3 minutes to reduce the look of fatigue and puffiness around your eyes. Check out my how-to video.

Mindful measure to promote ageless eyes and overall well-being

Stop making what I call bad wrinkles and be more accepting of good wrinkles.

Bad wrinkles to me are wrinkles created from worried, angry, irritated, or annoyed facial expressions. Instead create happy-to-be-alive wrinkles which are facial lines that are enhanced from laughing and smiling. Those are wrinkles worth having in spades!

One way to stop or reduce bad wrinkles from forming is to have better reactions to stressful triggers.

Life is a series of tests or if you’re like me and view life as a game, then it’s just a series of challenges where you have the chance to level up.

In most challenge scenarios there are three skills that I think help a person handle a situation with confidence and a semblance of control. Those are:

  • having a quick understanding of the situation at hand,
  • the ability to be flexible,
  • and the ability to see the bigger picture.

With that in mind, when you are in stressful circumstances, try to keep your head about you. Take a few calming breaths, asses the situation, identify its place in the grand scheme of things, and try be be accepting and flexible about handling the stress.

What you’ll find is that many things that irritate and annoy you are trivial and are not worth the worry lines you spend on them.

Finally, makeup tips to enhance your ageless beauty:

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  • Do not use powder or heavy foundation around the outer edges of the eye as the makeup will collect between the wrinkles making them more prominent.
  • Use a natural primer underneath your makeup to help prevent makeup from settling in these fine lines.
  • Heavy eyeliner on the bottom lid or water-line of your eye can draw more attention to wrinkles.
  • The cat-like eye liner is my go-to eyeliner style to create lift in the eyes and to draw attention away from any lines that may or may-not be there.
  • Curl your eye lashes as it will give the appearance of bigger and awake-looking eyes.

By the way this is a close-up of my eye without make-up, filters, or any photoshopping

eyeI think after 40 years of living, it’s not bad. My techniques could work just as well for you.

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Jeanne

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110504095630.htm

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How to Prevent, Minimize, and Reduce Forehead Wrinkles Naturally

Today I will be sharing with you how to prevent, minimize, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the forehead.

I will share with you my holistic techniques which consist of preventative, maintenance, and mindful measures to reduce forehead wrinkles and achieve a more ageless appearance.

Here are examples of the type of wrinkles that can occur on the forehead: wrinkles

You have horizontal lines across the forehead and vertical lines between the eyebrows.

The wrinkles on the forehead are the effect of facial muscle contractions showing itself as right angles to the muscle action line.

How can we prevent these nerve contractions so that we can minimize the muscle action-line wrinkles?

Two preventative measures for forehead wrinkles

1. I’m just going to start off with my outlandish idea of- stop talking with your forehead.

Literally. Just stop it.

Speak in a way that your forehead does not move. And no I do not mean with the help of botox, but instead with conscious effort.

Forehead lines are created by your facial muscle contractions. For the most part, these contractions are subconsciously done. But you can start to consciously control them like the way you control the other muscle contractions in your body.

To do this, begin with observing yourself in the mirror. Do you speak with your forehead?

If you do, try not to do it. As you speak, think in your mind, “Do not move the forehead”.

This thought will tell your mind to communicate with the nerves that cause forehead contractions to be still.

It will take some practice, but once your mind and body have agreed that you don’t want this specific contraction to happen, it will cease to do so. Or at the least, it will be minimized.

2. Protect your forehead during extreme weather.

In extreme cold and wind, the facial skin can become dry, cracked, and susceptible to permanent wrinkles.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the description, a weathered face. This is a face that has suffered the effects of harsh environments and looks old, wrinkled, and wizened.

In the cold and windy weather use a beanie to protect your forehead skin. In hot weather, use a minimum of 15 SPF or higher depending on the sensitivity of your particular skin. Also use a hat when you’re in the sun for a long period of time.

Maintenance measure

The best maintenance measure to prevent and care for forehead wrinkles is to moisturize the face at least 2x a day.

Use a natural moisturizer like olive oil or coconut oil. Both oils nourish the skin and provide antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging.

When applying oil to your face, make sure you have exfoliated the dead skin off, and have the face slightly damp when you apply the oil.

Mindful measures

Excessive worry causes wrinkles.

Learn positive ways to deal with stress so you can worry less. Here are mindful measures to prevent and minimize forehead wrinkles:

1. Daily or frequent meditation will help in stress and wrinkle management.

2. Try mind & body practices such as Tai Chi or Yoga.

Both could be considered movement meditation and will aid in relieving mental and physical stress.

3. Change your thought patterns from negative to positive.

Positively changing your perspective on any situation will change the reality of it decreasing your worry and stress levels.

Lastly, I believe that our deepest thoughts create our reality so think thoughts that will bring about a reality where you are healthy, vibrant, and ageless. 

I wrote a blog post specifically aboutthinking yourself ageless” and it’s a good read if you want to adopt an ageless view of yourself.

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Jeanne

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_muscles