Wednesday Wisdom ~ Got Stress?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I share a lil ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ around managing stress and finding our center even in times of challenge. For the first time since I started my blog almost 3 years ago, I found myself not wanting to make a video today. Why? Because I am experiencing stress. I am currently in transition and while I know that I will get through it, it feels scary and overwhelming. But I am committed to my weekly video blogs and so I am showing up with authenticity and vulnerability to explore one question … how do we cope best during times of stress?

Check out this week’s video blog as I share 3 tools that are essential to me when managing stress and overwhelm in my life.

I would love to hear your wisdom … How do you deal with life’s challenges and stressful situations?

Please leave a comment on the blog so we can all learn from you!

All love,

jodi

17 Comments
  1. mary 5 years ago

    Jodi, wanted to thank you for the info you posted on Kids Partner Yoga. I am just getting started putting kids and yoga together and your talk was very helpful. Your blog today reminds me that the tools we all have to deal with stress; how timely and helpful. I especially love the gratitude practice. When I find i’m a “loose cannon”~when I don’t know what to do with myself, and I remember to look at all that’s going on in my life that IS working, it lifts me up out of myself and allows me to redirect myself.
    So, just finding gratitude for all you’ve shared here. And know, that the light in me see the light in you. Keep up the good work. Namaste! ~Mary

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      mary ~ beautiful wisdom, thank you for sharing!
      yes to focussing on what IS working. you, me, we have got this!
      xo
      jodi

  2. Annie Macpherson 5 years ago

    Sharing and being honest is a positive step. I was just thinking of you yesterday (during jazzercise) and how I admire you as a person and business woman. What works for me is reflecting on times of change and remembering how it all DID work out with faith, trust, and one step at a time. I turn to friends and family for comfort, help, and advice. Exercise, be in nature, watch humorous movies, and doing little things that bring me joy. Paint a picture, draw at the shore, ride my bike to yoga. Remember to give to others, help them, and make gifts for people. Their joy uplifts me too.

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      such good wisdom annie! thank you for sharing.
      and thanks for thinking of me & your loving & kind words. appreciate you very much!
      kiss the beach for me too, please.
      jodi

  3. Amy Torn 5 years ago

    Thank you for your beautiful words and for your authenticity, Jodi! I wish you well as you go through this time of change in your life. I’m currently dealing with an injury that has been quite stubborn. Your reminders to practice gratitude and to pray are so helpful – I sometimes get caught up in my “stuff” and forget that all is for the higher good. I also find that focusing on others through prayer, cards, calls, and visits moves me back into a place of love versus fear. I wish you all the best!

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      wishing YOU massive healing & love amy. thanks for sharing your wisdom.
      remember to ask for help during this time & be open to receiving.
      big love,
      jodi

  4. Marie Paccsrd 5 years ago

    My dearest Jodi
    Seems many are in the same host at the moment. Am glad to share that no matter how challenging, I seem to be taking it rather well with the help of positive meditation and trust. Trust in the universe the lessons and the whe process. Keep meditating on all the positive things you want from the business with reflection on others too. When others matter in this, everything falls in place. It’s just JUST. X all my love

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      YES marie!
      we all matter! being of service to others certainly takes me out of my own sh*t.
      sending you a great big hug across the pond!
      xo, jodi

  5. Steph 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing so authentically. I handle my anxiety around stress with exagerated breathing! I breathe in and out deeply and this always always grounds me in the present moment, allowing me to stand in my strength and take a step forward. With my breath, I also surrender to the universe, to God, and remind myself that what ever it is, I am being taken care of (even when it seems as if I am not), I know that there is wisdom to be found in just going through it. And when all else fails…. I cry my eyes out. Yeah, just let the tears flow (usually at the end of a meditation or yoga practice, or in my car when I am alone)! Sad tears, happy tears, angry tears, all of it! Just the ability to let go and cleanse the stuck energy helps me deal with what life is handing me at the moment. Thank you again for sharing. Xo
    Namaste, Jodi <3

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      LOVE you steph!
      breath & tears … best medicine, ever!
      xo
      jodi

  6. Steven 5 years ago

    Jodi, focus only on what you want. The best desired outcome. Always do right by yourself. Meditate daily. Music with headphones daily. Multiple orgasms! Steam room at your gym. Long walks. Long drives topless. Swimming laps. Red wines. Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlo. Hashish. Cannabis. Massage therapy. Foot rubs. Sleep.

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      sounds like you got quite the regimen steven! a healthy balance too 🙂
      thanks for sharing!
      jodi

  7. Tammy aka Shakti Devi 5 years ago

    Hi Jodi! I love you and your share. 🙂 I can relate to and tend to utilize these magical tools you’ve shared. Other times, I might take a step back and do something playful. I feel it helps raise the vibration and brings me to a place of being present with what is happening around me. For example, I might turn to notice my cat, Toby, and observe his cute sounds and movements as he sleeps. If he’s awake, he and I will share some moments of a love exchange, cuddles and hugs. He gives great hugs. Another thing that really helps me is singing! Kirtan. It leaves me buzzing and feeling fresh, light and renewed. Xoxo <3

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      animal medicine is the best for stress relief ~ you are blessed shakti devi.
      thank you for sharing!
      big love,
      jodi

  8. Charlotte Connick Mabry 5 years ago

    Thank you Jodi for “showing up”. 90% of practicing yoga is showing up. Your heart is real and you have helped us connect on a deep human level!! Living life under stress with the real deal tools! You are amazing all changes to another dimension better than what was before! Much love, Charlotte

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      jodibk 5 years ago

      you are such a gift in my heart charlotte mabry ~ loving you deeply today & always.
      xo
      jodi

  9. Mary 5 years ago

    Hello Jodi! I LOVE seeing your video blog because I feel like I’m having a wee chat together. <3 It awakens in me the possibility of sharing my own as a potentially helpful, loving thing to do.

    OK here's what I've been drawn into doing more of in my daily practice. It is amazingly shifting my experiences and honouring my authentic self. I have a situation that is very uncomfortable for m just now, and I'm seeing my patterns that have shown up through my life and my personality over my life time. In the past, I have deemed some as very unhelpful, or even detrimental. Doing this creates resistance within.

    THIS time I am noticing those patterns are and working WITH them. How novel. Let me give you some examples.

    I tend to sleep more during such times. In the past, I would either try to regulate HOW MUCH sleep I allowed, or would totally surrender and sleep time away. This time, I've been noticing how much sleep allows me to be fully 'slept out' and am changing my bedtime to ALLOW for the rest my body is telling me she needs. The tricky part is accepting the earlier time and allowing. I'm needing 9 or 10 hours. I'm thinking 'Oh wait! Stress IS exhausting at times, my body needs to restore — OK then, let's do that.'

    In the past, I would become neglectful of my basic self care. One quirky bit has been not eating for hours and hours – and definitely, completely resistant to cooking. OK then. So now I have a list of no fuss foods at Costco that I will eat. Organic Happy Planet tomato soup, crackers and goat cheese, organic frozen meals, fresh fruit and veggies, greek yogurt. I set it up so I can open the fridge and just take something out to eat.

    I GO SLOW. Hey, I'm feeling a crisis – so I have shifted to a move slow to go fast approach. This brings mindfulness to my movements – less pressure, less intensity, fewer mistakes and a calmer state of being.

    If it all seems too BIG, which has in the past been my default take on such things, I break it down, I get real with myself about what I can do and notice what one small piece is doable to me in this moment and choose that. (And then I celebrate what I accomplished!)

    Loving words to myself. I am lovingly talking myself through the moments I feel inclined to shy like horse might at a jump. I circle and kindly talk myself through it. And then choose the next.

    I guess the main point is, I'm working WITH my resistances, instead of against them. I'm honouring my authenic self by working with 'how I am', not with how I think I need to be to push through to get to the other side.

    A new practice in loving all of me.

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