Self-Care

Jen Snider, Coach, Wellness, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation

Freeing an Insatiable Mind

3/3/17 |

My attention span feels shorter and my thinking has become more distractible. When I slow down enough notice the amount of time that passes before my mind wants to “bounce,” it’s pretty concerning. Often I add this concern to a mental list of “things to deal with” but I never do.  How about right now? Gentle Curiosity  …Read More

The Courage to Change in New Ways

9/14/16 |

After a long and frustrating day at work, she searched the cupboard for some relief. A bag of something, a box. Finding nothing that would satisfy, she closed the cupboard and stepped back. She took a breath and remembered something.  She walked over to the television and clicked it off, cleared a stack of papers from …Read More

Comforting Ourselves through Change

5/14/15 |

Letting go of our dearest comforts takes extra special care.  This morning, we started a “no-binkie” experiment to see how our little boy would fare. He was upset first, then brave, and for a good hour, he was absolutely fine. Then, in a moment of absent-minded comfort-seeking, he went for the binkie. His courage collapsed into outrage, desperation, sadness and fear. …Read More

Moving Back into Your Body

4/29/15 | 33 Comments

During every yoga class I leave space for students to guide themselves through any movement their body is requesting, even if it doesn’t resemble a familiar yoga pose. We come back to this intuitive movement several times in class, and it’s the last thing we do before relaxing in savasana, corpse pose. Every once in …Read More

Mindful Eating is a Personal Revelation

4/13/15 |

I have taught and practiced mindful eating for many years now. What I find most meaningful is that when I slow down and pay attention, so much about life is revealed. The approach to food I learned as a child becomes illuminated in new ways and subtle beliefs about eating can be brought into the …Read More

Is Clutter Getting in the Way of Self-Care?

4/8/15 |

Even though I’m a self-care and wellness coach, there are plenty of health habits that I’m still in the early stages of addressing. This post is about one of those habits. As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch, an area where I generally would prefer not to write. I’ve been working from the …Read More

Legs Up the Wall

3/25/15 |

One of my all-time favorite poses to recharge after a stressful day or wind down before bed is a restorative yoga pose called “legs up the wall.”  You can practice it on the ground or on a bed, or in our new Grow Well office during our Yoga for Better Sleep workshops this Spring! How to practice “legs up the …Read More

Feel-Good Lifestyle Changes

2/17/15 |

February is one of the best times of year to get a machine at the gym. About 40% of the New Year’s resolution crowd has already lost steam, leaving far less demand for the stair climber and plenty of parking spots out front. Even though we may start the year with the best intentions, the …Read More

Delight in Romantic Eating (no partner required)

2/13/15 |

Whether you’re flying solo or with another this Valentine’s Day, a deep and resonant pleasure awaits. Mindful eating is a gift that can fill the heart, nourish the the body and banish discomfort, not to mention being a powerful tool in the lifelong journey of healthy eating. As you plan what to eat today, or …Read More

Is Your Busy Schedule Owning You?

12/12/14 |

When someone asks you how life is going, how often do you heave a sigh and say “busy”? Not an abundant busy, but a “PLEASE take something off of my plate” busy. If we aren’t paying attention, our schedules can easily fill past our comfort. We find ourselves going from bed to work, from work to our …Read More

Releasing the Burden of “Shoulds” and “Wants”

12/4/14 |

December can be a lovely month full of delicious flavors, connection with people we care about, and those sweet, sweet vacation days. The excitement and busy-ness of the holiday season can easily displace our center in the here and now, as we pack extra obligations into our already full schedules and accumulate more belongings. This …Read More

How to Let Go

12/4/14 |

I’ve seen this exercise time and again. A person with 2 fingers holding onto a tissue or a piece of paper, and the instruction is given: show me what it looks like to hope to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks like to try to let go (no change).  Show me what it looks …Read More

Self Care for Road Trips

11/25/14 |

If you’ve got a trip planned this holiday season, practice these tips to stay happy and well on the road. Stay hydrated. When you’re in a rush to get to your vacation spot and don’t want to stop for many breaks, it’s tempting to avoid liquids. Unfortunately, dehydration can cause back pain, especially when combined with lots of sitting …Read More

Navigating a Food Break-up

10/17/14 |

Many of us have been on a series of roller coaster rides following popular dietary trends. We buy a ticket, follow the rules carefully, then set about riding bold new behaviors toward our hopes of sleeker physiques or deeper wellbeing. Some changes stick, but more often than not, the changes we achieve are temporary, even if they seem to be …Read More

Listening to the Body with a Reluctant Mind

10/10/14 |

Today was supposed to be my writing day.  I had a topic in mind, I had an early morning window carved out.  I was ready. Unfortunately, my 9:30 bedtime last night turned into nearly midnight, and my night was peppered with unwelcome wakefulness.  When I arose early, I could feel weariness throughout my body, especially in …Read More

Energizing Breaks

10/3/14 |

When our energy is low, many of us turn to unsatisfying, unhealthy or ineffective choices to get us through. We grab a snack that sends our bodies on a ride, we get lost in our computers or televisions or we power through and ignore the fatigue. Our productivity, vitality and happiness are often dampened, and our wellbeing …Read More

5 Ways to Lift Your Energy

10/3/14 |

The five activities listed here are things you already know. No surprises here. The magic is in doing them! 1. Do something kind. A kind action as simple as a smile can change not only your energy, but that of another. Look for an opportunity to take a simple kind action and watch the effects. I also …Read More

Boost Your Energy with Yoga

10/3/14 |

You’re probably already well aware that yoga can help you manage stress and relax your body and mind before bed. Did you know that it can also boost your energy? As our recent Yoga Basics grads can attest, the poses and breath we practice in yoga move prana, or “life force.” Prana refers to the …Read More

Seated Twist

10/3/14 |

Today’s yoga pose is a seated twist, adapted so it’s super comfy for those of us with larger bellies and/or less hip mobility. If you have trouble sitting tall when you’re on the floor, sit on a folded blanket, so your hips and low back are lifted. Twisting poses are amazing energy and mood boosters, and great for …Read More

Ocean Breath (Ujjayi)

10/2/14 |

Ocean breath (in Sanskrit: ujjayi, which means “victorious” breath) is one of my favorite breathing techniques because it can both calm your mind AND bring energy back to your body. Make as much Darth Vader noise as you like with this practice! And as with any yoga or breathing practice, if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable …Read More