Rebecca Hazelton is a licensed Nutritionist, Health Coach, Personal Trainer, and HeartMath Coach running her own consulting business since 2001. This week on Wellness Force Radio, we discuss her latest book, Pleasure Meditation: Your Guide to Joyful Stress Reduction.
Since 2001, Rebecca has been working as a coach and consultant. Throughout her career, she's found that we all face a lack of tools for dealing with stress management.
As a mom, Rebecca is passionate about teaching self-care, how to treat your body with love and respect, and has a nutrition license through AHSU with specialty certifications in Metabolic Typing Nutrition and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.
Rebecca is also a certified Postural Alignment Specialist with the Egoscue University. Her first of two published books, Choosing Health: A One-Size- Doesn’t-Fit- All Guide to Diet, Exercise, & Motivation is a must-read for anyone interested in living a healthier lifestyle.
Her new eBook Pleasure Meditation: Your Guide to Joyful Stress Reduction has just been released and is a simple 3-minute guide that teaches you exactly how to boost your feelings of pleasure AND melt away feelings of stress.
Letting Go Of Stress
Stress can be so hard on the body; sometimes all you need to do is take a deep breath.
But what about taking it further?
Stress reduction tools like pleasure meditation can help you to respond to different situations, feel balanced, and experience joy each day. Today on the podcast, Rebecca shares her own story of experiencing stress and how her F.L.O.W. system of pleasure meditation has helped her to manage it and find greater happiness.
F of F.L.O.W – Focus On Your Breathing
Pleasure meditation can be very powerful and it's great for those who need it, but don't know where to begin with handling their own stress management.
The F of Rebecca's F.L.O.W. system is to simply begin focusing on your breathing. Take a couple of breaths to feel present in the moment. During that time, find out where your breathing is coming from. If it's not coming from deep within, but rather from your neck and shoulders, you can be dealing with a great amount of stress.
L of F.L.O.W – Let In Love And Let Stress Go
To let love in and let stress go, you need to switch out stressed out hormones with beneficial hormones in your brain to help balance out that body. How can you do this? With the power of vision and memory.
Let in love by thinking about a wonderful memory of when you felt love. It can be an experience from a recent interaction or pleasure from petting a cat or a dog. Allow yourself to remember and embrace those experiences of your life when you let love in in order to let your stress go.
O of F.L.O.W – Open Up With Gratitude
When you open yourself up to feel gratitude and to be thankful for what you have in your life, it's impossible to feel stressed out in that moment of time.
Letting in feelings of love is unique to everyone because of all of our different experiences, but sometimes love itself cannot help us feel gratitude. Feeling gratitude is another layer that can help us to experience pleasure and joy.
W of F.L.O.W – Wake Up Your Pleasure Awareness
To free yourself of stress, try to see the world in new light by waking up your pleasure awareness. When you let in love, you experience gratitude and when you start to appreciate the little things in life, you can wake up your pleasure awareness.
You may begin to see things differently than you ever could before. Maybe colors look brighter, the sun feels warmer, or nature seems more beautiful. With pleasure meditation, you're tapped in to feeling other feelings throughout the day. Think about having your feet on the ground in the moment, but your head in the clouds with other sensations.
Understand Your Stress Better With HeartMath Coaching
A HeartMath Coach can help you better understand the linking connection between how your heart rate and emotions can affect the amount of stress that you feel.
Using the bio feedback device, baseline resilience, you can find out what rate your heart rate is at and whether you are stressed or not. Each person's baseline resilience number is different and it can help a person determine what causes great or little stress.
With HeartMath Coaching, you can learn to empower your stress and react better to moments when the little things in life stress you out.
Resources Mentioned In The Show
- Rebecca Hazelton's website
- Pleasure Meditation by Rebecca Hazelton
- Choosing Health by Rebecca Hazelton
- HeartMath Coaching
- Rebecca's Coaching Programs
- Rebecca's Facebook Page-Choosing Health
- Rebecca's Twitter account
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About The Author, Lauren Bryant, Podcast Production
Lauren Bryant is the Podcasting Assistant and Show Notes Writer for Wellness Force Radio. She has a BBA in both Marketing and Spanish for Business as well as certificates in Advanced Business Communications and International Business from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Lauren’s wellness journey began at a young age when she joined her local YMCA swim team, The Wave, of La Crosse, WI. One of the most profound views on wellness that anyone has said to her was when she was an assistant swim coach for that same YMCA swim team.
One day during a practice, former head swim coach, Jon Brenner, shared with her that the most important thing about coaching the swimmers was that “It doesn’t matter if they become the best athletes in the world. What’s important is that we give them the tools and guidance they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their lives.”
Since hearing those words, she has taken it to heart to not only focus on continuously living her own healthy lifestyle, but to help others pursue their wellness goals as well.
Lauren is not only an avid swimmer, but a fan of running, yoga, cooking, and doing any activity outside that involves being surrounded by nature. In the Fall of 2014, she completed a long-awaited goal of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
According to Lauren, wellness is about finding gratitude and joy in doing any type of physical or self-care activity that we love. Wellness means providing ourselves with self-love, good nutrition, and the inner peace that our individual minds and bodies need.