How to Prevent Headaches and Migraines

How to Prevent Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines are the cause of the loss of vitality for people around the world in every minute of every day. The sad truth is they are not necessary. There are a number of possible root causes for migraines and headaches and finding your root cause is essential for prevention. Naturally, that’s what we want—prevention, which is much better than stopping a headache once it’s started. However, there are ways to do that too. (more…)

The Spiritual Key to Unlocking the Suffering of Autoimmune Disease (and Life)

The Spiritual Key to Unlocking the Suffering of Autoimmune Disease (and Life)

Patients often tell me they want to “go back to the body they used to have” or have their lives “go back to the way it used to be.” This is actually an impossible goal and from the start creates suffering and distress. However, when life hands you a challenge that you don’t have the skills to navigate, the best thing you can do is find a mentor who can teach you what you need to get through the challenge and come out on the other side with an even better life or body or marriage or job, etc. This is called attaining wisdom, and it only happens when you have successfully learned a new skill to overcome a life event that triggered you in some way, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. (more…)

Put Yourself at the Top of the List

Put Yourself at the Top of the List

When I was raising my daughters and working full time ten years ago, I did not make time for myself, and it cost me my health. In fact, I was so busy working long hours, leading events, driving kids to after-school activities, and caring for elderly parents, that I had forgotten to make time for myself. I thought I was superwoman, and it took a toll on me!

At 47, I had arthritis and I was overweight. I remember going all day at work without eating or even drinking a glass of water. At night, after taking care of everyone else, I’d pass out, only to get up and do it all over again the next day.

When my step-father had lung cancer, I knew something had to give. My arthritis had gotten so bad that I had to be pushed in a wheel chair while touring the retirement home for my parents that I was visiting.

I was done, and this was my wake-up call!

I know I’m not alone in my story. It often takes a big moment like our health to get our attention, but it doesn’t need to be this way. Why not add yourself to the top of the top of list today?

Because I had set up systems and a team so my business could run without me. I was able to sell my practice and retire financially free to follow my passion of helping women prepare for life’s unexpected and expected events, to create encore careers, and to set the stage for a joyful retirement.

Being prosperous and prepared is not just about money! What women are really looking for is happiness, vibrant health, and financial security. Prosperity includes all three. This is where the “self-care” comes in.

Please don’t wait until a crisis occurs. Start your self-care plan today.  I now spend my mornings working out. In the summer, I ride my bike on the nature trails and swim in the lake.  In the winter, I belong to a sports club where I have many wonderful female friends who are all over 60 – some in their 80s.  These ladies do yoga almost every day and look fabulous! I see how happy they are traveling and enjoying their lives. They are my inspiration to keep going!

I have also taken up Plein Air painting on Saturdays. This is where I meet other artists at one of our fabulous Michigan parks that is filled with wonderful lakes, lily pads, and amazing views. The key is that this type of paining incorporates all of your senses: sight, sound (like the sand cranes flying overhead), smell (like the most air at dusk), and I’m connected to Mother Earth – which is so grounding.  These artists do this year-round!

Create your own mind, body, and spirit self-care plan now!

To learn where to start, you can listen to our two fabulous interviews this month.  Chris Crowley, author of, Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond, will inspire and educate you on why it is important to exercise every day so you can take your vitality into your 80s and 90s.  Wait until you hear what he is doing in his 80s!

Acharya Shunya will be sharing tips from her book:  Ayurveda LIfestyle Wisdom:  A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy.

I believe these interviews will arm you with smart tips you can easily implement into YOUR life. Just give yourself permission to put yourself on the top of the list so you can live with purpose, passion and prosperity now and for the rest of your life!

 

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Self-Care Begins in the Present

Self-Care Begins in the Present

“The day’s work is not complete until the mind can rest as sound as the body.” ~ Patty Frisco

I spent two weeks at a spiritual retreat overlooking the ocean in Brazil several years ago.  I was the only American surrounded by others from every part of the world, including Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The idea of taking off two weeks was unimaginable to me, but to the others, it was simply normal.  In fact, many were heading off to spend another couple of weeks touring different parts of South America.

We were engrossed in deep conversations, looking at nature, walks on the beach, eating delicious organic meals, reading and attending evening lectures.

About a week into the retreat, one of the facilitators said to me, “Katana, I notice that you are always doing something.  You need to learn how to be present and just BE.”

Then she said something to me that I have never forgotten.  “For the mind to be totally healthy, we need eight hours of focus, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of allowing the mind to wander.” 

I think about this idea all the time and find it hard to do in our society.  Think about it for yourself and look at your day.  Ask yourself:

  • How do you allow your mind to wander?
  • What would that even look like to you?
  • How can you create the time every day for this to occur?

This is called mindfulness and comes during times of meditation, doing something you love like art, day dreaming, being in nature, bike riding, yoga.  This is when we become our most creative and where we can release tension and raise our vibrations. It is also an important aspect of self-care. I invite you to ponder this idea and then schedule time in your calendar to just BE PRESENT.

Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

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