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Nicole Negron
8 days ago

Simple Ways to Remedy Anxiety

#women
wellness
Over 90 percent of the women I work with talk about the strain of trying to keep up with demands. They’re working hard to stay thin, move up the corporate ladder, maintain growth in their entrepreneurial endeavours, keep a perfect home, stick within their strict budget or arrange the ideal birthday party for their 3-year-old.

The strain from overachieving and pe...
Over 90 percent of the women I work with talk about the strain of trying to keep up with demands. They’re working hard to stay thin, move up the corporate ladder, maintain growth in their entrepreneurial endeavours, keep a perfect home, stick within their strict budget or arrange the ideal birthday party for their 3-year-old.

The strain from overachieving and perfectionism is real. We carry this intense amount of pressure in our bodies at all times, leading us to constant state of panic, sabotaging the confidence we need to show up as our best selves.

Here are simple stress and anxiety remedies you can do today and incorporate into your daily routine. Consistency is key!

Supplemental support
Getting enough Vitamin B6, either through food or supplements will help boost serotonin levels, which will help to reduce anxiety naturally. If you’d like to take supplements, start with 100mg of B6 daily.

Or skip the pill, and make sure you’re eating organic, clean, grass-fed, pasture-raised animal protein. It’s a great source of vitamin B6 that you can add very easily to your shopping list.

Lay off the caffeine (we’re sorry)
Have you ever considered that caffeine could be contributing to your anxiety?

If you have the genetic mutation called CYP1A2, your liver metabolizes caffeine and eliminates it from your body slowly. If this is the case, you likely struggle with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or sleep disturbances, which are all estrogen-dominant conditions. Talk to your doctor about testing for this genetic mutation.

If eliminating coffee is a challenge, be sure to consume coffee after breakfast (with fat, fiber and protein). My go-to? Eggs, avocado with sweet potatoes.

Take care of your body.
Engaging your feminine energy is about creating and enjoying the experience of attaining your goals. It’s not about grinding it’s about aligning. For every 52 minutes of work, take a 17-minute break. It helps you retain the highest level of productivity over the span of a workday (work smarter, not harder). Make sure to stretch, go for a walk and get some fresh air.

Create boundaries with ease.
If your feeling overworked and victimized by all you have to accomplish, trust me when I tell you working harder is not the answer. Instant gratification often leads us to say “yes” to projects that don’t serve us.

Protect your energy by saying no to people or projects that distract you from your greater purpose. I invite you to let go of your need to control everything around you. Let go of the thought, “if I’m not the person doing it, things will never get done.”

Stretch Daily.
Take 10 mins every day to stretch. The benefits? It increases blood circulation, reduces stress (cortisol), and nourishes the nervous system.

Practicing yoga daily can help train your system to live mostly in your parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest). Focus on stretching your neck first and your spine second, so that fluid can flow easier to repair your nerves. To flush out cortisol, aim for 10 minutes of yoga in the morning, and 10 minutes before bed.

To calm anxiety we need to begin with a new paradigm of modeling healthy boundaries, strength, and compassion for ourselves, otherwise we are simply modeling stress, work addiction, scarcity, and self-neglect. Prioritize your self-care and remember your worth is not equal to your achievements. A life well lived is no longer determined by a pile of achievements but the rich experiences we choose to create on our way to success.

How to Nav.it: To help clear up internal clutter, ask yourself a few questions:
  • Stop the obsession.
  • What things do I obsess over that are out of my control?
  • Set boundaries.
  • What could I stop doing that would allow me to reclaim my power and my energy to invest in things that are actually in my control?
  • Let go of what doesn’t serve you.
  • What would it feel like to surrender control in the areas that don’t serve me?
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Erin Papworth
12 days ago

Leveling Up Personal Finances for Women

#women
money
I coach women about the wealth mindset. This coaching on personal finances for women has brought me a number of realizations, but the one that stands out most: women rock at managing money, they just don’t know it yet. 

That why I love the phrase financial feminist. It’s all about women having confidence. Saying to the world, I am a woman and I am worthy. I ...
I coach women about the wealth mindset. This coaching on personal finances for women has brought me a number of realizations, but the one that stands out most: women rock at managing money, they just don’t know it yet. 

That why I love the phrase financial feminist. It’s all about women having confidence. Saying to the world, I am a woman and I am worthy. I am a woman and I deserve access to wealth and financial equality. I am a woman, and I am essential to a healthy economy. I am a woman, and I deserved to be paid. 

When I coach women about money management, a common thread of self-doubt emerges. In general, women are not great braggers. In fact, self-promoting statements are often started with, ‘I’m not bragging, I’m just saying…’ (and this is not a strong way to begin a conversation about salary negotiations with your boss!). 

So here are what I’d call the levels of personal finances for women (and really anyone in general, but these are my clientele) so that you can successfully say, I’m nav.ing my money, I’m a #financialfeminist, and I am not afraid to say it it (hello, mindset shift).

Level 1: Live within your means
In coaching sessions, I’ve had women start our conversations by telling me they don’t know anything about money but then they proceed to list how they hit all of the big money management boxes: 
  • They don’t spend more than they make (they save). 
  • They are very conscious spenders (they look for deals and try to shop local). 
  • They pay off their credit cards in full each month to avoid accrued interest payments. 
  • They avoid debt (and are trying to pay off their school loans as fast as possible). 
As a financial coach – that’s what I call rocking it. And if you’re not quite there yet, it’s pretty simple to set up a budget with the Nav.it app that identifies your lifestyle goals along with some realistic financial goals.

Level 2: Investing–making your money work for you. 
But, in order to invest our money wisely, we need the confidence to take the investment risks that are right for our situation and to understand how our investments will work for us. That comes with some reading, potentially a few discussions with your boss babe friends (bonus if they’re financial advisors) and maybe even using one of these apps.

Level 3: Confidence is queen.
Like I said, when I coach on personal finances for women, it appears there is a lack of confidence because we’re always comparing ourselves to men. Time. To. Stop. That.

In fact, Asian women statistically have higher self-esteem because their benchmark of success is other woman. When you see another woman succeed it makes you believe your success is achievable. That’s why women supporting women, women championing other women, women celebrating other women’s wins, only benefits us all (#shinetheory). 
 
It’s our time, ladies. We are making more money these days than ever before. We are becoming more educated than our male counterparts. In terms of overall investment loss, we tend to be better investors because we take less risk and stay in when the going gets tough. We are traditionally more collaborative than competitive. We want our spending to reflect our ideals. 
 
All this to say: we don’t have (and shouldn’t) to do it the way the boys do. 
They haven’t been thinking about us as they’ve built their empires, so let’s pave our own way! We can compete equally in the financial world and we can do it on our own terms. We can manage our own money and grow our own wealth. Financial Feminists believe women’s access to money and wealth is not only essential to move our society forward, but that when women have full participation in the labor market and wealth management, our society becomes more innovative, more creative and more equitable. Here’s to the future! 
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Erin Papworth
10 months ago

For Love of Women

#feminism
#women
#africa
#empowerment
#sisterhood
#femininespirit
In the U.S., the concept of “grit” is often touted as an important part of success. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, where I lived for 13 years, the ability to show resilience and tenacity in the face of hardship is not conceptual, or optional. I started to truly understand the commonality and strength of humanity, and the insane strength of women in particular, because I was...
In the U.S., the concept of “grit” is often touted as an important part of success. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, where I lived for 13 years, the ability to show resilience and tenacity in the face of hardship is not conceptual, or optional. I started to truly understand the commonality and strength of humanity, and the insane strength of women in particular, because I was afforded the opportunity to travel the world and end up where I did. 

It is hard to find the right words to explain the experiences I’ve had or the people I’ve met; the phenomenal women I’ve had the honor to know --who have been born into a shared time but a place that is a world apart from everything I thought I knew.

Universally, when it comes to women -- you may not understand them, but you know them. You know them in your hearts because somewhere inside, you are them. 

You have the same characteristics they exhibit. You are determined, get angry, worry about the future and your children. You crave community and seek agency. Your life has demanded you exhibit an array of traits --academic excellence, endless self-reflection, emotional analysis and the ability to negotiate your intimate relationships.  

You may not be tasked with protecting your children from war or finding any way possible to feed your family because of food scarcity, but others are, and you would rise to the occasion if you had to, just like them. 

When I reflect on a story that describes my experiences, the first that comes to mind is about a childbirth I assisted one dark night in a remote region in the northwest corner of Central African Republic. I had no business being in the room as I was the logistician and responsible for supplies and staff for Doctors Without Borders (MSF in French), not healthcare delivery.  But there were only three members of MSF based in that village, and the two male African nurses needed extra hands. It’s surreal to look back on now, ten years later, and after my own childbirth experience in a pristine western hospital equipped with oxygen and epidurals.

But there is a purity in that night; a woman giving birth under the cloak of darkness. No drugs, no electricity, two headlamps, a kerosene lamp and forceps ushering in a beautiful new human life. The nurses made sure she and her baby survived, while I stood by her head, a lost, useless wreck, holding her hand and blotting her forehead, wondering if I should be doing more. 

She came to us because she had been displaced from her village due to the rebel activity in the region. I didn’t know where the father was or if he was still alive. I vaguely remember her mother or an auntie accompanying her. I didn’t know how she had come to that tiny town surrounded by Chadian troops to the west and French legionnaires to the south. I couldn’t understand her language. I couldn’t help physically, aside from moving the light in whatever way the nurses directed and handing them equipment.  I didn’t know how to get the baby out safely or make sure she didn’t bleed out. 

All I really could do was hold space for her in that instinctive way a woman does for another, willing the Feminine spirit in her to assist her body to do what it was designed to do. She barely cried out, she suffered and groaned in composed, resilient dignity. She gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl.

I learned the next day she named her Erin, after the foreign woman who stood by her as she brought her daughter into the world. I saw her one more time after that and then she and the baby were gone.  

I don’t know why I tell that story now, if only to relive it for myself. Perspective and time make stories more profound and help you find new truths in the cobwebbed recesses of your mind. And it reminds me -- when my life seems complicated, when I am mentally stressed or when I am in pain --  that I am never really alone. 



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