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Pain Doesn’t Always Originate from Where It Hurts

by Danielle Ratliff Published in Cornelius Lakeside Living Magazine November 2019. The human body is pretty incredible. When everything is working well, we go about our daily lives not even realizing the gift of pain-free movement. However, when we push ourselves to our limits or hold our bodies in less than ideal postures, we can experience pain. I bet you might even be holding yourself in an unfavorable posture while reading this article … head tilted down, upper back slumped over, and shoulders rounded forward. When we continue these patterns, our muscles can become tight and constricted. We might feel stiff and achy. Our muscles can develop “trigger points,” which are spots along the tight muscles that are the most sensitive and painful. Blood flow can become restricted around the trigger points or they can interfere with nerve function. Sometimes the nerve interference is so intense that the nerve is “pinched” or compressed. Intense pain is more common in these cases and often pain will “shoot into” or be felt in other areas of the body. This phenomenon of [...]

By |2020-01-22T03:04:37+00:00January 22nd, 2020|

Letting Go of Stress Through Acceptance

An unexpected work assignment with a short deadline. 5 o’clock traffic with tailgaters. Your preschooler throwing a tantrum because you cut their sandwich in thirds instead of quarters. This is everyday life. Circumstances mostly out of our control. Inconveniences that can send us into a downward spiral when our stress tolerance is low. The death of a family member. A cancer diagnosis. Job loss due to downsizing. Unexpected traumas. Understandably more difficult to navigate than the day to day inconveniences, but still circumstances mostly outside of our control. Often when I write about stress management, I share practical tips. Things like scheduling self-care in your calendar and prioritizing that time slot like a meeting with your boss … even if your self-care appointment is a bath with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil. This piece is different. Instead of practical tips, I am sharing the concept of acceptance. Accepting that stressful situations and the resulting emotions are 100% normal could be just the mindset shift that makes a difference. I’m not downplaying fear, grief, sadness, frustration and anxiety, especially when [...]

By |2020-01-22T01:06:06+00:00January 21st, 2020|

Ep 38: Addicted to Busy

Are you addicted to busyness? In Episode 38 of "Serenity Now with Danielle" (my first recording in 11 weeks), I challenge you to think about whether or not you are "addicted to busy" like me. I know I was and I wore it like a badge of honor. It was part of my identity. I’ve made a lot of changes over the last year in regards to work-life balance. I stopped networking and saying yes to every social invite at the end of 2018. In June, I stepped back from my role as a weekly talk radio show/podcast host and only recorded new shows sporadically as I felt inspired. But it wasn’t until I stepped back from my role as a massage therapist here to just run Serenity Now as an owner that my work hours decreased to a traditional 40-hour work week. And as I suddenly had more time for myself, there was an epiphany moment … I was unconsciously using my busyness as an avoidance strategy. Underneath everything, there were buried emotions I didn’t want to acknowledge. [...]

By |2019-09-12T19:11:40+00:00September 12th, 2019|

Ep 37: Expression vs Suppression – Releasing Toxicity & Allowing Healing

Sandra Stewart is a national board certified naturopath with 20 years of experience. She explained homotoxicology and the concept of allowing our bodies express and release toxicities instead of simply covering up symptoms. Sandra also shared some practical tips for anxiety including how to do a “vagus nerve reset." Her naturopathic practice, Life-Thyme Solutions, is a safe space in Cornelius, NC designed to help and support a wide variety of life traumas both physical and mental, through natural and holistic methods. She will be offering $75 off of an initial consultation with the code SERENITY. Appointments can be made online at www.life-thyme.com. Her "Be The Healer" and free morning routine courses are available through her website as well. How to Complete a Vagus Nerve Reset for Anxiety - When you are feeling an anxious you can lay down with your hands behind your head and look straight at the ceiling. Without moving your head having your eyes move all the way to the right as far as they can and hold for 30 seconds. Look back to the ceiling [...]

By |2019-10-24T11:02:20+00:00June 27th, 2019|

Ep 36: Recognizing & Overcoming Burnout

If you are feeling exhausted and wondering if you’re experiencing burnout, I encourage you to listen to this week’s show. I discuss some of the signs of burnout, share practical tips for overcoming it and reveal how I have implemented the same tips to find better work-life balance. The ironic thing is that as I was preparing for this show, I realized that I am still working through a bit of burnout myself and needed to continue scaling back my commitments for my own work-life balance. So, I made a big decision this week. While I have loved being an on-air host radio with WSIC, I am stepping down and will be producing the Serenity Now show on my own as a podcast instead. This will give me more flexibility and I will be able to record when I feel inspired versus being committed to a weekly show schedule. I have a guest lined up at the end of June and we will record that show at the station, but otherwise, the rest of my shows will be produced [...]

By |2019-10-24T11:02:19+00:00June 14th, 2019|

Ep 35: Hope & Healing with Safe Alliance

I learned about Safe Alliance five or six years ago and was immediately drawn to their mission because of my own history as a sexual assault survivor. They are doing wonderful things in the Lake Norman and Charlotte community for individuals impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, and I knew that I wanted to feature them as my last charity spotlight before transitioning 100% to practical tips and topics related to stress and overwhelm. Tenille Banner, Director of Volunteer Relations discusses Safe Alliance's mission, services provided and tips for those who have been impacted by trauma. Most importantly, she provides a reminder that survivors are not alone and there is hope for healing. To learn more about volunteering or donating, visit www.safealliance.org. Their confidential Greater Charlotte Hope Line is available 24/7 for info on parenting, domestic violence and sexual assault at (980) 771-4673. Social Media Links: Danielle - Instagram www.instagram.com/joyfulrising & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle Serenity Now Massage Therapy - Instagram www.instagram.com/serenitynowLKN & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle

By |2019-10-24T11:02:19+00:00June 7th, 2019|

Ep 34: How to Say No When You’re an Over-Committed People Pleaser

I used to say yes to almost everything because I thought I should. I had wrapped my identity in people pleasing and being an over-achieving workaholic. It turns out that's not so great for one's mental and physical health - it's a recipe for stress and overwhelm. I've since learned how to say no to the things that don't bring me joy or propel me towards my goals, so this week's show focuses on what brought me to this point in my life. I also share the practical steps that helped me start saying no and scaling back my commitments. Social Media Links: Danielle - Instagram www.instagram.com/joyfulrising & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle Serenity Now Massage Therapy - Instagram www.instagram.com/serenitynowLKN & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle

By |2019-10-24T11:02:19+00:00May 30th, 2019|

Ep 33: Disconnecting from Technology to Connect with Yourself & Others

Today's technology is amazing, but I believe the constant distraction of texts, emails, and social media can sometimes prevent us from connecting with ourselves and others. This week's radio show is a deep dive into my how my phone and laptop were affecting my mental and physical health in not so pleasant ways. I also share some practical tips that have allowed me to create disconnection time for myself and that may help if you are feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated by your devices. Social Media Links: Danielle - Instagram www.instagram.com/joyfulrising & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle Serenity Now Massage Therapy - Instagram www.instagram.com/serenitynowLKN & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle

By |2019-10-24T11:02:19+00:00May 23rd, 2019|

Ep 32: Are Your Gut, Adrenals & Thyroid Affecting Your Mental Health?

Dr. Lexi Lain is a Naturopathic Doctor, Owner of Summit Vitality in Davidson, North Carolina and my personal naturopath. She explained what naturopathic medicine entails and we discussed the relationship between our gut, adrenals and thyroid as they relate to mental health. Dr. Lain also provided some practical holistic tips for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and insomnia. To learn more about Dr. Lain, visit www.summitvitality.com and be sure to schedule your free 30 Minute Discovery Session if you are curious if naturopathic medicine may be beneficial to you. You can also follow her on social media at www.facebook.com/summitvitalitydavidson & www.instagram.com/drlexilain. Social Media Links: Danielle - Instagram www.instagram.com/joyfulrising & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle Serenity Now Massage Therapy - Instagram www.instagram.com/serenitynowLKN & Facebook www.facebook.com/joyfulrisingwithdanielle

By |2019-10-24T11:02:19+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Ep 31: Creating Your Game Plan for Better Sleep

Are you tossing and turning most nights? Are you waking up exhausted every day? Sleep is a foundation of health, so maybe it’s time to up level your sleep hygiene game. Greg Law, owner of Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture in Cornelius, North Carolina explains his game plan for better sleep. He shares some great tips including using the right bed gear, creating the right sleep environment, and the importance of limiting screen time, especially in the evening. Learn more about up leveling your sleep game with Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture at www.shopsweetdreams.com. Text SERENITYNOW directly through their website to claim your free travel pillow (limit of one free travel pillow per person, per household, per family) and 30% off any custom pillow (includes a personalized fitting in store).

By |2019-10-16T20:33:00+00:00May 2nd, 2019|