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    Have you ever felt like Mel Brooks in Spaceballs? I have. Not long ago I was commuting between London & NYC, locked out of my London apartment, putting out fires on two continents, fixing issues my publishing house created, jet lagged, over coffee-ed, under slept and &lsquoludicrously&rsquo stressed when I broke down on my friend&rsquos shoulder crying. &ldquoLauren,&rdquo he said. I looked up, last night&rsquos pre red-eye mascara streaming down my face, hoping for some words of inspiration, or at the very least a stiff drink, when he continued, &ldquoYour jeans are on backwards.&rdquo Yes, he was in fact correct - my jeans were on backwards. How I managed to do that, I do not know, but it did hit me that I had a massive Mental STD, or Stressfully Transmitted Disease, as I discussed with Dr. Oz. Stress and Anxiety put our adrenal glands into 'ludicrous speed,&rsquo as they say in Spaceballs, producing and releasing adrenaline and cortisol, and can ultimately create adrenal fatigue, something I know far too well. A healthy adrenal system is critical to a strong immune system, hence our focus on it in Week 2 of our #RETOX IMMUNE BOOST. 👊hhtp://eepurl.com/cD0JCP 👊🏻Take a look at my tips for managing adrenal fatigue in our mailing list and in my book, and let&rsquos cure our Mental STDs together. xx, Lauren

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    Are you more stressed out than usual? So is everyone!! Try my tricks to combat &lsquoMental STDs&rsquo as I call them in my book, RETOX, & on videos on RETOX.yoga - @dr_oz even approved them. And thanks to @teenvogue for bring the issue + #RETOX solutions to light! 💙#RETOXselflove
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    I TRUST CHANGE.

    I don&rsquot know about you - but uncertainty feels like the norm these days. Not knowing what&rsquos next, what&rsquos around the corner, who to trust or even who - or how - to be. The other day I found myself longing for the days when things were just stable, chill, and coooool. You know - not boring and predictable - but more certain. 

     The funny thing is, I can&rsquot remember the last time I went through such a period. From a couple days after my honeymoon in 2013 until February of this year, every single Monday my husband and I were told we were moving across the Atlantic Ocean in one direction or another by the following Monday. ie Every week I did not even know where I would be living the next week. Seriously.

     The thing is, there is no such thing as an unchanging thing. Everything is always changing all of the time, much like the clouds above you now. Sometimes it looks like a rabbit, other times a donut, other times a beautiful blob. It all shifts and changes all the time, much like the you of 2 paragraphs ago is different from the you of now. 

     That said, uncertainty and change often makes us feel like we are dangling, caught between anxiety and fear until, and if, we actually know what&rsquos next. Which is why I have some simple RETOX tips for you on this video, and in the Dangling Woman Chapter of my book

    Watch the vid, take a look at the foods that can help you ground down during this period of uncertainty, and above all, say to yourself - I TRUST CHANGE.

     Trust me, the change will pass, just like the clouds in the sky. 

     xx,

     Lauren 

     PS - Here is our latest RETOX MUSIC MIX to help you rock through the change! Just pair it to one of our 28 at home yoga videos on RETOX.YOGA !

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    Sick of sitting at the desk? Wish you were on a beach? We all are, and we all do.  Let ex Wall Streeter Lauren Imparato give you realistic and DOABLE tips to get you through the work day. She sat there from 5AM -10PM for 7 years, and can help you like no other.  From yoga poses at the desk that don&rsquot make you look weird to foods from the cafeteria, to a meditation practice you can do with your eyes open when your boss is yelling at you - RETOX is the solution.

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    Is Social Media Stealing Your Christmas?

    Christmas comes at the same time every year.   At least that’s what my mom says.  Oddly,  the majority of society gets so stressed out around the holidays that they often forget to enjoy this time of year, and even worse, inadvertently stress the rest of us out more.  It’s epic Mental STD time, as I call it in my upcoming book, RETOX.

    What people do not realize, though, is that the majority of this stress and anxiety, the core of #RETOX ‘Stressfully Transmitted Diseases,’ is not coming from the holidays themselves – those are just cheery.  It is actually coming from… your phone.

    Yes my fellow holiday elves, your phone is probably stressing you out more than you realize. I know that you think that shopping on it is making your life easier, and instagramming all the cute mittens and candy canes means you are connecting with your friends and family, but that gadget in your hands is actually the Grinch that stole your Christmas.

    First of all, while your face is down on the screen you are missing the celebrations of life actually going on around you.  Who cares what @sexyfitness1etc had for lunch or how she looks in her too tight cocktail dress.  What matters is what is happening right in front of you, and I bet that is pretty, and good.

    Second of all, and please don’t ever tell the big box retailers I said this, but the holidays have nothing to actually do with the material gift they instead have everything to do with the people you want to give the too.

    Third, what makes the holidays amazing are all the gatherings of people you love, physically in one place.  If you keep your face on social media, sure, you are connecting with your virtual friends, but you can do that all year long. You don’t get more than one chance a year to wear your ugly Christmas sweater and hear peoples lives and feel their smiles when you walk the room.

    Fourth, you actually do not own the experience you are having on your phone.  They do. And by they I mean the litany of digital marketing agencies and companies plummeting you with advertisements, edited social media feeds, and data that you do not actually need, let alone want.  They are telling you what to look at, and from there, how to feel.  I am willing to bet that as studies tell us, you never feel quite jolly after a peruse on your cell…

    So what’s the #RETOX holiday solution?

    1.  Limit your social media time to two checks max a day, and ABOVE ALL do not check your phone while at a dinner or cocktail party, or while walking down a beautiful street of lights.

    2. Consider NOT taking that picture.  The brain actually remembers things better when you do not take a picture of it – probably why the elderly can tall you detail packed stories but you can’t remember what you had for lunch yesterday.   Take the majority of photos with your mind, not your phone, this holiday season.

    3.  With all this time not staring at a screen, look up at the sky or the pretty lights and let your mind wander.  You will probably come up with the one perfect gift for that person you love, something with true meaning and emotional value.  Shucks, you may even make it with your own two hands as opposed to clicking for it with your thumbs.

    4. Say thank you.  Once a day say thank you to this world that is so beautiful, to your family members that are probably stressing you out but actually just love you, to your colleagues who create the team that supports your work.  One simple thank you a day, in your mind or out loud, will serve as an anecdote to grinchness.

    5. Enjoy it!  Christmas does only come once a year, and it is a great time. Eat, drink, dance, go out and HAVE FUN.  Without the guilt or whining.  You will feel refreshed come January if you let yourself relish in everything the holidays, the real 3 dimensional holidays, have to offer.

    Ho ho hoing!

    Lauren

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