Saturday, July 22, 2017

Put Trust back in charge - my anti-anxiety morning ritual

How to Reduce Anxiety in the Morning

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

This morning I woke up with that feeling again. The raw pit of my stomach discomfort. It comes once in a while, the anxiety. I want to distract myself from it. The phone is in my hand before I realize it, poised to click on social media. Do I look at it or start my morning ritual? 

What Will Serve Me More? Distraction or Detox?

Here is my morning ritual - my way of putting to put self-trust back in charge. 

Part one: The night before. 

Every night I set myself up to succeed by getting to sleep on time. I also update my to-do list means I won't stay up late at night worrying I'll forget to do something the next day. 

Part two: The morning.

Every morning starts with the same decision - roll over and check my phone or start my morning ritual. If I check my phone, my brain is in charge, focusing on the needs of others in my email box and social media. If I start my morning ritual, my body and heart are in charge. I aim to complete my hydration, nourishment, meditation, exercise and setting my intentions before I connect with social media. 

Taking this time (less than an hour) to do things for myself instead of for others, sets the right tone for my day and allows me to be in touch with my feelings and what is most important before my anxiety is riled up by the needs and feelings of others.

What is your morning ritual?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekend Wisdom: Articles on Health and Wellness for Women over 40

Weekend Wisdom:
Articles on Health and Wellness for Women over 40

Are fitness classes the new clubbing / happy hour? (NYPost)

Can Yoga help delay cognitive decline? (Pacific Standard)

Kathy Bates asks a very important question: 'I don't have breasts, so why do I have to pretend I do?' (NZ Herald)

State report: Insurance type, income affect cancer survival (The Morning Call)

For some patients in the hospital, using Aromatherapy is better than adding another drug with possible interactions or side effects to their bodies (Penn Medicine)

Research has studied what happens to our immune system in the first hour after trauma (MedicalXpress)


Those clever Texans have some innovative ideas for staying cool and sleeping at night (My San Antonio)

The link between uncontrolled asthma and undiagnosed sleeping disorders (WMTV)

After just one sleepless night, we focus less on the positive (TechnologyNetworks)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Swollen, Bloated and Puffy book and Podcast give tips on reducing swelling in face and body after plastic surgery or lymphedema diagnosis

'Swollen, Bloated and Puffy' Book and Podcast

I am so proud of all the tip and tricks I put together all in one place for ladies who need to reduce swelling in their face and body after orthopedic, cancer and plastic surgery as well as lymphedema diagnosis! The Table of Contents includes:

Part 1 - What is Lymphatic Massage?

Chapter 1 - How to Have a Happy Lymphatic System

Part 2 - How to Reduce Swelling

Chapter 2 - What to Put On and In Your Face and Body to Reduce Swelling
Chapter 3 - What to Wear to Reduce Swelling
Chapter 4  - Let’s Use Gravity and our Muscles to Reduce Swelling
Chapter 5 - How to Use Breathing to Boost your Lymphatic System

Part 3 - Let’s Have a Woman to Woman Talk about Constipation and Incontinence

Chapter 6 - Bonus Chapter for Mothers and all Ladies over 40

Another BONUS: Have you Heard of This? & Why am I Swollen There?

Part 4 - Your Immune System

Chapter 7 - Worried Sick - How to Improve your Immune System
Chapter 8 - Seven Tips for Boosting Your Mood and Reducing Stress

Chapter 9 - If You are Nervous Before Surgery

Order your copy of the book on Amazon here: 

I have also started a podcast on giving quick tips every day on reducing swelling and improving our immune system. Listen here:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Testimonial Tuesday - Lymphatic Detox Massage

Testimonial Tuesday - How about a Lymphatic System Detox Massage?

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Arielle of SweatinSD fame on Instagram (Follow her here: LOVES to work out and was interested in seeing if the so-called detox effects of lymphatic drainage massage were real - even for a SUPER in shape girl like her. Here is her testimonial:

"Loved every second of Kathleen's massage. She's super attentive & explains everything in detail. The Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage felt like a full detox days later. The massage is definitely super light, yet beneficial. It's amazing what such small movements can do to detox your body. It's perfect for post surgery or any type of swelling. I'll definitely try it again!"

Let's learn more about how the lymphatic system works with the immune system:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Giving a Medal to a Future Marine in at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Giving a Medal to a Future Marine 

at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot

As a part of my duties as a member of the San Diego Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, I get to present medals to students in JROTC, ROTC and NJROTC in San Diego.

I spent the morning at a ceremony for the USNSCC Coronado Batallion and got to present one of the Cadets with a medal honoring his efforts as a Naval Sea Cadet. This young man announced he would be enlisting in the Marine Corps this summer.

San Diego is home to both the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, made famous in the classic movie Top Gun.

Linking to for Visible Monday.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend Wisdom: Articles on Health and Wellness for Women over 40

Weekend Wisdom:
 Articles on Health and Wellness for Women over 40

Stress-reducing tips for those who are chronically late (Greatist)

Do extremely happy people talk differently than the rest of us? (Inc)

Research behind why hiking is a good mind and body workout (Time) 

Go to the sea to heal - (Longevity)

Karlie Kloss shares what she brings on a plane ride - including compression leggings!) (Klossy)

It's not about living in the light 24/7, it's about reorienting ourselves and getting back there when we're thrown off by life  (Gabby Bernstein)


Could a little soul searching help cure insomnia? (PsychCentral)

Sleep deprived people eat more. Don't let lack of sleep ruin your healthy habits. (Ideafit)

Could a noisy bedroom affect male fertility (US News and World Report

Poor sleep and Alzheimers may be linked (Business Insider)

Alcohol negatively affects sleep - here are tips to lessen the effects (the bubbles one surprised me) (Huffpost)


Research finds that opiod use before knee replacement results in worse pain outcomes (Arthritis Digest)

Dr. Herbst's advice on compression and receiving Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Dercum's Disease (LipomaDoc

I said WOW!

This one surprised me: is Bhutan's "gross national happiness" just a marketing ploy?
(Bold Italic)

I expected this one : Instagram Food Is a Sad, Sparkly Lie (Eater)

My new favorite aromatherapy study - testing out scents in the NYC subway (Chicago Tribune)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to get ' free ' ice packs and a cooler for your next beach BBQ or camping trip

If you use Amazon Fresh - use this BBQ / Camping Hack

by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

I first discovered Amazon Fresh when I was giving massage to a lady in La Jolla after her tummy tuck. I love the service, but never thought about which day I should have the food delivered, until this weekend! I hope you enjoy this hack! 

View my How To video here:

Put Trust back in charge - my anti-anxiety morning ritual

How to Reduce Anxiety in the Morning by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT This morning I woke up with that feeling again. The raw pit of my ...