Anxiety + Social Media

Last week I did a poll on Instagram and asked the dreaded question… “How many of you get anxiety from social media?”  Then I went on with my day at work and forgot to check in.  About 6 hours later, I popped back on Instagram and I was overwhelmed with the response.  I had over 30 messages about how much social media is stressing people out.  From all sorts people. Young, old, influencers, business owners.  And the response was all the same.  That each person felt the need to “keep up” and it caused them constant anxiety on a daily basis.

How is it that one little app can have so much control over us?

With the constant need for more in our society, there is no wonder there is such a draw.  I go through my phases where I am completely addicted and then times where I can barely even stand it.  I go through a roller coaster of emotions too. Some days it makes me motivated and excited and other days depressed and feeling less than.  Anyone else feel the same?  If you are right there with me, it’s totally normal.  Almost all of my colleagues and friends go through this.

I’m preparing a workshop soon for this very topic, but in the meantime, I have decided to take a serious 10-day digital detox starting this weekend.  No Facebook, No Instagram.  I can almost feel myself relaxing simply saying it out loud. I encourage clients to take digital detoxes as often as possible.  So often, we miss what’s right in front of us because we are lost in our phone.  Or so focused on getting that photo just right that we ignore the people we are with. Actually, I have a great story like this that prompted my detox.

Last week was my 36th birthday.  I woke up in a great mood feeling rested and refreshed.  I wanted to make the perfect satisfying breakfast so I decided on a Food for life gluten free English muffin - one side sweet with almond butter and blueberries, one side savory with avocado and crushed red pepper.  I was excited to start eating it and then I stopped and reminded myself that I should take a picture of it for instagram.  In the midst of trying to get the perfect lighting, I dropped the plate right on the ground.  Dammit!  My perfect birthday breakfast ruined all because I needed a stupid picture. I was pretty pissed and then I realized it was a definite sign.  A sign that I was so lost into the iPhone world that I wasn’t even enjoying life’s simple pleasures, even on my birthday!

And so the detox begins!

I met with my marketing manager Lindsay Cumming to discuss the strategy for the detox and how to use my time wisely.  I hadn’t written a blog in over six months or worked on my meal plan recipe books at all.  She said, “Why don’t you write a blog about why you are doing the detox?”  This is why I pay her the big bucks folks!  She knows how to reign in my right brain.

As I write this blog, I realize that taking a 10-day detox is all fine and dandy but what do you do during and after to avoid the build up of anxiety all over again. Well… let's break it down.


Create a plan of action

Meeting with marketing coach always saves me because she helps me create a plan, however you do not need a coach to set intentions. Always start with the “why.”  Why are you doing this?  Why is this needed?  By setting your intention of the detox, you can become more clear of what you may have been missing out on.  After you figure out the why, write out a couple action steps of things you’d like to accomplish in this time and hold yourself accountable.  Or better yet, grab a friend to do it with and hold each other accountable.

Get sh*t done

Do you ever have a list of things that you want to get to do “someday?”  Well guess what… today is the day!  With all the free time you’ll accumulate from not scrollin’ and trollin’, you can try a new workout class or finally clean out the dreaded junk drawer.  Or maybe connect with friends you’ve been meaning to get a hold of and have an engaging social media free lunch.

Create nightly rituals

One of my favorite ways that I teach my clients to reduce anxiety (and use myself too) is to create nightly rituals.  They help you sleep better, reduce stress on the body, and help you restore your immune system.  Think warm epsom salt baths or foam rolling, light stretches, warm tea, or journaling.  Creating these rituals will keep you away from the mind numbing stimulation of social media too!


Have you ever been on a 21-day cleanse or diet and all you can think about it the 22nd day where your gonna go ham on a double cheese pizza? Same!  This can be the same for the digital detox too.  You’ll most likely be counting down the days to get back on or immediately go back to old habits as soon as it’s over, unless you can set some boundaries on it prior to jumping back on.  In all aspects of life, we are trying to create healthy relationships, why not create one with your phone too.

Limit your daily usage

If you have done the iOS update on your iphone, there is a tab in settings called screen time.  You can visibly see where you are spending most of your time (it’s scary) and adjust as needed.  There is also a great app called Moment that will track this for you too.  If it’s hard for you to control it simply by seeing how much you are on it, you could set a timer before you jump on and stick to it so you can go on to other things.

Be in the moment

Before you pull out your phone, think about if it’s absolutely necessary. If you are out to lunch with a friend or with your partner, do you really need the photo of the gluten free bolognese or can you bypass and engage with the person you are with and enjoy it.  No one will die if you do not post about it.

Have a cut off time

My cut off time for social media is 7:30pm.  At the very least 3 hours before bed because the blue light from the phone can be so stimulating that it can disrupt sleep.  I’ll usually eat dinner and then catch up really quick one last time after that.  Then I’ll plug in my phone on the charger and walk away for the night.  “Cue the nightly rituals now.”

If you are struggling with anxiety and having a hard time getting ahead of it, please do not hesitate to reach out. I would love to connect with you. Book a complimentary consultation here.


XO Jaclyn Renee  


5 simple ways to detox the body

The body has the ability to naturally detox everyday. However, harmful environmental toxins, common allergies, and chemicals in our food have made it harder for the body to perform. When the body does not flush toxins properly it can back up in our organs and intestines, thus causing inflammation in the body. We become bloated, feel irritable, get rashes or even acne as a way for the body to signal that something has gone array. We think, "I'm just going to juice for 5 days, or I'm going to workout everyday, twice a day, to get back on track." The problem is, those things will not help with long-term success and may end up hurting more in the end.

If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, or simply have been overindulging a bit more lately, it may be time to try detoxing your body.  These home remedies are easy, inexpensive ways to get the blood flowing and the organs flushing. Plus, you can still eat food! I do always recommend staying away from excess sugar and alcohol and drinking tons of water while choosing any of these options. They are all very safe for you and have many benefits. Set yourself up for a home spa detox weekend and try them all.


1. Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a technique in which you use a high grade skin brush in small circles, starting at your ankles, and covering all the skin working towards your heart. Work your way up your legs to you arms, chest, stomach, and back. This will stimulate the lymphatic system which is a great way to eliminate toxins. Your lymphatic system is responsible  for eliminating cellular waste products and if not working properly will cause a build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. This is just one of the many benefits of dry brushing. The list goes on to increase circulation, reduce cellulite, relieve stress, and improve digestion and kidney function. My favorite one is from Dirty Girl Farm. I do it for about 2-3 minutes before my shower everyday. It's so invigorating and a great detox habit to be addicted to.


2. Home Hydrotherapy (hot/cold showers)

Your skin is your body's largest and fastest growing organ. Your skin is your protective coat and barrier between disease and germs coming in and eliminating toxins out. We take care of our skin by cleansing and moisturizing, but what about detoxing it? Try your own little spa experience at home with alternating hot and cold showers. The hot water has relaxing properties, will soothe stress and open the pores. The quick jolt of cold water right after will aid in the elimination of toxins and reduce inflammation in the body. Together it helps to improve circulation and makes your skin glow. This can be done any time you take a shower and is a quick way to detox you from feeling sluggish.

3. Foam Roll

If you aren't familiar with what a foam roller is, you can look one up and purchase one right here or you can pick one up at your local sporting goods store. A foam roller is used to stretch out your muscles before and after a workout or even after a stressful day. When you workout really hard or are under a bunch of stress it builds fascia in your muscles. The foam roller works to remove the build up and recover muscles more quickly than just stretching alone. It also helps improve flexibility and reduce stress. Try it everyday for 5 minutes at night and note the difference in your body at the end of the week. You can look up some videos on YouTube about how to properly foam roll your body.

4. Have "a" green juice

You don't have to juice all day, every day, for 5 days straight to experience the benefits of juicing. Just one green juice as a meal replacement is enough to send forceful signals to your organs to start eliminating toxins. Choose juices with ginger and lemon for their anti-inflammatory properties and cleansing effects.

Try my Liver detox green smoothie!

5. Eat Soluble Fiber

Most Americans do not reach the amount of recommended dosage of fiber a day. Women should consume around 25 grams of fiber a day and men should come in around 38 grams a day. Fiber helps keep waste moving through your intestines and aids in elimination of toxins through the liver. It also helps to boost the good bacteria in your gut to keep everything healthy and running smoothly. Eating fibrous foods will also keep you full longer, so you are less likely to go looking for sweet or salty snacks later. Try adding some oats, lentils, beans, dark leafy vegetables, or fruits to your diet to get the amount you need. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help digest these foods.

XO Jaclyn Renee


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5 yoga postures to ease anxiety and digestion

Everything in the universe in within you. Ask all from yourself.
— Rumi, a favorite quote from my featured guest Soojin Kim

Many people are familiar with the popular term mind-body connection, such as a "gut feeling" or an intuition, but how much do we know about the brain-gut connection? With this I am referring to experiencing distress in the gut and it linking completely to how you think, act, or react to situations. This is your second brain triggering in your gut. According to the Harvard Medical School, the brain has a direct effect on your stomach and vice versa. Thus, linking much of anxiety or stress to constipation, bloating, gas, etc.. Basically, these issues go hand and hand and to really resolve these chronic symptoms we must challenge ourselves to find peace mentally to find success physically.

When I sat down with one of my favorite yoga teachers Soojin Kim of  Citizen Yoga, I wanted to dive in with her on this topic and to get her take on the brain-gut connection. Although she has only been teaching yoga for 4 years, she is wise beyond her years. Her approach to yoga comes from a healing aspect and every posture or movement has a purpose. She focuses on the hips, unwinding digestion and elongating the spine. We discussed the intentions of yoga, health, food and many other topics of healing the body holistically. Her connection with yoga comes from the root of medicine, Ayurveda. 

Ayurveda Is India's 5,000-year-old medical system and preaches the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. It is the key to curing disease by balancing the body's three fundamental energies, or doshas (vata, pitta, kappa) and an equally vital balance among body, mind, and soul or consciousness. The body, if given the opportunity, will always heal itself, so she encourages to look inside for the answers and work with your body, not against it.  
What is your dosha?

Soojin taught me one of the most important parts of healing both digestive and anxiety in Ayurveda medicine is through breath, Ujjayi, and a daily yoga practice. Like me, she had suffered chronic digestive issues too and found the daily practice of both coupled with some dietary changes to be the ultimate path to her success. Since meeting with Soojin, I have been practicing the postures and have seen great relief. I feel calmer on a daily basis and my head feels more clear to make creative decisions. I also feel longer, leaner, and less tense in my neck and shoulders. The breath has also taught me patience, which has made me a better listener. Follow her guide below and you will instantly see relief after. 

It all start with the breath. Ujjayi - ocean breath. 

Find yourself a quiet environment with no distractions. Sit on a blanket or a block so your hips are higher than you knees. Keep your hands light in your lap or on your knees and your shoulders down your back. Keep you eyes, jaw, and tongue relaxed and with that take 3 deep cleansing breaths by inhaling through your nose and a big relieving exhale through your mouth. Close your mouth. On the next inhale through your nose imagine that you are breathing in through a straw and as you exhale through your nose take the breath down the back of the throat. Let the exhale continue down the spine to the low belly until you feel like you cannot exhale anymore. Pause at emptiness. Feel low belly hug, or tone in, without forcing it. Start your next inhale from low belly where you finished the breath and continue in that circular motion. As you build the breath it should start to sound like the ocean. Just like that, soft and easy, continue the breath for about 5-10 minutes.

Posture #1 - Reclined Butterfly - Supta bad konasana

This posture is both restorative and a gentle hip opener. In Ayurveda, we find balance by incorporating the opposite. If you experience symptoms like heartburn, gas, and diarrhea most like pitta dosha does, you will find relief here. If you are an extremely active person or tend to run hot, this pose can counter that by sending signals to the nervous system and prompting it to relax and feel grounded. If you are a vata dosha, then it would be better to fold foward in butterfly to release gas and to warm the body as vatas are often chilled.

Lie on your back with a vertical blanket along your spine, feet are together and knees are wide. Start with blocks under the thighs to support you and if you have more space you can remove them.  Keep your heart and 3rd chakra lifted which is where you will find self-worth and confidence. Stay in this posture for 5-10 minutes keeping focus on your Ujjayi breath. 


Posture #2 - Supported bridge - Setu bandha sarvangasana

This posture is also soothing to the nervous system. If you are fast reacting or anxious, this pose will help cool the body. Pitta dosha tends to get hot quickly.  Back-bends lift the diaphragm while creating length in the abdomen easing digestive discomfort.. When we experience digestive issues, we connect it to the mind as well. Grounding postures like bridge will keep the nervous system calm and release the digestive strain. keeping the chin tucked to the chest in this pose will help stimulate the thyroid and regulate your metabolism.

Lie on your back. Bend knees and place feet flat, hip-width apart. Place a block or blanket under your low back above your glute pack. For the advanced version, skip the support and lock your hands under you body. Tuck your chin to chest, relax your jaw and breath in this posture for 1-3 minutes.

Posture #3 - Seated twist - Ardha matsyendrasan

This posture is helpful for toning the low belly and creating fire. Kapha dosha, who have slow digestion, will find that seated twists help ignite the fire from within and aid in the removal of toxins, constipation, and gas. These symptoms can bring on irritability or a feeling of being energetically heavy. Regular abdominal twists will help keep the fire going and spark the metabolism. It will also help to generate circulation easing chronic digestion and improving lung capacity. . 

Sit on the floor with legs straight out in front of you. Bend right leg and place over left leg close to the knee. Place right hand close to your right hip and left elbow over your right knee. Lengthen your torso on the inhale and twist the belly on the exhale. Keep ocean breath going and stay here for 1 minute. For the advanced version you can swing the left  foot towards the right hip.

Posture #4 - Revolved triangle - Parivrtta Trikonasana

This posture will lengthen the esophagus helping to relieve heartburn or or gas build-up. Similar to the seated twist, the triangle will also massage the organs as well as create bloodflow and circulation.  This standing posture lifts the diaphragm as well as lengthen the esophagus towards the top of the stomach. This is wonderful to alleviate acidity and feelings of anxiousness or worry.

Stand with left foot about 3 feet in front of the right. Left foot will be facing forward and right foot will be on a slight angle,  Place right hand on a block or you can use books if needed. (something stable) Start with left hand out to your side. When you feel comfortable there, you can advance to lift the left arm in line with the shoulder and open the chest. Hug towards the spine, yet lengthen the body. Again, stay here for about 1-3 minutes maintaining the breath. 


Posture #5 - Suported shoulder stand - Salamba Sarvangasana

Iversions are most beneficial for the heart. Lifting your feet overhead creates a rush of blood back to the heart, relaxing and slowing the heart beat. This is great for a sudden bout of anxiety, If you are experiencing heartburn or running hot, start with some of the other poses first to cool the body and then finish with an inversion. Ending here, for pitta, will help calm irritability. Like the seated twist, this pose is helpful for Kapha dosha, or slow digestion, and will relieve constipation. Also, bringing the chin to the chest again will help stimulate the thyroid. Since inversions also help with a reduced appetite and insomnia, the vata dosha can benefit from this posture as well since they tend to live very busy lives and have inconsistent sleeping and eating habits.

Lie on the floor and place a blanket under the shoulders. Lift feet over head and place hands on your low back creating a strong shelf.  Draw chin towards chest and keep your breath moving. If you feel comfortable here and want to challenge yourself more, take your feet slowly behind you head.. You can also do one foot at a time.

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If you find yourself having random bouts of digestive issues or are starting to feel anxious, the best thing is to stop what you are doing and take breath. Even just a few minutes in any situation can help calm the nervous system and restore your mind. If you are experiencing chronic issues everyday, I would recommend practicing this flow on a daily basis. If you are new to yoga and want to learn more, check out Soojin's basics class at Citizen yoga in Detroit on Wednesdays at 8pm. If you are slightly more advanced, check out her Monday/Friday slow flow at 11:15. You will be floating after it!

As always, along with this practice and the Ayurvedic way, we can use food as medicine. Toxic triggers like sugar, alcohol, and caffeine only play into anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and chronic fatigue. Steer clear from these as much as possible when healing your body and reach for dark leafy greens, raw nuts, and healthy oils like ghee and coconut oil to soothe your condition and find relief fast.

XO Jaclyn Renee


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