Self-Care for Today's Times

Leigh Ann Lipscomb

Leigh Ann Lipscomb, Ph.D.

We begin today with the story of a woman who has graciously agreed for me to share her experience. The information is factual, but her name has been changed to protect her confidentiality. Mariah lives in Chico and is in her early fifties. Early in 2020, she experienced lack of motivation, a general sense of uneasiness, and an inability, at times, to see and appreciate the good things in her life. These issues have bothered Mariah before, and she described having them as early as 11 years old. Now, given current events, Mariah’s issues were particularly pronounced. Over the course of several weeks, Mariah was able to address these and feel considerably better.

Mariah’s healing process involved a four-fold strategy of energy work, starting a meditation practice, getting regular aerobic exercise, and taking supplements to remove key nutritional deficiencies.

Energy Work: Resonance Repatterning

The energy work that benefited Mariah involved re-creation of childhood memories. Mariah made herself a new past, so to speak. Her parents had divorced when she was about 8 years old, and before that her father was an alcoholic. She had a few, specific painful memories related to these events. The memories affecting Mariah’s mood were identified with muscle-checking. After going through a simple process to identify the emotions she held from those experiences, as well as the limiting beliefs that were formed, I asked Mariah what she wished happened instead. The only requirement was that whatever new experiences she created in her imagination had to make her feel really good. Then, energy work modalities including color, movements, acupressure, and visualizations enabled Mariah to replace the memories of unpleasant events stored in her mind with imprints of what she wished happened instead. Currently, though she’s now in her fifties, her views, attitudes and health reflect the ‘new’ childhood memories that make her feel really good. This work was life-changing for Mariah. She made herself a new past, so to speak, working with about one memory every two weeks for eight weeks. Over the course of this work, her mood improved considerably.


During the eight weeks, Mariah started a meditation practice. She started small, with just about 5 minutes a day at 7 a.m. every morning. While she could certainly meditate longer if she wanted, and she certainly did on some days, her agreement was to meditate at least 5 minutes a day every single day. She has increased her meditation time gradually, taking care never to miss a day. The benefits of meditation are well-established and include stress reduction, improved focus, enhanced self-awareness, kindness, and much more. Some days, Mariah experiences a profound deep peace while meditating.

Aerobic Exercise

In addition to meditation, physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise like fast-walking, running, or cycling, has also helped Mariah. The effect of aerobic exercise on mood is well-established. It improves circulation to the brain, and Mariah has observed that this is another important part of healing. She has included aerobic exercise in her regular regimen several times per week. If she has a day when she starts to notice her mood or focus slipping, she makes sure to get exercise, describing it as a ‘healing balm’.

Supplement Identification:
The Use of Muscle-Checking

Muscle-checking has been of critical importance in identification of supplements that help Mariah in particular. Supplements are fantastic and highly effective for mood issues including depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, anger, an inability to concentrate, and more. That said, the list of potential supplements is quite long and it would be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming for a person to try all of them. For Mariah, muscle-checking was used to evaluate a list of about 100 potential supplements and to identify the ones helpful for her in particular. For Mariah, these have included Vitamin D3, omega-3 fatty acids, and two amino acids. The list of potential supplements includes a range of vitamins (B vitamins in particular), herbs such as Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort (and many others), minerals (particularly important in cases of anxiety), and a number of amino acids that function as precursors to important brain chemicals such as serotonin or dopamine. As nutritional needs change, Mariah found it helpful to have this muscle-checking once a month.

Today, Mariah is doing well. She was able to quit some of the supplements over time, as brain chemistry can often be rebalanced in two to three months using amino acids and other supplements, and the healing of childhood memories improves brain function so that supplements are not necessary long-term. She has continued with both meditation and physical exercise and feels these are important to her well-being. She still enjoys energy work sessions once every couple of months, but she no longer needs them to keep up her mood and her focus, and she now uses energy work to improve her relationships and her financial situation.

Though Mariah’s experience is somewhat unique, most everyone is feeling the effects of stress right now. From the pandemic to inequality issues to climate change, stress from highly improbable events seems to keep coming. Most of us really don’t stop to think about how these events are affecting us, but many experience a continuing sense of unease and anxiety or an inability to focus and accomplish things that are important to us. Now more than ever, Mariah’s story may be applicable to many of us. Caring for ourselves with energy work, exercise, meditation, and the identification of supplements uniquely suited to our individual needs may be highly beneficial.

Leigh Ann Lipscomb











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