Ep003 – Lynnis Woods-Mullins
Gerri: Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well out there. I always have to talk about the weather here in Houston because it is so wishy-washy around here. But it is awesome today so I am happy. And that’s a good thing.
We’re going to dive right into it – you know how we do. I have a really special guest here today. This is a woman that I have known virtually for nearly three years. Although we have never seen each other face-to-face live – we were just talking about how funny that was – we are sisters in spirit. She is my prayer warrior, my prayer partner and we’ve really gone through some crazy seasons together. It’s really an honor for me to interview her today and to have her on my show. I was on her show well back, but now it’s my turn. We’re going to share some great information with you today.
Let me tell you a little bit about Lynnis Woods-Mullins. She is a mind, body and spirit holistic living expert for women over 40. Lynnis is also a talk show host, speaker and founder of Wellness Women 40 and Beyond and PraiseWorks Health and Wellness. At the age of 51, Lynnis decided that after 25 years in the field of Human Resources – she was an HR – as a professional and manager, it was time to make a change. Lynnis made a decision to pursue her true calling which is holistic education.
Lynnis’s main mission is to educate women over 40 on the importance of achieving total wellness for the mind, body and spirit through living a holistic lifestyle. That’s the whole body.
Lynnis, welcome. Thank you so much for being on my show today!
Lynnis: Thank you, Gerri, for inviting me. It’s always wonderful to get a chance to talk with you and to share information and good advice and just good fellowship. It is great to be here today.
Gerri: Thank you. I let Lynnis know that a little bit of my audience may be new entrepreneurs. They may not be brand-new but maybe getting their internet business set up and going. They may have been on it for two-three-four years. We don’t talk so much on the advanced levels sometimes – entry-levels.
One of the things I wanted to talk about today and ask Lynnis if she would talk to us about this. And this goes for men and women, mind you. I wanted to talk about what entrepreneurs can do to avoid burnout and all those other things that cause stress and middle anguish, so that ultimately your business is striving and so that you are not physically getting so beat down that you’re not doing the best you can for your business. That’s the direction we’re going in today.
Lynnis, I don’t have a specific question, but you know what we’re going to talk about. So if you’d like to talk freely about what entrepreneurs can do to save their businesses by focusing on their mind, body and spirit?
Lynnis: Yes, I’d love to do that. I certainly can relate to that, because I’m an entrepreneur myself. When I first got started being entrepreneur, I quickly realized that one of the things that I needed to do in order to stay motivated and in order to stay focused and have clarity of thought was to make sure that I put myself on the front burner and not on the back burner.
Historically, what happens to a lot of us, especially as we’re starting a business as entrepreneurs we get behind that computer and sometimes it might even feel like we’ve been somewhere, but the reality is we’ve been sitting behind that computer for hours. You might get up to go to bathroom, maybe eat or have a drink of water, but we haven’t really removed ourselves from that environment.
One thing I would really want to encourage everyone to do is to make sure you keep putting yourself on the front burner when it comes to your health, and get away, push back from the computer and get away, go outside.
You know that sounds crazy. You say “Why, I go outside all the time!” But I mean, make it a priority. Get outside. Get that sunshine if you live in a sunny place. It’s really important because of the vitamins and the other nutrients that come from the sun, that free-flowing oxygen in your blood system, because your blood needs to be rejuvenated and the oxygen is energizing and rejuvenating. It wakes up your brain, which is so important.
I just recently wrote about this, because I have a new course coming out “Wellness for entrepreneurs” and I talk about a lot of these things in terms of what you need to do to keep your brain awake. One of the things I talked about is when you take a walk in nature – because I don’t want you to just get outside, I want you to take a walk. I know that it seems like “Oh my gosh, I don’t have time. I have to do this, I have to do that.” But if you don’t start doing these kinds of things right now as you’re starting your business or if you’re in a really busy time, you won’t start doing this.
Eventually, your neglect of yourself is going to start showing out in terms of your work product. You’re not going to be as clear, you’re not going to be as focused, you’re not going to be as creative. You’re going to be more stressed. And that’s going to enter in a whole other palette of things that you don’t even want to go there with.
All you need to do is to just get on the front burner, get outside and start doing these brisk walks. One of things about being out in nature that is really great, and I’ve just read about it the other day – there is a chemical that is produced by plants that helps to keep them from rotting and it also helps to keep them from succumbing to all the insects or things that bite them. That particular chemical is also good for humans. It’s good for our immune system.
One of the reasons why you want to have plants in your office and definitely plants in your home, and also getting out in nature is because of this chemical. The reason why the immune system is so important – of course, you don’t want to get sick – but the other thing is that being entrepreneur can sometimes be stressful. Let’s face it. Regenerating our own prospects. That can be stressful especially is you’re first getting started.
Stress inevitably beets down the immune system. If you want to find a way to fortify your body and fortify yourself in terms of being clear thinking, get outside, go for that walk, get the sunshine, expose yourself to the good chemicals of the trees and the plants around you and boost your immune system. I would say that’s probably one of the number one things.
Number two, I think it’s really important when it comes to being an entrepreneur staying well is make sure you’re staying hydrated. I don’t mean by soda and coffee. We’ll get to coffee in a minute, and the soda, too. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about water. Good filtered water, spring water, bottle water. The rule of thumb in terms of how much water do you drink is to drink half your body weight. If you’re 150 pounds, that means you would drink 75 ounces of water. People would say, “Oh my God! That’s too much water! I can’t stand the taste of water. I could never do that.”
But here is what I do, and it really helps me make sure I get the water. First of all I find a nice pitcher that I can put a lot of ice in and water. I also put in my water lemons, limes, cucumbers – all the stuff that’s really good when it comes to detoxifying your body. You want to stay detoxified, because you don’t want to be having anything that slows down your processes in your organs, but also your brain.
Water is very good for the brain, because it’s 90% water. When you’re dehydrated, when you’re not replenishing that water in your body, the first thing that begins to suffer is your brain. Overtime, you’re not thinking as clearly, you’re nodding off a little bit. Sometimes you get cravings for something, and you’re not even really hungry. A lot of times that’s because you’re dehydrated.
You put it in that pitcher and you fill up an 8-ounce glass of water. And you drink one 8-ounce glass of water per hour that you’re sitting there. Because many of us work more than eight hours a day as an entrepreneur. Let’s be honest – I work 12-13 hours. You’re working 12 hours and you’re drinking 8 ounces an hour, 12 hours a day. How much is that? That’s 96 ounces. You think, “I couldn’t possibly do that”, but you’d be surprised.
Drink water with your meals, drink water with your snacks, take water with you wherever you go. You’re doing yourself a favor. Not only are you helping your brain in terms of being more clear, and detoxifying yourself in terms of your liver and all the toxins that we expose ourselves to, but you’re also helping your metabolism.
Another thing that happens as entrepreneurs – we don’t get up doing exercises much. Because why? We’re focused on making our first million, doing all this other stuff and we don’t do exercises much. So you find yourself maybe finding the bulge a little bit. Water helps to flash out that fat and to speed up your metabolism. It’s a great way to keep things going when you aren’t working out as much as you might want to.
That brings me to something else that I know we, as entrepreneurs, don’t do enough of and we really need again to put ourselves on the front burner. That is we’ve got to get enough rest. Being sleep-deprived overtime will impact your business. If you find yourself sitting in front of your computer and you’re clicking here, and clicking there, and nothing is getting done, and you know your productivity isn’t where it needs to be, the reason more than likely is you’re not getting enough rest.
You need to give your brain a chance to recover it. You need to give your body a chance to shut down totally so that it can repair itself, and wake up, and serve you to the utmost when you’re refreshed.
Currently, Gerri, I have an intern in Russia – I’m up every morning at around 3:30 am. That means that I really need to be in bed by 7, 8-9 o’clock at the latest. The reason why I say I need to go to bed early is not just because of the amount of hours. You can do 8 hours of sleep and still not be rested.
The reason being is if you go to bed too late, your body clock gets off and doesn’t get into that deep sleep. If you are going to bed at 11 o’clock and sleeping until 9 o’clock, you’re still not getting that deep sleep rest, because your body gets into this deepest sleep between 1:00 and 2:30 am. And if you’re going to bed at 11:00 pm, it’s not giving it a chance to get into that deep sleep. You really want to make sure you can go to bed at 9 o’clock, get a chance to get that deep sleep and get up at 3:00, like me. And you’re rested.
You definitely want to take a look at your body clock. Figure out what works best for you and make sure that your sleeping time is including that deep time of sleep where you really need to be rested.
For those of us who have problems falling asleep because your mind is racing and all these thoughts are going on, there’s a couple of things you can do from a wellness perspective. And it’s good for your body, but it’s also good for you. I would suggest using essential oils. Lavender is fantastic. It helps you to relax. What I do is I put some 100% organic essential oils, I put it in a little spray bottle of distilled water. And I spray it on my sheets, and on my pillow at night right before my head hits the pillow.
Gerri: I do the same thing. That is awesome.
Lynnis: And I am knocked out within 10 minutes. I’m thinking, “Oh god, it’s not working”, and next thing I know I’m out. It really does work. If you don’t like the smell – most people do like the smell of lavender, but some people don’t – you can put the lavender on the bottom of your feet. It is a very absorptive part of your body. If it is an essential therapeutic oil, you can even put a little bit of lavender underneath your tongue, put it in a cup of hot water and drink it as tea. Because organic therapeutic essential oils can be ingested. And that will knock you out also.
Another thing you want to do to try to stop those racing thoughts so that you can calm down a little bit – I think it’s a great idea to journal at night. People journal in the morning, but journaling at night, especially gratitude journal – recap your day, and write about all the things that you are thankful for. Maybe it’s the things that you accomplished, maybe it’s the things that you are thankful for in general.
There are going to be some days when we may not feel that we have accomplished everything that we set out to do, because our to-do list looks like a dictionary and has so many pages. And you maybe have only one checkoff, but you need to celebrate that particular accomplishment.
One way to do that is to write about it in the gratitude journal. Tell your creator, god, whatever you call it, how grateful you are that you are able to accomplish that task. And talk about the things that you are going to be accomplishing, that you want to accomplish as if you already have done it. Declare it prophetically, thank what I call the CSO – the Chief Spiritual Officer. That’s not my acronym, and it comes from May Mccarthy who wrote a fantastic book called “Path to Wealth: seven spiritual steps for abundance”.
One of the things she talks about is gratitude journaling. What she does basically, she writes a letter to her Chief Spiritual Officer. And in that letter, she thanks him for everything that she’s done so far, that she’s accomplished or that she is grateful for that’s happened, and she also thanks him for the things that haven’t happened yet as if they already have.
And the other idea before you’re going to sleep as you’re going through your gratitude journal is to search your mind, search for anything that has to do with unforgiveness. Give, release that unforgiveness, because unforgiveness is toxic. You don’t think as well, you don’t produce as well if you’re walking around angry, with that emotional chip on your shoulder. Work on unforgiveness.
Whoever’s face hops up in your mind – forgive them. Ask God to help you to forgive them, that you forgive whatever it is that upset you. Sometimes you’d be surprised whose face might pop up. You thought, “I resolved that.” No, I don’t think so. If it’s popped up, there’s something going on there. Release that.
These are the things that can help you to have a more productive and deeper sleep. Because you’re going to go to sleep with gratitude in your heart and forgiveness in your mind. There’s nothing better than when you wake up in the morning to be refreshed. You have this inherent joy. You’d be surprised how much better you feel when you go to bed that way.
And those are some of the tips that I would use almost automatically for every entrepreneur that work. There are so many more. That’s why I’ve decided, Gerri, to create a class that’s called “Wellness for entrepreneurs”. I have a holistic living academy that I’m putting together.
I’m going to encourage everyone to go to website and to sign up for the – there will be a caption at that point that pops up “Go get green smoothie cook book” which is fantastic and I’ll talk to you about it in a minute. Sign up for that and you’ll automatically go to my newsletters, and you’ll get an announcement when this brand-new course is announced.
This course is designed specifically for entrepreneurs. With you in mind, of the things that you need to do so that you can have clarity, and focus and creativity, energy, in the end so that you can stay result-oriented and stress-free. Because stress will make you [inaudible 17:31].
And the things I share here in these courses will definitely help you with stress reduction, will help you to improve your immune system, keep you fit and in shape so that you are not getting obese as a result of sitting down all time, and basically just keep you well.
Go to my website – it’s praiseworks.biz – and you can sign up for the green smoothie recipe book that pops up. But you also will be able to get my newsletter that will be announcing these new courses as well as a lot of neat stuff about wellness, links to my show, to my magazine “Wellness Women 40 and Beyond”. I always like to say that my magazine, Gerri, is not just for women. I always say it’s for women and all the people who love them.
Lynnis: That’s everybody. I give a lot of great tips in there for wellness and a lot of alternative methods that many haven’t ready about that can help you to get well and stay well so that you can be successful as an entrepreneur, because without your health it’s going to really difficult to optimize your entrepreneurship the way you want to.
Gerri: Let me just mirror what you said right there and let everyone know that this is not something that you are doing to fix what’s going on right now only. Let me just think of a situation for myself specifically.
I know when I’m getting run down and your immune system is weakened. It’s like you’re perpetually sick. I don’t mean that you have a fever all the time, that you are tired all the time. You know you are carrying around a little too much weight, you’re not feeling good. Like right now I’ve been congested for a good 2-3 months.
I know that is a systemic issue that happened when my immune system started taking a dive. I was growing my business, there was a lot of stress going on. All those things can ultimately lead to perpetual sickness. If your immune system is not fighting off what’s going on in your body – the toxins and free radicals, and viruses, and everything that comes into your body to attack it, you’re going to stay sick.
Some of you may not be feeling well right now. This is going to help you – strengthening your immune system, getting some fresh air – all the things Lynnis talked about. However, it’s also going to be very preventative. I want to stress the preventative nature of this. Don’t wait until you get sick to implement this. Do it now, develop a routine.
I like, Lynnis, how you really gave very actionable small tips for people to implement in their daily lives. Now, this isn’t something you go to store for. You don’t have to do any more research. This is just practical things that you can implement into your daily routine now.
I used to work in oil and gas. The oil and gas companies and many other corporations alike will literally give a command on the computers that came through the central database that would literally tell people to get up and go take a walk. This is not new. This is not just for the entrepreneur that’s working in the house. This is for corporate. This is corporation-type stuff too. It’s not some wackadoo weird thing that Lynnis is letting you guys know that you should be doing. This is something that’s been proven. You need to stand up and take walk. If you can go outside, it is the best thing for you to do.
Then, of course the rest. I know people say, “But I can’t just go to sleep early” and “I can’t get up and be productive at 8 am. I’m going to be sleeping until 10”. There is no set in stone amount of time, or time that you need to go to bed, or time that you need to wake up. But I’m telling that when you can get to bed earlier, and like Lynnis said, get that deep sleep in that [inaudible 21:23] that whole sleep system that takes on. That goes on in your brain to help you refresh and replenish and get ready to go the next day. You will notice a tremendous change in your brain – the way you think, your creativity.
Like Lynnis said, part of a component of being an entrepreneur is the creativity side, the innovative side. And you’re not going to have a lot of that if you’re brain is weak and tired and dehydrated. Get well, get your brain working. If nothing else, you need a sharp brain. If your arms don’t work, as long as your brain is working, you’re thinking, you’re making things happen.
This is actual, it’s really-really important. I wanted to stress the important of getting those actionable tips implemented into your daily life. You’re going to notice a huge difference for your business. And like I said, it’s preventative. Do you think you can afford time-off being sick or hospitalized, or meds that make you not feel good? No. You don’t want all that either. So make yourself well now.
Lynnis: Absolutely. I’m so glad that you mentioned that, because preventativeness is really what I’m at. Many times the people that I talk to and women that I work with get to me later than I would have liked, and we can still help. But if you can do this stuff preventatively, you will feel so much better.
Not only that. It is empowering I think to begin to take full responsibility for your health. I want people to stop the way of thinking that you’re going to go to the doctor’s office unprepared. You need to go to the doctor’s office if something is going on with you or if you are just getting your check up, with questions. Questions that let him know first of all that you’re involved in your well-being. But also questions of the judgement that you need to know because you need to understand what’s going on with your body.
It’s not about going to the doctor’s office and just lying there and saying, “Okay, take a look at me and give me a pill”. We want to get rid of that mindset. There’s many-many times those pills will cover up symptoms that really are rooted in causations that we need to know about. Knowing the causations is what can keep us from ending up with things like diabetes and fibromyalgia and arthritis and all the other chronic diseases that people are co-existing with.
And they are co-existing with medication that eventually begins to damage their kidney and liver. Next time you know you’re lying on another operating table to afford transplant for things. People are like, “Okay, I need a transplant. That’s okay.” But you know, you really don’t want to go there. Because as entrepreneurs first of all think about that cost in terms of the time it takes away from your business to go through all these things.
Most people will tell you who are transplant recipient, and others who have gone through some kind of traumatic chronic disease, that it changed their lifestyle forever. They’ll tell you that if they had to do it all over again, of course they would not be living this way. There is a compromise. You are on medication for the rest of your life. And that medication causes other symptoms. There soon are personality changes as the result. There’s a lot of things that could inevitably impact your business.
So rather than go down that road of trying to correct something after the damage has been done, which is a lot what’s your medicine is all about, let’s try a different approach. You are well now – so let’s stay well by doing these things. Because as an entrepreneur, I can tell you – take it from me, please – stress is a killer.
I know entrepreneurs who have died because of complications of stress: heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity – all these things that you hear about they are truly rooted in stress and other emotional traumas that we have not worked through. It’s important to get clear of all that. There are ways and that is what I can help you with. I talk about that in my course.
Gerri: And that is what Lynnis does and it’s what her passion is. I’m going to encourage you guys again. She gave her website. I’m going to give it one more time. That’s praiseworks.biz. At least sign up for the green smoothie recipe.
Even if you don’t want to drink a green smoothie, sign up for that, get on her mailing list and then get your notification when her course is ready. It’s imperative. It’s a no brainer for me. It’s a no brainer I’m going to be there. I have to be there. I need as much encouragement as I can get to stay consistent with my wellness.
Let me tell you – there will always be something that is more important than getting up in the morning and going to the gym, or than drinking that glass of water. You’re always going to have an excuse, so you have to make it a priority. You have to know that it has to be done. You can always make an excuse. No excuses! Put yourself on the front burner – like you said, I love that.
Lynnis: Absolutely. Yeah, put yourself on the front burner. I think sometimes we’re so far back on the back burner that when we go back to pull ourselves forward, we can’t even reach that far back. It’s just way to far back. Have you ever tried to reach for something that’s on the [inaudible 26:40] at the back of you and you’re stretching and stretching and stretching, and you can’t reach it – that’s what it sometimes feels like when it comes to trying to reach back to ourselves.
Getting that feeling you know that you are way-way off in terms of what you need to be doing to take good care of yourself – there is no honor in sacrificing your health in order to be successful.
Gerri: Right. And why make money only to have to go get help later for something that was preventable?
Thank you so much for listening today! Lynnis, thank you so much. It’s been a real treat. And believe me, we could make a series of ten podcasts with all the information you have up in your brain and still not even tap into it. I know that you’ve got so much wealth of information to share with us. Just get started now. Just go to praiseworks.biz, go ahead and get on the list, let her give you some information. And take care of yourself for sure.
Lynnis, thank you. It’s been awesome as always. I’m hopeful we’ll have you back on pretty soon here. I’d love to do a series with you.
If you want more of that, stay tuned and watch out for Lynnis to getting on this show again. We will see you later and as always, to your success. Thank you!