Anx-eye of the storm-ity!

By | 2018-04-07T23:19:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, beach, climate change, earth, forecasting, mind/body, ocean, ocean creatures, Owls, sharks, stress, stress relief, totems, weather|

As a former Floridian, my concerns are with all my friends who stayed in their homes to ride out Hurricane Irma, and with those who have fled for safety. I have been watching the coverage nonstop, which is probably not the best idea, as my own anxiety ratchets up. I can only imagine what the folks hunkered down must be experiencing!

This is Irma!

Totem Tamers was created to help people through incredibly overwhelming situations, and being in a shelter, or in your home without power, while hurricane force winds and storm surge are lapping at your door, is just one of those situations. When I explain to people the simple concept behind the Totem Tamers technique, it sounds like this: When you’re feeling anxious, see the color Red. Take a deep breath and see the color Green. Exhale and see the color Blue. These basic steps will help you either maintain or regain calm. The deep breathing and visualization is vital to keeping calm, and as you take your deep breaths, breathe in and out through your nose, as breathing in and out through your mouth may actually signal to your nervous system that you should be anxious. Here’s an image of the guide card we include in every Totem Tamer purchase, that helps you through the steps:

Simple steps to calm!

Be safe and calm!

Stay well.

Wishing you much “Socks-cess”!

By | 2018-04-07T23:19:15+00:00 March 26th, 2017|animals, anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, charity, childhood, children, family, gift, gifts, gratitude, Life, mental health, mind/body, motivation, ocean, ocean creatures, sharks, shopping, social media, stress, stress relief, totems|

Ever had a pair of socks bring tears to your eyes? Well, I have, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! See there’s this thing on the interweb called Facebook. On this Facebook, people and businesses create profiles so they can connect with one another and introduce each other to really cool and interesting things that are floating around in Cyberspace, and yes that includes cat videos, pictures of food, weird selfies, vintage photographs, babies being silly, adults being silly, and certainly some interesting and inspirational businesses (like Totem Tamers)!

Most everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit of a sock lover. Bottom line, I’m a sucker for a great pair of socks. I have sushi socks (thanks partner), I have stripes, polka dots, stars, argyle (my faves), in all kinds of crazy colors. I may be dressed for a business meeting and look all conservative and such, but I guarantee there’s a party on my feet! One day, trolling around on that Facebook thing, I see a post about socks (can’t remember who originated it, but thank you), so of course I click on it, it’s socks! And not just any socks, it’s John’s Crazy Socks! There’s every sock style you can think of, butterflies (I got some of those), drum sets (got one for the kid), sports of all kinds, owls (like Owl Totem) and even shark socks (like Shark Totem!), had to get those!

Shark Totem meets Shark socks!

So this John person clearly has great taste in socks, who is he? Turns out John is a sock lover just like me, who wanted to share his love of socks with everyone. John also happens to have Down Syndrome, but that didn’t stop him, with the help of his dad, in creating a great company that helps sock lovers like me find super cool socks, and also gives back to his community. 5% of profits from the sale of socks goes to the Special Olympics. How do you beat that? Great socks and charity in one place! Turns out John is also an athlete who competes in the Special Olympics, in many different events. Impressive!

John of John’s Crazy Socks!

The next time you decide you need to replace the socks in your drawer that have holes in them or somehow no partner, why not get crazy, and buy from John’s Crazy Socks!

Stay well.

Gratitude before my eyes.

By | 2018-04-07T23:21:50+00:00 December 16th, 2015|anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety relief, art, beach, creativity, depression, earth, gratitude, inspiration, meditation, mental health, ocean, stress, stress relief, therapy, totems, Uncategorized, weather|

Natural beauty!

Natural beauty!

I took this picture a couple weeks ago and just came across it again. It takes my breath away now, just as it did when I snapped the shot. I remember standing there and feeling so grateful for the picturesque view and in that moment finding peace. Since that picture was taken, there have been plenty of moments that haven’t been peaceful, and I don’t mean the global tragedies that we’ve witnessed recently, but on the smaller more manageable scale of my life. Thankfully nothing terribly dramatic has happened, just the hustle and bustle of the every day that pulls me away from those moments of peace. When the picture popped up on my screen, it gave me pause because the reaction was to actually stop what I was doing (searching for a picture of one of my kids) and take in the view again. What a powerful tool that I didn’t know I had! This picture will find a place on my computer desktop now, so I can be reminded regularly to take a pause and find gratitude. Thankfully there is beauty all around us and in the simplest things, we just have to give ourselves permission to experience it and know that our busy, hectic lives will still be there waiting for us two minutes later. The gift is that we get to come back to the chaos with a renewed energy and appreciation for what we have. It’s the renewed energy that helped motivate me to share this with you! Enjoy the picture, or better yet, look for the beauty around you in this moment and capture it for your own gratitude! If you like, and I know I would, please share it with me at julie@totemtamers.com!

Stay well.

Big things come in small packages, like Totems, for example!!

By | 2018-04-07T23:22:05+00:00 June 25th, 2015|animals, anxiety, anxiety relief, cambodia, charity, fish, Life, ocean, ocean creatures, sharks, stress, stress relief, totems|

One of our slogans here at Totem Tamers, is “Calm in your Palm.” We like it of course, because it’s simple and to the point, and basically lets you know that when you hold a Totem in your palm, you are taking the steps towards being calm. It’s a process for sure, but the tactile sensation of holding a bronze Totem, or a squishy ball, or silly putty, or whatever, is definitely key to grounding oneself, if in a state of anxiety or stress.

Shark fits in your hand!

Shark fits in your hand!

Shark is one of our Totems, and the smoothness of the underside of Shark, matched with the pointy (not sharp) fins, allow for varied texture, and awesome touch sensations. I’m focusing on Shark because there’s a story out today about a similar sized sea creature that’s also doing an amazing job at helping people.

Iron in your Palm!!

Iron in your Palm!!

The Lucky Iron Fish, is helping people in Cambodia, many of whom are iron deficient. It’s quite brilliant actually, and kudos to the inventors who found a simple way to get this community to add more iron to their diets! The Lucky Iron Fish actually just won great honors at an expo in Cannes, and being modeled after a fish, Shark felt an affinity and wanted to share this amazing story. You can help this project by making a donation, and you can help yourself by getting a Totem! Just click on any of the Totems on the page and get yours today.

Stay well!

Totems Around Town! #TGIF

By | 2018-04-07T23:20:43+00:00 May 29th, 2015|beach, Life, ocean, stress relief|

No need to be crabby, it’s FRIDAY!!!

Get a leg up on the weekend!

Get a leg up on the weekend!

Happy Friday everyone!

Stay well.

Does your Totem like the beach? Take a picture of your Totem and send it to me at julie@totemtamers.com and maybe you’ll see it here! Don’t have a Totem to take to the beach? Click on any of the Totems on the side of the page and get one today!