Michelle Alva Blog / 27.09.2016

In my past, it has been a struggle to be able to trust someone and accept myself completely. Growing up with two brothers, somehow the message I got growing up was that girls were supposed to be "nice" and this taught me to be quiet and not stand up for myself and say what I really wanted to say. Later on this translated over into my first sexual experience in my early teens. I was petrified at how this older boy took an interest in me and I actually did not want it to happen, however I froze and didn't say anything. I later on felt so angry, sad, terror and disgust--- for not running away, kicking or screaming for him to not touch me and also for what had happened-that I allowed to happen. This incident caused me to lose trust in myself, that I would discover...

Michelle Alva Blog / 20.12.2014

Stress is a perception that we are in danger, that something or a situation is of danger, unsafe and threatening to us. Our body is perfectly designed to move us away from things, situations, people and places in our lives that are dangerous and make us feel unsafe so that we may survive, be safe, calm and productive in our lives. Chronic stress, feeling threatened over a long term duration, is hurtful to our body and mind. We are not designed to endure chronic stress over time. We are designed to experience stress under a short term duration. If we feel in danger all day or perceive a person, place or relationship as threatening and not move away from it, our body experiences adrenal fatigue and the feeling of being overwhelmed and shut down in order to survive. Our bodies are designed to perceive stress, move away...