Category Archives: Stress

  • Staying Grounded in the Midst of the Holidays

    Posted on December 15, 2017 by in Stress

    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t go out without getting caught up in its wake… the traffic, the parking (NOT), the crowded stores. It’s enough to drive you crazy. If you’re going to make it to the new year with any sanity left, you need to find some ways to get (and stay) […]

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  • Why Blogs Are a Terrible (Yet Useful) Place to Get Advice

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in Stress, Uncategorized

    2 weeks ago, Andy Richter massively informed a Twitter user on the realities of clinical depression. In case you didn’t see it, someone tweeted “Depression is a choice.” They needed to be schooled. Hard. And Andy did that. I’m not going to try to figure out if this person is completely heartless or if they’re […]

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    6 (Really) Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

    Posted on September 29, 2017 by in Stress

    If you’ve ever been so busy and so stressed that you don’t have time to take a nice warm bath (or said bath would stress you out because the kids would be banging on the door wanting in or your spouse would be asking you non-stop questions, like how to get a chocolate stain out of […]

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  • What “Going With The Flow” Really Means

    Posted on September 22, 2017 by in Self Care, Stress

    Have you ever been told that you’ll be less stressed if you just “go with the flow”? It’s actually true, but not in the zen, surfer dude, nothing-riles-me-up way you might think. The Myth of Going With the Flow Most people think of going with the flow as something akin to a nice, gentle, lazy day […]

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  • Why Stress Reduction Isn’t Just for New Agers and Hippies

    Posted on September 1, 2017 by in Stress

    Who pushes stress reduction and stress management the most? The calm people who aren’t completely overburdened every waking second of their day, that’s who! The people who have time to take the baths and long walks they recommend. The ones who have time to write in their journal and make gratitude lists. The ones who […]

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  • Coloring As Stress Relief

    Posted on February 24, 2017 by in Stress

    Coloring for stress relief has been a thing for several years now, and it’s continuing to grow in popularity. Every time I go into the bookstore, it seems that there are more coloring books than there were the last time. At last count there were no less than 3 tables devoted to adult coloring books. But […]

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  • The One Buddhist Teaching That Can Lower Your Stress

    Posted on February 3, 2017 by in Stress

    There’s a Buddhist teaching that says, “When you eat, just eat.” It’s a simple way of reminding folks to be mindful of everything they do. It’s also a great reminder to not multitask. It’s also a great way to lower your stress level. Studies have shown that regular mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. On the […]

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  • Stop Letting Your To Do List Stress You Out

    Posted on January 27, 2017 by in Self Care, Stress

    A lot of stress comes from our long to do lists. The longer the list, the more stress you feel. Crossing things off the list not only makes you more productive, it frees up energy that you’d otherwise be using to dread doing all the things on your list. I’m sure you’ve experienced this. You […]

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  • Priorities Part 6: Your Achilles Heel

    Posted on January 13, 2017 by in Self Care, Stress

    This is the 6th and last installment of the Priorities series. To catch up on any installment(s) that you missed scroll to the bottom and click the appropriate link(s) at the bottom of this article. Now that you’ve been at it for a while, you may have noticed that certain things trip you up as […]

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  • 21 Things I’ve Learned the Hard Way That Made Life Easier

    Posted on December 23, 2016 by in Stress

    We all have people in our lives that make us crazy. Some of them are permanent fixtures, i.e. our family, and others are, thankfully, temporary; although temporary can span a really long time that seems even longer. These people often feel like speed bumps on the road to happiness. I’ve dealt with a lot of […]

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    Priorities Part 5: Self Care

    Posted on November 26, 2016 by in Stress, Uncategorized

    Part 5 of the Priorities series is going to focus on self-care. (If you haven’t read the previous posts, I’ve provided links at the bottom.) Perhaps self-care is one of the priorities on your list. If so, this post ought to help. If not, you’ll still need it because you won’t be as successful in […]

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  • What is a Healing Space?

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by in Massage, Stress, Uncategorized

    A massage office should be a healing place, right? For that matter so should any healthcare provider’s office. Sadly, I hear all too often about healthcare spaces in which people don’t feel safe; instead they feel fear, anxiety, dread, shame, and more. But what exactly constitutes a healing space? Attitude is Everything Contrary to popular […]

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  • Survive the Election With Aromatherapy

    Posted on November 4, 2016 by in Aromatherapy, Stress

    Everyone I know is more than ready for this god-forsaken election to be over. The never ending supply of insults, conspiracy theories, fake news stories, exaggerations, outright lies, and vitriol is getting on everyone’s last nerve, including mine. It has fractured friendships and families in a way I’ve never seen. If I could figure out a […]

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  • Priorities Part 4: Resources and Limitations

    Posted on October 21, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    In parts 1-3 of the priorities series you determined your priorities, made a list of the costs vs benefits of your current life choices, and prioritized your priorities based on the analysis of those costs and benefits. Now it’s time to find your strengths and weaknesses, also known as your resources and limitations, that will either help […]

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  • Priorities Part 3: What Needs to Change?

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    It’s not enough to know what’s stressing you out; you also have to know what needs to change in regards to those stressors. For instance, would it be enough to change departments or shifts at work or do you need to work for a totally different company? Here’s where the work of the last 2 Priorities […]

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