Category Archives: Stress

  • 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 Health and Wellness, Stress

    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 Health and Wellness, Massage, Stress

    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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  • The (Upside and) Downside of Being Fully Present

    Posted on September 2, 2016 by in Stress

    We’re often told that our life will be happier and more fulfilling if we’ll just be present for what we have in the here and now. We’re told that suffering is caused by longing for things to be some way other than how they are. Benefits of Being Present There’s a lot to be said […]

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  • Slow Down to Lower Your Stress and Pain (and be More Productive)

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by in Stress

    I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling stressed I tend to kick it into high gear. And by gear, I mean speed. I talk faster, drive faster (shhhh…. don’t tell the cops), answer test questions faster, scroll through Facebook faster, and even eat/drink faster. The trouble is none of that does me any […]

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  • Priorities Part 2: The Cost Benefit Analysis

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by in Self Care, Stress

    It’s been several weeks since I asked you to determine your priorities. It’s time to pull them out of the drawer you stuffed them in or pull them up on your phone. I’ll wait… Now that you have them in front of you, give them a quick review. Imagine how good it would feel if each […]

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  • How to Lower the Stress of Disagreements

    Posted on August 12, 2016 by in Stress

    Confession: I hate conflict. I used to hate disagreements, too, because they often lead to conflict. Luckily, I discovered a few phrases that are much more likely to turn a disagreement into a discussion rather than a fight. Magic Words Most of these magic words require that you actually listen to what the other person […]

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  • Simply Relaxing Might Not Be Enough to Combat Your Stress

    Posted on July 15, 2016 by in Stress

    Relax. Take a load off. Unwind after a long day or week of work. We’re told that all we need to do is to relax more and we can undo the ravages of stress. I’ve said the same thing myself, and I stand by it. However, simply relaxing may not be enough. You see, there’s a difference […]

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    Are Your Expectations Causing You Stress?

    Posted on July 8, 2016 by in Stress

    Do you have reasonable expectations? If you don’t, you could be causing yourself some unnecessary stress. I’m not talking about the type of unrealistic expectation that causes you to spend all your money on lottery tickets; no one will argue about that one being bad for you. I’m talking about the small everyday expectations that send us […]

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