Consider this thought “I need to provide self-care to the mother of my children.” We do our family no favor when we become a stressed mother. Our children need us at our best. To do that, we need to treat ourselves as if we are deserving and cherished. Indeed, most of us are! Mothers, whether […]
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“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” Richard Carlson The kids were fighting. The phone was ringing. There was no time for breakfast. I was going to be late for work. I ran out the door with the kids, my coffee, and a headache. That scenario is an example of […]
Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.” Natalie Goldberg Stress Research Not long ago stress researchers made a significant discovery. We can reduce our distress and age indicators by attending […]
The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it, is as unrealistic as expecting to walk through water and not get wet. Rachel Naomi Remen As a therapist, as well as, sometimes, family caregiver of those with disabilities, there have been times I needed to be […]
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. I call my granddaughter and hairstylist, Danielle, My Sunshine because she epitomizes this little tune. When I sing that little ditty my mood lifts. When I play music in my head, pound it out on a drum, or listen or clap or […]
Too many Americans and Canadians are walking around sleep deprived.
Leadership expert and author Growing the Distance, Jim Clemmer, offers a workshop called Leading @ the Speed of Change in which he explores how people react when on the change train.
Your body does not lie. Listen to it. Millions of dollars worth of books fill the health sections of bookstores with basically the same message; to better manage your stress get adequate rest, eat sensibly, and exercise more. Look after your body. We have more than enough information about making wise wellness decisions. But one […]
My last month has included a number of significant and insignificant ups and downs. They happen to me, to you and most of us. People say “the ups and downs of life.” Right? But let’s call them downs and UPs. That feels better to complete the cycle on a resilient uplift! Don’t you agree? There […]
Anger is called the misunderstood emotion because many people do not know how to use it constructively. If unmanaged it can do harm to your relationships and trigger the release of numerous stress hormones in your brain and body. If you struggle to manage this highly charged emotion please consider using the classic anger management tool, the Anger […]
The reports of six Canadian veterans, including the death of twenty year old, Leona MacEachern of suicide, deeply troubled me. The media surmised that their despair was caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was caused by experiencing the horror of military service. PSTD and suicide are often paired; too often! Child of a […]
We live in an addiction-prone culture filled with many invitations to become addicted. Magazine and television advertisements are full of promises of a quick fix (they say cure) from many physical, mental or emotional discomforts. I am not denying the need for medications for real pain, clinical depression or other mental health disorders. The problem […]