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The 3 Coping Strategies for Dealing With Stress: Part 1 of 3

The Serenity Prayer is familiar to many people, but most people have never given it a second look as a guide for managing their lives. The wisdom and guidance in this simple prayer are profound, with extremely positive health implications for our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Consider then the following:  Prayer is direct … Continue reading

A Simple Stress-Relieving Idea

It often seems that the best ideas are the most simple or least complicated. This is true for many of the best stress-relieving ideas as well. One of the best stress management ideas has always been to take several slow – deep breaths. In a similar fashion, here is a simple idea that will help … Continue reading

“Food” and “Diet” are Four-Letter Words: Part 2 of 2

Eating Uses All of the Senses Eating is a wonderfully sensual experience that captivates our senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and even sometimes hearing (“Ah, the sizzle of that steak – crispness of those crackers!”). No wonder food engages us so totally. All of our senses are involved. So let’s begin by making better … Continue reading

“Food” and “Diet” are Four-Letter Words: Part 1 of 2

Have you ever considered that both “Food” and “Diet” are four-letter words? They are words that are both revered and hated. It seems that many are looking for the “perfect” food or diet to help them lose weight, and are totally discouraged when it doesn’t seem to exist. Why Do We Eat? Part of the problem with food in … Continue reading

Humor: For the Health of It!

Welcome to National Humor Month Not only is it National Humor Month, but it is also time to remember (or discover) that laughter is good for your health. Laughter and humor are potential sources of power, creativity and health in our personal and professional lives. While not offered as a cure-all for every problem that … Continue reading

Do You Know Who You Are . . . ?

Who Are You and Where Are You From . . . ? I love Caller ID. I especially like the version that lists the person’s name and where they are calling from. When I was a kid we didn’t have Caller ID – we had to actually answer the phone to find out who was … Continue reading

The Facts About Exercise: Don’t Make These “Myth”-stakes – Part 3 of 3

In part three of this three-part series we will look at several more pieces of misinformation regarding exercise. Many people are willing to share “wisdom” from their personal experiences, and while this may seem helpful to the less experienced, it is wise to check the facts for yourself. Please take time to go back and explore Parts One … Continue reading

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April 2013


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Stress can cause severe health problems if not managed properly. In extreme cases stress can lead to physical symptoms which can even cause death. While stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, the information on this website is for guidance only. Readers should seek the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if they have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.