Chronic Pain

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

The Serenity Prayer offers great advice on how to deal with the inevitable stress of life. In Parts 1 & 2 we discussed Problem-focused coping and Physical-focused coping. In Part 3 we will look at . . . Emotion/Spirit-Focused Coping While making plans or eliciting the Relaxation Response may be helpful for some kinds of … Continue reading

The 3 Coping Strategies for Dealing With Stress: Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 we discussed the Serenity Prayer and how it outlines a stress management plan using all three of the coping strategies for dealing with stress. In Part 2 we continue . . . Physical-Focused Coping Have you ever had that tight or clutching feeling in your chest or stomach that you label as … Continue reading

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

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

My Business Model Totally Sucks!

OK. I’m a little slow sometimes, but I am starting to understand. My business model is totally wrong. I have completely missed the point of being in the counseling business. And here is the problem – My clients get “well” too quickly. It seems that most counselors see clients for 30-40 minutes, and then stop … Continue reading

Taking Charge of Your Well-Being: Making the Little Things Count

There is an old joke that has always been a favorite of mine. Q. Why do kindergarten teachers enjoy their work? A. Because they make the little things count. Almost everyone I know wants to do something about improving their level of health and wellness. But most people are not doing much about it, and … Continue reading

Try This – I Dare You! (p.s. – you’ll feel better!)

Every day, we each get to choose how we think about the world. Ancient wisdom encourages us to share Good News with each other, guarding against the negative thoughts in the world around us. It has been proclaimed, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). We are also encouraged to … Continue reading

My Top 10 Posts from 2012

Just a quick share of My Top 10 Posts from 2012, chosen based on the number of people who have clicked on the links for these blog posts. They are listed in order starting with the most read posting and going down. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has read and supported my efforts for the blog. Blessings to you for … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 3

Consider the word “disease.” Most of us have a very good sense of our own personal experiences with disease, but truly, most of us do not appreciate this word in its fullest. Consider the word again, but look at it in two distinct parts — “dis” – “ease” — literally to be in a condition … Continue reading

Disease: Everybody’s Got It — Nobody Wants It! – Part 2

Behavioral Medicine is the science and art of learning how to influence the state of health by practicing healthful behaviors as opposed to unhealthy ones. But even more than that, research continues to show that practicing healthful behavior has positive influences in the fight against contagious disease as well as lifestyle disease. The major modifiable … Continue reading

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March 2023


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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.