Holiday Stress

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Stress Management – The Real Work: Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed the need to reestablish a sense of balance in our lives. Let us now explore some ideas and suggestions to help us get things better under control. Re-order Priorities There has never been a person who, upon reaching their last gasping breath, said, “I wish I had spent more time … Continue reading

Stress Management – The Real Work: Part 1

Memorial Day Summer’s here and for many it is vacation time. When I was a child this meant Dad and us kids getting everything packed on Friday afternoon before Mom got home from work so we would be ready to pull out of the driveway just about as soon as she arrived. Mom and Dad … 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

New Look For The New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m back from a couple weeks off from blogging. The holiday and time with family was wonderful. Today I am simply going to share one of my Christmas presents you. It was experiential, and so I will share it by way of a short video. It hasn’t been a big secret … Continue reading

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get … Continue reading

Blessings For The New Year

Dear Readers! Thank you for your support. I have enjoyed engaging in the conversation with each of you that have commented on various postings. I look forward to many more conversations, as well as meeting many of you this coming year at upcoming workshops and presentations for your organizations. I will be taking a couple … Continue reading

The Christmas Story And Stress

Stress has always been a part of the Christmas story. Consider that very first Christmas – don’t you think Mary and Joseph were just a little bit stressed at having to travel cross-country to Bethlehem with Mary so far along in her pregnancy? And don’t you believe they were at least momentarily concerned about giving … Continue reading

The Holiday Shopping – Are You Finished?

Because there is more than a week until Christmas, for most of us, there is still time to do holiday shopping. Here are a couple of stress-reducing suggestions to help you reduce the stress of fighting last-minute crowds. Try to shop during the weekdays, avoiding weekends. If your health and job permit, take a weekday … Continue reading

This Year Will Be The Perfect Holiday!

It Is Guaranteed! Get ready to experience The Perfect Holiday! Whatever happens will be perfect — for this year! This year’s holiday will be different from other years. It is not a failure if you don’t re-create “The Perfect Holiday” from some previous year. Expect this holiday to be special because of its uniqueness, not … Continue reading

Let’s Party!

As the holiday gets closer, practice a little pre-planning (is that a redundant term?) to help reduce some stress. Expect the unexpected – plan for it. If people may drop by, have easily prepared snacks tucked away that you can bring out at a moment’s notice. And if you are giving a party, consider using … 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.