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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 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

“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

The Gift: A Parable

There once was a man who was given a rare and precious diamond. It was the most valuable gift that anyone had ever received since the beginning of time. Not really knowing what to do with such great wealth, the man decided to keep the priceless gem in an old shoe box — just until … 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

Would You Believe It . . . ?

WOW! Who could have guessed? Certainly not me! One of my recent posts – Try This – I Dare You! – has inspired many folks to email me requesting permission to use this information in other settings – to which I have responded in the affirmative (as long as my contact information is included, of … Continue reading

Discover the New and Improved You! – Part Two

Wow! Is It Fast! The rate of renewal in our physical bodies is amazing. Radioactive isotope studies have shown that each of us literally replace 98% of all the atoms in our bodies in less than a year, every year. So at the beginning of a year, when someone wishes you Happy New Year, it … Continue reading

Discover the New and Improved You! – Part One

Have you ever considered the word New? Advertisers tell us it is one of the most important words in our language. Put the word New on a product package and sales improve. And if you use New and Improved, watch out! Unfortunately, the word new is used to deceive just as often as it is … 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.