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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

Summer is Here! — Time for the 3-R’s

Traditionally summer has been a time to get away from the 3-R’s — you know — the ones associated with school. But this summer I am suggesting you take time to experience three of the R’s associated with Recovery. Typically when someone says they are in “recovery” we think they have had a physical disability … Continue reading

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

“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

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June 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.