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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

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

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

Unleash Your Power!

Believe it or not, you can control the way you feel. If you are able to make very simple choices, you can do this — simple things like choosing to smile, or choosing to frown. Either choice begins as a thought. Thoughts become neural-transmiters (chemicals) that send messages to muscles and those messages become actions (parts … Continue reading

Try These – I Dare You!

If you knew something that was easy and simple to do that would make a measurable, dramatic improvement in your health, why would you not do it? In my previous posting I actually dared you to do something that would make you feel better and improve your health. It was very simple and easy to … 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.