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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

“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

The Facts About Exercise: Don’t Make These “Myth”-stakes – Part 3 of 3

In part three of this three-part series we will look at several more pieces of misinformation regarding exercise. Many people are willing to share “wisdom” from their personal experiences, and while this may seem helpful to the less experienced, it is wise to check the facts for yourself. Please take time to go back and explore Parts One … Continue reading

The Facts About Exercise: Don’t Make These “Myth”-stakes – Part 1 of 3

Welcome to Spring! As the weather warms up, many people are encouraged to “get fit” for the summer season. If it has been awhile since you have exercised, you may want to take a moment to get some guidelines on how to set realistic goals for getting started (Click Here). There are a few things you should know … 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

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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.