World Mental Health Day
This is Your Body on Stress (and how it's hurting you)
Hope your day got off to a smooth start – especially because I want to talk to you about STRESS. We’re heading into a busy time of year with new schedules, etc. and I know a lot of you are feeling some pressure …
… and I also know a lot of you think you should just toughen up and “push through it”.
Spoiler alert: You can’t do it. That’s because stress isn’t all “in your mind.” It’s also in your body.
Your stress response system is a primal reaction... it’s hardwired into your system to …
Why I needed to shut down everything
I have a story for you today about my overworked WIFI router. (Spoiler: this story really isn’t about my router. :) )
A couple of weeks ago my router was giving me major problems – among other things, some of my devices kept dropping their WIFI connections.
It was as if they WANTED to connect, but they just couldn’t.
I’d see the WIFI icon pop on and I’d start working, but then my laptop would suddenly starting buffering and it would fall back off – honestly it was driving me a little cr…
Anger Management Part 3: When to Seek Help
When to Seek Help
In my last two articles (click on links below to read first two articles), I provided some tips and techniques for managing your emotions – specifically your anger.
If you give these tips and techniques a fair chance and anger is still a significant issue, you might require more support. Your community is likely to have helping professionals (like me) and classes to provide help with anger management challenges.
Asking for help is not synonymous…
Anger Management - Part 2: Tips for Anger Management
The second installment of a three-part series on anger management, today's article provides some tips for anger management.
Recap: :Last week I discussed how chronic anger issues can have serious repercussions for your health, work, and relationships. Anger is a perfectly normal emotion, and you should expect to feel some anger when you’ve been treated badly. Anger is simply a message from your body that you believe something is wrong. The initial emotion isn’t the real problem. It’s the action…
Anger Management - Part 1: Understanding Anger
The first of a three-part series on anger management, today's article describes anger, some myths about anger, and the importance of learning to control anger responses.
Are you known for having a short fuse or a hot temper? Do you frequently get into arguments? If so, an upgrade to your anger management skills might be in order.
Chronic anger issues can get out of control and have serious repercussions for your health, work, and relationships. Understanding the reason…
Freedom from Stress - Part 3: Effective Ways to Manage Your Stress
Today we are going to discuss effective methods of managing stress. In my previous articles I've discussed what stress is and some less-than-helpful ways we typically deal with it.
Now it’s time to learn some of the best ways to manage stress. You have abundant choices for learning how to effectively manage your stress.
Try these strategies:
- Take time for physical activity. It’s important to have consistent exercise in your life. Not only does physical activity do great things for your …
Freedom from Stress - Part 2
WHAT DOES STRESS LOOK LIKE?
In last week’s article I defined stress as mental or emotional strain you experience due to any tension-causing situation. The word “stress” is also used to describe challenges that bring about feelings of anxiety, tension, or worry.
This week we will look at some common symptoms of unhealthy chronic stress and some of the not-so-helpful ways we tend to deal with it.
Although stress is a universal feeling, your own reaction to your emotions is unique to you. To…
Freedom from Stress
Everyone occasionally experiences stress. Whether you’re always in the fast lane at work, juggling hectic family demands, or striving to navigate difficult relationships, chronic stress is a natural byproduct of life.
What if you actively took steps to manage your stress? Would your life be different? Would you feel better? Of course, you would!
Fortunately, you can implement some easy strategies to get a handle on stress. This article is part 1 of a three-part series dedicated to stress. Th…