During the Q & A section of a recent presentation, I was asked how I managed stress. I reviewed the information on the worksheets I’d been discussing, but I realized her question went deeper than simply “What do I do?” She was really asking, “How do you actually remember to use these tools?” Because stress management tools… Continue reading Three tips for making stress management tools work for you
The other day I had the privilege to see an acting troupe perform plays written by my kid and her classmates. It was awesome! But it was also on a Friday afternoon in the cafeteria with about 200 kids who were ready for the weekend. To say the energy was up would be an understatement. The teachers… Continue reading Reduce your stress and get focused now with one simple tool!
Before I became a health coach, I was a policy lady. I went to policy school because I wanted to help right some of the injustices of the world. I still do, but I’ve changed my approach a bit. However, coming from this background, you might imagine that, like many of you, the last few… Continue reading Stress management during the storm
This past week was one of those weeks that they invented that really irksome proverb “Man plans; God laughs.” I’m a planner because it gives me joy, direction, and security. And this week was no different. I had planned out a whole list of things that would have been awesome. I planned so much that… Continue reading Stop stressing yourself out!
Stress is a killer of joy, a robber of your time, and, as it turns out, devastating to your gut health. I’ve written a lot about stress and its effects on your health and tips for managing it, but today I want to take a slightly different approach. The little ecosystem in our guts made up… Continue reading Gut health 4: Stressing out our guts.
Until now I’ve dedicated this series to managing the stress we can control, but the reality is that sometimes there is stress that is outside of our control. Maybe it’s the heartache of ending a relationship or the everyday strain of caring for a dying loved one. Just living in this world and being somewhat… Continue reading Stress Part 5: And sometimes its out of your hands….
So far this series has dealt with stress in a very traditional way, but today we are going to switch gears and talk about something we don’t immediately associate with stress: the stress we put our body under when we overindulge. Overindulging on food is part of our celebration culture. Our traditions mostly mean gathering with people we love… Continue reading Stress Part 4: Don’t feed the stress.
Stress is often caused by the clash between our expectations and our reality. This is especially true at this time of the year. Sometime around Thanksgiving, I start to imagine all the Christmas magic I’m going to have with the kids. I’m going to read one of our Christmas books every night. We are going… Continue reading Stress Part 3: Sometimes you just have to rethink the whole thing.
Our first strategy for dealing with stress was to reduce unnecessary distractions. Step two in reducing stress is reining in an out of control schedule. A significant source of stress comes from those things that we want to do but have gotten out of hand and started to take over our life. Many of… Continue reading Stress Part 2: What if it is your circus and those are your monkeys?
Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but the high levels of stress we experience are extremely dangerous. Chronic stress can lead to all kinds of diseases, negatively impacts our relationships, and taints even our best experiences. For example, many of us even dread the holidays because this season adds extra heartburn rather than being… Continue reading Stress Part 1: Stop letting stress steal your joy
Tis the season to travel, to purchase, to make food, eat food, and to feel the full impact of bad food choices. Tis the season of time with family or to miss family. Tis the season for expectations that can and do often go south. Basically, we are entering the season of (even more) stress. Caveat:… Continue reading Tis the season of stress!
We are in a situation once again when the world seems to have gone all topsy turvy. Things are so strange that we can’t even agree on what name we are using for this virus that has done so much damage. Is it COVID-19, Coronavirus, or SARS 2? There is a lot of uncertainty out… Continue reading Your emotional wellbeing is just as important to your healing as Kale!
The best possible outcome for toxins is for them to move through our body quickly. Movement is the name of the game when it comes to the toxins we come in contact with or that our bodies create. If toxins don’t move out, they get stored in our fat cells and tissues. This can lead to… Continue reading Toxins and You 3: You got to move it move it!*
If you need help navigating or reaching your health and wellness goals Carrie should be your go-to resource. Carrie specializes in women with autoimmune disorders, but her services and knowledge are applicable to any individual with any situation. Carrie developed a program for me based around stress and anxiety management along with improved body image… Continue reading Alanna Review
Glennon Doyle posted this awesome photo on Facebook. She captured a moment at a soccer game of a mom who not only showed up for her kids but she also showed up for HERSELF! Glennon captioned the photo: As a business owner, a mom, and some other titles that I’ve agreed to, I can fall… Continue reading Bump this to the top of your to-do list RIGHT NOW!
This Saturday was my first party of the season and it got me thinking how the holidays are really a minefield for those of us trying to keep inflammation at bay. From loads of sugar we push on each other to the stress of making it a perfect holiday, the season can leave us worse… Continue reading Keep the inflammation at bay this holiday season
We all grew up hearing “everything in moderation” which to me meant the world and all its food are your oyster just don’t reload your plate. I think this message is fine if not a little ineffective (hello startling national health statistics) but if I took it to heart I wouldn’t be where I am today,… Continue reading Moderation doesn’t work when your immune system is bonker balls
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Awww, the holidays. A time to relax, spend time with those that love us most, share a lovely meal, and just rejuvenate our soul… Or not. Let’s face it the holidays can be stressful and overwhelming, and that’s not just for those of us with a chronic illness. It seems like everybody is missing the mark… Continue reading Lupus and You: How to survive the holidays!