Stress Management

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Stress Management
Set up Healthy Boundaries

Quote: “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.” Stephen Covey Tool # 6 of the Refresh, Reset & Reconnect Series: Set up Healthy Boundaries When you set up healthy boundaries, you are telling yourself that you care about you! It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. Healthy boundaries are the limitations you set for yourself and others. They can be mental, emotional, physical and material. When you cultivate healthy boundaries, you are not being rude or unkind. It means you are changing what you are…

Mrs. Claus’ Problem

Tis the season! Happy Holidays to you! I’m all decked out both inside and out at my house. It’s bright and shiny and helps to brighten up the gray days of winter we experience here in the Pacific Northwest. As much as I have always loved the “idea” of Christmas, I recognize it always brings along a lot to do, expectations and even oftentimes, overwhelm. And, I know I’m not alone. So, “Mrs. Claus,” as I’ve been referred to at times, has learned to set some healthy boundaries to keep her sanity during these holiday…

Stop the Worry Cycle

Tool #5-Stop the Worry Cycle “Instead of worrying about what you can’t control, shift your energy to what you can create” Roy T. Bennett I’ve read that worry is a misuse of our imagination. I think that is a good way to describe how powerful our imaginations really are! When we worry, we are imagining all the “what if” scenarios, aren’t we? And, our imaginations can really conjure up some pretty horrific stories, that’s for sure. Now, a little bit of worry or concern, which might be a better reframe, about a person’s well being,…

Your Imagination At Its Best

Tool #2-Create a Soothing Calming Image-Your Own Inner Sanctuary! Our imaginations are quite powerful. They can work for us or against us. Did you know, when we are worrying about our lives, feeling anxious, and drumming up all the “what if” scenarios, our imaginations are working very well? And, as you’ve probably experienced, when you are using your imagination this way, your body feels tense, you might get irritated easily and you may feel less than your best self. In this heightened state of worry, stress, and anxiety, your body is reacting to all the…

This Four Letter Word Is Powerful

Here’s a story for you about that 4 letter word: Ook and Mook, two cavemen, were out for a walk one day when a saber-toothed cat crossed their path. While Ook immediately turned tail and ran to safety, Mook thought the cat was cute and tried to scratch it under the chin. Needless to say, Ook wound up passing his common sense to his children, while Mook wound up passing through the cat. What does that mean for us? It means that fear is as closely tied to the survival of our species as eating.…

Taming Fear, the Little Word with a Big Voice

Fear talks to people. And when they listen, this is what can happen: Sheila loved to dance but she wouldn’t go out on the dance floor with her fiancé because she thought she’d look clumsy and ridiculous. Arnie knew he deserved a raise, but he was so nervous about approaching his boss, he never asked for one. Delia’s fear of bears was so great that she wouldn’t go on a camping trip with her friends. And their campsite wasn’t even in bear territory. Fear is that nattering voice inside our heads that says, you can’t,…

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