Posts Tagged 'stress'

Resiliency

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Take a close look at the picture above. You’ll notice that this tree was chopped down, only to “bounce back” by re-sprouting new leaves! This tree cannot be kept down. It is the model of Resiliency.

Why can some people smile through failure? Come through heartbreak stronger than ever? How can I do that? CAN I do that?? Yes, you can. It is a teachable skill . . . a habit to be practiced. We’ve all seen this person . . ...

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Parenting

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Feel like you cannot get through to your kids? Like they just don’t listen?
Are you fantasizing about sending your kids away?
Are you tired of the power struggles? Are your efforts at discipline creating more stress and anger in your home?
Would you like to have that nice balance between being a parent first, and a friend second?
Is your relationship or marriage suffering because of parenting issues?

There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ parent. Parenting is not ...

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Co-parenting

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Ever see a divorced couple that seems to get along great and wonder how they do it? It’s effective Co-Parenting. There are skills that can be learned to cultivate a friendly co-parenting experience that benefits everybody, especially the kids! It can be tough in the beginning, but this is normal. Learn more about how to create a friendly vibe between you and your ex-.

Some ground rules to start with:

  1. NEVER use your children as pawns to accomplish your agenda
  2. NEVER put your ...
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Adaptation

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Acknowledge, improvise, adapt, and overcome. The Marines’ slogan is “Improvise, adapt, and overcome.” I add”Acknowledge” because it is implied in improvisation; if you’re going to improvise, you must first recognize what it is you are improvising in response to. This is an exercise in mindfulness.

Standing up in the face of adversity is a skill set that can be learned. There can be so many distractions though; don’t ignore them. Manage them. Leverage them.

Acknowledge, but don’t dwell

To acknowledge your circumstances ...

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Power

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Power and weakness are probably not what you think, so let’s look deeper into them. Using Mindfulness based techniques we explore the meaning of power as it relates to your authentic self. This means that you make confident decisions, you ask for help without feeling weak, and show confidence in anxiety provoking situations like a board room or a first date.

I am not referring to the ego based Power Monger mentality here. Power in its healthy state is about ...

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Discomfort

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Discomfort wants you to feel better. But when it comes to not getting things done, we can be extremely creative about feeling good about it. Does this sound familiar, “To be at my most productive, I need some down time, so I’ll just sleep in. . .”?

When you are living life out-of-balance, your mind and/or body begins to tell you with discomfort of one type or another (sickness, soreness, panic attacks, anxiety, etc). Remember, if you ignore an imbalance, you ...

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Change can be tough

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Change is often a wise investment that pays off in decreased suffering.

If you’ve read this far, then you have already experienced that change can be difficult. Not impossible, but often more difficult than we’d like it be, or than we’d expect it to be. Here’s some how to deal with some of the speed bumps. . .

Let’s say that you have correctly recognized that in order to be more healthy and balanced, you need to make some sort of lifestyle, ...

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Insomnia and Sleeplessness

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  • Trouble falling asleep? or staying asleep?
  • Do you wake up throughout the night?
  • Is your mind racing too fast to sleep?
  • Have your sleepless nights impacted you job? Family? Friendships?

Laying awake at night can be infuriating. It can keep you fuming about what happened today, and worrying about what may, or may not, happen tomorrow.

We’ve all been there . . . you get up in the morning, startled by the alarm; you had finally fallen asleep when it started screaming at you! Grumbling ...

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Self Esteem

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Self-love is not selfish!

  • Struggling with feelings of worthlessness? Like you just don’t matter to anybody, including yourself?
  • Noticing that you have been more negative about how you experience others?
  • Feeling less empowered? Almost as if there isn’t enough of ‘you’ to go around?
  • Are you feeling depressed and/or anxious?

Along with optimism, self-esteem can be practiced and improved. Moving towards what we do want, instead of only away from what we don’t, we can see how the brain wants us to go ...

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Depression

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  • Do you feel sad most of the time?
  • Are you having head and body aches? Sick more often than usual?
  • Do you feel like you’ve lost interest in things you used to enjoy?
  • Do your emotions feel “blunted?”
  • Has your life begun to feel like an ordeal instead of an adventure?
  • Have you been isolating yourself? Not really participating in life?
  • Do you feel like you need drugs and/or alcohol to have fun?

Depression has been described as a dark cloud that just doesn’t go away. It ...

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Anxiety

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  • Feeling anxious or nervous when it doesn’t make sense? Have butterflies in your stomach?
  • Does this anxiety get in the way of living life to the fullest?
  • Do you avoid social situations because you’re not sure how to act?
  • Have you passed over professional opportunities because of fear of the unknown?
  • Do you get lost in thoughts of “what if . . . ?”
  • Dry mouth, pounding heart, out of breath? Perhaps feel your throat closing? Right before, or even during, an important presentation, interview, ...
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Family Dynamics

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  • Dread going home at the end of the day? Do you find reasons to stay away?
  • Recognize that sinking feeling when you pull up and see that your spouse is home?
  • Are you more irritable with your loved ones than usual?
  • Feeling isolated in your family? Does your home feel like a prison?
  • Do you know what you want your family to feel like, but not sure how to get it there?

Family provides us with our first lessons in how to live and love. ...

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Cathartic Writing

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The written word can heal. If you’ve every written in a journal and found it helpful, then you’ve experienced the benefit of Cathartic Writing. A catharsis can be thought of as a healthy emotional release that helps you to heal from some kind of pain. It can be grief, trauma, fear, or any uncomfortable emotion. In this article you will find an emotional letter from a dog to his human; it’s a masterful example of how words can heal even ...

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