Solutions to Help You Stress Less

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The letters of the word "Stress" on Christmas ornaments

The most wonderful time of year is often the most hectic and demanding time of year! When you combine whatever typically occupies your time eleven months out of the year with the holidays and attempting to reach whatever goals you set for the year in December, it can spell S-T-R-E-S-S. Sadly, stress does not bring out your inner greatness. Quite the contrary! It awakens your Fear Monster, casting a dark shadow on this cheery time of year. Learning to respond to the pressures you feel in healthier and more constructive ways during the holiday season will serve you well all … Read More

Step off Your Hamster Wheel & Stress Less

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Are you perpetually in motion like a hamster on a wheel getting nowhere? When caged and space is limited, the hamster wheel is an ingenious invention – a way for hamsters to run like crazy in a very small space. Did you know that wild hamsters run up to 5 miles every night while searching for food? That’s like climbing Mount Everest every night! Hamsters love to run! That’s what they were made to do. Assuming the average hamster is 3”, that makes me roughly 21 times the size of a hamster.  In order to keep up with a hamster’s … Read More

3 Reasons You Might be Addicted to Stress

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There is nothing wrong with getting things done! The trick is striking the tension between getting things done and making time to relax. Attempting to do more than is realistic creates stress. By now you have gathered that I like to get things done! In fact, I am able to get a surprising number of things done. Relaxing, on the other hand, that does not come so naturally to me! It is something I have to intentionally work at! I have been challenged by my One Word for 2016: RECEIVE, to slow down and “receive” the gift of a more … Read More

6 Powerful Pulls that Challenge Your Peace

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Illustration of a man water skiing

Ever feel like you are pulled in a million different directions? Stretched to the point of breaking? Overwhelmed? That’s how I felt on my first and last water skiing adventure. To be fair, I am not much for water sports. That did not keep me from accepting an invitation to spend the day on a lake to water ski with friends back when I was in college. It seemed like a fun adventure at the time. The best part of the day was hanging out on the boat and soaking up the sunshine. The water skiing part was an epic … Read More

9 Powerful Benefits to Making This One Change

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Various images of tires being changed

If there was one change you could make that would positively impact every other area of your life, would you be willing to make the change? Would you be willing to commit 30 minutes at least 5 times a week if you knew it would make you more productive? I know – life is moving fast, sometimes way too fast! I feel it too. It can be tough to keep up with home and work responsibilities, not to mention staying connected to other people. The first two things we cut out of our schedule are spending time with God and … Read More

18 Ways to Put the Kibosh on Stress

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Stress

Can I let you in on a little secret? Sometimes this coach gets stressed! You see, I have ambitious goals. I thrive on moving full speed ahead to reach my goals. As I am moving forward in my intense determined way, there are some things that can send me spinning into stress: Lack of margin for life’s unexpected curve balls, flexing too much to the pressures of others, not letting go of things I can’t control, and having unrealistic expectations. On top of my own weaknesses that contribute to my stress, there are also real life factors to contend with. … Read More