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

What’s Holding Your Leadership Together?

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Growing up, sewing was still regularly offered in middle school, or junior high as it was called it back then. I couldn’t wait that long! I wanted to learn sooner. That’s why I spent a week during my summer leading up to fourth grade learning how to sew a pair of shorts with a top to match under my mother’s watchful eye. I couldn’t wait to wear the completed outfit and show it off on the final day of VBS that summer. Thankfully, I don’t have pictures. You would wonder why I was so pleased, but at the time it … Read More

What in the World is Your Body Trying to Communicate?

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It’s not new for cars to warn us about possible issues. Even base model cars have MIL – the malfunction indicator lamp also known as check engine light. Cars also come standard with things like an odometer, speedometer, and a fuel indicator, which are incredibly handy and help circumvent some seriously inconvenient moments! These days’ cars are also loaded with all kinds of new features to help you avoid potential accidents. Things like BSW – blind spot warning, FSW – forward collision warning, LDW – lane departure warning and rear-cross traffic warning. Newer cars are able to alert you both … 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

7 Reasons to Bring Recess to Work

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Sign hanging on a computer screen that says Recess

Remember when you were in elementary school and someone asked you what your favorite subject was? More often than not, it was recess! Back then, you relished the free time and the chance to mingle with friends. The fact that it provided a much needed break from the rigors of academic subjects, a chance to be active, and an opportunity to learn how to manage unstructured time were not even considerations. Neither were the skills you were learning, like resolving conflict, sharing, leading, collaborating and negotiating. Mostly you knew that you enjoyed recess; that is was fun! You probably didn’t … Read More

Life Out Of Alignment – What’s it Costing You?

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Man riding in small car

Driving a car that is out of alignment can be exhausting. Have you experienced it -wrestling with the wheel to compensate for the pull in one direction or the other? What about the annoying vibrations in the steering wheel or the incessant shaking? By the time you arrive at your destination, you are worn out and frazzled. It takes a lot of energy to drive a car that is out of alignment! In addition to the toll it takes on your energy, there is the uneven wear on your tires and the additional gas it takes to drive your car … Read More

18 Ways to Put the Kibosh on Stress

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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