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Your Heart Yearns for Connection

Being a grown-up can be lonely. So often we spend our days alone, even if we are surrounded by people. Taking the time to connect with people you care about in a positive way is very important to managing your stress and keeping your heart healthy. Think about it. There are people in your life…

Prank, Laugh & Connect

Clay loves April Fool’s Day! My wonderful husband is devious and secretive, but fortunately he uses his powers for good. For years he pulled pranks on me before my eyes were fully open on the first morning of April. Now he has a new audience. Our six-year-old daughters! He greeted them this morning dressed in…

Connect – turn off the Blackberry

While driving back from Christmas shopping the other day, I listened to NPR’s All Things Considered. The subject was Blackberry Abuse. Evidently for some people a Blackberry is like crack cocaine – addictive. One of the guests discussed Blackberry orphans, children who’s parents are physically present, but never truly available because they are constantly checking…

Reconnect this holiday season

Take December’s Challenge: Reconnect! I was still in bed on Thanksgiving morning, enjoying the paper and some coffee, when my cell phone beeped indicating I had a text message.  Even though I didn’t recognize the phone number appearing after the “please call” message, I dialed and was surprised to be connected with one of my…

Connect with Joy: Ironman World Championship

Ironman World Championship My husband, Clay, and I are in Hawaii celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. The planned vacation coincided with the Ironman World Championship on the Big Island of Hawaii. Once we discovered this happy coincidence, we quickly changed our plans and signed up to volunteer. Some might find it odd, giving up part…

Connecting with friends: Clay’s Birthday

Last Thursday was my husband’s 40th birthday. Despite his protests ( “I don’t want a birthday party!”), I convinced him to let me plan a “small” party. Many people avoid celebrating their birthday — which I just don’t understand. Of course almost dying at age 35 does tend to change a person’s perspective on aging.…

Why is uncertainty so stressful?

Stress caused by uncertainty can be paralyzing. The information we are getting about the coronavirus seems to be changing by the hour — creating unprecedented uncertainty. There is a good reason your nerves are jangled, or you are feeling unsettled or anxious. Uncertainty is perceived as unsafe and potentially painful. Whether the situation is predictably…

Does Working From Home Reduce Stress? Remote Workforce

As companies struggle to retain millennials and create more productive teams, the draw of a remote workforce is alluring. Not only does it decrease brick and mortar costs, but the theory is also that remote employees enjoy better work-life balance, less stress, and are likely to stay with the company. But is this true? Is…

Does lack of sleep make you stupid?

Poor sleep is bad for your heart AND your brain! An article about poor sleep and the build-up of plaque in the body caught my eye. The study is remarkable in that it is the first study: “to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” according to José Ordovás,…

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