Walk on the Wild Side

Get Outside to Reduce Your Stress! One of the many perks of my job is getting to visit beautiful places. Today I awoke to singing birds at the Hidden Lake Bed and Breakfast in Jonesboro, Illinois.  This evening I’ll be presenting Juggling Lessons for Life to hundreds of women at the Healthy Woman event sponsored…

Here Comes The Chainsaw

How do you manage stress in a situation you cannot control? Here comes the chainsaw, ripping into your life and causing stress.  You didn’t choose it, and you don’t get the choice of stepping aside and saying “no thanks.”  Somehow you will need to figure out how to deal with the problem, and the stress…

Your Body Is Telling You – “I’m Too Stressed!”

Hey! Pay Attention! Five ways your body tells you it’s too stressed. Your body is smart.  If you listen to it, it will tell you what it needs and when it has had too much. Listen up! What your tummy is saying: Throwing up, diarrhea, constipation, and nausea may all be signs you are too…

Is Stress the New Office Bug?

Stress May Be Contagious! Take steps to avoid this office bug! Our new favorite source for wellness info, Greatist, shares a study revealing how our brains can absorb co-workers’ emotions, behavioral traits, and facial expressions. Sitting next to a stressed colleague may remind us of our own worries, and we sometimes mimic coworkers’ slouched shoulders…

Have a Little Fun

Pay Your Body Back for the seriousness of adult life by having a little fun. Henrietta is roosting in my house! Henrietta is a ceramic chicken who splits her time between our house and my mom’s house – because we take turns sneaking her into the other’s residence! My mom started it!  She bought Henrietta…

We Have Other Plans

Worried about holiday social commitments taking over your time? Make other plans. No kidding. Right now. Open your calendar and mark every available evening and weekend as committed to your holiday priorities.  That way when you receive an invitation you can quite honestly say, “We have other plans.” Those other plans may be a glass…

Stop! I Wanna Get Off!

Everyday life is stressful, but how well do you handle it when life gets really crazy?  Maybe work is suddenly more busy.  Maybe your family life just got more complicated.  Or, maybe, like me, you invited the madness in? What do you do when life feels like a crazy carnival ride and you just want…

Have a productive last quarter!

International Productivity Expert Neen James offers tips on making the last quarter of the year productive.  I especially like the part about paying attention to social engagements that come along with the holidays. One strategy that works for me is to determine 3 or 4 things I want to focus on over the holidays and…

Kill the monkeys – Stress Reducing Tip

Ever wonder how you suddenly agreed to do something, pay for something, or take on more that you can manage? Maybe your “monkeys” distracted you from truly listening. One of the most effective ways of controlling your workload and stressing less is listening well.  Check out this video from Covenant Leadership’s Chip Lutz, with tips…