Stock Market News Induced Stress

Are you suffering from Stock Market News Induced Stress? Sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room with my daughter yesterday, my attention was drawn to the television behind us, tuned to CNN.   Even though I wasn’t really watching it, I could feel my stress level increasing.  I don’t know about you, but the terms debt-ceiling…

Is Your Job Making You Sick?

“I have to work very fast.” “I work very hard.” “I manage competing demands of others.” “I worry about losing my job.” “I feel underused or powerless.”   Sound familiar? If so, your job may be making you sick or putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Do you have high job…

When Did I Become “Them”?

What happens when you take on a new leadership role and suddenly things change? How do you handle the stress of former colleagues’ emotional responses to difficult management decisions? You get some perspective from someone who knows the ropes! My entry into life as a school board member was bumpy.  Some of my fellow parents…

Busy Woman’s Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep

“Sleep is the grease that makes your life work.” Dr. Marie Savard Dr. Savard and I presented at the same event recently, and this line from her program struck me as brilliant.  “Sleep is the grease that makes your life work. A good diet and exercise are important, but they can’t work if you aren’t…

Play A Little

What happened to recess? Adults don’t often get recess, but on Thursday morning I did… Text Message: Opera Kickball 9 & 9:30.  Don’t tell the girls! There it was. An invitation to play. I had a list a mile long of things I should do – but I really wanted to play! So I did.…

Are You Heartstrong?

We’ve all heard of being headstrong, but what does it mean to be Heartstrong? Headstrong people are full of will and cannot be governed or advised.  They don’t listen to what people tell them and often make the way more difficult for themselves. Headstrong people are led by opinion and are often inflexible. Heartstrong people…

5 Things Mom Could Really Use on Mother’s Day!

We all love the flowers and cute notes, but if you really want to make the mom in your life feel special here are a few suggestions: Mom could really use: A Nap: It’s true.  Most women walk around the world chronically sleep deprived.  A 20-minute nap can put a dent in the deficit and…

Weathering the Stress Storm

Is it just me or does it seem like there is a stress storm going on?  To be fair, I live in Wisconsin and serve on our local school board.  With all of the turmoil over Governor Scott Walker’s budget, worries over collective bargaining rights, and trying to figure out how to do right by…

Cortisol is Trouble! Pay Your Body Back

Is the stress hormone making you fat and hurting your heart? Pay Your Body back by understanding how Cortisol impacts your health: Cortisol is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands. We all need cortisol to help us react to stressful situations, especially those requiring a “fight or flight” reaction. Our bodies react to stress…