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…

Illinois Women’s Health Conference

After two full days of public health seminars hosted by the Illinois Office of Women’s Health, participants closed the conference with heart attack survivor Eliz Greene and her women’s stress management program, Women Have Balls. Were you there? Here are some links you might find helpful: Article on food Stress Management Articles Productivity Articles Leave…

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…

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…

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…