When Stress Goes Rogue, Say Hello to Anxiety: A Guide to Managing and Reducing Your Stress

Stress, it’s the ubiquitous toxic influence of our time.  Our relentless, competitive, materialistic culture seems to manufacture stress, and it is never out-of-stock.  The medical community tells us that excessive stress can lead to physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and even cancer.  And from a mental health perspective, stress left […]

What should I be doing? What’s the right question? (Just be here.)

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking forward. What’s next? What should I be doing? Is this getting me where I want to go? I was talking to friends about trying to be less stressed about things like this, about not being so future-focused. One said “Well, what would happen if you just […]

Some days you just don’t have “it”

I bet you know what I mean when I say “some days you just don’t have ‘it’.”  I bet you’ve been there too.  Days when you just feel like you don’t have that much to give.  Days when you just don’t feel like you’re making much sense – even to yourself.  It happens.  It makes […]

Independence Day: Patriotism, exclusion, and revolutionary compassion

Yesterday was Independence Day, July 4th.  As you know, it is an American holiday to mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the brand new United States of America saying to Great Britain, “No, sorry, we’re not going to live with this anymore – we’re taking matters into our own hands.”  It is also […]

The importance of ritual: Creating your own closure

What do you think of when you think of ritual?  I think of ceremonies:  weddings, funerals, graduations, inductions, baptisms, etc.  I bet some think of religion.  I bet others think of fraternities and sororities.  What else? But those aren’t the only things that can be ritual.  Some people have a “going to bed” ritual that […]

Loss and Grief: You want to help, but you don’t know how.

There are probably hundreds of articles available about how to help someone you care about who is grieving.  Hey look, here are one, two, three good ones!  That was easy to find! I probably don’t need to write one more.  But, this week has been an odd one, and somehow I’ve had a number of […]

Your words matter (and you matter too!)

In addition to writing this blog, I get to manage the Life Skills Resource Group Facebook and Twitter pages.  This is a lot of fun, because it involves looking for materials which others would enjoy or benefit from.  I get to look at lots of inspirational and philosophical messages and read lots of articles, trying […]

Self care is not selfish

Yesterday I took the day off of work.  I wasn’t sick, I just needed some time with me – some time to think – some time to process– some time to recharge – and really, some time to grieve. So I took some time to take care of myself.  Self care.  Relaxation.  These are things I’ve […]

Do or do not – there is no try!

This week I had a great conversation with Mona.  We were talking about the power of actually doing those things you have been wanting to do – how wonderful it feels.  I told her that I was feeling great because the night before I had gone to the gym after class, and I had really […]

Choosing Action Over Fear: Preparing for hurricanes (and storms of life) in Orlando

Have you ever noticed that sometimes people try to get us to do things by scaring us?  The “or else…”  sometimes feels omnipresent in our world.  I see it a lot in politics (on both sides), in the media, even just product advertising.  Sometimes we even do it to ourselves (“I’d better not eat that […]

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