The Best Made Plans for a Happy Holiday

635525448577172765ZenChristmasFor most people, the holiday season is a time of reflection, tradition, and joy. For some, the holiday season brings ever rising levels of panic, stress and even depression. Since we are all experiencing very similar situations – visits from family, additional financial strain, traffic, shopping, work deadlines, travel and even the distractions of nostalgia – why is there such a broad range ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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What’s So Good About The Good Ol’ Days?

Stress appears to be part of almost everyone’s busy, 21st Century lives: all of us today, it seems, are stretched, worn thin, over-committed, and worried about something.

From one perspective, it does indeed seem as though our lives have gotten more complicated, that threats and dangers are everywhere, and that many of us have good cause for feeling that our lives –both individually and as a society- have gotten out ...

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The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

In many places today we hear of “stress and anxiety;” two terms often linked, used interchangeably, and virtually, in everyday language, meaning the same thing. But the truth is that they are not the same, and not everyone experiencing one also suffers from the other.

Stress is the body’s reaction to a circumstance or situation that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. While we typically associate ...

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Distraction for Feeling Better

Nature has taught us many lessons and it continues to do so. Nature deals with stress by decreasing high pressure to low pressure. This phenomenon can be observed in some of nature’s most impressive forces like volcanic eruptions and disastrous hurricanes, down to those at the microscopic level like cellular osmosis. Through osmosis, for example, a concentrated solution is diluted – similarly distraction is a powerful diluter of overwhelming and sometimes dysfunctional thoughts and feelings.

Most of ...

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Understanding Anger

Everyone has felt anger, both their own and that of another person; and it isn’t pleasant no matter which side of it you are on. But what is anger; and what place should it have in our lives?

Put most simply, anger is a basic human emotion related to a person’s psychological or emotional sense of having been offended, overpowered, hurt, wronged, or denied something one needs, wants, or desires. It seems to be a necessary part of ...

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