Stress Management

Attachment is The Root of Suffering

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Attachment is The Root of Suffering

“Attachment is The Root of Suffering “ is a commonly cited quote from the Buddha. When  the Buddha used attachment multiple times in the same composition he often substituted the word acquisition in its place.     Becoming attached the things we acquire is pretty easy to understand, especially in our materialistic culture. We often become attached to acquisitions like our money, houses, cars, degrees, titles,  etc.  Not only do we become attached to these material things, we judge our possessions against societal standards for money, houses, etc. It is easy to get caught up in...

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Stress Refresher for 2017

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Stress Refresher for 2017

To get 2017 off to a less stressful start I’d like to give you a quick refresher on stress because when you are stressed it is so easy to get confused and stop thinking clearly about it and how to manage it. So I just wanted to reach out and shoot you a short reminder about what stress is really about and how to manage it. That’s right, manage it. Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate stress because it is intimately linked to change and if I can guarantee you one thing about 2017, it is that  SOMETHING in your life is going to change (for better or worse) during the coming...

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Setting Values-Based Year’s Resolutions That Really Work

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Setting Values-Based Year’s Resolutions That Really Work

Now that the dust has settled and all of the “experts” have chimed in regarding their thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions I’d like to offer you some new ideas to ponder regarding why resolutions work or do not work. The word “resolution” is derived from the root “resolve” and means to solve by changing, converting, or dissipating. In the case of New Year’s Resolutions what most people try to change, convert, or dissipate  are bad habits or unhelpful behaviors. When you make a resolution to “start exercising” for example, you...

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How Do I Cope With My Stress?

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How Do I Cope With My Stress?

In a previous blog (What is Stress?) I described the three components of stress: (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you (your self-talk) about it and your ability to cope with it and (3) a stress response that kicks in if you feel unable to cope with it. When you start to view stress this way you begin to change. You no longer see stress as something that just happens to you, and is beyond your control.  Stress becomes  more than just “bills, traffic, the government,” or other things that exist independently of you. You begin to realize that the way you view these...

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What is Stress?

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What is Stress?

What is stress? Is stress good for you? Is stress really harmful? How much stress is too much? Part of the reason people have a hard time answering these, and other questions about stress is because stress means different things to different people. The first step in stressing less and living more is learning what stress really is and why it is bad for you.   FORGET EVERYTHING you’ve ever learned about stress because most of it is outdated and confusing rather than helpful.   Stress is the combination of three things; (1) a potential stressor, (2) what your mind tells you about it...

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Coaches: Is the Stress of Caring for Everyone But Yourself Finally Getting to You?

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Coaches: Is the Stress of Caring for Everyone But Yourself Finally Getting to You?

Dear Coach, You are kind, caring, and compassionate. You have dedicated yourself to helping others. It is your life’s calling, your mission. You enjoy your work and would rather be doing it than anything else in the world. Lately however, you have been feeling different. Your unhealthy lifestyle is causing you stress rather than making you more stress-resistant. Your runaway mind jumps from one stressful thought to another. You worry excessively and over-think everything, especially the things you cannot control. You feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and demands that leave you exhausted...

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