Stress Management

So What is Stress All About?

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So What is Stress All About?

Introduction to Stress and Coping Back to the Basics It has been a few years since my very first post on stress was published in this blog. Since then I’ve taken you through my multi-level defense system against stress and introduced you to a new way of looking at stress and coping. these are stressful times Now it is time to go back to the beginning and flesh out the principles and practices I’ve been discussing in this blog. You have the advantage of being able to refer to my original articles on stress if you choose. In one of my more recent columns Stress Refresher for 2017,...

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Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

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Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions

Now that the dust has settled and all of the “experts” have chimed in regarding their thoughts on the subject I’d like to offer you some new ideas for Rethinking New Year’s Resolutions. 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 are also saying to yourself, “I want to stop being so...

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What is Everyday Mindfulness Training?

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What is Everyday Mindfulness Training?

    Everyday mindfulness training is the application of the principles and practices of mindfulness to everyday living. While the everyday application of mindfulness principles and practices are endless, this post will focus on a few places where I think the impact is particularly great: Relationships with Family, Friends, and Co-Workers Communicating with Others Being True to Your Values Eating Fitness and Sports Intimate Sexual Relationships   Relationships With Family, Friends, and Co-Workers Imagine what your relationships with your spouse/partner, children family,...

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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...

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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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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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