Heart Breathing

Want to quickly collect your thoughts, feel calmer, and be more fully present? Try using “heart breathing.” It’s a very easy method of releasing stress, helping you feel more grounded and centered. There are several references to heart breathing, but the HeartMath Institute’s description is easiest to understand and the most “heartfelt.” Let’s breathe: Get… Read more »

Gratitude

If you’ve read many of my posts, you know this is not the first time I’ve written about the power of finding something, anything, for which to be thankful. And it probably won’t be the last because that’s how important gratitude is. It is one of the most powerful forces that can turn a bad… Read more »

Sleep Well

There is nothing so frustrating as settling down to sleep after a long busy day, knowing I have an early start the next day, and not being able to fall asleep. I replay random events from the day that are still stressing me out, and then I imagine all the stressful things waiting for me… Read more »

EFT for Migraines…

Migraine headaches are always painful and sometimes completely debilitating. Some migraine sufferers spend several days unable to work or even stay in an upright position. Sometimes the cause is physical, such as when we become dehydrated. Often the underlying cause is an emotional issue. Stress is often the cause of headaches. Anyone under chronic stress… Read more »

I Can’t Release This Stress

Living in a chronic state of stress doesn’t feel good. It affects our short- and long-term health, immune response, eating patterns and digestion, relationships, and sleep; it affects everything. If there’s a way out of the stressful situation, we’ll usually take it. I heard from a client that she wasn’t regularly practicing the simple stress-relief… Read more »

Tap Into Courage

In a recent discussion about the importance of learning to set healthy boundaries, one person said, “It takes courage to stand up for what I need and to say ‘No’ when I need to. I don’t know if I can do it.” She was worried that she wouldn’t have the courage to actually follow through… Read more »

Build Resilience to Avoid Nurse Burnout

Resilience is a widely-used word and popular concept lately. What does resilience mean for nurses? It means being able to continue caring for others with compassion and strength under the constant stress of working long hours with scarce resources. It means feeling like you and your work make a difference, feeling connected with a team… Read more »

Another Trip Around the Sun

This week I celebrated my birthday. I’m thankful that I’ve survived this past year, that I am safe and healthy. I’m thankful my 3-member pod includes my sister-in-law Deb who is not only an incredible nature photographer but also an amazing chef. I’m thankful that leftover cake for breakfast has no calories and that I… Read more »

Holidays 2020

Without a doubt, this year has been one of the biggest challenges most of us have ever endured. And now we need to face this normally joyous holiday season, courageously finding ways to compromise while still finding happiness and hope for the future. We’ve all been shouldering extraordinary stress for almost a year, some more… Read more »

Calming Fear and Finding Hope

There’s no question that times are tough right now for the whole planet. All the Fears The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever. We’ve lost so, so many people to the virus and many who survived the infection are fighting long-term debilitating symptoms, all while people argue about the very existence of this… Read more »