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Understanding stress
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Understanding stress

I watched a documentary on stress by biologist/professor and author of Why Zebras don’t get Ulcers, Robert Sapolsky. He provides some fascinating information on stress based primarily on his longitudinal research in Africa with a single baboon troop. Here are some of the findings that stuck with me:

How to Overcome Cravings In 5 Simple Steps
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How to Overcome Cravings In 5 Simple Steps

Do you have a compulsive habit or addiction that is ruining your relationship? Is your spouse or partner threatening to leave you? Is your behavior affecting you at work? Even if you are in a Twelve Step program, fighting off cravings is still a difficult job. What can you do if you can't stop overeating, drinking, drugging, spending, gambling, smoking, sitting at your computer for hours watching porn, or something else that makes you feel good temporarily? Many people will suggest that you "just say NO." However, that doesn't work permanently.

5 Ways to Stop Feeling Stressed Out
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5 Ways to Stop Feeling Stressed Out

Do you ever feel stressed out, checked-out, exhausted or overwhelmed?  You are not alone.  Many people today struggle to ‘keep up’ with their own lives.  Studies are clear that the effects of stress on your mind and body can be deadly.  Therefore, it is important to learn how to gain control of the things in your life you find stressful and to learn how to reduce your stress response.  Here are five simple ways to reduce and manage stress in your life.

Reflective Quiet Time
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Reflective Quiet Time

Do you meditate? If you don’t practice a formal meditation, do you spend quiet time reflecting? Perhaps you pray or spend time reading inspirational books or you use visualization and positive affirmations?  What do you do to prepare for entering that reflective time? How do your clear your mind of life’s chatter or white noise?

Why Not Worry?
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Why Not Worry?

If worrying is so natural and has so many survival advantages (See my article Why Worry?), you may say, why not worry?  The short answer is that it is well enough to worry for short periods when the crisis requires it, but it is unhealthy and unproductive to get into the habit of worrying all the time. 

Caregivers Need Care Too
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Caregivers Need Care Too

I often meet with individuals who desperately need time for themselves.  Many of these individuals are professionals such as doctors, teachers, or daycare providers.  Others are full time parents or are caring for their own ailing parents.  Some are in a relationship with, or care for someone with mental or physical illness.  While the presentation is diverse, there is a common theme.  A theme of burnout, stress, and intense guilt related to wanting some “me time”.  Friendships, interests, and ho

10 Ways Pleasure Can Save Your Life
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10 Ways Pleasure Can Save Your Life

Pleasure is often thought about as being selfish, greedy, or hedonistic. We believe in making Pleasure a Priority. Pleasure does not just happen to us - we must actively choose to cultivate pleasure in our individual lives and in our relationships. Pleasure is healthy, makes us feel happier, more alive, and gives us energy to fuel our days. We believe that being fulfilled with pleasure makes us better partners, parents, friends and coworkers.

How to Remove Unnecessary Stress From Your Life
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How to Remove Unnecessary Stress From Your Life

Even the most happy-go-lucky person has experienced stress at some point in their lives. In fact, stress is normal and in certain situations it makes sense to deal with it. What isn't healthy, however, is unnecessary stress. While each person handles stress in their own way, identifying and eliminating unnecessary stress is very important because if left unchecked, it can creep up on a person, causing havoc that could have been avoided in the first place.

How to Remove Unnecessary Stress From Your Life
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How to Remove Unnecessary Stress From Your Life

Even the most happy-go-lucky person has experienced stress at some point in their lives. In fact, stress is normal and in certain situations it makes sense to deal with it. What isn't healthy, however, is unnecessary stress. While each person handles stress in their own way, identifying and eliminating unnecessary stress is very important because if left unchecked, it can creep up on a person, causing havoc that could have been avoided in the first place. What makes unnecessary stress hard to detect is the fact that it can be easily confused with normal everyday stresses.

Kim Kardashian
Poor Kimmy is stressed.
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6 Ways Kim Kardashian Can Combat Stress

According to the Huffington Post, Kim Kardashian's doctor has warned her that the stress from her divorce could have long-term effects on her unborn child. That shouldn't come as a surprise, given that both divorce and pregnancy are among life's ten most stressful events.