Category Archives: Optimizing Stress

Training Our Inner Nut

cheerfulmonk. Creative Commons license. That red almond-shaped spot in the diagram is our amygdala…from the Greek word for almond…the part of the brain that can send us into the fight-or-flight reaction. When it believes we’re in danger it shuts down … Continue reading

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Mindful Eating

Elizabeth Thomsen. Creative Commons license. And when you chew, chew only the carrot, not your projects or your ideas. You are capable of living in the present moment, in the here and the now. It is simple, but you need … Continue reading

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Do We Always Have to Be Happy?

Photo of Bentley courtesy of The Daily Puppy. We hear a lot these days about how happy people not only have more fun in life, they also live longer. Does that mean we should worry about our health when we’re … Continue reading

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Having the Sense That God Gave the Goose

I’ve been browsing the photos at Flickr the past few days, looking for some bright, cheerful images to counteract the dark and somber ones of the future that have been haunting my mind lately. birdyboo’s pictures of geese were more … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Being Downsized

I’ve been studying/practicing personal development most of my life, and got into stress management about 16 years ago, when my husband and I were both threatened with downsizing. It was scary, but also one of the happiest times of my … Continue reading

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Help Is Not a Four-Letter Word

My time-management system is easy. I mentally have a list of things I want to do, and I keep it in my head unless/until my mind starts feeling cluttered. Then I write the list down. Each item in the list … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Inspiration

This video clip from Facing the Giants encourages us to push ourselves, to do more with our lives…to stop cheating ourselves by setting our sights too low. That’s probably true for a lot of people. But it’s also true that … Continue reading

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