Stress

Coffee Alternatives: Why You Might Want to Try Them and What to Try!

I don’t drink coffee. And not because I don’t like it. I LOVE it. And not because it isn’t healthy, it is. The sad state of affairs is that when I drink coffee I get reflux and nausea. Every. Dang. Time. But more than that…it also makes me more anxious. This is something I see commonly with my patients and clients. Yes, even with “just” one…

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues? 3 Solutions.

The lack of sunshine and shorter days take a toll on so many of us.   My patients in the dark of winter suffer more with depression, they are more tired, their PMS is worse. In addition, I see more issues with sleep, with unwanted weight gain, with stress. And as you know if you’ve been reading my emails or work, I hold that increased stress…

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Happy 1st Birthday to Overcoming Overwhelm!

I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since my book came out. And what a year it’s been! Dozens of podcast and radio interviews. Articles in some of the best read online magazines. And of course my reading and book launch at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. My heart. Almost 200 people showed up on a dark/cold/rainy winter night. They ran out…

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Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, Try a New Year’s Theme

Around this time of year, the internet is flooded with articles about making New Year’s Resolutions, goals, and plans. I’m a big fan of looking ahead but I am adamantly opposed to resolutions. Why? Because not only is it human nature to have trouble sticking to change, but with resolutions, we create an all-or-nothing situation that practically guarantees we will feel that we’ve ‘failed’. It’s…

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My Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Stress

Can you believe the holiday season is already here? It’s time to wrap up calendar year projects, go to holiday parties, buy all the things if we do gifts, decorate, and get ready emotionally and physically for the dawn of a new decade. It can be a joyous and fun time for many, and a sad lonely time for others. But regardless of how this…

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress Video

Why you can’t ohm your way through carpool, get a monthly massage, or drink chamomile tea to solve your stress and overwhelm: you have to take time to dismantle your stress from the inside out. This video is an excerpt from my book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out. Learn more about my book and/or read an entire sample chapter here.   …

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Your Values, Your Healthcare – A Story

[this is an excerpt on values from my book Overcoming Overwhelm if you would like a full chapter (for free!)  just click here.] About 15 years ago, a woman named Susan came to see me for high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, and high blood pressure, a cluster of symptoms we call metabolic syndrome. She was 53 years old and found herself more than 40 pounds heavier than…

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Why Thinking About Health is Imperative.

[this is an excerpt about why you may want to deal with your health concerns from my book Overcoming Overwhelm] When you are suffering with chronic pain, imbalanced hormones, digestive complaints, fatigue, or pretty much any other ailment, you’re not only suffering through these symptoms, but also using your energy reserves to deal with them—energy that you might direct toward other things (such as, ahem,…

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Overcoming Overwhelm: You Can’t Fail at Self Care

[this is an excerpt on true self care from my book Overcoming Overwhelm if you would like a full chapter (for free! just click here.] There will always be times when you get off track—times you accidentally oversleep and don’t get to the gym, times you forget to plan for dinner and end up going out, or times you lose it and eat a bowl…

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The Top Three Mental Traps that Keep You Stuck in Overwhelm

Today I’m back with a pretty bold statement: The cycle of overwhelm, stress, fatigue, burnout, and ill health is epidemic in our culture. It’s not that society’s demands to do-it-all (and with a smile) are causing our ill health or symptoms, but these demands pile on top of all of the other things that we may not even realize are causing us stress—leading to physical,…

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