Stress

Why Clearing Clutter Matters

For most of us when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and is all the rage in just about every blog and…

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Exciting News—my book found a home!

Any of you who have been around for a bit have been hearing and reading about my book proposal for a while. And when I say a while, it’s been over 2 years…for this book. There was another proposal before that which I decided to bail on at the last minute—but that’s another story. The way that non-fiction books work, most often, is that you…

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues?

Portland, Oregon is a city that has many things going for it. Amazing community. A thriving farm to table food scene. Easy access to both the mountains and the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I stumbled into living here. But nothing’s perfect in paradise! True to its reputation, we get rain in Portland. Lots of it.…

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Just Say NO to Holiday Stress!

Every December, as the year winds to a close, I get a few dozen emails from patients and clients begging me to squeeze them in. It’s cold and flu season, no doubt, but most often that’s not what’s causing the emails and calls—it’s seasonal stress creeping up wreaking all kinds of havoc. People are not only calling with typical stress symptoms like anxiety, depression, or sleeplessness,…

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Survey Says You’re Stressed. Now What?

As a first step in writing my book Overcoming Overwhelm—Dismantle your Stress from the Inside Out (forthcoming with Sounds True Publishing 1/1/19!) I ran an online stress survey. I had nearly 1400 responses, I wasn’t happy at all to see that so many of you are feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and tired, but I’m also holding onto the silver lining. 94% of you know that your stress levels…

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There’s Magic In Changing Your Perspective

If you’ve been visiting the blog or opening my emails of late you know I’ve been working on a new project…The Stress Less Strategy. It’s currently a workshop and a talk, soon to be a webinar and and course, and finally, in the coming year, a book. As part of the project I recently released a set of adult coloring pages. Or so I thought!…

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Why Adult Coloring is Good for Stress

The fact that I just released a free set of printable coloring pages might lead you to believe I’ve been into adult coloring from the get-go. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’d say I was wary, but it was more than that. I hate a bandwagon and anything that is all the rage makes me cringe. But I had a persistent friend who kept telling…

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Introducing My Free, Printable Stress-Less Coloring Pages!

I know that it’s hard to make the time for self-care. Life gets in the way, and there are so many other things to do all the time. Even if you lived on Mars and could capture an extra hour in every day (fun fact, Mars has 25-hour days!), you’d still be hard pressed to get everything done. The good news is that you don’t…

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Rethinking Your Relationship with Stress

One of my favorite things to do with patients is to illustrate concepts with drawings (I actually do this across the desk and draw upside down which makes it even more fun, but that’s another story.) For allergy patients I draw a nose sniffing a flower and then how the body responds with a cellular reaction, ultimately leading to a runny nose and sinus inflammation. For…

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Thinking Ahead for 2016 (but no New Years Resolutions, please!)

Yes, I know it’s a little early to be talking about the New Year, but I wanted you to start thinking about it with enough time to let your brain do some percolating, and enough time to get some good reflecting and planning in before the holiday season is in full tilt. Starting to think about it now also gives the added bonus of being clear about…

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