Category Archives: Stress Reduction

Expand Possibility: Fill Year with Curiosity, Play and Discovery!

Untitled-3Carol Burbank, Guest Blogger

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…
William Wordsworth

Our daily lives, full of obligation and negotiation, can be overwhelming. We toast together on New Year’s Eve, promising to create something new and better in the days to come. In that moment, anything is possible. So how do we move beyond the grind of our old routines and concerns once the party’s over?

Curiosity is the key.  Sure, we need willpower and discipline. It also helps to create buddy systems to get us to the gym or make us accountable for our goals. And making that doctor’s appointment or finding a great coach gives us professional support and new tools. But these excellent strategies only work when we approach the puzzle with curiosity. Continue reading

Smile and Laugh Your Way Through the Holidays – Health & Wellbeing Series #4

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Ten Reasons to Smile and Laugh Your Way Through the Holidays

Holidays can produce joy OR stress, or both! You can create your own holiday mood by taking control of your emotions using smiles and laughter. Your body will respond immediately with happy feelings when you smile – and if you want to make other people happy, follow the same recipe – smiling and laughter. Here are 10 reasons to Smile and Laugh your way through the holidays, including some great youtube links to laughter-inducing funniest home videos!

1. Smiling Triggers the Release of Endorphins

The more endorphins you release, the happier you are! When you smile the muscle movement in your face triggers your brain to activate neurotransmitters which release endorphins. Endorphins like dopamine and serotonin are our feel-good chemicals.

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Tips for Getting through the Holidays with a Little Sanity

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How do you “Do” the Holidays?

Do you thrive on all the activities of the holidays? Do all those lists, shopping, plans, cooking and so on and on leave, you feeling energized or exhausted? If you answered yes, you can quit reading now.

However, if like many of us, you find the Holidays a mixed-bag and often end up feeling exhausted, drained, frustrated or sad, then keep reading.

There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all answer to how do “do” the Holidays. But this is a good time to take a careful assessment of which activities you enjoy, and which you do only because you “should”.

Just a few minutes setting priorities may make all the difference.

Take a few minutes not to set some priorities and things may go a little smoother allowing you to breeze through December with a smile on your face.

Happy Holidays from Virginia & AnnaMariah

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What is your Holiday HSP Sensitivity Profile?

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What’s a Holiday Sensitivity Profile?  It’s your energy profile and prediction of how well you’ll get through the holiday!

The holidays are upon us again. For many of us, the holidays are a mixed bag. While many people look forward to them, others dread them or have mixed feelings for a variety of reasons.

I was reminded of this yesterday when talking to a very balanced, focused friend who was feeling “off” and kind of sad. When I mentioned that it’s almost Thanksgiving, she immediately knew that’s what was wrong.

If you’re a Highly Sensitive Person it’s quite likely that the holidays are more of a struggle for you, but even people who don’t normally have a problem find the holidays to be very stressful.

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Shopping with Intention: Giving What Only You Can Give – Holiday Survival Series #2

Shopping with Intention

by Carol Burbank, Ph.D.
Guest Blogger

Don’t you just hate the pressure of finding the perfect gift?

I do! I start my holiday shopping early in the fall, because I’m picky about what I give my friends and family. And there are always people “impossible” to buy for! I’m torn between buying what I would want or finding something to fit them. (Hint: if we love it, they’ll probably feel the same way!) Whatever I buy, I worry they won’t be happy.

Are you a Co-Dependent gift giver?

You guessed it. I’m a co-dependent gift giver.  Enough is never enough! Over the years I’ve learned to soften the edges of my holiday shopping anxiety with this simple mantra: It really is the thought that counts!

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7 Tips to De-stress Your Holidays – Holiday Survival Series #1

7 Tips to De Stress HolidaysSimple tips to help you enjoy your holidays with less stress and end the year with ease. A few changes can benefit HSP’s, Empaths, and everyone else as well.

This time of year tends to bring out the best and the worst for many people and can be especially trying to HSP’s and empaths. Continue reading

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Top Ten Life Hacks for HSPs and the Rest of Us – HSP Series #3

You don’t have to be an HSP (highly sensitive person) or Empath to find useful information in this post.

Do you have times where life just seems difficult or overwhelming?

We all have times in our lives where things feel difficult, chaotic or overwhelming. Life seems harder, you tend to be more affected by the people, circumstances, and energies around you. Even if you wouldn’t normally describe yourself as sensitive, you may find yourself feeling unusually triggered or unable to cope.

These tips may help during those times and during the Holidays

The Holidays are a time when you may be struggling to maintain your normal balance and calm. Some of these tips may come in handy now and at other times when you’re under additional stress. There is often too much to do, too many expectations,  and other emotional ups and downs that may come up at this time of year.

You may be feeling emotions more strongly, and have thoughts, feelings, and sensations that you just can’t explain. In the course of a day you may swing wildly from happy, to sad, to fearful and back up (hopefully) to feeling good?

What’s going on?

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Travel Tips for HSPs, Empaths, and everyone else – Travel Series #1

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Travel can be alternately exhausting, frustrating and energizing. How can you even things out?

Let’s face it, travel can be extremely stressful for everyone. If you’re an HSP or empath it can be even more trying. Airports, Crowded planes, jet lag, strange surroundings, figuring out where to go and what to do, time schedules, etc, all add up and can ruin either a business trip or a vacation pretty quickly.

If you’re planning a vacation or a business trip, a little pre-planning can make all the difference

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Parents, Your Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Stressing – Back to School Series #3

SchedulesHow do you fit it all in without losing track of yourself in the shuffle?

As a parent, you have your own schedule and work to worry about, plus making sure your kids get to where they are supposed to be, get their home work done, do well in school, socialize…..it’s a seemingly never-ending list.

Pre-planning can reduce stress and help you ease into the day. It’s easy to be so overwhelmed by it all that it’s hard to focus on what steps to take. Before you know it you are fully embroiled in stress. Here are just a few ideas we hope will help you have a more relaxed school year.

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Easy Back to School Coping Strategies – Back to School Series #2

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As a parent, you not only have to worry about getting yourself to work during the school year but now have more schedules than ever to juggle and your kids need your help as well.  While we certainly don’t have the answers or a magic wand that you can wave and make it all easy and joyous, we do have some ideas that might help make back to school less stressful.

The morning rush to get to school is the first stress. What can you do the night before to be ready or have your child ready to walk out the door?

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