“Life is short. Take time to chill.”

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I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump lately. One part exhaustion from kicking out two books in less than a year, and the other part intentionally wanting to put less unnecessary content out into cyberspace; information overload is enough of an issue these days. But today I must write. Yesterday I was heartbroken […]

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Are You a Stress Addict?

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Do you thrive on tight deadlines? Do you often leave things until the last minute? Do you have a difficult time doing nothing at all? Does it take you a few days off to feel like you’re on vacation? Do you spend much of your vacation time thinking about work? Do you constantly worry about […]

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Upgrade Your Brain for the New Year

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It’s not enough to just set intentions for the New Year. If you want to do things differently, it is critical that you train your brain to think differently, or you’ll find yourself slipping back into old habits. Part of my personal mission this year is to simplify what I’m working on so that I […]

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Brain Fog

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Thinking it had probably been a couple of weeks since my last post, I was trying to figure out what I should write about. I went back to look at my previous blog and was shocked to see it’s been over a month since I posted. WT*? Lately I feel like I’ve experienced a short […]

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The Power of Perspective on the Stress Response

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Trying to keep up with my personal Stressaholic recovery regimen I decided to both sleep in and go for a run this morning. Perhaps my fatigue caused a temporary lapse in judgment, seeing as though I was headed out for my workout at the hottest point of the day in Orlando. Mid-way through my jog, as […]

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Confessions of a Stressaholic

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How fascinating to realize as I start a new chapter in my life this morning that I do so on a day that has become a source of so much pain, grief and stress for so many of us. Let me first start by saying my heart goes out to all of those who have […]

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What is stress?

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Attempting to come up with a universal definition of stress is a lot like trying to define love; it can mean so many different things to different people, and the its true experience lies in the eyes of the beholder. One of the most simple and helpful definitions I’ve come across was from Hans Selye, […]

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Massage for Your Mind

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Do you ever notice that your best ideas usually come when you’re not actively trying to be creative or solve a problem? When you give yourself the time and space to quiet your mind, you allow your brain to be more flexible to think outside the box. It therefore becomes easier to connect multiple perspectives, […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

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Just like the muscles in our body, we need a strategy to help us build better mental capacities like focus, concentration, and attention. Although many of us have trained ourselves to be pretty good at multitasking — and regularly fall into this pattern on automatic pilot — we can create a new way of doing […]

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Lead By Example

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One of the best ways to boost your accountability and commitment to this life-long journey of health and wellness is to talk to other people about what you’re doing, and teach them through your own example. My clients often ask me how to start discussions with their spouse or children about these concepts — and […]

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Pause & Relax

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“Meditation” has become a buzzword for relaxation programs, as many quality studies have shown that meditation can quiet the mind and calm the body. Yet most people struggle when trying to develop a meditation practice; they either lack the structure or guidelines necessary to begin, or are trying to learn a challenging process too quickly. […]

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Focus Your Mind


It has been said that we only spend about 10% of our time in the current moment, 50% on anticipating what’s ahead of us, and 40% reflecting on what’s behind us. This makes sense from a “caveman” perspective, as our survival-based focus prepares for the future and learns from the past. But when it really […]

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Nature Nurtures Our Health, Happiness, and Performance

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Taking a walk in nature not only enhances our physical energy, it also nourishes our soul. Too often we get stuck inside our office walls, caught up in the daily grind of work and not even aware of the beauty that surrounds us. By spending time in our environment we can gain perspective on the […]

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Tips to Cultivate Creativity

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Having a flexible brain enables us to think outside of the box. It allows us to break away from the rigid thinking of our automatic pilot mode that is too often triggered by unmanaged stress signals throughout the day. In today’s competitive economy we need creativity to show the uniqueness of our abilities and services […]

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Avoiding Multitasking Disasters


One of the key insights to come from cognitive science tells us that when we multitask we tend to drop out of high-level rational decision-making and slip into monkey-brain reactions in our various split activities. Because we have so many things going on, we operate mostly on automatic pilot, rather than reflecting upon our decisions […]

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Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

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 SHARP Science – Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine. Laughter provides benefits across multiple dimensions: emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical. Research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine showed that watching a funny movie or sitcom that produces laughter has a positive effect on vascular function (blood flow) — opposite to that observed […]

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