Category Archives: Stress Relief


Spaghetti Aglio Olio

dish of spaghetti with quote from article

A few years ago, my wanderlust family and I took a trip to Israel. Because we use airline miles to travel, we were given a two day layover in Venice. […]



Being Everything to Everybody

stressed woman, holding head and screaming

Many of my clients and friends are truly everything to everybody . . . and they are truly miserable. They are the perfect wives, the perfect mothers, the go-to women […]



Faith

“What if my relationship ends?” “What if my kids fail?” “What if I don’t get that job?” “What if I make a mistake?” “What if?” “What if?” “What if?” These are words that I hear from clients almost every single day.

“What if my relationship ends?” “What if my kids fail?” “What if I don’t get that job?” “What if I make a mistake?” “What if?” “What if?” “What if?” These […]



A Meaningful Life is a Stressful Life

It turns out that how we look at stress is the big problem. People who have a healthy mindset around stress are not only healthier, but happier people.

Recently, I watched a Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal that really shook me up. McGonigal is a health psychologist and in the talk presented some of her research around stress […]



When You Feel Out of Control

Recently, one of my clients had quite an amazing epiphany. She realized that she'd been nagging and complaining to her significant other. When we talked about why she was doing this, she suddenly realized that she felt out of control. She said, "I can't control myself, so I try to control him." Needless to say, it's a recipe for disaster.

Recently, one of my clients had quite an amazing epiphany. She realized that she'd been nagging and complaining to her significant other. When we talked about why she was doing […]



Regrets? Why Worrying Shouldn’t Be One of Them

Either use worry to spur yourself to action, or please let it go. When I hear people say, "Should I be worried about . . . ?" I always say, "Will worrying change anything?"

Recently, I came across this wonderful article from Business Insider. The article summarizes the regrets that people have when they look back on their lives. Many of the regrets were […]



The Best Holiday Memories

Norman Rockwell never painted hamburgers and hot dogs in his vision of the American holiday dinner, yet he might have really enjoyed our version of it.

Not all of you will celebrate Christmas, but for those of you who do; I wish you the happiest and most joyful of Christmas holidays. I grew up with a […]



Dreading the Good Stuff

Things will be better? Seriously? What could be better than a week of celebrations and work that makes me deliriously happy? What was wrong with me to be looking forward to such a fabulous week being over?

Recently, I was preparing for a truly busy week. My husband and daughter both had birthdays to celebrate. We were having a going away party for my oldest son who […]



What do you need to do?

So, what do you need to do right this minute to take care of yourself? A nap? A walk? Talking to a friend? Listening to music? Work? Play? A hug? What would help you right now? What if doing that very thing helped you to feel better, accomplish more, and find genuine peace and happiness in your life?

Recently, my 18-year-old daughter was having a tough night. She was tired from working two jobs, stressed out about her college admissions, and overwhelmed with homework. She was in tears […]



What’s Done is Done

Why is it that we are so willing to hang on to so-called mistakes from our past and use them to make ourselves miserable in the present?

Recently, I gave one of my clients the assignment of repeating again and again, “What’s done is done.” Based on her scowling face, I’m pretty sure she didn’t like that […]