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Category: Self-Care

How to Stress Less and Live Better During the Holidays

The holidays are here with fun-filled and stress-filled times sandwiched together, not unlike raising children, work, marriage and other life pursuits. So, here are some recommendations to make the holidays calmer and happier. First, have realistic expectations of yourself.  Many of us feel disappointed because our “fairytale images” don’t materialize. Instead, focus on feeling good from the inside out.  Build a fire and roast marshmallows, shop with a friend, or take a long walk in the woods.  Meditate, workout, read, or  listen to music.  Feed your soul. Second, have realistic… Read more How to Stress Less and Live Better During the Holidays

Give Thanks Every Day

At Thanksgiving dinner, one of our family traditions is to go around the table and say what we’ve been grateful for this year. Even when your Thanksgiving meal ends, I challenge you this week to keep giving thanks every day. Think about people you have met in your lifetime, the influence that each and every one of them has had on your life. Let someone know that you appreciate them. Call someone you’ve haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them what they mean to you. Thank someone for… Read more Give Thanks Every Day

Thank Goodness for Kindness and Grace

So, this week I’ve been challenging everyone to perform random acts of kindness daily. Little did I know when I started this challenge how many random acts of kindness would come my way. Although I wasn’t planning to post until next week, this story is so inspiring, I wanted to share it. Last night, my daughter Jessica flew in from Salt Lake City where she interviewed to become an anesthesia resident to St.Louis to interview tomorrow for an anesthesia residency position at Washington University. Her flight was on time but… Read more Thank Goodness for Kindness and Grace

Perform Random Acts of Kindness This Week

Since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, this week I challenge you to perform random acts of kindness daily. Let family and friends know your gratitude for them. Smile at the grocery clerk or say “Hi” to a neighbor. These small gestures can turn your day and someone else’s around because they improve mood and diminish stress. Did you know that when you are kind or someone is thoughtful towards you, it improves your and the receiver’s health and also has a positive influence on those observing. Random acts of kindness include… Read more Perform Random Acts of Kindness This Week

Mindfulness: How Learning to Be in the Moment Can Change Your Life

Mindfulness is everywhere these days from the new online Oprah/Chopra Meditation Challenge to campuses across the US to training for Fortune 500 employees. So, what’s all the buzz about? Those of us who have been studying and practicing mindfulness have experienced firsthand the benefits of being in the moment and know that this simple but not easy practice can help us cope better with our changing lives. Here are some recent examples. Yesterday in class one of my students talked about how she’s learned to be less self-blaming and kinder… Read more Mindfulness: How Learning to Be in the Moment Can Change Your Life

The Goddess Myth

Time Magazine nailed it with their article on The Goddess Myth and how we force women into choices about birth, breastfeeding or not and bonding according to our societal ideas of being the “perfect mom.” Unfortunately, this Myth has led to many if not all women feeling inadequate, incompetent and like they are failing by not measuring up to this idealized standard. See what you think and leave a comment about how we can be kinder and gentler to ourselves and others. Then listen to Kathleen Kendall Tackett and I… Read more The Goddess Myth

After Christmas Prescription: Rest and Restore

I was visiting with my cousin at my mother’s annual holiday party when he commented to me he was glad to have “endured” Christmas.  I told him that once his children were older, like mine who are now 22 and 18, he would enjoy the holiday more.  I recalled how I felt after decorating, shopping, wrapping, and celebrating with the girls in tow, and how my joy was tempered by exhaustion. Our self-care tip this post-holiday week is to rest and recharge your battery.  Don’t put pressure on yourself for playdates, taking the children out… Read more After Christmas Prescription: Rest and Restore