Stress Less Live More Series: Say Goodbye to Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

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Say Goodbye to “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” Have you ever caught yourself thinking: I should’ve done more. I should’ve tried harder. I could’ve done that differently. This is self-imposed stress. It happens when our self-talk is full of the word “should.” I should have called my sister today. I should have studied math flash cards with my […]


Stress Less Live More Series: To-Do List or Ta-Da List?

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To-Do List or Ta-Da List? There are many reasons for work-related stress, but the primary reason that most people have work-related stress is that they don’t feel appreciated for the work they do. While we can’t change others into the appreciative, encouraging people we’d like them to be, we can appreciate and encourage ourselves and others. Too often, we get […]


Stress Less and Live More Series: Change the Way You See It

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When You Can’t Change It, Change the Way You See It One type of stress none of us can avoid is Environmental Stress. Environmental stress is the stress that you can do absolutely nothing about. This includes things like the weather, traffic, and getting stuck in the slowest line at the post office. Since we can do nothing about environmental stressors, an effective way to deal […]


Stress Less and Live More Series: Tackle and Release

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Stress: Choosing What to Tackle and What to Release When facing a stressful time, it can be very helpful to categorize and prioritize the things that are causing your stress. There are two critical questions to ask yourself when doing this: In this situation, is it a high priority or a low priority? Is it […]


Stress Less and Live More Series: Navigating the Tough Stuff

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Navigating the Tough Stuff: Stress and Relationships Have you ever been guilty of taking your stress out on someone like your kids or spouse? Has someone you live with been able to sense your stress before you get completely through the door at the end of the day? It’s quite natural for stress from one […]

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Positive Practices Less Stress: Work Related Stress

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Work-Related Stress from Unclear Expectations: How to Handle It One common cause of work-related stress is unclear expectations. The best solution to this dilemma is clear communication. So how do you have a productive conversation about expectations with your boss or project manager? First, convey your concern with a conversation starter like this: “I’m not sure I understand what your […]


Stress Less and Live More: Be Specific

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Define it, Deflate it, and discover calm! Positive Practices to Stress Less and Live More Series I Identifying Your Stressors: Be Specific Would you be surprised to discover that stress has been named as an underlying factor in up to 90% of illnesses? Would you be surprised to find that most of the people around […]