Tag Archives: stress

Dealing with Difficult Family During Lock-down

by on March 28, 2020

Kim wished she could live on an island away from the constant badgering of difficult people in her life. Her grandmother would call her daily to disseminate the latest gossip on her family. Her brother was constantly comparing her success to his even though they did not share the same profession. Her boss was an… (more…)

Do You Have Secondary Traumatic Stress from the Coronavirus?

by on March 20, 2020

Everyone is suffering from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) with all of the continuous news reports, cancellation of schools, events, and employment, personal experiences from the quarantined, FB updates from family and friends in quarantined countries, and inability to get cleaning supplies or toilet paper. While the threat of the virus is real, the anxiety that… (more…)

9 Effective Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress

by on January 20, 2020

It wasn’t until Martha came into her therapist’s office that she realized the extent of her stress. Prior to coming in, Martha thought she was losing her mind. As an executive, she was accustomed to the everyday stress of working in a high-pressured environment. But what surprised her recently was an inability to make decisions,… (more…)

12 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

by on November 30, 2018

Anna was already exhausted. The holidays just began and she was overwhelmed by the pressures on her budget, the extra demands on the schedule, the additions of parties and celebrations, and the excessive stuff in the stores. She tried to be excited about decorating, but it felt more like a chore than a pleasure. So… (more…)

30 Ways to Take a Mini Break

by on January 6, 2018

Vicki was exhausted. Between raising three kids, working a full-time job, being married, and managing her household, she was worn-out. Desperately wanting a holiday, Vicki knew that even vacations weren’t really a vacation. The kids still needs constant supervision and eating out for every meal wasn’t economical. What she really needed was some time alone… (more…)

Another Traumatic Ending from the Effects of PTSD

by on January 6, 2018

In the news, this morning is a story about a Kentucky lawmaker who shot himself after sexual allegations came to light the previous day. While there are many aspects of this man’s life that are both encouraging and discouraging, his last words on social media indicated that his death was due the to lasting effects… (more…)

7 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Right Now

by on November 27, 2017

Marcia’s small business was finally turning a profit. After years of investing long hours from her family and resources she didn’t always have, she began to see the benefit of her hard work. Even though her husband and kids were supportive of the business, the normal demands of an active family life exhausted her. Marcia… (more…)

The Cost of Surrendering Self in Exchange for Peace

by on November 27, 2017

At 45 years old, Brian did not know who he was or what he wanted. From the outside looking in, he seemed to have it all: money, family, career, and friends. But in reality, life was very different. He managed to have a successful career at a job he did not like. His 20-year abusive… (more…)

10 Ways to Show Support for Someone after a Trauma

by on November 27, 2017

As soon as Tracey could get away, she ran. It took nearly all night to find the right moment when her date had finally fallen sufficiently asleep that she could remove his arm off her body. She silently grabbed her clothes from around the room, putting on enough items to leave the apartment. Carefully, she… (more…)

Normal Stress Reactions after a Traumatic Event

by on October 31, 2017

As I was headed towards a parking lot after leaving a downtown office, I witnessed a woman be struck by a pick-up truck no more than 10 feet in front of me. She walked onto on-coming traffic on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph. The driver did not expect her to be… (more…)

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