Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

On Monday (part 1) we took an introductory look at anxiety and how pervasive an issue it is in our society. Today, I would like to share an overarching framework that has helped move me from stress, anxiety, and depression to greater calm and mind-body-soul peace. This list can help with joyful living. I am struggling a lot with posting this, actually, for fear of 1) either being too vague and unhelpful or 2) perpetuating anxiety or overwhelm in some of you. Honestly, this is the benefit of working 1:1 or in a small group setting with a coach or […]

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

We can all experience a measure of anxiety at times in our lives – a sense of worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension. Sometimes this is tied to a particular and definable circumstance – waiting on a medical diagnosis, experiencing loss of a job or loved one, or preparing for an important exam, as examples. But many people, young and old, live with chronic anxiety – an underlying sense of fear or concern for their safety, a sense of impending doom, persistent or excessive worry over daily situations. This anxiety can take over one’s life. Many people […]

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

When the world is spinning quickly and you’re doing your best to keep up but always feel that little bit behind. Just breathe. Expand your belly. Pause. Exhale. When your muscles are tight and you feel frustrated, wound up, ready to snap. Unfurl your body, widen your stance and stretch your arms out behind you to open up your chest. And breathe. Pause. Exhale. When you have witnessed the suffering of someone you love and helped bury them deep in the soil. And your soul feels like it is being rent in […]

When You Get Off Track Get Back to Basics

When You Get Off Track Get Back to Basics

Maybe you’ve had a few sleepless nights, or job layoffs all around you are stressing you out, or your work-family-rest balance has evaporated into thin air, and you find yourself cranky, anxious or tired out. You are not feeling how you want to but this isn’t the time for a dig-deep life overhaul. Get back to basics. Sometimes all we need is to return to a set of tried-and-true ‘rules’ that support us in feeling clearer, emotionally calmer, and more energized.   But we also need to track these behaviors for a […]

I Wanted to Die: An Exploration of my Journey Through Depression

I Wanted to Die: An Exploration of my Journey Through Depression

I tried to kill myself three times between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Nothing horrible had happened to me. My parents loved me and I was safe and provided for. But I didn’t want to exist – I didn’t feel like I was cut out for this world and wanted to escape. One way or another. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10-24-year-olds in the United States and in 2009 ranked as the second leading cause of death among 15 to 34-year-old Canadians.   Despite these staggering statistics, it […]

Self Care for a New School Year

Self Care for a New School Year

Like many of you, I am sure, I adore the fall. The changing colors, promise of pumpkin-everything, perfect weather for wearing ‘cardis’, scarves AND flipflops.  As an ISFJ I also enjoy the return to more predictable routine and getting everyone and everything organized for a new school year. At the same time, anxiety and overwhelm can easily creep in during this season of transition as I shoulder responsibility for my family’s physical and emotional well-being. Self care can go out the window. I have one child in elementary (homeschooling), one in high-school, and one returning to […]