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Keep Your Pot From Spilling Over: Manage Good Stress – Moderate Excessive Stress

One of the things we rarely talk about is our need for stress.

You know -the adrenaline rush that makes life interesting –the race to make the express train, the challenge of the new case, the arrival of last minute guests, the negotiations of pets and the adventure vacation…good stress

 Moderate or Good Stress

We need what moderate or good stress offers us.  When the brain perceives physical or psychological stress, it starts pumping the chemicals cortisol, epinephrine...


Anger

Clashing With Your Partner? Try Anger Management for Couples

If you are human and you are in a relationship it is inevitable that at times you will be angry with your partner. I often suggest to couples that if you never hear the neighbors fighting, it probably means that they have moved or that you should call 911. The goal in sustaining a vibrant and loving relationship is not to prevent authentic differences, feelings and disagreements but to express them in a way that does not escalate into anger that threatens the emotional or physical well-being of either partner. Complying at all times, fear of making waves, hiding resentments, or equating every disagreement to the inevitable break-up is emotionally exhausting and anxiety producing. If it is not safe to be angry in a relationship – it is not a safe relationship. Stephen Mitchell, author of Can Love Last, tells us that “The survival of romance depends not on skill in avoiding aggression but on the capacity to contain it alongside love.”


family

It is Midnight – ” Where is Your Elf on the Shelf?”

Most people, particularly those with children have heard of the “ Elf on the Shelf”. The Elf on the Shelf tradition was created in 2005 by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell who decided over a cup of tea to bring back a Swedish story from Carol’s childhood of an elf sent from Santa to watch over children at Christmas time. Based on the book,The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, which Carol and Chanda self-published in 2005, the tradition took off...