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Coping

When Life Keeps Happening

I am back from a small hiatus.  It wasn't a planned hiatus - life just happened.  Trust me, when it happened it happened up, down, around, and all over me.  Have you ever had one those days, weeks, or months when those "life happens" moments just keep coming - one after another, after another, after another?  Within a few weeks I had some health issues, some frustrations, computer issues, some disappointments, along with...
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Coping

Anxiety? Oh No, Not Me

I was convinced I was dying.  As a matter of fact, there was no way you could convince me otherwise.  Oddly I accepted my fate and whispered to my husband "call 911, I'm dying".  I was sweating profusely, I could feel my heartbeat in my neck and my pulse echoed in my ears.  I couldn't breathe, my face felt weird, my hands were numb, and I was shaking like a leaf.  EMS arrived...
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Coping

Expect the Unexpected

This week was filled with unexpected events.  It started with a trip to urgent care after my daughter felt the appropriate place for a green bean was in her ear.  It was followed by unexpected illnesses, crises at work, and another trip to urgent care after my daughter’s face lost a war with a mosquito lurking in our car on the ride home.

As we all know,“life happens,” and this week...
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Coping

Lemonade With No Sugar: Making the Best out of any Situation

What would you do if you absolutely had to make lemonade with no sugar?  I thought about this earlier this week.  Personally, I’d start by making sure I had some lemons.  Then I’d consider all things sweet that could mimic the taste of sugar.  I’m pretty sure I’d come up with something close, even if it wasn’t “lemonade.”

I know this is a random thought and a random way to start a blog,...
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emotional health

Eating Healthy for Emotional Health

My last blog included information exploring the benefits of exercising for emotional health.  This blog will explore the benefits of eating well for emotional health.

Nearly two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to be under the care of a wonderful naturopathic doctor.  After years of trying conventional medicine to provide some relief from endometriosis pain, I decided to give the natural way a shot.  My doctor placed...
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Courage

To Have The Courage of Babies

Yesterday I sat in awe, watching the adventures of my soon-to-be one year old daughter.  I sat back and reflected on how much she has grown in the last year and how independent she’s become.

It began with her morning feeding. I watched her feed herself and become frustrated with my efforts to help. That afternoon, we played with her blocks and as I’d build a tower, she’d knock it down and reconstruct it to...
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Coping

Tips for Boosting Your Self-Confidence

When assessing clients I often ask, “on a scale of 1 -10, where would you rate your self-confidence?”

On average, most clients respond with a 6-7.  I sometimes get very low responses, but very rarely will someone look me in the eye and say, “my self-confidence is a 10.”

Whether we like to admit it or not, at some point we all feel like we could use a little boost in the self-confidence department....
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Coping

Be Happy… Today!

Happiness for some may be hard to define, but we all know what it feels like.  On the other hand, many of us also know what unhappiness feels like.  So what do we do when we face those times when we can’t find our happy place?  Here are a few suggestions to get you back on the happy train.

Smile

Everyone knows a smile is contagious.  If you’re feeling down in the dumps, force...
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Coping

Dealing with a Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is defined as a condition that lasts for a year or longer.  Examples of chronic illnesses include, but are not limited to:  heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders and multiple sclerosis.  states that more than 125 million Americans have at least one chronic illness and estimates that by the year 2020, 157 million Americans will have a chronic illness.

These illnesses can cause a drastic...
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