Stress Management

No Answers But Lots of Feelings

by Carol Hess on December 17, 2012

When a horrific event shakes our world, we want to make sense of it.  We ask questions and seek answers.  We desperately search for the magic solution that will ensure something like this will never happen again. There are no easy answers and no pat solutions.  Just feelings.  Lots and lots of feelings. Here’s Danielle LaPorte’s […]

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Categories Community, Stress Management

The Power of Surrender

by Carol Hess on December 7, 2012

(This is the third post in the Authentic Power series.)   These are strange and stressful times that frequently leave us feeling powerless.  Our old way of doing things isn’t working any more.  One look at the American government, education, infrastructure, economy, health care, and financial systems is proof positive that the old order is broken. […]

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Categories Authentic Power, Stress Management

Summertime & the Livin’ Is Easy

by Carol Hess on June 24, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to complicate things. It’s my father’s fault.  He was an engineer, and he over-engineered everything.  It drove my mother crazy because she was an impatient, slap dash kind of person. So, yes, I am Daddy’s Little Girl when it comes to complicating things.  There’s something […]

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Categories Carol's Musings, Stress Management, The Art of Star Polishing

Drowning in a Sea of C’s

by Carol Hess on May 3, 2012

I’m trying to break three bad habits.  They aren’t good for me or the people around me.  I’m willing to bet you’ve got some of these bad habits yourself.  Perhaps you would care to join me in my Cease the C’s Campaign.  (I think my habit of alliteration might have to be the next bad […]

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Categories Carol's Musings, Stress Management, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Tune Out. Turn Off. Drop In.

by Carol Hess on April 30, 2012

I’m a baby boomer – just as much a child of the 60’s and the tune in, turn on, drop out generation as the next guy.  Just like all my baby boomer friends, I don’t want to get old.  I tell myself every day that 60 is the new 50 (or even 40 when I’m […]

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Categories Carol's Musings, Community, Life Balance, Stress Management, The Art of Star Polishing

How to Bust Out of Your Everyday Prison

by Carol Hess on February 9, 2012

Sometimes ignoring a minor irritation doesn’t make it go away. In fact, it gets even more irritating. And then downright annoying. And then a pain in the butt. And then worse. Well, I just took care of one of those irritations, and I feel like I busted out of prison. Like I removed shackles that […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, Self Care, Stress Management

The Solution to My Meditation Problem

by Carol Hess on November 18, 2011

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. (My apologies to my cat-loving readers. I also hate that expression, but it was too perfect an opening line for this particular post.) And you can indeed kill two birds with one stone. (My apologies to my bird-loving readers.  Dog lovers, you’re next.) For years, I’ve struggled […]

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Categories Healthy Lifestyle, Self Care, Stress Management

My Gotta Go or I’ll Go Crazy List

by Carol Hess on November 10, 2011

The Roman shades that don’t work right. The car keys that are always missing. The friend who keeps interrupting me when I speak. The job I dread going to. These are just some of the things I used to put up with in my life that were sources of stress (large and small) and negatively […]

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Categories Personal Empowerment, Stress Management, The Art of Star Polishing

Mr. Finger vs. the Self Care Genie

by Carol Hess on September 27, 2011

Yesterday I was stopped behind a car at a traffic light.  The light turned green, but the driver in the car ahead of me was looking down, reading something on the seat next to him.  I waited politely for a few seconds, and when he continued to look down, I gave a very gentle toot […]

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Categories Self Care, Stress Management, The Mind Game

Carol’s Carnival of Crazy

by Carol Hess on September 8, 2011

I’ve had one of those roller coaster weeks.  There have been some great high points.  The kind that convince you you’re on the right path and going in the right direction.  Some little dreams are coming true, and a big one is starting to seem downright achievable.  Woo hoo!  These peaks of the roller coaster ride remind me […]

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Categories Life Balance, Relationship with Food, Stress Management