We all yearn to press “reset” and find a fresh start this year. Perhaps you’ve decided to get serious about adopting a healthier habit (or breaking a bad one). If so, experts say your success depends in part on changing your environment. Read on for tips and make your new habit stick.
The whole point of having hopes and dreams is to increase happiness. But what happens when your hopes make you unhappy instead? A few mental adjustments and a bit of wise planning can help. Read on for ways to tweak your aspirations for maximum motivation, joy, and satisfaction.
Maybe you always feel a little blue around the holidays. Or maybe it’s this crazy year that’s deflating your celebratory spirit. Either way, we could all use a boost right now. These five ideas will help you make the most of an unusual holiday season and avoid holiday-related depression.
Maybe this sounds too good to be true. At first I thought so, too. Then I put this powerful mindset tool to work and it helped me change my life for the better. Read on to learn how the “3 P’s” can help you manage negative thoughts and feel hopeful about the future during tough times.
When times are hard, our ability to stay focused and optimistic depends on striking a key balance. In this blog, I discuss the difference between “horizon gazing” and “headlight functioning”, and how you can balance the two skills to reduce anxiety and move forward with hope and purpose.
During turbulent times it can be difficult to find our footing. Choosing to experience joy on a regular basis is an important way to regain a sense of purpose and control. Read on for five important ways joy helps you when times are tough.
When we’re stressed and fearful it’s tempting to always reach out to others for comfort. While supportive relationships are very important, sometimes a little solitude is the best thing for your mental and emotional health. Read on for five steps you can take to reduce stress and regain focus through some purposeful alone time.
We’re all struggling lately to avoid the fear and uncertainty gremlins and reduce stress while making it through each day. Read on to learn the #1 way to reduce stress and anxiety when your mind is a muddle.
When times are tough, overwhelming stress can feel unavoidable. But there are some important steps we can take to reduce stress and manage our emotions more effectively. Based on the advice of experts and my own experience, these three practices are key to reducing stress and increasing resilience in tough times.
Strong emotions that run unchecked can wreak havoc in all our relationships. We all need help from time to time managing our emotions to preserve the relationships we care about. When emotions run high, this time-tested strategy can help you stop, reflect and respond in a way you’ll feel good about later.
Behavior change is always hard, especially during tumultuous times like these. But there are things you can do to make change easier and more likely to stick. Here are eight steps you can take to make your desired change a reality.
2020 has been a traumatic year. Many of us feel overwhelmed by a sense of loss and uncertainty. How do we navigate these turbulent times without giving in to despair? Read on to learn strategies for navigating difficult emotions while maintaining a sense of optimism and joy.
Even in strange and uncertain times, there are opportunities. Our pre-COVID lives were often too stressful and overscheduled. The pandemic gives us a valuable opportunity to rethink our priorities and reduce stress. In this blog, I outline five strategies to make healthy changes and maintain them going forward.
Our sense of meaning and fulfillment comes from knowing our priorities in life and living them through our actions. This is easier said than done, however – especially in turbulent times. Read on to learn the steps you can take to clarify your highest priorities so your commitments reflect what’s most important to you.
Setting personal boundaries is one of the hardest things we have to do. But experts agree it’s also one of the most important. Read on for four good reasons you should set boundaries before your emotions take over.
I love it when a simple tool provides multiple benefits. The practice of journal writing is a tried-and-true way to relieve stress and boost joy. It can clarify what’s most important to you and help you achieve important goals. Read on to learn three ways journal writing can be better than therapy.
We’ve all said or done things we regret in the heat of the moment. Managing your emotions when they run hot is difficult but also necessary to maintain good relationships. Read on to learn a key practice to help you step back and take a breath when your emotions threaten to hijack your behavior.
Do you often feel anxious, angry or stressed? Do you find it hard to enjoy your time with people – even those people you truly love? If so, consider creating a sanctuary space. Read on to learn how you can create a personal retreat where you can decompress, clarify your priorities and focus on joy.
When COVID-19 hit, many of us felt too overwhelmed and anxious to think much about joy. But your ability to choose joy in a time of crisis can help you make it through. Read on for strategies to help you cope in difficult times, and creative ways to find joy even when it feels impossible.
As I write this the pandemic rages on and social and political problems cloud the landscape before us. We’re all looking for self-care strategies to stay sane and keep our spirits up. Here are three ways to cope, stay hopeful, and find joy during dark times.
Creating a space all your own is an important part of a transformative self-care practice. A personal sanctuary space reduces stress and provides a quiet, soothing place to decompress, recharge, and clarify your priorities. Read on to find ideas for creating a nurturing sanctuary space that can make you happier and more productive.
Regret over the path not taken can keep you stuck and unhappy. When dealing with regret, it’s important to remember the important truths found in this blog. These truths can release you from guilt and short-sightedness and help you move forward with renewed joy and purpose.
We all have regrets. A financial misstep. The ill-advised remark. That college incident involving a bicycle, some alcohol and you with no clothing. But what about dealing with regret that’s bigger and more painful, and is weighing you down? This blog helps you get a handle on a big regret that’s keeping you stuck.
If you know you need more joy in your life but are having trouble finding it, read on. In this blog I share reasons why you should regularly choose joy, why you shouldn’t feel guilty doing so (hint: it helps others) and simple strategies that will help you create a daily joy practice.
Did you know that there’s one thing you can do that will improve your health, reduce stress, and power through difficult times? That one thing? Choose joy. “Joy is the oxygen for doing hard things in the world,” says philanthropist Gary Haugen. Read on to learn how to experience more joy each day.
A transformative self-care practice can give you the stress relief and greater life satisfaction you want. While deep change requires courage and discipline, the strategies I provide here will help you. Learn to manage the challenges of transformative self-care and stay on track so you can reap the many benefits.
As self-care goes, a bubble bath and pedicure are only a start. If you’re seeking something deeper – a self-care routine that reduces stress long-term and helps you live each day with more satisfaction – then read on! Learn how to certain types of self-care can help you change your life for the better.
You did it again: said “yes” when you meant “no”. You’ve read the tips for how to say no, but simply feel too guilty at the moment of truth to decline. What if saying “no” is the nicest thing you can do for the other person? Read on to learn more.
You know you need to change your life, but you’re feeling stuck and unmotivated. Did you know that procrastination can actually benefit you in the long run? Read on to learn more, and for tips on how to make the most of your pre-change opportunity.
Want to take charge of your own happiness and success? Personal growth is work, but it can reap many rewards. Read on to find the motivation to be your best self!
Living authentically isn’t easy, but showing up as the truest version of yourself each day can improve your life and relationships. Read on to learn how to set personal boundaries so you can reap the benefits of being your authentic self.
Do you feel like you’re teetering on the edge of a precipice known as “I’m Slowly Losing My Mind”? Are you stressed out and overwhelmed, unsure how your to-do list relates to what’s most important to you? Read on for three key practices to help you reduce stress and live with more joy and purpose.
Is emotional baggage keeping you from setting healthy boundaries? This blog explores the emotional pitfalls that might be preventing you from living your best life. Read on to learn the three clear steps you can take to regain control over how you spend your time and energy.
Most of us want to make certain changes in life, but don’t have the motivation or aren’t sure how. How can you get unstuck and work up the momentum necessary for meaningful change to take place? Read on to engage your “willing self” and take the small steps necessary to achieve your goals.