Tag Archives: Stress

You experience many losses over the course of a lifetime. Loss of innocence, possessions, pets and people you love. There are many ways that people move through the grieving process and many have to find what works for them. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Aberdare National Park in Kenya. Like these magnificent lions, I wanted to take a nap the other day but my mother's voice rang in my ears "Don't be lazy." It's easy to be judgmental of others but we are the harshest of critics of ourselves. Judgment doesn't mean not questioning motives or preferences or weighing options - why I want to do this or that, for example. It refers to being critical or berating aspects of the self without thoroughly thinking through the context of a thought or action that is being judged. Be kinder to others, and to yourself.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from upstate Washington at a Wildlife Refuge. The wolf is perfect for this quote. We learned at a young age to fear wolves form fairy tales, when in reality the number of fatalities from wolves is minuscule. When we let our negative thinking get out of control, it takes us to places that are much worse than our reality reflects.
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Every client that we see learns a special breathing technique. You’ve probably heard about the importance of the breath and there’s a myriad of ideas out there on how to do it. The idea is to stimulate the vagus nerve where it sits under the diaphragm. The stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to release calming chemicals, helping you feel relaxed and clear. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from a garden in Chanhassen, MN. It's the perfect quote to follow Monday's blog about the stories we tell. Take some time this weekend to explore what ingredients you have put in your favorite dish (aka you!). Is it time to liven up that recipe?
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I want to continue with a consequence of blaming and not taking responsibility. Whatever you’ve chosen to blame becomes a story you continue to tell in many forms.
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Today's Friday Photo comes from the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Surrounded by water and these views in the heart of the city made it easy to have wonderful thoughts everywhere I went. (No matter how often I got lost!) I realized that in my mind, I could be on vacation everyday, just using this picture as a trigger - and it's why it's one of the many in my office!
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  Some times you may find yourself in a situation that makes you uncomfortable. Perhaps friends want to go bike riding, but you blame your ‘bad knees’ as an excuse because you really think you can’t keep up. 
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Today's Friday Photo comes from Monterey, California. This foggy coastal view foreshadows the feeling that forms inside of us when we don't take responsibility for our thoughts and behaviors, and instead, put the blame on others. Check out Monday's blog for more on blame, responsibility and our health.
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