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The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing

Tweet If you have a dent in your couch the size of your body and flies swarming over the dishes in your sink, then this post may not be for you. On the other hand, if you find yourself rushing from one task to the next, […]

How to Relax and Enjoy Motherhood

How to Relax and Enjoy Motherhood

Tweet My next workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28 at the Healing Arts Center in Aiea. I’m really excited about this one. In addition to the fact that space is beautiful, and air conditioned (thank god!), I’ve also lined up a massage therapist […]

Still Stressed? Find Out Why Here

Still Stressed? Find Out Why Here


Stress can be debilitating. It can interfere with your creativity. It can burn you out at best. At worst, it can cause chronic illnesses, diseases and even death. But perhaps you’ve just returned from a vacation, spa retreat or one of my stress management workshops, but you’re still stressed. Why hasn’t that healing and relaxing activity been enough to calm you down?

Stress comes in many forms. Acute stress is most common and occurs from short-term situational events such as going skydiving or getting in a car accident.

Symptoms of acute stress include:

  • Emotional distress such as depression, anxiety and irritability.
  • Muscular problems such as tension headaches, back pain and jaw pain.
  • Digestion issues such as stomach ache, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome.
  • High blood pressure, sweaty palms, cold hands and feet, dizziness and heart palpitations.

People can also suffer from episodic acute stress, which is enduring high level of stress for longer periods of time. A good representation of that is type A personalities who may have an exciting, but constantly chaotic and crisis-filled life.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Headaches that don’t go away, migraines, and hypertension.

If you’re enduring episodic acute stress, you may need professional help to support you in a complete lifestyle change to return you to a healthier way of being.

Chronic stress sufferers deal with day-to-day stress of having to endure work, family or other circumstances that feel unending and uncontrollable. They see no way out and may begin to accept and ignore their stress and get to a point where they begin to feel comfortable by it. Chronic stress however, can be fatal leading to heart attack, cancer, stroke and even suicide and violence. For more information on these types of stressors, you can read the full article on the American Psychological Association’s website.

Which type of stress are you currently enduring?

If you’ve experienced an acute stressor, you may still need time to heal, grieve and process the situation. Give your body and mind time to recoup and come down from an intensely stressful situation. Journal. Reflect. Share your story. Continue to practice deep breathing, and other stress management techniques.

If you’re someone who is constantly stressed because of your personality and crazy lifestyle, you many need professional support, help and encouragement to make drastic changes to slow down.

If you’re a chronically stressed out, acknowledgement that you’re stressed and need help are the first steps in getting back your life.

In all three situations, practicing stress management routinely can significantly help.

It’s taken sometimes a lifetime to accumulate stress. It’s taken a difficult childhood or a belief that success means never taking a break. It’s going to take some time to change your perception and lifestyle. Keep practicing healthy stress management techniques and you will start to feel relief.

Don’t think you’re stressed?

Take this quiz to find out how stressed you really are.

If you’re interested in receiving more information on stress management and get details on my latest workshop, fill out the form below.

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A Cheap & Easy DIY Toddler Costume

A Cheap & Easy DIY Toddler Costume

Tweet Every year for Halloween my challenge is this. Create a costume out of the things you have or do it as cheaply as you can. A few ideas from Halloween’s past include: 1. Pumpkin Pi   2. A basketball player and movie star couple. […]

On What it’s Really Like Being a Mom

On What it’s Really Like Being a Mom

Tweet I think I might have been a) in denial b) not paying attention c) intentionally left in the dark on the day my friends, caregivers, teachers and family members talked about or kept silent about having children. Because I don’t remember anyone telling me […]

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