Still Stressed? Find Out Why Here

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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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The Dream is Over

Happy sacks from my first workshop.

Happy sacks from my first workshop.

Seven years ago, I had a dream. It was an unimaginable, insurmountable, mountain of a dream. To me. I wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw. I wanted to write for a living.

At the time, I was in and out of jobs. I just got my Masters in Counseling Psychology. The dream seemed impossible. It was scary. Was I good enough?

I spent many afternoons dreaming of the dream, but keeping my uninspiring day job. I accomplished small victories. I called the local newspaper and ask if I could talk to someone there. I told everyone I knew in the community that I wanted to get paid as a writer. I started my own meetup for writers. I signed up for writing classes. I got a coach. I took free writing work. I read until my eyes got dry and blurry. I filled myself up with knowledge and education until I knew everything left and right up and down. I tweeted. I networked.

It worked.

I started to make a living full-time as a paid writer.

And then I moved.

I had to do it all over again.

It’s been 3 years since I moved back home to Hawaii and I’m writing again. I’m writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites. And guess what? The dream has changed. I still want to write, but I want to teach too.

That darn muse.

I wish I could stay happy in my little comfort zone, where I know what to expect. But she’s pushing me to do something seemingly impossible again. I feel like it’s my obligation, duty and life purpose to teach what I’ve learned.

I went to graduate school so I could help others live a healthier life. It’s always been a dream of mine to teach, counsel and support others on their own journeys to follow their dreams. At the end of last year, I taught my first stress management workshop for moms and I’m planning on doing another one in early February. *I hope you will join me on the journey!

It’s another scary, vulnerable time for me. But I’m excited at the same time.

What are you working on? Are you stumbling into new territory in 2015 like me?

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You can get more information on my stress management workshop and register here. Prepay and register by January 31st and save $5.


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