I have a question for y'all.  Have you ever needed to do something, or ask someone something and were just paralyzed by fear? How did you overcome the fear?  Did you just power through it?  Did you just not do whatever it was?Did you rely on prayer?  Did you talk it out with a friend?  Or did you internalize it all?  If you internalized, how did you function each day?Okay, so one questions is closer to a dozen.  I'm interested to hear what y'all have to say!...more

Handling Anxiety Effectively

We are all in a time of high stress, and national disasters often bring up fear. If these fears are not dealt with, they can lead to “acting out” behavior, such as drinking too much or creating relationship, work or money problems as a distraction. To avoid these kinds of problems, follow these simple steps for resolving your fear and anxiety.1. Learn to recognize the signs of your own anxiety. If you can't sleep, you worry a lot, you “ruminate” or obsess about negative possibilities, or you're unusually irritable or needy, you are probably anxious....more

Ballistic for Holistic

I have never bought into the whole holistic thing.  I just never thought sitting crossed legged on the floor intoning "OHHHHMMMMMMMM" would really get rid of my headache or relieve my stress.  I actually tried a meditation group once, and found there was no way I could close my eyes surrounded by a group of people with bare feet.  My paranoia kicked in and I knew while  I was sitting there like an idiot with my eyes closed, everybody was pointing at me and laughing....more

Stress: Fight to Answer Tough Questions

The longer I work at building Chicks with Choices the more passionate I become about helping people get alone with God. It is here where stress is released and tough questions are answered. He is the only one who knows how to gently, yet persistently reach the core of ourselves. We have a giant obstacle, though. To get alone with God takes time. As stressed women, wives, mothers, daughters and friends, we barely have time to find solitude in the shower, let alone a space where we dare drop a pebble into the well of our own spirit. ...more

To Do's For Less Stress

Today’s world is so busy!  That long to-do list sitting by your computer or on your smart phone is a big contributor to stress because many of these tasks and little errands have yet to be accomplished.   There seems to be so little time in the day.  I think back and marvel at how much time I had as a kid to watch TV.  Ahhh, remember those days?  TV. Who has time to watch TV?  I never watch TV.  There’s no time in the day!...more


Stress Busters What do you do to ease the stress in your life?  Here are a few suggestions from me:1.  Stretch and shake.  Look at your dog when they get up from a nap.  They'll take a long stretch and then shake their whole body.  Do the same and you'll instantly feel better....more
 @Jerrilynn I have been ignoring taking care of myself. Writing so much that I will sit and not ...more

Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Staying Alive....... I think

I am finding that eating healthy continues to be a HUGE challenge -- In fact, just feeding my family has become more of a challenge. When we had our kids, we both worked and together, had a really nice income. No one ever tells you or helps you understand before you have kids the reality of daycare costs, clothing costs, ets. I don’t want to be at home everyday, but I also don’t want to work just to pay someone to raise my kids....more

Timed Tests or Puzzle Solving

How many times do we have to take timed tests in school?  Most tests are timed.  Consequently, it has been reinforced in most of us that we are in a hurry.  In a society with deadlines, this makes sense.  However, I’ve noticed when doing puzzles, this was my overriding concern.  Hurry up!  Finish!  Go faster! <...more

Don’t Panic!

There is always something in the news or on TV to scare us. Hysterical articles in the media sell papers, and attract eyeballs to websites, but are usually exaggerating the facts. If you listen without evaluating what you’re being told, it’s easy to become frightened. There's a reason why I don’t usually waste time and energy on panic and drama. In my office, I see the negative results of panic every day. People get upset, they're afraid of emotional consequences, and they overreact, which can actually create the consequences they fear....more

Are You Bored at Work?

Have you ever been bored out of your mind on the job?  If so you know it can be incredibly stressful. Even more so than a fast-paced, high demanding workplace.  So why does the stress of boredom get swept under the rug? You would think that in a time where jobs are scarce and the attitude “I’m just grateful to have a job, any job” is prevalent that boredom would be the least of our worries.  Yet, apparently, boredom is spreading. ...more
This is true... and it makes me really sad! Ideally, I think employers and employees should work ...more