3 Reliable Ways to Supercharge Your Stress Management Plan
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by Marcyline
1w ago
Like with many things we do in life, we develop a worthy goal. We go a step farther by thinking about what should come next. Planning is good. Execution is better. What will you do to reach your goal? Your stress management goal will do nothing to lower your stress levels until you outline a clear set of steps to follow. Now that you have a SMART goal to lower your stress levels, you need an action plan to guide you to that goal. An action plan is a series of sequential steps that move you from your starting point to your destination. Over the past several weeks, I shared a strategic process ..read more
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Using SMART Goals to Support Your Stress Reduction
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by Marcyline
1w ago
In last week’s blog, I shared a goal development format that will help you reduce stress in a short amount of time. When working with clients, I always encourage the use of the SMART goal format. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound. SMART goals may be used in life, education, and business. I like SMART goals because they prevent vague goal setting. Here are examples of vague goals. “I want to lower my stress levels.” “My goal is to lose weight.” “I want to exercise more.” These are the types of goals many of us set. At the beginning of the year ..read more
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How to Create a Really Great Stress Reduction Plan
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by Marcyline
2w ago
New year resolutions are interesting because many are focused on physical health. Examples of this include losing weight, exercising more, or eating healthier. Some resolutions revolve around financial health, with actions like saving more money or spending less. I have known some to include spiritual health resolutions. They attempt to attend church more often or set aside dedicated prayer and meditation time. As you consider your desires for the new year, I encourage you to pay attention to your mental and emotional health as well. To help you, we are introducing a plan to get you started ..read more
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5 Blissful Benefits of Retreating You Never Considered but Want
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by Marcyline
9M ago
Retreats are a popular idea for a lot of people. Some, however, cannot see the benefits. There are long-lasting benefits to the body and mind that you may not have considered. I will share 5 Blissful Benefits of Retreating You Never Considered but Want. Achieve a Long-lasting sense of peace When we are experiencing increased stress. It almost feels like our amygdala has taken us hostage. We experience stress anytime we are afraid, angry, hate, anxious, panicked, or disgusted. The amygdala is the part of our brain that goes into action for our survival. In The Neuroscience of Peace, Robyn Shor ..read more
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One affordable retreat that can lower cortisol levels
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by Marcyline
9M ago
Cortisol is released when our fight or flight system is triggered. When cortisol levels are consistently high, it causes a myriad of health problems. I am going to talk about an affordable retreat that can lower cortisol levels. Let’s Talk About Cortisol Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released by the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland is part of the sympathetic nervous system. When we are faced with a threatening situation, the sympathetic nervous system takes over and makes instantaneous changes in the body. We immediately go into fight or flight mode. Think back to elementary school sci ..read more
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Relaxation Costs Nothing and Makes a Sweet Mother’s Day Gift
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by Marcyline
9M ago
Mothers’ Day is the day that we celebrate the ones who gave us life. We make breakfast and serve it in bed, or we take her out to dinner. Some spend lots of money buying the biggest, prettiest, and freshest bouquet of flowers. Some take her shopping or give her that piece of jewelry she has always admired. This blog will share how to give your mom the gift of relaxation a sweet Mother’s Day gift. Showing love and affection, we fill her day with ourselves and what we want her to have. There is one catch. What do mothers really want on Mothers’ Day? The answer is simply peace and relaxation. Th ..read more
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Retreat When a Vacation is Not Enough
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by Marcyline
10M ago
The World is Going Bonkers The world is going bonkers, and it may feel like you are too. Stress is compounding daily. We are bombarded with negative news, messages and images that increase stress and anxiety. So, how can we Reset? The answer is Retreat. In a recent episode of “Stress Talk” Live with Marcyline we kicked off the month with a discussion about the benefits of planned retreats. Stress Talk shares strategies for overstressed, over 40 “super” women to lower their stress levels to a “just right” point. When stress levels are “just right,” we have the motivation and energy to meet the ..read more
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3 Secrets About Stress You May Not Know
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by Marcyline
11M ago
Stress is Not a Condition When we speak of stress, we are often referring to the uncomfortable physical and mental signs we experience. A few physical signs of stress are headaches, muscle aches and pains, perspiration, cold hands, and muscle stiffness. Chronic levels of stress also affect our thinking. Some may have trouble remembering or recalling information. Others may have difficulty with mental calculations, like simple addition or subtraction. Chronic stress also has a negative impact on the physical body. For example, high levels of stress strain the heart. It contributes to the devel ..read more
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Free Yourself from Worrying About Change
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by Marcyline
11M ago
How often do you find yourself worrying about a situation, impending event, or the past? Chronic worry leads to chronic stress. Chronic stress negatively affects our physical, mental. and emotional health. So, what is the benefit of worry? Worry is deliberately spending time pondering difficulties or concerns. When we worry, our mind dwells on the problem and the uncertainty of the outcome. We convince ourselves that we are working the situation out in our minds. Unfortunately, worry is not problem solving. Worry initiates the stress response and expends energy. Over 40 and Over 50 women have ..read more
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[video] About Compassion
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by Marcyline
1y ago
Press Play Transcript 00:00:01 Hi there. It’s Marcyline. I wanted to jump on and tell you a little something. Before I go into my exercise class today about the hit, the weights and work workout a little bit for about 30 minutes, but I wanted to share something with you today. That is really, that really came from our livestream podcast that we did on Sunday, entitled Give to Yourself What You Give to Others. That’s the title of the podcast. And what I wanted to share with you is a quote that I used. The quote is from Frederick Buechner, who is a Presbyterian pastor and an author. And it’s a ..read more
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