Second Hand Stress

Knew it existed.. didn’t know it had an actual name. Second hand stress is the emotional and physical response we experience because of someone else’s stress and anxiety. A test back in 2009 found that exposing people to pheromones in simple stress sweat could trigger the fear center of their brains even when there was…

Holding on through the tough times..

Let me set the scene: It’s about 98 degrees outside; humidity at rainforest level. My husband is digging 4 large holes for me next to the AC on the side of the house. I say “for me” because it was my idea to try and hide that ugly, grey, growling monster of an air conditioning…

The Outsized Positive Impact of One Little Decision!

I made a teeny tiny decision last week that immediately improved my life.  Sound too dramatic? Well try this on for size: I didn’t give up anything, I didn’t add anything, all I did was create a shift. Let me describe my morning routine:  Get up Take the dog out Make coffee Read the news…

Five Things to remember as you transition into adulthood.

#1  Set your standards high. Don’t put yourself in vulnerable situations where you’ll be tempted to trade your integrity for short-term reward or relief. Nothing is more valuable than your character, your honor and your good name. #2  Request help right away when you need it.  It’s not a sign of weakness..as a matter of…

Riding out the storm

It washes over me every morning, this sickening sludge of dread and emotional fatigue. A thousand worries leak into my sleepy brain.. Are the kids still OK? Have they finally closed the beaches? Does our county have its first case yet?   I grew up spending large swaths of time at sea. We experienced so…

Toxic “Togetherness”

There is a mental and physical price to pay for long term exposure to negativity, anger, fear and hate…and when it’s woven into our social circles and daily interactions with others, the cost is even higher. It wasn’t that long ago that I was not only a daily consumer of toxicity but a conduit for…