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GRATITUDE Reduces Stress ~

  Having an “attitude-of-gratitude” is a positive state of mind and a great stress-busting tool. In my private practice I often share this “mood-altering” tool from my book, Stress Reduction Journal. Feeling grateful for having shelter, food, clothes, money, and people that care about us is a healthy gift to…

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Vulnerability — Does it Scare You?

When we are stressed by the demands of life, it is easy to look for ways to distract ourselves from the feelings that are stirring within us. As I share in my book, Stress Reduction Journal, instead of seeing our feelings as allies that have important messages for us, many…

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4 TIPS to Create “Stress-LESS” Holidays

Have you noticed that combining unrealistically high expectations with the chaotic pressure of the season is a “perfect recipe” to create holiday stress? In addition, when insecurities are stirred into the mix, the natural joyful flavor of the season…often soggily sinks to the bottom. Can you relate? I sure can….

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Wisdom from a Pearl

COURAGE A heartfelt ABILITY to combine boundaries with OPENNESS. To keep RESPONDING to life’s lessons by allowing LAYERS of experience to transform STRUGGLES into pearls of WISDOM. Know that, you have unique skills, along with: COURAGE, WISDOM and LIGHT to share… and the world needs YOU. —  T. Swerdlow  …

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Passivity, “People Pleasing,” & Stress…oh my!

Personal growth and wisdom are often delivered in unexpected ways…via various messengers. Sometimes we grow and learn from uplifting “life lessons” and sometimes (unfortunately) we feel sideswiped and thus…humbly drop to our knees. Can you relate? I sure can. I’ve been brought to my knees during various times in my…

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Are You Ready to Leave “Magical Thinking” & Procrastination…In the Dust?

Ever hear yourself saying, “I know I shouldn’t eat all these salty chips right now…but tomorrow I’ll eat light”? Or this one? “I’m too tired to exercise today…but I’ll walk an extra half-mile tomorrow.” Or this one? “I worked hard today and deserve to relax in front of the TV…