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November 1, 2017

Stress 7 – The Chemistry The neurosciences of human psychology is fascinating.  Today we look at the main brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) involved in stress. My next stress blog will cover the chemicals related to stress relief.  Understanding ho...

October 31, 2017

 So what can you really do?

Analyze:  Do an honest inventory of how you really spend your time (include distractions like TV, surfing the net, unneeded texting and emailing).   Recently I removed an app that prompted me to feed and maintain it, and pl...

October 30, 2017

Most people find the Christmas season stressful.  One of the reasons this occurs is because we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others. 

There is nothing like family get-togethers to observe how we and others ramp things up.  Despit...

October 29, 2017

One explanation for stress becoming a significant problem in modern North America is work/life imbalance. 

We are doing more work outside the home.  We are not maintaining good boundaries on work tasks and technology, both during and after work. 


October 28, 2017

In December of 2013 I posted two blogs on stress.  With Christmas approaching I invite you to review the previous 2 and consider this further information. 

When we are stressed it affects our primary relationships.  If our stress response was onl...

October 27, 2017

Stress & Our Body

Within 20 seconds of an actual or perceived threat hundreds of hormones are automatically rushing through our bodies to prepare us deal with it.  These hormones take blood from non-emergency aspects of our inner functioning to height...

October 26, 2017


As human beings we have aspects of our experience we can control, and many that are automatic.  We are hardwired to breathe without having to think about it, to process food and toxins from our bodies, to age and die and so on.

One thing we...

August 10, 2017

There are many reasons why we struggle to maintain a healthy balance in our primary intimate relationships. Regardless of those reasons, they are validated by a series of events and causes.

The first thing I encourage people to do is to get more speci...

May 28, 2017

There are times in life when things just don’t seem to work out. One thing after another gets in the way of what I planned or hoped to do. Obstacles are a real...

April 17, 2017

Too often, people believe if you fall off the wagon then there is no hope.  I do not believe that to be true.  With the right effort, knowledge and support people can and do make a full recovery, but there are many hills and valleys on that road.  By...

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