Loss: Compounded by the Holidays

I won’t be popular with this thought, but Christmas is celebrated with such fervor that sometimes the season feels more like a job to me instead of the pleasure it’s supposed to be. The pressure to “celebrate” comes from the assault early on of goodies, lights, music,...

Reducing Holiday Stress

I was forced several years ago to give myself a severe attitude adjustment… and it worked splendidly. The holiday pressure I felt this time of year, to buy buy buy, bake bake bake, was making me quite humbuggy. The stress I was making for myself disappeared when...

GobbleGobble: Mandatory Eating!

The American national day of gluttony is approaching and, because my mission is stress reduction, I feel compelled every year to talk about this “avoidable” pressure. I do love turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie, and love being with my family and their family, but the...

Relieving Holiday Pressure

      On the heals of last week’s post on re-evaluating holiday traditions, I encourage you to stop and think before shifting into your holiday auto-pilot. The economy this year guarantees that we all enter the season more stressed than ever, and...

Re-evaluate Your Traditions

   “Friends and family” is a familiar phrase, especially after holiday advertising kicks in every year come November. But not everyone has someone dear to share this manufactured ideal with during the holidays. I remember vividly the year my husband and I...

Improve Your Bedroom – 12/09

I’m sleeping better than I have in years these days and can definitely tell the difference. I’m thinking more clearly, more creatively, and feeling less stress. Getting enough sleep will do wonders in helping you deal with the potential stresses of this...

My Thanksgiving Thank You – 11/09

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday ahead, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining my Comfort Clue group. Thank you for joining those of us who strive to improve the quality of our lives through easy, do-able, baby steps. Changing the way...

Holidays Are Lonely For Some – 12/08

It’s a paradox but true: helping others helps YOU. The satisfaction of making someone else’s life better, plus that time off your own worries feels fabulous. “Friends and family” is a familiar phrase. All those scenes of friends clinking and laughing together. All...

Simple Ways to Slow Down

Take a deep breath and get ready. It’s easy to let the stress of trying to do  too much cancel out the fun and joy in the season ahead. I’ve missed a lot over the years being caught up in doing it all just “right”. Here’s a little jump-start to practice: choose...

Ease Thanksgiving Pressure – 11/07

This year I want to reach beyond my own little world of the U.S. Thanksgiving. I once attempted, naively, to stop at Safeway the day before turkey day. Ohmigosh, I never dreamed the enormity of it all. Imagine that huge parking lot completely full… and inside?...