Four Ways Gratitude Helps You with Difficult Feelings

Research suggests that grateful people are more skillful at coping with stress and regulating their emotions.   Feeling grateful can bring us a variety of benefits, including better mental and physical health and improved relationships. We tend to think of gratitude as an emotion we experience when things are going well, one that is closely associated[…]

Managing the Seemingly Inevitable Holiday Season Stress

Welcome to the holiday season—that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, and activities galore that begins right after Halloween, builds to Thanksgiving and continues gaining momentum through the end of the year.   While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of holiday stress for many.[…]

Anxiety About Money – How to Find Relief

Do you worry about money? Countless people do—surveys consistently find that finances are one of the most common sources of anxiety. Maybe you worry about having enough money for retirement. Or perhaps you’re living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to pay your rent or mortgage on time. Mounting credit card debt only adds to the[…]

Coping With Financial Stress in Your Life

Financial stress is a widespread experience. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 72 percent of Americans are stressed about money at least occasionally and 22 percent feel extremely stressed about their finances. This is pretty significant because financial stress is linked to health problems like depression and sleep problems. With the rising cost of living, many Americans are feeling[…]

Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening

Each autumn, the culinary benefits of gardening overflow into our kitchens. Our pantry shelves fill with the many-colored fruits of the harvest: glowing jars of tomatoes and beans, golden braids of onions and garlic, winter squashes in rich greens, oranges and tans…and tucked away from light and moisture, bins of sustaining potatoes, beets, carrots and[…]

When and How to Take a Mental Health Day

Sometimes taking a mental health day—a day off that’s specifically geared toward stress relief and burnout prevention—is the best thing you can do for yourself. While one day might not solve heavy underlying problems that lead to burnout, a mental health day can provide a much-needed break to pause, regroup, and come back with greater levels of[…]

Use Walking Meditation for Stress Relief

Turn a Simple Walk Into an Effective Stress Relief Activity   Meditation is one of the great stress management techniques because it carries many varied benefits. It can help people create mental and emotional space between them and their stressors, allowing them to gain perspective and get their bearings before tackling the stressful situations at hand. It can[…]

How to Tell You Have Reached the Point of Burnout

When stress is left unmanaged, it can lead to burnout. Here’s how to recognize if you’re starting to get burned out and what you can do about it.   If you are experiencing high amounts of stress in your lifestyle, it’s important to maintain an awareness that burnout could potentially be looming in the future if you don’t take steps[…]