October 9, 2007

Reduce Stress Through Sleep

I am a HUGE advocate of getting enough sleep. However, I'll be the first to admit that this is not always an easy task. The following video provides some quick tips on how to get the right amount of zzz's each night.

October 7, 2007

Understanding Stress: The "Epidemic of the Eighties?"

According to the American Institute of Stress, Time magazine did a feature article on stress in 1983. The article stated that stress was considered the leading health problem of the time and dubbed it the "Epidemic of the Eighties."

Gee, have we come a long way, baby...and not in a good way. In 1983, 55% of people reported feeling stressed at least one time per week. By 1996 this number had increased to 75%. Researchers currently estimate this percentage to be around 90%. So what is causing all this stress in our lives?

Job stress is the number factor behind adult stress. As a career coach, I can certainly regale you with stories of job distress, so this one comes as no surprise. However, the largest increases in stress have come from children, teens and college students. It is surmised that these increases are coming from increased crime, violence, peer pressure, isolation, lonliness and a breakdown in values, family or social support.

Well, now that we all feel more stressed about stress, how can we possibly help overcome the "epidemic." Through my coaching work I have found that one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal is laughter. I did a blog entry a few months ago on laughter yoga with John Cleese where we first introduced the concept. However, since then, CNN has reported on the phenomenon. Try laughing at least 2-3 times a day to see how your stress levels can go down, too! LOL!!

October 4, 2007

October is Stress Management Month

I was on a recent shopping excursion at my local Costco when I realized that holiday music was playing in the background and holiday gift wrap was already available in bulk. Geez! I was just beginning to enjoy the cooler weather, leaves changing beautiful colors and schedules getting more and more busy. Now, I've got to add holiday preparation to the list? It's enough to stress anyone out.

That's why we're devoting this month to Stress Management. Let's face it, as the holidays get closer, our stress level goes up. So, we're going to provide plenty of tips and trips to keep your blood pressure in check. Enjoy!!

If you're feeling really stressed out at work, school or home, consider a free coaching session. We can help you find some much needed balance, piece of mind and a few laughs in the process.