3 simple strategies for stress relief

The last few months of any year, with deadlines and holidays, often create a harried pace. The beginning of a new year can give you a chance to exhale. But even if you experience a few serene days or weeks, tight shoulders and tension are never far off. Family stress. Work stress. Daily life stress. […]

How to Let Go of the Stress and Pressure That Weigh You Down

How to Let Go of the Stress and Pressure That Weigh You Down

“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens, and response is something we can choose.” ~Maureen Killoran I don’t know about you, but I often find advice to release stress and pressure to be great on paper but incredibly difficult to apply. Just say no more often! Sounds good, but […]

How to Let Go of the Need to Control People and Life

How to Let Go of the Need to Control People and Life

“Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” ~Jackson Kiddard Fellow perfectionists, I’m guessing you know what it’s like: the constant need to control life and other people to ensure everything goes smoothly and everyone’s okay. It’s a maddening, exhausting habit, since the only thing we can control is ourselves. But we […]

We’re supposed to make resolutions now?

After everything that’s happened in 2020, setting goals seems like a big ask. Resolutions inherently mean discomfort and require resolve, and most of us have had enough of the former and don’t have much left of the latter. The response to the annual tradition might involve a collective groan, eye roll, and require a censor. […]

4 Things to Let Go if You Want to Enjoy Life More This Year

4 Things to Let Go if You Want to Enjoy Life More This Year

As we start a new year, many of us focus on the physical things we want to gain—a new job, new house, more money, or six-pack abs, for example. We think about everything that might enhance our lives and create a plan to acquire them. There’s nothing wrong with that approach—especially if we’re struggling to […]

20 Powerful Self-Care Quotes to Help You Feel and Be Your Best

20 Powerful Self-Care Quotes to Help You Feel and Be Your Best

Hi friends! I decided over this long holiday weekend to give myself a break for some much-needed self-care, which I imagine we could all use right now. We’ve all been pushed, stretched, and challenged this year. We’ve all given our all, done our best, and perhaps wondered at times if it was good enough. That’s […]

Choosing joy during difficult times

Feeling good may be in short supply these days. The pandemic is on the upswing again, and many of us anticipate spending the colder months ahead cooped up in our homes with computer screens as our only windows into the world. Meanwhile, climate-related natural disasters are driving thousands of people out of their homes. Millions […]

How to give yourself — and others — a break

Be kind to yourself. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Few would disagree that this advice would lead to a life filled with less fighting and more empathy. So, why don’t we always practice compassion? American culture can promote and celebrate competitiveness, where it’s easy to never be satisfied and think that we should […]

When Life Feels Too Hard: How to Mindfully Get Through the Day

When Life Feels Too Hard: How to Mindfully Get Through the Day

NOTE: This post contains a giveaway. If you’re reading this in your inbox, click here to participate on the site! “If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of […]

How to avoid a relapse when things seem out of control

There is no one who would deny that this has been a stressful year. As the Grateful Dead said, “If the thunder don’t get you, the lightning will.” If you manage to avoid catching COVID, then you are probably at least contending with some mixture of financial and childcare stress, the nail-biting political divisions we […]