Category Archives: Stress

My wish for you

You have strengths you don’t know you have. You can be kind to yourself, and on that basis you can be kind to others. Know that the worries you carry can be set down.

My wish for you is that you be free from suffering, anxiety, fear, sickness, emotional upheaval, discord, and financial obstacles.  Continue reading

Organizing for the holidays

For those of us for whom the organized lifestyle has usually seemed like an unattainable goal, the holiday season can be more than intimidating. It’s encouraging to have practical tools to make organization seem attainable. Check out this website and tell me it doesn’t give you some encouragement! Pick just one technique or suggestion and try it out. There are free templates for budgeting and planning, and lots of fun and cute ideas.

Start fresh

I started the morning early. I sat my butt on my meditation cushion for a few minutes, connecting with being before being seduced into the multitude of activities of my day. Then I was inspired to take a fresh sheet of paper – blank drawing paper – and a box of Crayons. I haven’t done that in a loooong time. In various colors, I wrote a couple of words and drew a couple of images that represent my view of what I would like this day to be.

Do you have any rituals for starting the day – greeting the world, connecting with being before doing?

Parenting Tips For Stress-Free Holidays

Parenting Tips For Stress-Free Holidays

The holidays are a joyous time when loved ones come together to share traditions and to celebrate.  But for many families, the holidays can also be a time of stress and frustration, sometimes unintentionally resulting in an increased risk of child abuse and neglect. 

Research tells us that economic and personal stress are leading contributors to child abuse and neglect.  For too many parents, the holidays increase stress levels because of extra demands on their time, money and energy.  To minimize the risk of abuse, it’s best to reduce unnecessary stress by planning ahead. Continue reading

Keeping it fresh

I really enjoyed talking with call specialists last week. We had lively conversations about the unique work environment at 211.

If you attended one of those sessions, please feel free to post comments and questions here. What was helpful or useful for you? What wasn’t? Have you practiced some of the tools we talked about? Why or why not? What would you want to know more about?

Beyond Stress Management

I met a bunch of delightful people at the Direct Care Workers conference this week. I have fresh respect for the hard and valuable work they do.

This post is an invitation to anyone who attended my Beyond Stress Management workshops:

  • How are you doing?
  • What was most valuable to you about the conference? Has it given you new ideas about your work, about your life?
  • After attending my workshop, do you have questions about working with stress?
  • Do you have any comments you’d like to share here about your own experience of what happens between stimulus and response?
  • Do you have questions about the mindfulness activity?

Feel free to contact me privately if you’d prefer that. My email address is celeste @ (without the spaces, of course).

Have a wonderful day.