How to Handle Stress During Challenging Times

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Our world has certainly changed in the last seven days. I have never seen anything like this. It’s scary and overwhelming and confusing. Suddenly, and I do mean suddenly, our kids are home from school, our offices have closed their doors and we have watched our entire city shut down. And for many, you don’t even know when you will get your next paycheck.

How do we deal with it all? How do we survive all the stress?

My goal, in my speeches and in my life, is to help people gain a positive attitude – to see the silver lining. It’s really hard to do this when we are surrounded by such depressing news 24 hours a day. So, let me give you a few tips on how to get through the day with some sort of sanity and to experience some stress-free moments:

First, pick one time throughout the day to watch/listen to the news, then TURN IT OFF. The constant reporting of disease and death is enough to drive anyone crazy. Yes, we want to stay on top of what’s happening around the world, and in our own back yard, but once a day is enough. This will be difficult, so force yourself to shut off that TV, unplug that computer and find an inspirational book to read or music to listen to.

That takes me to number two – find your favorite music, whatever it may be. Make a playlist, then listen to it whenever you are feeling down. One of my favorites is: This is My Fight Song. Every day I sing these words at the top of my lungs: “This is my fight song, take back my life song.” Yes, I will take back my life and return to some sort of normalcy – soon.

Third, visualize a healthy you. Take all your five senses and See yourself as a healthy person; Hear your strong voice; Smell the flowers; Taste the food at your favorite restaurant; Feel vibrant and healthy. What you focus on, grows. So focus on a healthy you.

It’s up to you to take control of your life during these crazy times. My advice is to take small steps leading to a healthier, stress-free you. Let’s all come together to take care of ourselves and help each other. In the process you will find a courage inside yourself that you didn’t even know existed.


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Life’s Little Pleasures

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Five meetings scheduled for today, a string of never ending emails, family obligations…

And that’s all before I have my morning coffee!!!

It’s no wonder we are all stressed out and struggling to find some balance in our busy lives. I’ve heard it over and over again “live in the present”, and I’m still trying to figure that one out. That’s why I was so delighted this past Saturday when I stumbled across this quaint little diner called Schubert’s in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.

To tell you the truth, I really didn’t notice it at first. I was hungry, and it was a place to eat lunch. It wasn’t until I heard the Everly Brothers playing over the speakers that I put down my menu and looked around. BTW – if you don’t know who the Everly Brothers are, ask your parents or grandparents – they will be happy to reminisce.

When I finally did put down my menu, and decided to soak in my surroundings, OH MY GOODNESS!!! I was transported back to the 1950s. With its tin ceiling and old-fashioned soda fountain, I felt a warmth and coziness come over me as I pictured my brothers in our living room singing along to Wake Up Little Susie.

That’s when it hit me. I spend so much time planning my next vacation, my next adventure, my next holiday, that I never notice what is right in front of me.

So this afternoon, as I enjoy every bite of my scrumptious cranberry walnut pancakes, I allow myself some “me” time. And finally, FINALLY, I’ve discovered what it means to live in the present.

So if you happen to be in southern Wisconsin, check out Schubert’s Diner: And let me know what you think.

I’d also like to know if you’ve discovered any gems of your own. I’d love to put them on my list of Cool Places to Visit.

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Do You Have a Favorite Quote?


Do you have a favorite quote? One that really struck a chord with you the very first time you heard it because it connected with your own life – with your own experiences. You repeated it to yourself over and over again because it made you feel stronger, more confident, and just plain happier! Mine is:

                   She believed she could, so she did

When I was going through a challenging time in my life, I posted this quote all over my house –on my mirrors, my dresser, my refrigerator, and even the steering wheel in my car. Every time I saw it, it would make me feel more confident – happier.

Quotes are personal. What works for someone else may not work for you. They can be inspirational, encouraging, hopeful, and some are just plain funny.

So what quote found its way into your heart? Please, share it here – right now! It may give someone else the courage they need to get through a stressful day, help them to reach out to a friend, or make them smile. You never know whose life you may touch.

I can’t wait to hear your favorite quote.

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