A New Beginning: Join me toward my Vision

A New Beginning: Join me toward my Vision

I have a vision: I am writing to you because you have either been enrolled in one of my classes, attended a workshop, visited the stressmanagementplace.com website, or I’ve worked with you individually and you have given me permission to email you on matters regarding stress reduction.  I would like to thank you for your support and friendship through the years, so much so that I have included a free gift for you at the bottom of this letter.  I am also writing you this important message because:  As you know, the majority of people these days suffer with the incredible burden of out-of-control stress and its awful symptoms. Perhaps you know someone. Perhaps it’s you.  Most people admit they need to do something about their stress. But rarely do, simply because they don’t know how, or where to find the answers.  At a recent workshop I gave, there was a woman who could not sit still, one who hadn’t gotten a decent night’s sleep in weeks,...
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Life Can Be Simple

By: Dr. Mike Olpin Life really is quite simple:  Focus on the moments; learn from our past, and do things today that will benefit our future.  So, I ask you: What are you doing this very moment to honor these three things? Do you feel like you can focus on each moment, being present and mindful?  Have you allowed yourself to heal and grow from your past (even from just a minute ago)?  And, are you actively preparing yourself to have a better tomorrow? Life really is that simple. If life is so simple, why do we tend to make it so complicated? … As I was contemplating this, I was reminded of some basic philosophies and behaviors that can bring us back to simplicity (if we choose it). In my training to become a yoga instructor, we spent an entire weekend discussing Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga, which describes eight ways that we can live a meaningful and purposeful life (1)– including mindfulness, meditation,...
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Boost Metabolism While You Sleep

Boost Metabolism While You Sleep

By: SMP Staff Remember in biology class when you learned about the parts of the cell and you wondered why you had to know this stuff? Really, when would you ever use this information in real life? Well here it is. Inside of the cell is the “powerhouse,” organelle known as the mitochondria. Mitochondria produce the energy that a cell needs to perform its functions; divide, move, etc. In cells that are not required to do very much work,(such as an unfit muscle cell), there is one, wimpy mitochondria. It doesn’t provide much energy. It just hangs around, bored and out of shape. To make matters worse, the fuel lines (arteries and capillaries) to these kinds of cells are usually out of shape, plaque ridden, and few and far between. These conditions lead to some lonely, bored, and depressed mitochondria. Then one day, the woman in whose body these cells reside decides to get up and move a bit. Let’s call her Suzy....
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Stress or Frustration – What’s the Difference?

Stress or Frustration – What’s the Difference?

By: Dr. Mike OlpinA student of my stress management class asked me this excellent question: What's the difference between stress and being frustrated? or is there one? I still kind of feel like they're different things. For example, I'll feel frustrated or irritated that things aren't going the way I'd like them to in an aspect of my life, or if I feel like I did something I wish I wouldn't have. But when I visualize stress, I feel it's more like when I'm rushed or under pressure to do something while meeting certain criteria, or maybe if I don't know what to do in a situation. Any thoughts or advice on clarifying things? Here's my response:That's a very interesting question. I'll try to explain my understanding of the differences between the two the best I can.What I think you're wondering about are two different things: Stress and Frustration.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveFrustration is a feeling combined with a set of thoughts about something. Events happen, you...
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