new year's resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions – Bah Humbug!

Happy 2018! Here’s my “bah humbug” beginning to the new year and my take on New Year’s resolutions that are most often broken before the champagne bottles are carried to recycling (you do recycle, don’t you?). I think New Year’s resolutions are a source of stress and most often set you up for failure. If … Read moreNew Year’s Resolutions – Bah Humbug!

lavender benefits

Lavender Benefits, how do I love thee? Let me count 8 ways…

I love lavender! Just the mildest whiff makes me sigh with release. And, of course, stress relief: That’s what lavender is all about. I’ve had a stressful couple of weeks. An almost fatal computer crash that took a couple of weeks to remedy, but saved me from having into invest in a new laptop (thanks … Read moreLavender Benefits, how do I love thee? Let me count 8 ways…

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue can mess up your life

Adrenal fatigue can be dragging you down and you might not even know it. Do you experience any of the following: Difficulty waking up in the morning? Deep fatigue? Mildly depressed? Cravings for salty foods? Higher energy levels in the evenings? Stubborn belly fat, especially large hips and thighs? Dizziness if you stand up quickly … Read moreAdrenal fatigue can mess up your life

solutions for summer stress

5 Solutions for Summer Stress

Summer—is it your time of languid summer days floating on a tube down the river or balmy evenings listening to the tree frogs – or are you exhausted from endless guest, barbecues, family crisis and any manner of stress inducers? I’ll have to admit that this summer, most often I fall into the latter category. … Read more5 Solutions for Summer Stress

Meditation

Meditation and the Ommmmm Zone

Most of us think that meditation is an esoteric practice, perhaps a spiritual practice and the province only of the enlightened. I’ve been a meditator for most of my adult life and I find it amusing that science is finally catching up with what millions of meditators know intuitively: Meditation helps us to cope with … Read moreMeditation and the Ommmmm Zone

Healing Music; Healing Sounds

Healing Music, Healing Sounds

Here’s an article Kathleen wrote for Natural Awakenings magazine, published in September, 2016. As primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and Om meditations resounding in Himalayan … Read moreHealing Music, Healing Sounds

Breathing Techniques

Breathing Techniques for Stressful Times

This is an excerpt from my book, 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. It’s good to remember these skills in stressful times! Breath is life. Quite literally without breath, life ends in just a few minutes. Some Eastern traditions believe that we are born with a finite numbers of breaths allotted to us, so the more … Read moreBreathing Techniques for Stressful Times

stress cascade

Thyroid and adrenals: The Stress Cascade

If you’re a regular reader, you know I talk a lot about stress. We all have it, and in our modern life, where we are almost always plugged in, it is becoming increasingly difficult to break the toxic stress cycle that can have profoundly negative effects on your health.  Largely, I’ve talked about natural ways … Read moreThyroid and adrenals: The Stress Cascade

Hypothyroidism

Stress Can Contribute to Hypothyroidism

Are you stressed? I’m sure most of you said, “Oh, yeah!” If you said you’re not stressed, I’d probably cock my eyebrow at you or assume you are a Zen master. Stress is a part of our every day lives. It’s unavoidable. It’s not a question of whether we have stress, but how we cope … Read moreStress Can Contribute to Hypothyroidism