6 TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are a special time to gather with family and friends and to celebrate our many blessings.  It’s also a time where we tend to over-indulge or over-extend ourselves.  We stress ourselves out, taking on too much of everything – too much eating, too much shopping, to many parties, too many commitments, too much travel. In a perfect world, this time of year would be like a Carry Grant Holiday Special where the family calmly sips cocoa by the[Read more]

How to Reduce Stress this Holiday with Gratitude

When I was a kid, I loved watching the Muppet Movies.  The year I turned eleven, my mom took my sister and me to see the Muppet’s Christmas Carol.  This was my very first exposure to the classic Dickens story.  I loved Kermit and his little family, and I remember being terrified of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. In the film, Scrooge says to his nephew, “What right how you to be merry?  You’re poor enough.” To which[Read more]

HOW TO REDUCE STRESS AROUND FAMILY

  I love my family and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world, but I tell you what, they really know how (and when) to push my buttons. I’m 33 years old and I swear, in their eyes, I’m still that shy little girl.  My family can be passively aggressively judgmental with seesawing moods, and all the other nuances of typical family dynamics. Ok Laurel, now say 10 nice things about your family and go sit in the corner[Read more]

LEARN TO REST IN THE POSTURE

When faced with difficulty, fear, boredom or any other such thoughts and emotions, I’ve done what many people do – retreat. I’ve blamed myself for not being good enough.  I’ve blamed and resented others for putting me in difficult situations.  I’ve gotten caught up in that negative cycle of bitterness, judgement and self deprecation.  I’ve literally put up my own roadblocks that have prevented me from continuing to pursue my desires, admitting defeat, and moving on. In yoga, when holding a difficult pose,[Read more]

3 WAYS TO GET MORE DONE IN YOUR DAY

Most days I wake up thinking about all the things I have to get done.  This is, simply put, the inevitable reality of busy adults.  There are bills to pay, dogs to walk, kids to raise, jobs in which to perform, and then cram in all the little errands required to keep a household going and you’ve got a recipe for stress and mental exhaustion. As adults, we have a responsibility to keep it together and get things done.  Busy thoughts are[Read more]

Top Essential Oils for Positive Thinking

Almost everyone has heard this quote from Ghandi.  However, most people think this ‘change’ applies only to their actions.  Ghandi meant for us to change our thoughts as well because our thoughts decide our actions and our actions define us.  When we walk around being upbeat, an amazing thing happens; it rubs off on the people we come in contact with during the day, and becomes a positive ripple across the world! Holding negative thoughts for long periods can have[Read more]