OK, who has never bragged about all the things they have on their to-do list? Don’t we all get pulled into the “You wouldn’t believe how busy I am” game? Women, in particular, are the masters of multitasking. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. For years I got caught up in my daily to-do list. While priding myself in how many things I had on my list, I kept getting discouraged. How could I have gotten only three things completed today when all I’ve done is worked from dawn ‘til dusk? Well, this year I got smart…or at least a little smarter. I decided to listen to the research, along with the advice from some really wise, busy and very successful people. In this article I’m going to debunk the myth that multitasking is efficient and the best way to get things done. I’m also going to share with you some great focusing strategies that will help you be happier, healthier and more efficient. (more…)
Summer is here! Now that we’ve managed to get through the craziness of the end of the school year (which can be super busy whether you have kids in school or not) we’re looking forward to the next two months of summer bliss. At least, that’s the image we have in our heads. However, the reality is, summer bliss isn’t just going to happen on its own. Like anything we want to achieve or create in our lives, we have to plan and take action steps to make it happen. In this article I’m going to share with you 3 simple but amazing tips to help you create a happy and healthy summer for you and your family! For example, did you know that research has shown at least 11 major health benefits to spending time outdoors? Read on to find out more. (more…)
You can almost see it. The finish line. The end of the school year. The only problem is that it seems like you have to go through an obstacle course to get there! Whether you have school aged kids or not, June can be a very hectic month with wind ups for sports teams and volunteer groups, music and dance recitals, not to mention graduations. While all of this is reason to celebrate, the problem is that it’s all crammed into 1 month! In this article I’m going to tell you about 3 simple tips to help you bypass the obstacle course so you can sail through the month with greater ease. (more…)
Do you remember this childhood song? “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it and you’re not afraid to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” So, are you happy? If you’re having difficulty answering with a resounding “Yes!” or even a “most of the time”, you’re not alone. Although Canada and the United States are arguably two of the most privileged countries in the world in which to live, they also have some of the highest uses of antidepressants in the world. According to research done by the OCED (Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development), 86 out of 1000 Canadians are on antidepressants.1 In the United States, 11 percent of the population aged 12 and over take antidepressants. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that from “1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages increased nearly 400%”!2 Why is everyone, children included, so stressed out? In this article, I’m going to show you a simple, scientifically validated exercise that has been shown to leave people happier and less depressed for a month! I’ll also share with you two powerful, thought-provoking questions that could change your life. (more…)
Remember when you were a kid and your toys were scattered everywhere? That’s when your Mom or Dad would say, “Clean up your mess!” What about now? Do you have a junk drawer in the kitchen that you can barely close? Is your garage so full of stuff that you can’t even park your car in it? What about your personal or work relationships? Are there some messes there that you need to clean up? Whether you know it or not, the messes in your life are actually contributing more to your stress levels than you realize. For example, according to organizational expert Jillian Pollack, people spend an average of six minutes a day just looking for their keys.1 That’s 42 minutes a week or three hours a month of needlessly added stress! Think of what you could be doing with that extra time.
Research shows that your brain can only focus on a certain number of things at a time and when you surpass that, your brain goes into information overload.2,3,4 Clutter in our homes as well as in our minds can cause stress that not only harms our health, but takes away from experiencing joy in our lives. So I thought that, in the spirit of spring cleaning, I would share with you a powerful way you can start decreasing clutter in your home as well as in your mind. You will experience how cleaning up your messes really can help you Go From Your Stressed Self to Your Best Self™! (more…)
Do you know what your life purpose is? Are you doing what you feel you were born to do? Are you passionate about your job, career, your life? If you’re blessed like I am, you have a deep sense of knowing that you are living your life purpose, or what some people call your soul purpose. However, if not, you are not alone. Over the years I have seen countless people in my practice who were both unhappy and unhealthy because they were in a job or career that was sucking the life out them. The reason it was draining them was because they weren’t living out their life purpose. Many of them had never spent time even thinking about what makes them feel alive. Most didn’t think that it was possible to work where they could be happy. Some had once felt fulfilled by their career but things had changed and they were now left feeling like something was missing.
I have a plaque in my home office that says, “If not to share your gifts with the world, then why on Earth are you here?” What are your gifts? What brings you joy and meaning in your life? How do you use these gifts to make a difference in your workplace or in the world? In this article I’m going to take you through a couple of powerful exercises that will help you identify your life purpose. I will also share some leading research that shows why being clear why you’re here is essential to your health and well-being. (more…)
Are you excited about the New Year? Once again we get a fresh start, making new resolutions and setting new goals. But, what’s going to make it different this year compared to last year, or the year before that? Were you able to stop smoking? Were you successful in achieving your weight loss goals? Did you spend less time at work and more time with your family? If you didn’t come close to making any of your last year’s resolutions become a reality, you’re not alone. According to research, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.1 Why is that? What are they doing that the other 92 percent of us aren’t? They are taking full responsibility for their lives! Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer in their NY Times bestselling book, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, list taking 100% responsibility as their number one success principle.2 In this article I’m going to reveal how you can become part of that successful 8 percent by taking three specific action steps. Are you ready to start taking 100% responsibility for your life? (more…)