‘T is the season to be merry – really?

Do you have Christmas or holiday traditions? Do you like them? The reason I'm asking is that I meet a lot of women who seem to be stressed by this whole month of preparing for something they then do not really enjoy. I hear a lot of: I haven't even started buying presents yet (overwhelm). My entire family is coming over and I have to cook (total panic). I need a vacation but if we leave for the holidays my family will be upset (guilt). I don't really want to go to my in-laws for Christmas (unhap [...]

2017-12-04T16:34:51+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Why you should go hug a tree

Although people are part of nature: on average, members of contemporary society spend over 95% of their time indoors, separated from nature. how we think and feel shapes our destiny. During our lifetime, on average, over 99% of our sensing, thinking and feeling is disconnected from nature and its balancing, restorative powers. Are you nature-deprived? Answer these questions to find out. The challenge of TOO MUCH: too much to do too much to cope with too much distraction too much noise too much d [...]

2017-05-08T16:47:17+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

The benefits of waiting

Remember when you were little and couldn't wait until it was bedtime so that you could hear the rest of the story your mother had started telling you the night before? Do you remember the sleepless nights before Santa Claus? Or how you thought time passed way to slowly until the summer holidays? And remember when you learned how to grow things and you ran downstairs each morning to see if the seed you planted had sprouted? Or how you painfully saved up every penny in order to buy your first ster [...]

2017-02-06T11:42:52+00:00 February 10th, 2017|

What to do when you need to calm down

In 2012 I did this! It was all part of being REAL (my word of that year), and facing your fears. I was scared shitless, but did it anyway. Tackling my fears usually involves more or less adrenaline. Because it means stepping out of my comfort zone. And this was a BIG step out of a plane! Argh! I was recently in a telco with a colleague of mine, talking about the ‘shit’ that was going on in our respective jobs. When she thanked me for the chat because it had brought her adrenaline level down. So [...]

2017-01-23T22:26:31+00:00 January 27th, 2017|

Stressless in 5 simple steps

So yes, maybe most of you are still in the middle of holidays, days off with the family, spending entire days in your pyjamas, or out skiing down the slopes. On the other hand, I know some people who get really stressed by all the Christmas preparations, the dinner organisations, the family meetings. When I am stressed, I am very much tempted to grab a superficial comfort blanket, i.e. laze on the couch, eat chocolate, complain… So I want to remind you today about the real stress killers. Breath [...]

2016-12-28T21:12:23+00:00 December 30th, 2016|