Category Archives: stress management

Beautiful Sunlight!

A colleague recently remarked on the difference between his “indoor thinking” and “outdoor thinking.” Thinking outside for him was usually less anxious, less stressed, and seemed to be when he got some of his best ideas. We both have indoor … Continue reading

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Proactive Problem-Solver vs the Muddle, Part 2

Previously, I wrote about learning to be proactive and solve problems usually helps. Those are good lessons to learn, and this behavior yields good results (eventually) almost all the time. However, occasionally taking action is the wrong response. Without enough … Continue reading

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Moment of Beauty

The other day I was stomping around at the community college where I work. After a long day at work with lots of essays still to grade, I felt frustrated and aggravated, like I was spinning my wheels and not … Continue reading

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Russell Beagle, L.P.I. Soon!

Last week,  you may have read that I was determined to start an interactive short story featuring Russell Beagle, the licensed paranormal investigator.  I wrote the story on pieces of paper so I could map the flow of readers’ choices … Continue reading

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“At Least We Remembered to Live”

While watching Ken Burns’ documentary on the National Park system, I’ve heard lots of great quotes.   A fairly ordinary (though articulate) couple who visited a lot of the national parks in the 20’s and 30’s wrote about their travels.  (I … Continue reading

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What is your meaningful activity today?

Today I started revising my next book (the non-fiction book of advice about how to live happier, healthier, and more productively.)  I figured out shipping for postage stamp collages.  (Come to find out, finding boxes to fit 11×14 framed pictures … Continue reading

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Where’s the Balance? Part 1

Sometime ago I wrote about my batting average as a metaphor for life, particularly frustrations. I had reached a point where everything seemed to take way too long, be way too complicated, and fail way too often. Mostly it passed. … Continue reading

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Still swinging (Sports Metaphor!)

My batting average, quite frankly, has been terrible lately. I’m not blaming anyone. I did permit myself one minute of self-pity yesterday while on the bench again, but then I got back in the game. Right now, Murphy is the … Continue reading

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Frustration and Productivity, Part 1

I used to live by to-do lists. How can people get much done unless they know what to do? I felt enormously successful crossing off lots of things, while I felt slack if I only crossed off a few. After … Continue reading

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Life in Balance as Stress Reduction Part 2

Living in balance doesn’t erase all stress, but some stressors are avoided, some are managed, and the energetic positiveness of a life well-lived would make most days pleasant. I’m not entirely sure of this, mind you, but a more balanced … Continue reading

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