2014 was very exciting… I published two books to help busy women discover relief from chronic stress – the kind that drains our energy day after day - using my insight-empowered approach for long-lasting solutions.
The first two volumes of this 4 volume set appeared as eBooks on Amazon:
Quotes from the Back Covers
“Written by a woman who truly “walks the talk” … her guilt free, nonjudgmental approach is revolutionary and refreshing.” …. Dr. Andrea Black
“What does a Peaceful Mind have to do with stress and overeating? Everything! Highly recommended! This is a must read!” ... Merrily C. Jones, MEd, MS, LPC]]>
Driving back home after a very tough meeting that required firing an employee, I felt sad. Following an old pattern, I began to think about comforting foods.
I would stop at the supermarket to buy a croissant ham sandwich, a bag of something crisp and salty and some chocolate bars - all to eat in my car.
As I pulled into the parking lot I asked, “what if I didn’t buy any of those foods right now?” That slight pause allowed two insights to surface:
Insight no. 1: None of the foods I intended to buy were foods I would typically choose to eat.Insight no. 2: What I most needed was to release the built up tension resulting from the lack of sleep and the intensity of the meeting I had just left.
Faced with a choice point, I pushed back the car seat and took a 20 minute nap. As a result, the stress dropped from about a 9 down to a 2 – without those extra calories.]]>
A big brown stain surrounded the faucet of a bathroom sink. I scrubbed and scrubbed with various cleaning products. I pulled out a toothbrush and rubbed harder... Nothing would make that unsightly ring budge!
While not the biggest priority in my life, I wanted it gone nonetheless.
A frontal approach was not working - time for creative problem-solving.I stopped working harder and let my mind wander.
I remembered that we have "hard" water that can leave a crust when it evaporates. I thought back to a school experiment when we dissolved limestone with vinegar. I decided to pour a little vinegar in the sink and let it sit there for a few hours and the stain lifted off and was completely gone.
Sometimes when I push to make things happen the way I want, I may not get the outcome I desire. Yet when I let go, allow and apply a bigger perspective, then things seem to go more smoothly.]]>
Guidelines to help patients find stress relief
In Part 1, I described the problem of non-adherence: 50% of patients do not follow doctors’ advice. I suggested stress, the daily energy drains that limit what patients can do, create a logjam.
The solution: Seek guidance to tap into own creativity, ingenuity and intuition to deal with stress before loading up on medical advice.
Let’s switch over to your visit to the doctor’s office.]]>
Why medical (and other expert) advice often fails
We face a huge problem: Only 50% of patients follow prescribed treatments for vitally important health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or chronic overweight. Another way of saying this: One out of every two people ignores medical advice when told what they “should” do.
Are you one of those statistics? If you have trouble following a doctor’s orders, maybe it’s not your fault!
Stress may prevent patients from following prescriptions and one-shoe-fits-all advice.Stress short-circuits the best of intentions… whether at home or at the clinic. If you are too stressed, too tired, or too preoccupied with daily energy drains – maybe you don’t have the bandwidth to add more information?
So what is the best way to manage stress and plug up energy drains?Think about it… Who knows your particular circumstances better than you? No one else. Who knows your past victories and challenges. You do. Who carries untapped ideas in her brain? It’s you.]]>
Have you ever stopped taking a prescribed medication, or not followed a doctor's recommendation to lose weight or get more exercise? Could stress be getting in the way?
How would your doctor's visit be different if...
a) you had the opportunity to share what's actually stressing you out?
b) your doctor supported you in managing that chronic energy drain before tackling your health issue?
c) your health care provider and his/her staff listened to your concerns?]]>
What is your problem solving profile?Which of the following statements is the best fit:
a. Do you believe you are good at dealing with problems? b. Is your ability to solve problems okay -- not great? c. Or do you feel uncomfortable when faced with solving problems?
Whether you consider yourself to be an effective problem solver, an average problem solver or a problem avoider, you can boost your problem solving skills. It’s easy and it’s quick.
Before looking at ways to accomplish that, let’s work on the phrase, “problem solving.”
“Problem solver” or “Creative problem solver?”Problem solving sounds…like a problem. Yet we solve problems – large and small – every day, without turning them into “projects.” It happens naturally. So let’s add spice by adding an adjective. Creative problem solver has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?]]>
Do health and healing depend on personal creative insights? I believe they do, in multiple ways.Your creative insights help you see a health issue in a new light. Example-- "I never realized it before, but I tend to overeat only when I’m feeling lonely." Insights can help you pinpoint a trigger event:"Now that I think about it, my sinuses act up when the dog is shedding."
Creative problem solving, including insight, yields other benefits:Insights lead to new solutions New solutions create personal victories Personal victories build self-confidence to meet health challenges
Patient education should include insight learning
Traditionally, patient education focuses on disease. A lot on treatment, some on prevention. But very little goes into patient empowerment.
Insight learning nurtures both self-empowerment and patient self-management. When encouraged in clinics and doctors’ offices, it becomes a win/win for patients and healthcare providers.]]>