Stress: ‘Controlling’ Stress Hormones

I enjoy sharing content that provides international perspectives. This article from Dr Jim Manganiello is an excellent piece that focuses on the challenges in the US – and which are highly relevant in most areas! Dr Manganiello is a clinical psychologist and diplomate-level medical psychotherapist based in Groveland and West Boxford. He is also an author and teacher focusing on stress, personal growth, meditation and “inner fitness.” His book “Unshakable Certainty” is available on Amazon.

This topic is one that most of have experience of at some, and often, many stages throughout our lives. With careful guidance, counsel and coaching, these states of ‘living’ can be managed by providing meaningful and sustainable strategies to exist in ways that are more nourishing.

This column examines “disease proneness” and the role that stress often plays in disease-prone personality patterns. Research demonstrates that a relationship can exist between stress-provoking personality patterns and illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and life problems, including anxiety, depression and, among others, insomnia. [Read more…]

Counselling: Who is it for and what can I expect?

I decided to write this post – one of a series of three – partly in response to a recent query from concerned friends and relatives of someone who could really benefit from that which counselling therapy can provide and who is struggling to reconcile ‘himself’ with the possibility of the same; and also for general consumption, in an attempt to clarify the practice and to help reduce any stigma that might be attached. [Read more…]

Counselling: Dispelling the Myths

If I need counselling, I must be in real trouble; I must have failed in some way.

If you recognize and find courage to consider counselling, whether for emotional ‘niggles’ or for something you feel is more serious, this is a success in your life. A failure might be considered if you have continued to neglect seeking to resolve a problem that leaves you feeling ‘less than’. [Read more…]

Making Peace with Stress

It has been said that there are only two times when we feel stress – daytime and night-time! Let’s face it. Stress is part of our everyday life. We experience some level of stress every time our expectations are unmet. We CAN transform our relationship with stress. Learn to let it go and cultivate more peace, joy, and calm in its place. [Read more…]