Posts tagged with "stress"

Self-Love February - Week 2 Challenge

Posted February 7, 2015 in self love, self-care, meditation and 6 more

Happy Saturday! I hope you had a lovely week, and you are enjoying your weekend so far!

I challenged you to practice self-care every day for the past week as part of Self-Love February. How did you do? I admit, I was off and on. For example, Wednesday was non-stop until about 9 p.m. when I was finishing eating dinner. I crashed in front of the TV for about an hour and was off to bed. I could have used some breaks during the day to reenergize myself.

But for the most part, I took some time for myself every day. Last night, after a particularly moody day, I poured myself a glass of wine and rolled out my yoga mat. It was the perfect ending to not so hot day, and I was instantly in a better mood.

This coming week's challenge is a good one! I challenge you to meditate every day for one week!

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The #1 Cause of My Sugar Cravings

Posted November 10, 2015 in sugar cravings, sweet tooth, sleep deprivation and 3 more


You may not know this about me, but I have a sweet tooth.

This blog, and now health coaching business, are named Sweet Success because of my love for sweet treats.

What's my favorite sweet treat? Ice cream in the summer, scones in the fall, holiday cookies in the winter and chocolate in the spring. Oh, and cake. I love cake.

In the past, my sugar cravings were closely related to my emotional state. This is another story for another day. But today, my sugar cravings are closely related to my body's level of exhaustion.

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12 Days of Self-Care Challenge

Posted December 8, 2015 in self-care, holidays, healthy living and 3 more


While there are so many things that make this time of year wonderful - holiday parties, twinkling lights, wrapping gifts, baking goodies - the holidays can also be a bit stressful.

Our calendars are full of shopping dates, holiday events and so much more. 

I'm definitely feeling a bit stressed this year as I'm already working on big projects for the new year. I know you'll all have big goals for 2016, and I'm working on some exciting things in my health coaching business! 

But that stress can make it challenging to enjoy all the little things that happen during the holidays. This is one of my biggest struggles…being present. I'm a list maker, a dreamer, a goal setter and a doer, so I'm constantly thinking about what's to come. However, I know I'm sometimes missing out on the now.

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12 Days of Self-Care {Halfway Recap}

Posted December 18, 2015 in self-care, 12 Days of Self-Care, healthy living and 3 more


We're already halfway through 12 Days of Self-Care! I hope you have been taking some time each day to practice a little self-care.

I have realized that I really needed this challenge this year! Last week, I wrote about my feelings of overwhelm and how my stress is impacting my health. Then this week, I crammed my schedule with way too many things. The stress manifested into a two-day headache and feeling incredibly run down. I will learn, I swear!

But this challenge has forced me to do at least one thing for myself each day that requires me to slow down and listen to my body, mind and spirit. I've been sharing my daily self-care practice on Facebook, so make sure you're following me there!

Here's how I've been caring for myself during the challenge...

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4 Tips for Dealing with Overwhelm

Posted July 20, 2016 in stress, stress management, dealing with overwhelm and 4 more

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As I drove to work today, I had this overwhelmingly intense tension in my chest and throat. 

I kept replaying my to-do lists (yes, lists) over and over again in my mind, thinking about the disarray (and let's be honest, dirtiness) of my house and my schedule, which had me going non-stop until 9 p.m.

I wanted to turn my car around, drive home and climb back under my sheets. 

These feelings of overwhelming stress are actually somewhat new to me. For just over a year, I've been working full-time, running my health coaching business, blogging, teaching fitness classes, selling a nutrition line and more recently I've been doing yoga teacher training. All this sprinkled in with volunteering for a few organizations, creating a new group for entrepreneurs in my community and preparing to teach a college course in the fall.

While I practice self-care daily to manage my stress and create a bit of balance in my life, I occasionally have a mini meltdown. When I do, these are the steps that I take to take back control and find some calmness...

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More being, less doing

Posted September 30, 2016 in self-care, healthy living, overwhelm and 3 more

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"I am a human being, not a human doing. Don't equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren't what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don't...you aren't." - Wayne Dyer

On Wednesday, I woke up at 5 a.m. to go to a fitness class. Then I went to work until 5 p.m., taught a fitness class, had back to back health coaching sessions, and then I met up with an acquaintance who was in town for work. Finally, at 10 p.m. I arrived home. 

I hadn't eaten dinner, hadn't had a moment to check in with myself all day. I went to bed feeling exhausted.

Thursday morning I woke up feeling sick. Headache, nausea, body aches, chills. I felt awful all day, and I'm still feeling sick today.

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Two Things I Do Even When I'm Crazy Busy and Overwhelmed

Posted June 15, 2017 in overwhelm, self-care, meditation and 5 more

When life gets busy or you overbook yourself, avoid burn out by using these two simple tips. 

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I admit, I overbooked myself this month. 

This isn't something that's new to me. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I tend to overcommit. 

My tendency to over schedule myself usually leads to me feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and eventually totally burned out. 

While I've overbooked myself once again, I'm doing two things differently that are helping me manage my stress. 

If you're an ambitious, worker bee like me, then this is for you!

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Creating White Space

Posted July 14, 2017 in creating white space, self-care, relaxing and 4 more

How often do you have nothing on your schedule? Creating white space can help you stress less, stay healthy and be more inspired.

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This week has been incredibly challenging.

After about a week of not feeling well, I finally went to the doctor and learned that I have shingles.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is dormant in your body. The virus can resurface as a rash and is often brought on by the perfect combination of stress and a weakened immune system.

I've been going nonstop for the past couple of years working full-time, building my health coaching business, teaching fitness classes, going through yoga teacher training, B-School and Nutrition School, and more. I've never taken time for retraction or white space.

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