Unplugging with Essential Oils

Making positive connections with others is vital to our emotional health and well-being. This is something most of us agree on and that scientific research has backed up for decades. In fact, a 2015 study identified a strong link between loneliness or perceived social isolation and cellular mechanisms that produce physiological changes that lead to ill...

Creating Better Work-Life Balance

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance In pursuit of “having it all”—a burgeoning career, a robust personal life, good health, a thriving and close-knit family—many of us burn out and end up falling short in one or more of these areas. Maintaining a better balance between work and other parts of your life may not give you “it all,” but it can go a long wa...

How to Create Joy in your Life

Joy is not simply a feeling of happiness. It is the presence of peace and contentment that has the power to sustain us even when our lives are challenging and stressful. Joy is something you create by intentionally doing things that bring pleasure, peace, or purpose to our lives. Here are 15 things—some simple, some more elaborate—you can do to create joy in...

Effective Goal Making for the New Year

Effective Goal Making for the New Year Famed motivational speaker and writer Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” As the New Year starts and you contemplate making goals for the coming weeks and months, consider these tactics for properly setting goals: 1. Be specific. The more specific the goal, the simpler it is to measure y...

Five Ways to Think More Positively in 2018

A common aphorism says that “things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” Of course, saying this is a lot easier than making it so in our own lives . . . especially when things don’t seem to be going our way. Psychologists who study behavior and thought patterns have found that up to 80 percent of our mental cha...

Getting Past Groundhog Day

The movie Groundhog Day depicts the life of a man, played by actor Bill Murray, who wakes up to re- experience the same day over and over again. At first, he's frustrated that every day he wakes up and has exactly the same experiences at exactly the same time. Eventually, however, he perfects this day, learning lessons from his experiences that enable him to...

The 5 Skills Emotionally Intelligent People Have

Did you know that you have an Emotional IQ? It is your level of intelligence and ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotion. Here's why it's so important-- it is now proven to be a better predictor of future success than traditional methods like the GPA, IQ, and standardized test scores. For this reason, this week I have chosen to focus on Emot...

Evaluating your Expectations

Many varying beliefs create expectations for us to follow. These expectations pervade our families and affect our lives, our world, our sense of self-worth, and our ability to give and receive love. In fact, high and unrealistic expectations are often the culprit for underlying fears which foster anxiety and depression. Evaluating our expectations of others ...

Freedom of Choice

"Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give" -David O. McKay With our freedom of choice comes tremendous power-- and how we use that power determines our destiny. As we are free to choose for ourselves our thoughts, actions, character traits, dreams, circumstances, and more; we are likewise accountable for...

Master Meditation with these Tips

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally, it was a method used by those who desired a spiritual and intuitive connection. These days, people around the world turn to meditation for relaxation and stress management. It's an inexpensive and simple solution that often brings profound and long-lasting results. Not only does meditation ...

6 Ways to Heal Suffering Lives and Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what they'...

3 Essential Oil Protocols for Balancing Mood

More than 17 million Americans are affected by feelings of self-doubt each year. Nearly everyone feels depressed from time to time. And there are circumstances in life that create situational mood imbalance, such as death, loss of job, poor health, difficult times, and so on. Generally, this type of issue passes after a relatively short period of time. C...

Emotional Dangers Beneath the Surface

While on vacation in Mexico years ago, our family toured a swamp near the ocean that was said to house a 25-foot crocodile. A young, small Mexican man was our guide. With enthusiasm, he walked my family (and a few others) onto a wooden ramp that sat a foot or so above the muddy water and had a railing made of logs. Walking forward I kept my eyes out in th...

3 Tips to Build Success through Trust

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else," -Cardinal De Retz. No matter the dream, establishing strong and trusting relationships--with others and ourselves--is a fundamental part of creating dreams. Why? Because relationships are all that matter. And ultimately, our relationship with ourselves determines the outcome of ...

Working and Playing Balance

One morning when my kids were home from school for summer vacation I found them in front of the TV eating popcorn and Starburst candy, tossing wrappers on the floor and lazily kicking back. Like the nun in the children's cartoon, Madeline, I raised my finger and said, "Something is not right!" Though we all like to sleep in, lay around, watch TV, and e...

The Price of Pride

A few years ago, I caught portions of a television show about the life of C. S. Lewis, the much-admired and universally respected author of the nineteenth century. I learned from the hour-long documentary that Lewis believed the father of all sins is pride. This thought left me pondering the price of pride and how it affects our relationships, our emotional ...

3 Tips for Personal Freedom

When it comes to healing, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing defines, "The Law of Least Effort," as this: Accepting people, situations, and events as they occur. Taking responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems and relinquishing the need to defend your point of view. How can we use this formula to make an easy and ...

Heal Lives & Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what they'...

Managing Emotions

Managing Emotions By Rebecca Hintze Decades ago, when I took my first class about managing emotions, I learned a long list of negative emotions. I memorized them as part of my homework, and to this day, I can still run through that list in my mind in a matter of seconds. They are: "Overwhelm, fear, terror, guilt, shame, anger, burden, betrayal, jealousy, ...