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How to Be Creative in 15 Minutes (or Less)

Do you wish you could be more creative, but just can’t find the time?  I feel your pain.  You’re overloaded, overstressed, and exhausted.  And that’s exactly why you need regular doses of creativity.  Creativity is therapeutic.  The trick is to be creative in small chunks of time. My daughter Erin, a working mother of two […]

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Design Your Own Mini-Retreat

Design Your Own Mini-Retreat

Ever wish you were a celebrity off for a spa retreat?  You don’t need to be a red carpet regular to treat yourself to a rejuvenating, relaxing experience.  I was desperate for some TLC after a crazy week, so I decided to spend my Saturday doing whatever I felt like doing.  Here are 5 things […]

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How Do You Quiet Your Mind?

In this video of Asheville, NC artist Jonas Gerard,  he is painting a big abstract work to music, practically dancing as he works, his strokes racing across the canvas.  It looks like a boisterous  process, but in fact Gerard says that painting fast allows his mind to be quiet.  Gerard’s distinctive approach may not be for everyone, but […]

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Stress Reduction

5 Ways to Lower Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

This morning I woke up with a feeling of mild dread about how I was going to meet all my work deadlines today. Feelingthat tightness in the pit of my stomach is always counterproductive: The more I worry about doing it all, the less able I am to get it done. I know I should meditate, or take a long brisk walk, or do some yoga, or write in my journal. But all those laudable practices seem overwhelming or too time-consuming in my frazzled state of mind. […]

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