Managing Stress

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What are your usual coping mechanisms?

By Sylvia Lafair | April 1, 2020 |

I did a survey asking the following question: What are your usual coping mechanisms?   Take a minute and answer it for yourself.  The responses I received went from “Eating junk food” to “Playing games online” to “Binge-watching “Tiger King” to “Mixing a batch of martinis” and on and on.   Most responses were about indulging in one way…

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7 Ways to “Practice Safe Stress” during times of confusion and chaos

By Sylvia Lafair | March 25, 2020 |

What do you do when others are driving you nuts? When you can’t seem to catch your breath because so much is being asked of you? When you must change your schedule to please others who claim to need you ‘right now’?   Do you go on the attack and say whatever comes to mind to…

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Finding Peace of Mind During These Uncertain Times

By Sylvia Lafair | March 18, 2020 |

Here is one email among many that are all requesting the same thing: peace of mind. Here is the email and how I responded.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I am almost frozen with fear. The news is awful, my health is fair, my finances are poor and my ability to look at this time as a “learning experience” is dwindling. …

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What to do when life seems out of balance

By Sylvia Lafair | December 18, 2019 |

Everyone is telling me this year has more stress and strain than in the past? You agree? “Why,” people are asking, “is life so much more out of balance now?” I must admit, I’m not sure. However, I have a hunch that all the social media stuff is really making us kinda crazy. I was…

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How to get yourself out of overwhelm

By Sylvia Lafair | December 11, 2019 |

How to get yourself out of overwhelm seems to be a recurring theme right now.  One of my clients put it this way “I came home from work and kicked the dog.”   Then, at least 7 other clients texted me this week with concerns that were variations on the ‘kick the dog’ theme.  They were all about the conundrum (what…

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Practice Safe Stress

By Sylvia Lafair | September 29, 2019 |

Calling all ambitious, motivated female leaders to let go of overwhelm and learn SAFE STRESS. + Learn the technique of Safe Stress (that unique area between the extremes of exhaustion and not giving a damn). + Find the best way for you to stop burnout before it stops you. + Practice the specific communication that…

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5 Sayings That Will Inspire You Even When You Feel Overwhelmed and Frustrated

By Sylvia Lafair | September 25, 2019 |

I want to share a story from one of my coaching clients that I’m sure will resonate with you if you’ve ever found yourself feeling overwhelmed and frustrated… One of my coaching clients sent the following, “I had a fender bender on the way to work. Then, because I was late and rushing, I tripped…

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How to Get Out of the “Gotta- Do Syndrome” That Leads to Overwhelm

By Sylvia Lafair | September 3, 2019 |
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How do you stay calm, cool, and collected?

By Sylvia Lafair | July 30, 2019 |

When the heat index goes way into the red zone how do you stay calm, cool, and collected? Here is a composite of the types of emails I have been getting the past month, mostly from the east coast of the U.S. and from much of Europe. It goes something like this: “It’s too hot…

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How to Transform the Victim into the Explorer

By Sylvia Lafair | December 12, 2017 |

Have you noticed that the more persecutor/bullies lash out the more the victims of their nastiness go to hide under the bedcovers? I don’t often feel like a victim, however, I had an employee who was the bossiest witch always telling everyone in the office what to do, on her terms. One day I hung…

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