Category: Dealing with Stress

Ep049: Making Adjustments for the Holidays

The holiday season throws most of us off kilter. Typical routine activities are suddenly fraught with glitches. Our once quiet and relaxing weekends are stuffed with activities that require more energy than we possess. Instead of wishing the holidays were over, learn how to make adjustments for this special time of the year.

What are some things you do to make the holidays less stressful, and more meaningful? Share your thoughts in the comments.

5 Tips to Deal with Holiday Stress

Today I went live on my Donna Doyon Facebook page with 5 tips to help you deal with holiday stress. You can watch the video here. In a nutshell, here are the 5 tips:

  1. Watch clips of your favorite holiday movies (especially the funny ones) on YouTube. In the video, I shared a few of my favorites.
  2. Sing your favorite Christmas songs, religious songs, rock songs, country songs, rap songs or any songs! In the video, I sang one of my favorite songs (YIKES!)
  3. Find a spot of sunshine and just hang out in it for a few minutes. 
  4. Walk. Five minutes of mall walking, parking lot walking, or around the building walking can do wonders to reduce your stress levels.
  5. Do the dishes. In the video I share how washing dishes puts all your senses to work (and restores order from chaos).

Here’s the link again… Donna Doyon’s Facebook page. If you enjoy these tips, please share the post with your friends.

How to Stay Healthier Thru the Holidays

How to stay healthier thru the holiday

Overindulging… that is something that many of us do over the holiday season.

We forget that Thanksgiving is just one day, and we allow ourselves to feast for four or five days. Yikes! No wonder so many people gain weight these last weeks of the year.

Today I went live on my Donna Doyon Facebook page with 5 tips to keep you from hating yourself on January 1st.


Ep046: One Solution to Dealing with Toxic Environments

Have you experienced the stress and struggle of living or working in a toxic environment? It’s tough, isn’t it?

For a variety of reasons you stay in that situation, even when you know it is time to end that personal or professional relationship. Many of us have done it. I’ve done it.

For me, there were two main reasons why I stayed in what I considered a toxic work environment.

The first reason I stayed was people focused: I knew I was serving the needs of my team. I knew I was making the workplace better for them. I knew I was resolving process problems that could impact the quality of our product. And when you make a product that peoples’ lives literally depend upon, that last factor is key.

The second reason I stayed was money focused: I had a goal to pay off my mortgage by October 2018. I was making aggressive extra principle payments. My 15-year mortgage would be paid off in just over 8 years if I stayed on track.

But finally, $15,000 shy of paying off my mortgage, the imaginary toxicity detector I wore to work each day started buzzing more loudly. Soon the noise became too distracting. It was all I could focus on.

In this week’s episode, I share the final warning signs and what I did to silence them.

If you experience a toxic environment in your personal or professional life, please listen to the flashing warning lights or shrill-sounding alarms. Your health and your happiness depend upon you recognizing these situations and relationships AND reducing your exposure to them. Today may be the day that you can start the process to free yourself from that poisonous situation.

This is your life to live. Make it a healthy and happy one!

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Ep042: Recharge Your Spirit

Have you ever been working, working, working and then hit a wall? Not literally, of course, but figuratively reached that point where you can’t go on. You feel like you can’t function anymore.

Sometimes we have the opportunity to step away from that wall to relax, regroup, and recharge our energy. Other times we do not.

In this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling, I share my recent experience with hitting the proverbial wall and how I bounced off it and restored my energy so I could continue my day.

What tips do you have for recharging your energy? Share them in the comments section below.