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How does ritual fit into your anxiety reduction plan?    

Ritual plays a remarkably important role in many cultures, and for good reason. Big rituals (like religious holidays) provide continuity with past generations and unite families and communities. Think Christmas and Sukkot... And then there are the annual rituals like Carnival and the run of the Krampus (both personal favorites). All of these rituals contain a sequence of gestures, actions and events that are predictable and repeatable. But the small rituals are my favorites because they play an evidence-based role in every day anxiety reduction. The morning cup of coffee, mindfully enjoyed in the dark, before the house wakes up. The "waking up of the house" (opening the shades, choosing

What evidence-based role did one special fly play this past week?    

Who could have imagined that a single fly would get more attention on Twitter than either of the vice presidential candidates? Actually, it makes total sense, given that the nation is struggling with unrelenting anxiety. The goal of anxiety is to alert us to threat, but unrelenting anxiety causes extreme discomfort, as well as getting us ready to fight the monster coming towards us, run like crazy to escape from the monster chasing us, or lie down and play dead. All of that running and escaping takes a toll on our physical and mental health. It is increasingly understood that chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation can play a critical role in the development

What are tangible ways to get a handle on your anxiety?        

These are weeks filled with anxiety on many fronts... the debates, COVID-19, school re-openings, car accidents, pregnancies, diagnoses, new homes, hospitalizations, shakeups at work, intellectual property debacles, and the list goes on and on. The goal of anxiety is to alert us to threat, but unrelenting anxiety is unhealthy. It is increasingly understood that chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation can play a critical role in the development of cardiovascular diseases, metabolic diseases, depression, neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, and cancers. Getting a handle on chronic stress is not a "nice to do". It's a "have to do". So let's get to it wit

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RICKA

Hello, I'm Ricka -

I'm a Nationally Board Certified (NBC-HWC) Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach. I specialize in working with physician leaders, corporate leaders, non-profit executives and their families to navigate complex work and personal issues so they can strengthen their relationships, heal, and feel hopeful about the future again. 

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