9 Tips to Reduce Family Conflicts During the Holidays

I’m reaching out to all of you who have troubled family relationships during the holidays.

Maybe family members act more like frozen icicles than warm comforting blankets. Perhaps cutting words feel like daggers that pierce your soul. Maybe your mother still treats you like a 12-year-old. That hurts all the time, but especially during the holidays. Read more


23 Tips for Turning Conflict into Peace

I hope your holidays are filled with love and laughter. I bless you with inner peace that glows from your heart. Unfortunately, holidays are not merry and bright for everyone. I’ve written this article to help people who struggle at this time of the year. However, you can apply these skills 365 days a year. Read more


Anxiety Disorder Definitions

beautiful womanAnxiety can be a healthy response to stress management, and can help people cope according to researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health. When anxious fearful feelings interrupt daily actives and become excessive and unwarranted, anxiety becomes a problem. Anxiety disorders can take several forms, from fears of social interactions to obsession and panic attacks. Read more


“A Journey into Wholeness” CD

Do you want to reduceAKD0563 insert stress?  You may never become a black belt karate master, but you can master your mind and emotions. Read more


Stress Management at Work ~ Checklist

In many organizations, chronic stress is the most significant health problem facing the employees and managers. Often daily activities appear to be a never ending series of too many things to do with insufficient time and resources to allow acceptable job performance, let alone the level of professionalism which is desired. When stress levels are in the optimum range, people are creative, inspired and productive. But when stress levels are too high or too low, people experience a variety of symptoms. Which of these factors are present in your life and in those of the people around you?

Job Related Signs of Stress

  •          Difficulty concentrating on work
  •          Increasing tardiness
  •          Spending time at co-workers desk venting complaints, worries
  •          High rate of turn over
  •          Increasing absences from work
  •          Strained relationship with colleagues
  •          Irritability or silence with co-workers
  •          Reduce productivity on the job
  •          Job dissatisfaction

Physical Signs of Stress

  1.          Sleep: trouble going to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping a lot
  2.          Feeling fatigue, not enough energy
  3.          Headaches and/or muscular aches
  4.          Backaches, pain in the neck and shoulders
  5.          Excess nervous energy, feeling agitated, can’t relax
  6.          Over-eating or under-eating
  7.          Digestive problems including heartburn, diarrhea or constipation
  8.          Crying: feel like bursting into tears or can’t cry when it is appropriate
  9.          Change in sexual desire

Possible Stressful Conditions

  •          The need to work quickly and accurately
  •          Too much work, not enough time, not taking breaks.
  •          Lack of job security
  •          New supervisor or new subordinates
  •          Poor relationship with supervisor
  •          Being at career capacity
  •          Inadequate or harsh lighting conditions
  •          High noise levels
  •          Being a perfectionist: never being able to feel satisfied with your work
  •          A general environment of competition instead of cooperation
  •          Major changes in policies
  •          Overall unsatisfactory quality of work
  •          Feeling emotionally unsupported
  •          Having to answer to several people
  •          Lack of praise from co-workers and manager

If you’d like help to reduce your stress, or schedule a workshop for your organization, please contact me for a 10-minute complementary get-acquainted phone call: Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor.

 Listen to this Radio Show: Stress Management WJUL 9Aug12


Stress Management Workshop

Stressed WomanAre you a conscientious worker but you’re tired because there aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done? Do you have trouble balancing the demands of your job with caring for your loved ones? Is stress taking a toll on your health and coping ability? Do conflicts wear you down?

Stress and Productivity Statistics
Approximately 40% to 50% of all adult workers experience the negative effects of stress (American Psychological Association, 1997).

Consequences of Workplace Stress

1. Absenteeism, turnover and diminished productivity
2. Substance abuse
3. Anxiety, depression and accidents

You’ll learn 4 Stress Management Tools to Help You Feel Better Immediately.

(1) Explore beliefs that either increase or decrease stress.

(2) Breathing exercises to calm your mind and body.

(3) Learn the single most important thing that will help you create work/life balance.

(4) Take breaks so you don’t get burned out.

Olympics athletes do these things. We should, too.

When and Where: Call to schedule a customized workshop or speech for your organization.

Facilitator: Benita A. Esposito, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Office: 48 Haralson Place, Suite, Blairsville, GA 30512. For details about Benita’s work, read the articles at

Stress Management Radio Show WJUL 9Aug12 Pam Roman, Director of Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Tim Rose, Manager of WJUL Radio in Hiawassee, Georgia interviewed Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Benita A. Esposito, MA,Licensed Professional Counselor has 2 Offices: Atlanta and Blairsville, Georgia. Life coaching is available worldwide via the phone and skype.

Life Coaching:

Specialties: Marriage and Couples Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Divorce Adjustment, Success Skills, Eliminating Self-defeating Patterns, Stress Management, Anxiety, Healing the Emotional Roots of Disease, Depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder.

Services: Corporate Wellness Workshops, Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, Speaking Engagements, Intensive Retreats


Stress Management for Leaders

How to Optimize Health and Productivity.

Rotary Club, May 3, 2012, Noon. St. Francis of Assis Catholic Church, Blairsville, GA.

What do Olympic athletes and high potentials do to reduce stress and maximize performance? Glean the essence of their wisdom, along with understanding the hidden costs of stress to your organization.

Stress and Productivity Statistics
Approximately 40% to 50% of all adult workers experience the negative effects of stress (American Psychological Association, 1997). In a study by Northwestern National Life Insurance, 70% of workers said that job stress makes them less productive as a result of frequent health problems. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, healthcare costs are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.

Major Consequences of Stress in the Workplace
1. Absenteeism
2. Turnover
3. Diminished performance & productivity
4. Substance Abuse
5. Anxiety and Depression
6. Increased health compensation claims

Four Keys to Reducing Stress
(1) Breaks, (2) Breathing, (3) Balance (4) Beliefs
This 20-minute speech can adapted to a workshop format of 2 to 7 hours.

Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
The Esposito Institute, Inc.
2 Offices: Atlanta and Blairsville, Georgia
Life coaching is available worldwide via the phone and skype.
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