“The Stress Overload Solution”

Imagine waking up to discover life is wonderfully easy. This is the idea behind Laurel Mellin’s latest book “The Stress Overload Solution.” Mellin offers a 30-day approach to rewiring your brain and respond to stress in a way that promotes well-being.

Stress is defined as the difference between conscious expectations and unconscious expectations. It makes sense when I realize there are times I feel overwhelmed by a situation and can’t easily pinpoint why. Mellin refers to this as cognitive clutter and indicates that at times, we have can have a series of stressors that zap our joy.

Mellin’s books is fascinating study in healthcare that begins with the magic potions from 400 B.C. to the possibilities of Emotional Brain Training (EBT). Looking through some of the history, she tracks the Germ Theory that led to eliminating some infectious deaths that brought longer life and then chronic diseases.

Researchers began working on drugs to treat the chronic issues. In the wake of some of the treatments lie opiod addictions and deaths from adverse reactions to some medicine.

Mellin suggests a solution to better health and well-being may not come from a pill or a bottle. It could come from understanding the synaptic connections between neurons in the brain. There is a lot to the study of neurophysiology and with a 100 billion neurons – give or take a few – learning how each of these tiny nerve cells work with 10,000 synaptic connections could take a lifetime.

Fortunately, Mellin lays out the process for rewiring for joy through the following 5 Stress Solutions:

  1. Live for higher purpose.
  2. Enjoy natural pleasures.
  3. Choose healthy comforts.
  4. Give and receive love.
  5. Create safety from within.

The five solutions can be used to reset your lifestyle by exploring ways to have fun, learn new things and ways to reduce the physiological stress in life.

If you are ready to embark on a journey to rewire your brain, then Mellin’s Emotional Brain Training  (EBT) could be a great way to do just that. The end result will be to reap 7 rewards: sanctuary, authenticity, vibrancy, integrity, intimacy, spirituality, and freedom.

Learn more by reading the EBT Blog. You can purchase “The Stress Overload Solution” through Amazon .

About the Author:  Laurel Mellin, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author; health psychologist; Associate Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and founder of the Emotional Brain Training (EBT) method. She is also the leader of the Brain Based Health Movement, mobilizing individuals, universities and corporations to access the natural pathway in the brain to rapidly get from stress to joy. She has been a faculty member at UCSF for more than 30 years, and her work has been featured on KQED public television, Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, and in U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Conversation, Psychology Today, and many more publications. Her method was named one of the “Top Ten Medical Advances of the Year” by Health magazine.

“Little Faith, Big God”

Like a stunning sunset over the ocean, our lives become a brighter reflection of Christ when we read the Bible and share God’s truth with others. Time with Debbie W. Wilson is like that. She has a way of lifting your spirit as she shares her faith and passion to inspire others to become biblical thinkers.

Long-time friends and Christ-followers gathered on Feb. 11 for Debbie W. Wilson’s launch of “Little Faith, Big God.” Debbie’s newest book is an 8-week Bible study on Hebrews that will become an encouragement for all who read it.

Throughout the book of Hebrews, we read how God calls on believers to live by faith. Debbie draws on this narrative to create “Little Faith, Big God,” a meaningful study that will be cherished by those who gather to learn how to grow their faith that for me feels as small as a mustard seed at times.

“Our hope rests in a loving God. Even though we can’t see his invisible hand or understand his plan. Like the wind, his goodness is evident to those with eyes of faith,” says Debbie.

Each week, we read a little deeper in the study to read about biblical men and women who were flawed and kept going. It’s encouragement that we can keep getting up and will finish strong.

Watch Debbie’s book trailer below and then pick up copies of “Little Faith, Big God” for your Bible study today at Quail Ridge Books and Barnes and Noble or online through Christianbook, Cokesbury, and Amazon.

“Little Faith, Big God” official book trailer.

About the Author: Debbie W. Wilson helps people discover relevant faith, drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher. Debbie is an Advanced Writers and Speakers Association certified speaking and writing coach and the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. In 1991, she and her husband founded Lighthouse Ministries, a Christian counseling and coaching ministry. For her, a good mystery, dark chocolate, and a laugh with her two poodles make a great day.

“The Pink House”

It should not come as a surprise that my first book review would be Sheila Ogle’s “The Pink House.” The charming home on S. Academy Street in downtown Cary is loved by so many people that it has become one of Cary’s Top 10 Places to Visit. Sheila’s charming home becomes the lead character in this book that tells a love story from the home’s perspective.

I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a fast-paced read that includes wonderful pictures and stories. My favorite story is about the top of the tower and how a minister would write his sermons in this room that has a view of downtown Cary. This special space has been a lovely location for children’s tea parties, most recently one of my darling granddaughters had the chance for a visit and to sit-a-spell as we imagined all those who had come before us.

Watch the video below filmed inside the Cary Pink House that features Darelyn (DJ) Mitsch who wrote a special memory about the home and won the contest to have her feature included in “The Pink House.”

Listen in as Darelyn (DJ) Mitsch talks about Cary Pink House and reads from Sheila Ogle’s “The Pink House.”

Curious to learn who built the home? Want to know the story from the height of grand parties to sheltering the homeless to how a love story brought The Pink House back to being a showcase home in Cary? You will just have to pick up a copy today from Ashworth Drugs , Everything’s Better Monogrammed or at an event.

Talking with Friends

I started FRS Communications as a way to make our world a better place. My focus is working with people and organizations who need a source for creating meaningful, engaging, and sustainable content that reaches and engages.

I also want 2020 to be my year to spend more time with friends who understand giving back to the community. This could look like volunteering with some great nonprofits in our community or helping friends who are taking a stand by running for office or even something as simple as taking a bag with me when I go for a walk to pick up trash along the way.

I hope we can meet for a cup of coffee or walk along the trails. Let me know your goals for the year and how I can help!