Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Online Audio Stress Management Programs

Here's a blast from my past.

Many of you know that I am a licensed psychologist and prior to opening The Good Leaf, I worked in psychology for well over a decade. For me, the transition from psychology to tea was a gradual one that culminated in what was, in one way, a drastic change, but in other ways, not so much.

I practiced psychology from a positive perspective and offered stress managment, mind/body and life enhancement services to my clients. My approach was always to help people find simple and manageable approaches to experiencing a good life. While I was working in psychology, and as my interest in tea began to grow, I began to see tea as the official beverage of the good life. My clients were seeking simple solutions, and there's no simpler one than the one you can drink! In a quest for consumable solutions many people try to eat or drink away their troubles, but we all know how well that works. While not a universal panacea, tea is pretty close to a magic elixir and I promise that the tea hangover is much more pleasant than the martini hangover.

When I chose to pursue the tea business full-time, I did so whole-heartedly and knew that I would not have the time or energy to continue my psychology practice. My regret was letting go of the resources and programs I created. So I kept my websites, michellemarks.com and positiveplan.com published. The problem is that I still get calls from prospects and must explain that I'm no longer practicing. I'm sure they wonder why I keep the websites active.

Recently I realized that with a little creativity, I can find ways to bridge the two disciplines and offer people wellness solutions combining tea with the positive and mindfulness based type of psychology I practiced. The little creativity hasn't arrived yet (it's still brewing), but in the meantime, I offer you a page from my past life. Click here for a few online audio programs that teach deep breathing, relaxation and mindfulness skills. These were the foundational skills I shared with my clients, and they offer far-reaching health and well-being benefits.

I hope you find them valuable.

1 comment:

Angela said...

In your research did you ever encounter Reiki or EFT? I am a Reiki Master Teacher and a novice EFT enthusiast. I highly recommend one or both in addition to Tea for stress relief and relaxation.