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Dr. Barbara Cox

Holistic Psychologist and Consultant

Dr. Barbara Cox is a Holistic Psychologist and Consultant, with a focus on work-life balance consulting, and she teaches individuals how to ignite creativity both at work and in your personal life. She provides stress management seminars to businesses, locally, and nationally. One of her specialties is working with people, over the phone or in-person, to improve and enhance their relationships. Whether it's concerning business or personal relationships, she provides a neutral place for consulting on these issues. Her advice has been featured in many local and national publications.

For more information:
Garton Cox International

Currently, she is working in conjunction with a project management consulting firm to produce online training courses for businesses on conflict resolution and stress management for greater productivity at work, available Summer 2008 at www.GartonCoxInternational.com



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Did you know Journaling helps reduce Stress?

The an easy stress management activity to try is journaling. The physical and emotional benefits of journaling, as a catharsis of stressful events, have been widely researched by James Pennebaker (1997), as well as others (see the Stress Management Article Bibliography).

According to Pennebaker's research, writing about emotional stressors in our lives can improve physical and mental health. Although the scientific research surrounding the value of expressive writing is still in the early phases, there are some specific approaches to writing as a stress management activity that his lab has found to be helpful, such as:


  • Find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed, such as at the end of the workday or before going to sleep.
  • Write for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 3 consecutive days.
  • Once you begin journaling, write continuously. Don’t be worried about spelling or grammar. If you run out of things to say before the 15 minutes are over, just repeat whatever you started writing.
  • Write longhand or on a computer. If unable to write, you can also talk into a tape recorder.
  • You can write about the same thing on all 3 or 4 days of writing or you can write about something different each day.

The most helpful topics to journal on, according to his research, include worries, dreams, stressful events, and issues that you have been avoiding. Afterwards, you can do whatever you want to with the written material, for example, rip it up.

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