How can you de-stress with lavender?

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

Last week, I listed “making a lavender sachet” as one of the tips for beating work-day stress. So…I decided to follow my own advice and make one! This was an incredibly easy (and cheap!) project that I’m glad I took the time to make. All you need is:

1. One small cloth bag with a drawstring top. I found mine at Michaels in the jewelry section.

2. A handful of dried lavender. The Outpost near my house had a big bin, ready for scooping! In order to fill my tiny bag, the lavender cost about 75 cents.

After you have your two materials, just funnel in the lavender and breathe deep! These sachets also make a great gift to throw in a spa basket or toss one in each drawer at home for fresh clothes!

Lavender has been known to reduce stress, help with vertigo and calm nausea.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

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Five tips for fighting stress at work

Stephanie coordinates volunteers, marketing efforts and operations for The Healing Center in Walker’s Point.

1. Chew gum. This motion will loosen your jaw, where much of your stress is stored during the day.

2. Take a walk. Instead of staring at your computer screen while you eat lunch, get some fresh air and go for a stroll around the block. This can relieve some of your anxiety and refresh you for the 2nd half of the work day.

3. Make a small sachet of lavender and keep it by your desk. This plant is often used as a remedy for anxiety and depression and research shows that when inhaled, lavender can soothe and calm the senses.

4. Write a to-do list. When you walk into work each morning, make a list of all the tasks/activities you need to accomplish. The act of crossing things off a list is always very satisfying and allows you to see how much you achieve throughout the day!

5. Eat an apple. Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. They’re easy to carry and give you a quick energy boost if you feel sluggish.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need. To learn more about our services, please visit our website

We recently held a fall gathering at The Healing Center to welcome the new season and gather survivors and allies together for warm food, photography, crafts and conversation. We always try to mix a dose of inspiration into our art projects and here is one I’d love to share! Happy Friday 🙂

Spirited Souls: Meet Rhonda Begos

Rhonda Begos survived childhood sexual abuse. She experienced a great amount of trauma from an early age and because of this, had a difficult time making positive life decisions into her adulthood. She finally took the brave step to seek counseling and called The Healing Center.

Rhonda believes this allowed her to address why she struggled with certain parts of her life and helped her understand that she needed to learn how to forgive herself and take responsibility for her own happiness.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently wrote a nice feature story on Rhonda, and I’d love to share it with you here!

We’d also like to share this video interview with Rhonda, explaining how The Healing Center helped her live well as a healthy adult.  For more information, view our YouTube playlist or visit our website.

The Healing Center provides counseling, group therapy and other support services. All of our services are free, as we believe that everyone, regardless of inability to pay, deserves the help they need.  Please consider making an online gift to extend our reach in the community.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website