There are lots of resources dealing with the causes of stress and how our reactions can create more stress. Here is a selection of articles I was commissioned to write or was interviewed for that may be of interest to you:

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

by Marianna Paulson | reprinted by the U.S. Pain Foundation with permission from | 2017

Self-care is an important strategy for everyone. If you live with a chronic illness, please don't negate or neglect this vital part of your treatment plan.

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10 Reasons Not to Judge Me

by Marianna Paulson | reprinted in The Moisture Seekers by the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation | 2017

We all tend to pass judgment to varying degrees and in a variety of situations based upon what we see, hear, or experience. As we zoom to assume, there can be long-term repercussions that are hurtful and harmful. Share this list of ten reasons not to judge those of us with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with your family, friends, and colleagues to foster consideration and compassion about what it’s like to live with RA.

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Feeling RA Burnout? Let "Auntie Stress" help you tame it!

interviewed by Diana Bierman | Health Monitor | 2013

I'd like to thank Health Monitor©, in particular Diana Bierman, for the opportunity to be interviewed for the October/November 2013 issue -  Living with Arthritis. Health Monitor Network® is the leading direct-to-patient company in the United States, with a reach of 40+ million patients, 120,000 medical offices and 360,000+ physicians!

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How to Breathe to Transform Your Stress

interviewed by Dorlee Michaeli | Social Work Career Development blog | 2013

"This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marianna Paulson, a stress transformation coach and educator, who will be demonstrating for us an invaluable breathing technique to aid in stress management.

One thing that stands out about Marianna is that she truly 'walks the talk.' She doesn’t just provide you with guidance on how to manage your stress. She lives and breathes it herself. In particular, her ability to successfully manage her career despite her chronic rheumatoid arthritis, is a powerful illustration of the anti-stress or 'Auntie Stress' lessons she teaches her clients.'

Read the full interview here!

Reduce Your Stress from Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

interviewed by Lori Newman | Lifescript - Hollywood | 2013

On Reduce Your Stress from Rheumatoid Arthritis, I share some of my RA strategies which are augmented with comments from Dr. Judith Orloff (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA), Dr. Michael Miller (Director at the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center) and Dr. Nathan Wei (Director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, Md).

Check out the interview here!

A Mentor Among Us

interviewed by Carrie Gadsby | Impact - the newsletter of The Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division | 2013

"Marianna experienced the pain, anxiety and stress of living with a chronic illness and dealing with elements of the unknown in her day-to-day life. She decided to explore other ways to help reduce and diffuse the stress she was feeling, and her discoveries inspired her to share them with others."

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Boss can break the chain that leads to stress

interviewed by Sheldon Gordon | The Globe and Mail | 2012

"An employer can contribute to a lower stress level among staff by managing his or her own feelings of stress, says Marianna Paulson, a Vancouver stress management coach known as Auntie Stress. 'The person who is in charge needs to set a precedent by looking after themselves. They need to learn techniques to manage stress in the moment. Our feelings are felt by other people. If [a manager]is calm around you, you tend to be calmer.' "

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Promises, promises - is stress keeping you from delivering?

by Marianna Paulson | Update Magazine for Certified Management Accountants | 2009

One of the things that has become apparent to me in my business dealings is that some people have trouble keeping their promises. “I’ll get back to you with that information.” “I’ll call you and see how you like xyz.” “I’ll email you with my report.”

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Come Here, Go Away

by Marianna Paulson | Biznik

Dependent upon which source you refer to, 55-93% of all messages are communicated non-verbally. What are you saying to your customers through your words and actions? I know these people genuinely want to follow up. They really do mean it when they say it. However, as an independent business owner, there are many hats to wear. How do you do it all and remain sane?

Find out more here!

Guest Auntie Stress Talks About the Stress of a Job Loss

by Marianna Paulson | guest post on G. L. Hoffman's blog, What Would Dad Say

“I’m sorry, but we’ll have to let you go.” Words, that when first heard, can cause one to wonder if they even heard them at all. Once it sinks in that you are being terminated from your job, you experience a myriad of other thoughts and emotions. How will I tell my family?  What am I going to do?  Who is going to hire me at this age? How will we live?  What will we do without the benefits package?

Read more here!

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

by Marianna Paulson | guest post on Foot Solutions - Vancouver Feet Blog

When you live with a chronic, debilitating disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, it can be downright difficult to step into life - joints ache and deform, muscles tighten, ligaments and tendons loosen, and, on occasion, organs can be involved. That’s just on the physical side. There’s often a huge emotional and mental price tag, too.

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Does the Way You Twitter Cause You Stress?

by Marianna Paulson |

Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes on Twitter recognizes that blue bird. And, like any bird, it began life as an egg. Fortunately, one that didn’t crack and end up scrambled! Just as in life, there are stages of learning and growth on Twitter. My invitation to Twitter came from that brilliant international branding bird @coffee_offline who said, “Just Do It! You’ll love it!.” I’ll leave it to you to delve into her background!

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