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Maybe you’re feeling defeated, afraid, or abashed. Maybe life’s got you nervous or antsy at what it’s throwing at you. You might be overloaded or uneasy.

Woman sitting in front of a laptop, staring intensely at it while she bites on a pencil, looking like she's going to scream

Or frazzled, or overwhelmed, or overwrought, or…

You could have so much on your plate that you’re concerned, fearful, or intimidated. You’ve got so much work to do that you’re discouraged and overburdened. Or family life has you disheartened or just plain perplexed.

Or maybe you’re one of the 75% of Americans today who are just stressed out. Plain and simple, no thesaurus necessary. Just. Stressed. Out.

And that’s okay.

Hi, I’m Kriss, and I’m the Positivity Powerhouse! Nice to meet you! What’s a Positivity Powerhouse? Well, in my case, it’s a self-care guru who helps you develop REALLY REALLY REAL self-care habits instead of beating yourself up because you didn’t get that hour long bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book last week. Or last month. Or, y’know, ever.

I’ve built Positivity Powerhouse on top of more than 40 years’ experience in the mental health field. Not as a practitioner, mind you; I don’t have the alphabet soup after my name. My experience is that of a person who lives with mental illness; I have since 1981.

I’ve struggled for decades with bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, OCD, and a host of other anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. I’ve had to learn a wide variety of survival mechanisms, skills, and techniques for dealing with this crazy old world. I draw from a variety of faith traditions, psychological and sociological data, the humanities, the arts, and more for both inspiration and practical steps to take to empower myself to not only cope with my life and the world I live in, but also to thrive and share my knowledge with others. And a whole fucking lot of that revolves around self-care.

Because you know it’s all about the YAWP, ’bout the YAWP, no tremble…

“So what’s a self-care guru? What do you actually DO?”

Both good questions! I help you figure out where you’re stuck – because, face it, we all get stuck now and then.

Once we’ve got that handled, I help you find ways to unstuck yourself through self-care. I’m not a therapist or a psychologist, and I’m not a doctor in any way, shape, or form. I won’t tell you what to do; you know you way better than I ever could, so any advice I might offer about anything could do more harm than good. And that’s absolutely not what I want. I guide you to help you find the answers for yourself.

And that’s super important, because then you know that they’re YOUR answers. YOU found them, and YOU know how to implement them. It’s absolutely, positively, 100%ly about YOU achieving the goals and outcomes YOU want.

More focus to figure out what the next best step is? YOU got it.

Better mood when you’re with your family? YOU got it.

Less stress while you’re at work? YOU got it.

Extra accountability for your goals, projects, and plans? YOU got it.

Deeper understanding and less overwhelm as you move through your day? YOU got it.

Me? I’m just here to provide a gentle nudge to help you along the way.