Do you feel like you're being pulled in a million different directions, and you never have time for yourself?
Do you come home exhausted at the end of the day, but when you finally crawl into bed it's hard to get to sleep because you can't shut your mind off?
...And you know all that stress is wreaking havoc on your body, putting a strain on your relationships, and sucking the joy out of your life, but you just don't know what to do about it?
If you regularly experience feelings of chaos, stress, fear, anxiety and fatigue that leave you craving a greater sense of control over your life and a way to find relief... you're not alone.
According to the American Medical Association,
over 90% of all illness is stress related.
I'll let you in on a little secret...
Breaking free from stress often has more to do with what's happening on the inside, than with what's happening on the outside.
Of course, we may need to make changes in external situations, but we often don't have control over the things that are creating stress in our lives.
However, when we can calm the internal chaos, we are in a much better position to handle whatever's on our plates.
Learning how to manage your thoughts, handle your emotions, use mind/body relaxation techniques, and care for yourself in a way that maximizes your health and replenishes your energy, are all essential skills that you'll learn in the Freedom from Stress private, customized program.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get the tools you need to regain your emotional balance, successfully navigate stressful situations, and replenish your energy so you can experience greater peace, health, and joy!
Take the power to:
Move past struggle and experience greater peace, health, and joy in your life!
Let go of habitual patterns that keep you stuck in stress, fear and overwhelm
Handle all your feelings with ease and self-compassion
Reconnect with your true self, and discover your unshakeable core of inner peace
Master your mind, and consciously create the life you desire!
In the Freedom from Stress program, you'll get the essential skills you need to:
Create instant calm any time you need it
Navigate stressful situations and challenging times in your life with greater ease, grace and joy
Mitigate the toxic effects of stress on your body
Feel more calm, centered and grounded in everyday life
Care for yourself in a way that allows you to bring your full presence and energy to your relationships, your work, and your life!
"I feel revitalized in a way that I didn't think was possible"
I was feeling really overwhelmed, dealing with the stress of divorce, then being laid off from work, kids’ issues, and financial worries. I have also been suffering from chronic low-grade depression, which feels like I’m slogging through the mud, just trying to summon up the energy to finish anything.
Signing up for Risa’s “Freedom from Stress” program was money well spent. She has helped me learn how to deal withy my emotions, take control of my energy, and has given me a whole new way of thinking. With her guidance, my fear and anxiety have turned to resolve to find what works for me. I am no longer a victim of bad luck or discrimination, but an active participant in shaping my future.
After each session I feel revitalized in a way that I didn’t think was possible. I leave each session with a set of “action steps.” I don’t always accomplish all of them, but that’s okay. It’s not a race or a competition. The more I practice the techniques, the better I get at it - and the more control I have over how I respond to what life presents. I have found Risa to be a wise and compassionate woman, and highly recommend her program to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, or needs to get unstuck from negative thinking or limiting beliefs.
In this private, customized program, there are 4 key areas
we focus on to help you break free from stress
Finding the Calm Within
Calm your mind, revitalize your energy, and maximize your body’s natural ability to heal using ancient Chinese healing exercises called QiGong ("Chee-Gong", means "Energy Work"), special breathing techniques, and guided visualizations.
You’ll learn simple mind/body techniques you can do in just a few minutes a day to be healthier, feel more centered, be less reactive in stressful situations, and create instant calm anytime you need it.
Mastering Your Mind
Using specific techniques, you’ll start to become more aware of your thoughts and understand how they affect your reality. You’ll be able to view what’s going on in your head from a higher perspective and begin to develop self-mastery, so you can navigate challenging situations more easily, experience greater peace within yourself, and consciously create the life you desire!
The Key to Emotional Freedom
You know when you’re upset about something, or bothered by an ongoing situation, or you just feel like you're stuck in a funky mood, but you can’t seem to get yourself out of it? Maybe you eat something to try and make yourself feel better, or watch TV, or do something online, but it doesn’t really help you shift your mood?
Our natural inclination is to try to distract ourselves, because our brains are hard-wired to protect us from feeling uncomfortable emotions. This may help in the short term, but the problem is that “what you resist persists, and gets even worse”.
Suppressing our emotions also creates a lot of internal stress, and drains our energy. It’s like trying to hold a beach ball under water… it takes a lot of energy, and as soon as you let up, it comes exploding to the surface!
The key to emotional freedom is being able to embrace all your feelings with radical self-acceptance. In the Freedom from Stress™ program, we’ll identify which thought and emotional patterns are contributing to your stress, and you’ll learn a powerful process you can use anytime to handle your emotions with ease and self-compassion. You’ll also discover that when difficult emotions arise, those are actually golden opportunities to heal old patterns and release limiting beliefs, so you can experience greater peace, personal power and fulfillment in your life.
Success Loves Self-Care
It’s plain and simple… If your tank is running on empty, you’re not going to get very far. If you’re not doing things that nourish you and help you recharge- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, then you can’t show up fully for anyone else. You can’t give what you don’t have. You are your #1 asset, and it doesn’t help anyone if you burn yourself out.
This may be a paradigm shift for many of us, but self-care is not a luxury - it is a necessity. It's like they tell you on the airplane, "Put the oxygen mask on yourself first". Self-care doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but it does need to come first. And the better you are at filling up your tank, the more vitality, presence, and energy you’ll be able to bring to your relationships, your work, and your life!
In this part of the program, we’ll zoom out and take a look at the big picture of your life. We’ll look at all the things that are draining your energy, and what things give you energy. Then we’ll do some strategizing to come up with a Life Blueprint, which will support you in taking care of yourself so you can accomplish all you need to do, and be there for the ones you love.
We’ll also make weekly action plans for self-care, which will support you in creating wellness on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We’ll make it very easy, and doable - even if it’s just a few minutes a day, so you can leave the guilt behind as you replenish and recharge!
Hi, I'm Risa Gaull
My heart's desire is for you to know that you are enough, to love yourself no matter what, to trust your inner wisdom, and know that you have the power to create a life you love!
I recognize that what creates stress in my life, often has more to do with what's going on in my head, and my relationship with myself, than it does to external circumstances.
If I'm worried about what people are going to think about me, or if I feel like I'm not good enough, or if I'm (subconsciously) trying to be perfect to prove that I am, or if I'm looking for love and approval from others (when it's really my own that I need), etc.... that creates a lot of stress - even if I'm not aware that I'm having all those thoughts!
I've spent thousands of dollars and lots of years, studying with some of the best personal growth experts in the field. Honestly, it's taken me a lifetime to break free from self-judgment and limiting beliefs... to get to a place where I'm happy with who I am, to know that my thoughts create my reality, and that emotional difficulties are golden opportunities for growth and healing.
Now, as certified Diamond Process™ Transformational Life Coach, it's my great pleasure to be able to help others quickly shift and effectively resolve the thought and emotional patterns that are contributing to stress and holding them back in life.
"I've achieved a deeper level of peace and acceptance within myself, which I don't think I've ever experienced before"
I was always stressed and anxious at work. I felt like I had to constantly push myself to do more and be better, but I never felt like it was enough. Through my sessions with Risa, I feel like I’ve been shedding a layer of myself that just wasn’t serving me. It’s been a progressive journey, where I’ve let go of that “stressed self” which was telling me I wasn’t good enough, and I’ve achieved a deeper level of peace and acceptance within myself that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before in my life.
I just feel better… like at a really deep level, I feel OK. I don’t need to be constantly pushing myself. If I need a break, I can take a break and I can be a little bit easier on myself. I learned how to practice good self-care, and I notice that when I do that, I actually get more done, and I can do a higher quality of work. When overwhelming emotion comes up, I use the techniques I learned from Risa to quickly move through it. Now I have a method to deal with it, and not get all caught up in it. I appreciate those techniques a lot!
I’ve definitely gone through quite a bit, but I feel like now I’m more in my power. I’ve even gotten people who know me well, tell me that I seem more confident, centered, and relaxed – so it’s noticeable! I’m very grateful for the work I did with Risa - it’s really made a difference. I feel freer to be who I am, and do what I do - and it feels good!
Being the Calm Within the Storm...
When we can calm the "internal chaos", we're in a much better position to handle whatever's on our plates... but what do you do when your plate's too full, and life feels chaotic and overwhelming?
One of the things I do with my clients In the Freedom from Stress program is a "Life Blueprint", where we zoom out and take a look at the big picture of your life... we look at all the things that are taking up your time and draining your energy, and what things give you energy. Then we come up with a strategy to reduce the "energy drains" and increase the "energy gains".
This may involve delegating some responsibilities, asking for help, beefing up your communication skills, organizing your time differently, adjusting your expectations, or giving yourself permission to do the things that will replenish your energy.
What do you do about the things that you don't have control over, which are creating stress for you?
Like politics, or the dynamics that go on between people at work, or relationships with family members, or when the people you love are making choices which you don't think are serving them, etc.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference." (The Serenity Prayer)
Honestly, if you think about it, the only thing we really have any control over is ourselves. In any given situation, we have the power to choose how we want to respond vs. simply being in reaction to what's going on. In the Freedom from Stress™ program, my clients get clear on what actions they can take in response to troubling situations, and discover how they can best care for themselves in the process.
"I may not like the situation, but I can care for myself in that situation."
The #1 Key to Managing Stress
If I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed, then I’m also probably not breathing. I’m probably not even in my body. I’m just up in my head, letting my mind take me into fear, into the future, and out of the present moment – where my power and the ability to act is.
Having a mind-body practice like QiGong, yoga, meditation - or even just stopping to take some deep breaths periodically throughout the day, can go a long way in helping you operate from a more calm, centered place.
My personal practice and the thing that keeps me sane, is QiGong ("Chee-Gong", means "Energy Work"), ancient Chinese healing exercises to calm the mind, release tension, and circulate healing energy (Qi) throughout the body. As a Tai Chi and QiGong instructor for the past 25+ years, this is one of the tools I teach my clients in the Freedom from Stress™program. They're always amazed at how quickly they can go from feeling tired and stressed, to calm and wonderful!
After doing QiGong for just a few minutes, one client said,
"I feel more relaxed right now than if I had just been on a 3-month vacation!"
Let's face it... we live in challenging times, and we've all got a lot going on. The more responsibilities you have and the faster the pace of your life is, the more vital it becomes to take the time, even if it's just a few minutes a day, to stop and re-center.
In the Freedom from Stress Program, you'll learn to come back to your body, come back to your breath, and come back to the present moment - the place where you can function from most effectively, with calmness and clarity. With practice, you actually retrain your nervous system to be more relaxed and you can begin to function, not from a frantic head-space, but from a grounded, centered place.
If you're ready to stop struggling and get the tools you need to be calmer, healthier and happier then I'd like to help you get started with a complimentary
($197 value - Limited number available)
This is a private, 45-minute video consultation ($197 value), where we'll discuss your current challenges and get a clear vision of what you want your life to be like. Then I'll share my professional recommendations for how you can get there as quickly and easily as possible.
After our time together, you'll:
Have a crystal clear vision of what you want your new, re-energized life to look and feel like!
Fully understand the biggest challenges that are contributing to your stress
Uncover the obstacles that are keeping you stuck in stress and overwhelm, and what you can do right now to start to turn that around
Leave feeling renewed and inspired, knowing exactly what steps you need to take next to reduce the levels of stress in your life
As you can imagine, I only have a limited number of complimentary sessions that I can offer, and my schedule fills up very quickly. So, if you are ready to break free from stress, request yours now... I'm excited to talk with you!