Interview with Darlene Josaphe – author of Self Help Solutions

Darlene Josaphe helps women manage stress successfully with resources that educate, combined with personal support. Her website, Natural Stress Relief Tips For Women, is an exclusive website for women that provides self-improvement articles, stress reduction resources, and transformational tools to women who want to improve their lives and achieve their life goals.

Natural stress relief tips for women is a site about turning your life from OK to extraordinary by reducing the stress, anxieties, and tensions that rob you of the peace of mind and happiness you deserve. If your life feels like a constant pressure cooker, you’re not alone. Women today are under a lot of pressure.

Knowledge is power, and our self-help ebooks for women will empower you to cope with the stresses in your life and achieve your life goals, whether it is happiness, good health, loving relationships, financial freedom, fulfillment … or all of the above.

To see all that Darlene offers, including a chance to learn more about natural stress relief techniques and tips you can use right now and high-performance strategies that you can use immediately to improve your life, simply take our FREE Stress-busting eCourse and learn how to turn your stress into success!

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Q: Thank you for this interview, Darlene. Can you tell us what your latest book, Resolutions for Stress Relief, is all about?


A:  This delightful, self-help book specifically targets the most important resolution for 2013 and beyond. The one and only resolution to be made for a happier, healthier life is reducing stress. Compassionately, this book is designed to help women reduce stress in their lives.


Basically, readers embark on a strategic and informational journey offering valuable methods for reducing stress. Pertinent, goal-reaching information and interactive methods of direction emphasize key points for embracing and enjoying daily, stress-reducing habits and routines.


The crux of my stress-reducing intention is an eye-opening road map toward better living on various levels.  Having walked the walk and talked the talk, I distinctly recognize the concerns of and needs for change for the over-stressed woman.


Q: How did you come up with the idea?


A: Women everywhere are experiencing severe amounts of stress in all aspects of their lives, on the job and at home.  I set out to conquer the stress in my own life, and when I discovered the simple, practical strategies that worked for my stress relief, I decided to create a self-help stress solutions book series that could help women everywhere.


Everyone spends those last few weeks of December trying to come up with the perfect New Year’s resolution. Yet, everyone spends those first few weeks of January ignoring those resolutions and slipping back into our old habits.


Actually, you never have to wait for that time of year in order to start making resolutions to change your life and change your thought habits – especially when it’s about reducing stress; something that’s vital to your overall health and wellbeing.


Q: What kind of research did you do before and during the writing of your book?


A: My best resource is by far my own personal experience, as well as the experiences of the many women who I have worked with in my professional life during the last 20 years. I have worked with women coping with divorce, family conflict, parenting challenges, financial tragedy, job burn-out and frustration.  Women who are overwhelmed by the pressures and anxieties of modern-day living. Really, who isn’t stressed these days?


But in addition to my own experiences, I also do a lot of research and reading on healthy living and wellness, not only focusing on physical wellness, but also on emotional and spiritual wellness.


For women, emotional and spiritual wellness is supremely important for inner-peace, joy, and happiness.


Q: If a reader can come away from reading your book with one valuable message, what would that be?


A: My objective is to engage my readers with easy-to-read, easy-to-comprehend and easy-to-apply life strategies for reducing stress in women.  I want the reader to understand the importance of making stress-reduction the most significant resolution worth living.

Readers are educated with invaluable information on how stress negatively impresses every nook and cranny of a woman’s life. The message in my books that I want women to grasp is that we cannot control the problems and challenges of life, but we can control our reaction to it.  That is the essence of effective stress management. There is a lot we can do to manage stress effectively and live happy, well-balanced lives.


Learn how certain behaviors and routines encourage stress, as well as those that reduce stress. Learn how stress can actually adversely affect every aspect of life – from relationships to financial decisions. Discover how women handle stress and how to break away from the methods of reducing stress that don’t work.


The most valuable message I would like readers to take away is the importance of experiencing healthier relationships by reducing stress through self-exploration in relationships and personal routines.



Q: Can you give us a short excerpt?


A: “Relationships and social interactions can become stressful even when you have the best intentions. Some relationships are volatile from the moment they begin. Unfortunately, this does not mean that you can just walk away from stressful relationships in your life. Sometimes that relationship is with your mother, your son, your father, or even with your husband or wife. If you can pinpoint a person who causes stress in your life, it is a good idea to look at how this relationship can be changed to relieve that stress. Sometimes, simply limiting the time that you spend with a person is a great way to reduce that stressful pressure. If there is no way to lower the amount of time spent with that person, then there are other options for relieving the stress. Sometimes counseling, therapy or even a change in your routine can help to build stronger relationships and lower stress levels.


The most important issue to remember when looking at your social relationships is that they are never completely stress free or perfect. No matter how hard you try to get along with everyone in your life, there will always be some relationships that are stressful. Finding a way to limit the stress is the only way to achieve a balance with those stress-inducing people in your life. It is also possible that the way that you relate to a person causes stress in both of your lives. Since relationships are complicated, stress is a factor in almost all of them. Once you identify the people in your life who are a factor in your stress levels, you are then able to categorize them as well. You might include family, friends, coworkers and even neighbors in your categories. See which of those categories are causing the most stress in your life right now and make a note of it. Eventually you will be able to focus on solutions for limiting the stress from those categories.”


Q: In your own experience, is it hard to get a nonfiction book published today?  How did you do it?


A: I am self-published using the Amazon Kindle Publisher Program.  It’s quite easy and straight forward, and there are even courses that teach you how to self-publish using the Amazon Kindle Publisher Program.


Women are online in LARGE numbers, and women shop on Amazon in droves.  So the kindle is a “natural fit” to reach women around the globe with my self-help books and stress management information.


Kindle books are easily available online.  You don’t even need to own a kindle to be able to download and read books in kindle format. All you really need is an Amazon account and you can purchase, download, and read the self-help books in a matter of minutes. You can even log-in to your Amazon account and purchase the books to give as gifts to someone who may need some stress relief.  All you need is the recipient’s email address and Amazon will do the rest!


Q: What’s a typical day like for you?


A: Too long!   J I usually wake up at 5:30 AM and get started with a walk (I strive for three days a week) and bible reading.  I enjoy juicing, so I usually try to squeeze in a freshly made cup of juice as well (carrots, beets, apple, celery, pepper).  It’s delicious.  I check on my plants every morning, I love harvesting tomatoes to share with family and friends later in the day. By 7:30 AM, I start work on my computer answering emails, posting to my social media platforms, and corresponding with consulting clients.   By 8:30 AM, I head to the office, and leave around 5:30 or 6PM.


After 6PM is my time to water plants (although I plan to invest in some sprinklers soon).  I usually log off and start winding down by 9PM.   I enjoy aromatherapy and scented candles in the evenings and I also like to look at reruns of “Golden Girls” with a cup of Chamomile tea or Linden tea, before heading to bed.


Q: What’s next for you?


A: So far, I have completed 10 books in the Self-Help Stress Solutions series, but this can easily double in the years ahead.


For now though, I am focusing on marketing and promoting the books online.  A good book is useless until you get it in the hands of those who need it most.  That’s when it starts to work its magic to change lives for the better, if the readers apply what they learn.



Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Darlene.  We wish you much success!


A:  Thank you for the interview.   Your readers can find me on the web and find out how to buy the books by visiting my Amazon author page ( and by visiting my blog (


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