Stress: A Surprising Rx for Peace
Interview Op: Dr. Dravon James, motivational speaker, author, and Everyday Peacemaker
It seems stress is never in short supply. According to the news, jobs are in short supply, affordable housing is in short supply, safety, clean water, and even good relationships are hard to come by. But not stress. Stress and the guarantee of more stress ranks up there with death and taxes; in other words, it’s inevitable.
However, Dr. Dravon James believes that the more stress shows up in life, the more opportunities for genuine self-love. Interview her on her prescription for turning stress to peace.
- Resisting stress takes up too much of our valuable time- the act of resisting creates more tension
- We cannot change traffic, weather, or emergencies- Exploring the concept of changing our perception of stress
- Acknowledge the presence of stress- Why your current coping strategies for dealing with stress have left you anxious and feeling incomplete.
- Utilize the power of words- Begin a process of positive self-talk
- 3 easy steps to turn stress into peaceful moments
Dr. Dravon James is the founder of Everyday Peace and the author of Freedom is Your Birthright. As a motivational speaker, Dravon’s goal is to educate, empower and inspire others to build the life of their dreams no matter what shows up in their lives- good, bad, or otherwise.
Her journey began in poverty on the South Side of Chicago. Though she had always dreamt of a career on the stage, Dravon went on to earn a doctorate in pharmacy from Creighton University and has worked as a pharmacist all of her adult life. Along with her medical career and theatrical aspirations, Dravon has also always had a keen interest in personal development. After reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking in college, she went on to make a lifelong study of the power we all have to create the life we want.
The insight she gained from her study has served her well during good times and bad. Her marriage hit the rocks, several of her pregnancies failed, her career took a tail spin for a time, and her health has been challenged, yet through it all she has continued to follow her dreams and now teaches others to do the same. Dravon is now the happy mother of two teenagers, a wife of 23 years, a successful pharmacist, motivational speaker, author, and an actress whose career credits include a recurring role on HBO’s acclaimed “The Wire”, many stage plays, and independent films. She continues to inspire and teach what she knows to be the most effective tool for transforming, creating and building a spectacular life—tapping into Everyday Peace. Her client list includes the University of the District of Columbia, New Hope World Ministries, Today’s Care Adult Daycare, Stadium Place, and Next Chapter online radio.