About Relief by Design

Relief by Design was created to help you re-imagine your life. To motivate you to a life free of stress, anxiety, and fears. To inspire you to success in every area of your life.

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Hi, my name is Mike Mahaffey!   Stress, anxiety, fears, and low self esteem ruled. Failure and indecision beat back every dream of success.  Lack of confidence took a toll on family, relationships, business, and the ability to move forward. Today, I am living the success story and I am excited to share everything I’ve learned to overcome defeat.

I truly believe you can move far beyond anything that’s holding you back — and seize the day. Because I did, I know you can!  And I’m excited to make the journey with you.

Latest stories

Overcoming Social Anxiety Shyness

Are people seeing you as shy, a quiet person, or maybe just disinterested: When your hearts desire is to be included and engaged? Do you yearn to be open, included in social circles, and for people to see how friendly you really are, but just can’t make it happen? I dealt with the affects of social anxiety for most of my life with no idea what the problem was, so I had no idea how to...

5 Simple Techniques For Stress Relief That Work

You’ll read plenty about how to stay stress free on the web — but it’s safe to say few people actually live stress free. Short of living alone on a deserted island you’ll never be able to escape the everyday stress of merely existing in modern society. But wait! Isn’t stress known throughout the medical community as a silent killer? Yes, stress is quite the conundrum! You...

How To Meditate For Anxiety

Learning How To Meditate For Anxiety will make you aware of your center of consciousness and that your anxiety is only an uninvited intruder into your life. If you are not familiar with meditation in your own life, that statement may not make much sense. But it doesn’t take much practice to become aware of all of the uninvited  “stuff” going on in your mind. Practicing...

6 Things To Do When You Feel Like Everyone Else is Better Than You

You can find people that are better than you at just about anything you undertake. But the truth is this: It doesn’t matter! No two people are even remotely the same. So why do you spend so much time beating yourself up — playing the comparison game? Constantly comparing yourself to others keeps you in a continuous cycle of not as good as, or better than. That never ending comparison...

Does Exposing Yourself to Your Fears Help?

My fears have always been the biggest enemy of my dreams, and the last thing on my mind was exposing myself. I must admit though, I learned that facing my fears makes life better in the long run. But facing fears head-on isn’t easy if you’re in the habit of avoiding anxious situations. In fact, sometimes just the thought of some task can throw you into a state of panic. So it’s...

What Causes Fear of Success?

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘fear of failure’, and can understand how it happens. But the “fear of success”, even though just as prominent, isn’t a common term.  In fact, it’s hard to understand sometimes? But this fear is real to many who stand on the brink of success. Have you ever watched someone sabotage their own success? We’re wide eyed...

How Does Exercise Boost Your Self-Confidence?

Ever feel like lack of self-confidence is pushing against your dreams? Did you know a regular exercise program is one of the best techniques for building self esteem and confidence? Read the rest of this post to discover how exercise will boost your self confidence. How Does Exercise Boost Your Self-Confidence? People start fitness training for all sorts of reasons, including: Losing weight...

Does Caffeine Cause Panic Attacks

During a recent discussion with a friend, I was asked this question: “Does Caffeine Cause Panic Attacks?” “Well” I responded “I surely hope not, because I drink a lot of coffee every day, not to mention the caffeine I get from other sources.” Even though caffeine is a stimulate, it’s not known to have anything to do with panic attacks. But it was...

Naturebright Suntouch Plus Light Ion Therapy Lamp Review

The NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light Ion Therapy Lamp has been developed as the perfect antidote to winter blues, or winter depression. NatureBright Suntouch Plus uses a combination of light therapy and negative ion therapy as a safe way to: Improve moods Balance your body clock Leave you feeling more energized every day. The SunTouch Light works by producing a sky effect, making your body think...

Dealing With Depression Without Medication

Dealing with depression has a way to make you want to hide from the world, and pretend “I’m not here”, doesn’t it? But the truth is that there may be better strategies for Dealing With Depression Without Medication. A common technique is to stop expending effort to respond to normal everyday life. The problem with that method is the more you withdraw and isolate yourself...

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