Organized Mind for Stress Reduction

What is one thing we all have in common? Stress! Too much of our time is spent in “fight or flight” mode. It is a stress response. Our minds are cluttered with problems and worries. 

It is time to deal with everyday stressors.

It is time to deal with the aftereffects of COVID.

It is time to organize our thoughts by learning to reduce and manage stress. 

It is time to heal.

It is time for Organized Mind!

I’m Darla Swanson with Organized Mind (OM). As a wellness coach helping people reduce and manage stress, I offer workshops and coaching that utilize three tools to reduce stress:

  • breathwork
  • expressive writing
  • nature connection

Breathwork

As a certified yoga breathing coach, I provide vital breathwork exercises that will:

  • cleanse the respiratory system
  • balance the nervous system
  • calm the mind
  • reduce stress

Each workshop will provide crucial practices; participants will receive a prescription for breathing exercises that take less than 15 minutes (total) per day. Reminder/instructional cards will be provided.

Expressive Writing

This form of writing/journaling allows people to take ownership over past/present problems and give meaning to the emotions that surround them. It is a:

  • release
  • healing process
  • method of decluttering thoughts

OM has developed the TELL method of expressive writing; it is taught exclusively at OM workshops.

Nature Connection

Humans are born with an innate connection to nature. While children tend to embrace that connection, we grow up to foster busy lives and neglect our need for nature. As an Ecotherapeutic Nature Guide, I help people reconnect or deepen a connection with nature. The 3X3 Nature Connection Model is taught exclusively by OM. 


Client Testimony

The Stress Reduction Coaching course gave me several new ideas and tools that have helped me reduce stress and worry in my life. I have never used creative writing as an outlet for stress and found it intimidating. Darla helped by simplifying the process and making it accessible to me.  The very next day after taking the course, I went on a nature walk and experienced it in a new, exciting way.  All the techniques I learned will be helpful to me for moving forward.


Workshops and coaching sessions for employee groups or open-to-the-pubic that guide you through stress-reduction tools. Options:

  • 1.5-hour onsite workshop with practical application and practice of all three tools (schedule as a stand-alone workshop or add follow-up breathwork sessions)
  • 1.5-hour onsite 30-minute workshop with overview of all three tools and 1-hour guided breathwork coaching for stress reduction
  • 2-hour workshop at the Northland Arboretum that includes a 45-minute presentation on all three tools and a 1-hour guided ecotherapy nature walk

The three tools used are scientifically proven to:  

  • reduce stress
  • boost emotional and physical health
  • promote overall wellness

Remaining in the stress response can result in:

  • Work burnout
  • Low morale
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low productivity
  • Increased illness
  • Sleeplessness

Why Organized Mind? 

At OM, clients receive the value of education and experience behind every technique taught. With regular practice, results are guaranteed to promote wellness and reduce stress!

Breathwork: Certified Breathwork Coach – YOGABODY Naturals, LLC

Expressive Writing: BA in Creative Writing – University of Minnesota

Nature Connection: Positive Ecotherapeutic Nature Guide – EcoNova Leaders, Inc.

Health & Wellness: Continuing education in the Science of Well-Being from Yale University, anatomy of breathing coursework, certified Life Coach. Over 25 years of experience with expressive writing; 20 years of experience with breathwork; 20+ years as a nature researcher and writer, and a life-long nature explorer and enthusiast!

Professional Trainer: Over 30 years of experience as a small business and corporate trainer, including training professional for the United States Postal Service. 


Client Testimony

Recently I attended an Organized Mind workshop focused on stress reduction which was facilitated by Darla Swanson. I found the topic to be very relevant given the current state of our world, and quite frankly, life in general. I found Darla to be an excellent facilitator by pulling her audience in through personal story-telling, meaningful research and her focus on simple techniques to improve our lives.

In my last role at Target Headquarters, I led the Leadership Training and Development team for our HQ and Global team members. That said, I was impressed with Darla’s skills as she built interest, engaged the audience in practice and looped back to key take-aways. I can inform you that I have been experimenting with these new learnings and I’m delighted that I have had some early successes. Darla made it easy for me to build routines which made space for these new breathing exercises and simple steps to recall and put concepts into practice. I was surprised at how much I remembered from her session, and honestly, I attribute that to Darla’s holistic learning approach and engaging style.


It is time to deal with everyday stressors and the aftereffects of COVID.

It is time to heal.

An organized mind is a healthy mind!

Feed the kids!

My heart aches for children who don’t have enough food to eat. I donate 5% of all Organized Mind proceeds to feeding nutritionally compromised children in Minnesota.