Chronic Stress & The Importance of Self-Care

Moving to a new country, starting a new job and integrating into a new culture can be very stressful. Everyone experiences stress at different points in their lives and that is absolutely normal. However, when left unmanaged chronic stress poses a serious health risk. Scientists have known for a long time that chronic stress can lead to weight gain, heart disease, trouble sleeping and concentrating. Stress does not only affect your body, but also your performance at work. Some of the warning signs of chronic stress include low energy, frequent cold and infections, headaches, upset stomach and/or changes in appetite and eating habits, and trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping more than usual.

If you feel exhausted and overwhelmed more than usual, try some of the following activities to reduce your stress hormone levels.

1. Regular physical activity
2. Mindfulness and Meditation
3. Smiling and laughing
4. Spending time with friends and family
5. Listening to calming, relaxing music.

Most people are aware that chronic stress is detrimental to their health, yet they find it challenging to incorporate healthier routines into their daily lives. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and stick to old habits. However, we can’t expect different results by doing the same thing over and over again.
Becoming clear on our motivation to incorporate healthy habits and reduce stress is a first important step. This could be an imminent health concern, being more productive at work, or being around longer and in better health for our family and loved ones. Once we know what our true motivation is, it is much easier to stick to a new routine.

Reducing stress and implementing a daily self-care routine is vital for maintaining your overall health. It can increase your mood and energy, boost your immune function, promote longevity and make you more effective at work.

Start now and give yourself the gift of releasing chronic stress. If you like to get support, send an email to for a FREE consultation and goal setting session.

I offer an additional 60 min session for all Austrians who moved to the US or Americans who moved to Austria at no cost. Reach out to me and let’s talk how I can support you!

Election for the European Parliament on May 26th 2019

Information concerning the Election for the European Parliament on May 26th  2019 can be found here:

Please note that all Austrians abroad need to be registered in the “Wählerevidenz” until 12th of March 2019 unless they have a valid subscription for a “Wahlkartenabo”, which ensures an automatic mailing of the Wahlkarte for 10 years.

Please be advised that a proof of your identity has to be given (for example: attach a copy of passport or identification document).

For more information, download this document “Wahlinformationsschreiben”.


History is on Stage at Schweiger Ranch

One of the more unexpected cultural gems of Lone Tree, Colorado is the restored historic treasure, Schweiger Ranch. this revived homestead and living history museum was envisioned and completed by the nonprofit Schweiger Ranch Foundation. the Ranch is nestled on 38 acres in RidgeGate, southeast of I-25 and RidgeGate Parkway and is open seasonally for guided and self-guided tours. It’s the only historic property in Lone Tree and is protected as a Historic Landmark in Douglas County.

In the long shadows of the late day sun, you can almost see the Austrian Schweiger brothers who founded this ranch in 1874. John, Joseph and Jacob Schweiger worked this land, overcame immense hardship, and thrived in this bucolic setting. The original farmhouse has been restored to pristine condition. The restoration has also brought new life to the barn and silo, granary, chicken coop,machine shed, and cistern house. As you walk the property and encounter the apple orchard, cows, and abundant wildlife, you can sense the magic and the beauty that drew those pioneers here over a century ago.


Schweiger Ranch is a unique cultural destination for families and presents many activitis and events throughout the year. The City of Lone Tree’s Annual fall Festival is happening on October 6 from 10am-2pm. The second annual Austrian Christmas and Christkindl market is on December 1 from 1-6pm. Schweiger Ranch can be rented for private events, community activities and festivals.

Find about more about events, volunteer opportunities, tours, and facility rentals at

Wiener Sängerknaben – Vienna Boys Choir – in the US

Vienna Boys Choir in 39-City Tour

Bringing Their Irrepressible Energy to Venues Throughout the U.S.

New CD to be Released 5 October

The Vienna Boys Choir makes a much anticipated return to the U.S. on  28 October 2018, visiting 39 cities throughout the country, from Maine to Washington state. Along with their conductor, Oliver Stech, they will bring two brand new concert programs for the tour. The first, V ienna Waits for You , features a typically broad range of repertoire including sacred, secular, folk and popular titles with a focus on the great Viennese musical traditions, and a nod to American audiences as well. Later in the tour they will switch to a new iteration of their holiday program, Christmas in Vienna.
The modern Vienna Boys Choir bears little resemblance to the original group of six boys invited to sing at the Viennese court many centuries ago. Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, from dozens of nations, divided into four touring groups. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Between them, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year before almost half a million people. They visit virtually all European countries, and are frequent guests in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The Vienna Boys Choir also has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with members of the orchestra and the men of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle (Chapel Imperial) they still provide the music for Sunday mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. The group is active in education and community engagement, sponsoring music academies in both Vienna and Hong Kong. The VBC performs music from all over the world and has for years commissioned new music as well. The Choir has appeared many times on screen and is featured in four films by Curt Faudon, including Songs for Mary, Silk Road and Bridging the Gap. In the realm of audio recording, the Choir has been active since the 1930s, appearing on practically every major label. In 2015, the choir signed a long-term partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. Their first joint project was a hugely successful Christmas CD, Merry Christmas from Vienna. Their next recording, Strauss For Ever,  will be released on October 5th.

Oliver Stech  became choirmaster of the Vienna Boys Choir in January of 2011. He has led the choir on tours of Europe, Asia, South America, and the USA, and prepares the boys for the sung services at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel. In addition, he trains the boys for productions at the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, and for performances of large symphonic and choral works. In this capacity, he has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Aming, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, and Franz Welser-Möst. He also leads the boys in appearances on radio and television, sound recordings and film shoots, which are part of the choir’s routine. Mr. Stech conducted the boys on the set of two of Curt Faudon’s films, in Palestine, Italy, and Austria. Mr. Stech is a singer and former chorus member himself, and started conducting while still a student. In 2010, he became a lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna, his alma mater.
Dates and locations in Colorado:
06 Nov 18
Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theatre VBC in Grand Junction CO
08 Nov 18
Loveland, CO
Rialto Theater
09 Nov 18
Colorado Springs, CO Shockley-Zalabek Theater VBC in Colorado Springs CO
11 Nov 18
Denver, CO
Boettcher Concert Hall
VBC in Denver CO
For more information and more locations throughout the US click here.

From Austria to America: What to Expect with Culture & Language

Guest Blog from Angie Wuelling*


Traveling or moving to another country can be inspiring, invigorating…and also intimidating. Two of the biggest challenges that people face are dealing with differences in language and culture. As a bilingual speech-language pathologist who loves to travel, I have worked with many people who have backgrounds different than my own. From my unique perspective, here are some of the cultural and linguistic differences that Austrians might experience in their professional and personal lives.

Cultural Differences between Austrian and American Workplaces

Austrians should expect to encounter some definite cultural differences in the American workplace. I find it helpful to use the free “Country Comparison” tool from Hofstede Insights, which provides consulting, trainings, and certifications regarding differences in workplace cultures:

– “Power Distance:” Americans tend to have a greater distance between superiors and employees. In Austria, power is distributed more equally among superiors and employees.

– “Individualism:” Austria and America are both individualistic societies but America has a much higher score, reflecting our “loosely-knit society” in which we tend to focus on ourselves as individuals and our immediate families. In our workplace, Hofstede Insights notes that we value employees who are “self-reliant and display initiative.”

– “Long Term Orientation:” America is considered a “normative society” that prefers “time-honoured traditions and norms while viewing societal change with suspicion.” Austria has a higher score in this dimension, making it a more pragmatic culture that prepares for the future by changing its traditions.

Accented English

As Austrians work in the US, some might find that Americans have a difficult time understanding their accented English. If someone desires to reduce his or her accent in order to be better understood, consider contacting a speech-language pathologist, such as ChitChat Therapies. We provide individualized accent modification programs.

Raising your Children Bilingual in the US

Bilingualism is much more prevalent in Europe than in the US. Given Austrians’ familiarity with bilingualism and multilingualism, many readers likely know this information. However, it is very important to remember that learning more than one language does NOT cause language delays or disorders. It also does NOT cause confusion or additional difficulties for people with disabilities. In fact, bilingualism provides tremendous cognitive and linguistic benefits.

Unfortunately, many myths about bilingualism still exist in America, even among healthcare and educational professionals. Foreign visitors shouldn’t be surprised if they hear people say that children “get confused” when they are learning more than one language, or if someone encourages an Austrian to stop speaking German at home. There is no research supporting these opinions. Everyone can learn more than one language, even a child who has a delay and only speaks a few words. The best thing that parents can do for their children is to continue speaking their native language(s) at home. It’s necessary for children to have a very strong first language that they can build additional languages onto. Learning their families’ native language(s) also provides a cultural connection to their family and roots. A common saying is that “a loss of language is a loss of culture.”

Although bilingualism doesn’t cause delays or problems, children who are immersed in a foreign language often demonstrate “normal phenomena” that might be interpreted as language delays. For example, many children who attend school in a new foreign language go through a “silent” or “nonverbal” period. Since they do not talk much at this stage, teachers and other professionals might wonder if the children have language delays.

If a parent has questions or concerns that their child is not learning or using German and/or English like other children their age, please contact ChitChat Therapies for a free phone or email consultation. We are happy to answer any questions, and we provide bilingual speech-language evaluations and therapies.

Gute Reise!

People travel the world to explore vibrant cultures, exotic cuisines, and different languages—not to experience more of the same. However, I always find it inspiring and reassuring to learn more about languages and cultures before I travel abroad. With these tips and information, Austrians can be better prepared to experience American culture, both at work and with their families.

Angie Wuelling, MA, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and the owner of ChitChat Therapies. Her Golden, Colorado-based private practice delivers speech, language, and feeding services for children, as well as speech therapy and accent modification for adults. ChitChat Therapies also partners with families and schools to offer bilingual speech-language evaluations and therapy. For more information, visit


*This is a guest blog provided by Angie Wuelling. The Austrian Honorary Consulate in Denver can not endorse this company specifically.