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Simple Relaxation Techniques for Mastering Stress Management

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Do you feel tired and overwhelmed by stress as you struggle to keep up with a never-ending “to-do” list?

Have you got too much to do and not enough time to do it?

Are you going through the motions of routine without a sense of joy?

This practical and enlightening book is packed with powerful ideas and techniques that can be used immediately to increase your vitality and sense of purpose.

Stress is one of the most debilitating afflictions of modern living that can undermine women’s health and happiness. The Benefits of Stress shows another side to the messages that stress delivers and prompts us to make lasting changes that will establish thriving growth.Unless we stop and listen to the innate wisdom of our body and mind, we remain disconnected from our source of fulfillment that comes from a deep sense of purpose. If our lives are constantly disrupted by unresolved stress, we spend our time in damage control, reacting to our physical, mental and emotional discomfort as we lose focus on the things that truly matter. The years pass quickly and when we don’t feel like we can achieve our dreams we become challenged by our frustrations.

Stress chokes the happiness from our lives, while the financial cost of its treatment is enormous. Even the World Health Organisation says that stress has become one of the leading causes of disease.

Written by a natural therapist with over 10 years experience as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, who has personally experienced an abundance of life’s challenges, The Benefits of Stress is a collation of practical, common-sense ideas and information that can help women to feel more energised and productive as they focus on empowering all areas of life.

The tips and techniques are simple to implement, and having a free bonus Guided Meditation Download means that you can start your self-care today.

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• Find out the 9 benefits that can make stress work for you.
• Learn the 6 Daily Success Rituals that you can begin today for a more fulfilling life.
• Discover many practical tips for living a happy healthy lifestyle.
• Read about the different areas of health that impact on vitality.
• Realise how simple self-care activities can make a powerful difference to peace of mind.

Follow the advice of this book and you’ll soon learn how you can disconnect from the madness of ‘busyness’ and create more calm in your life. As a result, you’ll feel more fulfilled and more productive.

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Relaxation Techniques for Stress Management

Relaxation techniques for stress managementWith the holiday season behind us, as the kids are now well and truly settled back into their normal school-day routines, our attention returns to our need for regular stress relief practices so that we can cope with our role in the workplace. If we are fortunate, we have meaningful employment that we enjoy, and we gain satisfaction from our productivity by providing goods or service to others. A regular daily walk at the end of the day can help to transition from the office/shop environment to home and enable the separation between professional and personal life.

Many people, however, are inundated by the many symptoms of stress when they feel stuck in the struggle to pay bills and process the regular challenges of daily life. Modern workers juggle many responsibilities that fit in around their busy work schedule, whilst lacking personal time for relaxation techniques. Tapping out your Cortices takes only a few minutes and calms your brain down to be able to think more clearly.

Many corporate work places are so focused on their profits that they forget about the needs of their personnel beyond the regulation breaks. They do little to reassure employees that their working skills are valued and their positions are safe. People need to build personal stress relief into a daily routine in order to alleviate everyday overwhelm and diffuse the many frustrations that build up.

Today’s workforce sees most workers multi-tasking with fewer resources and an increasing amount of productivity expected from individuals. Stress management is not often acknowledged in the corporate world, however inefficiency is scrutinised, so it is wise to take good care of yourself to prevent avoidable errors brought on by stress.

Our fight/flight reactions become triggered easily by the inundation of tasks and our body/mind thinks that we are in serious danger, even if our life isn’t threatened. The internal dialogue that reminds us that we have “too much to do and too little time” alerts our physiology that we need to be on guard. Stress relief techniques help us to function purposely without alerting the stress hormonal response.

When you feel overwhelmed it is powerful to using some simple relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation or gentle exercise.

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5 Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally

ways to relieve stress naturallyRelieve Stress Naturally
In the quiet of the new day, I enjoy an energising half hour walk to reduce stress and keep my body active and flexible.
As I walk along the pathways of my sleeping neighborhood, I am calmed by the tranquility of the early morning. I love having the place to myself before the bustle of the day starts. I make sure that I don’t think about anything that makes me feel stressed out as I treat myself to this special time.
I have developed several ways to relieve stress that I concentrate on for the entire walk. I have noticed that they help my productivity for the day ahead by enabling me to be centred and focused.
Here are 5 simple ways to reduce stress that you can use when you are walking:
1. Mindfulness
When you concentrate on the details of all of your surroundings and experience an awareness of your thoughts and feelings without reacting or judging, you become calm. When you stop allowing the clutter to overtake your mind, you become present.
2. Breathing
Focus on your breathing to see if your breath inhalations and exhalations are even in length. Count your breath to see. When you make an effort to equalise the breath, your emotions stabilise. When you manage to reduce stress with this simple technique you set yourself free.
3. Vary Your Speed
Increasing your walking speed gives your metabolism the chance to work a bit harder, and helps to increase your blood circulation. Varieties of pace and movement are great for the joints and the body’s flexibility.
4. Stretch
Making exaggerated movements with your arms whilst walking is especially beneficial if you have been stressed out as it gives you a chance to shake off your anxiety. If you pause your walk briefly when you have a lovely outlook, and hold your shoulders back with your arms wide, you will open up your chest and release fear. Stretching and breathing are good companions to synchronise. Take a moment to rest.
5. Practice gratitude
Gratitude shifts negativity at a deep cellular level. If you can find just five things every day to be grateful for, you can alter your energy levels quite quickly. As I walk I see trees and gardens and lovely houses. I see cats sitting in windows and dogs napping in warm spots. I hear children giggling, and I greet the early risers. It is a wonderful feeling being up so early to welcome the day.

 

These are just five of the ways to relieve stress that I use regularly. I think that it is good to learn a couple of techniques and then simplify their use into a routine that becomes second nature.
When you do something methodically for 21 days, it becomes habitual so you don’t need to think so consciously about it.
By joining the techniques into your walk, you exercise your body and mind. When you notice your emotional life stabilising, you won’t be so stressed out and you will be eager to leap out of bed every morning to go for your early walk.

7 Powerful Daily Routines to Reduce Stress

Morning meditationDoes the day get away without you feeling like you have achieved anything that is personally important? Do you wonder where the time goes? Would you like more energy? Do you wish you had more of the things that bring joy to your life?
Perhaps you wake up early after a good night’s sleep with enthusiasm, but after a hard day at work, you feel too tired to focus on your creative pursuits, so you waste another night watching television instead of doing your “thing”.
Planning a daily routine that focuses on activities that are important for our well-being helps to reduce stress. Discipline does not undermine spontaneity when it allows us to focus on our highest priorities with sharp intention. When our goals clearly state, for example, that we want to spend quality time with our family, we can schedule it into our day without interruption.
If we aren’t careful to protect our time, we can become sidetracked. Then we get discouraged and resentful because we neglect our own needs at the expense of others. It is unproductive to sell ourselves short, wasting our time being consumed by chores and endless distractions from other people’s demands.
If life wasn’t so finite, this wouldn’t be a problem. However, when you notice that time is speeding by, racing towards the inevitable conclusion, it is important to look at where you are and decide if your current lifestyle is really satisfying. None of us want to die with our proverbial song still in us!
Here are 7 daily routines that help to reduce stress by focusing on your commitment to self-care in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. It is worth getting up an hour earlier in the morning to exercise and meditate when the long term benefits offer the reward of a long healthy successful life.
1. Exercise
Regular exercise is great to do first thing in the morning when we are at our energetic. By keeping our body supple we take care of our physical feelings of wellness, and the activity is great for processing our thoughts and emotions. We need to keep the body in top physical shape for a long healthy life. An early morning walk can be a wonderful way to plan our day ahead as we enjoy feeling connected with our environment whilst breathing in the fresh air.
2. Meditationmeditation
Half an hour of meditation each day, whether done all at once or broken into several segments, provides cognitive and psychological benefits that continue throughout the day. Taking the time to meditate daily has been shown in a study by Harvard University to have significant advantages for our well-being and quality of life. More than simply a chance to relax, meditation has an active impact on the way the brain works by helping to alleviate fear. That frees us up to be more productive.
3. Goal Setting
Writing down your goals is a powerful method for giving life to your passions. Focus on what you want, where you see yourself and what you would like to achieve. The process of reading through your written goals each day keeps them centred in your mind and you will find that opportunities that align with them become your focal point. If you prefer a visual display, cut out pictures to represent your goals and create a vision board that you enjoy looking at regularly throughout the day. When you are focused on your goals, your actions will bring them into reality.
4. Turn off the Television
The “box” is a dream stealer. It is a passive entertainer that subdues your zest for life, feeding you a steady diet of imagery and sound that does little to inspire you. I am not against TV, just its intoxicating ability to keep us glued to its content at the expense of our dreams. Protect your mind from the fear that is produced from the endless images of violence and terror that feed into the subconscious mind by doing something more creative and enjoyable, such as a painting class, catching up with friends or planning a holiday.
5. DaydreamDaydream
Contrary to what we were taught as children, daydreaming is nourishing for our soul. We fuel our passions and find creative solutions to challenges when we allow our brain to have a rest. We can have our best ideas when we encourage our playful side to run joyfully free. Allow yourself to be frivolous with your thoughts between tasks throughout the day as a way to rejuvenate your enthusiasm.
6. Gratitude
Every experience in life gives us information and a fresh opportunity to learn something that is of benefit to our soul’s personal journey. When we are grateful for all that we are, have and do, we find spiritual contentment and acceptance for all that life has to offer. This energetically connects our heart to the world and gives us a sense of peace.
7. Tap out your Cortices
Tapping out your Cortices gives you a profound sense of relaxation, whilst coordinating the two hemispheres of the brain so that we can be both logical and intuitive. Doing this on a daily basis, and any time throughout the day when you wish to feel centred, is a great way to help the bodymind to stay calm.

12 Natural Remedies for Depression

Depression

Vincent Van Gogh suffered with Depression

Depression has become a modern disease that affects more than 350 million people of all ages across the globe, according to the World Health Organization.

 

People are challenged mentally, physically and emotionally by an overwhelming amount of lifestyle “stuff to do” that leaves people feeling like they are not managing life well. The stress from social expectations, unrealistic time restrictions, working long hours, and enduring difficult tasks that test coping skills can impact on health in many ways.

 

Depression is a silent illness that carries a social stigma of incompetence and mental illness. Rather than admitting to feeling depressed, sufferers internalise their reactions because they are afraid that they will be seen as a failure. A sense of isolation can set in and this complicates the condition as it triggers mental, emotional and physiological responses.

 

Many people are, of course, curious about natural remedies for depression. They want to know what they can do to ease their own discomfort or assist someone they know with depression.
Most of the following suggestions are common sense and reasonably easy to implement. They can cumulatively make a big difference to the recovery process. Simple steps that counterbalance negative emotions with joy can be repeated frequently and provide a focus for improvement.

 

Here are 12 important “back to basics” ingredients for recovery from depression:

 

1. Plenty of fresh air to clear out the lungs.
The ancient Chinese knew that we energetically store grief in our lungs. If we have experienced great loss we may still have unexpressed emotions sitting on our chest. If we take long even breaths we can relax and focus on releasing our stress so that more oxygen can energise the blood.

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2. Sunshine to maintain Vitamin D levels.
Our bodies need enough Vitamin D to build strong bones, prevent cardiovascular disease, and keep the cognitive skills alert. It is possible to supplement this vitamin; however, there is no substitute for sunshine if you can get outside. Use your lunchtime to connect with nature and recharge your energy if you can.

 

3. Exercise to move the circulatory systems and keep the body’s joints and muscles supple and in shape.
Moving the body keeps us fit as well as releases energy, physically and emotionally. Movement keeps the body flexible and gives our thoughts less opportunity to stagnate. Going for a morning or afternoon walk is an excellent opportunity to have some time to clear the mind or think quietly about a personal creative pursuit, as well as burning calories and processing waste.

 

4. A fresh healthy diet to nourish cell reproduction.
Healthy food includes a balanced variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, grains and nuts to provide all of the recommended vitamins and minerals that we need for wellness. The food that we provide our body and mind can be so nourishing that we can feel its energising benefit or so empty in goodness that we notice our mood fall after an initial sugar spike. Getting your gut’s microbiome balanced through eating clean healthy foods, clears your brain of the fog generated by unhealthy flora.

 

5. Drink plenty of fresh Water.
Water hydrates the cells of the body and flushes out toxins. It aids our digestive processes, helping us to eliminate any backed up emotions. With clean internal plumbing we can be mentally focused on the task at hand without our mind wandering to any discomfort, whether physical or emotional.

 

6. Plenty of Rest to heal the body mind.
When we sleep our body heals. If you are depressed, rest is the way that the body mind prevents the addition of any more burdens. It is your subconscious calling time out so you can process your challenges. Dreams are obviously helpful to process issues through the imagery of the mind, providing they are not nightmares that cause more negative emotions.

 

7. Talk to your Family and Friends.
Having a loving support network within a safe community can make a huge difference to a person dealing with depression. If the person feels accepted they are more likely to recover quicker. Sharing their story can normalise life and ease the burden. If someone is, however, too ashamed to admit that they are feeling depressed, they may suffer further isolation. It is important that as social beings, that we all have someone to talk to where we won’t feel judged.

 

8. Professional Help to process the situation.
BodyTalk is a great natural therapy for addressing the many facets of depression and specifically target particular issues for each individual. It is important to treat all the different levels of health. BodyTalk’s gentle approach stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal and release imbalances.
Under the Element of Fire, the ancient Chinese saw Joy and Sorrow as the same emotion, just different ends of the spectrum. It can be helpful to realise that there is another side to the situation that you haven’t seen before.

 

9. Find your Creative Expression.
If your life and the things that you do don’t line up with your personal values, then you will most likely be unhappy. If you spend your life feeling frustrated because you are taking care of everyone else’s needs at the expense of your own, your soul will suffer. It is important to identify our personal passions and creativeness so that our natural talents can be expressed, and not harbored as resentments that turn to depression.

 

10. Be Grateful.
Gratitude keeps you grounded in the moment and helps you to notice any positive glimmers of anticipation. Hope can be a strong empowering message to your mind to find value even when things challenge us severely, that there is something to be learned through every situation in this life.

 

11. Share your Story to inspire others.
Relating your story to others is a great way to connect and feel useful. With such high numbers of people experiencing depression, it is quite likely that you will inadvertently find yourself at some time talking to someone else who may benefit from your insights. Volunteering your time to help others in need can activate the feel good hormone dopamine simply by knowing that you have done something helpful for someone in need.

 

12. Tap out your Cortices.
This BodyTalk technique relaxes the brain and helps you to feel grounded. It balances the interactions from the brain to the lower body and releases stress in the process. It only takes a couple of minutes to tap out your Cortices and is an effective way to clear away emotional baggage. Set your day up for clarity by tapping out your Cortices first thing in the morning and then relax for bed by repeating the technique last thing at night.
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Who’s AFRAID of FEAR?

Fear
Fear overcomes us
Have you ever experienced a crippling fear that leaves you immobilised and scared beyond rational thought?

The fight/flight reaction

Our bodies are designed to activate a response to fear that is meant to keep us safe from danger.

Known as the fight/flight reaction, it switches us over to automatic readiness so that we can escape danger quickly.
When our brain learns of an immediate threat to our safety, it generates impulses to the adrenal glands, and blood gets pumped into our limbs so that we can run fast. It’s an ingenious design that humans have relied on for escaping threats, but it can also have the opposite effect and render you motionless, unable to think, frozen to the spot.

 

Modern humans are afraid of all sorts of complex issues that can challenge our perception of our personal comfort. We can be afraid of failure, or of looking stupid. We can be afraid of not having the things that we want, of missing out on opportunities or letting people down.
Subconscious memories can dictate your future long after the original event has passed. Some people, for example, have such traumatic births that they experience the world to be a dangerous place, and they live their life in fear of this belief.
Childhood fears of creepy crawlies can activate in an adult who suddenly finds a spider inside their house, whether it is a venomous red-back or an innocent daddy-long-legs. Regardless of the facts, the physical reaction can be the same, and takes some time to process.

Are you afraid of fear?

Fear takes on many different faces, but it still creates the same discomfort in everyone’s body, just in varying degrees. How it affects us and how we recover from it makes a difference to how we handle the stresses of life.
When left unchecked, fear can make us sick, usually upsetting our digestive processes or giving us painful headaches. It can even have long lasting effects that interrupt with daily functions, as witnessed with soldiers who succumb to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder long after the initial event has passed.
We can’t avoid fear, as it is one of the most primitive human emotions, but we can learn to understand its purpose so we can keep moving forward in life.

 

We process fear in two ways. Firstly, our brain sends signals to our body by pumping us full of hormones that activate the fight/flight response. Then, once the danger has passed, the memory of the stressful experience teaches us to avoid the danger in the future, such as making sure we don’t get too close to a venomous snake.
Unfortunately, stress and anxiety have the same physiological responses as fear. With pounding heart beat, rising temperature and the release of the Fight/Flight hormones, our brains expect danger and our logical judgement can shut down, even when we know we are physically safe.
Overwhelm can disable us. If we recognise that we are overreacting, that we are stressed rather than facing death, it is possible to manage the situation with a strategy.

Relieve Stress

You can reset the brain by tapping out your Cortices and stabilise the body by focusing on your breathing. Remind yourself that this situation will pass, and expect that some valuable lesson will be your reward.
Focus on how far you have come in spite of your fear, as you learn to master its grip. Recognising the limitations that fear has placed on you, and making a decision to push through its limiting effect has led to the popular saying “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Being courageous in the face of fear can train your brain to not overreact in the future.

 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is utilised in BodyTalk, the energy of fear is generated by the Kidneys, which also manifest willpower. When we look at the holistic aspects of fear through the Chinese Element of Water, we see a delicate balance where our willpower is held in check by fear, and vice versa. To process our fear frees our willpower to flourish by increasing energy (or chi) to the Kidneys.
BodyTalk can assist in neutralising the stress of fear. A personalised treatment can unlock limitations in any number of ways that arise according to personal circumstances.

Stop the Stress!

Stop the StressAre you frantically racing through your day? Do you feel anxious about not having enough time to get everything done? Are you getting enough sleep?

We live in a fast-paced modern world that requires us to be “switched on” around the clock. We are constantly connected to an overload of information that requires our attention. Does it give you a headache just thinking about it?

Let’s face it; we have so much to do every day. We are required to work long hours, take care of our families, as well as catching up with our friends. And we are expected to cope with an overwhelming amount of pressure to do it all perfectly.

Do you wish you could slow down? Do you feel sick with stress? RELAX!

Tap out your Cortices.

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