Archive for June, 2006

Posted on Jun 5th, 2006

It is widely accepted that degenerative diseases, including cancer, arthritis, and heart disease have an underlying emotional component.

Indeed, according to the American Institute for Stress, our number one health problem is stress. It is responsible for approximately 75 percent of doctor visits.

Regardless of the source of your stress, taking the time to relax is an essential part of staying healthy and happy. Here is a proven method to help you do just that:

Add aromatherapy in your environment:

The science for using essential oils is commonly known as aromatherapy. It is used for physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. The scent of an oil makes a vital contribution to its natural healing properties.

Although they are the tools of gentle therapy, essential oils have the power to reach deep into the psyche and to relax the mind and uplift the spirit.

Sesquiterpenes, found in high levels in essential oils, such as Frankincense and Sandalwood help to increase the oxygen in the limbic area of the brain, which, in turn, "unlocks" the DNA and allows emotions to be released.

In her new book entitled, Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, Carolyn Mein explains, "Emotions are stored in the body in its organs, glands, and systems. Disease occurs when the body’s vibrational frequency drops below a certain point. Essential oils can raise the body’s frequency, and therapeutic (medicinal quality) oils are able to do this because they vibrate at a higher frequency and transfer that frequency to the body."

Here are a few ways that we can use essential oils in everyday life, to enhance our physical and emotional well being. Unlike drinking, smoking, or other stress relievers, these tips will only do your body good:

Increase memory and stamina: Drink a glass of water with 2-3 drops of lemon, orange, or peppermint essential oil in it. The action of these oils is similar to what happens when you drink coffee or soda, but without caffeine’s deterimental impact on your adrenal glands.

Enhance your Mood: Wear a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil as a perfume. Pleasant smells put people into better moods and make them more willing to cooperate and compromise.

Ease Stress and Muscle Pain: First, draw a bath. Then mix 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of Petitgrain, 1-2 drops of Frankincense with a tablespoon of milk. Add this mixture to the bathwater, swirl with your foot, get in the tub and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not get the bathwater in your eyes, as the oils will sting.

Increase Driver Alertness: Place a cotton ball or tissue with a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon bark essential oil in your automobile to feel calm, yet alert.

As a Study Aid: To increase your focus and concentration, diffuse one of these essential oils near the study area: lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, bergamot, or pine.

Essential oils are non-greasy, yet, soft and soothing. They are nature’s perfect solution for the problems that stress and poor nutrition have added to our lives.

Although essential oils are generally considered without risk. it is wise to respect their powers and to become well versed in their use and safety. Efficacy can only be realized when proper care is given to protect the chemical structure of the essential oils during the distillation process. Generally speaking, the essential oils that you find in department stores and, even in some health food stores, are of uncertain quality and not meant to be ingested. For best results, only pure and natural oils should be used.

When choosing an essential oil, select and use those scents that you find particularly appealing. Experiment and find the scents that evoke positive emotions and introduce those scents into your everyday life, to enhance your health and well being.

Faye Durham is a former chemist and pharmaceutical clinical research associate. She has monitored clinical research studies in most of the major diseases of our day. In her present career, she is a health care consultant, writer, and independent distributor. She chooses to use Young Living Essential Oils for their physical, psychological and spiritual healing benefits. She can be reached through the website at http://www.youngliving.org or 1-800-371-3515, #703949.

Posted on Jun 5th, 2006

Life is Change. Growth is Optional. Choose Wisely

I recently saw these words on the bumper of the car in front of me in traffic. Every now and then, wisdom seems to jump out at you from the most unextected places.

Life is change

“Everything must change” - George Benson

All of life is about change. Yet we act so surprised when change comes our way. Wether it’s change that we seek out or change that seeks us out, life is full of change.

Growth is optional

“Ch-ch-ch-changes, tryin’ to face the strain.” - David Bowie

While change is inevitable, growth and adapting to change is not.

It’s a decision and a choice.

I’ve worked with people who had change thrust at them years ago and they had not grown a bit since then. The changes might as well have occured just hte day before. On the other hand, I’ve worked with people who had change thrust at them and not chose to grow and adapt, they even found ways to make it work for them.

Choose wisely

“You have chosen wisely.” from the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

There is a wonderflu scene toward the end of the last Indiana Jones movie. Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones must pick the correct goblet from dozens, under the wathcful eye of the knight hwo has protected it for hundresnm of years. After carefully choosing and drinking of the right cup, the knight turns to Jones and says “you have chosen wisely.”

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Posted on Jun 4th, 2006

Do nothing! Yes I mean it. But only for five to seven minutes a day during working hours.

You are born to work and working is a fun activity for the successful people of the world. I am giving you the “do nothing” advice in order to keep you working and working at your full potential without being depressed or tired.

During the mid-day sit down on a comfortable chair in a very loose and relaxed position. Your whole body, from head to toe, should feel comfortable. Switch off the telephone and TV. Cut off yourself completely from the outside world for a few minutes. No talking, no listening, no reading, no thinking, and no eating. Close your eyes, breathe slowly and go into deep relaxation. Pretend as if you are a dead person who has nothing to do and nothing to worry about. Be a part of the silent world.

I want to tell you, without going into lengthy details, that this short “do nothing” break would have magical effects on your mind and body. This practice not only relaxes your inner and outer muscles but also gives you the vital energy sufficient enough to keep you working for another couple of hours!

No doubt, after working hard for hours and hours your mind and body need some rest. Instead of taking cups and cups of hot coffee or tea to keep yourself active, use this simple technique of relaxation to enhance your working capabilities substantially.

I myself take a short break from my busy schedule during the lunch hours and practice this “do nothing” technique to relax my mind and body. I really feel great afterwards. Try it!.

Hifzur Rehman is the editor of http://www.selfimprovement.ch , a website dedicated to the success and happiness of mankind.

Hifzur Rehman (C) 2006. All Rights Reserved.

Posted on Jun 4th, 2006

3 Key Distinctions

Fight or Flight - The fight or flight response is hard-wired into our nervous system. A long time ago, when the lion jumped out of the bushes, we had a choice: fight the lion or run for all your worth (and then change your loincloth). Today, when the idiot driver cuts us off or the boss yells at you, we have the same reaction, fight or flee. These days we fight by yelling and screaming, or we flee into TV, over-work, addictions, and other forms of “psychic numbness.”

Stress or Distress - Bad events can be stressful. Duh. Did you know that good events can be stressful as well? Graduating, marriage, having kids, moving, promotions, while potentially good things, can still be a source of stress.

Stress or Pressure - Stress comes from the outside, such as a deadline or expectation. Pressure is an inside job. Pressure is what we tell ourselves about the stress.

Examples:

“How am I ever going to get all this done?”

“I’ll never make that deadline!”

"Pressure is to stress as humidity is to heat: it just makes it worse."

3 Response Options

Responding to stress is like being in the waves at the beach. You can:

Let It Knock You Down - Take the “dead roach approach” - just let stress have it’s way with you.

Survive It - Get by, get through, get it over with. Sounds good, but think about it. How excited would you be to get up each day saying, “Alright, I get to go survive today!”

Ride & Thrive - Discover and use creative tools to make the stress in your life work for you instead of against you.

4 Ways to Ride & Thrive

1. The Powerful Art of Reframing - Reframing is a tool that can alter the pressure we put on ourselves. It means exactly what it sounds like - to put a different frame on a situation. Have you noticed how different a painting can look when you change the frame around it? The wrong frame can ruin a painting, while the proper frame can please the eye and reveal details not otherwise seen.

EX: Instead of “I’m never going to get all this done” how about “In how many ways can I get all this done and more, and enjoy the process?” While some people will say this is just semantics, I say it’s really using the power of words and focus to change your life!

2. The Lost Art of Human Hibernation - What with email, faxes, cell phones and beepers, we’ve made ourselves always available and therefore always “on.” When animals don’t hibernate, they become anxious, overly aggressive and sluggish. Sound like any one you know?

EX: Whether it’s five minutes of total quiet with no distractions or a 3 day personal retreat, regularly refresh your self with some “human hibernation.”

3. The Never Ending Search for Humor - When we brought our son home, I thought “I’m supposed to take care of this little creature and I can’t even remember to take out my contacts at night!” During one of the first diaper changes, he did what little boys do and aimed it right at Lauren. She put up the palm of her hand to block it and then started pushing back the stream like Superman and the death-ray. We laughed so hard we cried, and decided we might be able to do this after all.

EX: Look for the humor, no matter how absurd, in any stressful situation. Remember, if you can laugh about it, you can survive it, and even thrive it!

4. The Incredible Power of Action - All of the above is merely mildly amusing information if you don’t use it.

EX: Use just one of these stress busters today. Or if you really want to get wild and crazy, use all ten!

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Posted on Jun 3rd, 2006

These days, it seems like rest and relaxation are guilty pleasures, things to be ashamed of. We live in a world that tells us we must always stay busy, we must always stay focused on our work. There’s no time to get sick. There’s no time for vacation. We have to go, go, go! But is this healthy for us?

Think about these numbers. The average company in America gives its worker 3-5 sick days per year. They also give, on average, 2 weeks (10 days) vacation. Sick days, for most people, are anything but relaxing. First of all, you’re sick! You don’t feel well, you’re worried about your health. But most people I know (myself included) have their sick days ruined for another reason: guilt. They are worried about taking time off, worried about what their boss will say, worried about things that won’t get done, worried if they will be docked pay if they don’t get better soon, etc. It’s not usually a restful time for most people.

Vacation time is a bit different. We usually plan ahead for when we’d like to take the time, and we usually plan on doing something fun, getting away from it all. But in this day and age, with e-mail and cell phones, it’s hard to escape the daily grind, even if you are 2,000 miles away.

So why is it so hard for us to relax? Some would like to blame it on the previously mentioned technology, but there is a deeper cultural issue here. In Mexico, workers are allowed to take siestas, or little afternoon naps. In some European countries, you’re shunned if you show up for work if you’re sick. Every boss I’ve ever had here in America has made it perfectly clear, that if I’m not in the hospital, I’m at my desk (one of the main reasons I work for myself now)! Society has to function, so there is a certain wisdom about being accountable and responsible for showing up to work. But even when we’re not there?

If you’re one of the many people who suffers from this kind of inescapable “workaholic” stress, there is help. It’s a little thing I call “recharging the batteries.” Below are some helpful tips for helping you get your batteries back up to full power.

• Spread your vacation out during the year. Take some long, 3- or 4-day weekends. Don’t take all 2 weeks at once!
• When you do go on vacation, resist the urge to check your work e-mails and voicemail. You’ll have more fun if you don’t know what’s going on. And it will still be there when you get back!
• Go out with friends after work occasionally. Break out of the pattern of waking up, going to work, going home, going to sleep, repeat.
• Spend a day (or an evening) vegging out on the couch, with some snacks and some good movies (or if you’re me, some really bad movies!).
• Give in to some guilty pleasures! Stay up real late on a Saturday, and sleep in on Sunday. Spend a weekend with your kids, doing what they want. Most importantly, have fun!

These are just a few suggestions, but you get the idea. Take a little time for you. Your voicemails and e-mails will still be there in the morning. If you can’t fix the problem in the Bahamas, why worry about it there? Make some time for yourself, even if it’s just a little bit of time. You’d be amazed at how much better you can feel after just a little bit of time recharging the batteries.

Jason Stroming is a Life Coach specializing in relationships, career, personal development, and creativity. To learn more about Jason and his company, ACR Personal Life Coaching, please visit: http://www.acrnyc.com

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2006

Stress Out

We’ve all said the infamous and useless phrase, “I’m stressed out!”

Here’s my question - “How many times do you have to say ‘I’m Stressed Out!’ before saying it starts to help?”

Similar to saying “I’m having a nervous breakdown”, this is a meaningless phrase that only serves to make us feel sorry for ourselves, and leads to no change at all.

Stress Down

Sounds really good, doesn’t it. Just reduce and/or eliminate all the stress from you life and everything will be OK. The problem is it’s just a myth that contributes to our feeling more and more stressed out.

We live in an increasingly complex and fast paced world, and unless we are bombed back to the Stone Age (a entirely different kind of stress), it’s just going to continue. So what we need are powerful tools for dealing with the stress in our lives, which leads to…….

Stress Through

In order to “stress through” you need to learn how to make the stress in your life work for you. To that end, here are 4 Stress Tools that you can use right away.

1. Tool of Resources

There are lots of resources out there to help you successfully manage your stress.

2. Tool of Relaxation

Here’s something I call “push-button relaxation.” Picture yourself somewhere that is very relaxing and peaceful. See, hear and feel everything as if you were there. Now create your own personal button to create this picture and feeling. For some people it’s a snap of the fingers, others use a word or phrase or lines from a song. Whatever quickly takes you there in your imagination. Use your push-button when you are feeling stress and notice the difference.

3. Tool of Battle

This does not mean to grab your sword and shield. It does mean to pick your battles wisely. Whether the situation is parent-child, between spouses, boss-employee, with a co-worker, neighbor or whomever, it’s vital to ask the question, “Is this a battle worth fighting?” Many of us tend to major in minor things. We let too many little things upset us. The more you ask this question, you’ll have less needless battles, less stress and more energy.

4. Tool of Fun & Spontaneity

We’ve just about killed off fun and spontaneity with our over scheduled and day planner run lives. I’ve even seen one friend’s daily schedule that had a 15 minute block that said “have fun.”

Here’s my challenge to you - sometime in the next week, do something totally spontaneous and fun. If you need a suggestion, here’s one from Lollie McLean, author of “Tools for a Happier Life” (www.lollie.com). She recommends going for a “butterfly walk.” A butterfly walk is simply seeing a butterfly and following it wherever it goes. I know this sounds sort of “fluffy”, but try it. I did, and it’s very relaxing.

You will not be graded.

One more challenge, and then I’ll wrap this one up.

Take each one of these tools and regularly use them in your life for the next month. Not only will you notice a difference, I think you’ll like the difference.

Keep the change!

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Posted on Jun 2nd, 2006

In cubicles and corner offices across the land, people are bombarded with so many “urgent” demands that they’re literally not giving their brains time to think. Speeding through the day in a constant state of adrenaline-fueled arousal – answering voice mails, emails, and beepers; checking cell phones and PDAs – isn’t just bad for the nervous system. It lowers productivity, creativity, and innovation.

The growing confusion between being in motion and actually accomplishing something has even led to a new syndrome called Attention Deficit Trait, or ADT. It happens when we try to assimilate too much information too quickly, sending our brains into “overload,” and ourselves into a chronic state of “distractibility, inner frenzy, and impatience.”1

A growing body of research shows that thrashing around adversely affects our brain chemistry. In Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explains that when people are worried, angry, frustrated or under other types of negative stress, the brain goes into “survival mode,” and “…falls back on simple, highly familiar routines and responses and puts aside complex thought, creative insight, and long-term planning. The focus is the urgent present – or the crisis of the day.” 2

Much as people lament the panicked scrambling to get the next task done, most feel powerless to really change their circumstances in a meaningful way. They nod approvingly at common-sense advice about breaking large tasks into small steps, leaving the office early once a week for dinner with the family, and getting enough sleep, but somehow can’t motivate themselves to follow through.

Interestingly, my files are filled cases of clients who significantly improved their work lives, and in a number of instances actually wound up earning more money while working fewer hours. They did it by giving themselves some breathing room and by deciding to change the way they viewed their situations.

When we’re overwhelmed, we tend to think along the lines of how to get more and more done, instead of setting reasonable expectations. One way to reduce tension and stress is to bargain on a deadline (“I can get it done on Tuesday if I get 3 hours of administrative help”). Another is to politely decline extra requests from colleagues (“I’ve love to help, but can’t consider taking on anything else until the 10th”). A third is to re- prioritize as conditions change (“If Project A is critical, I’ll move the deadline for Project B out one week”).

It is also imperative to question beliefs such as, “If I don’t work 10 hour days, I’ll be fired” … “In this economy, I’m lucky to have any job” … “People who don’t work weekends don’t get promoted” and others that make it easy to justify staying stuck. Assumptions influence what we perceive, how we feel, and the actions we take. Again and again I’ve seen magic happen once someone decides to believe that something different is possible.

Ironically, slowing down will enable you to get a lot more done, and to enjoy the process more as well, which alone will set the stage for working smarter.

1 “Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform,” by Edward M. Hallowell, Harvard Business Review, January, 2005.

2 Working with Emotional Intelligence, © 1998 by Daniel Goleman, Bantam Books, page 74.

Barbara Bissonnette helps people function more effectively by leveraging their natural strengths and eliminating self-defeating behavior patterns. She is a certified coach and Principal of Forward Motion Coaching. She has more than 20 years of business experience, most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for a privately held firm. For a free copy of her new guide, "The Personality of Business: Manage Your Style for Greater Success," visit http://www.ForwardMotion.info.

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2006

Like most of his friends, my 11 year old son Jonathon is deep into video games, with his particular "drug of choice" being X-Box.

I picked him up from a friend’s birthday party sleepover this weekend, and as soon as we got in the car, he was in tears. When he got calm enough to be understood, he told me that he had beaten all the levels on the newest Star Wars game, and then one of the kids had saved his game by mistake and Jonathon had lost all the "work" he had done.

For those of you not familiar with video games, this is a VERY BAD THING.

To make matters worse, he had homework and chores to do when he got home, we do not allow him to play during the school week, and there was no way in his mind he was going to be able beat all those levels again by his Friday night birthday sleepover.

The makings of an 11 year old tragegy.

He and I worked out a way to do a little bit of homework, beat a level, do a little bit of homework, beat a level, etc. before he went to bed that night. I also told him that Mom and I would talk about it, and perhaps if he did well in school, did his homework and kept a good attitude, he might be able to play during this week to make up for the levels he lost.

When he talked to Mom about it (after Mom and I discussed it of course), Mom even suggested this would be a good test run to see if he was now old enough and responsible enough to play some during the week on a more regular basis.

The point of this little drama

It occurred to me later that Jonathon has two choices about how to handle this little drama:

1) keep it to himself, and feel miserable, resulting in acting out his misery and probably getting in trouble, or

2) talk about it and get some support

The results of getting some support

Several good things resulted from his talking about the situation:

1. He got it out of his system.

2. He got the support he needed and did not have to handle it alone.

3. We came up with a plan to solve the problem.

4. In addition to a plan for getting the problem solved, he got to go beyond that and have an opportunity to make things even better (getting to play video games during the week.)

5. He got to discover that Mom and Dad could be reasonable human beings and parents. (In my humble opinion anyway.)

The moral of the story?

Ask for the support you need. You may discover that the problem you are facing is not only solvable, it may carry some gifts for you as well.

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Posted on Jun 1st, 2006

We have access to time- and labour-saving devices beyond the dreams of any previous generation. Yet poor time-management skills and resultant stress seem a more common problem than ever before.

Do you recognise yourself in any of these common patterns?

* Feel overwhelmed by the pressures of modern living * Can't say no * Difficulty setting (and/or achieving) your goals * Can't switch off at the end of the day * Have problems finding time for the things and people that really matter * Repeated procrastination * Beset by interruptions, emergencies and deadlines

Try these top tips to beat stress.

1) One of the best ways of relaxing is to take some gentle exercise – 20 minutes every day or half an hour three times a week. Suggestions: take a brisk walk to work – even getting off the bus or train one stop earlier can help. Use an exercise bike while you watch TV or read a book. Take up a new (active) hobby such as dancing or swimming. If you have any form of heart condition, remember to check with your GP before you increase your levels of exercise.

2) Try meditating. The aim is to still your mental confusion and produce a state of calm which will relax your body and increase mental clarity. Sit quietly in a chair with your head supported and both feet flat on the floor. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and as you exhale focus on a word to suit your circumstances (examples: peace, love, calm). Breathe deeply several times. If you still find it hard to relax, imagine yourself on a beach in the sunshine – enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, hear the lapping of the waters. The troubled thoughts of the day will try to force themselves into your mind, don’t worry. Just calmly put them to one side. Do this regularly for only ten minutes every day (more if you can spare the time) and you’ll soon feel the benefits.

3) If meditating is ‘too much’ for you, just spend some time each day alone and in silence. Research in Paris found that talking can send your blood-pressure through the roof! Silence and a good book may have a calming effect.

4) Laughter is one of the best ways to relieve tension – it exercises muscles in your face and abdomen and the bigger the belly laugh the greater the effect. Studies have shown that laughing can boost your immune system and even lower your blood pressure. Laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, which can increase your feel-good-factor. You may have to seek out cartoons or even think of silly incidents from your childhood to get you started, but make it a habit – and try and get workmates and family in on the act. You’ll all feel better for it. However if you really don’t feel like laughing don’t let that stop you – even fake laughter can have a beneficial effect as the ‘laughter’ muscles can’t tell the difference!

5) A glass of red wine in the evening may help you unwind - but don’t overdo it, restrict yourself to one glass a day for women or two for men!

6) Using a few drops of Camomile, Marjoram, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Patchouli or Neroli essential oils in your bath at bed-time can help you relax after a hectic day. Make sure the bath isn’t too hot, as this could raise your blood pressure.

7) To help promote sleep, avoid eating late in the day – ideally allow three hours between your last meal and bedtime. When you do eat, make sure you’re sitting at a table concentrating on the meal in front of you, don’t snatch meals on the run, while working or watching television. If your posture is poor when you eat your digestive processes can be hampered, food may linger too long and sleep can be disturbed - let alone leaving yourself wide open to a range of digestive problems.

8) Learn to say ‘No’. There are only 24 hours in the day. Be careful what you agree to take on.

9) Every day make some time just for you to do something YOU want to do. It could be reading, a lovely relaxing bath, a brisk walk or even something challenging that you’ve always wanted to do such as learning a new language. Any of these could help you feel better about yourself. Initially you may find you have difficulty setting aside ‘you’ time, so block out half an hour in your diary every day to give yourself permission! If you have a family, don’t feel guilty about this – the whole family will benefit when your stress levels are reduced.

10) Many people find they can rebalance their ‘Wheel of Life’ more quickly with the aid of a life coach. To find out more about how coaching can help you with stress and time management, visit my website (see below). Contact me with any questions, or just request my free monthly newsletter to help you in various areas of your life, from "Keeping New Years Resolutions", going through the year - month by month - to "Christmas, A time For Special Relationships".

Joy Healey is a qualified life-coach, conducting telephone or face-to-face sessions. To learn more about coaching visit her website for a free monthly newsletter to help you in various areas of your life.

Posted on Jun 1st, 2006

What would you do with increased stamina, decreased anxiety, and solid peace of mind? You would probably get more done in less time–at the very least, each day would be more enjoyable. In the long term, you would certainly experience better physical health and a longer life span.

The only thing standing between you and a higher level of general well-being is the unpreventable occurrence of stress. Daily stress can rob us of our potential, weakening every aspect of our lives. Consider the following:

* Stress breaks down the efficiency of the immune system leaving our bodies vulnerable to illness and disease.

* Stress causes heart problems and high blood pressure.

* Stress contributes to addictive behavior, causing alcoholism, eating disorders, nicotine addiction, and workaholic tendencies.

* Stress causes social withdrawal, perpetuating symptoms and leading to destructive isolation.

To avoid stress and related symptoms you must be proactive, nurturing your body and mind through a balanced diet, exercise, and reserved time for relaxation.

A Balanced Diet - We know that a balanced diet can improve your health, but can it really do anything for your stress level? Experts say it can. Research has found that good nutrition has a tremendous impact on our ability to ward off the damage stress can do to our systems. Sure, you’ll still feel tense, but with your body nutritionally armed for battle, you’ll handle things better. There are many things you can do to maximize your body’s fighting power.

One of the most significant things you can do is to reduce the amounts sugar and white flour in your diet. Sugar and white flour cause a host of problems you could do without. By reducing these items in your diet, you will be able to maintain better weight control, reduce the risk of heart disease, and increase your energy level. Why? Because items made with these products metabolize too fast in your blood system. The result is unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar, rapid depletion of energy, and damaging stress symptoms.

Exercise - In addition to eating right, exercise can be a tremendous help in fighting stress. As you get moving, your circulation delivers oxygen and nutritional elements throughout your body. The result is muscle relaxation, the release of mood elevating chemicals, and a strengthened immune system. Studies show that those who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from stress related illness.

Relaxation. When your body relaxes, it reverses stress symptoms. You experience a sense of control as you eliminate the feelings of helplessness that often accompany stress. Find that one thing that really helps you to kick back and forget about things for a while. Here are some suggestions:

- Catering to our senses, such as sight, smell, and sound can reduce anxiety. So put on some favorite music, keep fresh cut flowers in view, and sink into a warm bubble bath.

- Reduce the clutter in your life. Passing a stack of papers as you leave for work, tripping over boxes, or stuffing a breakfast plate into a sink of dirty dishes, creates underlying tension that acts as a fuse when something gets you fired up.

- Deal head-on with anything that has been bothering you. Ignoring problems won’t make them go away–resolving them will.

- Get a good night’s sleep. Your body needs this time to heal and “reboot” in preparation for the next day’s challenges. Deny this basic need and you drain all of your systems of their strength.

Good nutrition, exercise, and learning to enjoy life will help you ward off dangerous stress symptoms. It’s important that you take steps now to ensure a healthy future. That is why I dedicate several sections of my ebook series, A Balanced Approach to Health, to teaching you how to reduce the levels of stress in your life, instantly improving your quality of life. You’ll learn: How to cope rather than stress, 13 affirmations to move beyond stress and its impacts, how to become a relaxation guru, and much more.

Paul is Head of Training for a major UK Charitable Organisation with a wealth of experience in personal development, management development, e-learning and operational management. In addition to owning one of the UK’s leading Ebook Provider http://www.pk-ebooks.co.uk Paul also owns http://www.help-your-child-learn.co.uk and http://www.ebay-profits.co.uk

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