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15 Stress Management Tips That Work

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Stress is part of our modern lifestyle. It seems that we cannot survive without it and, even in moments of relaxation, we tend to clench our jaws or frown. These days it is the price we pay for our fast, technologically driven, multi-tasking lives.

Every so often I wish I could be more relaxed. And just as I start thinking I’ve got the hang of it, a thought pops up: “You must remember to type up that presentation/bake that cake/invite so-and-so to the party/take the cat to the vet….”. There is ALWAYS something. Stress and stressful situations cannot be avoided.

Deane Alban shares 15 stress management tips that have been tried and tested. It WORKS!! You will learn how to breathe, not just in-and-out, no, proper, diaphragmatic breathing.

Meditation is also something that many of us have heard of, but has never really tried. Personally I’ve tried it over and over for months (my mind is ALWAYS all over the place) and was about to give up when I got it right…finally. Meditation helps more than just to focus your thoughts and turn inward, it does help with that. But more importantly, meditation makes you more resilient and less reactive to stress by decreasing the number of neurons in your amygdala, the area of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and stress. [Deane Alban: BeBrainFit]

Ms Alban goes on to describe 13 more self-help ways of relieving day to day stress. Find them all here.

The thing is, stress and stress-triggers or stressors will ALWAYS be around us, and even within us. We cannot ignore it and we cannot change it. It is a fact of life.

However, you can choose how to deal with stress. You can make a difference in your perception of stressful situations and decide to what level you will allow it to affect you negatively. The tools to help you achieve this are there, mentioned in this article, in fact.

Ask yourself this: do I want to allow stress to ruin my life? Or: do I want to take control of the stress and bring change in my life? The choice is yours.

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the HOLISTIC pages is out! Edition of 19 May 2017

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How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You 

Via @PsychToday by Ryan M. Niemiec

[Excerpt only. Read full article here.]

Mindfulness is a paradox. It’s the easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world. Let me explain.

There’s an easy way and a hard way to practice mindfulness.

5 tips to cultivate mindfulness:

Tip #1: Start with the easy stuff – build your mindfulness “muscle”

Tip #2: Don’t meditate for 1 hour a day – start with what you are willing to do to establish a routine — perhaps 5 minutes a day

Tip #3: Practice ANY type of mindfulness you wish – go where your motivation is highest.

Tip #4: Forgive yourself, repeatedly.

Tip #5: Use your natural energy sources.

Want to know more? Read the original article here.

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How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You | Psychology Today

The Tiny Mental Shift That Makes EVERYTHING Easier

Via @MindBodyGreen.

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Original article in MBG by Dr Patricia Thompson

When you are quite the procrastinator, like I am, you can make endless to-do-lists, you’re a master at goal-setting (in print, that is) and you never really get anything done. There is always some silly reason why: I can’t go to the gym; I can’t finish this assignment, because there is not enough time… On and on it goes…

Dr Thompson makes an interesting suggestion in her article for MindBodyGreen (read it here).  She writes: “Saying can’t takes away your power, and in some ways provides an excuse for not moving forward toward your goals or fulfilling your commitments.

So, how can you shift your mindset to sidestep this problem? Replace can’twith won’t.” [1]

Now your ”reasons” for not reaching your goal will sound different:  I won’t go to the gym; I won’t finish this assignment. 

That little word ”won’t” changes things….it gives back your power. Perhaps you won’t, but that doesn’t mean you can’t…”won’t” creates the possibility of a different choice, one with a different outcome.

Dr Thompson continues to advise on how we can implement this in our lives:

  1. Reflect on the truth – what is the real reason you are not reaching your goal. What is keeping you from moving forward?
  2. Make a commitment to yourself – having decided that your goal is indeed important to you, you need to make a deal with yourself and write it down! Put it somewhere where you can always see it. This will keep you motivated.
  3. Tell others about your goal – this will help to keeping you motivated, because people tend to ask about your progress and you would not want to lose face by telling them you’ve given up again.
  4. Repeat the process if necessary – sometimes, despite your efforts, you may lose your ”happy thoughts” and be unable to finish what you started. This can be the result of unforeseen circumstances or you could lose your passion for the project. Whatever it may be, remind yourself constantly of the ”can’t”/”won’t” mind-shift, and take the necessary steps to accomplish your goal.

[Please read the full article here.]

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[1] The Tiny Mental Shift That Makes EVERYTHING Easier – mindbodygreen.com by Dr Patricia Thompson

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10 Powerful Affirmations that can Change Your Life

Via #BodyMindSoulSpirit

Original article posted on June 4, 2015 by Josh RichardsonPrevent Disease

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10 POWERFUL AFFIRMATIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

*I can achieve GREATNESS*

*Today, I am brimming with ENERGY and overflowing with JOY*

*I LOVE and ACCEPT myself for who I am* 

*My body is HEALTHY; my mind is BRILLIANT; my soul is TRANQUIL*

*I BELIEVE I can do everything*

*Everything that is happening now is happening for my ULTIMATE GOOD*

*I am the ARCHITECT of my life; I BUILD its foundation and CHOOSE its contents*

*I FORGIVE those who harmed me in my past & peacefully detach from them*

*My ability to CONQUER challenges is limitless; my potential to SUCCEED is infinite*

*Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more POSITIVE ones*

Click here to read more about each affirmation