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Guide to Stress Management|
Handling Stress Tips
Soothing Relaxation and Stress Relief Tips from Holistic Health Tools
Stress... It's a small, simple word, but it references something that powerfully impacts our health and well being.
There was a time, years ago, when the allopathic medical community refused to believe that Stress had anything to do with our state of health. That was a concept left to the naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and so on. And as a result, most allopathic physicians have focused on methods and synthetic medicines that treat symptoms of poor health, but not ways to Prevent Poor Health.
However, with an overwhelming amount of evidence that proves the impact of Stress on our health, now more and more allopathic physicians agree that keeping stress greatly reduced, and possibly eliminated in your life is a precursor to good health and well being.
Though Stress is a part of daily life, there are unique, enjoyable ways to reduce stress at work and at home. Stress occurs when the body reacts to change, triggered by events happening directly to you or around you. Some stress is OK, and can help to keep you alert and enthused. But too much stress taxes the body and can lead to a number of emotional and physical disorders, such as depression, stomach aches, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems, and so on.
Helpful, Effective Relaxation and Stress Relief Tips...
The Sedona Method
(Validated and proven effective
by a Harvard Medical School)
1. PRACTICE THIS SHORT STRESS-RELIEF EXERCISE - IT REALLY WORKS!
This may seem too simple to do much but it REALLY does work, and you can do it any time of day or night. This is about learning to send a more joyful, calm frequency throughout your body from your Heartfeelings, rather than letting your Head send the usual emotionally charged stress feelings throughout your body from its feedback database of past emotional experiences.
Take a few deep, long breaths to help yourself relax and get calm. (It's not necessary to close your eyes, but it does help to tune out the world when you close your eyes). As you are doing that, shift your attention away from all the mental activity in your head, and move it to the region of your heart and its heart feelings, such as love, joy, caring, appreciation, etc.
Gently focus your attention in your heart area, and let yourself Sincerely FEEL Appreciation or Love for someone in your life, or even let yourself feel those things for yourself (yes, it's actually OK to Love Yourself). Bring up what ever mental image works for you, in order to invoke those feelings of appreciation or love. If you like, take some more deep breaths.
Try and keep this focus of sincere appreciation or love in your heart area for at least 5 minutes. If you feel the distraction of your normal thoughts, just gently bring your focus back to your Heart and your Heart feelings. Practice keeping this focus for at least 5 minutes. You can do it for as long as you like, but make it a goal to keep that focus for 5 minutes. In doing so, you will quiet down the informational activity of the Head, and activate the higher frequency of the heart. This Will Feel Very Good.
If you do what is described here and do it sincerely, within just seconds, a Calm Smile will come to your face and a sense of calm and peace will fill your body. This is a Very Healthy thing you are doing for your body. And when you get the hang of it, you can do it pretty much anywhere, any time, even while you are walking. Though when you first try it, you probably want to be sitting down in a quiet place.
Over time, the more you practice this focus, the easier it will be to activate your Heart Frequency and fill your body with calm feelings, which can help to elevate your threshold for dealing with stress.
2. START YOUR DAY IN A STRESS-FREE WAY:
If you're like most people, you wake up to the sound of an Alarm Clock. But most alarm clocks have that horrible beeping or buzzing sound that makes you jolt upright to quickly turn off the alarm. What you are doing is starting out your day by sending a lot of stress to the cells in your body. That is not a healthy way to start your day.
There are a number of high quality, Natural Stress-Free Alarm Clocks available today, and they all have their unique way of waking you up in a calm, natural manner, which is MUCH healthier than waking up to a loud beeping or buzzing sound. Some of these clocks awaken you with a gradual (simulated) sunrise, other clocks do the job with a choice of different nature sounds or with your favorite selection from a CD, others do it with beautiful bell or chime like sounds. Any of these amazing clocks will awaken you in a much more calm and refreshed way than what you get with your beeping alarm clock. Your nervous system and the cells of your body will LOVE the change.
3. KEEPING YOURSELF CALM THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY:
Have you ever sat in nature by a babbling brook or a stream or waterfall? If so, did you notice how calm and relaxed you felt? The worries of the world often just melt away as you sit in that sweet environment, listening to the beautiful water sounds.
Most everyone loves the sound of water. It's an element that makes up most of our own bodies as well as most of this Earth. We gravitate to it, and we relax when we are near it, listening to its beautiful sounds. Well, with a nice Indoor Water Fountain, you can bring natural soothing, relaxing water sounds into your home and work environments all day long. Hearing the beautiful sounds of flowing water, even as a background sound, definitely helps to keep a person calmer and more relaxed throughout the day.
4. EXERCISE REGULARLY:
It's been proven in study after study, and tens of thousands of testimonials from every-day people attest to it, that regular exercise is excellent for your entire cardiovascular system and greatly helps to relieve stress. You don't have to be a work-out fanatic or even go to a gym at all. Just a brisk 30-minute walk at least 3 or 4 days a week is a *Major Step* in helping to reduce stress. Your brain releases endorphins, you stimulate your circulatory system, and you come back feeling invigorated and calm.
It's a Wonderful Feeling. One of the most relaxing forms of exercise is Qi Gong. We recommend Spring Forest Qi Gong for all ages!
5. PAMPER YOURSELF IN COMFY, RELAXING THINGS:
Be OK about Loving yourself and Pampering yourself. During each day, you are probably very busy with so many personal and professional responsibilities. That's how feelings of "Being Overwhelmed" can set it, which then tax your adrenals and create a lot of stress in your body.
In General - Just try and take bits of time for yourself every day to clear your mind and relax. You can do some deep breathing (very helpful), or meditate a little, or listen to soothing music, or whatever works for you. And try some of the tips mentioned above. Your days will be filled with more calm joy and less stress.
Be Calm, Relaxed and Joyful, and have a GREAT DAY!