The Stress WMD!

Hi folks!

Over the past several posts I have offered you all different ways of combating stress with different relaxation techniques. As the final post in this series (I hope you all have found something that works for you!) you may wonder which technique is the best. To be honest, they all have their merits and I recommend that you use all of them.

To me I consider the techniques to be individual parcels of a bigger “Stress Buster” package. Individually the different techniques provide beneficial affect in helping you alleviate and reduce stress, but as you use the techniques together the affect is tremendous! Just think of a Weapon of Mass Destruction blowing away stress!

How does the WMD work? It works by you employing all the techniques daily as you combat the stress you face. During the day do a body scan when you feel yourself getting tense. Stop and do deep breathing and visualise the stress melting away. When you have a break throughout the day, you can do some subtle progressive relaxation and deep breathing. At the end of the day you can take 20-30 minutes out of your schedule and do some meditation and/or visualisation exercises.

When you use the techniques in combination you will maximise the benefit that they have. Just think of it as a “Stress Buster Synergy” – the effect of the whole is greater than the individual parts.  Remember that it is important for you to do this daily. In a month, stop and take stock of the stress level(s) in your life and you will be surprised at how much more relaxed, calm and at peace you are.

Stop! Listen to the silence!

Hey folks!

It’s been a couple of days since my last post. (OMG! Does that sound like a confession?) I had a wee Easter break!

Today I was sitting on my back door step , having some lunch and listening to the sounds of nature. It was such a joy! Then I wondered, how often do we take the time to actually stop and enjoy the sound of silence?

We have the radio blaring away, the television on. We have become accustomed to having “background noise” to keep us company. But I challenge you to turn off the radio! Switch off the television! Go outside and just sit for a while.

What do you hear? What can you smell? What do you see? I do that as often as I can. Today it was like some switch had been flicked to on! I realised that I am experiencing life, that I am appreciating all the nuances of creation! The sounds of the birds, the buzzing of the insects, the dance of the butterfly that fluttered past me!

Too many times we are caught up in the “noise” of our lives. Our mind is constantly thinking about what we have done or it’s too busy worrying about the future. The result is that we are robbed of the enjoyment of “now”.

So I thought, this week I would present you all with a challenge. Try and do this daily. Just take time out to stop and listen to the world around you. Listen to the birds, the sound of the wind in the trees, the insects buzzing. Just watch the way the trees nod and dance in the soft breeze.What else can you see? What else can you hear? Can you smell the subtle smells of the flowers around you?  In other words, take time out and allow the peace of nature flood your soul. You’ll find the stress and the cares of the world melt away!

So from now on…stop! Listen to the silence of nature. Allow it to envelope you!

My self-imposed 21-Day challenge! DAY 19

Hi folks! Welcome top Day 19!!

Today was pretty uneventful. That did cause me some concern when it came to figuring out what to write for today’s entry. There were no challenges that I had to face. No obstacles to overcome. I thought “What  can I share with you guys? Is there anything I can glean from a day of relaxation that I can share?”

That is when it hit me like a bolt of lightning! I love it when that happens! I thought “I’ll talk about relaxing!”

It is so important to take time out for yourself. You all may know the benefits of just unwinding, having a good ol’ lie down. It not only benefits you physically, but also mentally. Each day I do at least 30 minutes of Deep Relaxation exercise.

If you make this a daily activity, then you will find yourself becoming less stressed, more tolerant, more positive and happier!! Oh, plus it also has the added benefit of physical wellness and lengthening your life expectancy!

What has this got to do with not complaining? Re-read the above papagraph! You will become more tolerant and more positive That means you will not complain like you have done in the past. Things that have irritated you, you will find will not annoy you like they did! It’s a wonderful experience!

On days when I get really stressed I have an extra dose of deep relaxation. Instead of 30 minutes, I might do an hour. Sometimes I will put on some meditative/relaxation music, break out the incense, relax in a hot bath and just allow the stress and negativity to melt away!

It’s is up to you how you deal with the negativity, but one thing I recommend is do Deep Relaxation exercises (you can find plenty on the internet and YouTube) for at least 30 minutes daily. You will amaze yourself on the effect it has on you and for you!

Day 20 tomorrow! (Only 2 more days to go!)