Category Archives: relaxation

take the tension out

“Relaxing the shoulders is vital for relaxation in general. However, owing to the effects of gravity, relaxation is problematic unless we let the shoulders remain in their natural place. Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter. We raise our shoulders unnaturally when we lean on a desk or hold the telephone between our shoulders and ears, when we are shocked by a loud noise, and who knows how many other times throughout the day. And the unsettling of the shoulders doesn’t have to be large to produce anxiety, stiff necks, and headaches. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance.

When do we raise the shoulders in daily life? What are we feeling at that moment and leading up to that moment? Remembering that the body reflects the mind, and that the raising of the shoulders not only creates tension but also is a physical manifestation of psychological tension itself, what are the roots of this tension? Bringing the mind into the moment, let’s observe ourselves in a state free of preconceived ideas or beliefs. Don’t guess at these questions. Observe yourself in relationship to others and the universe”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

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How much stress are you experiencing right now?

How would you feel if you could just let the stress go?

Many people are living stress filled lives.  The stress creates tension and tension creates inflammation.  The nerves are triggered and pain follows.  The immune system starts to weaken and the body’s response is more pain and discomfort.

How much stress is in your life?   Work, appointments, traffic, relationships, finances, fitness, …   What isn’t going the way you want in your life?

What are yo doing about the stress?   Are you taking time out to relax and release the tension?   Are you being kind to yourself?   Are you taking care of your mind and your body?    Are you creating a period of time to just let go of the tension?

Relieving stress and tension requires that you create zones of time in your day to step away from the stress and tension.   Take 5 minutes each hour and go for a short walk.   Do some deep breathing – slow inhales and slow exhales.  Do that for 3 or 4 minutes each hour (while you are walking around).  Your body and mind need tension free zones of time to recover from the stresses of life.   Take care of yourself and your body will take care of you.   Will you do that?

10 things … for a better you

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ” Theodore Roosevelt

 

There are a lot of unhappy people in America today.   Worker satisfaction is at a low point with large numbers of people thinking about looking for something else to do.    Job satisfaction is a very important criteria for overall personal well-being and happiness.

1. Find work that is in alignment with your strengths and personality.

2. Have regular authentic and genuine conversations with your manager/supervisor/leader.    (Sometimes this won’t be possible, so ensure you have a trusted person you can speak to in your organization).   People leave organizations where they supervisor is supportive of you.

3. Be authentic.  Why be a fake, be the genuine you even thought you might believe it is difficult.   Being authentic means that you are being honest with yourself and your abilities.   Accept who you are and find what works for you.

3. Be transparent.   Transparency in life means being able to express “who” you are without putting on a mask.   People can see that you are the real deal, not a fake, that you are sincere and are able to do what you say.   Being transparent will allow you to experience less stress in your life.

4. Eat well.   Everyone has stress and some people have a lot of stress.  Find healthy foods and eat more of them.   Diets filled with poor quality calories are leading people to eating more than they need and that leads to poor health in many people.    Good health is less expensive than poor health.    Save money by eating right and losing weight.  

5. Exercise often.   Exercise was part of life not long ago.  Today more and more people spend their day sitting.    Lack of exercise reduces overall strength and health.   Exercise consumes some of the stress hormones the body produces.   Exercise also help people sleep better at night.  

6.  Get enough rest.  People are cramming more and more into each day and cutting back on sleep.   The lack of adequate rest can lower your individual stress threshold making you more vulnerable to stressful events that occur in each day.  

7. Be grateful.   Look around at what is going right in your life.  Notice a sunset and sunrise.   Just take a deep breath and relax in the moment.  Find peace.  Is there a roof over your head, food to eat and clothes to wear.   Sometimes just the basics are overlooked.  

8.  Be thankful.   Thank someone today.   Find a reason to give thanks.   Find someone to thank each day.

9.  Find a reason to smile.   Now if you really can’t find a reason to smile, smile at someone else.  Just smile for the fun of it and see what happens.   Smile to enlighten someone else.   Maybe a smile will cause a giggle to burst out or a laugh.  What is so funny when you smile about nothing at all?

10. Take time out for you.   Find a time, 10 minutes, 15 minutes and just stop doing and start doing nothing.   Just reflect and sit back and relax.   Do this alone, and do it quietly.   Do it each day, form a new habit for yourself.  Quiet the mind for you.

 

“Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”
Benjamin Franklin

to inspire

 

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. ”    Charles F. Kettering

Why not just take a moment for an inspiration break?   Inspiration break it now.

“Some men succeed because they are destined to, but most men succeed because they are determined to.”  Greame Clegg

What will you set your mind on today?   Where will you set sail for?   What can you imagine for your tomorrow?  

tranquility … where do you find it?

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”
James Allen

When was the last time you took a personal break, a break from all the noise, commotion and clutter that seems to attract itself to you?   When have you just taken time to turn off the noise, all the noise and just find yourself in a tranquil place.

Find five minutes each day for a peace break – no email – no TV – no entertainment – no reading – no doing – just relax and let your mind center on something peaceful.   Just for five minutes.   See what a difference it can make in your day.   This is “You” time, personal, private and thoughtful time.

Some ideas to reduce stress in your life can be found here.