Simple Self-Care for Movers and Shakers

As busy business owners, leaders, and professionals (often with lives of work, volunteering, and family), it can be challenging to prioritize much less actually follow through when it comes to truly taking care of yourself. Sometimes this topic is blown off as a fluffy, feminine issue. However, while men don't often get manicures or pedicures or schedule coffee chats with friends, both men and women both need to make sure they are resting and restoring their own energy. This is taking care of themselves.When we don't take care of ourselves, we put ourselves in a position of increased vulnerability to stress resulting in reduced emotional management and a highway to burn out. While our self-care actions might not hit our top 10 list for today's priorities, it is time to start adding…

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How To Get Relief From Stress

Stress can affect an individual in many ways. It can affect health, cancer retaliations and a lot of other things in life. Hence, it is very important to come out of any amount of stress you face.There are several ways in which you can get relief from stress. Here are some wonderful tips:a) ExerciseMost people do not give much importance to exercise. They don't understand how an exercise regime can do wonders to provide relief from stress. Exercise has great ability to relax mind and body. One of the main advantages of exercise is that it allows you to maintain certain amount of balance. In case, you are working for long hours, you can still take out some time to go for a walk at lunch time or after work hours. This…

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Inflammation And Disease: Is Your Body On Fire?

We all know that inflammation can be healing. Remember the time you had an injury or an infection caused by some virus or bacteria? Swelling, fever, pain and redness would have been some of the acute inflammatory signs. These are caused by white blood cells rapidly moving into the affected area in order to protect tissues from pathogens and damage. The process lasts a few weeks while the body gets over the trauma, and then everything goes back to normal. Thus, acute inflammation is a pretty good mechanism to have in our healing tool box.However, there is another inflammatory scenario, one where chronic inflammation sets in and starts burning our body. This type of inflammation is not healing as it usually takes place in the absence of pathogens or injuries. In this…

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Is Stress Shrinking Your Brain?

Stress increases the risk of mental disorders, depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, addiction, heart problems, hair loss and even skin disorders and other health conditions. When it's not managed properly, prolonged stress can lead to more serious, as well as permanent, conditions like memory loss, decreased learning ability even personality changes because stress physically effects your brain and it's functionality. Before you start looking at your brain as if it is a big raisin, stress does not shrink your brain so much in a literal sense, but there are some structural changes and even a decrease in size to certain areas of the brain. Stress and adversity are also associated with the part of the brain, which regulates self-control, cognitive processing and emotion, which is why it increases depression and addiction leading…

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How To Get Stress Relief By Constantly Pleasing Other People

As a Hypnotherapist, NLP Trainer and Energy worker, I see many clients who are seeking stress relief from pleasing other people.One of my clients, Mary was searching desperately for stress relief but all she could see was more and more stress. So I asked Mary what she did during the week to find this elusive stress relief?Here are her answers:I merely fed the answers back to Mary, to give her a different perspective on stress relief.1. Visited a friend in the hospital to get stress relief instead of going to her regular weekly meditation class.2. Bought a membership to a health club expecting to get stress relief from making other people happy.3. When she receives genuine compliments instead of enjoying the stress relief of the compliment, she has difficulty accepting them.4. Ignoring…

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Tool Kit for Keeping Spirits Up

As humans, uncertainty is something we don't really like. And we're current all experiencing the biggest period of uncertainty in our history.Uncertainty is contagious, fuelling anxiety in many of us. We try to pay attention to every opinion or scenario, ending up feeling overwhelmed. And that's because uncertainty triggers the fear part of our brains.Fear is a normal human emotion. Our brain has developed considerably over millions of years. The earlier part allowed us to sense threat from tigers and mammoths, so that we could protect ourselves and survive. It looks for any threat so that we can fight, run away or freeze. As we advanced, our brains developed the ability to plan, become aware of ourselves, be creative. The problem was it also gave us the ability to worry, to think…

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A Black Woman’s Guide to Peace of Mind

I wanted to share some inspiration and practical life lessons on how more black women can experience peace of mind, despite of life's adversity, day to day problems and stress. Do you know, you are worth a life of happiness, joy and wholeness? Don't get stuck in a miserable existence. Life too short and full of possibilities, to live in a prison of negativity. You can glow, and possess that "(First Lady Michelle Obama) black woman kind of happiness." It is really all up to you. What is Peace of Mind? It is a state of spiritual, mental and emotional centeredness, harmony and assurance. I believe peace of mind is missing link black women need for optimal wellness, and success. What happens when you are burdened with stress and do not possess…

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Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 5 – Karma Sanyasa Yoga

Will not the worldly pleasures lead one to true happiness?Let us say you have a big bowl of ice cream in front of us and you can eat as much as we want. That's possible only if your taste buds are working, if you are in a pleasant mood to enjoy, you have some time to enjoy, you're in a nice place and you are not diabetic.If you're near a crowded railway station or in rainy flooded area or at a cremation ground then you wouldn't even think of having it, for you won't find the pleasure..Your health, place, time, mood, senses, mind and situations are constantly changing. When all goes well, then you enjoy eating that ice cream. Any one variable is altered then you won't enjoy it.If everything is in…

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From Substance Abuse to a Life of Substance, Living in the Rear View Mirror by Kim Vazquex

A Perspective on a Life on Finding a Life of Substance"Living in the Rear View Mirror" is a story of conquering the power and poison of bitterness, anger, stress, loneliness, and addictions. It is a story offering hope and healing for those caught in a web of pain, suffering, emotional emptiness, anxiety, and mental illness. Kim Vazquez shares her story of vulnerability openly and candidly as she relates the results of childhood abuse, rejection, and insecurity.Deserted by her father in her early childhood, Kim was left insecure. Her mother devastated. Kim suffered through her mother's dysfunctional relationships, emotional stress, and financial woes. She found herself in bondage to her mother's out of control years, feeling unlucky and misunderstood. She later felt cheated out of her childhood as she had become a mini…

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Parenting Tip – Facilitate Children to Manage Their Stress

Facilitate children to manage their stress:-"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy"- Robert Heinlein.We sometime think that kids are so lucky since they don't have to worry about managing household chores, paying bills, handling tough bosses, dealing with peer pressure/ office politics or work performance. But trust me, being a child is not a child's job. On contrary they have to face immense apprehension about their performance in school/college, sports, curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities; they too face peer, social, homework pressure; and challenges like dealing with bullies or sexual abuse. Alas, even relaxing activities like sports, art and drawing, dancing, swimming, aerobics, hiking, jumping, cycling, biking, running has become more about performance than enjoyment. All these dynamics lead to unhelpful thoughts and self-criticism which affects their health, mental/emotional stability…

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