Natural Stress Relief Tip: Count The Small Blessings That Others Take For Granted!

Our blessings make us happier than all the wealth in the world.


SmallBlessingsI don’t know if you realize it, but blessings come in many forms. it took me some time to realize it, but now I am convinced that all the small ones add up enormously. They combine to help me live a truly privileged life.  I have learned to count all the small blessings that others may easily ( and unknowingly) take for granted. That’s the natural stress relief tip I want to share with you today.

Each day I wake up is a chance to make a difference in the world, and specially, in my little corner of the world. That, alone, is something to be truly thankful and grateful for. I look for opportunities to encourage positivity all around. Seeing someone smile because of my actions is a wonderful blessing that I have learned to appreciate.

My friends are treasured miracles in my life. I don’t have many friends, because I pick my friends very carefully, but for my few close and intimate friends, I enjoy being there for them in the same way they are there for me.  When I recently got sick and needed medical evacuation my good friend immediately made herself available to fly out with me for emergency medical treatment.  She immediately adjusted her busy work schedule to accommodate my medical emergency.  That may seem like a small thing for some, but for me, it as a huge gesture of true friendship.  I am truly thankful for the blessing of having such a friend in my life and I strive to me the same true and loyal friend to her.

Having the use of my hands gives me the chance to extend them to someone in need. Each time I look at my hands, I see vessels for a better quality of life. I use them to give, lift, and hold up anyone who needs that help.  It’s all to easy to take our hands for granted, until we see someone who has lost their hand, or until we lose full use of our hand in some way, like getting a cut in the kitchen.

My words remind me that I have the fortune of being able to promote change. I feel blessed with influence because I know I am able to use powerful words that can lighten someone’s load, or lift someone up from feelings of despair.  Being able to offer that positive contribution to someone is an invaluable gift, a blessing which I do not take for granted.

Today, I take a moment to evaluate all my built-in strengths and abilities that if I am not careful, can be easily taken for granted.  My inner-strength and abilities are small blessings that I appreciate every day! These small blessings make me feel wealthier than having financial success or luxurious material possessions. 

The gift of friendship ( TRUE friendship) is a priceless blessing that everyone should appreciate.  The gift of a breathtaking sunset or a beautiful sunrise is a priceless blessing that each of us get each day…for FREE!  I have learned the value and benefit of counting all these small blessings that others take for granted.  They all add up to enrich my life!

How About YOU?  Tell us:

  1. At what times are you most aware of your ability to use your blessings to help others?
  2. How easy is it for you to identify the small blessings in your life when they occur?
  3. In what areas of your life can you make changes to encourage more blessings?

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Natural Stress Relief Tip: Stay Calm When Tensions Rise

Staying calm is essential in maintaining successful relationships.


StayCalmI have to consciously remind myself each day  of this vitally important natural stress relief tip: it is important to stay calm in all circumstances, especially when it comes to maintaining relationships, whether at work or at home.

Sometimes, without realizing it, we may let others rob us of our peace of mind. Over the years, I realized that is essential that I avoid allowing others to upset my peace of mind.  It’s a fact that there will be times when people and situations at work can drive me to the point of “near insanity”.  It’s not always possible for me to avoid disagreements at work. Difficult ( and oftentimes unreasonable) people tend to test my patience, but I avoid giving in to the temptation to react negatively.  And sometimes the temptation is strong!  ( If you’ve ever been there then you know what I am talking about).

Yet, I realize that blasting out my frustrations would not make things any better, on the contrary that is guaranteed to make things worse.  Like adding fuel to an already raging fire.  On the other hand, being cool portrays maturity. When others see that I am behaving maturely, I am able to gain their confidence. I am reliable enough to make thoughtful choices that result in me gaining the respect and confidence of others.

When I keep a cool head, I can better consider how the situation impacts everyone involved, and I can better evaluate how detrimental it would be to allow my words to further escalate the already tense situation. Another benefit of taking the time to remain calm is that  I am able to consider various points of view. This approach allows me to make unbiased decisions. 

I treat others with deserved respect because I remain calm. I know that anger can sometimes cause me to say offensive things, so I avoid expressing my anger spontaneously.  I’ve learned the value of staying calm, allowing my feelings to cool down, and expressing my anger in another setting.

I now know that my ability to stay calm and be guided by a steady head is the secret to successful relationships, both at work and at home.  That’s why I am committed to keeping my behavior towards others respectful, regardless of how tense the situation might get.  And should it become impossible for me to keep my calm, then I choose to walk away and let emotions settle.  I am determined not to allow anyone to rob me of my peace!

What about YOU?  Share your thoughts in the comment box below:

  1. How quickly do you catch yourself when you realize you are reacting negatively?
  2. Which circumstances make it okay for you to react angrily?
  3. What are some of the strategies you can employ to help you stay cool, calm, and collected?

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Natural Stress Relief Tip: Put Unexpected Delays & Downtime To Good Use

Sometimes a delay can give us that extra time we really need.


UnexpectedDelaysWhen I was younger and had little patience, I would easily become irritated, stressed and bent out of shape with unexpected delays, but with time, maturity, and experience I have learned this essential natural stress relief tip: It’s better to regard unexpected delays as a valuable opportunity to make good use of each moment!  Talk about a 360 degrees turn-around, right?

Over the years, I came to adapt a different perspective on delays and downtime, namely that downtime teaches me to be more patient. I now understand the value and importance of taking things as they come. Obstacles seem less daunting when I remain relaxed. I accomplish more through patience than through force.

So what do I do now when faced with downtime and unexpected delays.  First, I try hard not to let the old “impatient” me take over.  Instead, I try to focus on using my time productively when my schedule becomes disrupted. I take moments that would otherwise be wasted and turn them into something profitable. Sometimes that is easier said that done, but it’s well worth the effort. Managing my time well is like having more hours in a day to devote to the things I care about.

And there are important benefits to this new approach.  I notice that when I remain calm and happy, I create harmony. My mood influences those around me…positively!

I enjoy small talk while standing in long lines at the bank ( although the SLOW tellers at the bank are the main test of my resolve to be patient). I do the same when standing in long-check out lines at the super-market, even letting others with tow or three items go ahead of my when I have a cart full for items.  It’s a great feeling to see how others are affected positively by my mood when I turn these unexpected delays into an opportunity for something positive. 

I stretch my arms and legs when I am stuck in a traffic jam ( or when I am experiencing unexpected flight delays when traveling). I raise my arms over my head, and bend to each side. I lengthen my fingers and rub them from top to bottom. I gently massage my temples and brow. I count to ten and tell myself that I may not be the only one stuck in traffic, but I could be the only to make the best use of it.

Most importantly, detours and impediments deepen my mindfulness.  It’s an opportunity to reconnect with my body and surroundings. It’s an opportunity to reflect on my purpose in life. It’s an opportunity to focus on the present moment and find a way to enjoy it.

I have learned to greet unexpected delays with pleasure. I look for creative ways to put downtime to good use, each and every day!

What About YOU?   Tell us:

  1. What items would you like to keep handy to prepare for unexpected delays?
  2. What are 3 tasks you could work on anytime you are standing in line?
  3. What is one valuable thing you accomplished while you were sitting in a waiting room?

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30 Ways to De-Stress During National Stress Awareness Month!

April is National Stress Awareness Month and that makes it the perfect time get serious about kicking stress out of your life. Here are thirty ways you can de-stress your life in the next thirty days.

national stress awareness monthDay One: Pop a piece of dark chocolate. Antioxidants and deliciousness! For more de-stressing power add as many as possible of these 12 super foods to your diet!

Day Two: Give someone a compliment. Making others feel good can help you feel good, too. There’s nothing like the good vibes you’ll feel when you make someone else smile.

Day Three: Swap soda or coffee for decaffeinated green tea with lemon ( or any other herbal tea). It cleanses your body and energizes you naturally.  It’s like getting stress relief in a cup!

Day Four: Meditate. Just close your eyes and spend two minutes clearing your mind.

Day Five: Do some yoga. There are lots of yoga videos for free online. Pick an easy one and just try it! You’ll be amazed by how quickly physical stress washes away.

Day Six: Get to bed earlier. Adjust your nightly routine so you get a few more hours of sleep.

Day Seven: Relax with some hot towels, soaked in hot water and maybe even some essential oils.  Just one day of pampering yourself could be exactly what you need to destress.

Day Eight: Stop trying to multitask. No matter how good you are at it, give your brain a rest by picking and focusing on one task.

Day Nine: Relax your face. Give your face muscles extra attention today. If you feel yourself frowning or wrinkling your brow, let your expression go slack. Fewer headaches!

Day Ten: Write it down. Write down what’s stressing you out today. Your family? Your work? Start journaling your stress away, one word at a time!

Day Eleven: Switch up your lunch. Instead of a stale sandwich out of the vending machine, try making a salad with lots of colorful vegetables!  After all, you are what you eat!  Click here to find out how to make it matter!

Day Twelve: Take a lengthy aromatherapy bath. Light your favorite candles, add your favorite essential oil, and just soak in the warm water.

Day Thirteen: Find a scenic vista. Take the long way home and give yourself a moment to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings, whether they be city or country.

Day Fourteen: If you’re going to be stuck at your desk all day, do some desk exercises. Stretch your arms, legs, and neck so you don’t get sore and fatigued. Don’t forget to get up and walk around at least once an hour!

Day Fifteen: Do meal prep. Meal prep isn’t just for fitness junkies. Taking some time tonight to prepare a few freezer meals and stashing them for the rest of the week can help de-stress the cooking process.

Day Sixteen: Organize the business of your home. Whether or not you realize it, your home is a business just as much as your actual business is. Make a home binder that contains not just your important documents, but also your weekly meal plans, cleaning schedule and budget.  Click here for more cleaning and home organization tips!

Day Seventeen: Adopt a plant. Getting something green into your space is never a bad idea. Find a plant you love and make it part of your family. Better yet, if you have a backyard, transform it into your center for nutrition, exercise and stress relief!

Day Eighteen: Outsource your errands. If trying to get to the grocery store is an overwhelming thought, hire someone else to do it, or your laundry, or cleaning and de-cluttering the house or cleaning out your garage.

Day Nineteen: Hug the people you love and spend quality time with your family and loved ones! Just do it, it’ll make you feel good.

Day Twenty: Soak your feet. When you get home from a long day, fill your bathtub ( or this footbath)  with some warm (or cool, if the day has been hot) water and soak those aching, overworked feet.  This Johnson’s foot soap will help soak away all your foot misery!

Day Twenty-One: Reminisce. Pull out your photo albums and look at pictures of your favorite people and memories.

Day Twenty-Two: Schedule yourself some time off today. Make a schedule for today and make sure to give yourself some breaks. Finding “Me-Time” is easier than you think!

Day Twenty-Three: Make tomorrow’s to-do list. If you’ve got things on your mind that you know you want to get done tomorrow, make yourself a to-do list today so nothing falls through the cracks and you can stop worrying about it. If you always feel stressed and pressed for time, check out this great resource!

Day Twenty-Four: Work it out and take a daily dose of exercise. Don’t let tiredness or busy-ness get in the way of having your daily workout.  A walk a day could keep the doctor away!  Still not convinced, take a look at this video on the health benefits of walking!

Day Twenty-Five: Get your Omega-3s. Plan a meal with salmon, sprinkle some flax over your salad, or put a few walnuts in your pocket for a snack.

Day Twenty-Six: Massage your hands with some natural lotion. Work out any tension and moisturize your skin.

Day Twenty-Seven: Pump the tunes. Play your favorite album and dance in your living room. Play, dance and sing your way to less stress this month, or just relax on your couch to some soothing music.  This music CD is the perfect antidote for our daily stressful lives.

Day Twenty-Eight: Laugh it up. Watch a funny television show, a comedy routine, or just silly internet videos that make you smile.  Laughter is GOOD for stress relief!

Day Twenty-Nine: Go for a walk. This doesn’t have to be your workout, but do get outside for a while today. Click here to find out if you walk enough!

Day Thirty: Accept your imperfections and the imperfections of others! You aren’t perfect and life isn’t perfect. Instead of fighting your imperfections, accept them and learn to live a happy, stress-resilient lifestyle anyway!

There you go: thirty ways to de-stress during the next thirty days!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What de-stress tips can you add to the list?
2. What chronic stressor would really want to de-stress from this month?

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3 Stress Relief Tips For Living A More Balanced, Happier Life

stress-relief-woman-juggling-workLet’s face it. If you are a women, you can benefit from stress relief tips.

Women lead busy hectic lives.

Whether you are a female executive in the corporate world, the chief executive officer of your own home business, the full-time home-manager/stay-at-home mom in charge of your house-hold, or any other function, the daily grind can sometimes leave youfeeling overworked, overwhelmed, and over-committed.

That’s where practical tips come in, especially when it comes to holiday stress relief.

Make Time For Yourself Everyday

Here is the question of the day. In the midst of doing it all, do you remember to take time for yourself? If you are like most women I know (yours truly included) the answer is a big resounding NO!

But if you want to live a more balanced, happy , tension-free life you need to start spending some time on YOU!

A little fun and some “me time” should be non-negotiable. Just 30 minutes of solitudeand “me time” can enable you to feel rejuvenated, well-rested, blissfully calm, stress-free, and fulfilled. On the other hand, if you neglect to make time for yourself, you’re more likely to become depressed, overwhelmed, and unhappy.

What a difference just 30 minutes a day can make!

You may feel like there’s just not enough time for “you” in a 24 hour day that is often jammed packed with taking care of the kids, getting to work, taking care of your husband taking care of the house…and all the many things you have to do. Somewhere in the mix, you could easily lose any time you ever had for yourself.

Here is one of the best stress relief tips I can give you: All you need is a little creativity, determination and perseverance, to reclaim some of that all-important you-time!

3 Proven Strategies And Ideas That Work!

1. Put it on your to-do list.

One of the best stress relief tips anyone can give you is that you to make time for yourself a priority. The only way to do that is to schedule it in. When you are making your to-do list or filling out your planner, include it along with your other important tasks and stick to the appointment! This is one of the most effective strategies for relaxation that you can implement.

2. Make Sleep Time Sacred.

Its tempting to stay up late to work or to try to get a “jump start” on the next day, but if you are not getting enough sleep each night, your efforts will be counterproductive. Sleep and stress relief are a magical combination. So try not to let anyone “infringe” on your sleep time. Not even YOU.

If you go to sleep 30 minutes earlier at night you can get up in time to enjoy some early morning “me” time. What a treat at the start of your day! Just think how pleasant it would be to enjoy a cup of tea ( or coffee) in the morning without having to look at your watch. Can you think of a better way to de-stress your day?

 

3. Implement the 5-5-5 Rule.

best-stress-reliefThis is one of the best stress relief tips to buy back valuable “me time”. Here is how that works.

When you get home at the end of a long hectic day, insist on at least 15 minutes of recoup and rejuvenation time. 5 minutes of solitude to kick of your shoes and unwind, 5 minutes to focus your thoughts on overcoming anger, frustrations and the irritations of the day, and 5 minutes to re-energize.

If you want this to work, you’ll need to get your family on board. Explain them how it works and make sure they understand why it’s important.

Its one of many happiness tips that can benefit everyone in the family. It’s a win-win scenario, since your family will benefit just as much as you will from allowing you 15 minutes precious minutes of “down-time” at the end of the day.

It may be a challenge initially so be prepared to lock yourself away from stressors or even family members, if that’s what you must do to make this work!

This time allows you to properly transition from your work life to your home life. It could very well be the best 15 minutes of your day, every day.

A Natural Stress Relief Solution That Works!

 

Are you looking for a stress relief solution? Stupid question, who isn’t these days? Life brings all kinds of pressures. You may have:

  • A busy schedule
  • Family issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Relationship trouble
  • Financial anxieties
  • Parenting challenges
  • Death of a loved one
  • Health concerns
  • …and many other things that consume your life.

Natural Stress Relief Tips: Grab Some Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and nothing beats fiber when it comes to digestive health. However, sweet potatoes  are particularly good in relieving stress because they can satisfy your urge for energy when you’re under a great deal of stress. If you are looking for natural stress relief tips, here is one : Go fix some sweet potato for dinner!!

In the comments below, tell me about:
1. How often to you consume sweet potato? Is it part of your regular diet?
2. What do you love to pair it with?

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Natural Stress Relief Tips: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Healthy Treats

I always like to stress the natural stress relief tips that focus on the importance of healthy eating for overall health benefits as well as stress relief.

A really simple principle that I follow when it comes to food choices is that I choose food that is closest to how it was provided by nature. Which means, minus all the additives and manufacturing processes it undergoes before it reaches my table. That leaves me with natural and organically-produced products.

Having said so, you don’t have to completely skip on desserts forever.

There are great alternatives for you to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your healthy living goals. Take advantage of healthier alternatives such as honey or agave nectar. You can start focusing mainly on fruits which contains all-natural sugar, fructose. In the future, I’ll be sharing some recipes that are clean, healthy and indulging!

In the comments below, tell me:
1. What natural sweeteners do you enjoy the most?
2. Would you mind sharing your favorite healthy dessert?

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Eating the Right Foods Is Vital For Natural Stress Relief

You are what you eat.  That’s a phrase most of us have heard before.   That’s because eating well is vitally important for natural stress relief.  Eating foods that are high in sugar and fat is detrimental to your health.  If your health is compromised, you won’t be able to effectively fight off the harmful effects of stress.

Exercise and Nutrition are Important

If you have already incorporated exercise into your daily routine, then you are already way ahead of the game.  But you need to realize that the food you eat can do more harm than good and may neutralize all the benefits of your exercise routine.  For optimal health and natural stress relief you need to exercise and eat the right foods.

Would You Put Diesel In Your Gasoline Car

Think about what would happen if you put diesel in your gasoline car.  It would be ruined right?  When you eat wrong foods for optimal health and stress relief, it’s like filling your gasoline car with diesel.   Don’t ruin your health by eating wrong foods.  Learn what the best foods are for optimal health and maximum stress relief and incorporate those foods into your daily diet.

 

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Make Time for Self Care and Natural Stress Relief

Modern life is demanding and we sometimes neglect the most important things, like the condition of our body, our health and natural stress relief options that work for stress reduction.  I have heard people use the excuse that they just don’t have any time for exercise.  In fact, I have used that excuse myself.

Make Time for what is Most Important

Taking care of yourself is just as important as making sure there is food on the table.  That’s where proper planning comes in.  When you take a few minutes to plan your day or week, you will be able to get more done.  More importantly, you will be able block out time for taking care of yourself and nurturing your body, mind, and spirit.

Set Aside Time

With all the stresses and pressures of modern life, it is simply essential to rejuvenate your body and mind on a regular basis.   Setting aside some time for exercise and relaxation is important.  The reward you get for the time “invested” in taking care of yourself is reduced stress and more joy and happiness in your life.

Helping Others Will Bring You Natural Stress Relief

It’s easy to get absorbed in your own problems and anxieties. But reaching out to others is a great way to get natural stress relief.  We all get bogged down in our own problems at times.  When life takes a turn for the worst and you cannot see a way out of your problems, stress sets in and can take its toll.  Challenges such as dealing with a stack of bills, refereeing between kids who won’t quit arguing, and being stuck in an unloving marriage can really suck the joy out of life.

Reach Out To Others

One of the best ways to cope with your own stress and troubles is to reach out and help someone else by engaging in volunteer activities.  When you volunteer you are actually taking the focus off of yourself.  At the same time, volunteering your time and efforts to help someone else, allows you to feel positive about what you’re doing and to feel good about yourself.  So rather than wallow in your own problems, try reaching out to someone and helping them cope with theirs.  You’ll be amazed at how your own stress will melt away.

Start Volunteering for Natural Stress Relief

Volunteering is could easily be called the best stress relief activity.  This does not mean that you have to go down and join the Salvation Army if that does not appeal to you.  If standing in line feeding people at a soup kitchen does appeal to you or does not fulfill you, you can find another volunteer activity that will appeal to you.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound

Fortunately, there are volunteering opportunities to suit any personality or interest.   You may be glad to know that there is most likely a volunteering opportunity that suits your personal taste too.  You can work in a wide variety of volunteer groups or even as an individual.

Where Could You Make A Difference?

Only you know your strengths and your talents. So figure out what kinds of volunteer activities you would enjoy and here you think you could make a big difference.  Perhaps you could be a  Big Brother or Sister, where you volunteer your time to help a child who doesn’t have a close role model to look up to!  Or maybe helping adults learn how to read would appeal more to you. There is truly a wide variety of possibilities.  It’s all up to you.

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