Saturday, October 24

Fall Aroma Scents for Stress Relief

It's officially fall out here in the East and winter is not far behind.  If you are under the cooling temperatures, popular fall scents will be most enjoyable for you during the holidays.

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Wednesday, October 21

An Easy Stress Reliever

Believe it or not there are many ways that you can alleviate your stress. Some require spending a little money on items to promote relaxation.  Other ways are simple and straight forward such as..........

Writing for Stress Relief

  • Writing down your thoughts is a great way to release tension
  • Plann your days by writing your To-do's: this keeps you focused and definitely relieves stress.  Don't multi-task, you get less done and are frazzled by end of day
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Friday, October 16

Combatting Negative Thoughts with Positive Words

Your mind is the battleground for faith or for defeat.  When you have a negative thought that causes pressure to be applied to your flesh (stress), do you just let that thought fester inside of your head?  Do you try to just ignore the thought?  There's a better and effective way to fight negative thoughts that eventually lead to stress and defeat.

Fighting negative thoughts that lead to stress with positive words is your only solution to defeating those bad thoughts.  For the Christian, we fight negative thoughts with the word of God. God's Word is powerful and sharper than even a two edged sword. It's alive, powerful and can defeat any negative thought that comes across your mind.  I've experienced this in my own life.

Besides, isn't it better to focus on words that speak life versus words that speak defeat, depression, debt, and death?  I was about to go on a roll with the bad "d" words but I think you get the picture.

The next time you have a bad, negative, stress inducing thought, open your mouth and speak against it -  preferably with God's Word. Don't allow negative thoughts to control your emotions which is then lead to making bad or negative decisions.
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"When life throws lemons, make lemonade!" - Unknown

Thursday, October 15

Negative Words vs. Positive Words

Did you know that your negative words can talk you right into stress, depression or any other negative emotion?

The Bible says, "Life and death are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

When you grumble, complain or murmur, you negatively affect your spirit, causing negative emotions to arise.  Those negative emotions will then eventually cause you to  make negative decisions and negative decisions will cause negative actions.

Watch the words that come out of your mouth, the negative words.  Just as you can birth negative results in your life by speaking negative words, you can birth positive results in your life by speaking positive words.

Monitor the words of your mouth for your desired outcome in  life.
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Monday, October 12

Ponder These Before You Allow Stress To Consume You

Stress is a very serious matter worth addressing head on.. I hope you have been informed, refreshed or enlightened some these past few weeks and I would love to hear from you.

I want to wrap up my mini-overview on stress with some powerful quotes to really get you thinking, "Is it worth it?"

"Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness."  *Richard Carlson

"Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important." *Natalie Goldberg

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one." *Dr. Hans Selye

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." *Bill Cosby

"Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure."  *F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Gray hair is God's graffiti." *Bill Cosby

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Friday, October 9

10 Ways to Identify Physical Stress

Stress brings with it a number of physical and emotional symptoms. Physical symptoms are your body reacting to the stress. Really, your body is in defense mode. Physical symptoms of stress include but certainly are not limited to:

  1. Upset stomach
  2. Unexplained indigestion
  3. Headaches, Back aches, shoulder pain
  4. Muscle Spasms
  5. Skipping monthly menstrual periods (women)
  6. Constipation
  7. Diarrhea
  8. Hyperventilation (shortness of breathe)
  9. A rash/rashes on the skin
10. Weight loss (including lack of eating)

The American Psychological Association reports, "One-third of Americans are living with extreme stress and nearly half of Americans (48 percent) believe that their stress has increased over the past five years."

Tuesday, October 6

What's Your State's Stress Level?

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that us individuals are not the only ones to experience stress? On the contrary, whole counties, states and nations also experience stress and are susceptible to high stress levels.

Yahoo recently released results from Associated Press' Economic Stress Index. Scores are calculated from 1 to 100 for counties within a state and factors such as unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates have the biggest impact. Counties within a state are considered under high stress levels when its score exceeds 11.

I was quite interested in this due to the fact that I live in New York, working in New York City.  People always think that New York City is one of number one states with the highest stress levels.  Well, you may be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Previously Nevada (21.32), Michigan (17.59) and California (16.31) topped the list of the most economically stressed states.

The most stressed counties were Imperial County, Calif. (31.83); Yuma County, Ariz. (27.58); Merced County, California (24.28); Lyon County, Nevada (24.02); and Lauderdale, Tennessee (23.56).

The states with the biggest year-to-year increases in economic stress in August were Nevada, Oregon and Michigan.

Isn't that something?  Who would have thought that these states that you don't hear much from were higher in stress levels than the famously fast paced New York City.  That gives you something to think about.

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Sunday, October 4

The Number One Reason People Get Stressed

The number one reason people get stressed out is money problems.  Financial problems are not the actual cause of stress but more the result of actions that led to the pressure behind the money  problems.

When a person mismanages their finances for whatever reason, that leads to money problems which then lead to stress. So the actual cause of the stress is not the money problems but the mismanagement of the money.

Read about ways to prevent stress.

Thursday, October 1

3 U's that Cause Stress

It's hard to believe but the TRUE causes of stress are not what you read in the papers or what you hear in the doctor's office while laying down on his or her couch. If the causes of stress that you are used to hearing about were really the root causes, don't you think that you would have eliminated those causes by now?  Many people can't form into the words why stress is such a big problem.

Ok, so what are the causes of stress?
Summarized in three little words that begin with U (no, not YOU): Uncertainty, Unrealistic Expectations and Unresolved conflict.
That's it.  No, it's not money.  Money problems stem from one of the three U's.
Let me explain:

The uncertainties of life will cause you stress if you allow yourself to worry about them continuously. Some things you can control. Others you can't.  With a firm faith in God and relationship with Him, you can be certain that He will take care of all of your needs.  You won't need to stress because you believe that God is your source and will supply of whatever need you have.

Unrealistic Expectations
Comparing yourself to someone else, what someone else has or what someone else can do is a major cause of stress.  You set unrealistic expectations when you do this because you can not  guarantee that your success, physical appearance, bank account or whatever will match that of what you are comparing yourself and ultimately your life to.  That's not to say that you should not set goals.  However, you must be content in the state that you are in before you can climb higher.

Unresolved Conflict
Holding on to unforgiveness or bitterness against another will causes unresolved conflict in your life.  This unresolved conflict will cause you stress because because it will affect your sleep, your thought life and your overall demeanor.  While you are replaying the offense or problem over and again in your head, that person is going on with their life or the situation remains unchanged.   Deal with any conflict in your life as soon as it arises, forgive and move on.

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