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Fast and Furious to Chilling out in 5 ~

Stressing Big Time !!

Stressing Big Time !!

Hi Folks,

This past week, had some friends visit. Could tell moment they walked in the door they

were stressed out. Part from the negative energy from them, even more from their reply to how

was their week….. “Okay… I guess…”

So after brewing all of us some green tea, we sat  enjoying some new music had recorded recently.

Then shared…

Know how you can feel crazy busy sometimes…correction, make that a LOT !!

The kids need a ride to school, your boss has just scheduled an online meeting, and your best friend desperately needs your help — all at the same time.

Is it any wonder that you can’t find a minute for relaxation? In fact, if you’re like most people, you may have even forgotten HOW  to relax.

And while experts say that some stress is good for us — it can sharpen your senses and your mind — too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health. At the same time, relaxation can do wonders to restore balance in your life — and may even reduce some of the health risks associated with stress.

So now, after having listened to my friends, chatting with them shared some ways I “Chill Out in 5” as I like to call it.

What that means is you can relax using any of these on-the-spot techniques — any time ~ anywhere — to reduce the tension in your life in 5 minutes.

Here we go….

1. Meditate

If you’re thinking meditation means twisting your body into an uncomfortable position and uttering “oohs” and “omms” for an hour, guess again. Any repetitive action can be a source of meditation, says Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response anddirector emeritus, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This includes walking, swimming, painting, knitting — any activity that helps keep your attention calmly in the present moment.

When you catch yourself thinking about your job, your relationship or your lifelong to-do list, experts say to simply let the thought escape, and bring your mind back the repetition of the activity. Try it for just 5 to 10 minutes a day and watch stress levels drop.

2. Picture Yourself Relaxed

Is your mind too talkative to meditate? Try creating a peaceful visualization, or “dreamscape.” To start, simply visualize anything that keeps your thoughts away from current tensions. It could be a favorite vacation spot, a fantasy island, that penthouse in New York City — or something “touchable,” like the feel of your favorite silk robe or cozy sweater.

The idea is to take your mind off your stress, and replace it with an image that evokes a sense of calm. The more realistic your daydream — in terms of colors, sights, sounds; even touch and feel — the more relaxation you’ll experience.

3. Breathe Deeply

Feeling stressed evokes tense, shallow breathing, while calm is associated with relaxed breathing, says Michael Lee, author of Turn Stress into Bliss and founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in Bristol, Vermont. So to turn tension into relaxation, he says, change the way you breathe.

Try this: Let out a big sigh, dropping your chest, and exhaling through gently pursed lips, says Joan Borysenko, PhD, director of Harvard’s Mind-Body Clinical Programs. Now imagine your low belly, or center, as a deep, powerful place. Feel your breath coming and going as your mind stays focused there. Inhale, feeling your entire belly, sides and lower back expand. Exhale, sighing again as you drop your chest, and feeling your belly, back and sides contract. Repeat 10 times, relaxing more fully each time.

So it comes down to how you choose to deal with stress.

Looks like this guy knows what I’m talkin’ about …..

Handling Stress ~

Handling Stress ~

And here’s some awesome tips from a man who though extremely busy, makes time for someone important in his life…Him !
I’m talking about Matthew McConaughey.

Okay, so taking life advice from the 21st Century’s version of a hippy is probably not #1 on everyone’s to-do list.  However, if you are going to take advice from someone who got arrested while playing bongos in the nude, the advice you should probably take is how to de-stress.

Matthew McConaughey dishes his seven rules for a stress-free life:

1) See Eye-to-Eye with Your Job – The situation can never be greater than you are,” he says. “If it is, you’re never going to be able to engage and give your full talent, because you’re not looking at it eye-to-eye.” And that cuts the other way, McConaughey says. “You can’t look down on it, either. If you go into anything without respect, you’re going to miss magic, miss truths.

2) Learn the Sneaky Workout – McConaughey has those days, too: no exercise time. He compensates with active bursts throughout the day. “I’ll drop and give myself 20 pushups at intervals throughout the day. 9 a.m., bang out 20. Sitting in a boring meeting at 10:30. Bang out 20. I do that 10 times throughout the day, I’ve done 200. Or even mix it up with crunches, squats, whatever. Also, I have a 12-pound medicine ball. I’ll just think, Pick up the medicine ball and don’t put it down for 30 minutes. Try that once. You will have a workout, man.

3) Customize Your To-Do List – “I’ll put fun things on my list to give me more things to cross off,” he says. “Like, ’surf for an hour.’ When you get to one near the bottom and it says, ‘Watch Monday Night Football,’ it’s like, yeah!”

4) Adopt a Simple Philosophy – Some of life’s biggest stressors are the remains of self-destructive things you do, McConaughey says. So he boils his decisions down to one simplicity. “I don’t like to leave crumbs,” he says. “I like to do things right, and not cheat to get ‘em done. That’s what a man does. I don’t owe anybody anything. I never go anywhere and worry, ‘Oh shit, so-and-so’s here.’ I don’t have crumbs in my past.”

5) Insulate Yourself from Disasters – McConaughey explains with a metaphor straight out of the Weather Channel: “I like to create my own weather so then I can blow in the wind. When I say that, I mean that whether it’s in business or your personal life, if you’ve got positive, like-minded people around you, then your systems are in place.  I don’t have to be looking over my shoulder. I can just blow in the wind. I may bounce off this wall or that wall, but I won’t get caught in any tornados.”

6) Know What You Don’t Know – Fighting to prove you know something when you don’t wastes time and sucks energy, McConaughey says, and “I have to continue to learn that. The amount of time you can save just by going, ‘I don’t know,’ is huge. We’re brought up to be know-it-alls. ‘I don’t know,’ can be perceived as a weakness, but I see it as a sign of intelligence. Then I can experience something so I do know. How else will you ever learn something new?”

7) Always Schedule Pleasure, Too – ”I’ve always said pleasure is good for you,” McConaughey says. “‘Well,’ you reply, ‘duh.’ But wait a minute: How much pleasure do you really allow yourself to have every day? There are some people who are so strict that they become a slave to their healthy lifestyle, a slave to working out, a slave to eating just the right foods. I’ve seen it happen to other people, and I’m guilty of going overboard with it. And when you do, man, you’re no frickin’ fun at all. You have to be more flexible and enjoy having things. I’m not going to a friend’s barbecue and say, ‘I’m gonna stick to salad.’ Who’s gonna enjoy that? Lighten up! It’s your lifestyle, not your life.”

Matthew McConaughey Chillin' Out ~

Matthew McConaughey Chillin' Out ~


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