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Reduce Stress Naturally

 

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There are times when the stress in your life takes your breath away.  Your mind scrambles and you are unable to think or take action in a practical, calm way. You can’t always go to the beach for a beautiful quiet place or under a beautiful tree or pasture sometime you are in traffic, in a hotel room, somewhere that is not so aesthetically beautiful. You need to take action just where you are.

Two things I do:

1. Stop just sit still, or stand still count to 10 – Just be still. (thats what I call an Oh Shit! moment)

2. Breathe – Don’t panic,  Take four deep deep breaths before you do anything. This is a good practice when someone has upset you and you need to do this before you reply. It will help you to stop saying something you may regret later.

Here are some suggested ways to reduce stress, naturally: 

  • Give your mind a break from information overload. We live in a world that includes too many forms of stimuli, like television, radio, cell phones and the Internet. Make a sincere effort to get away from this by turning them off when not needed. We all need time in the day to shut down the noise. Be silent and just listen. Make a time before the family wake up. I find that 5am is a good time for me for those night owls maybe once everyone is in bed shut that tv off and just sit in silence for even a couple of minutes to start increase the time as the weeks go by. You will find your sleep will be more restful and your energy levels will increase. Always have a full glass of filtered water before you go to bed and when you rise. Going to bed hydrated will allow that good night sleep that is so essential to our bodies. 
  • Start meditating. Find a quiet spot in your home or office and learn mindful meditation techniques to clear the mind of all the day’s stresses. Learn to listen to your body by deeply breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, making note of your heartbeat and the sensations of your body.
  • Allow positive thoughts to replace negative ones. Focus on the good things in your life and let those things that don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things dissipate. By paying attention to the positives, the negatives won’t seem as powerful in your life. Before you go to sleep write down 5 things that you are grateful for that has happened in that day. I have a note book by my bed so that it reminds me to do this. Believe me it makes a difference.
  • Some time in the morning or evening  get outside and take a brisk walk, ride a bike or go for a run around your community. Bring extra Kangen Water® to keep hydrated during exercise. Taking in the fresh air and clean water will have a naturally refreshing effect on your spirit. Good time to go for a walk hand in hand with your spouse and or kids.

 

 

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The Healing Power Of Music

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I read this article in the AARP Bulletin and of course I thought of my Mom, who has Dementia.

This form of therapy of course is of benefit to both Dementia and Alzheimer patients.

New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with dementia patients that music can not only improve the mood of people with neurological diseases it can boost cognitive skills and reduce the need for antipsychotic drugs.
Music therapists who work with Alzheimer patients describe seeing patients “Wake up” when the sounds of loved and familiar music fill their heads.

They have found that some patients after years of not speaking, they begin to talk again and become more social. Often they actually remember who they are which is one of the things they seem to be unable to do as the Alzheimers worsens. The video below is a great example of that.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks has written a book called Musicophilia which explains that for Alzheimers patients music can be like medicine. He says that “Music is no luxury to them, but a necessity, and it can have power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves and to others for at least a while”.

While this is not a cure it becomes a road to communication between family and the loved one that has this heartbreaking disease. According to estimates One in 8 Boomers will get this disease.  Most of us will know someone who will be affected by this and if music will ease the pain of watching your loved one become a vegetable and maybe even spark some sign of life in their brain, it would be worth getting a headset and an iPod full of their favorite music for them.

A Music therapist Connie Tomaino  told the story in this article how she walked into a room of totally overmedicated, catatonic patients guitar in hand and started to sing “Let me call you Sweetheart”. Many of the patients considered to be catatonic lifted their heads and looked at her, the ones that were agitated calmed down and many of them sang the words to the song. Now this is bringing tears to my eyes as I know exactly what she is talking about. These songs can trigger an association with family members bring back memories. Some who have not spoken in years say things like “I have to get home cause the kids are coming”.

There is another story about how music was used in the afternoons when what is called “sundowning” when patients get anxious and angry to calm them down. Music like Diana Krall’s “I get along without you very well”.

I personally know how heart breaking this is. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Mom who for me is alone in a place she is unfamilar and me being so far away. 

I do not want to be in this place as I get older so one hopes there is some solution to this. At 95 my Mom has had a great life and now it is over it is hard for me to accept and for her to live it. She only wants her life to end and on that note I wish I could help.

If you go to AARP.ORG/Mobile you can download the iPad app that has a mountain of information.

This video is a fine example of what happens to the brain when music is played to a patient whose love of music is evident in his former life and he is now struck with the heartbreaking illness of Alzheimers

Books of interest on the subject

Measure Of The Heart

A Life Stolen

Measure Of The Heart

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Keep Calm – Take To Water

These are very interesting statistics.
I for one have a great love for water, I drink it, I love to live by it, I love to hear it, I love swimming in it, I love bathing in it, I love paddling on it, and one time when my life seemed very dark I believe the ocean kept me sane and of great comfort. I would sit on the beach and just feel it, watch it for hours.

I don’t know who wrote these words but they are well said.

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7 Ways to Calm Down Quickly

1. Walk away: If there is confrontation, get some space, move away. You need to do this so that you won’t say something you may regret later.

2. Close Your Eyes: Take your mind elsewhere. Away from the agitation.

3. Find Some Solitude: Do this so you can take a look at the situation from a distance. It may be a time where you don’t need people around to give you advice. Sometimes stillness of the mind will give you the answer.

4. Go Outside: If you are able, go for a walk outside, try to get your mind off what ever it is that is the problem. Take a good look at the beauty around you and ask yourself. “In the scheme of things, how important is this problem?” Is it life threatening? Will it make you sick? Will it hurt you physically? and on it goes. I think you will probably find that tomorrow it may not be important.

5. Find Some Water: This suggestion I love as I have lived by the ocean and found that it is like having a Mother. It seems to absorb your sad feelings. The beauty of the ocean is mesmerizing. Your agitation often disappears.

6. Breathe Deeply: I have mentioned this before and it really works. Deep breathing calms you down and is also good for your blood pressure and is very healthy for you. It does really calm you down.

7. Listen to Music: Another good suggestion. I will often go for a walk with iPod and headphones, and run or walk to the music. It is a great stress reliever.

We all treat anxiety in different ways. These seven ways to handle stress may work well for you but on the other hand you may have your own way to calm yourself down.

The important thing is to be able to think clearly and solve the problem. As John Lennon said “There is no problems only solutions.” Tomorrow is another day and the problem may not be there.

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