Natural Stress Relief by Mike Karowski

Natural Stress Relief
by Mike Karowski, author of ‘Perfectly Panic Free’

Are your panicky moments becoming your constant work companions? Fight anxiety attacks before they overwhelm you. Try these natural stress relief techniques.

Aside from the tried-and-tested meditation and deep-breathing exercises, here are ways how you can prevent, reduce, and cope with emotional stress.

One of the best stress-avoidance strategies is to find ways to minimize putting yourself in stressful situations. You can achieve this simply by learning how to say no. Accept only the tasks and responsibilities that you can efficiently handle. In addition, avoid talking about topics that upset you. Some people get fired up when they talk about politics. Stay away from negative talk. You know what tics you off, so avoid it. “Manageable stress” is best, because you can’t entirely eliminate stress from your life. Lack of stress dulls the mind and may be unhealthy.

Set time to relax. That does not only reduce stress; it also increases your efficiency. Recharge yourself by doing the things that soothe you: pausing for a few minutes to savor a cup of tea, gardening chores, walking leisurely around the block, or playing with your pet dog.

Listen to music. The part of the brain that promotes relaxation is the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Stimulate its production of stress hormones by listening to soothing music. What usually works are self-generated sounds, like chanting.

Keep a small bottle of lavender essential oil in your purse. Each time you feel heady with your looming deadlines and you are about to explode, dab a drop of lavender oil on your neck or wrist. The smell of lavender is soothing. That is why it is a staple in aromatherapy.

Stick to a healthy diet filled with anti-stress foods. Manage stress by eating these known anti-stress foods: bananas, asparagus, nuts, blueberries, quinoa, and tuna What anti-stress foods normally have in common is that they promote serotonin production. An imbalance in serotonin levels have been linked to depression.

 

To learn more about dealing with stress and anxiety attacks, visit Mike Karowski’s  http://www.panicdisorderattacks.com

Different Mind Exercises to do at Home

Different Mind Exercises to do at Home

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A day at work can be both difficult and stressful, and when you get home often there is nothing you want more than to relax and de-stress. Some of the most effective methods of relaxing can be done easily within the home, and many are entirely mental. Many people may find this surprising, but in fact, the body and mind are strongly linked and relaxing the mind results in a significant release of tension in the body, making the person feel calmer and more in control. In fact, evidence suggests that the constant low-level stress that people are exposed to in day-to-day living can result in substantial tension and potentially decrease longevity. Meditation, breathing exercises and visualization are all mind exercises that can be done at home, which are relaxing and can decrease stress levels.

Meditation

Meditation is perhaps the most well known mind exercise, and it is often misunderstood. It is commonly associated with monks and religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism; however, meditation itself does not need to have any religious basis. Many people perceive mediation as the process of sitting still and not thinking, however, anyone who has tried forcing the mind not to think knows that this is very counterproductive. The more you try not to think, the more thoughts enter your mind. A very effective means of mediation that helps you to calm your mind is to remain still and quiet and to essentially observe your thoughts. This means that you do not make any efforts to control your thoughts, rather they simply drift at will. The longer you are able to stay in this state, the more effective it will be.

Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises and controlled breathing is often used as a means of relaxation, and it can take a very short amount of time and can be done anywhere. If you examine your breathing pattern during the day, one thing that you notice is that your breathing tends to be short and shallow. Breathing exercises take the opposite approach. Here, you force your body and mind to calm down by dramatically slowing down your breathing and by increasing the amount of air that you breathe in and out. The technique is incredibly relaxing after only the first breath and continuing this for a while can be extremely beneficial. You may notice that the first few times you try this you become light headed. This occurs because your brain is not used to that amount of oxygen and needs to adjust, but after a few exercises this side effect subsides.

Visualization

Visualization is an effective means of quickly changing your mood from stressed to calmed. This works the best if you are good at visualizing, so a good step to get you started is to practice visualizing physical objects that you can see, until you are able to see them perfectly in your mind. Once you’ve mastered this, move to visualizing imaginary scenes. Initially, you can use books or music as inspiration for the environment to visualize, but eventually you want to be able to imagine environments that come entirely from within your own head.

Each of the techniques discussed here has numerous variations and can be adjusted in many ways to suit your individual preferences and requirements. All of these techniques can be used both for a very short time and for longer periods. For example, meditating for 20-30 minutes a day is often recommended as a way of relieving your body of stress, especially after a long day of work. Do not discount mind exercises as means of reducing stress or relaxing, they can be extremely effective for a relatively low time investment.

References

http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/mind-exercises.html

http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/meditation-tips.html

-http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/relieve.html#relievementally

Experts Academy Video from Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard is very quickly becoming a well known name not only in the internet marketing niche but also in the personal development and speaking niche.  He is working with many well know people from Anthony Robbins to Brian Tracy.

Why?

Well he has a proven way to create a business and income from using your knowledge and becoming an Expert.  That’s why his Experts’s Academy is one of the hottest courses you can get if you believe you can make money from sharing your knowledge.

Check out this video below.  If you want to get the free information Brendon is talking about click this link Experts Academy

Here is the video Experts Academy

Treat Animals like you would like to be treated – Inspiration from amazing minds

If you have read my blog for some time then you know I am a Vegan and Animal lover.  I have always loved animals since I was a kid and I thank my Mum and Dad for that.  They allowed us to have pets since I can remember.

We had all sorts of animals.  A dog (Rupert) A cat (Tinkie), another cat (Tiddlywinks), Guinea Pigs, Hampsters, Tropical Frogs, An Iguana (Iggy) another dog (Esta) and I think that was it!  Quite the little team.

I have to admit as I was growing up I wasn’t always completely in love with all the animals I had.  You are too focused at doing your own thing to realise what looking after an animal is all about.  But as I got older I really started to see each animal as a being with a soul.

Now I don’t even like killing flies or spiders.  Why?  If I can help them get our of the house I will.

For me is it much more than just standing up for the rights of animals (which I do) it is about realising that they are living beings and I am connected to them in so many more ways than I might know.

You can call it karma or whatever you like.

For me I know that in this world we are all connected by an invisible force that binds us.  For any film fans, it’s much like The Matrix in the film called that.  Neo realises that we are all connected by a field.  He see’s binary but I think it’s a field of consciousness.

Do I think we are actually physically connected?  Yes absolutely.  It has been proven that we are all touching each other.  The molecules in the air.  Think about it.  You might think that air is nothing, but it’s not.  How can you ‘feel’ someone when they are close to you?

When you are cruel or violent to an animal you are disporting your pattern in the field.  It gets noted.  Same if you do something like that to another human.

You can connected to them and as such when you are cruel to them it comes back to you.  Maybe not now, maybe not next year but it will.

But there is also more to it than that.  It’s about a mindset.  Learning to be compassionate with animals is learning to be compassionate with friends, family and strangers.  We don’t have the right to use anyone and that is how it should be with animals also.

When you learn to look after an animal, and I mean truly learn to give it what it needs and see it as a living being with it’s own rights you learn to have compassion.  Compassion leads to understanding.  Love can then come.

When we begin to love we can being to live.

I think all children should learn to look after animals.  It gives them responsibility and teaches them that their actions can affect others.  Don’t feed the dog, it dies.  Treat the dog nicely, it will love you.  Simple right?

We yes and no. I think the problem is that we think letting children see animals caged up is ‘learning’.  What is that teaching any kid?  That it’s ok to caged something up against it’s desire?  Don’t be silly…

I get a lot of comments on this blog saying I always give a fair and balanced view of discussions.  Well on this I can’t.  Caging an animal and letting kids ‘learn’ about it is not learning.

Let kids learn about animals in their natural habitat.

I am not against all zoo’s.  Some do great conservation work and provide proper natural habitat for animals, but most do not.

Take Sea World in San Diego for example.  They do some great conservation work but they also keep Killer whales in tiny little tanks.  We all know of the poor trainers that have been harmed or killed by these whales.  They simply should not be kept in tanks so we can enjoy them.

Wouldn’t it be better to show kids how these beautiful animals live in their natural habitat? Take them on tours, show them videos etc.  I remember I had to do a presentation on Emperor penguins.  I learnt more about them doing the research and reading than I ever did seeing them at a Zoo.

Before Zoo’s people could read about animals and it created an interest like no other.  Now kids go to Zoo’s see animals and think “That was fun, what next?”.

Don’t try and justify any of this.  I know some of you reading this will think I am taking a hard line and I am.  But what about those kids that don’t have the chance to see animals like this?  So what?  The animal does’t live in a city so why not get the kid to learn why.  Think about the interest and imagination this would create.

It’s not just me that feels the same way. People through the ages have believed this also.  Here are just some.

 

 

“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times”—Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated…I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by [people] from the cruelty of [human kind]”—Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”——His Holiness The Dalai Lama

 

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”—Albert Einstein

 

“Our task must be to free ourselves— by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”—Albert Einstein

 

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”—Thomas A. Edison

 

“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”— Mark Twain

 

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”—George Bernard Shaw

 

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is—whether its victim is human or animal —we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”—Alice Walker

 

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” ~Jeremy Bentham

 

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game. ~Paul Rodriguez

 

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”—Sir Paul McCartney

 

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more. ~Edwin Way Teale

 

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. ~George Bernard Shaw

So if you want to teach compassion, learn to look after animals!

Matt

PS.  Here is a Picture of Treacle our cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guy says Stephen Hawking is wrong – I think he is wrong!

 

 

I read this article today and thought about what this guys was saying.  At first I thought, “Yes I totally agree with you, Stepehen Hawking is wrong”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/may/17/stephen-hawking-heaven

Then I thought a bit more about what I really feel and what Stephen Hawking is saying.

And I am sure Stephen Hawkins is 100% right.

If you have not read the story yet Hawkins has recently been quoted as saying there is no Heaven.  He has scientifically proven it.  Apparently.

Now I have to say I have not read Hawking’s latest book nor do I know the exact details of what Michael Wenham was reffering to but I always see these comments from Hawking and thought it was time I should reply.

So here is why I think Michael Wenham is wrong.

He is wrong because he thinks Hawkins is wrong.  Hawking is not wrong.  How can anyone be wrong about what life has after death?

That’s that person’s beliefs and what they believe will be the actual thing they see.  Let me explain.

In a great book by Deepak Chopra  – Life After Death he explains that there is some common things that happen when you die and then then there are some things that happen based on your thoughts and feelings and beliefs.  It is a personal experience.

Many people feel “the light” and then they go into a place where they are just there peaceful.  In this place they often make a decision to go back into the world.

It’s a well written about thing and I urge you to check out near death or death experiences.

The point is if Stephen Hawking believes there is no Heaven then that’s great for him.  If you believe there is then there is.

I do think it is a little presumptuous of Mr Hawkin to believe he has this figured out.  He is using a method (Science) that is based on our knowledge to date.  He says he has worked many things out but really he is just discovering new things and ways of looking at world we live in.

How can we possible be so confident that we know this or that right now?  I mean think about it.  We are only in our infancy (so we think) so we probably have no idea what we are going to know in the future.

I am grateful for people like  Mr Hawking’s and Mr Wenham.  They keep the discussion of life going.

So after all that do I really disagree with Mr Wenham?

Matt

 

Win an Amazon Kindle – The Kindle freebie fun

Yep I am giving away an Amazon Kindle.

As you may know I have just released my first book The Little Book of Big Change.  As a fun thing today I am going to give away a brand new Amazon Kindle to one lucky reader of my book.  All you need to do is purchase the book then send me proof of purchase to signups at lifeturnaroundnow . com

Once I have 100 emails showing 100 sales of my book I will pick a winner and send them a new Amazon Kindle.

The same as the one I have which is the Wifi version.  Pretty cool? Watch the video below to find out more.

Companies that still test on animals

As a big time animal lover and activist (yes I said it!) I still find it amazing that companies use animals to test on.

This will not be a rant about animal testing but the truth is that there more scientific ways to do it now.  Actually a lot of the scientific community have come out and said that animal testing is NOT accurate at all.  It’s old, costly and crap.

So here are some companies that still do test on animals.  If you have a pet or love animals then I ask you to not buy from these companies.

Many manufacturers of personal care and household items still test their products on animals, despite the growing number of alternative methods for evaluating product safety. The following list contains all such companies known and their associated brand names. This list originally was compiled from two primary references (cited at the bottom of this page). In addition, it is updated as new information is made available to us. We cannot fully guarantee its accuracy, so please use the list accordingly–and do let us know if you can offer any further updates. You may wish to print out the list and take it along next time you go shopping! Please also note that all over-the-counter medicines and/or their ingredients are extensively tested on animals, as currently required by the FDA.

Companies That Still Test on Animals (and associated brands):

  • Alcon Labs
  • Allergan, Inc.
  • Answer
  • Arm & Hammer
  • ArmorAll
  • Arrid
  • Axe
  • Aziza
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Ban Roll-on
  • Banana Boat
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Benckiser
  • BenGay
  • Biotherm
  • Block Drug Co. Inc.
  • Bounty
  • Boyle-Midway
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Cacherel
  • Cargill
  • Carpet Fresh
  • Carter-Wallace
  • Chesebrough-Ponds
  • Church & Dwight
  • Clarion
  • Clairol
  • Clear Choice
  • Clorox
  • Commerce Drug Co.
  • Consumer Value Stores
  • Coppertone
  • Coty
  • Cover Girl
  • Crest
  • Dana Perfumes
  • Dawn
  • Del Laboratories
  • Desitin
  • Dial Corporation
  • Diversey
  • Dove
  • Dow Brands
  • Drackett Products Co.
  • Drano
  • EcoLab
  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • El Sanofi Inc.
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Erno Laszlo
  • Faberge
  • Fantastik
  • Fendi
  • Final Net
  • Finesse
  • First Response
  • Flame Glow
  • Garnier
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givaudan-Roure
  • Glade
  • Glass Plus
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Helene Curtis Industries
  • Huggies
  • ISO
  • Ivory
  • Jhirmack
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson Products Co.
  • Jovan
  • Kaboom
  • Keri
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp
  • Kiwi Brands
  • Kleenex
  • Lady’s Choice
  • Lancaster
  • Lancome
  • Lava
  • Lever Brothers
  • Lipton
  • Listerine
  • L’Oreal USA
  • Lubriderm
  • Lux
  • Lysol
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Mead
  • Mop & Glo
  • Nair
  • Naturelle
  • Neutrogena
  • Neutron Industries, Inc.
  • Olean
  • Orange Glo
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • OxiClean
  • Pantene
  • Parfums International
  • Pearl Drops
  • Pennex
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Pine-Sol
  • Plax
  • Playtex Corporation
  • Pledge
  • Polident
  • Ponds
  • Post-It
  • Prestige Brands
  • Prince Matchabelli
  • Proctor & Gamble Co
  • Redken
  • Resolve
  • Richardson-Vicks
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sanofi
  • SC Johnson & Son
  • Schering-Plough
  • Scotch
  • Scott Paper Co.
  • Scrub Free
  • Sensodyne
  • Signal
  • SmithKline Beecham
  • Snobal
  • SoftSheen
  • S.O.S.
  • Stanhome Inc.
  • Sterling Drug
  • Suave
  • Sun Star
  • Sunsilk
  • TCB Naturals
  • Tegrin
  • 3M
  • Tide
  • Tilex
  • Trojan
  • Truvia
  • Unilever
  • Vaseline
  • Vichy
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Visine
  • Vivid
  • Warner-Lambert
  • Westwood Pharmaceuticals
  • White Shoulders
  • Whitehall Laboratories
  • Windex
  • Woolite

Provided by http://www.thevegetariansite.com/ethics_test.htm

 

Working too hard and long office hours can make you sick?

Seriously,

Where do they get this information!  Like this was something new or never talked about before.  I would love to be the person who gives out the money for these surveys.

“Oh you want to do a survey on the relationship between eating chocolate all day and getting fat?  Oh sure here is £50,000.  Enjoy and let me know if you find anything substantial”

What?

OK I know I am being a clever dick (If you are reading this outside of the UK you will have to ask someone what that is) but do they need to spend money and effort on things such as working too many hours can made you stressed?

With that said I am happy they are trying to educate people more about this.  I for one had changed what I do considerably.  Last year my work hours was putting a lot of stress on me, my wife and our emotional and physical relationship.

I would be up all hours working.  It’s not good on the mind or body.  So when we moved to San Diego I decided to cut a lot of things out of my work.

Yes it was hard, yes some of those things I cut might make a fortune but I don’t care.  So what?  I have a life.  And so do you.  Cut out the crap and get home more.  Let’s be honest, most people waste time at work anyway.  Facebook anyone?  Oh they don’t have facebook at work?  How about email or on your phone?

Don’t live to work. Yes work hard but know that work is just work.  It does pay the bills etc but so what if you can’t enjoy the time.

Check out the article I am talking about here http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/health/521716/long-office-hours-could-kill-you.html