February 18th, 2013
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Say Ohmmmm!
My mother gets more magazines than anyone I know.  She always has a huge stack of magazines near her lounge chair and after she whips through them she is always happy to give them away.
This weekend I stopped by my parents’ house to visit, catch-up and check in on them and she gave me at least 25 magazines to take home.  Oh don’t worry.  My Mom still has more magazines for herself!
Stories about staying healthy and de-stressing always pop out at me and while reading a December 2012 Family Circle magazine, I came upon an article by Sharon Boone about how to avoid a meltdown during the Christmas season.  Now Christmas may be over, but for me there is always the possibility of a stress build-up from any number of sources and anything that can help me reduce my stress level is a good thing.
Here are two life tips that I found particularly useful and easy to start doing:
Say  Ohmmm: Meditation can slow a racing heart, decrease blood pressure, steady breathing and even stop checkout lines from driving you crazy. (Well, maybe.)  “By eliminating all distractions save the sound of your breath, meditation transforms the body’s fight-or-flight response to relaxation,” says Jay Winner, M.D., author of Take The Stress Out of Your Life.
Appeal To A Higher Power: People who prayed before performing a task — say, preparing dinner for 30 people — had lower blood pressure and felt less anxious than those who did not.  Researchers theorize that prayer creates the sense of having a nonjudgmental and powerful support network.
It’s all about my choices and as I jump into a new work week, I am going to try and find strength in the positive and kick the negative stuff to the curb!
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