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Pets For Life

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When you are trying to relieve some stress in your life, activities like exercising, yoga, and writing in your diary would come to your mind. However, have you ever thought about keeping a pet to reduce stress in your life? Humans indeed can offer support and comfort but one should not rule out keeping pets at home as they are also another source of social support. Added to the fact that keeping pets have will bring about certain health benefits to your life, you should definitely consider keeping one (that is IF you like having pets around AND that you have the time to raise one).

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Stress Relief

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Stress is a big business in Western society. We live what we regard as hectic lives, that prime us with stress. That stress, to those who recognise its presence, requires relief. We are competitive beyond true need, and that too pumps more stress into us. We live lives that are devoid of spirituality, and that allows stress to infiltrate deeply into our daily existence, often to roam uncontrolled throughout our minds and bodies.

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Stress is the curse of living in modern times. Everyone suffers from stress. And the stress we suffer takes a heavy toll on our bodies, emotions and minds.

Feeling stressed out, worn out by fatigue or just simply having a miserable day, the best thing to do is relax.

Watching television may be a form of relaxation for some, but is not a recommended method by experts. When we watch TV we are bombarded with commercials, ads, sounds and images. So how do we achieve relaxation? If there are thousands of ways we can get stressed, one of them is not meeting deadlines, there are also many ways we can relax.

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Have you ever listened to someone, perhaps even to your self, talk about being worried? You’ll hear things like, “I’m so worried”, “I’m worried sick”, or as my mom used to tell me, “You worry me to death!”

Certainly makes worry sound like a very powerful force, doesn’t it? And as a matter of fact, it is. Worry can make us sick, and in it’s most extreme form, it can kill us.

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  • Only check your emails twice a day – don’t respond each time you receive an email it wastes too much time!
  • Set up folders for your inbox so you can ‘electronically’ file your emails when you have completed them.
  • Set up rules within your email so messages are automatically filed for you to read later.
  • Use colour coding so you can quickly glance over your inbox and see which messages are important.
  • When you have read an email and actioned it – delete it.
  • Remove yourself from ezines or electronic newsletters you don’t read.
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    1. The Law of the 1st Step

    A good first step in getting organized is to 3-pile everything:

    pile one is for those things to throw away

    pile 2 is for those things that need immediate action

    pile 3 is for those things that can be taken care of later, or filed, or both.

    2. The Law of the Past

    One of the curious things that seem to hold people back from getting organized is wanting to avoid dealing with things left over from the past. Working your way through the clutter can bring you face to face with past mistakes and failures. The best thing to do is face them, learn from them, and then really put them behind you, in the past.

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    Let’s face it. If you are stressed, agitated and flitting about, your guests will be uncomfortable and won’t be able to relax. Here is an easy test of how well you are doing. How many times do your guests ask if there is anything they can do to help? It is reasonable that guests may ask when they first arrive but if you hear the question over and over again, you are doing something wrong.

    The Dinner Party:

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    3 Key Distinctions

    Fight or Flight – The fight or flight response is hard-wired into our nervous system. A long time ago, when the lion jumped out of the bushes, we had a choice: fight the lion or run for all your worth (and then change your loincloth). Today, when the idiot driver cuts us off or the boss yells at you, we have the same reaction, fight or flee. These days we fight by yelling and screaming, or we flee into TV, over-work, addictions, and other forms of “psychic numbness.”

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    Stress Out

    We’ve all said the infamous and useless phrase, “I’m stressed out!”

    Here’s my question – “How many times do you have to say ‘I’m Stressed Out!’ before saying it starts to help?”

    Similar to saying “I’m having a nervous breakdown”, this is a meaningless phrase that only serves to make us feel sorry for ourselves, and leads to no change at all.

    Stress Down

    Sounds really good, doesn’t it. Just reduce and/or eliminate all the stress from you life and everything will be OK. The problem is it’s just a myth that contributes to our feeling more and more stressed out.

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    Stress Management

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    Self-Care Strategies:

    Substantial breakfast daily

    Regular sleeping habits (minimum of 7 hours)

    No smoking

    Moderate use of alcohol, caffeine and other drugs

    Minimal intake of sugar & highly processed foods

    Maintenance of proper weight

    Regular exercise program

    Drink much more water than you usually do.

    Relaxation Techniques:

    Jog in place or do jumping jacks—count to 300

    Roll head and torso from side to side

    Tense your muscles individually, then relax them

    Pull seat of chair for 5-count: repeat with legs xtended

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