How to achieve complete calm

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Many more people are now suffering from stress-induced anxiety disorders at different levels.  Some form of relaxation or stress control measures should be taken by anyone who wants to stay sane in these days.

There would not be a day go by when we would not be confronted by at least one form of stressor or another.  From the moment we wake up to the time we retire for the night we can come up with a long list of things that annoyed or displeased us:  the alarm clock not going off, kids dilly-dallying and nearly missing the school bus, rush-hour traffic causing you to be late for work, the washing machine breaking down  – and you are only just starting out your day.

There are simple relaxation and stress control steps that you can take and these are great stress busters.  One important one is to have your own quiet time.  This may be difficult if you have children, so try and do this when they have gone to bed at night.

Start with banishing all the noise from your mind, heart and body and you can close your eyes to help block everything off.  Sit in a comfortable but not slouching position.  Feel the energies flowing through your body.  Start thinking about what you are grateful for and what makes you happy.  Make affirmations about yourself and your life.  Fill yourself only with positive thoughts.  Relax your mind. The positive energies will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in mind and spirit.

Ultimately, it really is just a matter of attitude.  Nothing can affect your disposition if you do not allow anything to affect it. Relaxation and stress control is something that can be achieved only with your permission.  No matter what kind of therapy you get into, if you are not open to making certain modifications to the way you think and react to things, you will continue to be adversely affected by anything and everything that goes on around you.

Poem – My Comfort Zone

This poem is by an unknown author but I relate to it right now.  Let us venture out of our comfort zone this year and try something new and challenge ourselves.  We might even want to do it again 🙂

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,

But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

out of our comfort zone

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I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone,
Afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

Signs of anxiety | recognize the symptoms

dark feelings

dark feelings

How do I know I have anxiety?

You may be showing the signs of anxiety if the feelings or behaviors below affect your everyday life:

  • Worrying about everything
  • Feeling negative
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Find it hard to do everyday activities like work and study
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping and/or relaxing
  • Avoidance behavior
  • Physical symptoms like heart palpitations
  • Irrational thinking
  • Have muscle pain

If you experience more than a few of these then you should consult a medical practitioner to be assessed professionally. Don’t avoid seeking help if you do have these signs of anxiety. Don’t wait until you get worse . Avoidance is also a sign that you are not handling the anxiety.

Calming visualization techniques to reach your happy place

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I have been using visualization techniques for awhile now to achieve stress relief which in turn keeps my anxiety levels low.  Through a mind technique like imagining my favorite sounds, sights and smells I can put myself into a more calm state and often it lifts me up to a happy and positive mood for the day.

My favorite “happy place” is a rock pool on a white sandy beach.  I imagine sitting in the rock pool with the waves coming in and feeling the warm rush of water relaxing me as it washes over my body.  I can hear the rhythmical sounds of the waves crashing on the shore around me, the warm sun on my skin and the smell of the fresh salty air.

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