relaxation

Live the Calm…

In March of this year the Stress Management Institute was engaged to participate at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane. A world class line up of speakers and entertainment, entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, tech-lovers, and innovators filled the Brisbane Powerhouse with ideas and innovation for two and a half days.

Our Logan and Redlands Regional stand represented 10 totally different businesses and the activity in the trade area was hectic. To add to the excitement, the second day was scheduled to run from 9am to 10pm, however, cyclone Debbie hit town and at 11am we were all given our ‘marching orders’… Continue reading

Developing Resilience

In competitive basketball a coach can call a ‘time-out’ by using the sign that is displayed in the image above. When the stress rises and the players need to be more resilient, the coach calls for a STOP in the game to coach his players with tools and strategies to turn the situation around.

In an article in the Harvard Business review https://hbr.org/2015/01/what-resilience-means-and-why-it-matters relates…

“A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of resilience to business success. Resilience was defined by most as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change,… Continue reading

How Relaxation Can Affect Your Weight

Three months ago I wrote a blog titled…Sleeping Away Your Stress and I commented on how important it is to get optimum sleep each night.

“Over the past year I have also been weighing myself every morning immediately on rising, and if I feel I haven’t slept enough and my body needs more recovery time, I climb back into bed for an hour or two more. Over the past twelve months I have observed a very interesting happening. If I decide that I need more sleep and jump back into bed and grab a bit more, I can lose anything… Continue reading

Sleeping Away Your Stress

When stress is mounting and you’re feeling overwhelmed as your day progresses, getting enough sleep needs to be one of your top priorities. Sleep study experts say at least eight hours of sleep every night is a key in managing your stress, even if you feel like you can ‘get by’ on less.

Being really passionate about what you do can easily lead you down the sleep deprivation path. You can become so emotionally involved in your tasks that you don’t even realise, it’s ‘sleep time’! I personally have to make myself aware of this and I have been… Continue reading

You CAN Just Switch Off!

Have you ever felt that you just had to Switch Off now? That if you didn’t, your vulnerability to stress could just take you out of the game of life and you would have no answer to your situation.

The pace of life now days is unrelenting, and we can easily feel we are continually on the go with everyone around us expecting instant answers and instant solutions. Overwhelm is becoming a major health problem and causing an alarming increase in chronic stress for people in all walks of life.

We returned last Friday morning from a ten day R… Continue reading

A Fragrant Solution to Stress

The ultimate treat; an affordable luxury; one of the best ways I know of to relax.

What is this miraculous therapy? Nothing more than a nice, hot bath.

When life gets stressful, peace is no further than the bathtub.

In our house, showers are for washing away dirt from our bodies but baths are for washing away stress from our minds and our souls.

Bath time recipe

A good stress bath starts with scented candles or a diffuser, just to set the mood. Now just a word of warning here about the candles you buy: many of the cheaper candles… Continue reading

On the road to relaxation and stress relief

What I am about to describe is such a simple yet brilliant idea, I don’t know why knowledge of this technique isn’t more widespread. But hopefully, that will soon change, because this is a winner.

I heard recently that putting essential oils on a cloth in your car is a great way to relax and that’s probably very true. We tend to spend long periods of time in our cars – commuting, driving children to school and sporting events or just taking trips to visit friends, family or to go on holiday.

It makes sense, therefore, to use that time… Continue reading

It’s time for a “Time Out”!

Last week, we spoke a bit about how important it is to get exercise; to step away from that desk and that computer and take time to ‘smell the roses’ and feel the sunshine on your skin.

A short break from work to get outside can mean all the difference to your ability to think clearly and to concentrate. In other words, exercise and air are brain food.

But what about fun? Yes, exercise is fun once you get going and you will most certainly feel better and move more easily once you’ve gotten out and about, but all work… Continue reading

I’m just a gal who can’t say no

With deepest apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein:

I’m jist a gal who cain’t say no,
I’m in a turrible fix
I always say “come on, let’s go”
Jist when I orta say nix!

This has always been my problem (well, one of them anyway). And I think there are many others out there who feel the same – especially the ladies. We are born helpers. We want to nurture everyone else. We live to make others happy.

“Are you comfortable? Would you like a cushion?”

“You look famished! Here, let me cook you up a 5 course meal. It’s… Continue reading

Clear your mind

I have been trying to get into the habit of meditating to increase my peace of mind, clarity of thinking and to learn to calm my emotions. All worthwhile outcomes, don’t you think?

The problem is that the minute I close my eyes to meditate, everything that has been worrying or bothering me; every problem, debt, grudge suddenly comes front and centre and I end up being more stressed than I was when I started!

Uh-oh.

So, I decided to do some research on how a person can help to clear their mind before and during meditation so they get… Continue reading

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