What is your personal pressure release valve?

There is no doubt about it – living in the ‘modern’ world has its benefits. For one thing, as a woman, I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to wash my family’s clothes in a copper over a fire, use an outhouse instead of a toilet or always cook everything from scratch. All of us can no doubt appreciate how good it is to be able to access the Internet any time and to get a virtually instant response… Continue reading

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… 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 relates…

“A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Continue reading

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