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My First Blog Post

  • By proadAccountId-381114
  • 27 Feb, 2017

It’s official, I have a blog and I know how to use it.

I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
By proadAccountId-381114 13 Jun, 2017
Strategies For Stress Relief by Mark Bell, CPLC, C.H.

I help many people quit smoking, lose weight, gain motivation and achieve their goals using Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Quite often, the underlying issue is really stress. So, of course, I use a variety of effective techniques for stress reduction. This article expands on my series of stress reduction blog articles and allows a deeper understanding.

As part of the process оf curing аn illness, promoting health & vitality and preventing illness and premature aging, іt is important tо gradually move towards a daily life that is less stressful. Stress eventually wears out a person: body and mind. Exercise can help with stress relief because іt provides a way for the body to release tension and pent-up frustration.
Along with the techniques I have mentioned before,  yoga is another good method fоr stress relief. These activities provide calming and relaxing sensory input for stress relief and can be done by almost anyone depending on one's lifestyle and preference. Everyone experiencing stress ideally wants to overcome this tension in the best possible way and there are many stress relief products available at present. For actual established techniques, prayer or connecting with the cosmos is for some people one of the best sources оf stress relief that you can experience. Yoga can allow this connection while releasing physical and mental stress in a most effective way.

What is yoga and how can it help with stress relief?
Yoga is a broad term for a series оf personal practices, which bring together your physical, mental and spiritual parts with the goal оf attaining a state оf wholeness and completeness. Yoga is an ancient practice that reduces stress and tension. Yoga exercises involve the body, mind and spirit together. Yoga can lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Yoga allows you to build up a natural response to stress and bring a relaxed state more easily into your daily life.

Some people go to yoga or meditation centers or take retreats regularly at such centers in order to learn and to be around people who are positive and taking care of themselves. And while none of us can avoid stress, but we can return to a state of balance and regulation through a variety of means, including deep breathing, meditation, and exercise. Yoga teaches you a series of stationary and moving poses called asanas and a form of breath control known as pranayama, as well as concentration techniques. All of this means is that yoga can teach a person to relieve stress.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques can add enormous power to other holistic healing techniques. Stress management and stress reduction techniques help you to cope with stress resulting from events live divorce, losing your job, children getting into trouble, caring for a sick relative, preparing for an exam, or just your daily commute. Common techniques for stress relief include:

  • Self Hypnosis
  • Changing lifestyle habits
  • Positive changes in thinking
  • Positive emotional responses
  • Controlled Breathing
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
You can practice easily techniques like controlled breathing exercises or yoga when you feel your stress levels soaring.

It Really Is Possible To Find Stress Relief

Juggling work and home life can mean finding a balance between the two, starting first with managing stress at work, and this is where some employers have become enlightened to the stresses of modern 24/7 life. Some employers offer in-house massage and aromatherapy during work hours for a natural holistic approach to stress relief in the workplace.

Some excellent ideas for stress relief are the following: relaxation exercises, deep breathing, yoga, weight loss, joining a sports team, and finding a relaxing hobby such as knitting or model building. Exercise is a tried and tested technique for stress relief. From doing gentle stretching exercises to keeping up in a physically demanding aerobics class, stress relief can be achieved through a wide range of exercise. Interacting with other people during exercise can provide additional stress relief.

One of the most important aspects of stress relief is to find a system that you like and stick with it. Reinforcement is key. The subconscious mind loves reinforcement and tends to get the picture when you repeatedly show it the mindset you desire. Since I mostly practice in Charlotte, NC I also recommend the local parks and places of calm. Regardless where you live, find your place of calm.

You can find easy to follow directions for many stress relief systems at: The Stress Relief Oracle Cards System .


By proadAccountId-381114 01 Jun, 2017

Substantial Research has shown that when you smile, your brain actually assumes you must be happy. Some research indicates that a combination of smiling and walking 30 minutes each day can be almost as effective as antidepressants, though of course, always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine, or before discontinuing any medications or treatment.

 You may wish to practice the following meditation. You can do this with eyes closed if sitting or standing comfortably where you can simply relax: While inhaling, smile. While exhaling, relax deeply. Feel free to try different smiles: mouth open or closed, a subtle hint of a smile, exaggerated smile, big and soulful, eyes crinkling, or just mentally imagine smiling. Of course, if you practice this while driving, keep your eyes open and focused on the road  🙂

Here is some great information on Smiling: Smiling Makes Us Attractive to others! There is an automatic attraction to people who smile. Smiling Changes Moods and Enhances Good moods. If you try, even when it’s difficult, to smile when you are not feeling good, there is a change it will most likely improve your mental state and change the way you are feeling. Smiling can be contagious. Others will want to be with you. You will be helping others feel good. Smiling relieves Stress.  Stress does express itself right in our faces. When we smile, it can help us look better, less tired, less worn down.

Other things to note: Besides just being fun to do, Smiling Boosts the Immune System. Smiling can actually stimulate your immune response by helping you relax. Smiling Lowers Blood Pressure. When you smile, there is evidence that your blood pressure can decrease. Smiling Releases Endorphins. Serotonin Research has reported that smiling releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers, along with serotonin, which is also associated with feeling good. Smile now and feel great!

By proadAccountId-381114 28 Feb, 2017
Progressive Muscle Relaxation is an easy yet profound stress reduction technique. This technique helps reduce stress physically and mentally. Most people start at the head and work downwards but you could start with the feet or even the hands. The process involves tightening one muscle group at a time, (the forehead for example) relaxing that group and then moving on to other muscle groups. In practice, I tend to start with the forehead and then move on to the face and jaw and then down the back of the head into the shoulders and back. I continue this process until we reach the toes. A passive Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique involves simply relaxing each muscle group by going through the process without tightening each group first.  Five to twenty minutes for this process is average.

Progressive Muscle Relaxationhelps the mind and body understand the difference between stress and relaxation, thus allowing one to relax. This may seem strange at first, however stress is so prevalent in our lifestyle today that stress is sometimes accepted as a natural state. Using stress reduction techniques helps the mind/body system understand that it can just let go and feel better.

A small note of caution. Since one form of Progressive Muscle Relaxation includes stressing muscles first, it's important to check with a doctor first if you have heart issues, or if you have any muscle damage. For instance, you wouldn't want to further strain a muscle.

Enjoy Life

Mark Bell, CPLC, C.H.
By proadAccountId-381114 27 Feb, 2017
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
By proadAccountId-381114 27 Feb, 2017
Anyone can make one:
For better or worse, anyone can write a blog post about anything they want. Everyone has a voice and the best voices will rise to the top.

The writer can show their personality:
In blog posts, the writer has more leeway to add in their voice and personality than other types of writing.

Blogs are a great form of mass communication:
You can help people, learn new things, entertain your audience—the possibilities are endless and amazing. Blogging opens up all of these to a very wide audience.

You can make money:

Get the right blog going and you can make a lot of money through advertising and sponsored posts.

It allows people to craft better thoughts:
Instead of reading haphazard, uneducated Facebook statuses, it’s much better to see people’s thought process in a well-written blog post.

You can establish a community:
Blogging allows you to connect with other individuals who share the same interests. Sharing ideas and opinions within your community helps establish yourself as a thought leader.

Good for SEO:
Keeping content on your site fresh and relevant, you can use your blog to boost the search engine ranking (SEO) of your site and your business.

It brings people back to your site:

If your blog is strong enough and updated regularly, people will come back looking for more and bring traffic back to your site as well.

It’s free:
It costs you a grand total of zero dollars to post to the blog, so if you have something to say, there’s nothing to stop you.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader:

A blog is a great place for your original thoughts, and it can be a wonderful way to show off your individuality. If people like your ideas, you can become a thought leader in your industry!

What else do you love about blogs? Let me know!
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