Road to Stress Release Tip #77: Read Aloud

Think of someone you love and read your favorite romantic poem, or song, aloud. Reading aloud increases your attention spans and ability to focus on what is being read. When you are reading aloud, you may find that all of your energy is put into the task at hand without the temptation of distractions. You get so focused that you won’t even notice that you are strengthening your mental and verbal skills. It also affects positively on your emotions. You may even find yourself laughing as you do this for the first couple times and that is great, because laughter itself is healthy for you.

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I think Therefore I Am: The Power of the Mind

A lot of people are confused about what the sentence “I think therefore I am” by Descartes really mean. Most people can explain what it actually means but more often than not, the explanation is lengthy and touches on other topics along the way. It is rare to find someone who can explain what it means in a straightforward manner.

This quote was from Rene Descartes and was published in a book about meditation. It mostly means that the mind plays the greatest role in everything that a person does and everything that he or she believes in. The mind is powerful and it can take over a human being’s inner self. It can take a person places and can enable a person do something or be whoever he or she wants to be.

Meditations on First Philosophy

This is a collection of books wherein Descartes went through different mind challenges. In the first book, he realized that what he used to believe in is unreal. This then causes him to doubt everything else that he believes in. This applies to most people. People are often confused on what they believe in so they mostly go with their instincts and their emotions. When asked why they think that what they believe in is the truth, they cannot offer any concrete explanation and evidence at all. It will all just boil down on people’s gut feel or information that came from a person that they trust.

On the second book, Descartes tries to convince himself that nothing in this world is real. This is something that most people feel whenever they are hurt or they had a traumatic experience. They are usually in denial. They choose to believe that nothing is real so that they can easily move on. Ignorance indeed is bliss and for specific periods of time, people tend to prefer having nothing instead of having to deal with pain.

Power of Mind

At the end, the power of mind still prevails. Descartes thought that he is still real, as well as everything else in this place. This also happens to people nowadays. In the end, they will realize that life goes on and they have to move on with it. There will be a lot of pains and suffering but moving on is the only way to get over such unpleasant experiences.

It is all about the power of mind. People will always turn to what their inner self is telling them and it is to get back on their feet and continue on their journey. They will soon realize that it is time to move on to a new beginning. The realization and the healing process will all depend upon the person’s personality and what or who controls their mind. Once a decision is reached and the mind sets into full gear towards healing and recovery, the person will be well on his or her way to a much better, much stronger person.

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Presenting with Confidence with NLP

The application of Neuro-Linguistic Programming can be very helpful. People do not realize the importance and good effects of applying Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP in one’s life. They have not fully grasped the positive things it brings to a person especially those who are in business. Many businesses have not been doing well these days because of the negative economic climate. With more than a thousand of competitors offering the same product and services with the same quality and features, one has to have a special something that will make you stand out from the rest. If you are one of those businessmen or professionals who spend most of their working days meeting with potential clients and deliver presentations then it is very important that you deliver yourself well in order for them to choose you. One needs to remember that your audience is not encouraged with the words that are coming out of your mouth but simply by the way (action or manner) you are doing it. You have to be very confident inside and out and possess a kind of charisma that will surely charm potential customers.


Your body language says more than the words you are saying. Your actions affects the message that you want to convey to the person you are speaking with. There are four important things you need to do in order for you to successfully deliver your message to your audience which are to establish eye contact, develop a good pace, pause once in a while and have a good tone. Equipped with these four reminders, one will surely be able to present in front of a small or large group with beaming confidence.

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Road to Stress Release Tip #75: Guided Meditations and Meditation Music

The guided meditations and meditation musicon CDcan calm your mind by soothing your emotions. It also creates a state of deep relaxation in your body. Regular use of the guided meditations helps you to live in a more relaxed way.You’ll notice that when you begin to feel stressed, you will be able to relax more easily than before. Guided meditation is otherwise known as a guided visualization. This method allows you to form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing by the voice of a guide. You can try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights and sounds. It helps you to gain a new perspective on stressful situations. It helps you to build skills to manage your stress.

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Road to Stress Release Tip #74: Puzzled?

Stress is something everyone experiences in life. Solving a puzzle is one of the many methods of handling stress and keeping it under control. One of the best ways to address day-to-day stress is to play stress relief games like puzzle solving. It helps alleviate stress symptoms in a creative manner. It can relieve stress by keeping your mind focused on something and taking attention away from your stress. Games like puzzle solving help squeeze your stress away and help handle any kind of stress such as teenage stress, time management stress, college stress and so on in a creative manner. You can solve any puzzle like Sudoku, cross-word or other of your choice. It provides a great relaxation by enhancing your knowledge and skill.

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Road to Stress Release Tip #73: Sweat it Out!

Sweat out tension with a good workout. Fitness is not just about your body but it is also about your mind and spirit. You can De-stress and get fit with a workout of 15-20 minutes. A workout that targets your ABS, arms, and legs makes you mentally and physically fit.  The slow movements during workout and breathing restore your calm. Exercise in almost any form always works as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins. It also helps you to distract you for some time from your worries.

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Poetry and Meditation: For the Mind and for the Soul

Poetry can greatly increase a person’s meditation experience quality. There are a lot of things that a person can read, write, or think about before finally getting into the meditative state. These are all conducive to a mind-clearing moment wherein the person will search and establish a connection between a person’s body and his or her inner being. This will lead to a deeper state and stronger connection that will teach the meditation practitioner something that he or she will carry all through that person’s life.

Poetry for Meditation

Poetry is usually read quietly except for some strong statements that requires a particular intonation. This is very conducive to meditative atmosphere as it will lead people’s mind to something soothing and calming. Poetry is an efficient and pleasant usher to the threshold of a person’s inner being. As everybody listen for each breath, enunciation and pronunciation, every stress and every pause, they will be lulled into their own core and soon the poetry will be but a faint voice at the back of their heads, leading them deeper inside themselves.

Poetry and other Art Forms

Poetry and other form of arts may be directly related to meditation. With major similar characteristics such as freedom in terms of presentation and expression, the soothing, calming, and almost therapeutic effects of meditation and art, it is not hard to make both to work hand in hand for the benefit of the meditation practitioner. All of these are created by artists while they were listening to what their inner being is telling him or her. This is the part wherein it is most similar to meditation. In arts, the person is able to find the connection between the mind and the body and he or she draws up inspiration from what that person’s inner being says. The final outcome is a reflection of what the person’s inner being says at that particular moment.

Poetry for Meditation the right way

There are a lot of things to consider aside from the thought of the poem’s content in order to make it work by complimenting meditation. How it is read is an important thing to observe. It should be done quietly, the reading should be heartfelt, and it should be able to invoke on calm emotions and thoughts. Its element should be something that would invoke relaxation and healing of the person’s thoughts and emotions.

Nowadays, poetry is being used as accompaniment or an introduction to the actual meditation. This is to invoke thoughts and emotions that will take the person easier to his or her inner being. Aside from the physical aspects of breathing in accordance with an unheard rhythm and reciting poetry through a calming, soothing tone of voice, it all boils down to the thoughts. Poetry works in different ways with people and some meditative poetry may be beneficial for some practitioners but not for others. Meditation practitioners can try out different poetry until they find the perfect one for them.

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Communication Excellence With NLP

In Neuro-linguistic programming, communication has a different meaning. In NLP, communication is a major matter that should be learned perfectly. There are a lot of secrets that must be known in order to reach a high level of excellent communication.

Euro Linguistic Programming started with the study of excellent communicators. How to be understood by someone even if he disagrees with you? The answer is rapport, a foundation brick of NLP, and the most important method in any communication. Rapport is the ability to get in someone else’s world, to make them believe that you understand them, that you have a strong common ligament. Rapport is the ability to observe each other’s point of view (not necessarily to accept it), to be on the same stage and to appreciate each other’s feelings. When people communicate in rapport they find it very easy to be understood and believe their concerns are blindly and highly regarded by the other person. Rapport means understanding what another is trying to say; not being necessarily agreed with what they said. And when you are in rapport something splendid happens. You and others feel listened to, and well heard.

We are all communicating most of the time, most non-verbally. Even our ingoing thoughts, in effect our internal communications are overwhelmingly passed on to others, through our status, body movements, breathing, facial expressions, gestures, and voice tone or eye movements. With NLP studies, communication has a different meaning and value. Communicating with excellence is not that simple.

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Road to Stress Release Tip #72: Watch A Comedy

When you laugh, it doesn’t only lighten your mental tension but also induces physical changes in your body. Laughter improves your oxygen-rich air intake; it provides stimulation to your heart, lungs and muscles. Laughter also increases the endorphins secretion from your brain. An improved immune system is a long term benefit of laughter.  Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions. These reactions can impact your body by bringing more stress. It also leads to a weakening of your immunity. On the other hand, positive thoughts release chemicals that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses. Laughter also helps in making difficult situations much easier.

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About Neuro Linguistic Programing – NLP

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP approach states that there is a strong connection in the neurological processes, language and behavioural patterns learned through our experiences.

NLP is identified as “An art and science of personal excellence”. NLP understands your behaviour patterns, and what influences behaviour. NLP is well-liked by salespeople because it helps them in communicating more effectively and persuasive with others. NLP helps a lot with social workers, therapists and businessmen because of its way of gaining sensitivity to others in conflict resolution.

Let us consider some examples; if someone tells you “Do not think about blue bus” you would start thinking about a blue bus. This is because your brain isn’t capable of processing the word “don’t”.

If you put up a notice saying “Do not litter”, you would make a person think about litter which can influence him to increase the amount of litter in the area. So “Keep the premises clean” would have been a more appropriate statement to avoid people from messing the area.

Saying “Jim is a nice guy but he is short” places emphasis on Jim being short whereas saying “Jim is a nice guy even though he is short” places emphasis on Tom being a nice guy. Both sentences are grammatically similar for they are both two clauses joined by a conjunction but, linguistically, they create different ideas.

With NLP you may also change your state “Feelings” through Anchoring.The technique of anchoring can be done at work. Actually you can practice anchoring everywhere i.e. at work, home, social places, where you want to bring good change. Anchoring is one of the ways where NLP can help you change the way you think, act, and feel. Once you start practicing different NLP anchoring techniques it will become your second nature.

NLP techniques help particularly by making it possible for you to:

Set clear goals and define realistic strategies
Coach new and existing staff to help them gain greater satisfaction from their contribution
Understand and reduce stress and conflict
Improve new customer relationship-building and sales performance
Enhance the skills of customer care staff and reduce customer loss
Improve people’s effectiveness, productivity and thereby profitability
NLP includes a set of powerful approaches for rapid and effective behavioural modification, and an operational philosophy to guide their use. It is based on four operational principles.

1. Know what outcome you want to achieve.

2. Have sufficient sensory understanding to know if you are moving towards or away from your outcome.

3. Have sufficient flexibility of behaviour so that you can vary your behaviour until you get your outcome.

4. Take action now.

NLP is all about learning how to think of things differently; particularly negative things that drag you down. NLP teaches you how to think differently and change yourself and others effortlessly.