Thursday, December 19, 2013

Stress and Distress

Winter Solstice Celebration 
Hidden Valley Lake at our Positive Living Center, 
Friday, Dec. 20 at 7PM.
Light Meditation, drumming, labyrinth Peace walk, Peace Pole affirmation,
Self Love Reminders, Awakening the Light Within!
Fun, Sweet and Healing Enlightenment.
I am at peace with myself and my choices.
I appreciate everything I have and do and give.
I am willing to fully enjoy the choices I make.
I release and let go and trust all is well.
I am always in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing for the right reason.

The Basic Three Keys  to stop distress are breathing, hydration and movement.
Sitting and thinking rarely calms down body and mind, unless you are meditating.
When you stop using the energy in your body and mind, it builds.
When we are trying to sleep when our body energy and emotional energy at high is futile.

Use your mental, physical and emotional energy.
Use it for something meaningful, healthy and good for you.
Stop trying to contain yourself when you need to be working, sweating, accomplishing and creating.
We need to use the adrenalin ( from anxiety) or cortisol ( from lack of rest) until we can relax.

So now what?
How can you get out of the pattern of over doing everything?
How can you focus on finishing one thing at a time?
How can you stop the madness and simply enjoy life?

1) Even exchanging one little bad habit for a good one is effective.
2) Make a simple list and finish it with your own gratitude and joy.
3) Drink water instead of something with sugar or caffeine. Learn to not eat three hours before bedtime bedtime..  (Bodies like 12 hours to clean our the digestive tract during the night._
4) If you need to snack during the day, make it healthy for you.
5) Always get up and move, take a walk, do something physical every hour or two.
6) Make a list of what you want to do each day ( unless it distresses you.) and cross things off with thanks.
7) Learn to sign and breathe deep into your whole body throughout the day and whenever up tight.
8) Practice deep relaxation (find a CD to put yourself to sleep at night.
9) Write in a gratitude journal before you go to bed at night.
10) Eat foods that relax your body and mind ( more alkaline, rather than acid producing).
11) Create opportunities to be helpful, kind, encouraging and positive throughout the day.
12) Imagine you are supported by everyone and everything everywhere, so you feel more secure.
13) Stop trying to do what is not working. Take a break and do something positive and effective.
14) Take time daily or several times a week to play….outdoor sports, mindless games, funny shows.
15) Forgive, erase and release what is worrisome or haunts you with regret or guilt.
16) Stop doing what you hate or dislike or resent.  Lack of self love causes distress.
17) Start doing what you love and loving what you do.  Appreciate yourself daily.
18) Learn to see beauty and goodness and breathe it in.  Remind yourself that you create Good.
19) Take breaks when you are working even for 30 seconds to affirm your purpose and choices.
20) Choose to relax and enjoy every moment of everyday, even when you forget.

A little summary of stress reductions ideas: 
Breathe, Fresh air and sunshine, movement (walking, running, playing sports, working out, yoga, 
Qi Gong, meditation, T’ai Chi Chih, creativity, writing, painting, crafts, volunteer service, appreciation, gratitude journal, loving, laughing, enjoying life!!

Bless you for serving others. 
Remember always to serve yourself first!
Even 5 minutes/ day will change your mind and your life!
Loving us all as we learn to enjoy the life we have created.
And changing what we can change when it no longer works.
Betty Lue

Keys to Health & Vitality

Ingest the best and forget the rest.  Take into your body, mind and spirit only that which supports, sustains and inspires the BEST in you.

Life is flow. To move with the flow is healthy. To resist is stressful. Move with the natural inner movement physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, etc.

To breathe in (inhale) fully life energy, Spirit, Prana, inspiration, is to expand our awareness to open to an enlightened mind.  To exhale fully is to truly release what is no longer needed.

Reaching out with Love and respect for each other opens our bodies and beings to trust in the gentleness we all deserve to experience.

Choose for those thoughts which heal and free you to be unlimited in health and wholeness. Forgive (erase) the beliefs which are limiting or false.

Carry with you an attitude of gratitude and love for yourself and others.  Allow yourself to see all things work together for good.

Moderation in all things will bring your life into harmony.  As we give ourselves what is really best for us, the extremes are gently released.

What you perceive in others and the world you strengthen in your Self.  Focus on illness, disease and weakness and you actually weaken yourself.  See only health and wholeness and you move yourself in the direction you are looking.

To clear out toxins and purify the system requires a willingness to eliminate toxic thoughts, activities, relationships as well as foods from your system.  Flushing the system clean is aided with water, fresh air, gentle movement and forgiveness.

To rest and relax your mind and body are invaluable to being refreshed and revitalized. Each person has unique methods of relaxation - meditation, music, being in nature, focused simple activity.