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Breathing Techniques:

Posted by Svetlana Petrov on November 7, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Conscious breathing promotes intellect, serenity and health of mind and body. There are various breathing exercises you can learn, but my favorite is the: “Breath Awareness “ by Leonard Orr: Continuous breathing with 4 short breaths followed by one long, minimum of 20 breaths done daily will teach your body a deeper healthier breathing hobbits.

It does not matter which breathing technique you will find as long as its deep, conscious and continuous, no posing between breathing in and out.


Posted by Svetlana Petrov on November 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Whether you like it or not, but stress is necessary for life, without it you would be dead. You need stress for creativity, learning, personal evolution and every day survival. Stress is harmful when it becomes overwhelming and constant. Small-scale challenges can wear you down and cause severe physical damage to every part of the body. Chronic stress can lead to fatality.

Often, stress is self-generated. This can happen when we worry about things that are out of our control, dwell on the negatives, criticize ourselves, imagine the worst, hold ourselves and others to unrealistic standards or take on too many responsibilities. Internal stress is one of the most important kinds of stress to recognize and manage. When you are aware of stress and take control over it you are less likely to get overwhelmed.

Internally, we respond to stress in the same: our blood pressure rises, our heart pumps faster, and our muscles constrict. Our bodies work hard under stress and drain our immune system. Externally, however, people tend to respond to stress in three different ways: some become angry and agitated, others space out or withdraw, and some people just freeze up.

Unhealthy ways of coping with stress are: smoking, drinking, mindless sex, zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer, procrastinating, angry outbursts, violence. These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run.

The best part of quick stress relief is the awareness that you have control over your surroundings. Identifying the source of the stress allows us to work on reducing and redirecting the energy into more positive and balanced state of being.


Talking to someone who listens is a rapid stress reducer.

Talking about your stress with a calm and balanced listener will make you feel better instantly. Although it’s not always realistic to unload your problems to a close friend or a relative in American society, there is always a hired help available as in a psychologist or a much cheaper way is working with stress managing consultant is ultimately good for your mental health. Between a good listener and other stress relief techniques, listed below, you’ll have all your bases covered.

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