A Relaxing Retreat

Posted on September 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Ahh, a relaxing retreat.  Getting away from it all for a few moments.  In today’s busy world it is so important to be able to take some time to de-stress and get ourselves centered.  How are we going to do that?  Well, Sheila is going to try to help.  In the next few posts, there will be some practical advice on managing stress and also some great links to free (and almost free) relaxation music, visuals, quotes, etc.  So when you feel the stress-monster coming after you, just come on over and take some time off in Sheila’s Relaxation Retreat. 

Understanding the natural stress response is an important first step to controlling the stress you feel in every day life.  This link gives you the basics on the how’s and why’s of stress:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/SR00001  Once you understand that stress is a natural reaction to environmental conditions, you have more choices as to what you can do to avoid, manage, and control stress.

Wondering if you really are stressed?  Take the stress test to find out:  http://www.lessons4living.com/stress_test.htm

These sites offer a general overview of techniques used for stress management.  Some techniques overlap, but each site has a different take on what works and what may work for you:  http://stress.about.com/od/tensiontamers/a/relaxation.htm  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm                            http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-topic-overview 

Some great relaxation tips to get through those stress-monster moments:     http://www.squidoo.com/7relaxationtips               http://girlstoys.co.nz/2009/05/6-tips-for-busy-mums/                                                                  http://stanford.wellsphere.com/general-medicine-article/10-relaxation-tips-to-de-stress-and-get-bliss/773233     http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/relaxation-technique/SR00007

Using progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that can help you relax, especially before bedtime:  http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/ht/howtopmr.htm                            http://www.guidetopsychology.com/pmr.htm

Using positive thinking always helps (especially when you are in a situation where you are not in control, but have to hunker down and get through it):  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

More stress techniques, some for groups:  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm

Reading these links will (hopefully) help in explaining what you can do to avoid, manage, and control stress.  But we also need to create a little space for our own selves.  A sanctuary with some music and some visuals and a few little uplifting quotations.  It may just be a space created by links to relaxation websites on your computer, or it may be a place in your home or office that you go as a retreat.  In the next post, we will try to create such a sanctuary.

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