Stress and One Good Way to Relieve It

Where in your body do you feel stress? In your neck? Your back? Your stomach? Or maybe you feel it all over your body. We live such busy and distracted lives we may not even notice how stress is affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally until some disease or disorder has taken hold.

Stress is the body’s response to anything that we believe to be threatening, challenging or dangerous. The stress response, or the fight-or-flight response, is activated whenever the brain decides there is some sort of a threat nearby. Signals from the brain release adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones, into the bloodstream, and energy is diverted to the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and the muscles of the arms and legs, so we can either fight or run away from the danger. It’s a pretty amazing response really.

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What Can Yoga Do For You?

There are a ton of books, DVDs and websites that show you, step-by-step how to perform yoga poses, and they can do that much better than I can. Just search “yoga poses” to find a bunch of them. In this post though, I just want to focus on the overall benefits of yoga. First though and this is very important…if you have a health condition of any kind, check with your doctor before starting any kind of exercise program, including yoga!

The word yoga is the Sanskrit word for breath and also the word for life. Yoga is the combination of breath and movement practiced in such a way that the movement follows your breath. Yoga has been around for about 5000 years and each day people around the world practice some form of it. In the west the most common form is Hatha Yoga, a gentle and relaxing type of yoga, but there are other types, including Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa, and Bikram, or Hot Yoga which is practiced in a sauna-like setting. Follow this link for more information: https://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise

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Eco-thrift!

I don’t know who first came up with the term eco-thrift, but it is a perfect description of a lifestyle based on frugal living and treating the planet kindly. Being eco-thrifty means managing your money and living within your means, while at the same time considering the environmental impact of each and every item you buy or bring into your home. It is about reducing, re-purposing, recycling, and repairing, and understanding that even small steps can make a real difference in our lives, now and in the future.

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Toxic Air?

It’s no surprise that there are a lot of products on the market today that contain toxic chemicals. In this post I’m dissing air-fresheners partly because they are especially toxic and nasty, but also because so many people use them on a daily basis to avoid unpleasant odors in their homes, workplaces and cars.

The manufacturers of these products spend tons of money to convince us that we need them, and they don’t have to tell us what is in them. They don’t have to tell us that air fresheners contain chemical poisons such as benzenes, formaldehyde and phthalates. All they have to do is list “fragrance” as an ingredient. That’s it.

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Mindfulness

So, what is this mindfulness thing anyway, and why would I want to be mindful?

Mindfulness is just being completely aware of and engaged in whatever is happening in the present moment. It is the understanding that the previous moment is already gone and the next moment hasn’t happened yet, so the present moment is all we ever have, really. It is being aware of our thoughts and feelings at any given time without becoming overwhelmed by them or attached to them.

Why not be attached? What’s so bad about that?. And didn’t I just say be engaged in whatever is happening in the moment? But being attached to someone or something is different from engaging with a person or thing. And there is also a big difference between non-attachment and detachment, as Brian Thompson, creator of www.zenthinking.net explains:

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