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Title: Test Your Stress Level~~~
Post by: tana on March 31, 2008, 04:16:59 AM
Om Sai Ram~~~

Test Your Stress Level~~~
Contributed by Dr. Rishi Tiwari, Chennai

Here is a stress test to point out to you the symptoms of stress. Follow this stress test carefully to see if you suffer from any of these symptoms of stress.

~If you are doing something important do you miss meals?
~Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day?
~Do your days seem long and boring?
~Ever have difficulty sleeping?
~Is it a struggle to go to work each morning?
~Do you feel like everything around you moves too fast?
~Do you feel like everything around you moves too slow?
~When you relax do you think about work or problems?
~When you relax do you feel like you should be doing something?
~Do you feel like people take advantage of you?
~Do you find yourself finishing other people's sentences?
~Are you usually rushing around like a headless chicken?
~When you're driving do other drivers make you impatient?
~Do you feel like something is missing in your life?
~Is it common for you to lose your temper?
~Are you easily depressed?
~Have you lost your physical fitness?
~Do you get frequent aches and pains in the neck and shoulders?
~Are you drinking too much alcohol?
~Do you find yourself becoming easily confused?
~Is it sometimes difficult to make decisions?
~Do you bite your nails?
~Are you suffering from frequent indigestion?
~Is it difficult to make and keep friends?
~Do you get angry frequently?
~Do you sometimes feel like you'd like to hit someone?
~Do you sometimes feel unhappy even when your life is ok?
~Are avoiding contact with people as much as possible?
~Do you get blinding headaches for no apparent reason?
~Are your muscles frequently feeling tight and tense?
~Do you have sexual problems that you never used to have?
~Are you getting coughs, colds and other minor infections frequently?
~Do you wake up from sleep and still feel tired?
~Do you feel like crying, but have to stuff it down.
~Are you getting hot or cold sweats out of the blue?
~Is your memory not working as well nowadays?

Jai Sai Ram~~~
Title: Re: Test Your Stress Level~~~
Post by: tana on March 31, 2008, 04:20:36 AM
Om Sai Ram~~~

Golden Mantras for Relaxation and Stress~~~

~Enjoy a sport.
~Stretch to relax.
~Deep and slow breathing relaxes your entire body.
~Attitude: Change negative perspectives to positive ones. Be happy for other people's success.
~Cultivate a sense of humour: It is rightly said laughter is the best medicine.
~Sleep is important: Sleep relaxes you naturally as your metabolism slows down.
~Balance work and leisure: If your work involves a high degree of responsibility, socializing will help.
~Cultivate a hobby: A hobby injects fresh interest into your life.
~Learn to enjoy music as it has profound effect on mood.
~Peace and quiet: Turn off all stimulation in your home such as television, radio and unplug your telephone.
~Please pray for at least once a day. It gives you a sense of purpose in life and brings you closer to yourself.
~Write a diary, that not only activates your grey matter but also gives you an opportunity to take out some of the tension from your system. 

Jai Sai Ram~~~
Title: Re: Test Your Stress Level~~~
Post by: tana on May 03, 2008, 04:00:24 AM
Om Sai Ram~~~

Stress Relief with Citrus~~~

Stress is your body's biological reaction to perceived danger – the so-called fight or flight response. Frequent or unresolved stress can disturb your sleep, cause headaches and other physiological symptoms and play a role in several types of chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Try these simple tips using Sunkist® citrus to help you relieve stress and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Note: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or health care provider before beginning any health or exercise regimen.

Lemons and Water~~

Frazzled and rattled? Take a hydration break. Enjoy a tall, cool glass of water flavored with Sunkist lemon slices. Savor the refreshing taste and aroma. Close your eyes between sips and breathe deeply in and out.

Eat an Orange~~

Sunkist oranges are nutritional powerhouses – a good source of quick energy, essential vitamins, nutrients and fiber in an attractive, portable package. But it's also an invigorating sensory experience. Focus on the color and pleasing texture of the orange. Cut it into wedges and notice how it releases its tantalizing scent. Bite into each segment and relish the explosion of a juicy flavor on your tongue.

Take a Lemon-Scented Bath~~

Float slices of lemon in a tub of warm water for a refreshing stress-busting soak. Add in an aroma-therapy element with the wonderfully fragrant candles you make yourself from dried Sunkist lemons and oranges.

Citrus Aroma Therapy Candles~~

It's best to dry the citrus slices a day or two before making the candles. Ice cubes help create the texture and aid in keeping the citrus slices toward the outside surface of the candles. Most supplies are available at your craft store.

You'll Need~~

Dried Sunkist lemon and orange slices
Straight-sided pint, quart or half-gallon wax-coated dairy or juice cartons
Household wax (paraffin), premium candle wax or glass-fill wax
(One pound of wax makes a 6 inch high (2 3/4" x 2 3/4") candle in a 1 quart carton. One and one-half pounds of wax makes three 3 to 4 inch high (2 3/4" x 2 3/4") candles in three 1-pint cartons)
Medium wire wicking
Wick tabs (optional)
Pencils or wooden skewers
Ice cubes
Dried bay leaves
Cinnamon sticks and star anise (optional)

To dry citrus slices~~

With a sharp knife, slice off one end of each citrus (do as many citrus slices as will fit on wire rack used). Cut each citrus into thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick. Leave any seeds in place. Discard ends. To quicken drying, gently pat slices between layers of paper towels. Lay slices on large wire rack on baking sheet. Dry in oven at 170° F for 4 hours, turning once. Remove from oven; leave on rack to air-dry.

To prepare the carton mold(s) and wick(s)~~

Cut the top off the wax-coated carton. Candles can be made as tall or short within the carton as desired. Cut the wire wicking about 2 inches longer than the carton is high. (Attach a wick tab, following package directions, if desired, to one end of the wick.) Roll one end of the wick around a pencil and lay the pencil across the top of the carton with the wick centered straight down and just touching (with or without a wick tab) the bottom of the carton. Before the final candle is poured, a small amount of warm melted wax can be poured around the bottom of the wick (or wick tab) and allowed to harden to help hold the wick in place.

To prepare and melt the wax~~
With a heavy serrated knife or cleaver, cut or thinly slice wax into small pieces on cutting board covered with brown paper grocery bag(s). Place a small round trivet, flat side-down, in a 2 1/2 to 3 quart saucepan and add about 2 inches of water. Heat the water. Melt the wax in a cleaned, dried one-pound coffee can set on the trivet in the hot but NOT simmering water. Stir occasionally with a clean wooden stick. (Wax can also be melted in special boil bags, following package directions.) Heat wax only until all wax is melted. Do not leave wax unattended. Remove pan from heat and leave wax in water to cool slightly (130° to 160° F.) while assembling ice cubes and decorations in carton mold.

To assemble candle~~

Loosely start to fill the carton with ice cubes (keeping wick in center). Position citrus slices, leaves and spices randomly, as desired, touching the sides of the carton and using the ice cubes to help hold the decorations against the sides of the carton. Keep adding ice cubes and decorations to desired height, but not too close to the top of the carton. Pour the warm melted wax over the ice cubes, filling the carton to cover the ice and decorations by at least 3/4 inch. Carefully set aside to cool completely. Remove the pencil. Remove the carton over sink by carefully peeling away the paper carton from the candle. Drain out all water and let dry before lighting the wick.

Jai Sai Ram~~~
Title: Re:Stress Reducers~~~
Post by: tana on September 24, 2008, 09:46:00 PM
Om SaiRam~~~

Stress Reducers~~~

   1. Pray

   2. Go to bed on time.

   3. Get up on time so you can start the day un rushed.

   4. Say No, to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

   5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

   6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

   7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

   8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

   9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

  10. Take one day at a time.

  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what BABA would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,

  14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut.) This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

  15. Do something for the kid in you everyday.

  16. Carry a SSC with you to read while waiting in line or listen BABA bhajans.

  17. Get enough exercise.

  18. Eat right.

  19. Get organized so everything has its place.

  20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

  21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.

  22. Everyday, find time to be alone.

  23. Having problems? Talk to BABA on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until its time to go to bed to try and pray.

  24. Make friends with Godly people.

  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a Good "Thank you BABA!"

  27. Laugh.

  28. Laugh some more!

  29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.

  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

  32. Sit on your ego.

  33. Talk less; listen more.

  34. Slow down.

  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

Jai Sai Ram~~~
Title: Re: Test Your Stress Level~~~
Post by: Manyu_rocks23 on December 30, 2008, 10:16:38 AM
THANX =============OM SAI RAM