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Why Are Americans So Stressed Out?

April 5, 2011
Stress Release Reminders

It is vital to your health, keeping stress levels low. Reminding you to keep them low, is our commitment.

Most Americans believe they do not have time. Their schedules are much to busy, and their day-to-day health is set aside for a later time. The biggest problem is once the time finally comes, they are too exhausted to properly relieve the stress & tension. They end up collapsing in their beds for a restless night’s sleep.

There are thousands, if not millions of resources to alleviate stress, but nothing that reminds us to do it, and do it often. This is what Stress Release Reminders is all about. It is there throughout your day to remind you to slow down, relax your tension, & focus on living in the moment. Users of the product have said, that just after a month of using the technique, healthy habits are formed and positive outlook on life is achieved.

Some great resources on lowering stress are:

In her book she writes about the pathways to peace. In chapter 3 “Using the tools”, she believes the best way to lower stress is to practice calming techniques until they are an ingrained habit. She gives an example of brushing your teeth daily. We do not tell ourselves what to do throughout the entire cleaning, it is the exact sequence we have brushed twice a day, everyday. The book is a wonderful resource, but if we are not reminded each day to apply what Dr Lee prescribes, then the knowledge can become an entirely new stress of not taking care of ourselves properly.

This book is about how tension can damage your body. In the 19th Century Sir William Olser, father of modern-day medicine, pointed out the importance of treating emotional factors in physical illnesses. Since then, there have been countless publishing’s on how stress affects our health. Dr John Sarno MD, wrote a NY Times best seller “Mind Over Back Pain” It breaks down  tension and how it affects our health. He explains Tension Myostis Syndrome. Which, he believes is one of the major factors in most chronic pain sufferers. His findings are very interesting, and this is why it is so important to loosen tension so often each day. Practicing tension relief is an easy habit to form with unbelievable benefits to improve our health.

Sonia’s book is an amazing way to find your true goals in life. She explains how we create our reality by focusing our day-to-day experiences with a successful  purpose. Her breakdown on the steps of finding true joy is a wonderful journey. Once understood, Stress Release Reminders last step of the calming technique, is to center your moment to this purpose. This eliminates stressful distractions, and helps to realize experiences, not moving you forward to your goals, are not worth the time.

Now, take a look at the Stress Release Reminder’s stress management technique and you will understand how all three books prove the importance of doing these steps many times a day.

Stress Release Reminders calming technique:

  • Notice Reminder decalPlace decals in areas where you need to relax most.
  • Take a deep breath When we focus on a good deep breath. We are filling our minds with the oxygen we need to think more clearly. It calms our nervous system and allows us to relax.
  • Relax muscle tensionClenching the jaw can lead to tension headaches. Tightening the shoulders can lead to neck & back pain. Clenching our fists or curling our toes can lead to pins & needle sensations or even bone disorders. Checking these areas & loosening them is crucial to the process.
  • Center your mind to whats most important What gives you the most joy from your lifetime of experiences? This centers you to your goals & makes you want to be a better person.
  • Repeat your daily affirmation This process is for yourself, for your self-pride. It does not need to be shared with others, but needs to be fully accepted by you.
  • Smile & be proud of your accomplishmentYou are in charge of your mind & body. You are in control of your health. Be proud.


Mindfulness and Stress Release Reminders

March 29, 2011

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.~ Thich Nhat Hanh~

“Mindfulness” or being “mindful” is being aware of your present moment. You are not judging, reflecting or thinking. You are simply observing the moment in which you find yourself.

Just recently, Stress Release Reminders was compared to the Buddha practice Mindfulness. Clinical studies have proven that mindful techniques can alleviate stress and anxiety. The key is to  practice the technique often. This is why Stress Release Reminders is a valuable tool. It is there to remind you until a habit is formed, and becomes a natural response.

Almost 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Guautama, the Buddha who founded buddhism, taught the practice of Mindfulness. It was the 7th step of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is considered a disciplined form of meditation and not a religious practice. When you are in the state of mindfulness, you are aware of the moment. You are not dwelling on the past nor worrying about the future. You are focused on your breath, and your body.

This is very similar to the first and second steps in the Stress Release Reminders calming technique.

  • Taking a deep breath. It allows oxygen to your brain &  calms the nervous system.
  • Then, the second step is to relax muscle tension. There is no better way to become aware of your body then by doing this step, because you are scanning your pressure points from head to toe, feeling the tension, and then relaxing the pressure. This allows proper blood flow, and alleviates sore muscles and can help with bone disorders.

In the practice of Mindfulness, you are to bring awareness to one thing in the moment.

  • In the third step of the Stress Release Reminders, you are to center your thoughts to what is most important to you. When you remind yourself of your goals, it is easier to understand and to eliminate unnecessary stress. What I mean is, if there is an aggravation in your day, then ask yourself, “Will this get me to my ultimate goal?” If not, it is not worth your time, and let it go. This will reinforce positive living, and give you control over stress.

Mindfulness and Stress Release Reminders are not exactly the same techniques, but do have a lot of similarities. They both bring awareness to the moment, allowing healthier habits to be formed. Users of the stress management program have reported that with in the first month of practicing the technique, healthier habits have been formed, and positive lifestyle is gained.







News or Anxiety Pushers?

March 15, 2011

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.  ~James Branch Cabell~

optimistic-hopefulness and confidence about the future, successful outcome of something  pessimistic-pertaining to, characterized by cynical outlook;  gloomy

We have a choice each day to live with an optimistic or a pessimistic point of view. American news organizations have decided to make our minds up for us. Media sources mostly focus on the negative stories. Headlines are geared to shock & scare viewers into watching.  They believe that the positive stories do not sell newspapers. Viewers may begin to think that there is no good news to report. In fact, our country is the most generous country in the world. Great events happen every moment, but it does not make the news. News personnel are not at total blame, they would be terrible businessmen if they did not recognize the trends of the American people. Box offices are filled with movies geared toward violence. However, I do have hope for a change in the media’s point of view of us. Shows like; Extreme Home Makeover, Biggest Loser, and Undercover Boss are proving that Americans want the positive stories.

The job of the news is to inform people about social, political, cultural,  and economic issues. It is to be presented with all sides of the facts and personal opinions left out. The job of the viewer is to gather the facts and form their own opinion in order to make a decision of right or wrong.

Below, I have two headlines, which would you prefer to read?

  1. Teacher fired for child abuse accusations
  2. Teacher awarded Golden Apple for  his work with autistic children

Now, let’s take a deeper look.

Why did you choose the article? Maybe, you are personally connected to the story. Maybe, you have a child in the same situation or age  & you are interested in how to protect him. Maybe, it just sparked an interest. The last statement is the one to focus on. Which sparked an interest?

As individuals, we do not have control over the media’s stories, but we can decide for ourselves which stories we choose to follow. This is what we do have control of.

We have a choice each day to recognize the “Good”.  To see the small acts of kindness, recognize the beauty in our environment, and not worry about stories we have no control over. We must  stay informed, but do not allow it to consume your worries and spark negative feelings for the rest of your day.

For once a day positive quotes, images, stories, or challenges. Like Stress Release Reminders on Facebook.

Child-Like Point of View…Where did It Go?

March 9, 2011

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  ~Jean de la Bruyere~

Childlike-Like or befitting a child, as in innocence, trustfulness, or candor.

Remember the days when life was simple. The biggest decisions of the day were; shall I skip to my friend’s house, or walk? Or shall I dig for worms or catch fireflies? Now, as adults, we tend to worry about the future or regret our past decisions. We tend to have a hard time focusing on the moment.

One of the biggest rewards of spending time with children, is it allows you to see the world through their eyes. To go back to a time of innocence, and viewing the world as a new discovery. We can still have this, it just takes practice. It takes patience to step back, slow down, and look around. Stress Release Reminder’s stress management program reminds you to do this and maybe a helpful tool in this practice.

When you allow yourself to slow down you will discover new things.  Life does not have to be so busy, you create your mind-set.

Your schedule can still include the activities you want out of life, but looking at the environment, enjoying the surroundings, and observing nature helps you to slow down.

Childlike qualities are endless, but the ones that I wish to emulate are:

  • being present in the moment
  • letting go of worries I have no control of
  • not focusing on other people opinions of me
  • exploring my imagination and creativity
  • be more playful and allow myself to be silly and laugh
  • and live without judgment

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard~

Skipping, blowing bubbles, swinging on a park swing, making a snow angel, watching the clouds go by, picking clovers to make a necklace, playing a sport, watching a bird make its nest, digging for worms, catching fireflies, are all great past times. Try stepping out of your adult shoes, go barefoot and relive these cherished memories.

More Then Just A Rhyme, Dr Seuss

March 2, 2011

Have you ever taken a moment to look past the silly words and focus on the message Dr Seuss conveys  in his work?

As a child, I loved the rhyming silly repetition of “Green Eggs and Ham” but not until much later did I realize what a true visionary Theodore Seuss Geisel truly was. I can not pinpoint a favorite, but I have to say “The Sneetches” which helps children except people no matter how different, or “Oh the places you go” are 2 of my favorite. He has many deep and meaningful writings, and in his honor, I would like to share a few of my favorite.

  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” (The Lorax)
  • “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” (Yertle the Turtle )
  • “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” (Happy Birthday to You)

I have posted many of Dr Seuss’s quotes on my motivational Facebook page for Stress Release Reminders. Here are a few of the most liked by the fans:

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“How did it get so late so soon?”
“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Click here to watch short inspirational quote videos on Youtube.


An Affordable Stress Management Program For Your Employees

February 21, 2011

How much is stress costing your business?

Work place stress costs the nation more than $300 billion a year in health care, missed work and stress reduction efforts according to American Institute of Stress.

What are the main stress related expenses?

  • Productivity and Performance – Whether the stress originates at home or at work; bad attitude, negative energy, and lack of enthusiasm reflects on your company. Potential clients will be pushed away and your bottom line can be greatly diminished. 40% of job turnover is due to stress. Replacing an average employee today costs between $3,000 and $13,000.
  • Sick Leave –  Stress has been called “the silent killer” Employees who suffer from day-to-day stress without proper management will have a lower immune system. Their for calling in sick or worse showing up and spreading illnesses to other employees. According to a survey of 800,000 workers in over 300 companies, the number of employees calling in sick because of stress tripled from 1996 to 2000. An estimated 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress.
  • Workman Compensation Claims – When employees are focused on their worries, they tend not to concentrate on their duties. Many accidents happen because of this. Also, Double digit increases in Workers’ compensation premiums every year as a result of mental stress claims threaten to bankrupt the system in several states.
  • Higher Health Insurance Premiums– Every time an employee is diagnosed with back or muscle complications, stomach complications, heart complications, or what ever stress related issue, the premiums for the group go up every year and sometimes every 6 months. Health Insurance for a single employee jumped from $1.80 to $3.80 per hour in just the past few years.

One study estimated that 11 million Americans suffer at work from unhealthy levels of stress. California alone reported mental stress worker compensation claims rose 200 to 700% in the 1980’s, while all other causes stayed the same or declined.

More recently, the 2000 annual “Attitudes In The American Workplace VI” Gallup Poll sponsored by the Marlin Company found that 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need help.

A stress management program can cost companies thousands of dollars and cause even more stress to the bottom line. It is important to address each individual employee, and find a program that will teach employees how to manage their own health and well-being. This is not only a tool for better performance for your business, but a gift from you to your employee. Businesses that care for the well-being of their employees will receive loyalty in return.

The best technique to lower stress is simple, but remembering to do the steps throughout the day can be difficult. It is a matter of practice, and teaching yourself until it becomes habit. Stress Release Reminders is just the product to keep your employees focused on healthy levels of stress. For a $19.95 investment this program can change their attitude, their health, and even their life. Each stress management program kit consists of 20 static cling, clear, dime size decals and a custom journal designed for today’s busy lifestyle. The journal is designed as an easy insert to daily goals, affirmations, & a few highlights for from the day.

Here is the simple technique and why it lowers stress:

  1. Deep Breath When we focus on a good deep breath. We are filling our minds with the oxygen we need to think more clearly. It calms our nervous system and allows us to relax.
  2. Release Tension Clenching the jaw can lead to tension headaches. Tightening the shoulders can lead to neck & back pain. Clenching our fists or curling our toes can lead to pins & needle sensations or even bone disorders. Checking these areas & loosening them is crucial to the process.
  3. Center you Mind to what is most important What gives you the most joy from your lifetime of experiences? This centers you to your goals & makes you want to be a better person.
  4. Repeat your daily affirmation – This process is for yourself, for your self-pride. It does not need to be shared with others, but needs to be fully accepted by you.
  5. Smile at your accomplishment – You are in charge of your mind and body. You are in control of your life. Be proud.

If you would like more information on the Stress Release Reminders product and how the company was started click here. Discounts can be applied for orders of 10 or more units. Please contact Kelly Evers for rates at StressRReminders@gmail.com


Speak Your Mate’s Love Language

February 12, 2011

Looking for the Ultimate Valentines Day Gift?

The Five Love Languages

How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate written by Gary Chapman.

I believe this book can help all couples have a better understanding on exactly what each other need from one another. It is simple to wrap the book up & give it as a gift, but for a truly generous gift, open the pages together, read the 5 different languages, and decide which love language you need to give to your mate.

In the book, Henry Cloud lists the  5 ways we show love. Everybody needs all 5 given to them from time to time, but learning your spouses main language is key to giving them the ultimate gift. Once you give your mate the love they desire, the more your mate will want to give you yours. It’s that simple.

Here is a list of the 5 “Love Languages”

Words of Affirmation- Never take for granite that your mate knows how you feel, specially if  “Words of affirmation” is their language.  If you appreciate something they did, thank them. If they did a good job on a task, congratulate them. If they look nice, compliment them. If you love them, tell them. These people need to be reassured by just a few simple words.

Quality Time- The length of time is not important, what is most important, is for them to have your undivided attention. Taking some time to plan small moments shared by just the 2 of you is key. Little gestures like taking a meal outside for a picnic, taking a walk, or exploring this book together are all huge acts of  “Quality Time” love.

Acts of Service- The key to this language is to take the initiative without being asked or told. There are so many ways to help your mate. Here are just a few; helping with the household chores, calling on the way home to see if you can run an errand for them, and taking their car up to the station to fill the tank. All 3 are Big gestures for a person who needs “Acts of Service” love.

Physical Touch- Holding hands, back rubs, and cuddling up close are what this person needs throughout the day. A hello & goodbye kiss is a great habit to get into when your mate needs “Physical Touch” love.

Gifts- Store bought or hand-made, this person feels loved because their mate was thinking of them while they were away from each other.

Which is most important to you? Which is most important to your mate? How often do you need your top Love Language spoken each day? How often do you need your least “Love Language” spoken?

Once you and your mate have answered these questions and start speaking each others language, your relationship will grow to a whole other level. Enjoy!

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