Stress Tip: Use Music to Relax & DeStress

It Can Also Fire You Up!

A 2006 Journal of Advanced Nursing study showed that listening to music one hour a day for a week reduced symptoms of depression by 25%.   Music, especially classical music, can also serve as a powerful stress-relief tool.  Listening to Pachelbel's famous Canon in D major while preparing to speak publicly helps avoid anxiety and lowers heart rate and blood pressure.

I use different CD’s in the car.  When I need to get Fired Up!, I have energizing, upbeat music that empowers me.  Right now, it's the soundtrack from Glee 3D.  When I need to relax, I listen to soft jazz and soothing instrumentals.  Try this yourself, especially if you spend hours in the car each day.  Make custom playlists on your MP3 player, for working out, for energizing you and for unwinding in traffic. It can even help you destress during the holidays!

 

Motivational Gifts for $30 or Less
Check out the holiday flyer with sales specials.  Many items can be downloaded over the internet with a gift PDF. Holiday Flyer

 

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Never Give Up!

Success is Just Around the Corner

What do Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill have in  common? Mostly an incredible spirit and determination.  Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years, and became president of the African National Congress in South Africa in 1991.  During that time, he was sorely tested as loved ones were killed, isolation haunted him and thoughts of freedom seemed futile. And yet his indomitable spirit and faith kept him going.
Churchill, as prime minister of England during World War II, spoke to students at Harrow School saying:  "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. "

Did you know that Walt Disney lost his job at a newspaper because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas"?  He also went bankrupt several time before building Disneyland.  But Disney had a big vision and he succeeded.  On opening night of Disneyworld, an employee noted to Disney's wife - "Too bad Walt couldn't see this."  She replied ' He did see it- that's why it's here.

Keep your vision strong, stay positive and never ever give up.

 

Motivational Gifts for $30 or Less
Some of my clients and friends have asked me what they can get by Christmas that's under  that will help motivate their loved ones.  There are many to choose from, including the Fired Up book for only $14, Stress Express for $19 and more.  Check out the holiday flyer with sales specials.  Many items can be downloaded over the internet and most can be shipped in plenty of time for Christmas in the US. Holiday Flyer

 

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Communicate Well by Asking Open-Ended Questions

And Actively Listen to the Answers

At work, one of the best ways to improve your relationships with your colleagues, superiors and direct reports is to ask meaningful open-ended questions and then sit back and listen- actively.  In an earlier blog post, I described active listening as the state where you focus completely on the other person, don't speak, have open body language and nod encouragingly as you listen.

When you do that after asking questions which require more than a yes or no answer, amazing things happen to your communication.

Here's an example. Let's say you're workingon a major project with many components and several colleagues. Try asking a question like "Could you please give me your perspective on the status of the project?"  If they answer, "It's going fine," say "Tell me more.  Could you give me an overall update on thehighs and lows and any concerns/ suggestions you may have?"  That way, you will receive much more detailed information and gain some new insights. It's much more effective than saying, "How's the project going?" because that might yield only a one or two word answer.  Thank the colleague for sharing their perceptions and decide what you want to do with the information.  Either way, you'll have shown the colleague that you value them and their input, and you may very well have gained new data you didn't have before.

 

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