Never Be Late Again

Clock from Stress ExpressAre you one of those people who is chronically late?  Who always rushes from place to place and leaves people waiting on you, creating tension before you even start?  Do you realize that being late is actually a broken agreement, that it says to the person you are meeting "You are not important enough to me to be on time."  It's unfair, insulting and unprofessional, and that's so not like you.

How to Be on Time

Choose and prioritize.  Make the decision to be early instead of late. Set your clock 15 minutes ahead, set your phone alarm to beep you 15 minutes before you have to leave and then 5 minutes so that you make it on time.  Use whatever little tricks you have to get out the door in plenty of time.

Plan on delays, in traffic, in elevators, in subways, etc.  Life is like that, so build in a time cushion.  I have a meeting this morning that takes me 1/2 hour to get to- without traffic glitches.  So I will leave at 45 minutes before to give myself a 15 minute cushion. If you're early, stay in your car and get things done before you go in.  Showing up 5 minutes early is fine, 15 is probably too much.

Call when you are running behind.  Demonstrate respect for the person you are meeting. Give them an accurate assessment of when you will arrive.

• Prep for meetings and events the night before.  Have everything you need all set to go. That saves scrambling around at the last minute.

Have one place in your house for keys, cellphones, etc.  Leave your keys there.  This prevents last minute rushing and looking for lost items.

Once you make the commitment to be on time, you will find the quality of your relationships improves and you will feel better about yourself, instead of guilt and ashamed.  You're capable and competent, you know how to handle this.  Just do it and reap the rewards.

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Stress Can Make You Fat

Stress Slows Down Metabolism

obese cat from Stress ExpressA new study from Biological Psychiatry shows that women burn fewer calories under stress and are more likely to reach for the wrong food when they are upset.  For many people, that means indulging in sugary carbs, which elevates blood sugar, contributes to diabetes and makes you put on belly fat.

This gets further complicated by lack of sleep.  If you get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, you are more likely to carry an extra  20 pounds of weight.

The solution: eat breakfast early, much on several small healthy meals throughout the day (think nuts, salads, veggies) and go to bed early.  Your overall health will definitely improve.

 

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Can Meditation Help You Beat Cancer?

meditation as stress reliever from Stress ExpressBelieve it or not, yes.  New research in the Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology shows results of a study done on mindful meditators.  Researchers in the US, Spain, and France report the evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice.

The study investigated long-term meditators.  After 8 hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed genetic and molecular differences, including reduction in levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which is related to speedier physical recovery from stress.

The Way You Think DIRECTLY Influences Your Health

Dr. Bruce Lipton says that gene activity can change daily. "If the perception in your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body, and if your nervous system reads and interprets the environment and then controls the blood’s chemistry, then you can literally change the fate of your cells by altering your thoughts." (Michael Forrester's article in Tuned Body)

This is a revolutionary concept for many people, and yet those in the fields of psychology, personal development and self-help have long known that what you put your attention on manifests.  Your thoughts have a direct impact on your outcomes.

Implications for Serious Illness

Dr. Lipton believes that your body will come into alignment with your belief systems.  If you are battling cancer and you believe you only have 6 months to live, you probably will.  The opposite is also true.  If you have a strong belief that you can conquer whatever illness you are battling, that can go a long way towards your recovery.

Bottom line: meditation can help you  relieve stress on a genetic level and your thoughts, subconscious or not, have a huge impact on your health.

For more information, go to www. wisc.edu, www.brucelipton.com.

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