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Monday, July 30, 2012

Do you ever find yourself becoming aware of how your shoulders are pulled up to your ears, your teeth are grinding, your body is tense?  The moment you become aware of the anxiety, you let your shoulders down, take a deep breath and feel your body relax. Oh! how good that feels. 

In today's rush,rush world with so many important things to do, we lose sight as to how much stress we put on ourselves. We really have to think about relaxing. 

There are many reasons besides being too busy, why we are always in a state of tension and we've covered that in some earlier blogs.

The words for this week are: Loosen Up..Party Down..Run Like The Wind..Shake Your Groove Thing. O.K. I just aged myself. You get the message. There are things we can do that will calm us down and help us to enjoy life.

Lets start with the practical one we all know, but makes us tense just thinking about it.

EXERCISE..One of the best ways to relieve stress. We all know how it releases the good stuff for our bodies. Why then is it so hard to do. I think, my personal opinion, we make it bigger then it has to be. We have a picture in our minds that we need to (work out) and end up looking like this unattainable picture we have in our heads. When that seems impossible (which it is) unless you live at the gym...we don't do it.

Which brings me to my second point:

DANCE..I don't mean every step gracefully done..I mean get up off that couch and dance, turn on your favorite tune and dance all through the house. So what if its mid morning with dishes in the sink, laundry in the basket...DANCE!!  Have fun don't worry about time. Oh! how fun exercise can be.

LAUGHTER..Our bodies love it when we laugh. It releases all kinds of good things causing our body to relax. As we get older we forget to laugh. Mackenzie (my oldest grand daughter) loves to tell jokes...remember the silly ones we use to tell in grade school? I bought a joke book so I could have something to tell her. We are always telling each other jokes, they are silly but what fun. If you can't find something to laugh about-buy yourself a joke book.

Humor..Are you always serious in your day, trying to get things done, hurrying here and there. STOP!!! find some humor.  Sometimes we have to get creative, but that's what makes it fun. Send someone a silly card, look around at what the birds, squirrels, your pets do that bring a little humor into your day. Warning: You have to STOP to pull this one off.

DON'T TAKE YOURSELF SO SERIOUSLY..so what if things didn't go as you planned, you still got it done. It's going to be fine! Your a really funny person, you just don't know it because that side rarely comes out.

Most Importantly...

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD..you will never be able to relax if you don't know the Lord in a personal way.  You'll always be searching for something, trying to fill that void. He is the only way to have complete contentment even through the tense times in life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Have a shake your groove thing kind of week :)



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Women Encouraged founder and director, Linda Huffman believes in doing all she can to help women be all they can be - physically, emotionally and spiritually. WE strives to do that by helping women recognize their strengths, conquer their weaknesses, bring balance in all areas of their lives and promote confidence in who they are, which gives them the courage to reach for those desires in their hearts that seem impossible.

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