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Mobile apps to help you remain stress free

(NC) – Spring is just around the corner which means a hectic time of year at work,  home, with the kids and  juggling ongoing events with friends and family, it’s no secret that life can get busy, stressful and overwhelming. When your days get too crazy to handle, your smartphone can be your best personal assistant—at home or on the road.

If you’re looking for a quick escape, there are some amazing advances in mobile technology that can help you make the most of a last-minute getaway. Products like Google Goggles (where you take a picture of something with your phone—say, a statue in Trafalgar Square or a painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario—and can instantly get all of the relevant information on the object from a quick internet search) and Google Maps for mobile (where you can get driving, walking, biking, or public transit directions at the touch of a button) are quickly earning a place in the arsenals of the savviest travel and tech enthusiasts.

To stay organized no matter where you are, try some of these useful apps that can help you streamline every aspect of your life:

• Enhanced with ‘touch-screen’ buttons and color-coded events, Google Calendar can help keep track of your hectic schedule. No more forgetting dinner with friends or that important appointment.

• Easily keep track of shopping lists or mental notes while you’re on the go with Google Tasks.

• Make phone calls, send text messages and so much more using simple voice commands with Google Voice Search. It’s an app that’s especially handy for all you multi-taskers out there.

 

Check out Google Googles, Google Maps, Google Calendars, Google Tasks and Google Voice Search on your smartphone today!  Google can help you to make your life a little easier with these downloadable apps!

 

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Relieve Your Stress With Meditation

Most of us lead busy, fast-paced lives. We have too much to do and too little time, and may be dealing with career pressures, family difficulties, or financial problems on top of everything else. Doctors have known for some time that there is a direct link between stress and a variety of health problems including headaches, stomach problems, heart problems, skin conditions, and high blood pressure, as well as depression and anxiety. While we can’t eliminate all stress from our lives, we can take steps to reduce its effects, and meditation is a wonderful way for you to calm down and regain your balance.
 
Meditation has been used for centuries as a way for people to reflect, relax and connect with their inner selves, but it is not some mysterious ancient art that requires years of study. At some time in your life, you have probably experienced a meditative state, a feeling of peace and serenity, simply by walking through the woods, or enjoying a beautiful piece of music. With just a little practice, you can achieve that peaceful state whenever you wish, and feel refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges.
 
Try to Meditate Daily
Pick a time that works for you. If you have children, wait until they are in school or napping. Many people meditate in the morning as a relaxing way to start the day, while others like to meditate before bed. The time of day is not important, nor is the amount of time you spend meditating. Twenty to thirty minutes is good, but even if you can only spare 5 or 10 minutes you will still benefit from it.
 
Meditation Basics
Choose a quiet place with few distractions. If you like, you can light incense or a scented candle, but it isn’t necessary. Some people find it helpful to listen to relaxing music or nature sounds while meditating; others prefer complete silence.

You can sit cross-legged on the floor, or sit in a chair with your back supported. The important thing is that you are comfortable. Place one hand on each thigh, or cup your right hand under your left in your lap. You do not have to stay still to meditate! It’s ok to move or scratch an itch! Don’t feel that you have to shut out the world completely to get the benefits of meditation. If the phone rings, or there is some other brief interruption, just take care of it, then go back to meditating.

 
Breathing
Keep your spine straight, but not stiff, as this allows you to breathe deeply. Breathing deeply helps you to relax and concentrate because more oxygen is getting into the bloodstream. And deep breathing actually slows your heart rate. When you have found a comfortable position, begin focusing on breathing deeply. Follow each breath as it enters your nose, goes down into your lungs, and then out your nose again. Feel it on your upper lip as you exhale. Breathe in to the count of 4, and exhale to the count of 4. Feel the muscles in your body beginning to relax.
 
Don’t be concerned if you find it difficult to relax in the beginning. Trying too hard to relax can be stressful in itself! You may find yourself thinking about work, or all the things you need to take care of that day. If so, just acknowledge the thoughts that come into your head, but then let them go and focus again on your breathing. You may also want to start with shorter periods of meditation and work up to longer sessions.
 
Visualize
Visualization is a great tool to help you relax. Imagine yourself in a place that you find peaceful, for example, the beach. Think about the sounds you would hear there:  the cries of the seagulls, and the sound of the waves on the shore. Imagine how the sun feels on your skin, and the smell of the salt air. You might choose to visualize being in the woods, or in the mountains. Whatever you choose, imagine every detail as if you are actually there.
 
Meditation is only one of the ways to reduce the stress in our lives. Eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep and exercise are also very important. Take a look at your lifestyle and decide whether you need to make other changes, but try meditation, too. It is a great way to relax and reduce the negative effects of stress, and you will feel the difference immediately.

Louann Vertrees is an entrepreneur and freelance proofreader and editor. She has also worked as an English teacher and counselor, and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Among her many interests are Eastern philosophy and holistic health care and disease prevention. Visit her website at http://azproofreader.com

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Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss By Laurie Sue Brockway

(PRWEB) February 20, 2005

Today’s weddings have become so commercially-driven and so stressful to plan that couples sometimes forget about the sacred nature of getting married. In fact, for many modern brides-to-be, planning a wedding is more like going into battle. Rather than experiencing it as “the happiest time” in her life, she feels like she is managing a crisis. Laurie Sue Brockway, top wedding officiant and nationally recognized expert in women’s empowerment, shows brides how to transcend the emotional frenzy of wedding planning stress and take charge of the most sacred time of their lives in her new book, Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss (Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 2005; $ 16.95).

In Wedding Goddess, Brockway – who was engaged and married during the writing of the book – guides brides-to-be on an emotionally and spiritually empowering, step-by-step journey to the altar. Her unique approach suggests ways to treat every step of the experience – from engagement and bridal shower, to getting your license and signing it on your wedding day– as its own rite of passage. It shows not just how to be a goddess on the big day, but how to make the entire journey special and sacred.

Who is a Wedding Goddess? She’s a bride who has an awareness of the “realities,” stresses, disappointments and disasters of wedding planning, and yet can hold on to and nurture her vision of how she wants it all to be. She understands that she is bound to hit some bumps along the way, and that the best way to conquer the problems before they begin is to plan for them as a Goddess would. In fact, each of the 21 chapters begins with the wisdom of an ancient Goddess, who offers the bride inspiration for the journey, such as views on self-care and beauty, as inspired by Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty

An inspirational “Wedding Goddess Rule” as well as “Wedding Goddess Vow” appears in each chapter, along with musings from brides who have been there and the expert advice of dozens of today’s top wedding experts. Culling also from the world’s many spiritual traditions, and blending in her own experience in helping hundreds of brides to the altar each year, Brockway offers her unique insights to help brides:

-Visualize, imagine, dream, write and pray your dream wedding into reality.

-Take charge of the experience so that your big day goes your way.

-Stay centered in the face of inevitable wedding drama and family issues and create proper boundaries.

-Bring out and enhance feelings of confidence and self-esteem to feel fabulous, calm, confident, and divine on the days leading up to and on the wedding day – so you walk down the aisle like a Goddess.

-Find inspiration, creativity and self-expression on your personal path to the altar that gives you permission to create a wedding that is a unique celebration of your love.

-Give your marriage the best start with special prayers, blessings and ceremonies.

-Insure there are plenty of loving, feel-good moments with your groom that empower you both to remember why you are getting married.

“From the moment you embark on your wedding journey it is important that you realize you are magical and blessed,” says Brockway. “And it is just as important that you treat yourself not just royally, but divinely, like a Goddess. Adopt a mindset and create a lifestyle that is nurturing, healing and relaxing. Get on the Wedding Goddess track and forge ahead with wedding planning with a sense of joy, fun, inspiration and grace. “

Page after page of Wedding Goddess is rich with insight, advice and many practical and spiritual hints on how to rise to the occasion like a Goddess. Brockway treats the planning of the wedding as a growing experience and incorporates exercises, blessings, rituals, meditation, music, healing techniques, creativity, spirituality and playfulness into the experience.

The book is photo illustrated by Arlene Sandler of Lensgirl.com, New York’s top wedding photographer specializing in non-traditional, documentary-like photos that capture the moods and moments of the wedding day.

For every bride-to-be who wants to arrive at her wedding day as the Goddess she truly is, Wedding Goddess is required reading.

About the Author:

Laurie Sue Brockway, an interfaith minister and wedding officiant, is a widely recognized expert on women’s self-esteem and spirituality. She has a busy wedding ministry in New York and has helped revolutionize the wedding experience for both brides and grooms. She was named “Best Wedding Ceremony Provider” by The New York Press. She is creator of The Wedding Goddess ™ Workshop. She also manages and co-facilitates The Bridal Survival Club ™ in New York City. She is the author of many books, including A Goddess is a Girl’s Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness. She writes a syndicated column, For The Goddess In You, and has written articles for the NY Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, and other publications. A newlywed herself, she lives in NewYork with her new husband and her son. Her website is http://www.WeddingGoddess.com.

Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss

By Laurie Sue Brockway

Perigee Trade Paperback Original; May 2005; $ 16.95

ISBN: 0-399-53099-1

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Amazing Music Recommended for Pets Stress Related Behavior

Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) May 3, 2006

For the past several months, Tracy Acosta, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine and owner of Biloxi Animal Hospital in Biloxi, MS, has been adding a unique component to her medical and boarding services. This ardent pet lover has been playing soothing pet music to create a calming environment in her hospital as she and her staff head off to surgery and to their drop-off appointments. My staff and I at Biloxi Animal Hospital truly believe that our patients (dogs and cats) benefit from the peaceful tone that the music provides. I feel that this not only pleases the pets but their owners as well who seem to delight in the fact that their beloved companion/s will be supplied with such an amenity.

In its 2005/2006 study, the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) National Pet Owners Survey* reported that pet owners spent $ 43-68 Million respectively on their cats and dogs treats. An astounding $ 337 Million has been spent on cats and $ 574 Million on dogs surgical vet visits.

Pet owners will do everything to keep their pets happy, most especially if it meant proactively participating in their pets healing process. If soothing music can calm down your nerves then your pets can certainly benefit from this brand new set of albums exclusively composed to relax and calm your little friend.

In his stunning new CD series, internationally acclaimed musical artist Marco Missinato reveals the secret to creating more relaxed and healthier pets. Most importantly, his music has been tested by veterinarians as part of the healing and recovery program in calming sick and hyper-active pets, a beautiful project that is a first in its class and has not been done anywhere in the world.

Produced by the Los Angeles-based company Pets Love Music (TM), the first two releases in the new series consist of two-CD sets: Cat Dreams: Relaxing Music for Cats and Cat Lovers (Volumes 1 & 2); and Dog Dreams: Relaxing Music for Dogs and Dog Lovers (Volumes 1 & 2). Each CD features more than 50 minutes of original compositions, developed by Missinato and endorsed by international cat show judge Aline Noel and dog communication expert Brandon Fauche.

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Fun Family Traditions Site Releases New Stress Relief Digital Manual in Dinner Talk Style

Logan, Utah (PRWEB) September 22, 2008

The “Dinner Talk People” at Epicworld Web site have released a new digital stress relief manual in honor of Family Day. With illustrated epic stories in easy dinner talk style, the digital manual, Escape to Epic World, by C.A. Davidson, offers a 5 step process or journey of discovery. Daily family meals are the first step in stress relief for parents and in preparing their children for successful adulthood.

According to this manual, stress management is not a single activity– it is a process, a way of life. In Escape to Epic World, this process is organized into five steps.

Step 1. “Family Gathering.” Family meals are the first step toward the “happy ending” all parents want for their families. For many, the back-to-school season is a convenient time to gather the family and loved ones as a support group, and begin enjoying daily dinner talk together.

Studies by The Center for Addictions and Substance Abuse show that children who have daily family meals 1)abuse drugs less 2) eat more nutritious meals 3) do better in school. Those with the family meal habit are discovering an additional benefit of stress relief.

Step 2. “Prepare Every Needful Thing.” Stress for children often comes from the unknown and unexpected. Preparing ahead of time for potential stressors and difficult circumstances empowers them to cope more effectively and find peace of mind.

Step 3. “Landmarks.” For parents who would like their children to read good books, this section provides discussion topics from classic literature. In his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien speaks of having “eyes that know what to look for.” This step gives young people increased understanding of epic literature and their own character development.

Step 4. “Epic Quest.” Managing the day-to-day routine with a measured pace, prioritizing the important activities, and simplifying “busy-ness” can reduce stress. Finding an expanded perspective reduces stress for children and helps parents avoid burn-out.

Step 5. “Return Home Triumphant.” In this section, parents find ways to help their children “discover the epic hero within.” William James said, “The greatest use of our life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.” Children with a sense of purpose do not merely survive the teenage years– they thrive.

Epicworld has also established a new web page with stress relief tips. The site and book are not clinical or professional in nature. The site offers time and stress management tips and other resources. The book is a collection of epic stories which provide a “retreat” from the stresses of life, giving strength and encouragement at the same time.

The book points out that since we cannot totally remove stress from our lives, what we need is a place of privacy or safety, a refuge, or a retreat. A retreat does not mean defeat, but rather a temporary oasis, where one can be refreshed and strengthened. The author calls this retreat “Epic World”, or the world of epic stories– a realm of beautiful nature and music, epic heroes, inspiration, learning, and adventure.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “epic” as “otherwise called heroic. . . which narrates a story. . . in an elevated style. . . usually the achievements of some distinguished hero, and intended to form the morals and affect the mind with the love of virtue. The end [ purpose] is to improve morals, and inspire a love of virtue, bravery and illustrious actions.”

Examples of epic stories include J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Excellent examples of epic literature are also found in the scriptures.

“Epic literature can give us a reservoir of strength to draw on when needed, ” Davidson writes. “Then in times of challenge, we discover increased capacity to manage the stress in our lives.”