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Calm Starts Here: Lower Stress--Increase Contentment
June 30, 2011

Lower Stress and Increase Contentment

We’re highlighting three ways to lower your stress levels and increase the contentment in your life as you enjoy the start of a new season. Let's look for ways to recharge our goal setting, remind ourselves that healthy eating can be simplified and that it's always great to share laughter with others. You'll feel better, both inside and out.

Take Time to Follow Your Dreams!

A person with great dreams can achieve great things. If you are a person with dreams, you are a person who knows the rewards of success. Enjoy the process of striving for your dream. Wake up every morning excited, because every day is another opportunity to chase your dreams. End your days with smiles on your face; knowing that you did all you could with what you had. Remember that people, by and large, will become what they think about themselves. So go after that dream—stay positive even when things don’t always go well—learning as you go along. You’ll experience less stress and more positive rewards for yourself.

Take Time to Pack a Nutritious Lunch

Yes, it is possible to pack a simple, nutritious lunch that you can enjoy at the office. A portable salad, some of your favorite cut-up mixed fruits, and a corn muffin will provide good food and a great break in your busy day. Here's the recipe for the portable salad.

Portable Salad
1/2 of bagged salad
3 ounces sliced turkey breast
4 baby carrots, cut in bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained
2 ounces low-fat dressing

1. In plastic container with lid, pour 1/2 of bagged salad mix.
2. Add sliced turkey breast.
3. Add carrots,tomatoes, and beans.
4. Add dressing or take on the side.
5. Make the night before; it's ready to go.

Share Some Laughter With Others

Do You Know the Hand Test? This time-honored method is easier Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for reducing stress. Here are some jokes that might cause a chuckle or two. Then read the article we wrote about the power of laughter to reduce the negative effects of stress. Click the link below.

    What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you?
    Nacho cheese.
    What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?
    A brick layer.
    What's round and bad-tempered?
    A vicious circle.
    What did the mother broom say to the baby broom?
    It's time to go to sweep.
    What did Tennessee?
    The same thing Arkansas.
    Do you know what Arkansas?
    Georgia in her New Jersey.
    What did one magnet say to the other?
    I find you very attractive.

How To Reduce Stress--Add Some Laughter

Thanks for reading this newsletter. We will be dropping you a line about once a month. Each month will feature a stress management tip to help you find your sense of calm. For further information about stress management or if you have suggestions or concerns, drop me a comment either on my Fan Page,, or on the web, Stress-Management-4-Women.

Enjoy and stay calm,

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