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    Thanks Prerie for my Spark Goodie!! Nice of you to think of me!! Hope you are doing well!!

    3839 days ago
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    Thank you so much Prerie for the lovely Sparkgoodie video camera. :-) I am having fun with it!
    3850 days ago
  • v PRERIE
    The following is a copied list of stress reducers.
    *Interesting note: Bowling Green State University is credited for some of the research in this article.

    Turn up the tunes. Listening to music that has a steady (not frenetic) beat may cause brain waves to keep time and relax you, research from a music symposium at Stanford University in California reports. Load your iPod with a playlist of the songs that make you happiest.

    Phone a friend. Pouring your heart out to pals can help you cope with bad feelings and brainstorm new ways to solve problems. And don't forget to return the favor: Lending an ear and offering support can make you feel needed and reduce anxiety. (Or drop them an e-card to say thanks!)

    Break a sweat. Exercising for 30 minutes makes your body release chemicals that dull the physiological effects of stress response for up to a full day. But the effect only works when the activity is something you really want to do, so make sure you're psyched about channeling your energy in that cardiovascular direction.

    Use a better bulb. Outfit your office lamp with an incandescent bulb, particularly if your cubicle is brightened by fluorescent lights. Incandescent and fluorescent lights work together to more closely mimic outside light. And it's sunshine (or the perception of it) that regulates the body's biorhythms. Not getting enough of it can affect hormone levels, suppressing the immune system and increasing the probability of mood swings, depression and sluggishness.

    Pamper yourself. Whether you get a pedicure or splurge on a blowout, giving yourself special treatment reduces your blood pressure and gets your mind off whatÕs bothering you. Science supports this coping mechanism as well: A warm bath can activate neurons that increase serotonin, and a study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio found that a 15-minute massage can significantly cut anxiety levels. Not up for a splurge? Get the same effect from an at-home pedicure, manicure or blowout.

    Dine by candlelight. The effect won't just make you look gorgeous. The dim setting actually signals your brain to release melatonin, the good-for-you sleep hormone which ensures a better night's rest. And catching enough zzz's helps keep your stress levels under control and your immune system humming. Can't sleep? See what your stress dreams are trying to tell you.

    Snuggle with your sweetie. A simple 20-second kiss or hug increases endorphin levels, while having sex releases more calming hormones than any other form of sex play, researchers at the University of the West of Scotland at Paisley note.

    Keep a journal. Jotting down your stressful thoughts can help you look at them more logically, potentially easing anxiety, mentally and physically. A study in the Journal of Health Psychology finds that a mere month of expressive writing can help reduce hypertension. Keep a pretty notebook handy at all times.

    Anticipate something awesome. Or something tiny that makes you smile. The point is to look forward to something each day, whether itÕs enjoying your morning java or counting down to an exotic vacation. Practicing this will keep your mind from focusing on what could go wrong that day.

    Exhibit your exhilarating moments. Tape up pictures of three amazing days youÕve experienced, such as dancing at your wedding or crossing the finish line of a half-marathon. Honing in on the images for at least 10 seconds can lower muscle tension and stabilize your heartbeat.

    Give someone props. Go on, pay a compliment to someone deserving. Research has shown that the more warm personal connections you make, the better your body is at jettisoning the effects of stress.
    3883 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2009 7:10:50 AM
    Thanks for your kind words on my page! I would also like to congratulate you on your success! :)
    3944 days ago
  • v PRERIE
    I know I overeat after I have been challenged, criticized, something I depend on gets broken and stifles my flow. I seek to escape my situation, like going to a desert island. I come home from work, nestle in on a cold night with a drink, a movie, and supper cooking on the stove.

    Why would management compose numbers to make me look bad? Why must my car be broken because of a stupid collision and thus limit my mobility? Why is the university a business built off the backs of our inncent young?

    For me to survive, I must find how these conditions are really to my benefit.

    3955 days ago
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