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What's in Your Luggage?

Posted By Terri Sinclair, ATD Greater Tucson, Friday, June 24, 2016

Yesterday, I purchased a new hair styling brush. I threw out the one I had been using for 13 years. (Yes, I did wash it regularly.) I do think of myself as being frugal; yet, some might say this was the extreme. The old brush worked alright. I didn’t see the need until a screw came out, which made the brush dysfunctional. As I’ve bee reading Marshall Goldsmith’s latest book: Triggers, I started to wonder: where else am I accepting ‘alright’ when better technology is available? It reminded me of the book by Julia Morganstern who talked about ‘what’s in your luggage?’ Am I packed for my future, or for my past?

 

If you’re reaching for higher levels of success, It would make sense to pack what’s needed, and leave behind what doesn’t work. You probably wouldn't need a bikini if you were traveling to Alaska in the winter. I’ve been pretty good at getting rid of outdated objects as I’ve moved through the years. For me and my clients, the harder baggage to let go of is the intangible. 

 

Questions I often ask my clients to help  “Who were you known as when you were growing up?” Were you known as the responsible one, the smart one, the lazy one? Does that definition still fit? Does it fit all the time? I’m not opposed to being known as the curious one, and are there times when maybe I’d rather be something else. It’s not that the definition is bad, it’s just that it can be limiting at times. 

 

And what if the label is perceived as negative by you or others? I often think of the Stephen Covey phrase, “Argue for your weaknesses, and they’re yours.” Especially when I’m coaching people on presentation skills, I will often hear, “I’m not good speaking in front of people.” How is that belief going to help you on your journey to being who you want?

 

There are a few labels I’m going to ‘unpack from my luggage’: I’m controlling and I’m impatient. These are not needed on my travels. I’m replacing them with: I’m accepting and I’m improving my ability to be patient every day. My luggage feels a lot lighter.

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 6

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Monday, April 6, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better. 

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it. 

Day 6: 

When under stress our mind can play tricks on us and distort our views. In these instances our mind put a spin on the situation and we find ourselves stuck in our perception, feeling even more stressed. The most common distortions are all-or-nothing thinking, overgeneralization, mental filer, disqualifying the positive, jumping to conclusion and personalization. Find more about these cognitive distortions here 

Tip of the day: 

Stop! Whatever you are doing, just stop. When your mind is clouded by stress and anxiety there cannot be any good decision made. Out of confusion comes more confusion. You may feel pressed for action, but instead, focus on regaining your clarity of mind through meditation, sleep, walk in nature, or whatever activity breaks off with the constant overload of stimuli. 

May the Force be with you! 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below

 

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 5

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Sunday, April 5, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better. 

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it. 

Day 5: 

In the face of stress, many of us do not get enough sleep, but not for lack of desire! You make every effort to go to bed, but still you toss and turn, wake up in the middle of the night, unable to shut your mind.

Sleep deprivation, i.e. when you experience more than one ‘bad’ night per week, is taking a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. Sleep deprivation “should be taken very seriously” says Mark W. Mahowald, MD, a neurologist and director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Rochester. Loss of sleep results in lack of focus, decrease productivity and impaired sustained attention, with adverse, occasionally disastrous consequences in the classroom, workplace, or the highways! 

Tip of the day: 

You may not have 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night, or you may think you don’t need that many hours, but your body and mind needs them (ref Sleep, your success partner). If you can’t catch up with sleep on one of your intergalactic trip aboard your Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor, then here is a little trick. 20 minutes of guided imagery or mediation is the equivalent of 2 hours sleep, allowing your body to repair itself and your mind to regain clarity.

On the mat you go!

 

May the Force be with you! 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below

 

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

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Tags:  guided imagery  insomnia  meditation  stress  stress management 

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 4

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Saturday, April 4, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better. 

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it. 

Day 4: 

When dealing with stress, the body frequently craves precisely the foods that will exacerbate the condition most. While we often use food as a way to cope with a range of emotions, too often when faced with stressful scenarios, we're reaching for high-calorie and fat-laden disasters. They may temporary lead to higher levels of feel-good brain chemical serotonin and, at least temporarily, make us think we're beating the blues.

But searching for solace at the bottom of a pint of Ben & Jerry's, can, for obvious reasons, lead to weight gain, which is likely to only cause more stress. 

Tip of the day: 

Before you turn to your typical comfort foods (ref Stress reducing food), check out these natural stress-reducing healthy pick: 

1. Tea: green tea contains an amino acid called theanine, which has been linked to reducing anxiety and promoting sleep. 

2. Dark Chocolate: contains antioxidants called flavonoids, known for their relaxing properties. 

3. Fatty Fish: Salmon, tuna and other fish rich in omega 3s have been shown to ease a stressed mind. 

4. Oatmeal: carbs naturally boost your mood by kick-starting serotonin production in the brain. 

5. Leafy Greens: contain Magnesium, a mineral crucial to your body running smoothly, helps muscles relax and also calms the nerves. 

6. Citrus Fruits: vitamin C helped people bounce back more easily from a stressful situation.

 

May the Force be with you! 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below 

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Day 2

Day 3

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Tags:  health  professional development  small business  stress  stress management 

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 2

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Thursday, April 2, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better.

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it.

Day 2:

On Day 1 we learned how your brain responds to perceived danger i.e. stress and the changes it induces in your body to prepare you for fight or flight.  If you missed it, you can read it here. So the brain does it thing, imprisoning you in the restraining cape of anxiety, and rapidly plunging you to the dark side. But what happened to your rational thinking? Why can’t your critical mind differentiate between the battle of Endor threatening your survival (the real stuff) and the projects deadline?

Here is the dirty little secret: stress is created when there is a gap between the demand you perceived is made upon you and your ability to meet this demand. Your conscious and subconscious self-doubt and limiting beliefs are the ones actually dictating your automatic response.

Tip of the day:

Whenever you catch yourself stuck into a stress pattern, fight back Anakin Skywalker style using this tapping technique: the karate chop.

Tapping is a technique using the subtle energy channels of the body called the meridian by tapping onto parts of the body. The karate chop point is located on the soft fleshy part of the non-dominant hand, between the base of the pinky finger and the wrist (on the Small Intestine Meridian)It releases psychological reversal (feeling stuck or frozen), inability to let go, resistance to change, sorrow, feeling vulnerable, worry, obsession, compulsive behavior. It allows you to let go and move forward by connecting to the present moment.

 

May the Force be with you!

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better.

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it.

Day 1:

Your body responds to any dangerous situations, perceived by your brain, by increasing your strength and stamina, reaction time, focus, etc…preparing you to fight or to flee from danger. This stress response is contained within the amygdala, a small almond shaped portion of your primitive brain located at the base of your head. This ancestral trait was inherited from times where humans were consumed by survival.

When a threat is perceived, the sympathetic nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Your senses are heightened, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, your breathing quickens, and your muscles tighten. It’s like having your own Jedi, protecting you at all time. Pretty awesome! Well, not exactly…

Your personal Obi-Wan Kenobi turns out to be more of low-tech smoke detector than a Jedi Master! Let me explain. This warrior of yours can’t make the difference between a house fire and a burnt toast. It will respond the same way to an attack from a grizzly bear or from your ticked-out spouse, and so will you.

When you feel your stress and anxiety gearing up, before you find yourself in an intergalactic cubicles war, BREATHE! Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic system, reducing your blood flow and heart rate within a couple of minutes (ref Breathe out your stress).

May the Force be with you!

 

Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

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Why it's time to ditch the blankety-blank self-worth?

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Monday, March 30, 2015

In sociology and psychology, self-worth reflects your overall emotional evaluation of you own worth. It is a judgment you have toward yourself. It is made of certain beliefs such as "I am worthy", "I am incompetent", and emotions ranging from pride to shame, glory to despair.

Why it's time to ditch the blankety-blank self-worth

The problem is that to appreciate self-worth we focus on measuring it, which automatically involves measuring yourself with others and evaluating your every moves instead of focusing on your intrinsic values. There will always be someone taller, richer, more eloquent...Your notion of self-worth goes up and down, bouncing like a ball. A study at the University of Michigan found that students who base their self-worth on external factors such as academic performance, appearance and approval from others, reported more stress, anger, academic problems and relationship conflicts. They also had higher levels of alcohol and drug use, as well as more symptoms of eating disorders.

Instead of listening to your inner critic, shaped by your childhood experiences, you can challenge his/her point of view, separating yourself from how you are seen by your family, your friends and coworkers, and begin to understand your own thoughts, desires and values.

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What is there not to love?

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

STOP hating yourself for everything you aren't, START loving yourself for everything that you are.

You are a limited edition. What is there not to love?

Every morning when you wake up, find one thing (positive) that you are. And everyday pick a new thing. It's call self-affirmation! It will boost your optimism level, and gradually, sprinkle your day with joy as your brain oozes dopamine, the pleasure hormone.

So what is there not to love?

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Work is Stressing Me Out! Here Are 5 Things That Can Help

Posted By Bob Wilson, Bob Wilson Solutions, Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Work is spinning out of control. Too many #1 priorities. They are all due now. People are freaking out. You just want to run away.

But you can’t.

So what do you do?

Here are five things that can help:

Take a deep breath. Literally. This may sound like something your parents or grandparents used to say. But science has shown it does relax you. When you are tense or anxious your breathing tends to get shallow. This in turn will make it harder to focus. Taking a deep breath is a great start to getting re-focused.

Make a list of what you can ignore.  This may sound silly, but it works. There are things outside of your control.  For example. other people’s reactions. Take five minutes and write up a quick list of the things you have no control over. When you are done, tear it up or shred it. This provides closure and helps you move on to the things you do have control over.

Switch Sides. Research has shown that when you are stressed, switching to an activity that uses the other hemisphere of the brain will reduce your stress.  .

If you are anxious, worried or emotionally upset, that is happening in your right brain. Switching to something left-brained, like organizing or making a list will reduce your stress.

If, however, you are feeling time pressure or feeling overworked, then your left brain is the side that is being stressed. In this case, doing something more creative will help. If you have a job that involves very little creativity, this can be difficult. For those of you willing to try something different, you might be surprised at how a few minutes of doodling can help. If you want to know more, check out this CBS News article here

Divide and conquer. If every things seems like #1, you still have to choose. I know, not what you wanted to hear, but it’s reality. Pick the project(s) that will have to slide. Tell the requester(s) directly, firmly and considerately that it has to wait. It will be tempting to either delay this or sugar coat it.  Resist those urges. It’s like pulling off a band-aid, the slower you do it the worse it is.  Decide, Communicate. Move on.

Act Swiftly. Whichever project or task you have decided is your top one, get after it right away. What can you do right this moment to move it forward? Determine what it is and do it. Do it now.

These are five ways that can help. It will vary by situation and individual which are most effective. Use the ones that are most helpful to you.

What other ways have you found to manage work stress more effectively?

Bob Wilson is the owner of Phoenix, AZ-based Smartful Coaching. If you need help dealing with work stress, contact Bob at (480) 710-0340 or bob@smartfulcoaching.com to schedule your Free Consult. 

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Are you teaching your children to stress?

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Are you teaching your children to stress? Get our free education to transform your relationship with stress.

Stress is one of the most common words you can hear in conversations around you today. People talk about feeling stressed about their work, the economy, deadlines, their relationships, and just about everything else. If you are a stressed out parent due to all this pressure, it is not easy to slow down, even if you want to.

Many suffer from the emotional and physical consequences of chronic stress, which include anxiety, sleep disorder, head and back pains, depression, cancer, heart diseases, and other serious disorders. Stress is considered an epidemic problem yet it is not the past due bill, the traffic jam, the fight with your spouse, or any other external circumstance that causes stress.

At Biostress Imagery, we define stress as your response to what is happening. It’s your perception and thoughts about an event or circumstance that create the emotional upset, racing heart rate, chest tightening, surging adrenalin, and other symptoms of the stress response.

Fortunately, learning how to deal effectively with stress doesn’t require any athletic ability. It’s a skill that anyone can learn. As an ambassador for conscious health and corporate wellbeing, I am delighted to offer my fellow ASBA Members a free 30-minute education class for your employees and executives.

For more information and to schedule this class, please contact me via phone at (480) 331 2467 or via email carined@biostressimagery.com.

As a 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist, I would like to personally thank you for your ongoing support. I am looking forward to continue to be of service to you and our community.

 

Carine Dieudé, C.H.t.

President

Biostress Imagery LLC

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