Stress Reduction

All those in favour of Personal Growth say aye!

Personal Growth is our willingness as individuals to develop and grow.

There are many aspects to personal growth. In this blog I will focus on how our willingness to be open to change is a central aspect of personal growth and development.

  • Personal growth is our willingness to gain a better personal understanding of ourselves.
  • Which includes a deeper understanding of ourselves emotionally, spiritually and psychologically.
  • It is also a key aspect of our ongoing personal development as human beings.


Additionally a central aspect of personal growth is our willingness to step into that place of exploring who we are. We readily explore what makes us tick, as well as how and what we could improve. We readily acknowledge and take full responsibility for all aspects of ourselves. These aspects include how we feel, how we behave, what we say, and how we say it. Thus enabling us to make positive change.

  • Further, it is our willingness to change those behaviours and/or thought processes that are key.
  • This willingness promotes personal development and enables us to consider, adapt, change, or improve.
  • It enables us to improve those aspects of our personality that may be blocking or impeding our progress in life.

Therefore in addressing the difficult aspects of ourselves, it supports better relationships. It also supports better work experience. Additionally it supports our overall sense of wellbeing within our lives. Thus supporting more content living.

Choosing to Change:

With all personal growth work there is an underpinning influencing factor. That factor is our capacity to actively change our negative behaviours and/or thought processes. Personal growth is supported by our capacity to make change. By choosing to change we stretch and grow emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. Thus moving us forward in our own personal development and our emotionoally, spiritually and psychologically development.


Definitely worth a try!



Finding your special place..

Where do you go to relax and unwind. Where do you go to let your worries go for just a little while?

Finding that peaceful place where you can relax and let all your worries go is so important in maintaining a sense of wellbeing. That place can be an activity, special time with a close accepting friend, a special book, or even a special place. Take the time to find that place that gives you time away from the hectic world we live in. Take the time to find that place that lets you rejuvenate and recharge. Find that song or that movie that moves your soul and leaves you feeling inspired.


My special place is Barley Cove Beach. I stand on the beach and look out to the sea, I breath in the fresh sea air, I let the fresh air energise me and I say to myself “I am grateful to be alive and living in the world right now.”

Proactive Approach to Stress

A proactive approach to dealing with stress will help improve your personal wellbeing and work performance. Newsletter

Giving yourself a few moments of peace!

When was the last time you sat still and in a spot without any noise around you?

Giving ourselves some calm still time gives us the opportunity to reflect on our day, take a calming breath and to let go of the stresses of our day. Reflecting on our day enables us to acknowledge the emotional elements of our day and then to breath them out and let them go. Taking time to consciously breath out and let go of any lingering emotions from our day gives us a clean slate to start with the next day. It also helps avoid emotional snowballing which can lead to high levels of stress.

Here is a link for a 10 minute mindfulness meditation: Mindfulness meditation

Address and reduce your stress

Address and reduce your stress, find the motivation to stretch beyond your comfort zone and create positive changes in your life.

Stress Pressure Points

What are your Stress pressure points? Each individual has pressure points, that if pressed create the feelings of stress. With each person these pressure points are different.

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Good Worrying

Worrying, if it done right can actually be helpful. Effective worrying can anticipate problems, devise artful solutions and expand creative possibilities. However, ineffective worrying is what keeps us awake at night, distracts us during the day and gives our physical systems a workout they don’t need.  Dr. Edward Hollowell, of the Harvard Medical School, suggests worry is nature’s way of helping us anticipate—and avoid— danger. Good worry leads to constructive action.

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Appreciate the Laughter

We are now starting to appreciate that laughter has all sorts of physical and mental health benefits, there is now an  American Association for Therapeutic Humor, made up of more than 600 doctors and health care professionals studying the effects of humor on humans. They have discovered the following:

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Stress-Busting Tip: Like the Ad Says “Have a Break, Have Kit Kat”

Be aware of your own needs and know when to give yourself a break. You may feel as though you can keep going at the same rate for the foreseeable future, but all the stress will catch up on you, so it’s vital you take some time out and distance yourself from your troubles occasionally.

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Stress-Busting Tip: Have a Laugh

Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. At a basic level, all this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.

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