Stress Reduction

Is Meaninglessness a Malaise of our Times?

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, often we discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

About The Program – Calming the Storm

This program offers daily ways for you to overcome difficult situations, to help you to find the WHY that will energize and animate your life. In finding your own WHY, in discovering your meaning and your purpose, your pain will be lessened. You will discover ways to unfold meaning, as well as a personal calling through tasks that you can fulfill, relationships that you can strengthen and enrich, and attitudes that you can develop and cultivate.

This practical, inspiring, and potentially life-changing program will take you step by step through a process towards a more fulfilled and enriched working and personal life.

Upcoming Personal Meaning Coaching Via Skype

See Meaning and Mindfulness for meaning, mindfulness and stress reduction resources and training. During 2016, I am launching Personal Meaning Coaching online via Skype.

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See Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning can Change Your Life on Avanoo, get it for 25% less on the launch promotion.

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Calming the Storm ~ 30-Day Program

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I am delighted to announce my new partnership with Avanoo Avanoo (pronounced “Avenue”) comes from the words Ava, which is Finnish for “Open”, and Noo, which is Old English for “now”. So Avanoo means being open to all of your potential right now! It is also a road we travel as we move forward in life.

In 3 minutes a day, Avanoo offers dozens of personalized 30-day programs ranging from Happiness to Productivity from renowned experts on those topics.

The 30-day program has been launched on 19-11-2015 called: Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning can Change your Life.

See the link below for three previews. I would like to thank the amazing team for all the hard work in bringing this to fruition: Sara Dickinson, Daniel Jacobs, Prosper Nwankpa, Morgan Stanfield, Laura Forman, Jason Waldron and everyone who worked on the program.

Introduction

A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, oftenwe discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

Calming the Storm

What’s Inside

Day 1.
This Too Shall Pass
Day 2.
Finding Something to Live For Is Critical
Day 3.
The Question of Meaning in Life
Day 4.
Love Can Come to the Rescue
Day 5.
Putting Your Focus on a Project
Day 6.
The Power of Your Mindset
Day 7.
Finding Meaning from Suffering
Day 8.
Turn Suffering into a Challenge
Day 9.
Is Fear Holding You Back from Your Calling?
Day 10.
Learning Self-Compassion
Day 11.
Suffering Can Be an Inspiration
Day 12.
Appreciating Life Right Now
Day 13.
Your Watershed Moment
Day 14.
We Are Whole as We Are. We Are All Right
Day 15.
The Call That Beckons Us to Find Our Destiny
Day 16.
Filling Our Unique Life Space
Day 17.
What Is Your Choice of Response?
Day 18.
Finding Something to Live For
Day 19.
Life Questions and Light in the Darkness
Day 20.
The Experience of Love: “The Salvation of Man”
Day 21.
Are You Your Own Best Friend?
Day 22.
Is It Ever Okay to Give Up Hope?
Day 23.
Going with the Flow
Day 24.
Good News! You Do Not Have the Heart of a Mouse
Day 25.
It’s Time for Self Transcendence
Day 26.
Igniting Humor
Day 27.
Access a Power That Is Uniquely Human
Day 28.
Relieve Your Loved Ones from Suffering
Day 29.
Do the One Thing That You Know in Your Heart Is Right
Day 30.
“I Broke My Neck, It Didn’t Break Me”
Photo by Carol Knox.

Happy New Year 2015 | Mindfulness Project Free Resources for You

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Wishing everyone a Happy New year for 2015. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my posts and writing. Here are some wonderful free resources from Mindfulness Project for you to use in your practice of mindfulness in 2015. They range from 3 minute to 10 minute breathing exercises, mindfulness of sound, body scan, sitting meditation, movement, guided imagery, and just bells. All in one place. I hope that you enjoy!

Please visit Meaning and Mindfulness

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How to Reduce Stress | Readers’ Favorite Review

See my Self-help ebook How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress available on Amazon here. Great to buy especially over the Festive Season, which can be stressful.

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See my Readers’ Favorite 4 star review here

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

“This world is full of things that can throw you for a loop and bring up the huge stress monster in all of us. We can’t avoid things like bad bosses, job loss, money troubles, children misbehaving, and many many more. Yet there has to be a way to cope with all of the stress that life throws your way without having a big blow out or breakdown. How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress by Carol Knox is the answer to dealing with the stress in your daily life and offers simple, real-world techniques to bring stress down to a manageable level any time or anywhere. It is clear that Carol Knox is educated on the matter and has done her research on the subject. You can tell through her tone and the way she writes for her audience that she has a very deep sense of caring for people and sincerely wants to help them deal with their stresses…”

To read more follow this link

Fearless Fantasies – Fight, Flight or Freeze – a Fearless Quick End

Fearless Fantasies – Fight, Flight or Freeze – a Fearless Quick End

How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

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Fight-or-Flight/Freeze is a normal response to threat. The purpose is to prepare the body to deal with the threat. The brain’s alarm centre in the Limbic System directs the sympathetic nervous system, (SNS) to alert and arouse the body. Ephinephrine, (increased heart rate) and norephinephrine, (increased motor response) are released into the bloodstream and insulin (increased blood sugar), as well as cortisol – via the hypothalamus, (releases energy). These chemicals cause the body to respond appropriately by increasing your energy levels, heart rate, arousal and pain relief, (endorphins). (Charney, 2004). These responses are involuntary. Imagine if we forgot to pay attention to breathing, oops, I got distracted. However, if exposed to situations of prolonged stress, one stays in a kind of hyper-arousal state, which has a very negative effect on a person.We need to be able to return to a relaxed state, since this arousal is meant to be brief.

Learning to meditate and be mindful are ways to reduce arousal. See Meaning and Mindfulness for resources and a free How to Meditate. See some audio guided visualisations on In Mind In Body.

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So frankly, if I was unable to feel fear, I am afraid I would come to a quick and unpleasant end. Thank goodness for the involuntary responses of the sympathetic nervous system.

Reference: Charney, DS. 2004. Psychobiological mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability:
implications for successful adaptation to extreme stress. American Journal of
Psychiatry,161: 195-216.

Do read Jon Kabat-Zinn, (1990). Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. Dell Publishing. New York, NY.

See a You Tube video here: Single most important thing you can do to reduce stress. It’s great! Thinking and mindfulness, being in the moment. Also, creating a personal story, a personal narrative really helps. Doing good also helps. Thoughts and attitudes are key.

For more cool stuff like this video see Evans Health Lab.

Viktor Frankl would agree with the view expressed in this video:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl Also the idea that between stimulus and response there is a space. In this space one can choose one’s response.

Image by: Graham Crumb – Amazing Black and White and other photography – Creative Commons Attribution here: Imagicity

Fight or flight image from: Stress Physiology by George Everly

Here is a great resource on Wiki How: How to Calm your Fear Reactions.

 

Rebel Mouse Summary of my Latest Social Media Posts for Inspiration

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