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.


How to Meditate

kindle how to meditate

Handy quick How to Meditate guide available on Amazon. This How To also includes the benefits and some definitions of mindfulness. Image taken by Carol Knox.

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.


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?


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.


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.


Can’t Stand Me – Neither Talking nor Viewing

Can’t Stand Me – Neither Talking nor Viewing

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

I have overcome any reticence about viewing or talking. Having developed online training courses and viewed video of myself during social science research, I overcame the feelings of discomfort. If I were to choose one, it would be video. I would probably need in the future to develop videos for training. I think this will take a lot of practice to get it right, since there will be many challenges, including my body language, confidence and the technicalities of setting up video inexpensively. I still need to do a lot of research in this area.

Here is an intro video I created without talking/voice:

See my website here for more information around mindfulness and Stress Reduction: Meaning and Mindfulness

You can create a powerpoint and save it as a video, then add music/sound and manage the speed of the slide transitions. You can use Windows Movie Maker to do this.

Rebel Mouse Summary of my Latest Social Media Posts for Inspiration


Rebel Mouse Meaning and Mindfulness | Summary of Social Media Posts

Posting great #relaxationmusic content on my @RebelMouse Video Page, join in! Simple #meditation #inspiration #mindfulness

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