Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fatigue & Fear -- Yikes. How to breakthrough and live fearlessly

Nothing exhausts our resources -- financial, professional, emotional and physical like fear. In fact, the fastest way to fail is to simply stay in that paralyzing fight or flight space and wait for the other shoe to drop ...

One of my favorite mentors, Henry Ford, once said:
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

Today, make a break from your past or present and decide to live fearlessly. Another favorite mentor, Guy Finley, can show you just how to do that in his new breakthrough book, The Essential Laws of Fearless Living.

Click here for more information about this work and the 152 FREE GIFTS that are included with the purchase of his book. Includes my bonus offer -- Best Of Get Ready For Love! Show Interviews and Topics. (Happy relationships are the ultimate fatigue busters!)

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

1-2-3 ways to re-energize your day

"We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once."
– Calvin Coolidge

I love President Coolidge's bottom-line advice. I wish I could have known him. So - here are 3 ways to follow his pearl of wisdom.

1. Choose an energy boost tip, we have lots posted here, and put it to play for you today!

2. Take stock of your vitamin and supplements needs and stock up today the easy way ... Here is what I take

3. Get a great nights sleep tonight. Click here for the solutions that work for me to get my zzzzzs.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hold on tight and experience the healing power of the hug!

Yes, you are just a dozen heartbeats and thirty seconds away from feelin' fine.

All About The Re-Energizing Health Benefits of Hugs!

I've been doing a little experiment to see if something as simple and free as a hug could really make a big difference in how I feel AND re-energize my marriage.

Guess what? The answer is YES to both!

Here's my 3 Step Hug Formula.

1. Before you part for work in the morning hug and hold on tight for thirty seconds. Take big deep breaths and relax into each other's arms. Tell him that you love him and wish him well in his day.

2. When he returns ... repeat with a welcome home hug.

3. Before or after dinner ... repeat.

There. Easy isn't it? Now, how about those health benefits ... I got goosebumps when I read them because they confirm exactly how I have been feeling during this experiment!

1. Loving contact before a tough day at work "could carry over and protect you throughout the day," says psychologist Karen Grewen with the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Yes. I have been feeling calmer and happier all day long.

2. When couples hugged for 20 seconds, their levels of oxytocin, released during childbirth and breastfeeding, increased. Those in loving relationships had the highest increases.
Yes again. Twenty seconds seems long the first couple of times but we settled right into this routine and I love feeling his heartbeat and breath on my cheek.

3. "Scientists are increasingly interested in the possibility that positive emotions can be good for your health. This study has reinforced research findings that support from a partner, in this case a hug from a loved one, can have beneficial effects on heart health," said Dr. Charmaine Griffiths, spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation.
My heart feels happier and he's been much less stressed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Are You Going To Finish Strong? Inspirational Video

This amazing jewel was passed to me by Wally Amos and I am grateful!

If you've come to this page for help to feel better and for hope that you can get your life back, please take a moment and watch this ... You can feel better, you can recover and you can finish strong.

Best Time of the Day for Passion, Creativity, Tough Tasks, Breaks, Collaborations and more.

Dance with your brain's natural power hours and you will naturally re-energize your day.

Sorry. I promised to post this info Friday but the bug continued … turns out I had some weirdo infection that required anti-biotics. Once again I am thankful to be a modern American woman.

In the “good old days” most of us were dead by forty, often due to something as innocuous as a sinus infection – if we survived childbirth. Then I am a happy American woman because there is no other country in this world where women enjoy such freedom, opportunity and respect. I celebrate all of this everyday. ( I had to explain those 3 words to another girlfriend today.)

Now … about the “Best Brain Time of the Day for Passion, Creativity, Tough Tasks, Breaks and Collaborations and more.”

Research by Lynn Hasher, PhD, a psych professor from the University of Toronto, indicates we are wired with ranges of brain power during the day. She suggests we work with this natural rhythm to be more productive and feel happier, more satisfied and energized.

I have been trying this out during the past week and I LOVE the schedule. Here is the “bottom line” scoop.

7 to 9 AM
Best time for … Passion
Take time to bond with your spouse and whisper sweet nothings in his ear and caress his bod. (May I add that I read somewhere that most couples are more than satisfied with a 7 minute “quickie.”)

9 – 11 AM
Best time for … Creativity
Take on projects that require creative problem solving or a fresh imaginative direction.Best time for analysis and concentration.

11 AM to 2 PM
Best time for … Tough Tasks
Tackle “chores” like errands, website updates, bill pay, emails, problem solving with your partner (business, significant other). Good time for presentations to clients.
(I am writing this piece during this time!)

2 to 3 PM
Best time for … A Break

Great time to take it easy and digest your lunch, morning and early afternoon accomplishments. Take a stroll with your, pray, meditate, stroke your purr friend, read something inspirational and unrelated to your work. You could also try one of my 15 minute “Power Problem Solving Naps.”

Just get comfortable. You can put your head on a desk like in grammer school or lay back in your lazy chair or couch. Dlose your eyes and put your problem out “there” in a “what do I need to do to …” or “how can I …” format. Nine times out of ten I wake up with a divinely inspired solution! You will too.

3 to 6 PM
Best time for … Collaboration

By this time of the day the brain is pretty tired. You won’t be as “sharp” but an easy-going and flexible attitude is perfect for conversations and collaboration. Also 1 + 1 = 3.
Use this time to join forces and create new, fun opportunities!

6 to 8 PM
Best time for … Personal Tasks
There is apparently lots of energy during these hours for “to dos” like cleaning rooms, cooking delicious meals, writing notes, dashing through errands.I’ll confirm this when I am totally recovered from this infection! This is the time, by coincidence?, that my husband and I packed away Christmas last night.

8-10 PM
Best time for … Relaxation
It is time to unwind and starting getting in the sleepy head zone. Take a walk with your dog then slip into a hot bath with Epsom salts, lavender essence oil and a paperback. If you’re going to watch TV make it something light, entertaining and comedic. Do something repetitious like knitting or sewing.

If you have trouble sleeping, click here for what works for moi.

10 PM Onward
Best Time for … Sleeping
This is the time to end your day on two up notes.

Journal: Write down 3 accomplishments for the day in your journal. If you are one of those Type A Perfectionists who never thinks anything is good enough! I’ll give you three of mine to use. Ready? …
1. Got out of bed; 2. Did my best; 3. Gave thanks for another day of life.

Inspired Reading: read something inspirational. I often end my day with 2 or 3 Catherine Ponder Pages, a Bible passage or another reading selection that lifts and relaxes my spirits.

There you have it. Eight distinct braniac times of the day and the best ways to use them to be more productive, balanced and energized. Use them to add joy to your day, everyday. And, if this has been helpful please forward the link to a friend.

There is no duty we so underestimate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we bestow anonymous benefits upon the world.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

(c) Viveca Stone-Berry 2009

For more information on this topic: Synch Up To Your Brain's Power Hours By Sara Reistad-Long


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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Give Thanks = Feel Great. All natural energy and optimism boost.

Sometimes I need to go down-down-down to remember to do what I would tell a friend to do in exactly the same situation.

I came down with the flu officially on the 1st. It started with a niggling headache on the way to church. By the time I was walking down the isle for communion I knew I had to make a dash for it. I was about to faint or throw up – or both – in front of a crowd. Yikes.

Today is January 7th, . I’ve languished through seven days and nights of headaches and hot and cold aches. Now it’s turned into a full blown head cold and a huge snuffy nose.

Can you believe that I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself? This is not my triumphant launch of the New Year! Finally this morning I remembered the gift of gratitude and its awesome, re-energizing and healing benefits.

According to University of California David psychology Robert Emmons “people who remember to give thanks every day feel better, have more energy, are better liked and are more successful.”

He also went on to say that “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.”

Count me in! I can do this!

I would write more here but I have to get busy writing thank notes for Christmas gifts and gatherings. Then there are left over “thank yous” for being my friend, my brother, parent and … Then I’ll whip up a couple thank you notes to stuff in my husband’s lunch box and coat pocket. I’m feeling better just thinking about this.

If you are reading this note, you too are not feeling your mostest. Join me.
Put on some cool music, light a scented candle, gather some fun cards, a big glass of water, some cloth hankies! and take a gratitude break. Leave me a comment and let me know how good you feel a half dozen thank yous from now.


P.S. Stock up on fun Thank You Notes (pictured above) and raise money for animal rescues and shelters at

P.S.S. Check back here on Friday. I have HOT information to share. There is a BEST and natural time of the day for passion, creativity, tough tasks, breaks, collaboration and more. Imagine how easy life could be if you only knew …