Renee Singh is a counselor, therapist, entrepreneur and management guru and is a sought after authority in maximizing human awareness and potential. Poet, author, columnist, a T.V. show presenter, she is also the mentor of the motivational company. “Mind Power” that has been delivering a message of motivation, success and personal fulfillment for... decades. Born in a Zamidar family in Dehradun (India), being close to nature has always been a priority. One of the pioneers in organic farming. She has been facilitating many seminars in this field in Delhi and Kerela and ran her own organic farm for many years. She believes that we are spiritual beings come to planet earth for a physical experience. Her tremendous sense of adventure has made her venture from running a garment export house, bringing in a mineral water company with a Canadian collaboration and being the C.E.O. of a liscensed product company called MSM Product with an office in L.A. Finally setting into her true passion of counseling and therapy she has started.   More

How Words Color Our lives

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''Why am I so unhappy,'' ''Everybody seems to think that I should be a joyous creature as I seem to have every material comfort, yet I feel completely listless and burdened with stress.'' These are statements I get to hear very often from my clients, friends, relatives and a lot more people.


We need to understand that the human spirit thrives on praise. Self-worth is a revered concept. It is only stimulated in us if we are in an adequately comfortable space within ourselves.




WORDS COLOR OUR LIVES

We can never underestimate the power of words. Our whole lives revolve around language. If a person is constantly criticized it erodes his self-esteem. Children are particularly sensitive to this. They tend to believe whatever their parents or teachers tell them. Negative statements erode their self-esteem. They develop a compromised self-esteem if criticized constantly.

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Effective Stress Management to Help You Keep Mentally Strong, Emotionally Healthy

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Stress is unique to every individual. What could be stressing one person, could be completely non-stressful for someone else. This would also mean the strategies one uses as stress relievers for one person would not work with another. We need to understand the individual psyche of an individual to provide him with the correct guidelines as help.

 THE BEST GOAL

Since stress comes to us in various types, the ways of handling it would also vary accordingly. We need to have a clear distinction in our minds of the types of stress we are handling and find strategies to deal with it accordingly.

EUSTRESS OR POSITIVE STRESS


This type of stress actually leads to excitement and exhilaration in our lives. Life would be very dull if stress did not exist. So it is actually an essential ingredient in our lives.

 CHRONIC STRESS

In this case, the body remains in a constant ' fight or flight' response mode. The body is constantly triggered to get away from the situation. This needs to be dealt with since it affects the body in serious ways. It leads to diseases like diabetes, B.P. heart disease and many more. We need to see first what are the symptoms of stress and then see how they can be avoided and dealt with.
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Step onto a stress-free zone by developing this quality

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A frequently asked question by most of my clients is " Why am I stressing, my life seems so good to everyone else but myself". We need to understand that stress is a part of everyone's life, one way or the other.and beating stress seems to be one of our major daily concerns in order to lead a normal, healthy and happy life.

Having resilience towards stress is actually our best bet in life. In some of us, resilience is an inborn quality and yet some of us need to stretch the extra yard in order to cultivate it. Once we realize that we need to cultivate resilience, we need to make a conscious effort to do so.

Since we realize that we need to cultivate resilience, I will give you a few guidelines on how to develop this quality so that you step onto a stress-free zone most of the time and maintain a level of calm and balance in order to lead a life at the level of your ultimate potential.
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Tap your extreme potential and emerge a true winner

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Are you a procrastinator, are you constantly wondering how can you get rid of this crazy, lazy habit. Have you been constantly and deliberately putting things off because you are feeling too lazy for the moment, and then watching yourself observing your own behavior like another person objectively.

Some of us amazingly put our whole lives on hold due to this habit of ours, and no matter how frustrated we feel about our own attitude, we are not able to step away from it. I have noticed that with most procrastinators, tasks which are the closest to their hearts are kept for tackling last, as they are trying to fit in all the boring, cliched ones in their ' to do' list. They do not realize that somewhere at the back of their minds, stress has crept in. The more they think of their favorite task, the more they push it farther away thinking that it will be easily accomplished as they would like doing it. They feel the urgency to complete the boring tasks first. Stress levels keep mounting as time keeps passing by.
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Laugh Your Way To Reduce Stress

laughing Laugh Your Way To Reduce Stress
If you are taking life and yourself too seriously, you are guaranteeing a sure shot way to lead a stressful life.Life for everyone is filled with hassles, inconveniences and myriads of nonsensical nuances, which could be making you feel quite crazy. It is up to you to keep your attitude straight and not allow stress to be the winner of the game. Learn to diffuse most of the stress by keeping a positive attitude and looking at the humorous side of life.LAUGH YOUR WAY TO REDUCE STRESSHumor is considered the greatest stress reducer as it naturally reduces stress in the following ways:1. RELAXES  YOUR BODYThe physical act of laughing reduces the physiological stress level while laughing. When you laugh your Blood Pressure drops, heart rate lowers and your brain releases endorphins that relax the mind.2. ENHANCED IMMUNITYResearch has proved that laughter reduces stress hormones, increases production of disease resisting T cells and increases the chemical Interferon and consequently boosts the immune system.3. LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOURSELFThis robs others of the satisfaction of trying to pull your leg.4. GIVES YOU PERSPECTIVEYou view a stressful situation in a particular way and more objectively.You thereby reduce the stress experience.In our daily lives we are constantly faced with situations that are causing stress. Keeping ourselves isolated does not help in any way. For as long as we are social beings, stress will accrue in our lives, in some form or the other.HELPING OTHERS HELPS USDoing something for others is a stress buffer. Small acts of kindness go a long way. We can evaluate our own helping hand in various ways1. CONNECTS YOUHelping others enhances your personal social support system, this in turn increases your level of connectivity. 2. KEEPS YOU BUSYStress mounts when you have time hanging on your hands. Being busy distracts you from your own worries . You can focus your attention on something more rewarding. 3. GIVES A SENSE OF PURPOSEYou always feel better when you help. Makes you feel life is worthwhile and there is a sense of meaning, purpose and value.4. INCREASES SENSE OF SELF WORTHSelf esteem is enhanced through helping others. There are lesser chances of feeling depressed. Allan Luke founder of Center for Non Profit Leadership at Fordham University found that commonly reported stress symptoms like a headache, arthritis pain and back pain were masked by the positive movement of the volunteers. Phyllis Moen a professor at Cornell University discovered that women who volunteered to help others were less depressed and more satisfied with their lives.RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESSSome small randomly done acts go a long way in producing satisfying feelings for you as well as the people for whom those acts are performed and they are benefiting from these small gestures.1. A kind word2. A small helpful deed3. A common act of courtesyThese could go a long way in giving joy.A COSMIC DIMENSIONIt is imperative for us to understand coming to grips with the unknown. It is only when we understand life from its true perspective do we truly de-stress. Thinking of a higher purpose always keeps us more steady.FAITHThis is truly a great stress buffer. It enhances your ability to cope with life by providing the following:1. PROVIDING A MEANINGWhat is life all about, this is a ethical question bothering all of us.2. STRENGTHENS VALUESLove and kindness need to be promoted. We need to condemn stress producing feelings like anger, hostility, aggression.3.HOPE AND ACCEPTANCEHelps us to encourage a feeling of optimism. A level of faithfulness.4. FAITH UNITESHelps in bringing people together by uniting them with a common happy focus.HEALING POWER OF DOING GOODMost volunteering experiences have been proven to be highly stress management effective. Finding such experiences is very healing. We must exert to reach others so that you can find an area of work where you can find joy.Stress for every individual is a unique experience and yet most of the causes are quite common.Stretch yourself to heal others and feel the healing happen within you. .De stress others to de stress yourself.
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Enhance Your Life into perfect health

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Stress can attack us at various levels, choosing to hassle us from various walks of life. Different aspects need handling differently, or we may say that stress relief will also come to us from many different directions.

There are so very many stress relief tools at our disposal, yet we need to understand our own inherent temperament and choose what suits us the best.

Stress is not only a mind game as we are taught to believe, but the body is equally involved. According to me ''Stress is actually an expression of our mind-body connection'' Whatever we think manifests itself as an expression through our body, in the form of illness or joyfulness. So in order to keep our mind-body connect in tandem and ourselves stress-free we need to find a simple strategy which will help us to Relax or de-stress our minds in such a way that we can reverse the body's stress response in order to avoid the negative effects of stress.
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Learn to say no and create balance in your life

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Most of us in today's hectic paced world are overscheduled, and frankly, most of us can't say "No". The simple act of not taking on more responsibility than you can handle, should not be a stressor, but it seems to be a major factor we add on to our bandwagon of stressors. we already seem to carry. 

WHY CAN'T WE SAY NO


This is a difficult task for some of us. we think perhaps people concerned may get upset by our refusal, or maybe you are guilty when you are not helping others or maybe you actually accumulate so much stress, that eventually it makes you less healthy and less helpful.



INNER CONFLICT

This gets created because you don't know in which direction to swing. Sometimes we carry a misguided notion of " I can do it all" My suggestion to you would be '' Please get rid of this notion"

take on only as much as you can handle and feel comfortable with.

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A very effective tool for stress relief

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We all have come to understand that feelings of anxiety can lead to stress. Over the years I have been helping my clients finding newer and more feasible tools for stress relief. Taking to more easier ways which would perhaps be more coherent and conducive to our modern day environment. Here as a writer I strongly recommend journaling as one of the most effective tools for stress management.

The most important need for us humans is to express ourselves and also to be understood. We need to realize that we first need to understand our own selves. The best way I feel we can do it is by putting all our thoughts on paper. Let's get started by stating the following ways

WHAT IS JOURNALING

As a way to manage stress, journaling needs to be done constantly. By this, I mean, writing every day, your feelings and emotions. The mere expression on paper gives a sense of relief and helps you to rid yourself of your budding anxiety.

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Should I be in a good mood?

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"Should I be in a good mood" is a question we all need to consciously ask ourselves. It may sound like a very strange question, but it is a question that will give us an insight into the fact that we ourselves are responsible for our own stress levels. If we have learned to consciously facilitate ourselves in creating a healthy positive attitude, stress will stay miles away from us.

Attitude is so much a product of our own process of thought. If we know how to channelize our thinking in the right direction, we are truly winners in our battle against stress. 

RESILIENCE TOWARDS STRESS

Over the years as I have been researching on why we stress and how we can overcome this, I have also been personally noticing, how my clients from various walks of life have responded to the nuances, that stress has caused in their lives. I could see, why they were in the spot that they were in, and that led me to understand how they could shed their experience in order to rid themselves of that particular stressful stage and emerge on a level of freedom from within.

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The relationship between stress and our physical health

physicalhealthandexercise The relationship between stress and our physical health

There exists an absolutely indefinable relationship between stress and our physical health. Of course we always say that a ''healthy body is a healthy mind'' and vice versa, but today's rampant situation of stress which is mainly considered a mind issue, needs to be addressed maybe more on the physical aspect as well. In other words I'm actually trying to promote physical exercise.

Most people who are health fanatics and exercise freaks swear by their fitness regime as the ultimate stress reliever. I somehow being the lazy creature that I am, have almost grudgingly started agreeing with them. Watching this increasing focus on the importance of exercise, my own perceptions of its importance have changed. This is not only because I started enjoying my own personal fitness routine, but it has also given me a chance to research on the various benefits of exercise as a conscious stress reliever.

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The Reasons We Procrastinate and How To Beat It

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Procrastination is an age old habit with most of us. We love to tell ourselves that we will put it off until the very last minute, but when this is really not possible anymore we begin to get into panic mode and rush to complete our task before the deadline situation.

Many a time we tell ourselves ''I'll just do it later as there is plenty of time.'' Before we know it time has flown past and we are pretty much faced with the reality of our incomplete task looming large in our face.

WHY DO WE PROCRASTINATE

Procrastination is actually a way our mind finds of coping with emotions we cannot deal with. They could almost be symptoms that accompany depression. It brings temporary relief because it is an easy habit to fall into as a panic mode. Our coping mechanism makes us avoid reality. But as we learn to avoid performing on time, and languish around, panic and depression begin to loom larger. Research says, that mostly students tend to procrastinate, as they have many deadlines to cope with.

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12 steps to lead you up the path to successful joyful living

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In our fast growing world stress is playing rampant. So much is happening i guess. People i feel are thematically geared towards success. Yet what we define as success is so personal in our own real world.


Everyone in the world is looking for success from his own personal perspective. Normally success is gauged from a material perspective. Money is an important gauge for the average man. Monetary success seems imperative. Someone with a fancy car, a beautiful home, and a super fantastic lifestyle would be termed as a successful person. Professional accomplishments seem to be a regular gauge too.


All these are very important ingredients of life but of utmost importance is our own personal scale, the real judging factor is our own '' feeling successful factor''

Being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy and loved is vital. The less tangible emotional self at play is what truly counts and determines our success.

In today’s world of ''Conscious Living'' and ''Higher Awareness'' the true gauge of success is being in a state of inner balance and a semblance of being firmly grounded in the ''here and now'' of the material world.

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Using Yoga as a Stress Reliever

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The exact counterpart of stress is of course relaxation. There are so many ways to reach a level of relaxation so that stress isn't a bothersome issue in our lives.

 

In the daily humdrum business of our existence the stress response occurs naturally. During ancient times stress existed in a miniscule fashion of course compared to today's situation. It also had very different reasons. People were hassled and stressed mainly due to life threatening situations by predators, etc. In today's day and age stress is triggered through everyday situations at work, at school, at home, in relationships, or there could be a competitive situation in a game or even living up to the Joneses could trigger stress.

 
 
THE STRESS RESPONSE VS THE RELAXATION RESPONSE
 
Stress is coloring everyone's lives now and In order to counter the pervasive stressful demands on our lives we need to slip into the relaxation mode through meditation and yoga. These according to me are the easiest and most commendable ways to counter stress. I personally believe very strongly in the mind body connect. I know that a relaxed mind leads to a healthy body.
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Reducing Stress with Mindful Eating

Reducing Stress with Mindful Eating Reducing Stress with Mindful Eating

Our stress levels and our moods keep changing all the time. We feel that we can alter our moods by eating what we enjoy, mainly a craving for sweets settles in whenever we are upset or feeling stressed. You indulge in sweets and feel immediately satisfied, but this could also be followed by  a bout of irritability experienced due to a sugar crash following the binging.

 
Research in recent years tells us that just as eating certain foods have a certain impact on our moods , we need to monitor our food intake very carefully as this impacts our stress levels in a very major way. 
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Different Ways To Reduce Stress

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Since stress seems to come from so many avenues, so does stress relief. There are so many ways to handle it. Most people believe in a certain particular and personal favorite strategy for stress relief, but in my opinion the most efficient way would be to create an overall effective plan that includes many different ways of reducing stress instead of a particular favorite and suitable plan that would deal with stress from one's own individual angle.

 
CLEAR THINKING STRATEGY
 
Bringing clarity to the mind is by far the most important way to eliminate stress. When the thinking is clear in our heads it is only then that we can take the most sensible and beneficial decisions for ourselves. So keeping the mind uncluttered and clear is our best bet in life.
 
REVERSE THE STRESS RESPONSE
 
If you are familiar with the concept of reversing the stress response you start thinking more clearly and you can actually avoid the negative effects of chronic stress. 
 
Mastering stress is an art that can be learnt. Being a master craftsman at this art is what is your real key to leading a beautiful life. Being a mastercraftsman at this one is your key to leading a beautiful life.
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Ruminate to the positive!

Ruminate to the positive! Ruminate to the positive!

We as humans have a natural tendency to ruminate. We seem to excel in turning small issue's into large challenges and then we obsess over these.

 
WHAT IS RUMINATION?
 
 
This is actually about playing and replaying certain incidents and frustrating conversations in our heads over and over again. You could be going over the details of a recent or past conversation or could be revisiting stressful situation's without changing anything for the better.
 
 
It keeps us in a negative head space and robs us of our mental peace. There are no real mental payoffs happening here. Rumination can be harmful to the physical and emotional health. A survey conducted stated that 95 percent of individuals at some point or the other get into the rumination mode.
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Stress Busters for Family Summer Holiday Season

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We are in the midst of the summer holiday season now. We normally think that this season would mean saying goodbye to stress, but is it really so? We mostly equate holidays with fun activities, partying and generally doing nothing in particular which is stressful. But frankly holiday stress in itself is a whole package deal.

WHAT IS HOLIDAY (VACATION) STRESS?

There have been surveys which have given us statistics to say that holiday stress is carried by around 80 percent people.  People find it as stressful as asking for a raise.

 

POSITIVE STRESS

Of course this stress is categorized as positive stress yet nevertheless it can be a very stressful condition due to the following factors .

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Short Term Stress Relievers for Instant Relief

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Alleviating stress is something we are looking for at all ages and stages of life. When stress is acute it throws us off balance momentarily, that is why the alarm bells ring and we look for quick fixes.

Acute stress doesn't last too long. It is triggered by unexpected situations which hit you like a jolt,shake you up a bit as you are not adequately prepared to handle it. Slow and long term progressive stress has a steadily rising positive impact but here it is instant.


Your body's stress response is also instant but can be reversed with quick relaxation techniques. These short term stress relievers give you instant relief from your extreme situation and help you get back to your day feeling less stressed and more relaxed. 
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Sunny side up

Sunny Side Up Sunny Side Up

Self criticism could be ruining your peace of mind, learn to change tracks...


Why can’t I do anything right....is one question we ask ourselves so many times. Many of us have this self critical habit. We are too harsh on ourselves and this itself can lead to a huge stress. We need to stop this inner critic from sabotaging our happiness constantly.


Though many times we like to believe that this little voice inside is helpful as it keeps us motivated, but many times it works the other way round. It can be very damaging to our psyche. Not only is the inner critic creating emotional damage, it is also taking toll on one’s physical self. Emotional issues create stress. They suppress the immune system thereby leading to many physical problems.


The inner critic

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The road less travelled by...

The Road Less Traveled By The Road Less Traveled By

Much of the stress is caused by keeping up with the Joneses; embrace your uniqueness to live life in joy.


Keeping a balance in life is actually the best way to beat stress. In our growing up years, we were constantly being told that we must live up to our parent’s expectations. We must be certain ‘kind’ of people, live up to the Joneses. We were never really taught to connect within, to see who we really are or who we really wanted to be. 
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