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Stress Relief From Playing The Piano

Stress Relief From Playing The Piano

Lately, I’ve been hearing, “Your music is so calming. Why aren’t you soothed?” Honestly, if I could play the piano 24/7 and not have to make decisions about life or business, well maybe I would be. I do try! In fact, my new book Soothe follows my journey from neurotic piano player to a more soothed version of my former self. I share down-to-earth advice I got from nutritionists, personal trainers, yogis, feng shui designers, and other great experts. A lot of it actually worked for me. Hopefully, you’ll find ways to soothe your world too.

Stress Relief From Playing The Piano

For me, music is a great form of stress relief. The time spent composing music is a great form of stress relief. I know not everyone is going to sit down at the piano and write a hit single. But, it’s not about the melodies I create. The actual process of playing the piano is the key. Even though I’ve been playing since I was 3, I still have to concentrate. Playing the piano uses the entire brain.

So, if I’m writing or practicing, my left brain is active because my thought process is logical and analytical. Once I have finished writing, the right brain kicks in for my creative interpretation. When my full attention is on the piano and music, my brain is busy and there’s no room for my mind to wander to the stuff that stresses me out.

It always seems to go back to the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol has damaging effects on the body like hypertension, depression and diminished mental function. Many studies show that listening to music reduces cortisol levels. That’s great, so keep listening.

In fact, my CD Soothe will relax you and take your mind on a peaceful vacation from stress. 

I’ve realized another encouraging aspect of physically putting my hands on the keys. Think of the Beach Boys song “I’m picking up Good Vibrations.” I always play an acoustic piano. The vibration of the strings and its effect on the wood and keys gently reaches the entire body.

It’s physically relaxing. Don’t take my word for it. There’s scientific proof. A 2011 report showed that physically playing the piano reduced the cortisol level significantly more than other creative activities like knitting or painting. My unbiased recommendation is this, learn or re-learn to play the piano! It may be just the relaxation practice you are looking for. 

So, if you happen to see me in the airport or on a plane and I’m totally relaxed while everyone else is frantically yelling or texting on their cell phones, chances are I’m sitting at the piano practicing a beautiful song – in my head.

Stress Relief From Playing The PianoJim Brickman

Jim Brickman is an American pianist and songwriter whose songs have touched the lives of millions with their message of peace, hope, and love. With his Grammy nominations, gold records and SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, Brickman has transformed the sound of contemporary solo piano music. His albums have sold more than seven million copies, and his enlightening concert appearances remain in high demand throughout the world. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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10 Effective And Fast Ways To Relieve Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

10 Effective And Fast Ways To Relieve Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

10 Effective And Fast Ways To Relieve Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

The average person experiences a fair amount of stress during the day. The pressure builds up to a boiling point. Some people explode while others silently fume. Stress leads to a number of health problems that are mental, physical, and emotional based. Therefore, it is vital to find a way to handle the stress. Certainly, a long vacation might help significantly. However, most people do not have the time to get away at a moment’s notice.

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Fortunately, there are 10 effective and fast ways to relieve stress in 5 minutes or less. Let’s take a closer look:

Breathe Deeply
People under stress tend to hold their breath or breathe very shallow. Holding the breath or shallow breathing places even more tension on the body and mind. Instead, take a moment to inhale deeply for about 5 minutes. Inhale energy through the nose and release slowly. Those deep breaths will revitalize the mind, body, and emotions.

Walk Off Stress
Get up and get outside. Go for a walk and breathe in the fresh air. The change of scenery should be enough to calm your mood.

Quick Meditation
Even a few minutes mediation is good for controlling stress. Go to a quiet place and simply relax in a chair. Close your eyes and try to get in touch with your inner-self. Start counting from 10 to 1. Take a few cleansing breaths. Count back up to 10.

Stretch Muscles
Stand up and stretch for 5 minutes. Here is a quick way to stretch. Stand up. Rise to toes and stretch your hands over head to the ceiling. Hold. Relax and bend slowly, reaching hands downward toward the floor.

Stress Ball
Stress balls are toys that help to relive pressure in a fun way. Simply squeeze the ball every time that you feel pressure. Stress balls are available in local stores and online.

Laugh
Read a few funny jokes on comic websites. Read a comic strip in the paper. Watch a funny cartoon. Laugh until you feel the stress melt away.

Scream
Don’t just sit there fuming. Get up and scream. Well, don’t do it in the middle of the office or a crowded room. Go to a quiet place and just scream until you feel the tension ease.

Shoulder Roll
Stressed people hold a tremendous amount of tension in their shoulders and neck. Simply sit in your chair and roll the shoulders forward several times and backwards several times to release the pressure.

Massage
Massage the tension away with your own hands. Massage neck, shoulders, and arms for a few minutes.

Aromatherapy
Some essential oils are powerful stress busters. Apply a few drops of lavender oil to a tissue and inhale deeply. The oils should instantly calm and relax a stress mind and body.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Talking About PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
By Andres Carvajal
Edited By Stephanie Dawson

Post-traumatic Stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that affects many people after a traumatic event that caused intense fear ,hopelessness, or horror. This can happen as a result of personal trauma such as rape, war, natural disaster, abuse, an accident, or witnessing a violent or tragic event. The traumatic event has a serious and profound effect and this creates a perpetual feeling that life or the life of others is in danger, feelings of extreme hopelessness or fear. 

Its common to experience a brief state of anxiety and depression after such events, people suffering from PTSD suffer from reliving these moments in flashbacks. Flashbacks are as intense as the original trauma and create intense emotions of fear which can lead to phobias toward events, situations, or individuals. 
A person who suffered $e*u@l assault is going through a period of stress and depression and can develop post-traumatic stress, often reliving and remembering what happened. The person may feel hopeless or have terrifying nightmares.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Characteristics:


People with this condition will suffer symptoms from one month to several years and this will not allow them to perform the same actions and have the same routine as before. Trauma starts a new page, a new universe, because of the extreme pain and fear it created. The person’s life will be affected and, in many cases cannot function properly without help. 

Symptoms of PTSD usually appear over a period of 3 months after the traumatic event but can appear months or even years later. With severe trauma there is a significant change in the nervous system creating over-activation of the fight-or-flight response through sympathetic pathways.

PTSD can change the body’s response to stressful events. Usually after a traumatic event the body heals itself and stops production of stress-related hormones. With PTSD the autonomic systems is activated to a constant state of high stress. PTSD can occur at any age.
    


Symptoms
There are three types of symptoms of PTSD :


1. Repetitive flashbacks of the traumatic event that disturb daily activities
Flashback episodes, where the event seems to be happening again and again.
Recurrent distressing memories of the event.
Repeated nightmares of the event.
Strong and uncomfortable physical reactions to situations that remind you of the event.



2. Evasion

    Emotional indifference.
Feelings of negligence to self.
Inability to recall important aspects of the event.
Lack of interest in normal activities.
Avoiding people, places, or thoughts that recall the event.
Sensations hopelessness and fear

3. Over-activation
Constant scanning of surroundings for signs of danger ( hyper-vigilance )
Lack of concentration
Easily startled
Feeling irritable or having angry outbursts
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
 Feelings of guilt or remorse

Treatment:


Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy or counseling is the most direct way to control your life and make positive changes. When you talk to mental health professionals in a quiet and cozy environment they can help you manage your symptoms of the disorder. They will guide and calm you. In some treatment you are encouraged to remember the traumatic event and express feelings about it. Over time memories of the event become less frightening.
During psychotherapy you will learn relaxation techniques to combat flashbacks. Your doctor may suggest medications which can help relieve depression or anxiety and improve sleep, they will need time to take effect. Don’t stop taking medications or change the dose without consulting your doctor. Ask about possible side-effects and what to do if you experience them.


 There are support groups where people share similar experiences with PTSD that may be helpful. Ask your doctor about groups in your area.