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Letting the Yeast Work Its Magic
December 09, 2015

Quick Relaxation Tool

5 Quick Relaxation Techniques

Tap a pressure point. Using your thumb, apply pressure to the spot where your wrist and palm form a crease right in line with the base of the pinkie. Hold or gently massage for two minutes.

Take an Epsom-salt bath. The magnesium sulfate in the salts (available at drugstores) works as a subtle muscle relaxer.

Sip (and sniff) tea. Chamomile is not the only option. Experts also tout the calming properties of passionflower and valerian root.

Mist your face. A cucumber-scented spray can reduce anxiety and hydrate skin. A win-win.

Strike a pose. One no-coordination-required yoga move that encourages relaxation: Lie on your back with your rear against a wall and your legs straight up. Rest your arms out to the sides and breathe slowly for one minute (or 15).

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Letting the Yeast Work Its Magic

Carefully examining a display in the drugstore, a man asked the pharmacist, "Do you really guarantee this hair-restorer?"

The pharmacist responded, "Better than that, sir. We give a comb with every bottle." Wouldn't you love to have that kind of confidence?

One man quipped, "When it comes to believing in myself, I'm an agnostic." One of the greatest problems many people experience is lack of confidence. Some don't believe they “have what it takes,” others are afraid to try something they've never done before, others hang back out of shyness and still others don’t believe they measure up to friends or colleagues.

Of course, those inner fears do not need to define you. Or control you. And one of the simplest ways to banish them is through healthy self-talk. It has taken most of a lifetime, but here are some things I now know about confidence:

Your words and your thoughts have immense power. Be careful what you think and say. Be gentle with yourself. Don’t say you don’t like your body, your looks, your personality. Treat yourself like a good friend. (If you don’t, who will?) Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. We all make them. Tell yourself you’ll do better next time and let it go. Remember what you do well and don’t worry about the rest. You have a unique contribution to this world. Remind yourself that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You may need to tell yourself this many times. Tell yourself that your fear will not hold you back. Tell yourself that you can do what you’re afraid to do. Encourage yourself.

Too many of us are not aware of the tremendous power of our words and thoughts. They are yeast in life’s dough. They quietly work deep inside until they eventually change the character of the dough itself. Those who move from fear to confidence, those who believe in themselves and are secure within, have learned to let the yeast of good words and thoughts grow - to work their magic.

And be assured - they will work their magic.

~ Steve Goodier of

Always keep in mind that a low-stress lifestyle never "just happens." Practicing relaxation and stress management techniques every day is the key to success. The more you practice, the more automatic it becomes.

Stay in the (k)now,


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