Stress-Busters for One & All ©

Stress-Busters for One & All ©
by Susie Mantell, award-winning author of the soothing relaxation CD, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace"
[Find more of Susie's FREE stress tips at
http://www.relaxintuit.com ]

Dear Friends at Militarywives.com.

As much should be said for the kindred spirits shared by military families, as for the camaraderie of those in uniform. These bonds grow strong, and deep, and forever. They are often the lifeline that carries you through deployments, and extensions. . .and the days, weeks or months between homecomings, or even letters or email. If you are feeling the stress of the complex times, perhaps the following will lift your spirits. If you know someone in a slump--forward this to them!

You Gotta Laugh:10 Things You Can Only Learn Watching Movies

1. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking there and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty, being heard, or falling through the ceiling.
2. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
3. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a foreign agent, it is not necessary to speak the language. A strong accent will do.
4. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
5. All explosive devices are fitted with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off. Call a nerdy, sweaty, annoying tech, or a beautiful woman in spandex. They know the codes. [Failing that, try the most handsome man in the room.]
6. If someone says, *Wait here. I'll be right back,* they won't.
7. Computer monitors always say: Enter Password. 3 tries will get you in.
8. It is not necessary to say hello or goodbye when beginning or ending phone conversations. And none of your friends have to knock when they come for a visit.
9. If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.
10. If you suspect an intruder, listen for music coming from nowhere. It will tell you which room not to go into.

The Healing Power of Music

*Without music, life would be a mistake. * -Friedrich Nietzsche

Music has great power to access emotions, or redirect them. One day last month, I was in a really bad mood. [Yup--No one is immune.] Stopping to get the mail, I found a wonderful present from a college friend- -a CD of *feel-good* songs he knew I*d enjoy, from the olden days. So, knowing the I chose the high road, popped in my new CD, and, rallying endorphins, was instantly uplifted! [ I must have played Eric Clapton*s, *If I Could Change the World* 40 times since that day. Very cool song.]

*Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. * -Maya Angelou

Q: Got 1 or 2 favorite feel-good songs? Hit *reply* and send the titles & artists. I*ll compile and share here next time.

*After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.* -Aldous Huxley

Read More About Music as Medicine Music is found in virtually all cultures, most based on the octave. Some people have perfect pitch. Does the brain handle music with special neural circuits, or some developed for other purposes?

A Happy Brain Hums: A stressed-out brain makes static sounds. Hundred of people crowded into a gallery to record brain activity.

Trouble Sleeping? Researchers say our brains produce waves like lullabies.

A good song may not only improve mood. It may help
stroke patients regain the ability to walk.

The dot.calm Corner: Places to Go if You'd Like to Know About. . .

Panic Attacks *A true panic attack is an out-of-the-blue perception of immediate danger . . .* explains C. Alec Pollard, PhD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at St. Louis Behavioral Med. Institute. For more about panic reactions see:

According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health, people with panic disorder have significant reductions of serotonin receptor 5-HT1A, in three areas of the brain.

Stress, Far from Home--in the Military

Keep those cards and emails coming.

Being far from loved ones and familiar surroundings takes a toll even under the best of circumstances. *They all live day to day by memory, recall of life back home. If they are lucky, they'll get or send an e-mail, words on a screen. .*

Beyond the Blue Horizon. . . Man, Machines & Stress-Reduction? Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have turned personal computers into polygraph machines they say are capable of monitoring emotions and abilities. Preliminary tests of Mentor/PAL indicated improved teamwork and a calmer, less-stressed workplace since everyone had insight into how team members were feeling. [ Naturally, privacy advocates have a couple of questions.]

Until next time I wish you . . .

Music, and Time to enjoy it,
Laughter and Hope, every day, . . .and as always, Above all, Peace,



Award-winning stress-relief expert Susie Mantell's soothing, relaxation audio,"Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, NBC,ABC -TV, Billboard, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Susan G. Komen Breastcancerinfo.com, The American Pain Society, Playboy. Listeners include The Mayo Clinic, U.S.Military MWR, VA hospital,(PTSD) and Canyon Ranch (8x"BEST SPA.") Physician-recommended for symptoms associated with stress, sleeplessness, pain, depression and other physical, emotional and psychological stress. Customizing programs for American Express, Remington,The Arthritis Foundation, New York Hospital and The National Conference on Loss, in 2001 Susie was appointed to serve on The Coca-Cola Company's 4-person "Dasani Wellness Team." Her techniques have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Hazelden, McCalls, OnHealthWebMD,Navy-Marine Corps Relief Services. Find more of Susie's FREE stress-relief tips or order "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" at:
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